February 3rd, 2004

socks and cat

Just a day or two away from buying a computer that actually works

My computer degradation has now accelerated to freezing up or randomly rebooting every 10 to 20 minutes. I think I'll count myself as lucky if it lasts another week or two.

Here is the new system I selected on Dell's website. With the $100 rebate it comes to $700. I have the order on hold but haven't placed it yet. I'm still trying to decide if I should pay for it with money I got for Christmas or save that money for rent and stuff (since my unemployment runs out in two weeks) and finance the computer instead. There's no interest until 2005 and I fully intend to pay it off before then. Here it is:

Dell dimension 4600

17" monitor

Intel ® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.8GHz w/533MHz FSB

256MB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 333MHz (2x128M)

80GB2 Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive (7200 RPM)

Dual CD Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + FREE UPGRADE! 48x CD-RW Drive

no speakers (because I have a pair already)

I also found some one selling this system, still new in the box, for only $350. I'm wondering if I should get this one instead:

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Which system do you think I should buy? Keep in mind I plan to use this for the next 3 to 5 years.
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