I am a simple basic computer user (compared to other members here!) that has been using a completely outdated Dell Optiplex GX620 for the past three years with 3gb RAM 3.4 ghz Intel Pentium 4 CPU. I want to upgrade and was originally considering using my $150 Amazon gift card to purchase a model similar to these:
when I started reading that Intel had plans to release a new chip called "Sandy Bridge" and that it might be advantageous to wait to purchase a computer with the new chip. Then I saw an ad for the new Dell XPS 8300 Sandy Bridge PC ($750).
I am wondering if there are/will be any budget-priced (<$750) computers using the new Sandy Bridge chip released in the immediate future (< one month) that I should consider and would you advise me to spend the extra money for the Dell XPS 8300 or use my $150 Amazon gift card towards one of the aformentioned computers? I am not a gamer. Thanks
There was a recall for the mainboards used in Sandy Bridge systems. The new fixed boards have only recently started being produced. Wait a couple of weeks and you will likely see more systems with Sandy Bridge processors for less than that Dell XPS.
Any of those systems would be a huge speed boost for you, especially since you're coming from a P4 system. Go ahead and pick any of them up -- they'll last you for years too.
Thanks for your answer. I will probably wait another week or so before purchasing, but if I had to choose between these <$600 systems on Amazon, that allow me to use my $150 Amazon gift card, which would you reccomend?
Acer AM3910-U4012 Desktop by Acer $578.42
“6GB DDR3 Memory delivers incredible system response to effortlessly play intense games, multitask and run the latest multi-threaded applications. Massive 1TB Hard Drive”
Lenovo Ideacentre H320 Series 40411DU Desktop by Lenovo $579.99
“Intel Core i3-550 dual core, 3.2 GHz, 2 cores, 4 threads 4 GB PC3-8500, 1066 MHz DDR3, non parity, dual channel capable, four 240 pin DIMM sockets, (8GB max) 1 TB Hard Drive 7200 RPM, DVDRW Integrated Intel HD Graphics, Wired PS/2 Keyboard / USB Mouse Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit”
Acer Veriton M498G-UI3550W Desktop PC by Acer $545.99
“Windows 7 Professional (32-bit) Intel Core i3-550 Processor (4MB Intel Smart Cache, 3.20GHz) 2GB (2/0/0/0) DDR3 SDRAM 320GB SATA, 7200RPM Microsoft Office Starter 2010”
HP Pavilion p6710f PC (Black) by HP $529.99
“AMD Athlon II 640 Quad-Core Processor 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM memory(3) (2x2GB) (expandable to 16GB) 1TB (Terabyte) [7200RPM Serial ATA] hard drive Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit ATI RadeonTM HD 4200 integrated graphics(16) Up to 1919MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows 7”
This computer also just became available on Amazon:
Dell Studio XPS s7100-3011NBK Desktop (Piano Black) $589.99
AMD Phenom II X6 1035T Processor 3GB RAM
USB 2.0: 2 Top Tray, 2 Front, 4 Back; DVI and HDMI Video Outputs; eSATA; RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet; Microphone Input; Headphone Input
1TB Hard Drive
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with Double-Layer Write Capability
1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450 Graphics
Dell USB Keyboard and Mouse Included
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit); Microsoft Office Starter 2010