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Debadged Dell A100-L6 Barebones PC - 1.6Ghz Atom CPU - £66.84 @ Big Pockets

£66.84 @ Big pockets
Just seen this on there website and it seems to be the same deal as this one - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/651626/75-arianet-barebones-pc-180w-psu-at only cheaper.. Works out to £66.84 with next… Read More
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7y, 3m agoFound 7 years, 3 months ago
Just seen this on there website and it seems to be the same deal as this one - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/651626/75-arianet-barebones-pc-180w-psu-at only cheaper..

Works out to £66.84 with next day postage

Spec from there site

Debadged Dell A100-L6 Barebones PC*
Foxconn n15235 Motherboard
Intel Atom 1.6Ghz 512 L2 cache
180 watt PSU
2 x Optical Drive Bays
4 x PCI Slots
Front Audio I/O
2 x USB 2.0 headers
1 x DDR2 slot Up to 2gb pc 4200 ddr2 553 (works with 667 )
2 x SATA II Ports
Onboard sound and onboard video
10/100 network
6 x USB 2.00 ports
PPC Slot , PS2 x 2
Intel integrated video GMA 950 up to 256-MB video memory (shared) at total system memory of greater than 512 MB
Height: 35.9 cm, Width: 18.0 cm, Depth: 45.0 cm

You need to add

Memory upto 2gb ddr
HDD SATA
Optical drive
Operating System (eg Windows or Linux)
A power lead

*where the Vostro sign has been removed there is a slight blemish
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#1
order placed, anyone know the cheapest place to get a 2gb stick of suitable RAM from?
#2
For DDR2, I personally would advise just getting it second hand. What are you usign it for - PC or NAS?
#3
Also, if you add the Belkin Card reader, P+P is free for the entire order.

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=BELKIN-01248&title=Belkin+USB+Media+Reader%2FWriter+Memory+Adapter

The card reader is £6.99,which makes the entire deal £66.98 - bit more, but basically means you've just paid 14pence for a card reader...

there are a few other free delivery items as well - all more expensive, but some that people might actually want :)

As mentioned on the other thread - great deal to my mind. Voted hot.
#4
Good find!!
#5
MrShed
Also, if you add the Belkin Card reader, P+P is free for the entire order.

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=BELKIN-01248&title=Belkin+USB+Media+Reader%2FWriter+Memory+Adapter

The card reader is £6.99,which makes the entire deal £66.98 - bit more, but basically means you've just paid 14pence for a card reader...

there are a few other free delivery items as well - all more expensive, but some that people might actually want :)

As mentioned on the other thread - great deal to my mind. Voted hot.


Too bad i've already placed my order but thanks for the info :)

I'm going to use it for my spare room for internet surfing and listening to music, at the moment i end up using my laptop in there and I might as well use the spare monitor and hard drive i have and set up a pc. Might have a look on ebay for a 1gb stick just to keep the cost down.
#6
So if I added a hard-drive and some memory I could use this as a cheap NAS?

I was thinking of getting a Squeezebox and a NAS, but this looks cheaper than any NAS I've seen. Anybody got any advice for a newbie on how to go about setting it up?
1 Like #7
Chuck some RAM in then use a USB stick to boot and run FreeNAS.

Stick in a couple of SATA disks - NAS!
#8
Manual Here (PDF)
#9
nice deal - thanks

Anyone any thoughts on this for Windows Home Server?
#10
1Gb of DDR2 seems to be going for about £10 so i'll just keep my eye on ebay
#11
phatbhoy
nice deal - thanks

Anyone any thoughts on this for Windows Home Server?


I guess it would be fine and considering the cost i doubt you could beat it without going the 2nd hand route
#12
If this is a debadged dell i'm wondering if it will allow you to install Vista via the Dell Vista install disc and not ask you for any license key as per regular dell machines

Link to review of the original product

http://www.gadgetell.com/tech/comment/dell-intros-the-vostro-a160-mini-tower-a100-entry-level-desktop/
#13
If this was used as a NAS and a SATA controller added, would 180w be sufficient to run 6 hard drives?..
1 Like #14
When active (i.e. read/write) a drive will pull between 8-10Watts.

When idle, will be less than 1 Watt.

As such, I would be amazed if it isnt enough juice.
#15
Just had mine delivered - via the ARIA deal. It actually says Dell Vostro A100 on the top of it, though the front badge has been removed. Came with a power lead in the box. I've checked out the Vostro A100 and it only has the one memory slot, so i'll be looking for a 2Gb stick.

