Dell, but interested in newegg and TigerDirect
Most of my computers have been Dell, ordered online. The one I'm using right now is nearly five years old. Since it's truckin' on, it obviously has quality components. But because of how long ago I bought it, I don't know if Dell still has the same level of quality control. I've been able to upgrade as needed (myself, no repair shops), and have never had to replace a broken part.
I made the mistake about seven years ago of buying an HP from a local store. I specifically asked the salesperson if the motherboard and video card were integrated, and he said they were not. I should not have taken his answer without fact-checking, but I was in that eager "new computer" mode and bought it on the spot, since he acted like he knew what he was talking about.
The specs were about the same as a Dell, and the HP was $200 less. Ultimately, the HP cost me much more than the Dell would have. It turned out the motherboard and video card were integrated, and I wanted to replace the video card. There were other problems with the HP, so I bought a new Dell computer much sooner than I would have had I only spent $200 more on the Dell.
This is not a cheerleader yell for Dell nor a knock against HP, since both companies could have changed their quality control by now, for better or worse.
Just please learn from my lesson: Don't trust what a salesperson in a store tells you. Do your own research. Don't get too quickly into the "new computer mode" and buy as eagerly as I did.
One thing I like about Dell is that they shipped the computer without junkware, but I had to request that by phone. I didn't want all that free software already installed and those free software offers, etc. The computer was pretty much naked except for the basics. Yay! No uninstalling all that junk when the computer arrived.
I'm curious about newegg and TigerDirect. They both sound great from what I've read in this thread. Will they ship without junkware?
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