Dell Dimension dualcore 2.66Ghz system 19" TFT, 2Gig ram, 256meg Graphics card. Just £479 delivered - HotUKDeals
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305-D11E06 - £479 delivered or less
A price cut today makes this system reach its lowest ever price.

Reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via quidco for further cashback savings.

Choice of XP home or media center operating system AND free backup discs.
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD) add £0.00

Intel® Pentium® D 805 Dual Core Processor (2.66GHz, 533MHz, 2x1MB)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD)
MCE to Vista Premium Upgrade on: http://www.dellvistaupgrade.productorder.com before 03/31/07
Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP)
2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [4x512] Memory
OR 2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] Memory [add £11.75
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
256MB nVidia® GeForce® 7300 Turbocache graphics card
Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
Dell 2 Button USB Wheel Mouse - Black
Internal 13-in-1 Media Card Reader
Microsoft® Works 8 - English
Resource CD - contains Diagnostics and Drivers
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[mod]#1
This is quite a good buy at its new low price...
1 Like #2
What is the better system, this one or the AMD 4200+ you posted earlier?

Also what does turbocache graphics card mean and is it any good and finally what is the onboard audio like and is it better/worth upgrading to the Sound Blaster onboard sound?

Thanks.
#3
Another nice find Mike :) Thanks
[mod]#4
cedge
What is the better system, this one or the AMD 4200+ you posted earlier?

Also what does turbocache graphics card mean and is it any good and finally what is the onboard audio like and is it better/worth upgrading to the Sound Blaster onboard sound?

Thanks.

I cant tell you which is the best system, I post what I believe are the best Dell deals available this week, even if dell were to send me one of each to try my uses wouldnt match others so my findings would be different. Most of the systems around the £350-550 are going to be good enough for most users needs cpu wise, after cpu cost its just the ram and hard drive sizes that boost or drop the prices and if you can make do with the onboard graphics or if you need something with more grunt.
The graphics card is going to use some system ram if its got hyper or turbo in the name. I have always found onboard sound to be fine for my taste, others will want better.
The AMD 4200+ cpu should just have the better of this Intel cpu. Take a look at the graph I posted in 2 of the deal threads.
#5
Hi, thanks for the deal. Im going to order this for my mum with the X1300 pro graphics - from my research it seems Vista Ready but let me know if Im wrong. Voted ++Rep
#6
Yeah :) Vista ready russ


MCE to Vista Premium Upgrade on: www. dellvistaupgrade. productorder. com before 03/31/07 [Included in Price]
Special Offer
FREE Upgrade plus shipping & handling costs payable at time of redemption
[mod]#7
As long as you dont choose XP home as the OS then its vista ready and you can apply for the voucher in your order.
Enjoy the system:)
#8
Thanks - i read that but was still a bit unsure as vista can run without Aero - i think thats the main selling point for Vista, and without it your PC apparently looks like XP! So Im hoping the 256Mb X1300 Pro card (extra £23) will be able to handle Aero ok.
1 Like #9
Ah got your point now :) Hopefully it will then...
1 Like #10
AERO Graphics Card Requirements

Firstly, AERO is Microsoft's name for the new Vista Shell. Windows Presentation Foundation is the name give to the graphics subsystem which delivers the sharper new pictures.
Naturally, the speed of the graphics card and the amount of memory will affect performance, particularly with games and movies. Try and avoid low-spec cards, such as, nVidia 5200 and ATI 9200, instead, choose high-end 6800 or X800. Apparently if you have an old graphics card, Vista and Windows Presentation Foundation are clever enough to emulate the better cards, so at least you get the AERO effect - if a little more slowly in the case of games.
DX9 Pixel Shader 2.0 cards will give crisp results. Pixel shaders come from the games world, they give the texture and fade effects which give AERO its personality.
1 Like #11
Can someone please explain (briefly !) what Vista is all about and who it is aimed at. Will it impact on us non-gamers who still use the computer mainly for Office applications and watching the odd DVD ?
#12
There's some useful information here: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/vista/vista_aero.htm

Should explain it better than I can ;-)
#13
Thanks for all the info Mike and Ray...I'm looking forward to vista whereas some are holding out as they expect it to be full of bugs!
1 Like #14
cedge
What is the better system, this one or the AMD 4200+ you posted earlier?

