Guys I did it...

@wildguy2 (1349)
Canada
December 11, 2006 10:34pm CST
I tried to talk myself out of it but I couldn't...I ordered a new Computer from Dell, it cost me 1500.00 but it's way better than what I am currently using, which is also a dell. Thing is the one I have now isn't paid for until April of 2007, I took it out on lease, and the one I am getting is also a lease for 4 years.... I was getting feed up of the slow working of this system, I couldn't so multiple tasks as it just doesn't have enough juice...I upgraded everything I could and still not satisfied..but the new system is 5 times more powerfull than the one I have now.... Did I do the right thing...or did I just let myself get talked into a new toy....
47 responses
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
4 Feb 07
Good luck to you ..... wish it was me because our computer is old and tired and cannot justify a new one just yet .... although if we have a good year with selling the vegetables and all that, then we might consider it. Know that the wife wants a new one but with this drought just cannot risk spending the money. Tell me, did you buy it online or did you get it through a store? Is it a laptop or desktop? We did think that when we can afford one we would get a laptop but not really sure which way to go.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
I purchased it through Dell Canada and it is a desktop. I thought about a laptop but just could not find a reason to purchase one as I do all my computing at home, if I needed something to take to other areas then yes a laptop would have been a good choice.
@kawillow74 (1417)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Well I love Dell but I just got a new one in July and it is junk or at least i think so they have been out to look at it and can't find any problems but it does not want to stay connected they say it is in my lines. But I hook up my laptop and it never disconnects. I have a DIMENSION E510. I would not recommened it. Good luck with yours.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
Does your desktop have a built in modem or external, I would try to see if you can borrow an externel modem and try that, if it stays connected then you know that it is a modem failure.
• United States
13 Dec 06
Yes I am almost postive it is a modem problem we ran the test and came up fine so I am not sure what else to do. Thanks for help.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Just thought of something...did you happen to check your modem dial up settings to make sure that it isn't set to time out...I had a system once that did that, it nearly drove me crazy, when I checked the connection settings my computer was set to disconnect every 15 minutes, this is a setting used for people that don't have unlimited access, so that someone doesn't leave the computer connected to the internet, and run the bill up.
@Ambur25 (1007)
• United States
12 Dec 06
The problem with Dell (that I have) they ask you what you will be doing with your new computer. So you end up getting a $600 computer with $700 worth of software. $1500 is very expensive for a PC. For that kind of money, it should have "AT LEAST" a gig of RAM, 220gig Hard drive, at least a 3.2ghz processor, and a major video card / graphics controller. And I've seen PC's with these specs for around $600-$700. I would have gone to TigerDirect, ComputerShopper, Overstock.Com, or even Wal-Mart.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
The system has 3 gigs of processor power over a duo core, 250 gigs of hard drive 256mb radeon graphics card, and 1gig of ram and a 20 inch flat screen monitor. 3 years warranty, and software that I chose, they tried to sell me a lot of software that I felt I didn't need and I turned it down, None of the companies you listed have that type of warranty...or service, if I bought one at walmart, and I have trouble with it, who do I call for help.. Where do I have it serviced?
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
I checked around the sites you listed and what I found that was close to the system I ordered is the following. TigerDirect.ca computer with similiar specs but had more hard drive storage, but did no include a monitor, Price $1777.99 Overstock.com had a system similiar bu not as powerful, there price was $799.99, but it is american, when you figure in the taxes, duty and money exchange, there is no savings, also not even sure they ship to canada. Walmart: I wouldn't waste my time with. Computer Shopper: Closest price they listed was for a Dell e520 less power than what I purchased, price 799.99 american, I am going to check staples and futureshop.
@harsh1985 (593)
• India
13 Dec 06
well if you are unpleasent with your old computer. then your decision is right..
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Thank you, yes I am getting very unpleased with the old system, as it is just to slow about everything.
@bandronic (171)
• Romania
13 Dec 06
Good job! Have fun with it! Dell is a very reliable computer assembler. It sells and it builds quality products. Congratulations on your purchase. Still I would have bought it cash not on a lease because in time you will be upgrading the computer and you will be paying for a computer that you ave changed with your own money. But regarding the acquisition, you did good because after a few years if you want to upgrade your computer you have to change almost everything except the case. O know this by own experience. Change the motherboard, you have to change the processor and RAM, graphics board, you can add a new hard drive, maybe a new optical device, considering that blue-ray it's coming up to catch the dvd's popularity, and why not a new case. There you have it a new computer, an upgrade to the older.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Good points...did you happen to see the price of the Blue Ray Reader/Burners....Un freaking believable, I seen one on Staples today and the price was $699.99, I almost fell over...I truly hope that they drop a little in price.