Also, this machine originally had Vostro on it, so it *may* let me install Vista onto it via my Dell Vista CD without asking me for a serial number - certainly any other Dells i've had will do that.

So far so good!
#16
pgilc1


Also, this machine originally had Vostro on it, so it *may* let me install Vista onto it via my Dell Vista CD without asking me for a serial number - certainly any other Dells i've had will do that.



I would keep quiet about that on here if I were you.
#17
Haha!! Shh!!

I got loads a pcs all with hooky copies of XP on! Bring it on. Nice deal btw.
#18
Heat added - For general surfing and basic functions this is a really good deal. Too many people get p.c.'s that are far too powerful for their needs and their pocket!
#19
Does the onboard NIC support WOL?
#20
good price, so heat added.

just to let people aware that the atom processor slows down like a slow thing when it multi tasks, I've got a samsung n510 with a 256mb dedicated graphics card, the n280 atom processor (1.66ghz) and 2gb ram. It will play you tube clips, but without running it through the graphics card, 720p HD videos will crawl to a stutter, the on board graphics of this computer won't be sufficient to run them.
#21
Just as a heads up, the 'n15235' motherboard seems to be a 'P4M800P7MB-RS2H' according to this page: http://www.fixya.com/support/t401910-foxconn_manual_n15235

This is the real spec: http://www.foxconnchannel.com/Product/motherboards/detail_overview.aspx?id=en-us0000191

So, different chipset, 1 AGP and 3 PCI.

Thanks to OP, rep added.
Please say if you believe I'm mistaken.
#22
As this is an Atom with GMA950 can it be used as a Mac??
#23
B0rker;8324825
Does the onboard NIC support WOL?


Good question, can anybody who has one check their bios for this please?
#24
Wingnut
Good question, can anybody who has one check their bios for this please?


Mine should be here on Monday so I'll gladly look if no one answers by then
#25
For people wanting to NAS these, checkout freeNAS

http://freenas.org/freenas

fairly easy to setup. i`d recommend chucking 1 gig ram in for the cost, however 256mb upwards will suffice, with freenas, you have no big OS overhead. I happily run a NAS on an atom system with freenas.

phatbhoy
nice deal - thanks

Anyone any thoughts on this for Windows Home Server?


why not, i have an intel D945GCLF2 running windows server 2008 + and IPBX system on, with 200 gig hdd and 2 gig ram quite happily. However if you want to NAS it, then IMHO i would go for freenas, superfast.

edit but saying that, over gigbit lan on 64bit ws2008 smb transfers give me an astonishing 120 megabytes a second transfer rate (give or take), bearing in mind that these systems only have 10/100 and the D945GCLF2 has onboard gigabit.


B0rker
Does the onboard NIC support WOL?


not confirmed, but it 99% will do..................


bear in mind that these will suit better for people who want to put more than one hard drive as a NAS or want a cheapy low power pc with room for expansion. No standard NAS this side of £200 will give you the power of hardware that this could give you, but its horse`s for course`s.
#26
inicholson
So if I added a hard-drive and some memory I could use this as a cheap NAS?

I was thinking of getting a Squeezebox and a NAS, but this looks cheaper than any NAS I've seen. Anybody got any advice for a newbie on how to go about setting it up?


If its a NAS you want, keep an eye on eBay. There is a vendor there who periodically knocks out refurbished Buffalo Linkstations. These come with 12 month Buffalo warranty so there is nothing to fear. When I got mine he was asking £39.99 delivered for 500GB examples. If you were buying a bare 500GB drive you wouldn't pay much less.

Having said it comes with a warranty the first thing I did was void mine by swapping the hard drive for a 1.5TB. It drives our Squeezebox a treat, as well as a WDTV Live, it's on 24/7 and hardly uses any power at all, certainly a lot less than a PC. Not to mention needing hardly any space. A much better bet than PC-format NAS.
#27
Nice find, hot.
#28
If I was to use this to stream HD vids using WMC and a 360 what would be the minimum requirements and how much power does this use. im looking to setup a media server that will be on 24/7 and use the least amount of power yet still be able to stream HD vid. Thanks in advance for any replies :)
#29
jskyner
If I was to use this to stream HD vids using WMC and a 360 what would be the minimum requirements and how much power does this use. im looking to setup a media server that will be on 24/7 and use the least amount of power yet still be able to stream HD vid. Thanks in advance for any replies :)


Seems to be 39W idle and 58W full load
#30
Darkman
Seems to be 39W idle and 58W full load


Doesn't seem bad all :thumbsup:
#31
pgilc1
Just had mine delivered - via the ARIA deal. It actually says Dell Vostro A100 on the top of it, though the front badge has been removed. Came with a power lead in the box. I've checked out the Vostro A100 and it only has the one memory slot, so i'll be looking for a 2Gb stick.

