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I am a senior in need of a new computer and I have narrowed it down to either Dell Inspiron580 or Dell 580s.we mostly use the internet and email.The price for each is roughly equal.Which would be the best choice.
 

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For Internet and e-mail it doesn't make much difference. All OEM PC's have their problems but I would go with a Dell if a prebuilt was a necessity.
 

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For Internet and e-mail it doesn't make much difference. All OEM PC's have their problems but I would go with a Dell if a prebuilt was a necessity.




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I am a senior in need of a new computer and I have narrowed it down to either Dell Inspiron580 or Dell 580s.we mostly use the internet and email.The price for each is roughly equal.Which would be the best choice.


I would MUCH rather have the 580 -vs- 580S / I hate slim cases (crappy air flow) and it has less horse power too!
 

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Ok fine! This is why I say don't get a Dell:

1. Sure, they're cheap but even then you can only spread so much butter over so much bread. Corners HAVE to be cut to hit that price point.

2. Outsourced technical support is something we all love!

3. Some of their smaller/slim units use proprietary parts that are expensive to replace once that warranty is gone.
 

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Ok fine! This is why I say don't get a Dell:

1. Sure, they're cheap but even then you can only spread so much butter over so much bread. Corners HAVE to be cut to hit that price point.

2. Outsourced technical support is something we all love!

3. Some of their smaller/slim units use proprietary parts that are expensive to replace once that warranty is gone.
That pretty much describes all OEM PC's. :smile:
 

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While the above may be true, it doesn't sound like the OP is interested in building, and when all the PC is used for is browsing / email, an OEM PC is probably the best route for the price.

That said, most OEM PC's are roughly the same. Technical support is what it is, I can't say that one has ever really stood out over the rest in my opinion -- English is rarely the native language which was enough to get me to not want to call in years ago. You're better off coming here for technical support than having your call transferred to an Indian call center.

I second Linderman's opinion on the decision in Post #6.
 

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Hi jerexy, welcome to the forum. I would suggest that you purchase you PC from a dealer that offers service as well. Stay away from buying it at Walmart. You want to be able to call and ask questions from someone who actually has the answers. Thank you and good luck on your purchase.
 

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Purchasing an OEM or a custom build from a PC dealer will only add more costs.
The OP can purchase an OEM at Wal-Mart, or wherever the best deal can be had, and get any support required from this forum.
 

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Thank you all.

Okay.Everyone seems to dislike the idea of my purchasing a "ready made"computer from Dell(or HP)I had dell before and was happy with its performance.I'm buying it from Walmart because of the price(Dell wants $99 shipping)and no shipping charge and I can return it in 30 days if it is a lemon.And I have no understanding of how to build a computer.If what follows sounds stupid-excuse me.
Now I will have the old computer tower and I have the time(retired)and I have the desire to learn.So how would I go about building a computer?Can I do it with the old tower by installing new parts in it?How?Please teach me.
Thank you

Hi jerexy, welcome to the forum. I would suggest that you purchase you PC from a dealer that offers service as well. Stay away from buying it at Walmart. You want to be able to call and ask questions from someone who actually has the answers. Thank you and good luck on your purchase.
I still get the technical service(1 year)from dell
 

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I sugest you start with reviewing some youtube videos (simply enter "computer building" or "computer assembly" in the youtube search box

for a complete parts set-up

http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...evised-2011-and-updated-regularly-448272.html


this is the easy way to test each part without the struggle of a confined case for starters

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f255/how-to-bench-test-your-system-171424.html

Welcome to the Frontpage


by the way; most all the parts in those builds are under warranty for 3 years and some 5 years / memory is lifetime
 

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I sugest you start with reviewing some youtube videos (simply enter "computer building" or "computer assembly" in the youtube search box

for a complete parts set-up

http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...evised-2011-and-updated-regularly-448272.html


this is the easy way to test each part without the struggle of a confined case for starters

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f255/how-to-bench-test-your-system-171424.html

Welcome to the Frontpage


by the way; most all the parts in those builds are under warranty for 3 years and some 5 years / memory is lifetime
Solid Advice.

If your taking apart an old tower make sure to buy some thermal paste so you don't fry your cpu.
 

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Thank you all.

Okay.Everyone seems to dislike the idea of my purchasing a "ready made"computer from Dell(or HP)I had dell before and was happy with its performance.I'm buying it from Walmart because of the price(Dell wants $99 shipping)and no shipping charge and I can return it in 30 days if it is a lemon.And I have no understanding of how to build a computer.If what follows sounds stupid-excuse me.
Now I will have the old computer tower and I have the time(retired)and I have the desire to learn.So how would I go about building a computer?Can I do it with the old tower by installing new parts in it?How?Please teach me.
Thank you


I still get the technical service(1 year)from dell
Using your old Dell case may be a problem as many OEM cases do not have a removable I/O shield, they're cramped inside and generally have poor cooling. You can get a very nice case in the $50 range.
 
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