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Buy Vista on Dell computer? Need Advice

By mae
Jan 12, 2009
  1. I'm new, so please redirect me if I am posting in the wrong place.

    Here are my needs for a new computer, OS: I care more about the written word than visuals. I check e-mail, surf the Internet - news junkie - Ny Times, Wash. Post, Wall Street Journal. Have never downloaded music - only listen to CDs on DVD drive. However, would like to listen to radio programs through the Internet and the occasional tv or video program. Stock quotes, etc., financial, maybe online banking. Don't buy much off Internet - maybe once a year. I'm not a gamer.

    I am coming from a Gateway Profile 3 with Windows Millennium that has nearly died. ( I revived it somehow by reformatting the hard drive and now I can get on the Internet but my DVD player attached to monitor-hard drive is dead. )

    I am thinking about buying a Dell 531 Desktop for $398. Specs: 17" Widescreen flat panel display, USB Keybd, USB Optical Mouse, AMD Sempron LE 1250 Processor, 2 GB memory, 160 GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA Ge Force 6150 LE Integrated Graphics, Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio and Dell Speakers. Windows Vista Home Premium OS, Microsoft Works 9.0, McAfee Security, 1 Yr lmtd warranty and 24/7 tech support.

    I have a Canon Pixma MP 130 printer which I need to know if I can update drivers for. (I've been getting different answers on that - Canon Website states: No Additional Drivers Available???) Tech Support was going to charge me $9.99 to answer the question. I'd like to find a computer that I can still use the printer with because it is in good shape and I've never had problems with it.

    Any advice would be appreciated. I'm new so I apologize if I have been too long-winded in my post.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. trooper_901

    trooper_901 TS Rookie

    dell inspiron

    i own a dell inspiron 1525
    it is a fantastic computer for business use, such as writing email and word processing
    never had a problem, starts everytime, good battery, can only just play newer games however
     
  3. mae

    mae TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    thanks, trooper_901

    Thanks, trooper_901. Does your Dell Inspiron have an AMD Processor and is it a desktop and how old is it? Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. trooper_901

    trooper_901 TS Rookie

    intel 1.7 dual core
    120gb hard drive
    1gb ram
    64mb graphics

    cost me around $800 Australian
    less that 6 months old

    oh sorry, missed a bit, its a laptop :)
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    That Dell looks like a suitable PC for you. Go for it IMO, you shouldn't have problems. As for your printer, check here for the appropriate drivers. You'll need to download and install the Vista 32-bit MP drivers from that page.
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Dell is very sparse on RAM. This one has the minimum 2GB, so if you can upgrade at time of purchase, do it.
     
  7. mae

    mae TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Thanks, everyone, for your input. It is odd that you have to go to the Canon Europe site for driver update instead of the Canon US site, but I will check it out. I've got to get a computer soon, so I'm leaning toward this Dell.
     
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,172   +37

    If I may interject, I helped my mom purchase a new system less than a year ago at Staples and it was an HP in a box (they had boxed Dell systems as well). The LCD screen is georgeous; very stable with Vista. It is perfect for her online business, etc., and the motherboard was designed and manufactured by Asus.

    But as has been noted Dell will do you very fine as well.
     
  9. old101

    old101 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    At the time I bought my Dimension C521 desktop I checked the price of additional 2 GB memory and found that I could get the same from Crucial for less than half the price. If you can add memory yourself, or have a friend who can do it for you, then that is the most cost effective way.

    Bobbye makes an important point - Dell shortchanges memory. Did not take me long to get the additional memory.
     
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