Originally Posted by petebert
I'm active duty Air Force and through the bx website dell has a section where you get discounted, tax and shipping free computers that you can configure too. I'm looking at getting a 9300 with a base price of now $859. I dont need it until mid Jan. when I deploy. But the price seems to vary, was 889, I saw it get over 900 and now its 859 and includes a warranty at no cost, the other versions you had to pay $29 to get a year. Wondering if I should grab it now or maybe it will go down more. They way I configured it comes to $1107 right now, thats 1.73ghz pentium M, the 740 I think, 512MB ram, the geforce 6800 and a $39 backpack case. I've been thinking about spending $100 and getting a full gig of ram, I checked pricewatch and $100 was actually a pretty decent price. The main purpose of the laptop will be for playing games when I deploy.
since no one answered your question in any meaningful way, I'll give it a shot:
- there is NEVER right time to buy a computer. As soon as you bought one, something newer, cheaper and better is just around the corner. I've been on the field for 16 years and those are my observations.
- $859 seems like very good price for 9300. I just paid $1300 for it (basic + WUXGA+geforce). Price "might" go down another $20 or $30, but they won't give it away for free, ever. Once they are ready, they will just stop selling those laps and put on the display something new and flashy with a high price tag.
So you have to ask yourself this quesion: do you need this lappy right now? Does the price seem right? Will another $30 off make a huge difference for you?
By the end of the day it is your decision. No one can see the future. Inflation, world trade, Michael Dell's left foot all can change the situation at any moment.