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Dell Desktop Advice?

kmalone32 306 903 December 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Hello,

I just received the Dell 34" monitor that was on the front page earlier this week and now I'm looking some advice on a desktop. I probably won't be buying until the springtime unless an amazing deal comes up before then.

I'm thinking it's best to go with Dell to match the monitor.

It will be used for heavy productivity, software and Office progams, as well as streaming video. I got a widescreen monitor, so there will be constant multitasking and split screen. It will NOT be used for gaming. My budget is $1000.

Is there anything in particular I should look out for?

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I would just set an alert for Dell and look to get something from the Dell Outlet, either Home or Office depending on what you want. You don't need to spend $1,000 to get a great PC
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Quote from repitall View Post :
I would just set an alert for Dell and look to get something from the Dell Outlet, either Home or Office depending on what you want. You don't need to spend $1,000 to get a great PC
Thanks for the advice on the alert. I'm looking to get something that's pretty top of the line right now so I can at least get 3-5 years out of it.
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Thanks for the advice on the alert. I'm looking to get something that's pretty top of the line right now so I can at least get 3-5 years out of it.
You can routinely get outlet (refurb) XPS dell desktops with pretty high end specs for $600-700 (with coupon). Anything you may want like an SSD or better video card that isn't included in a particular machine is pretty easy to install yourself.

There's no point in spending $1000. 3-5 yrs shouldn't be difficult, just proactively replace your hard drive before 5 yrs. Spending less and replacing more frequently can make a lot of sense.
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You can routinely get outlet (refurb) XPS dell desktops with pretty high end specs for $600-700 (with coupon). Anything you may want like an SSD or better video card that isn't included in a particular machine is pretty easy to install yourself.

There's no point in spending $1000. 3-5 yrs shouldn't be difficult, just proactively replace your hard drive before 5 yrs. Spending less and replacing more frequently can make a lot of sense.
Any downside to getting the refurbs? Video card isn't a big deal for me since it won't be used for gaming. Will keep the hard drive replacement in mind.
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Any downside to getting the refurbs? Video card isn't a big deal for me since it won't be used for gaming. Will keep the hard drive replacement in mind.
Not really. They come with new warranty. Sometimes cosmetic issues if you pick a scratch and dent.
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I've found that the level of hard drive failure on Dell refurbs seems higher than it should be, to the point where I now suspect that one of the "refurbishments" is replacing whatever drive was originally installed with one that has been returned. I don't have anything to go on there but gut feeling, but I've seen enough failed hard drives from both refurbs and then the subsequent warranty replacement to not put much faith in them.

Long story short - the prices in the outlet are good enough to make it worthwhile (especially with your budget) to look for the best specs you can find with the cheapest hard drive, then swap in a SlickDeals priced SSD and give away or sell the original drive that Dell includes with the system.

As far as longevity is concerned, you are best off with systems from the business side of the outlet as the build quality tends to be better and they often come with 3 year warranties.
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I agree go dell outlet, No reason you have to have a dell if something else comes along first say Lenovo Outlet.
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I've found that the level of hard drive failure on Dell refurbs seems higher than it should be, to the point where I now suspect that one of the "refurbishments" is replacing whatever drive was originally installed with one that has been returned. I don't have anything to go on there but gut feeling, but I've seen enough failed hard drives from both refurbs and then the subsequent warranty replacement to not put much faith in them.

Long story short - the prices in the outlet are good enough to make it worthwhile (especially with your budget) to look for the best specs you can find with the cheapest hard drive, then swap in a SlickDeals priced SSD and give away or sell the original drive that Dell includes with the system.

As far as longevity is concerned, you are best off with systems from the business side of the outlet as the build quality tends to be better and they often come with 3 year warranties.
Funny you should mention this, my Dell refurb desktop hard drive failed also, within a year. Fortunately their awesome warranty covered it. I've since replaced it with a SSD. Not sure if you still get 3 years on all their business lines still.
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Dell Outlet items get the same warranty as new and their return policy is fairly liberal should you not like it. Don't forget to hit the Dell Outlet Twitter account where Dell posts outlet coupons regularly, which can offer significant savings. 20-30% off, maybe more, is common if you can wait for the right coupon, which shouldn't take long.
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Ditto on the Dell outlet. My go-to real work PC target always is the XPS 8700 or 8900 model with an i7 4th gen or better proc. When Dell Outlet has its coupon deals (30% off and the like) you can often find a good deal there on one of the XPS 8700\8900s and pick up a very good desktop for $600 or less depending on the config. The video board will usually be a little on the weak side but if you are not heavy into gaming it will be fine in all likelihood.
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Ditto on the Dell outlet. My go-to real work PC target always is the XPS 8700 or 8900 model with an i7 4th gen or better proc. When Dell Outlet has its coupon deals (30% off and the like) you can often find a good deal there on one of the XPS 8700\8900s and pick up a very good desktop for $600 or less depending on the config. The video board will usually be a little on the weak side but if you are not heavy into gaming it will be fine in all likelihood.
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for those models in the outlet. Doesn't seem to be anything all that nice there right now, though.
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