Originally Posted by codprawn
I wouldn't go near a Dell if you ever want the machine upgraded - they glue the CPU to the heatsink with Epoxy resin!!! Dell have some pretty sharp practices as well - they don't make much money on the actual sale - it's later on as they have you by the danglies.......
How many regular users actually upgrade their processor?
For Peter's benefit, try the Dell outlet site - they have refurb/return units (with warranty) at better prices. If you go for Dell regular, squeeze everything you can from them - free delivery, screen upgrade, more memory etc. Better over the phone than online to get best deals.
Other than that, I have a Mesh PC that has been fine for over two years with a daily hammering.
But don't waste your time comparing price and every last component from 10 different suppliers - it's worse than mobile phone tariffs!
Also, if you want the latest version of MS Office, this will probably be the cheapest time to get it - ie as a bundle deal with the PC. If you just wnat something that works with MS files, use Star or Open Office for next to nothing.
Pretty well any PC off the shelf will do what you need - generally all have network cards included now.