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    STONE or DELL Computers

    Im looking to buy in some new hardware, and i was just wondering peoples experiences with Stone computers and Dell computers!

    I have been previously been buying Viglen machines and they have been very good, but they seem to be getting a lot pricey at the moment, so have been looking else where

    any comments about the above suppliers

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    Dell are very competivly priced but i think there component quallity has reduced in the last couple of years. so i would recomend adding getting the warrenty so as not to be caught out

    As for Stone i have never used them for anything

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    used stone computers good quality better customer service than dell

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    I don't think you can go far wrong with either DELL or Stone. Personally I prefer DELL equipment, however dealing with DELL can be a chore at times. Having said that, with a 3 year next working day warranty repair service on our PCs this means that when equipment does go down it gets fixed quickly and painlessly. The most tedious part is logging the fault and going through the problem determination script with DELL technical support, but at least it means that the engineer turns up with the right parts. Fortunately this doesn't happen too often.

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    Used Stone for 3 years, I can count the problems on one hand, when they have gone wrong I call through to someone in this country give a serial number and they have someone out to you the following day.....what more do you want

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    By the end of this FY we will have 90% Stone PCs.

    We have found them to be pretty solid machines and the very few that did have a problem were fixed very quickly.

    Having said that - they are not the cheapest around so if budget is a problem look at the NECs.

    P4 Small Form Factor Black Flex ATX Computer System
    System Quantity = 1
    * 1 Intel P4 3.0GHz (630) 775pin CPU 2MB Cache
    * 1 Intel D915GAGL 775-pin Motherboard with LAN, Audio, Graphics and SATA
    * 1 Kingston 256MB 400MHz SDRAM DDR PC3200 Unbuffered Non-ECC DIMM CL3
    * 1 Seagate Barracuda 80GB (SATA II) 7200RPM Hard Drive
    * 1 Sony Black 52x32x52 CD Rewriter/16x DVD ROM Combo Drive- Nero Express & Showtime
    * 1 Windows XP Home Edition Replicated COA
    * 1 Stone Microsoft Black USB Comfort Keyboard
    * 1 Stone Microsoft Black Optical Wheel Mouse USB/PS2
    * 1 Ever Case Black OE1380B Small Form Factor Case
    * 1 3 Year On Site Next Business Day
    * 1 3.5" Black 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive
    * 1 Club 3D X300SE 128MB DVI TVO PCI-Express Graphics Card (HM and LP Adapter)
    * 1 Power Cable
    * 1 Stone Mouse Mat
    * 1 WIN XP Home SP2 NTFS D915GAG with Recovery
    Valid for a period of 30 days unless otherwise stated.
    Net 410.00
    Delivery 0.00
    VAT 71.75
    Total 481.75
    This was the quote I got for our next batch from Stone.

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    256ram, XPHome, no monitor - sounds expensive

    Dell P43.2, 512, XPPro, 40HD, 3yr OnsiteNBD, 17" TFT = £446

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    256ram, XPHome, no monitor - sounds expensive

    Dell P43.2, 512, XPPro, 40HD, 3yr OnsiteNBD, 17" TFT = £446
    Was that from the website or did you phone them, i find i get the best results when i call (up to 40% discount in the past)

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    phone - that wasn't thier bottom price either - went for HP/AMD in the end

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    I have had stone, and appart from the obsession with Intel motherboard which are IMHO nasty boards really and hold the PC back in performance, but the warranty support was excellent, one of the best I have had, much better than HP or Dell support. So the only reason I don't use them is they are a bit pricy and that they use Intel boards.

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    Dell for price definetly, they are as cheap as you can get I have found.
    The quality of our dells (300-400 over years) have been brilliant. I think one failed once and thats it. It was old and the kids loved to abuse it
    You *can* have a battle with the sales team, just keep trying its worth it.
    Not had to deal with there tech support as non failed that were in warrenty.

    Just my $0.02 for now

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    One of the few good things about Intel boards - advance replacement.

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    I don't like Stone because beige annoys me.

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    @Dos_Box: Wondered how long it would be before you shared your love of Stone computers

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    Re: STONE or DELL Computers

    I tried to hold back...I did, honest.

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