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Date:January 11th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)

Try this; it's Dell's returned/refurbished/scratch&dent computers. They go for about half the price of an identical off-the shelf computer, so for however much cash you want to spend, you can get a much better box. The downside is that there's no customization possible; these are real, existing machines sitting on a shelf somewhere. There's enough computers available I'm sure you could find something close to what you really really want.

I got an XPS with a dual core Intel 2.8 GHz processor, 1 gig RAM, 320 Gig HD, DVD-RW, CD-RW, NVidia GeForce 7300 video card, lots of USB ports etc etc for $560 including tax and shipping. It was a "scratch & dent" machine, but I couldn't find any scratches or dents. I felt kinda jipped.

They all come with a 1 year warranty, but so far mine has been flawless.
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