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Whats a Desktop Deal:

There are many factors you need to take into account in order to make something a deal. Manufacturer, Product line, Specs and warranty are usually what to look at when figuring that out. You need to consider prices as well, sometimes you get a price so hot that it doesn't matter what company it is.

Generally speaking here are the guidelines for Intel processors:

i3 8th Gen processor - Under $300 is usually a hot deal, Under $350 is decent
i5 8th Gen Processor - Under $400 is a Usually a Hot Deal
i7 8th Gen Processor - Under $600 is a Usually Hot Deal

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1940 on: November 21, 2021, 10:27:12 PM »
Would somebody be kind enough to weigh in on the following?  I need to buy another computer for a vacation house and want something that is at least as powerful as the machine that I am presently using (no gaming), occasional photo editing, and mainly surfing.

Below are the specs on my current machine.  Here is the key:  I don't need it for another 4-6 months.  Should I wait or buy it now?  If so, does the 8940 in the prior post make sense as the one to buy?  Not only do I see the 10% coupon for $719 but I also have an Amex Offer which knocks another $120 off.  So, price before taxes is $600.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1941 on: November 22, 2021, 12:37:13 AM »
Would somebody be kind enough to weigh in on the following?  I need to buy another computer for a vacation house and want something that is at least as powerful as the machine that I am presently using (no gaming), occasional photo editing, and mainly surfing.

Below are the specs on my current machine.  Here is the key:  I don't need it for another 4-6 months.  Should I wait or buy it now?  If so, does the 8940 in the prior post make sense as the one to buy?  Not only do I see the 10% coupon for $719 but I also have an Amex Offer which knocks another $120 off.  So, price before taxes is $600.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance
I don't see why you should wait, there are good deals now.

The XPS 8940 is definitely a good buy. It's quite similar to what you have now but way better because of the 5 generations newer processor and SSD storage drive.

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1942 on: November 25, 2021, 09:49:25 AM »
In the market for a decent home/office desktop
Any good deals this weekend


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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1944 on: November 25, 2021, 07:38:29 PM »
I don't see why you should wait, there are good deals now.

The XPS 8940 is definitely a good buy. It's quite similar to what you have now but way better because of the 5 generations newer processor and SSD storage drive.
Hi, would you recommend with these specs, or should I change something?

Using it as a business PC, with speed/memory being the most important factor.

Base
XPS MT 8940
Processor
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700 processor(8-Core, 16M Cache, 2.5GHz to 4.9GHz)
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro (Includes Windows 11 Pro License) English
Memory
16GB, 16Gx1, DDR4, 2933MHz
Keyboard
Dell Multimedia Keyboard-KB216 Black (English)
Driver
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.1 Driver
Hard Drive
512 GB, M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD
Wireless
Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth 5.1
Video Card
Intel® UHD Graphics 750 with shared graphics memory
Cable
US Power Cord
FGA Module
No FGA
Monitor
If accessories are purchased, they may ship separately
Mouse
Wired Mouse, Black MS 116
CD ROM/DVD ROM
No Optical Drive
Sound
Onboard, Realtek Codec
Speakers
No Speaker
Documentation/Disks
Documentation, English/French
Systems Management
Windows System Driver
Return Label
Dell.com Order
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360W Night Sky Bezel Chassis not including optical drive
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1945 on: January 04, 2022, 11:12:49 PM »
is this a good deal?
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/c5qz

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1946 on: January 29, 2022, 11:41:39 PM »
A desktop will get you more bang for your buck, will last longer and is more powerful. (I currently use a laptop :D)
is this it?
https://www.costco.com/dell-xps-tower---intel-core-i7-11700---windows-11-professional.product.100805761.html
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1947 on: February 01, 2022, 02:11:47 PM »
I am looking for a new  home desktop pc with monitor . I have a HP desktop that I purchased in 2012 and I have been having issue with it for sometime and I believe it is time to replace ? My PC is 10 years old.  To be frank , I don’t know much about computers except for basic things like using emails or websites .  I am looking for a new one that is not so expensive but not a weak cheap one either . Maybe go for 8gb ram and 16 memory?  I don’t do any gaming.  I just need one that is not slow or weak and have sufficient  storage space . I would also like one that has Bluetooth built in . Should I go for HP or Dell? I already have HP  all in one printer . My budget is around $500 to $800.  I looked at HP websites and I see ones that says HP slim line desktops . Are they good?  Pls advice me on what I need in tech specs and what your recommendation is! Thanks

