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Windows 7: Is this is a good deal?

26 May 2016   #41
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwitel View Post

I called Dell yesterday and they quoted me a the 3040 Optiplex Mini Tower with an i5-6500, Windows 7, 4gb of RAM, 256ssd (no optical drive-which I dont think I need anyways)-for $750
I figured if I needed it, id just hop on Crucial and get another 4gb of RAM.

Not bad, right?
Yeah, that looks pretty good, considering it's a pre-built and has an SSD.

Didn't know you were willing to reach to 750.

I'd say only a small chance you'll need more than 4 GB of RAM. You can keep track of your usage easily enough.

Win 7 Home Premium or Pro? You likely don't need Pro.

i5-6500 is overkill, but if you can afford it, it would likely be adequate for a longer period than say an i3-6100. And I think you did use the "F" word in a previous post, so a 6500 might make sense.

Just hope you don't have to deal with Dell support if you have a problem. You'll likely be connected to "George" or "Jim", a native of Bangladesh or India, and end up rending your own flesh. Been there my own self.

But that's true of all the big OEM builders.


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26 May 2016   #42
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

I'm not sure why you are insisting on an ssd especially if computer manufacturers charge a premium for them compared to regular hard drives. If you can buy your own for cheaper then why not do that? You can easily use software to move the data from one drive to another. Also a regular hard drive is cheaper than a SSD. For $750 I would want for it to be brand new and have a monitor. What version of 7 is it?
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26 May 2016   #43
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
I'm not sure why you are insisting on an ssd especially if computer manufacturers charge a premium for them compared to regular hard drives. If you can buy your own for cheaper then why not do that? You can easily use software to move the data from one drive to another. Also a regular hard drive is cheaper than a SSD. For $750 I would want for it to be brand new and have a monitor. What version of 7 is it?
Im insisting because I dont want to have to deal with the hassle of moving over the OS.

Its 7 pro.
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26 May 2016   #44
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwitel View Post

I called Dell yesterday and they quoted me a the 3040 Optiplex Mini Tower with an i5-6500, Windows 7, 4gb of RAM, 256ssd (no optical drive-which I dont think I need anyways)-for $750
I figured if I needed it, id just hop on Crucial and get another 4gb of RAM.

Not bad, right?
Yeah, that looks pretty good, considering it's a pre-built and has an SSD.

Didn't know you were willing to reach to 750.

I'd say only a small chance you'll need more than 4 GB of RAM. You can keep track of your usage easily enough.

Win 7 Home Premium or Pro? You likely don't need Pro.

i5-6500 is overkill, but if you can afford it, it would likely be adequate for a longer period than say an i3-6100. And I think you did use the "F" word in a previous post, so a 6500 might make sense.

Just hope you don't have to deal with Dell support if you have a problem. You'll likely be connected to "George" or "Jim", a native of Bangladesh or India, and end up rending your own flesh. Been there my own self.

But that's true of all the big OEM builders.
Yea, I figure the i5 and the SSD will give me some "future-proofing" and I can always pop in another 4gb of RAM if need be.
I didnt want to go above 650 but I felt like piece of mind with a brand new unit, a full warranty, an SSD and a present generation chip are worth the extra 1-$150 spent
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26 May 2016   #45
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Beware of that thing trying to force Windows 10 on you.

First thing I'd do is get into the Windows Update settings and set it to show you only Windows stuff and not to download anything. Uncheck the "recommended updates" control. You want to personally control the updates as best you can.

Consider installing GWX Control Panel Monitor or Never 10 to help you avoid Windows 10.

Unless you want 10, of course.

Even if you do, I'd do a clean install of it, rather than get it through Windows Update.

Get yourself wise to an imaging application like Macrium Reflect.

Know what you'd do if your SSD drops dead and you have to recover from that and reinstall Windows and your applications and your data.
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26 May 2016   #46
kwitel

7/64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Beware of that thing trying to force Windows 10 on you.

First thing I'd do is get into the Windows Update settings and set it to show you only Windows stuff and not to download anything. Uncheck the "recommended updates" control. You want to personally control the updates as best you can.

Consider installing GWX Control Panel Monitor or Never 10 to help you avoid Windows 10.

Unless you want 10, of course.

Even if you do, I'd do a clean install of it, rather than get it through Windows Update.

Get yourself wise to an imaging application like Macrium Reflect.

Know what you'd do if your SSD drops dead and you have to recover from that and reinstall Windows and your applications and your data.
Good calls, all around. Will do.
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26 May 2016   #47
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

Get yourself wise to an imaging application like Macrium Reflect.

Know what you'd do if your SSD drops dead and you have to recover from that and reinstall Windows and your applications and your data.

It's now mandatory to have a system image around to recover
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