Use the 25% off Dell coupon code number $BFNQC2FBN472L on Dell Studio slim desktop computers priced at least $1179. After the discount, the price would be just $884.25.
The starting price for this Studio slim desktop PC is only $399, so to make the $1179 minimum price, you need at least $780 in upgrades.
It may seem like it would be really hard to spend that much in upgrades, however you can keep in mind that software packages like Microsoft Office and computer monitors are included in that price. So with some software, a nice LCD monitor, and a few performance and capacity upgrades, and you end up with a complete computer system with high quality and a good price.
Also keep in mind that you are getting 25% off your upgrades, even if you go beyond the $1179 price point. This means the upgrades may be much more reasonable than they seem at first blush. For example, a $200 computer monitor or office suite would cost just $150 after the 25% off Dell coupon code is applied.
As for upgrades, I would upgrade to the 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, which is a really cheap upgrade. If you need even more power and use applications that are multi-threaded, the 2.33GHz Intel Quad Core Q8200 is a good deal. There are also a number of other CPU options to consider.
Until July 30, 2009 there is a special discount on Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007. It is just $99 instead of $149. They once you get the extra 25% off, you get this office suite for only $74.25. This is an incredible deal—a super-low price for Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote!
Other cool upgrades are the Dell S2409W 24" Full HD Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor, going to 4GB of DDR2 memory, upgrading to the 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 discrete graphics accelerator, and upgrading to the Blu-ray Disc combo drive.