Dell or Acer

  Bapou 18:09 09 Nov 2008

Daughter in Law is buying a desktop for our 14yr old grandson. She is undecided, Dell or Acer for £400 maximum.

Dell are offering the Inspiron 530- Dual core E5200 - Vista Premium 2gig RAM 20gb Hard Drive - 19" Wide Flat Panel Monitor - 19-in-1 Media Card reader for £399 including free delivery.

Also for £399, there's an Acer M1640/E2180 with 19" TFT Monitor. Grandson likes his games and this one comes with a separate graphics card which apparently this helps.

Checking the Dell 530 I can't see a mention of a separate graphics card.

I'm biased towards Dell, having had my custom built Dimension 9200 for 2 years now and not a hiccup since day one.

I know nowt about Acer so would appreciate any help please in her making the right decision.

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  mobileman1953 18:15 09 Nov 2008

dell pc 20gig hard drive are you sure that is right seems rather small

  Bapou 18:20 09 Nov 2008

Sorry, 250gb hard drive.

  spuds 19:28 09 Nov 2008

Its a case of flip of a coin, both products sell very well. Acer seem to come in for some bad reports of aftercare compared to Dell.

  Covergirl 20:15 09 Nov 2008

Hi Bapou

I got a similar Acer 12 months ago and it's been fine. I saw the 1640 you mention in Comet for £259 (without a monitor) and I paid £400 a year ago. I thought it was extremely good value.

For a 14 year old, I would suss out the type of games he will be playing and I might suggest the 9300 graphics card may be adequate, but you might still need to make further enquiries on this - I tried Colin McRaes DIRT and it run like a wounded snail on my system which is :

Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 2.6Ghz
Vista HP
NVidia GForce 7300SE

  Bapou 11:36 10 Nov 2008

Thanks to all for the advice, some food or thought for daughter in law.

Covergirl, grandson is football daft and I can only assume these are the games he goes for. Will check that one out. Thanks.

  jaraba 14:17 12 Nov 2008

If he is only interested in games why not just get him a games machine. xbox etc.
Sorry not a games person so don't know the various machines.
Proably cost less & be built especially for the job. & apparently some now come with internet access so that games can be played online which I suspect he may want to do anyway.

  The Brigadier 14:21 12 Nov 2008

Some say Acer are rubbish but 1 know 2 friends who would not buy a different make!
Dell are good, but sometimes under spec for the price.
I bought Toshiba as my last laptop lasted 10 years of daily being used!!

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