Also what does turbocache graphics card mean and is it any good and finally what is the onboard audio like and is it better/worth upgrading to the Sound Blaster onboard sound?

Thanks.


Turbocache is a system for giving the graphics card high speed access to system ram so the graphics card itself can have less ram and therefore cheaper. It is an improvement but it's still not as good as having all the video ram dedicated to the graphics card itself.

russ - the X1300 will be fine with Vista, onboard cards should also be fine as they've been designed to handle Aero but for the small sum extra I'd go with the dedicated X1300.

John
#15
currychops
Thanks for all the info Mike and Ray...I'm looking forward to vista whereas some are holding out as they expect it to be full of bugs!


You can try Vista RC2 for yourself, I've been impressed with its current state - it's a lot more solid than I was expecting.

John
#16
Just read this on the Dell site about Aero & Vista -

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/solutions/en/vista_pcs?c=uk&l=en&s=gen


Ive placed my order with the Ultrasharp monitor, and the X1300 Pro graphics card (extra £60 in all) but ill get £30 quidco back so pretty good all in all.

Many thanks to MikeT and also Rayman for the advice. :)
#17
Johnmcl7
Turbocache is a system for giving the graphics card high speed access to system ram so the graphics card itself can have less ram and therefore cheaper. It is an improvement but it's still not as good as having all the video ram dedicated to the graphics card itself.

russ - the X1300 will be fine with Vista, onboard cards should also be fine as they've been designed to handle Aero but for the small sum extra I'd go with the dedicated X1300.

John


Thanks for this info - the info on the web is pretty sketchy on this stuff as far as i can tell :)
#18
It's difficult to tell when the operating system is not released yet as to how well certain hardware is going to run Vista - I think ram is probably going to be the biggest concern for most people but at least that's relatively easy and economical to upgrade.

John
#19
Yeah i just realised the system i bought has got 4x512Mb but for an extra £11 you can have 2x1Gb, which from what i can see Vista prefers? Hmm...
[mod]#20
russ
Yeah i just realised the system i bought has got 4x512Mb but for an extra £11 you can have 2x1Gb, which from what i can see Vista prefers? Hmm...

2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] Memory add £11.75

Yes luckily that is quite easy to sort out and I really should have spotted and mentioned it though in reality I think not many are going to need more than 2gb ram even with vista.
Just phone and cancel your current order, then reorder remembering Quidco and alter your ram spec. There is no charge for this and the Indians at Dell are quite used to it happening.
#21
Johnmcl7
You can try Vista RC2 for yourself, I've been impressed with its current state - it's a lot more solid than I was expecting.

John


Yes I was thinking about it but I have a crap graphics card so will hold fire..I'm buying a new laptop in the New Year so will purchase after the Vista launch.
[mod]#22
Here is a link to the Dell service manual for the E520 base unit.

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimE520/en/SM_EN/index.htm
#23
MikeT
2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] Memory add £11.75

Yes luckily that is quite easy to sort out and I really should have spotted and mentioned it though in reality I think not many are going to need more than 2gb ram even with vista.
Just phone and cancel your current order, then reorder remembering Quidco and alter your ram spec. There is no charge for this and the Indians at Dell are quite used to it happening.

Thanks Mike - my mum will never need more than 2Gb ram as she just browses the web and emails. So im not worried about upgrading the ram - its just i read somewhere that Vista prefers 2x1Gb although I may be wrong... something to do with dual channel RAM? Or would 4x512mb work as well?

It says here on the dell site http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/solutions/en/vista_pcs?c=us&l=en&s=gen

To help further optimize your Windows Vista experience, Dell recommends 2 GB dual-channel (2-DIMMS) RAM2


So thats 2 Dims not 4 Dims?
[mod]#24
2x1Gb would be best but I bet your mum never even upgrades to Vista ;-)

Most will be happy with what they have and not want to risk loosing data to an upgrade.
#25
I will upgrade her to vista, as we get the free upgrade :)

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