Bargain Dell Dimension E520 system 17"TFT, P4 3Ghz, 512meg, 160Gb, dvdrw, with XP or Vista basic £28 - HotUKDeals
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Has to be this weeks bargain at this price!

See post 17 for link to XP version of this deal

Remember to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings.

305-D03E02a - £280.82 delivered or less
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 631 with HT technology (3.00GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic - English
Dell 17" Value Flat Panel (SE177FP) - UK/Irish
512MB DDR2 533MHz Memory
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
McAfee® Security Centre 8.0 - 36 Month Protection - English
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
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[mod]#1
Upgrades:

Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium - English add £17.63

buy memory for it elseware if cheaper ;-) dell price 2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] Memory add £141.00
#2
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#3
cheapest i could get it down to was £280.82 after downgrading servie support?
[mod]#4
Oh well it was good while it lasted, price now up to £280.82 delivered. £245 sounded much better to me but I suppose +£35 still leaves it as quite a deal if you dont need the latest all singing etc...
[mod]#5
RS2000
cheapest i could get it down to was £280.82 after downgrading servie support?


Yep a dell misprice that got corrected just after I posted it, are they watching I have to ask? Spooky!
#6
And why are they allowing Vista on a 512M machine?
[mod]#7
WalterSmith
And why are they allowing Vista on a 512M machine?


It comes with Vista basic.

To be designated as Windows Vista Capable[URL="javascript:void(0)"][/URL], Microsoft requires that the PC must include at least: [LIST]
[*]A modern processor (at least 800MHz)
[*]512MB of system memory (RAM)
[*]A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable
[*]A CD-ROM drive (Dell recommends a DVD-ROM drive)
[*]20GB HDD with a minimum of 15GB free space[/LIST]
#8
I was just about to order this for my aunty, but by the time you add Home Premium and another 512mb of RAM the deal isn't quite so sweet ;o
banned#9
The price for premium is good, but just buy the memory elsewhere. Its nothing special, just some boggo standard ddr2.
#10
Mind, you going dual core would cost you only £35.25 extra which I think is a good price...
#11
Anarchist
The price for premium is good, but just buy the memory elsewhere. Its nothing special, just some boggo standard ddr2.


You can't add Vista premium without upgrading to 1Gb Ram.
#12
Do you know this is available with Windows XP (prefer Pro) Mike "No I do not work for Dell" T?
#13
This deal seems to be listed at over £400!?
#14
take out the extended service/support
#15
apologies, my bad.

removed the support service :thumbsup:
[mod]#16
koomber1664
Do you know this is available with Windows XP (prefer Pro) Mike "No I do not work for Dell" T?


Want it with XP instead :) then Go to deal with XP
#17
Mike T,

Could you please advise me (a self confessed computer fool.)
All I need in a computer is fast internet use, and enough memory to download and save music and to store Photo's etc. Is this the deal for me??
#18
get the cheaper mouse and keyboard and it comes down to 260 odd
#19
ANDYWOODY01
get the cheaper mouse and keyboard and it comes down to 260 odd


How do you make that then?
The default keyboard/mouse option is for the basic set and the only way to 'knock off' any money is to select the "Mouse Included in Wireless Keyboard and Mouse option [subtract £17.63]" but in order to do that you have to ADD the "Logitech™ Cordless Desktop™ MX3000 Laser Keyboard & Mouse) - UK/Irish [add £55.23]" which in fact increases the price further...
#20
Computer idiot looking for advice???
Children need a p.c. but would also like to play games. Could I buy extra memory and a graphics card elsewhere to make this "up to it" or am i better going for a different system? Budget £500 absolute max.

Thanks.
#21
Children need a p.c. but would also like to play games. Could I buy extra memory and a graphics card elsewhere to make this "up to it" or am i better going for a different system? Budget £500 absolute max.

Absolutely - get the XP version, add in 512MB memory (say £25?) and a 7600GT graphics card (say £80) and this will be a cracking machine for around £400. My son has one of these, but with a 6600GT card and plays online and offline games superbly. (I have a similar machine but with a 3.4GHz P4 processor and play HL2 and DOD: Source without any problems).
EDIT - sorry, forgot to add - don't open the Dell mouse if you want to play games. Throw it in the bin unopened and buy yourself a decent one.
#22
how do i get it thro quidco ?
[mod]#23
sajidb
how do i get it thro quidco ?


Go to Quidco, join if not already a member and then from Quidco's dell tab go to the dell pages, look down the left sidebar for "shop by ecode" click that and enter 305 in the first box and D03E02a in the second with no leading or trailing spaces. That will take you to the "build my dell" pages for this offer.
#24
thanx
#25
This is a rather outdated computer. Pentium 4 is really old technology and you really should spend the extra and get a CORE 2 DUO. If you cannot afford this, then the dell AMD systems (E521/C521) are a much beter buy as they outperfor the old intel celeron D/ P4 processors.

Secondly 512mb ram will only get you a "basic" (i.e. slow) vista experience. For vista 1GB really is the sweetspot and it would let you use all the cool stuff like aero etc... If you buy this PC it wont last that long trust me.
[mod]#26
J400uk
This is a rather outdated computer. If you buy this PC it wont last that long trust me.


This is a cracking deal for many who dont need/want to chase the moon.

Trust me!

