Could you recommend me a best deal PC ?

Posted on 2005-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Hi all,

I'm wondering if you could point me to some websites that offer good/cheap deal PCs.

I would be happy if the PC can do the following smoothly:

   - Run WinXP
   - Run MS Office 2003
   - Connect to my wireless router on the 2nd floor (don't want to run a cable...!)

That's it!  Is it possible to squeeze this under $300?  Prefer a brand-new PC, but used PC can be an option...

Thank you for your suggestions!
Question by:golgo
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    Check out your nearest Dell guys.  
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    ...tigerdirect ....  

    but I'd still go for a low end dell with an os and maybe the bundled software if I were to buy off the net.  

    I wouldn't bother with used stuff.  The upgrading fad seems to have died down a lot in the last couple of years, and there's not that much good inexpensive stuff kicking around, in my area at least, that justifies the price.  I've bought two new low-end computers in the last year, both from local dealers because I knew the guys and knew I would get good service from them.  There were a couple of floor model demos that tempted me from business depot (Canadian), but I didn't bite.  
    The main reasons I didn't buy Dell were: the convenience of buying locally, getting it serviced locally least for the first 30 days, and receiving the product immediately.  I was and am still afraid that if I were shipped a computer that wasn't up to snuff, that   the time and aggravation used up in getting a repair or replacement would drive me nuts.  Nothing much more aggravating than getting a new toy and finding out that it's broken.  
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    Not likely with office.  Office itself TYPICALLY sells for $300.  even OEM copies cost $150-$250, depending on the OEM version (Small Business Ed. Standard, Pro, etc).  OEM XP is typically $85-95

    $350, no monitor, (after rebates)

    $300, no rebates, WITH monitor, Word Perfect Office:
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    I agree with the Dell comments above, great machines for the price! If you're not in a huge hurry, keep watching They sometimes list incredible deals on Dells with coupon codes & such. For example, this one I believe expired today:

    Dell  has the Dimension 4700 P4-2.8GHz Desktop w/ 19" LCD for $449 after $100MIR. Free shipping.
    Intel Pentium 4 Processor 520 w/HT Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    256MB DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz
    FREE! 19 inch E193FP Analog Flat Panel
    Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
    40GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
    Integrated Intel PRO 10/100 Ethernet
    Single Drive: 48X CD-ROM Drive
    Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
    1 Year On-site Economy Warranty Plan
    Mail- In Rebate $100 Mail In Rebate

    The 19" LCD makes this a great deal in my opinion. As far as Dell support goes, if you're not too technically saavy and it's under warranty, they will send a tech to your house to fix/replace hardware if needed.

    Hope this helps!!
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    Configure these extra settings:

    + $70.00 -> Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD Dual Layer DVD Burner
    + $40.00 -> 512MB Dual Channel DDR2 RAM (2x256MB)
    + $70.00 -> 128MB PCI Express™ x16 ATI Radeon™ X300 SE
    + $20.00 -> 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive

    This will give you a total of $999.
    Then apply the following coupon code: LN1H?Z1XHFX3W9
    Plus if you have a bigbucks coupon code you can also add that on, they are in the dell catalogs or you can buy a code off of ebay.

    This is what you get:
    Dell Dimension 4700 Series Intel Pentium 4 Processor 520 w/HT Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Memory 512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz (2x256M)
    Keyboard Dell Quietkey Keyboard
    Monitor FREE UPGRADE! 17 in E173FP Analog Flat Panel E173FPB
    Video Cards 128MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out)
    80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
    No Floppy Drive Included
    Dell 2-button scroll mouse
    Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet
    56K PCI Data Fax Modem
    Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
    16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
    Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
    No Speaker Option

    Total = $999 - $400 coupon = $599 + tax (S&H is FREE)

    That's not a bad deal for all of that plus the 17" LCD. Not gonna find something like that at Best Buy. Good luck.
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    I kind of missed the part in your part where you asked if you could squeeze it in under $299.
    Well this PC starts at $443 with $144 off instantly giving you a total of $299, but if you add $56 more dollars to make it $499 - $144, then you get Free S&H too, so play with the configuration to get that extra $56, And you should also be able to use big bucks on this as well:

    That may be more for you. Then you can just add a wireless NIC to it to connect up to your router. You can usually find them at good deals after rebates from: BestBuy, Circuit City, Staples, etc. or you can get this one for $38.49 + $1.99 S&H:

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    Thanks a lot, everyone, for your help!!!!!
    I really appreciate it!


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