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
13 Dec 06
congratulations on your new computer. have fun with it. I think you made the right choice since your old one was not fast enough and you upgraded it all you could. as long as you can afford the payments it all sounds good. enjoy it.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I spend more a week on coffee than what the payment is on this computer, so I might have to lay off the coffee for a while but that wouldn't be a bad thing. Thanks for your response.
• India
13 Dec 06
i agree wasim, you wasted alot but by the high speed you can now earn more with some intensive speed so don't worry go ahead. Regards, Abhi
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Thank you for your response...Yes the high speed will be a definate help, I have further plans for this system, and if it is as good as I hope it is, it will be a great asset.
• United States
13 Dec 06
Dells have a good reputation and the warrantie are good too. customer serive is terrible. The wait on the phone can eat up half of your night and once you get connecte, you are likely to get hooked up with customer service in a foreign country that can barely speak English. Troubleshoot before you call-no joke.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I hear ya, however I never had a problem with the wait time, it was the english barrier, most of there computer techs are I think are from India, and sometimes it can be a little hard to understand each other, however the gentleman I was talking to last night was Indian as well but he did really good, I gave him a great review for his service, very nice fellow, he gave me his extension number so I will be contacting him at anytime I need... On the other hand I have talked to Dell a couple times in the past for problems I was having, and the techs they put me through really were not that good, I ended up fixing my problem myself, I can handle just about any computer problem, but I had to call them to be sure that it was OK for me to do my own repairs, I was new to the lease program so I was not sure what I was allowed to do myself.
@sanell (2113)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I think that is great, hey if you purchased something that you like to use you might as well go ahead and get something that yuo want to work with that is easy and streamline so GOOD FOR YOU! I say you did a good job, and with the upgrade on the lease, can you just pay for the new one since you will probably be turning in the existing one anyway? How does that work
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Their lease system is a lease to own program, at the end of 48 months I own the computer. In april 2007 I will end the lease on my first system, and own it, if I go the full term on the second system, at the end of another 48 months I will own it as well. You can at any time buy out the lease, but they will charge you the remainder of the computer price and so much for the interst owing, that is how they get there money, mostly through the interest. It's the same as borrowing money from a financial company you can pay back what you borrowed at any time but you will have to pay the interest owing.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
13 Dec 06
HOnestly, I wouldn't have leased a computer thorugh Dell. They charge you 21% interest. You computer will be way out of date by the time it is paid off and you will be stuck with the same problem. You would have been better getting a loan from the bank. The interest would be better or waiting until tax season (if you file early you can have your money in hand before the end of January) and buying it with cash.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
The interest on this system is not that high, my first system was 28.99% interest, very high, but it was like that because I was a credit risk (Had bad credit). I plan to try and pay this off within the 4 years probably do it in 2 or less. As for borrowing the money from the bank no bank in my area will loan you anything less than $5000.00 and only then if they approve you for it, and usually you have to have collateral for the loan, and no way would I put my vehicle or house down for that, just to get a computer, I could have went to a finance company, but the interest there is 31.99%, way higher. As for income tax, I 99% of the time do not get a return, I always owe the Government, I must earn to much and they don't take enough taxes of my income, I haven't got a return in 6 years, last year I owed them 500.00 this year I suspect I will owe them another 1000.00 Great suggestions and I had thought of them all. Thank you for posting.
@Jen05Jen (31)
• United States
13 Dec 06
You probably just bought a new toy. though it will probably be a benefit to you. At least if you use your computer for work or important things. I have never leased an electronic device so I dont know the rules. but maybe you could try to sell you old computer on ebay or something & use the money to pay off the old computer & maybe even get a fews extra buck to pay off some of the new computer. Just a suggestion.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
No I am keeping the old one as well, my two daughters are getting it. Thanks for the response.
@kgwat70 (13394)
• United States
13 Dec 06
New Computers - Dell has the best computers around.  You can not go wrong with a Dell computer.
If you enjoy it and love all the features and things that you can now do, than I definitely think it was worth it. Only you will know if it was worth it or not. Ugprading your computer parts would have been another option and there are good computers out there that do not cost that much.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I explored the upgrade option but didn't see where that would have benefitted me, also tried other places for better prices but they were all about the same, I have a dell now it has served me very well so I figured I would stay with them as customer loyalty.