Also, this machine originally had Vostro on it, so it *may* let me install Vista onto it via my Dell Vista CD without asking me for a serial number - certainly any other Dells i've had will do that.

So far so good!


Is the PSU a standard size ATX PSU?
Thanks
#32
steve9999
Is the PSU a standard size ATX PSU?
Thanks


Looks like a standard sized ATX PSU from the manual
#33
Hi,

All of these queries about NAS & WOL Etc.

What I (and I suspect a lot of peeps will want to know ) is that if a 0.5Tb HDD, Keyboard & 2Gb mem was added, would this work as an ordinary computer? How would it compare to my e520 Dimension - 3.4Ghz with 4 meg Ram?
#34
rizla01
Hi,

All of these queries about NAS & WOL Etc.

What I (and I suspect a lot of peeps will want to know ) is that if a 0.5Tb HDD, Keyboard & 2Gb mem was added, would this work as an ordinary computer? How would it compare to my e520 Dimension - 3.4Ghz with 4 meg Ram?


it would work just fine, as long as you didnt do too much intense computing on it, it will be fine, people have pointed out the atoms dont multitask that well, but for a low power pc for just general browsing etc etc, it will be fine.


dont put vista anywhere near this though, windows 7 or windows xp.
#35
Voted cold, not worth it, if you've got to add, hard disk, memory, dvd reader or writer, keyboard and mouse AND operating system, so you might as well buy a proper new vostro with a dual core cpu, decent amount of ram included, windows 7, dvd reader, hard disk, for a little over £210 the last time I looked.
#36
silly reason for voting cold, there are many free OS`s out there, and these can be run headless. People buy them, so it obviously is worth it to some, but never mind.
#37
jasee
Voted cold, not worth it, if you've got to add, hard disk, memory, dvd reader or writer, keyboard and mouse AND operating system, so you might as well buy a proper new vostro with a dual core cpu, decent amount of ram included, windows 7, dvd reader, hard disk, for a little over £210 the last time I looked.


Silly post really - this clearly isnt aimed at someone wanting to stick windows 7 etc on it.

Much better aimed at a low end machine (perhaps a second/third machine, or streaming machine) that may well run a free OS.

If this is cold in your opiniion, please go away,find it cheaper, then come back.
#38
This is a great deal for a NAS, you only need 512mb of RAM, 2 hard disks for RAID 1 (which you'd obviously need otherwise), and the OS is free whether BSD or Linux. Only need a keyboard/mouse/monitor during setup :D

This is so much more cost effective than my plan of having a plug computer and a 4 drive RAID enclosure (300 pounds combined without the disks). The storage efficiency would be less of course since its RAID 1 vs 5, but still, 2TB NAS for 280 pounds vs my 4.5TB planned NAS for approximately 600.

Decisions, decisions..
#39
jasee
Voted cold, not worth it, if you've got to add, hard disk, memory, dvd reader or writer, keyboard and mouse AND operating system, so you might as well buy a proper new vostro with a dual core cpu, decent amount of ram included, windows 7, dvd reader, hard disk, for a little over £210 the last time I looked.


Your not looking at it from the right angle. Add £10 worth of 1GB RAM (from ebay), a new HDD at £35, and a dvd writer for £16 and you're at little over £100. If you really must buy a new keyboard and mouse then you can get the pair for little over £5. Either run Ubuntu OR reinstall an O/S from a previous machine and off you go.

Probably £110 all in if you do it right.

Thats still only half the price of the new Vostro you're talking about which WILL need a ram upgrade to function correctly (the one at £216 only has 1GB RAM)

You will ALWAYS get more functions for 'just that extra £100' with computers, but looking at the hard facts here, you could have a new PC set up here for a little over £100 - thats got to be HOT.
#40
jasee
Voted cold, not worth it, if you've got to add, hard disk, memory, dvd reader or writer, keyboard and mouse AND operating system, so you might as well buy a proper new vostro with a dual core cpu, decent amount of ram included, windows 7, dvd reader, hard disk, for a little over £210 the last time I looked.


Hard drive 500Gb - £38.25 (ebuyer)
Memory - £10 (ebay)
DVD Writer - £13.99 (ebuyer)
K&M - £3 +
OS - Free

£65.24 + £66.84 = £132.08 sounds like a cheap pc to me

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