After much obsessing about the cost and trying to get the best combination of discounts, coupons, sales, etc., I finally broke down and ordered a new PC. Actually, it would be more accurate to say I bought a new monitor that happens to come with a PC.
My existing 19 in. CRT is starting to have some focus issues that require a tap to the side to clear up one in a while. Once that started happening, I went into monitor shopping mode. Then Dell released the Ultrasharp 2405FPW,1759,1774271,00.asp, and I knew I had to have one. The cheapest way to get one is with a new system, so I’ve been pricing systems nonstop for weeks. Of course, now that I’ve pulled the trigger, I expect Dell to have some huge promotion, slashing the price just to tick me off.
What I find most amazing about the whole purchase is the shipping time. When I placed the order, Dell said that the system had an estimated ship date of December 7. I logged on a few minutes ago to check the status of my order and found out it already shipped! I ordered it ~19 hours ago, and UPS plans to deliver it tomorrow. Hmm, it is past midnight (how did that happen?), so actually it’ll be delivered today. Most impressive!