@krankies (811)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Well in two years you will be in the market again. Computers are always upgrading with faster and smaller items. But if your happy that is what is important. Not what we think. Your money, you worked for it.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
That is true the computers are updating so fast that we can't keep up, but it is usually the software that is the problem, it keeps upgrading so the systems have to follow suit. The system I have ordered I hope won't have to be upgraded for a very long time, this is why I went bigger.
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
13 Dec 06
We got 2 systems and they are both Dell's. We got the payment plans on both, but paid them both off in a short period of time. I think everyone get's that omg what did I do when they buy something especially at a price your not used to spending. I think once you sit down and start to try it out you will be happy.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
That is true, I did the same thing with my first Computer, had the same doubts, but I didn't pay as much for that one as I did this computer, I just have a hard time convincing myself when the amount of the purchase is more than a thousand dollars. But like you said I will be fine when I get the new system and realize how much better it is.
@Asylum (48055)
• Manchester, England
13 Dec 06
Since you obviously wanted a faster system quite badly, then you can hardly have made a mistake by purchasing one. I have upgraded my system many times by adding RAM or changing the hard drive etcetera, but I still find that technology outpaces upgradeability by a long way so I change my system every few years. As long as I can afford to replace the computer then I do not consider it to be a mistake. I would say that you have talked yourself into a new toy, but what is wrong with that?
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Thanks Asylum, I have also tried upgrading my system, I installed more ram to the tune of 60.00 a pop, priced a new motherboard and processor, that would have cost me about 500.00 and new graphics card and hard drive another 300.00 so all in all to upgrade this system to a decent speed it would have cost me about 1000.00, and then I wasn't sure if it would all work out..
• United States
13 Dec 06
Well, I think it goes both ways. If it really botherd you that bad, that you needed a new one, then it was probobly the right thing. Can I ask how good your other computer was? Some of the Specs? My computer is soo ungodly slow, that I can barely run Firefox and MSN messenger, without taking 30 seconds to switch from one, to another in the task bar thing.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
These are my old system specs: Dell Dimension 2350 1.8 ghz processor P4 Intel, 30 gig hard drive, 512MB ram, CD R/RW DVD R/RW, 17" monitor, 64 MB onboard intel graphics card, onboard sound. Right now I am in the process of running Mylot and trying to back up some programs using Nero, I can hardly get these topics posted as the system is so choppy, this is one of the reasons for the new system.
• Netherlands
12 Dec 06
Well computers are a big ticket item in some places. Getting a nice one that can and will do what you need it to is also important if you are going to invest in it. I bought a HP computer that has tremendous space and all the bells, whistles and extras they had. My rationalisation was that if I have to make this purchase I was going to make it count. I feel that people who go to buy a new computer should buy what they NEED not something sub-par.... Also working on something that is on it's last leg is also not good. (Talk about frustration.) So I think you did the right thing for you.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I believe that as well, also I think that when you make computer purchase you not only have to look at what your needs are, but what they may be down the road...buying a system that has to be upgraded 6 months time isn't really much fun, that is why I went big this time, hopefully I can stay ahead and not have to worry for a while about a draggy computer
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
what are the specs of ur previous comp?
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Dell Dimension 2350 1.8 ghz processor P4 Intel, 30 gig hard drive, 512MB ram, CD R/RW DVD R/RW, 17" monitor, 64 MB onboard intel graphics card, onboard sound. The new system has AMD athelon Duo Core 3 gig processor, 250 gig hard drive, 1 gig ram, DVD R/RW, 20" Flat screen monitor, 256 Radeon graphics card, and 7.1 onboard surround sound.
• United States
12 Dec 06
You're an idiot.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
You should last as a member really long here with responses like that...a lot of thought went in to it, I can tell....but we will see who the idiot is when I follow your every post...I give you may another month if you are lucky, post carefully my friend..
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Congratulations! And I do think you did the right thing. I have some of the same frustrations you have with my computer, now 6 years old, and I've been thinking about getting a new one as well. In my case, I think I will wait until spring or summer. Anyway, I hope your new computer works well for you.
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
Nothing more frustrating than have something that just doesn't perform well as it used to, and if you have six years with your present computer then yes it probably is a time to upgrade. Thank you for your response.