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1948 on: February 01, 2022, 05:57:37 PM »
I am looking for a new  home desktop pc with monitor . I have a HP desktop that I purchased in 2012 and I have been having issue with it for sometime and I believe it is time to replace ? My PC is 10 years old.  To be frank , I don’t know much about computers except for basic things like using emails or websites .  I am looking for a new one that is not so expensive but not a weak cheap one either . Maybe go for 8gb ram and 16 memory?  I don’t do any gaming.  I just need one that is not slow or weak and have sufficient  storage space . I would also like one that has Bluetooth built in . Should I go for HP or Dell? I already have HP  all in one printer . My budget is around $500 to $800.  I looked at HP websites and I see ones that says HP slim line desktops . Are they good?  Pls advice me on what I need in tech specs and what your recommendation is! Thanks

If you're not doing much more than casual use (emails, internet, some word & excel work) then 8gb of Ram is sufficient. 250gb SSD for storage space should be plenty as well. 10th of 11th Gen i5/AMD Ryzen 5. i7 is more than you need. Vast majority of desktops nowadays come with bluetooth integrated. Read the product specs first to make sure but should have it.

At this level, when you're looking at a consumer desktop there is no practical difference to you whether it's an HP or Dell. They both make similar quality consumer desktop models, it'll be about what deal you can find in the end of the day. The slim desktops will not impact your performance either, they are the same thing as the wider towers just in a smaller form factor. Do not go for the micro desktops however. Focus on the specs for the price point and make a decision from there.   

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1949 on: February 01, 2022, 11:01:08 PM »
If you're not doing much more than casual use (emails, internet, some word & excel work) then 8gb of Ram is sufficient. 250gb SSD for storage space should be plenty as well. 10th of 11th Gen i5/AMD Ryzen 5. i7 is more than you need. Vast majority of desktops nowadays come with bluetooth integrated. Read the product specs first to make sure but should have it.

At this level, when you're looking at a consumer desktop there is no practical difference to you whether it's an HP or Dell. They both make similar quality consumer desktop models, it'll be about what deal you can find in the end of the day. The slim desktops will not impact your performance either, they are the same thing as the wider towers just in a smaller form factor. Do not go for the micro desktops however. Focus on the specs for the price point and make a decision from there.
I would add, that for the non tech savvy, customer service is a big deal. And at Dell it's video worthy.
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1950 on: February 01, 2022, 11:06:16 PM »
I would add, that for the non tech savvy, customer service is a big deal. And at Dell it's video worthy.
On that note, it maybe be worth it to pay a little more a d buy it from Costco. All computers there come with a 2 year warranty with great concierge service of u need help. And then use their credit card and u get an additional 2 years of coverage.

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1951 on: February 06, 2022, 09:55:50 PM »
On that note, it maybe be worth it to pay a little more a d buy it from Costco. All computers there come with a 2 year warranty with great concierge service of u need help. And then use their credit card and u get an additional 2 years of coverage.
the local costcos here hardly have any deskotps. They do have one  and it was ALL IN ONE desktop with 8gb ram. All in one means it doesnt have the tower and everything is on the monitor right? also 8gb ram is weak. isn't it?

