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Dell vs. Acer


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#1 fletchmon

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:53 AM

Helping my local public library with a technology purchase. They're looking to upgrade their public access computers, which are used primarily for internet browsing and MS Office applications.

Two deals which caught my eye (both come w/ Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit):

Acer AX3960-U4102, $400, Intel i3-2100 3.1 GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 1 TB hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16883103369

Dell Vostro 460, $529, Intel i5-2400 Quad-Core 3.1GHz; 2GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 320GB HDD; plus 20" Dell E2011H LCD monitor -- extra 2GB RAM for $60
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?cs=04&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN&oc=bvctg3b&dgc=BF&cid=7420&lid=197374&acd=10549103-227502-F01204MU00N15N13A01259758A0A01A0A0M27

I'm leaning towards the former since monitors are cheap & I'm thinking the extra RAM will make up for the slower CPU (3821 vs. 6051 Passmark score).

Thoughts?

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:23 AM

Since the machines are going to be used for Internet and Microsoft Office applications I believe the cheaper option will work for you. The Acer comes well-reviewed, and those specifications will be more than enough to handle web browsing and document editing!
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:27 AM

To cut down on cost, the Acer would be a better option although it is not faster then the Dell.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:38 AM

Thank you, both. Curious to know if there's a way to estimate the relative speeds of the two computers. One has a faster CPU, but half the RAM, so it's a bit tricky.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:39 AM

You want the faster CPU. Slow ones just don't cut it anymore with the tech evolution.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 10:28 AM

You want the faster CPU. Slow ones just don't cut it anymore with the tech evolution.


Does that matter as much when the main use of the computer is web browsing and document editing? I would imagine the machines would be replaced rather than upgraded by the time they started showing any performance issues, especially with the tech evolution.
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:58 AM

i would prefer Acer.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:12 PM

i would prefer Acer.


hmm ... not much to go on there :-)

Any particular reasons why you prefer the Acer?

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:25 PM

As you have mentioned before the will be used document editing and browsing the interbet, so a i3-2100 should do fine. I have read so many reviews and the processor flys. This processor can beat quad core AMD, so as i said it is fast!

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 02:16 PM

If they are going to be networked to a server you may want Win7 Pro.

How many computers are they looking at?

There is a reason you see so many Dells in libraries and banks and local government offices around here. Including any needed warranty service will be from Dell not whoever Acer uses in your area. Don't go cheap, get Intel CPUs.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 05:18 AM

If they are going to be networked to a server you may want Win7 Pro.

How many computers are they looking at?

There is a reason you see so many Dells in libraries and banks and local government offices around here. Including any needed warranty service will be from Dell not whoever Acer uses in your area. Don't go cheap, get Intel CPUs.

You would have to pay extra $70 for the pro to be on the Dell.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:49 AM

There is another option you should look into Del Optiplex

Yes it is a bit more than the others, but it comes with a 3 year, next business day warranty. I have seen these machines sell for under $500 with the LCD, so if the budget is really that tight, just keep going back. The sales change every thursday.

IMO Acer is garbage, after about 18 months they staert to fail. The vostro isn't a bad machine, you save a few bucks, but with only a 1 year MAIL IN standard warranty, you get what you pay for.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 06:37 PM

The Optiplex is nicely built Dell, my school has over 500 of these ranging from different 700 series.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:43 PM

I say get the Dell and upgrade the ram ureself
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134790&cm_re=Ddr3_1333-_-20-134-790-_-Product

Only $18 that way just make sure the mobo can bee upgraded

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 12:34 AM

You would have to upgrade to Pro if the networking features are needed.

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