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Price drop today by Dell makes this a steal with Vista or XP.

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

305-D03E02 - £222.07 delivered or less
Intel® Pentium® D 915 Dual Core Processor (2.80GHz, 800MHz, 2x2MB)
Genuine Windows Vista Business (for 512MB memory configurations ONLY) - English
No Monitor
512MB DDR2 533MHz Memory
80GB (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
Want it with XP Pro instead then Go to Deal
[mod]#2
Upgrades:

160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache [add £11.75]
#3
Is that price delivered
#4
[email protected]
Is that price delivered


Yes note the red text next to the price (on the dell site) thats says it includes VAT and delivery. Maybe quidco too? (or is that a sore point?)

Also you would have to upgrade the memory to 1gb if only to get the benefit of Vista.
#5
Which one is faster 'Intel® Pentium® D Dual Core Processor' or 'Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor'?
#6
youfug
Which one is faster 'Intel® Pentium® D Dual Core Processor' or 'Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor'?



http://www.intel.com/performance/desktop/digoffice/index.htm
#7


Thanks for the info. I did not know this!
#8
Great price for a basic machine.

The Vista is the Basic version and as said the memory and graphics card will need an upgrade to deal with Vista Premium, ultimate or business if you were considering upgrading. However as a second PC or for WP or Internet/email then its a great price.
#9
Predikuesi
Thanks for the info. I did not know this!

Core 2 Duo is much better...
#10
Cracking deal!
#11
yeah thanks for the info but I think the test are on different clock cycle. This system came with
Intel® Pentium® D 925 Dual Core Processor (3.00GHz, 800MHz, 2x2MB)
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4300 Processor (1.80GHz, 800MHz, 2MB)
So which is faster?

And with dell if i upgrade some of the stuff or even open the case will I void the warranty?
#12
kevinyork
Great price for a basic machine.

The Vista is the Basic version and as said the memory and graphics card will need an upgrade to deal with Vista Premium, ultimate or business if you were considering upgrading. However as a second PC or for WP or Internet/email then its a great price.

No, it's not vista basic, it's vista business.

Vista basic doesn't have the aero interface, every other version does

Vista business is missing MCE compared to home premium,
but home premium can't join a domain.
#13
is this pc quiet enough to use as a media centre in a living room?
#14
youfug
yeah thanks for the info but I think the test are on different clock cycle. This system came with
Intel® Pentium® D 925 Dual Core Processor (3.00GHz, 800MHz, 2x2MB)
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4300 Processor (1.80GHz, 800MHz, 2MB)
So which is faster?


Core 2 Duo :shock:
#15
mikerr
No, it's not vista basic, it's vista business.

Vista basic doesn't have the aero interface, every other version does

Vista business is missing MCE compared to home premium,
but home premium can't join a domain.


Basic / Business...they both begin with a B!

Cheers for putting me right.:thumbsup:
#16
Whats the difference between the two versions of Vista Business on offer? If you select the special 512MB version does this mean it won't work if you later upgrade the RAM yourself? :?
#17
This really is a good deal but as always you feel you've got to have the next cpu, a bit more RAM and the larger hard drive. In the end it's quite a bit more than the 222 you first looked at (obviously)

It's still a good deal but basic.
#18
Nice one Mike :) Thanks!
#19
Dual Core Base Units are dangerously approaching the £199.99+VAT barrier.... Heck, they are even cheaper than on Ebay...
#20
Can't find anything to match this spec for this price, doubt if you could buy the parts and assemble it yourself and beat this price. Though if anyone knows different please let me know asap as I'm close to ordering one of these. Yet another good deal found by Mike, thanks.
#21
Spec and price are definitely good for sure...and thats even with me working for the sauce making competition

I've highlighted some important processor info in this post for anyone thinking of buying in the nea future. It relates to next months price cuts from Intel.

In terms of whether the Pent D is any betterworse than the newly released 800mhz Core 2 E4xxx series models it is pretty close to call. Certainly if it was up against a Core 2 E6xxx model there would be no competition but don't let the fact it is called a Core 2 lull you into thinking it will always be better than any particular Pent D.

Both of these processors use the newer 65nm manufacturing process (running cooler and quieter), have the same max bus throughput (800mhz), neither have on-chip VT, both are 64 bit capable and both have 2 cores. The only (marketing) technical differences are that the 4300 has 2mb cache with 2x1.8ghz cores and the D915 has 2x2.8ghz cores and 2x2mb cache althought the Core 2 of course can clock back since it doesn't use Netburst and here in lies the crux of the Core 2 being a bit better - unlike the Pentium D, the two cores in the Core 2 Duo are in the same package in the processor so they can exchange information far more freely and efficiently. And intel claim this efficiency improves it by up to 40%. You will certainly get better overclocking from the E4xxx series if you are into that sort of thing
#22
I bought one of these online on Friday, upgrading the HD to 160GB, the memory to 1 Gb and adding the cheapest video card. Came to £323 DELIVERED. Stunning price.

Machine arrived today, its very good, although Vista could scare off a few people as it looks different to XP.

Essentially this appears to be a good machine. I will add memory from [url]www.crucial.com/uk[/url] as its alot cheaper than Dells, and I already have a screen (HannsG), but there are alot of screens on HUKD that will work really well.

I run a network of 50 PC's so this is a test bed Machine. I've removed Macafee, put on AVG free, spybot, adaware, spyware blaster, all free.

I will add MS Office 2003 (volume licensed) and personal choice I will put maxthon 2 with wmp11 skin and firefox 2.

Vista uses lots of caching, so needs piles of memory and HD. If you want to run heavy memory stuff then 2 Gb memory, plus 250 Gb hard drive would be better.

Thanks for the link, its still there and its a great deal. Buy without onsite, and only upgrade if its very cheap, otherwise buy extra bits elsewhere.

Best wishes

Nick
#23
Sorry your post was deleted Mecoconuts as that URL is for Dell employees only.
#24
Just bumping this deal as it has been reduced further today, now £210 delivered ! Buy memory and monitor elsewhere if required for a bargain system. :thumbsup:
#25
It seems the reduction is because McAfee Security subscription is not included. So even more of a bargain without that bloatware.
#26
stephenc
Spec and price are definitely good for sure...and thats even with me working for the sauce making competition

I've highlighted some important processor info in this post for anyone thinking of buying in the nea future. It relates to next months price cuts from Intel.

In terms of whether the Pent D is any betterworse than the newly released 800mhz Core 2 E4xxx series models it is pretty close to call. Certainly if it was up against a Core 2 E6xxx model there would be no competition but don't let the fact it is called a Core 2 lull you into thinking it will always be better than any particular Pent D.



So does this mean that I could buy this system now and then upgrade to a better processor in a month or so?? The kiddies are screaming for their new computer I have been promising for a while!

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