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    Dell
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    Custom
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post #11 of 34
I still say it's best to build a custom PC. If tech support is your only concern, why not put together a concise and relatively comprehensive FAQ for her, print it out and then she can just look up "Why wont my computer start" and find the necessary "have you plugged it in? Is the monitor connected, etc etc" kind of run of mill PC novice stuff. You could probably download a half decent FAQ pdf file and give her a hard and soft copy so she can diagnose her own "problems" which will make her feel good and help her to learn some PC basics.

If you're going to go with Dell, you may as well let her make the purchase her self and not get involved at all... Then you can completely ignore any problems she might have totally... "Sorry luv, ain't my problem, talk to Dell..."

Where's the love eh?

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post #12 of 34
I think you need some headaches--so go custom--Dell is for people who don't know a thing about PCs and are happy that way....IMO
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post #13 of 34
If you build you'll save some money.
    
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post #14 of 34
I say build it yourself or help that person buy the parts and make them build it guilding them along the way, and here is why.

1. Upgrading: When you want to upgrade its good to know all the specs on your board so that way you dont have to call dell to have them tell you that you cant do it because they didnt put a decent power supply in the system or they gave you AGP instead of PCI-Express and you dont know the difference.

2. Drivers: Nothing is worse than going to your manufatures website for a driver that you need for your dell onboard audio or something and finding a dead link. Or even having to reinstall off a regular XP CD because you cant find the dell one and realising that Windows XP cant install your onboard LAN driver because its specific to dell, then you need to get to the net to get it but wait you cant since you have no LAN driver. Allways get a 10$ nic for custom builds it saves so much time.

3. Dell Support: In most cases they only help you with Hardware issues, if your friend surfs porn and thinks that clicking sites with the name warez will actually allow him to get free games than Dell cannot help him. All they will do is walk him through a reinstall like a friend would have too. If you give him Adaware and Firefox as well as Some sort of Anti virus than you are 100 steps above Dell.

4. Price: On average you would save 25% of cost doing a custom build rather than a dell. You are paying simply for them to build it and for them to do tech support. Chances are you can buy him tech support for the difference you will pay.
post #15 of 34
Dell. They're reliable, cheap, have a bunch of free stuff like monitors and printers that come with the system. They have all of the software like Office, and they have some of the best customer support out there.
post #16 of 34
Doesn't sound like she's going to be benching or overclocking. Just for the basic stuff, buy a Dell.

I'm yet to see one person saying her/his Dell broke and had no way to be fixed. For a $500-to-$600 budget I always tell people to either get a Dell or Gateway.

I only build from the $900 and up. Last one I build was for a friend and he spent $1200 total, that was a year ago.
post #17 of 34
for just a regular, budget system, Dell's so much cheaper.

But for a mid-range, high-end systems, custom pwnz.
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post #18 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nasgul
Doesn't sound like she's going to be benching or overclocking. Just for the basic stuff, buy a Dell.

I'm yet to see one person saying her/his Dell broke and had no way to be fixed. For a $500-to-$600 budget I always tell people to either get a Dell or Gateway.

I only build from the $900 and up. Last one I build was for a friend and he spent $1200 total, that was a year ago.
My thoughts exactly. Dells are built like a rock. We have a pair of Windows 98 era laptops from Dell and they both run windows XP pretty well. Only flaws is that four of the keys don't work on one and the other has a broken screen and an external CD-ROM. My cousins recently bought my grandma her first computer and they got her a cheaper Dell. My grandma just checks e-mail and goes online via dial-up. The only games she plays are the solitaire games.
post #19 of 34
Go custom and make it look "pretty" for her
Not bad at all...
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Not bad at all...
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post #20 of 34
yeah I would go Dell...The only time I would build a computer for someone is if they paid me well for it or if it was someone that knew a good deal about computers but just did not know totaly how to build them...I built one for my aunt and she calls me prolly at least once a week saying that something wont connect to the internet or it is running a little slow....one day windows got corrupt and she was freaking out saying that if she bought a prebuild it would not have happened...So that is my exp with custom built for a friend or family...
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