20%off plus Free Delivery - Get an i7 Vostro for £497.26 @ Dell - HotUKDeals
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Dell currently offer a 20% off coupon on their business site.

Coupon code is : M1?3S7XDD0??T6
Valid from 20/01/2010 - 23/01/2010
Plus until 26/01/2010 they are offering additonal discounts and free delivery.

A base Vostro featuring a [email protected] QC, 3GB RAM, 500GB HD and ATI 4350 comes in at £497.26 inc VAT and delivery.
Upgrade RAM to 4GB (2x 2048) and add Logitech wireless desktop = £501.04 inc VAT and delivery.

You can pick up a slightly slower i5 Vostro for around £400 all in.

Looks like a good deal for a PC with the newer i5/i7 processors.
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#1
so how good is this, after a new desktop with a 500 quid budget, Gfx card any good?
#2
I personally wouldn't buy a desktop Dell; they're reknowned for using obscure or incompatible parts to make upgrading or repair as difficult as possible - forcing you to rely upon Dell's rip-off support services; where they make all their profit.
For Laptops this obviously isn't such a problem as there is little upgrade potencial, and most faults that occur beyond warranty period are so expensive to repair that it makes the machine a write-off.

Not voting either way.
#3
Ok I see its business only, if you add the coupon it removes the free delivery automatically assigned.

Good if you are buying bulk I guess
#4
jasonodell
so how good is this, after a new desktop with a 500 quid budget, Gfx card any good?


The 4350 is a weak graphics card.
#5
Dannyb2007
Is this specific for the i7 Vostro? I tried on another outlet PC and it didnt meet criteria? is it business purchases only as it the coupon works in the business section?!


This is for the dell business site, when posting a deal for dell business site it seems to default to the outlet deals section for some reason, working on all vostro range, laptops and desktops
#6
TehJumpingJawa
I personally wouldn't buy a desktop Dell; they're reknowned for using obscure or incompatible parts to make upgrading or repair as difficult as possible - forcing you to rely upon Dell's rip-off support services; where they make all their profit.
For Laptops this obviously isn't such a problem as there is little upgrade potencial, and most faults that occur beyond warranty period are so expensive to repair that it makes the machine a write-off.

Not voting either way.


Not been the case for several years, Vostro's are built with standard MATX motherboards and standard power supplies and everything else is 'off the shelf' as well - processors, memory, hard drives, DVD drives.

Considering the CPU in this retails at around £210-230 this is a great buy.
#7
killie99;7601033
Not been the case for several years, Vostro's are built with standard MATX motherboards and standard power supplies and everything else is 'off the shelf' as well - processors, memory, hard drives, DVD drives.

Considering the CPU in this retails at around £210-230 this is a great buy.


You know it, and I know it, but still this old chestnut comes back every few months!.

I have an Inspiron 530 and a Vostro 400, and the only thing in either of them that is different to any other gear you can buy from any box shifter is the firmware in the BIOS chips on the motherboards.

No doubt someone will come on and argue about some screw inside a Dell they bought in 2002 being different :-(
1 Like #8
I Bought a Dell Dimension 5150 in 2002 and the left handed Gribbling pin on the right hand side of the motherboard is completely non-standard, i had to throw the machine away after ten minutes use because of this serious and deliberate incompatibility with standard 'off the shelf' gribbling pins.....oh!
#9
R0gu3Tr4d3r
I Bought a Dell Dimension 5150 in 2002 and the left handed Gribbling pin on the right hand side of the motherboard is completely non-standard, i had to throw the machine away after ten minutes use because of this serious and deliberate incompatibility with standard 'off the shelf' gribbling pins.....oh!


that's because they use imperial sized gribbling pins, when the rest of the world is on ISO-standard metric; you can buy adaptors quite cheaply for this now - there's a video on youtube which shows them in use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0
#10
The ATI 4350 gfx are probably the weak link. But don't upgrade to the Nvidia for £160, much cheaper to buy the base and then add a decent card yourself. There are some decent gfx cards for little money, that when coupled with an i5 or i7 will make a decent gaming rig.

A decent upgrade would be more RAM. I think the machine has four slots so plenty of potential.

I've had Vostro and Inspirons in the past and they have been fine for me.

P.S. Curses Speculatrix! *shakes fist*
#11
Link doesn't work!!
#12
Just a heads up on ordering from Dell from my past experience.

Make sure your 100% sure before you confirm as theres no stopping the order after that, you used to be able to stop in in production at stages 1 or 2 but my last system was order on 3rd yes 3rd Dec and when i confirmed it the estimated delivery date was 6th Jan , so i called to cancell it as i wanted delivery before xmas , sorry sir its now in "lock down" was there comments. Eventually arrived here on 6th Jan , i refused it like i was told to by Dell rep, it now back at the Depot and Im still waiting for my refund of over £600.00 so thats it for me with Dell , never again will I order from them . They have had my money for near on 7 weeks now , pathetic service Dell.

Rant over , but they do make excedingly good pc's :-)
1 Like #13
suesybabe21;7602344
Link doesn't work!!

Dell links often don't work.

TECHIES! please explain this so that we may all understand.

An upgrade to "4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3" for £30 would seem a reasonable bet on this model.

...and an upgrade to "Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Pro2800 – Black – UK&Irish" only adds £4.03 to the total rather than £14.03. This seems to happen on other machines also.
#14
Ooh nice one Spock. 4 squid for decent keyboard is not bad.
#15
Looks like a good deal...I am trying to remember if there are any restrictions when ordering from the bssuiness site as a private individual ?
#16
Nah I've done it before. You can even specify that order is for home use on checkout too.
#17
I used this thread to tweek the deal and I think it is achievable to get the same core system for the same price but with some add-ons.

The differences are:

I opted to keep the 320GB HDD (rather than 500GB) by selecting the i5 system and upgrade the processor to i7.
I went for 6GB of OCZ 1600 RAM (rather than upgrade to 4GB of 1333MHz here and will sell the 2GB that comes with mine on ebay).
I bought a 300Mbps USB N Adaptor making it WiFi.
I upgraded to wireless keyboard and mouse for £4.50 approx (glitch saves you £10).

If my plan comes off and cashback works then it'll come in at approx £470.

Link to my thread here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/58875...mhz-6gb-ddr3-1
#18
The 20% discount code no longer works. Annoying!

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