Should i buy a dell b110

Posted on 2006-04-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I'm looking for a new computer and dell has a special on a b110 right now for $349.00.  My question is this a good deal?   Should I get anything added to it?  

I'm looking to take some online classes so I'm wondering if it will stand the test of time.

Question by:will197812
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    Only recommendation - get 512 MB of RAM.  Base config only has 256.
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    That sounds like a good deal..does it include a monitor? If you don't get a monitor, here's a different deal (a bit more, but comes with a 17" LCD monitor):
    I'll second leew's suggestion, 512MB is the minimum ram you'll want for any system running XP.
    As far as standing the test of time, it really depends on your usage. For online classes, you should do fine, for gaming, you'll be caught short. The system has some upgradeability potential, so if you need 'more' in the future, you can upgrade.
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    It is probably a good choice if your only going to use it for online clases, but it does depend on how these classes work. Will you be using online video streams, do you need a lot of multimedia functions or is it mainly text based? You should give us more details on exactly what your needs will be.
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    Your syllabus should give you an idea of what kind of demand you will have on the machine. Look it over and see what software is needed. If you are taking computer graphics you might want to look at something with a P4 rather than Celeron. It really depends on what you are required to use in your classes.
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    In my experience these low priced PC's from Dell wind up being less than desirable from a reliability standpoint.  They may get your attention on the back of the weekly Parade magazine, but are often plagued with component failures.  There is a reason these are so inexpensive--cheap components.

    I see these all the time at my shop, after the 60-90 day warranty runs out.  Dead power supplies are the most common failures (usually 150-200 watt cheapos).

    As to upgradability--almost impossible in many cases.  Few upgrade slots, proprietary components, not enough power available to add another drive, etc.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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