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Post Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:34 pm

does anyone use dell computers for work?

Just ordered a new PC for home from Dell & am amazed at how cheap they are, does anyone else use them? I have recommended them to many of our customers because nobody else can get close to their price.

I got a P4 2.5 ghz pc, 17" flat panel monitor, 256 meg of ram, 60gb h/disk, dvd, cd writer etc for £740 inc vat & delivery :D

I was looking in PC world yesterday for a new Flat Panel Screen, you won't get much change from £400 for a dedcent screen on it's own there.

Shame it's gonna seem like a dinosaur in a year or so's time!
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Post Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:57 pm

That's a decent price. But you could do with an extra 256mb ram and it has onboard graphics which won't get the best from the 17" TFT.
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Post Tue Mar 18, 2003 2:22 pm

I know 256mb is not much these days but it's enough for now, cheap enough to add some more later if I need it. In the past I would have got carried away adding ram & hard disk space etc. making a big difference to the price. 512mb was an extra £80+vat I think.

There were no options to upgrade as far & the graphics were concerned :roll:
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Post Tue Mar 18, 2003 10:48 pm

thats a great price on the dell brian.
we paid £1100 for a dell about 4-5 years ago. had nothing in it really..
p2, 64mb etc but no graphics card or sound! :o came with windows 98 only.
we also only got it at that price as we bought it through a friend that buys comps in for a university in glasgow so you can work out for yourself the drop in prices from then till now.

anyway.. we run signlab on it thats all.. has worked non-stop since we got it and not one thing has ever broke down on it. im also sure its the same mouse.. you get what you pay for i guess... 10/10 from me!
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:45 am

I bet when you ordered yours you didn't have to answer this question........

"Q4. Will the product(s) be used in connection with weapons of mass destruction, i.e. nuclear applications, missile technology, or chemical or biological weapons purposes?"


Everyone that buys online has to now tho!

I wonder if anybody has ever said yes? :o
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Post Thu Mar 20, 2003 12:27 am

I'm working on an old Dell
Seemed to be the best price at the time even though Simply Computers is just a couple of miles away from me. Simply Computers do good deals as well

Talking about old machines
Anyone remember 4mg would cost you over £100 + vat
...and the guys who use to boast about their 500mg hard drive and their upgrade from 2 x speed CD rom to Super QUAD Speed
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:34 am

:P :P :P :P

Not as much fun as when I got a full size key board for the zx81
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Post Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:44 am

I remember £25 per meg & maths co proscessors for £300.

What about a ZX80 Bob? and did you build the ZX81 yourself? I remember them being a few quid cheaper in kit form :D
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Post Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:26 pm

I remember my 40 meg hard drive 236 and 4 meg of ram
if I remember right Brian you installed it for me back in 89

A maths co processor luxury took me a year to save up for that one
I still have the mother board somewhere I took it out and threatened to frame it for old times sake

while were reminiscing who remembers black and white electric studio
the original Signlab and fonts that cost £200 each
them wer te days eebygum times wer ard we used to aft lick vinyl clean wiv us tungs. and pay for permision to come to work.

old sign git Neil.........
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Post Fri Mar 21, 2003 12:55 pm

I used to buy Gateway computers, bought a Dell Precision Workstation 340 a year ago, with dual monitor (21") and have been really happy with it.

I run my Signprogrammes in one monitor and all plotter/Edge output or Tools in the other. Or if I want to work from an original can have a picture on one and recreate on the other.

I wouldn't go back to a single monitor computer. This ordered with lots of extras etc, cost about £2000.
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Post Fri Mar 21, 2003 2:43 pm

I run a dual monitor system as well, I have all my work on one monitor, and the tool boxes and any reference materials on the other (and any chat windows and the like :) ) I don't know how I used a computer with on monitor :)

I use Dell's at work and they are pretty good, I've only known one out of maybe 30 have a problem, which is pretty good average. and Dell fixed the one dodgy one in about 24 hours which isn't half bad given there's a contract company doing the intermediate support/collection. the other thing I like about dells is that they are pretty quite, lots of computers are fairly noisy where a dell is usualy almost silent.

for gfx your best off with a normal CRT monitor, but if you're looking for something to do a lot of text based things on, like finances/web browsing then I think I'd recomend spending the extra for a flat pannel monitor cos they are much easier on the eyes. (personaly I use the CRT for gfx work as well, but I've heard that the real conisurs prefer the colour of a CRT to a flat pannel, where I prefer the nicer image that dosn't flicker on a flat pannel.)

not sure how much all that helps, but it's just my 2p worth since, I'm passing :)
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Post Fri Mar 21, 2003 7:55 pm

Henry wrote:I used to buy Gateway computers, bought a Dell Precision Workstation 340 a year ago


(-) Thought to myself: "What! bought a Dell 340 years ago?"

How important that little 'a' is.

was going to ask Henry how old he was :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post Mon Apr 07, 2003 9:46 pm

IF you thought your New dell was cheap, I have a pal who can supply Dell Pc's direct to your door from dell at cheaper prices than you can buy them at their website.

Only problem is that it has to be full cash upfront.

just supplied a P4 2.0 with 17" monitor, 256mB, DVD/Writer combo, combined lexmark printer scanner, etc etc, with next business day onsite 3yr warranty for £850. pretty good I thought.
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Post Mon Apr 07, 2003 10:31 pm

Dual Screen..?

Can anyone tell me how a dual screen works??

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Post Mon Apr 07, 2003 10:39 pm

Gav,

In My experience, we used to run several dual monitor pc's in my last company, you have a dual output video card in your PC and cable up both monitors seperately.

The monitors and then software driven to almost any configuration you like, we always had ours set to a widscreen type format so your start button was on the bottom left of the left monitor and the clock was on the bottom right of the right one. the mouse cursor would just jump from one to the next as could you drag open windows between monitors at ease.

hope this answers your question.

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