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Old 05-15-2004, 04:43 AM   #1
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Should I Buy This Used Computer?


Hey, I'm not much of an appraiser of used goods... this sounds like a decent deal, though: .

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dell dimension desktop for sale $ 300 OBO 1.8 Ghz pentium celeron, 128 MB RAM, 24 X CD-RW and 1.44" floppy drive, 15" dell monitor keyboard and mouse, 10/100 ethernet card, 8 MB AGP card, all orginal disks and drives.
is it too good to be true, or should I offer $200 and call it a day? replies greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-15-2004, 04:49 AM   #2
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you can occasionally get a slightly better machine than that from dell for about that price, new, with a rebate or something. watch www.slickdeals.net.
 
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Old 05-15-2004, 09:46 AM   #4
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hmm

ok, thanks. other opinions?
 
Old 05-15-2004, 11:13 AM   #5
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for three hundred us you can get a new better dell offer him 150 and tell him to sell when hes ready, hell i'll make you a comp. five times fatser and better for close to the same price software not included unless internet acsess included
 
Old 05-17-2004, 12:54 AM   #6
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Check out pricewatch.
Big listing of the best deals different retailers can put together. Lots of competition, people trying to get the "Best config on pricewatch!" and whatnot.

New full system athlon 2200XPs for 180, shipped.
(mind, most of those are not upgradable.. integrated processor and memory)

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Old 05-17-2004, 10:51 AM   #7
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300 is an ok buy, if you can negotiate lower that would be better. Factor in the shipping, too. I'd say a similar system would go for around 240-260 on ebay, assuming no OS and if it has a 20Gb+ HDD. The 8mb video card seems old, but at least its AGP. The 128mb memory is low, you'll probably have to upgrade to 256mb for decent performance.

Like some others pointed out, 300 is real close to a good deal on a new machine. A no OS 2.4GHz/256mb RAM/40Gb HDD with builtin video/sound/ethernet goes for just under 300. You'd have more processor, twice the RAM and probably more HDD space. But that's also without the monitor.
 
Old 05-17-2004, 11:15 AM   #8
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i'll make you a comp. five times fatser and better for close to the same price
I'll take one of those 9.0GHz machines. Where do I order?!?!?
 
Old 05-17-2004, 11:49 AM   #9
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I'll take one of those 9.0GHz machines. Where do I order?!?!?
it's not always about megahz a itanium 2 at 1.4ghz is ten times faster than a p4 and a p4 with larger l2 cach and fsb is much faster than a celoron and a amd boron is only 5-10% slower than a p4 with double the clock speed
 
Old 05-17-2004, 02:11 PM   #10
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it's not always about megahz a itanium 2 at 1.4ghz is ten times faster than a p4
Ok then... I'll take one of those systems for $300. Where do I order?!?!?


Oh.. and for the original poster. My opinion is that I wouldn't pay $300 for that computer. I'd go with the OBO and offer less, as has already been suggested.
Or, keep your $300 and put it into a better system if you are able to.

Good luck...
 
Old 05-17-2004, 03:55 PM   #11
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have just priced it all up in the uk for a similar system, building it from used parts and it wouldn`t be too much less than $300. But the 8mb AGP would not give u much scope at all. I would expect for the price to have somewhere in the region of a 80gb-120gb hardrive here and including a better graphics card. As someone has mentioned u can sometimes pick up a good deal on ebay...but check out the shipping costs.
 
  


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