Dude, I’m getting a Dell…

For like the 100th time in the past couple months I went back to the Dell site to once again wibble and waffle over buying a new PC only to discover that the machine I’d configured and saved missing from my shopping cart where I’d saved it. I checked my wishlist on the site and the PC there (same as the one in the cart) no longer showed the $100 discount! I was all sorts of pissed, at Dell for their site lying and saying the offer was good until October 25th, at myself for waffling straight through another good deal from Dell. I said to myself “NOW how much is it going to cost me?” and once again configured a system and when I was done, it was the same price AND it listed the $100 discount! Not only that they’d upped the base HD size from 160 GIGs to 250 GIGs and changed the 13:1 card reader out for a 19:1 card reader (not that I care, I have one memory card to read). So added it to my shopping cart (again) to see what the shipping, handling and taxes would be and found they’re offering FREE shipping for the next few days. I wibbled for a couple more hours, checked HP, Gateway and a couple other sites all of which couldn’t even come close to Dell’s price and finally said “To hell with it. I’m tired of missing out on decent deals. I’m buying the stupid thing, I can afford it.” So I did…

Dell Inspiron 531 – AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
56K PCI Data Fax Modem
16x DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Warranty: 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24×7 Phone Support
Free 3GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1 Year

Total, including S&H and Tax: $401.73

Hawk (Sitting out by the mailbox, waiting)


  1. doug

    Good for you. Go to Dell’s site and get your tracking number. That way you can agonize it through every city it visits and think about all the guys throwing the box from truck to truck.

  2. hawk (Post author)

    Hell, it’s not even going to ship for at least another week… though they’ve already charged my credit card!

  3. John

    Now, if it could only run OS X…



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