Sav219 yes it will be ideal and at this price is a bargain, slip another 512meg of ram into it (not from dell) if you feel the need for very little money too.
#27
XP or Vista? what is best guys???

kind regards

Tim
#28
It's not a bad deal compared to other pre built machines but personally I would NEVER buy a dell machine... they're rubbish. The problem is that people only look at the main specs of the machine and don't think about the quality of the parts used. The biggest offender are the really cheap motherboards and offer nothing in the way of upgradability. The board for the PC in question only has 1 PCI slot and 2 slots for memory. If you stick another 512MB of memory in there to make it run vista a bit more adequately you won't have any free slots to add more memory in the future. There isn't a parallel port or any PS2 ports on the system either, which won't be a problem for many but if you have an old printer or keyboard/mouse you many have to spend extra money on adapters and such to get them working.

You could build a better system using higher quality components for about the same price and the custom built system will give you a lot more freedom to upgrade in the future, you'll be using better quality parts and not to mention you will have the part manufacturers warranties (usually 3 years) instead of dells rip off service. Obviously anyone considering a Dell isn't going to be the sort who would attempt to build their own machine, but if you knew someone technically minded you could always pay them a bit to put the parts together for you. Also you could check out independent retails/builders locally or on the net (ebay) - they can have some very competitive prices.

For a prebuilt machine it's a lot cheaper than something of a similar calibur from pcworld or anywhere like that, and for your money you could do a whole lot worse but Dell machines aren't the bargain some people think they're cracked up to be.
#29
Matt - Kun
I think you may be confused with the C521.
The E520 has many expansion slots
PCI: 2 Slots
PCIe x1: 1 Slot
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slot

and 4 DIMM...more than enough to upgrade.:)

...and once you have bought a genuine OS there's not much left for the parts.
#30
Matt-Kun. I think the point is that most people don't know or want to know or can be bothered sourcing all the components to build their own PC. Me included.

Add to that the fact that most people only want a PC for internet, a bit of word processing, photo manipulation etc. and you really don't need a high spec machine with huge expandability. If my 5 year old Dell Inspiron hadn't died on me then it would have continued to do the job I wanted.

The Dell forums give you more support than you would get if you built your own PC too. I am by no way a Dell supporter as all suppliers have their faults but for a casual user I think you would go a long way to beat the value for money cf lack of hassle factor.
#31
personally I would NEVER buy a dell machine... they're rubbish

Sorry I have to disagree - I own 3 Dell machines and have bought at least 4 or 5 more and they are all excellent build quality, compare with those on offer from HP etc. And I have built about 5 or 6 of my own PCs as well, so I know what to compare them with.
You could build a better system using higher quality components for about the same price

Matt-Kun I challenge you to show me how you could build a PC with this spec, which comes with a genuine copy of XP/Vista and a 17" TFT screen for less than £285 delivered, yourself. I do this calculation many times and I think you are talking crap to be honest - I stopped building my own machines when Dell started selling theirs at such great prices.
For most PC users, who only want to browse the Web, download music and watch video/DVDs, and maybe do a bit of word processing and photo printing this PC is an absolute steal. It's only if you are into serious gaming or video editing that you need a more powerful machine.
This PC is also very upgradable - you can add in an extra HDD, 3 more memory sticks, a PCI-E 16x graphics card, a PCI TV card and still have one spare PCI slot and plenty of USB connectors available (I know because this machine is almost identical to my Dell 5150 which I have done this with).
Please don't give spurious advice to people without backing up what you are saying.
#32
Matt-Kun
It's not a bad deal compared to other pre built machines but personally I would NEVER buy a dell machine... they're rubbish. The problem is that people only look at the main specs of the machine and don't think about the quality of the parts used. The biggest offender are the really cheap motherboards and offer nothing in the way of upgradability. The board for the PC in question only has 1 PCI slot and 2 slots for memory. If you stick another 512MB of memory in there to make it run vista a bit more adequately you won't have any free slots to add more memory in the future. There isn't a parallel port or any PS2 ports on the system either, which won't be a problem for many but if you have an old printer or keyboard/mouse you many have to spend extra money on adapters and such to get them working.

You could build a better system using higher quality components for about the same price and the custom built system will give you a lot more freedom to upgrade in the future, you'll be using better quality parts and not to mention you will have the part manufacturers warranties (usually 3 years) instead of dells rip off service. Obviously anyone considering a Dell isn't going to be the sort who would attempt to build their own machine, but if you knew someone technically minded you could always pay them a bit to put the parts together for you. Also you could check out independent retails/builders locally or on the net (ebay) - they can have some very competitive prices.

For a prebuilt machine it's a lot cheaper than something of a similar calibur from pcworld or anywhere like that, and for your money you could do a whole lot worse but Dell machines aren't the bargain some people think they're cracked up to be.


I think you really miss the point with your post. MikeT posts an incredible amount of Dell bargains - and no, he doesn't work for Dell!!

Most people on here want out-of-the-box solutions for their computing needs. They are not going to build their computer so wibbling on about self-build and how wonderful you could make it is pointless.

Furthermore to say "personally I would NEVER buy a Dell machine... they're rubbish" may be your perverse viewpoint but it is factually incorrect to say Dell's computers are "rubbish".

Dell manufacture excellent PCs and via this site, many people have got excellent deals.

If you've got nothing constructive to say, why say it here?:p

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