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1952 on: February 06, 2022, 11:26:10 PM »
the local costcos here hardly have any deskotps. They do have one  and it was ALL IN ONE desktop with 8gb ram. All in one means it doesnt have the tower and everything is on the monitor right? also 8gb ram is weak. isn't it?
they have online desktop deals

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1953 on: February 07, 2022, 02:13:44 PM »
they have online desktop deals
can you show me one or two that is  not more then $800? HHD is SSD? Dell and HP desktop is same priced but different specs which I don’t know which one is better

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1954 on: February 07, 2022, 06:08:57 PM »
Dell vs HP desktop, same price but which is better? I do have a HP printer. HP printer works best with HP PC not Dell right?

https://www.costco.com/.product.100794347.html

https://www.costco.com/.product.1598812.html

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1955 on: February 08, 2022, 12:38:36 AM »
Dell vs HP desktop, same price but which is better? I do have a HP printer. HP printer works best with HP PC not Dell right?

https://www.costco.com/.product.100794347.html

https://www.costco.com/.product.1598812.html
Wrong
Printer and pc can be different companies

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1956 on: February 10, 2022, 01:22:21 AM »
Most printers communicate with the TWAIN driver, and as long that is the case all it needs is a windows OS
the only printer that I'm aware of that doesn't use the TWAIN driver is fujitsu scansnap so you would need to use their software to use the printer, still doesn't matter which brand PC you use
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1957 on: February 21, 2022, 10:33:04 PM »
Any thoughts on this deal? What is the conventional wisdom of going with AMD over Intel? How is the AMD Ryzen 5 processor? Can I find a better deal on an all-in-one with similar specs (16gb; 512gb SSD)?

https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-all-in-one-24-cb0146z-bundle-all-in-one-pc?jumpid=ma_presidents-day-sale_product-tile_desktops_6_20w74aa_hp-all-in-one-24-cb0
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1958 on: February 23, 2022, 06:13:52 PM »
did I get a killer desktop pc with killer specs for killer price?

update today:

I purchased this PRESIDENT DAY DELL XPS SPECIAL EDITION desktop but configured version with same graphics and everything, plus I added Blueray optical drive and 2TB SSD. That;s huge extra SSD storage and Blue ray drive instead of just CD/DWD drive.
I paid $1306 total before tax for shipment in April 8. Hope I receive it before that so I get the Amex $120 credit.

What you guys think?

Now I have killer specs

11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 processor(8-Core, 16M Cache, 2.5GHz to 4.9GHz)

NVIDIA(R) GeForce RTX(TM) 3060 12GB GDDR6

Windows 11 Home, English

BDRE Drive (Reads and Writes to Blu-Ray disks)

16GB, 8Gx2, DDR4, 2933MHz


2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive

Killer(TM) Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth 5.1

500W Mineral White Bezel Chassis including optical drive

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1959 on: February 25, 2022, 09:05:23 PM »
hello, i need your opinion on what I just got from Dell. I believe I got a killer desktop for killer price. Before that I know some may think I am trolling cos I posted this on another post but I just got Dell to upgrade the model with far better specs and faster shipping in March vs the earlier shipping date in April. I just changed my order to the NEW XPS DESKTOP 8950 with configurations for $1300 before tax. The website price with those specs is $2300 before tax. I have a 10 years old PC and I am due for a New desktop. Honestly I don't know much about computers besides email and websites but it helps to have a strong reliable powerful future proof computer. Do you think I got the following PC for excellent price? Thanks


https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/d...4bb40177a4
The main specs are :

XPS Desktop 8950

QUANTITY: 1 | UNIT PRICE: $1,297.89

12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700 processor (12-Core, 25MB Cache, 2.1GHz to 4.9GHz)
laptop

Windows 11 Home, English
videocard

NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060, 12 GB GDDR6, LHR
memory

16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR5, 4400 MHz; up to 128 GB (add'l mem sold separately)
harddrive

2 TB, M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD
fallbackcolor

750W Night Sky Bezel Chassis including optical drive

CD ROM/DVD ROM
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Item number: 429-AAXX


Wireless
Killer(TM) Wi-Fi 6 1675 (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth 5.2
Item number: 555-BGST

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Feb 25, 2022
In Production
Shipped

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Delivered

Estimated arrival: Mar 14, 2022