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Hello, a year ago I bought the HP P7-1234 from Best Buy. The computer starting having issues, so they "fixed" it for free under the service plan. It's still acting up and I don't have time to be without a computer mid-semester. I'm going on Friday to get a replacement, but I'm torn.

I definitely want a desktop and my budget is $500. The one I already have got great reviews so I'm considering getting the same one again, but this marks the third bad experience I've had with HP. I spotted the Dell I660S-1540BK and it got great reviews at a great price. I'm really looking for something for college with a decent memory and that will last a long time. Any suggestions?
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  1. Main brands can be so hit or miss, it's hard to say. I've had pretty good experience with Dell, besides their overseas customer service. There's a decent Labor Day sale on Dells right now, like this one: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?cs=19&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN&vw=list&oc=fddnrt09b&dgc=CJ&cid=7420&lid=566643&acd=10550055-227502-F0120005NC00BD366046ZZ0A99366046C84A01A0A0Z122

    Not sure if you have time to order one and have it delivered though. The one you listed is probably a pretty standard machine, that hopefully would last you for a while. It's hard to say with these systems sometimes. Bummer about your experience with HP.

    Good luck!
  2. Thank you for your reply!
    I have to buy through Best Buy (because the new computer will be a service plan replacement). I'm so weary of all computers these days!
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    Michelleelaine said:
    Thank you for your reply!
    I have to buy through Best Buy (because the new computer will be a service plan replacement). I'm so weary of all computers these days!


    I totally get that. Here are a couple other Best Buy options that might be worth taking a look at:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+Desktop+-+4GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/9008225.p?id=1218968346319&skuId=9008225

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+Desktop+-+6GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/9008173.p?id=1218968347656&skuId=9008173

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/9028043.p?id=1218971611623&skuId=9028043

    These are all a boost in RAM and hard drive space. I really like Lenovo's laptops, haven't tried their desktops, but they might be worth a shot :)
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