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Old 10-09-02, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Athlon XP 2200+ vs. P4 2.4 Ghz

I'm working with my cousin to buy him a new computer. We are looking at a Dell Dimension 4550 or a Compaq Presario 8000Z. They both have almost the same components:

60 Gig 7200 RPM HDD, GF4 Ti 4200 128 Mb, and 512 Mb DDR ram.

The Compaq has an Athlon XP 2200+ with nForce, and the Dell has a 2.4 Ghz Northy.

The Compaq is $157 cheaper. Which one should perform better? Is Dell more reliable than Compaq? (I've never owned either brand.) Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 10-09-02, 10:54 PM   #2
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the dell is faster.

But why dont you just build your system? You will be able to build a better one or save money. I never understand why people buy this kind of pcs
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Old 10-10-02, 05:36 AM   #3
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No offense but Dell and Compaq are both crap. Build your system, or if that is beyond your abilities, buy one from Falcon Northwest, Alienware, or have your local PC shop build one to your specs, with off the shelf components.

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Default local PC builder?

I agree on Dell & Compaq being poopy PC manufacturers... Their reliability all depends on the moods of the QA workers (or so it seems)... I see more instances of "bad batches" of PC's (mostly power supplies, burners, monitors, and NIC's) like those from these guys (and gateway) than from any other source. Seems like the smaller and hungry PC manufacturers have more aggressive QA policies and higher reliability... Like Micron, Systemax, ABS, and Northwest Falcon.

And before you consider your local fab shop, talk with the people there and see if they're just like gm goodwrench mechanics (by the book building policies, never deviating from "stock", expensive labor prices, shady explanation of problems) or your family's mechanic (proper explanation of problems, fair pricing, willing to assist in modifications)... I've run into these two types many times, and hate seeing customers flock to the "goodwrench" types out of convenience or ignorance. They ALWAYS get screwed in some way or another, be it paying $60 for a power supply, having conflicts with warranty information, or just waiting 2 weeks for a hard drive replacement ("your HD's dead... I'm takin it to the shop") even though all it needs is a defrag.

IMHO, your best bet is buying from a smaller vendor or building it yourself.
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yes, you're better off building your own. But if you must choose between the two, the Dell is better built computer than Compaq.

If you were building the PC yourself, I'd say get the AthlonXP2200 and save yourself a LOT of money by going AMD over Intel for similar performance. But I can't stand Compaq, they are probably the world's most popular and world's worst computer! Trust me, I fix the pieces of junk every day at work... bleh.
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I know that building your own is best, which I intend to do. But this ain't my computer. I think alienware would be ideal, but they demand a price premium, and i've bought computers from a local manufacturer. You pay just as much for a computer with cheap, older components that you would pay for something better from bigger brands. My cousin is focused on getting a Dell, and isn't into spending $2000 on a computer.

Oh well.
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i understand you Iron. If It is not going to be your computer then yes buy that dell. You will get less headaches, trust me for my own experience. I remember sometime ago i built a pc for a friend and he started to have problems you know BSODs, etc that kind of **** that happens all the time with computer hardware. He thought i have ****ed him and never talk to me again, oh well...

From that experience i clearly understand why companies like dell, compaq exist.... For newbies that doesnt know a **** about pcs and complain about everything.

So buy that dell and if he runs into trouble call Dell support
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Thanks for the tips. We wound up buying the 2.4 Ghz P4 from Dell.
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