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Old March 13, 2007, 09:03 AM
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Default Dell gives away free kit: Inquirer

Not a Dell fan, this guy

"HARDCORE GAMING WANNABE Dull Computers has told readers of its Direct2Dull bog that gamers well-heeled enough to purchase the XPS 700 monstrosity will be able to get a new motherboard, gratis.
The boys from Texas caused a storm last year by releasing a gaming PC that was actually quite good. The XPS 700 packed GeForce 7-series cards into an nForce 5 motherboard, coupled it with Core 2 Duo and put it all in a massive aluminium case with metal so thick you could kill a man with the application of side panel to head."

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Old March 13, 2007, 11:04 AM
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Problem is that less than 5% of people in this forum (or any other for that matter) buy Dells or even their XPS, seeing that it's grossly overpriced (like Voodoo and Falcon NW, although we're in reality only paying for the man-hours needed to paint the damn thing and the installation of the cooling system). However, that's good to here. Will it change my views on Dell? Probably not.
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Old March 13, 2007, 11:09 AM
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I love the typos in The Enquirer article : HARDORE GAMING WANNABE Dull Computers...
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Old March 13, 2007, 11:58 AM
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It's certainly good PR though.

Good to see that a big-box retailer like Dell recognises the value of the enthusiast community.

I actually know somebody who purchased one of their high end systems a few years ago.

He's been pleased with it and is planning on upgrading to another high end one this year.

One thing I'll say about Dell..... You really can't beat the kind of support they supply to their customers.

Folks who aren't very computer savvy are willing to pay extra bucks for that warm fuzzy feeling.
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I agree- there really isn't anything wrong with wanting performance, having the money, and not having the time to learn all the ins and outs of a U-build. You've gotta admit that building your own system inevitably leads to a few little snags that require some savvy to overcome- some people just can't devote the time to learning it (even though I'd recommend it)
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Daily Tech reports that in an effort to cater to more sophisticated users (that's my polite way of saying geekier), Dell has initiated a survey to determine the extent of the demand for sytems with linux installed.

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Old March 14, 2007, 01:49 PM
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It'd be interesting to see how they word the survey.

If they were to give folks the choice between XP & Linux they'd probably have a very low turnout for Linux.

If on the other hand they wait a few months for Vista DRM shock to set in and offered the choice between Vista & Linux there could very well be a reasonable demand for linux among folks in the know.
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The free-ness of Linux might slant things in favor of linux a bit too.
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It'd be awesome to have a heavyweight like dell making Linux compatible computers.

You'd know it'd work right out of the box and that you wouldn't have to mess around looking for drivers.
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