First of all, go to TechBargains and check out the range of discounted items available; it's amazing, and these are by-and-large deals unavailable elsewhere, and certainly unadvertised. Specifically, check out the
HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition series
&HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition series see picture above
but do not use those prices. Instead go through the following link at TechBargains:
http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/281160 for the dv7t
http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/281159 for the dv6t
They both use they latest Intel Mobile Quad Core i7 CPU, and differ in the size of the screen, 17.3" for the dv7t vs 15.6" for the dv6t. Both can be had for well under $1000 and you have to remember to copy the coupon code and enter it at checkout to get the discounts from $375 to $450, and you get free shipping. NJ Sales Tax applies.
Now for the Desktop Deals -- well -- there aren't any! None that I like anyway. A lot of people got the Dell XPS 8300 and the HP h8xt that I recommended in December, but sadly, those deals are gone. Too bad, too, because they have the high-end Core i7 2600 processor that offers so much bang-for-the-buck. I suspect however, that sometime in the next month or 2, they may come back in some form or another. If you are in the market for such a machine, do check the TechBargains website every couple of days.
Yes, you can find laptops that are cheaper, but remember, power equals longevity, and these are machines that will last you a lot longer than the Core i5 or AMD based computers. And I admit, the computers I am recommending are not actually cheap -- you can find decent, if not as nice, machines for less, but not ones that provide the long term value.
Let me say also that I have no stock in HP, nor do I make any money from sales of my recommended purchases!
Go forth and be powerful! Cheaply!
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