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Good places to buy configurable PCs online...

Any good ideas?  I'm currently being screwed over by a Dell order, so they're out.  I've heard bad things about Gateway too (though they were good when I purchased from them about a decade ago).

Crimson
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Dell's been terrific for me for 10 yrs now.  You might give them another chance.

Joe Hendricks
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Lots of people like http://www.abspc.com

I'm still happy with Dell, though.

Junkster
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Other than our Macs we only use HP PCs and laptops and have had VERY good experiences with them for both sales and support. Their support has actually been the best I've ever seen, in fact. You can custom configure on their site.

  --Josh

JWA
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Junkster,

Usually they've(Dell) been good for me too, but I've been waiting for 6 weeks for an order to go through and they just called to tell that it's going to take *at least* another 3.  So they've kind of forced my hand here.

Crimson
Thursday, March 11, 2004

+ 0.5 for ABS.  I bought a PC from them several years go, and was generally satisfied.  Customer service was OK, not great.

Robert Jacobson
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Alienware: http://www.alienware.com/

chris
Thursday, March 11, 2004

http://store.apple.com

:-)

happy
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Alienware doesn't answer their email.

What kind of PC? I've been shopping Monarch Computers, which has a slew of good reviews all over the 'net, and really nice configurators.

*And* the time I saved a configuration as a quote, I got an email the next day from one of their techs validating the configuration.

However, I haven't ordered from them yet, so can't give a full-up review.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, March 11, 2004

I decided to go with HP.  It's been so long since I've shopped for a preconfigured PC for work from someone other than Dell, I didn't even consider HP.  I got a pretty decent system at work for a pretty decent price.

Thanks for the help guys.

Crimson

Crimson
Thursday, March 11, 2004

I'll be in the market for a pretty much top of the line laptop in the near future.  I'm leaning towards Alienware, since they are the only laptop manufacturer I know that has upgradeable video cards.

I'm assuming a lot of the suggestions here are focusing on desktops.  Anyone have any hidden gems for laptops?

Clay Whipkey
Friday, March 12, 2004

"I'm leaning towards Alienware, since they are the only laptop manufacturer I know that has upgradeable video cards."

That's not true. Pretty much everybody using top end mobile video cards is using Mini-AGP, and they're field upgradeable.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Monday, March 15, 2004

Dell Inspiron XPS (iXPS)
http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_xps?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

Gateway M675 series
http://www.gateway.com/home/prod/hm_ptb_completeM675.shtml

Elite Notebooks (lots of models)
http://www.elitenotebooks.com/index/index.php

iBuyPower Batallion Series
http://www.ibuypower.com/mall/notebook.asp

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Monday, March 15, 2004

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