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Old 05-14-02, 02:16 PM
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What do you guys think of this system for the money?

it's for my mother who is looking to upgrade from her pentium 2. She's getting DSL and will be using it for her small home office (streaming stock quotes, office work, etc).

Price: $1,538.00

Dimension® 4400 Series,Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.0 GHz
Memory: 512MB DDR SDRAM
Keyboard: Dell® Enhanced Performance USB Keyboard
Monitors: 15 in (15.0 in viewable) E151FP Flat Panel Display
Video Cards: 64MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 4X AGP Graphics Card with TV-Out
Hard Drive: 80GB Ultra ATA/100
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Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
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Old 05-14-02, 04:28 PM
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It sounds a bit high for Dell's Dimenision 4400, which should start at $799, but all the other features look pretty good. plenty of memory and fast CPU. The only thing that you should add is MS Office, window works doesn't seem like it'll be enough for a home office.
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I would consider a standard monitor. For less money you can typically get a larger monitor that looks better IMO. Otherwise not a bad system.
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Looks like overkill for the applications. You could get a system that would fill your needs for about a thousand dollars less. Now, if you're going to use it for multimedia content creation, or to play the latest 3D games, I could understand the need for the power.
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Old 05-14-02, 05:52 PM
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Looks like overkill for the applications. You could get a system that would fill your needs for about a thousand dollars less. Now, if you're going to use it for multimedia content creation, or to play the latest 3D games, I could understand the need for the power.
Just what I was thinking...it would be a very nice gaming computer, but a somewhat overly powerful office computer.
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Old 05-14-02, 06:06 PM
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Just what I was thinking...it would be a very nice gaming computer, but a somewhat overly powerful office computer.
but its a tax write off
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but its a tax write off
Ah, ha, I never thought of that...now I can get that 22" LCD widescreen monitor I've been eyeing
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Get the Windows XP Pro.
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Old 05-14-02, 07:09 PM
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Her biggest fear is getting something that will be obsolete which it ALL will be in 2 years aways. When she first sent me her configured Dell it had the latest 2.7 or something so this is actually me being more realistic for her.

I'm a MAC man myself so it's all been somewhat interesting to take a look into the other side.
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Old 05-14-02, 08:42 PM
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My obsolete (2 year old) computer is still capable of browsing the Internet and doing office work. The only reason I need to upgrade is to play the latest games. I recently purchased a computer for a co-worker who wanted to do office/school work and browse the Internet. Total cost < $500 including 17" monitor. The only thing it needed was software (this is where the real money comes in) and a printer ($30). My point is we are reaching the limits of computing for basic office work. Word processing and Internet browsing are not pushing the envelope. If you buy a top of the line machine and only use it for basic office work I will be very frustrated (and jealous). It's like buying a Ferrari for going grocery shopping once a week. All that power just sitting there and not being used. Argh.
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