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Old 04-16-2004, 22:54   #1 (permalink)
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Calling all computer geeks.

I am about to move into my own place and need to buy a computer. I don't know much about PC's so some advice would be much appreciated.

I was looking at this on ebay but im not so sure after i asked some simple questions like what brand is the motherboard, graphics card, Speakers and DVD burner. They will not answer these simple questions and have been quite rude even calling me an idiot. (which is true when it comes to puters but still)

Here is the link http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....category=14294

They told me to stop wasting there time but i have no problem paying the money so how am i wasting there time? What ever happend to customer service?

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Old 04-16-2004, 22:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

Dude all i know from it that its a P4, running an apparent 1gb of ram (as much as you do).hmmm to me it looks like a home made job (bought the parts and put together themselves so it mkesit harder to track). However why is he hiding info concerns me. Personally I wouldn't get it if he is not willing to disclose information. I will try myself to get some info from him.
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Old 04-16-2004, 23:11   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

Well with an approach like that they would have ZERO chance of getting my business

As your not an expert on PC's i would recommend a name brand like DELL.. My parents fall into a similar skill level and have had second to none customer service both pre-sale and after market sales..

The Dell boxes are truely 'plug and play' and they are great for any little hardware dramas/ warranty issues
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Old 04-16-2004, 23:15   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

Winged, if they called you an idiot treat them the same way....give them nothing! They obviously hove no idea about customer service.

I have to agree with Tibbo, if you are not computer literate get online and buy a Dell, for what you want it for (assuming you dont want a monster gaming machine) they are excellent value.
I build my own PC's but, if I just wanted a basic system, I would buy a Dell and save myself some hassles! They do great package deals, have a warrenty and are very reliable.
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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

Thanks guys. I dont use computer for gaming mainly surfing the net but i like to do a few things at once, like Surfing net, downloading, listening to music etc etc.

Can you recommend a site to have a look at the DELL stuff.

The deal on ebay still looks like a good package at a good price.

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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

Have a look at this one:
DimensionTM 4600 Desktop $1799.00

at this address:
http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/prod..._au&l=en&s=dhs

It will do all you want and more. Hell, I wouldnt mind it myself! Free delivery and 120gig HDD too!!
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Thanks heaps Casper a touch more expensive for the same system but atleast i will have piece of mind.

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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

I take that back they are about the same price, and with DELL equipment you get software aswell.

This looks like me.

Price AUD 2,299.00
Base System Dimension(TM) 8300 Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.2GHz
Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition (English)
Warranty & Support Services 1Yr Limited Warranty with Next Business Day Onsite Service
Installation Services No Installation Requested
Future Technical Support Future Technical Support
Memory 512MB (2x256) Memory 400MHz DDR SDRAM
Keyboards Dell(TM) Quietkey(R) Keyboard (English)
Mouse Dell(TM) 2-Button Scroll Mouse
Softwares Microsoft(R) Works 7.0 - OEM version
Floppy Drive No Floppy Drive
Hard Drive (EIDE/SATA) 120GB SATA (7200RPM) Hard Drive
Optical Drives DVD+RW/+R with CDRW Combo Drive
Internet ISP OzEmail ISP - Pre-Installed
Internet ISP II AOL 3-Month Internet Offer
Internet ISP III Prints@dell : Link to a Digital photograph Website
Modems 56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
Video Card 128MB nVidia(R) GeForce(TM) FX 5200 w/TV-Out and DVI
Monitors 17" LCD Flat Panel Display (Analog Only)
Sound Card Sound Blaster(R) Live!(TM) 5.1 Digital Sound Card
Speakers Dell(TM) A425 Speaker with Subwoofer for AUS
Freight Charges DIMENSION(TM) MT Handling & Insurance Charges(Australia)
Limited Time Offer (For Online Orders Only) Free upgrade from 80GB to 120GB Hard Drive
Limited Time Offer 1 Free Delivery
Remarks Discount is only valid if the corresponding upgraded item is selected above.
Internet ISP IV Telstra Dial-Up Trial Plan

Would i be wasting my money by upgrading the RAM to 1GB.
I would upgrade the mouse and key board to the Wireless one.
Is it worth upgrading the stuff that DELL recomend.

Is there anything that you would upgrade.

Thank for all your help mate.
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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

thats a solid system.. 1 gig of ram is probably more than you need for your description of use.. You want to use it for multi-tasking so if the price is right another stick can't hurt and it would be better to get it (if you are not so confident to do it yourself) all installed an set-up only the once.

Yea im in love with my chordless mousie and k/board.. I go thru a few batteries in the mousie but i do play alot of online games.. IMO it makes the desk look nice and neat

Give the PCI modem the flick and go Cable or ADSL.. That system (to put it in car terms) wouldn't get out of first gear with dial up
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Re: Calling all computer geeks.

Dell offer an ok price but i would be hessitant with any pre-made box, but hey there latest printer deal is just a rebadged lexmark x5150, well worth the 179 extra
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