in computer shopping, I’ve traditionally stayed away from Dell for two reasons:
- they don’t use AMD processors.
- they give me a weird, bad, creepy feeling in my stomach (like most other very large corporations).
however, my computer situation is becoming dire. my monitor’s about to go poop, I had a change of motherboards which caused incompatibility with both my DVD burner and my gig of RAM, and I’ve got a Radeon 9700 sitting useless on my desk because it simply will not function in this tired pile of scrap. I need a new computer.
now, if I already had any decent parts, I’d build my own. but starting out with basically nothing, I don’t trust myself to be frugal… and besides, I really don’t know if I feel like going to all the trouble. wouldn’t it be nice if I could just get a reasonably priced machine, with reasonable ability to run good games, just show up at my doorstep, without having to bang it all together myself?
and then suddenly I hear that Dell’s signed a deal with AMD. suddenly this all seems possible. but then I’ve still got problem 2… I can’t get rid of the feeling that I’d be doing something immensely stupid. my main concern is that it would be somehow harder to upgrade piece by piece, but I don’t know where I’m getting that notion or if it has any basis in reality.
can anyone help me out here? tell me about your experiences with Dells, especially (but not exclusively) as used for gaming. I want to know as much as I possibly can before I go all Office Space on this beast.