Save money on back-to-school desktops

If you're a student, there's no reason for you to pay full price.

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World |  Hardware, Apple, Dell

The Inspiron One 2305 All-in-One is priced at for $800 after a $208 discount. This All-in-One has a 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X2 240e processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of hard drive space, an ATI HD4270 Radeon graphics board, and an optional touchscreen.

The upgraded version of the Inspiron One 2305 is available with the Xbox 360 promotion, too--for $900 after a $249 student discount. The extra $100 fetches you a 2.3GHz AMD Athlon II X4 610e processor and 6GB of RAM.

Last, you can also pick up the Dell XPS 8300 desktop PC for $1000 after a $404 student discount. The XPS 8300 sports an Intel Core i7-2600 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, an AMD Radeon HD6450 graphics board, and a Blu-ray combo drive.

If you aren't interested in an Xbox 360, Dell has a few other student-priced desktops to tempt you with, including the $392 Inspiron 560, which has a dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 1TB of hard drive space.

HP

Hewlett-Packard's student discount program is called HP Academy. To become a member, just fill out the registration form on the HP Academy website. HP Academy gives discounts to current students, to parents of students (K through 12 and university-level), to educators or faculty members (K through 12 and university-level), and to alumni of accredited colleges/universities.

The average HP discount is around 8%. For example, HP offers the HP Pavilion p7qe desktop series starting from $553 for students (regular price is $580). HP has some pretty decent nonstudent sales going on, too, so the $553/$580 factors in a $100 instant rebate and includes a free upgrade to 6GB of RAM (from 4GB) and a free upgrade to a 1TB hard drive (from 750GB).

HP has its own promotion that tries to entice buyers with a free 4GB Xbox 360 if they purchase any of various Windows 7 PCs priced at $690 or more. To redeem this offer, however, you'll have to call HP's Sales Center.

Lenovo

Lenovo has an array of special student prices for its computers, software, and third-party products. Most of the discounts are on laptops, but you can find a few desktop deals as well.


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