Dell Dimension E520 desktop system. 1.8Ghz core2duo, 19"TFT, 1gig, 250gb, dvdrw £293.82 or less. - HotUKDeals
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This bargain from dell continues to run for yet another week, remember to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings.

305-D05E02a Home site - £293.82 delivered or less
Intel® Core 2 Duo E4300 Processor (1.80GHz,800MHz,2MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic - English
Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (SE197FP) - UK/Irish
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
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[mod]#1
Upgrades:

Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium - English add £23.49
Dell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) - UK/Irish add £88.13
Dont buy memory upgrades from Dell its cheaper elseware
Its not possible to select this deal with XP unless maybe you phone in the order loosing the Quidco cashback.
Plenty of references to what video card to add to this can be found in the old thread.

The old thread for this deal has been expired as it was getting just too big for newcomers to sift through, its Here for those wishing to reference it.
#2
[FONT=arial][SIZE=1]Dell™ 20" Black Wide Flat Panel (E207WFP) - UK/Irish [add £58.75 or £1/month1] is a compromise if you can't afford/ don't have desk space for the 22".

This is also on free credit till November in case anyone wants a buy now pay later thing.
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#3
the margins on some of Dell's system must be fairly tiny notwithstanding the numbers they must shift!!! well done Mike
#4
nice to see this deal is still going, still in two minds whether to get one, mainly if it will take a passive 8500gt or not.

most reports around say its very quiet and the monitor issues reported dont bother me as the machine will be a dedicated htpc connected to a hdtv.

all but ruled out getting a shuttle system due to it probably not being anywhere near as quiet as these have been reported.

what to do, what to do!!
#5
hmm, didnt know these were v. quiet. rather tempted to get one now -- it would replace my v. noisy 'PVR'... how much could you sell the monitor for???
#6
Hi Mike,

Just registered on here, first to thank you for finding this deal, I bought one on Monday! Secondly to ask a couple of questions....

I went for the 22" monitor and Vista Premium. However I went for the 2GB RAM.

How much cheaper would it have been to get this from someone other than Dell? What type would I need and do you think I can phone them and get them to take it off my order?

Also what basic TV card would be best in this? I don't need freeview etc maybe just a remote... Cheers!
#7
well according to the silentpcreview.com people, these are pretty damned quiet, not quite up to their standards (think totally passive no fans etc) but its near enough!

as its going for £150 on dell's site, i'd try and sell it for about £100, not sure how the warranty would work if i kept the base unit but sold the monitor though.

shame i already have a 2407wfp as i'd get one of those, having two is just plain greedy!
[mod]#8
Welcome thwapy, you would only have saved around £18 and some of that you can get back in Quidco anyway so dont mess with your order, they will ask you to cancel and reorder anyway which might become a pain.

Others will have to answer the TV card Question, I dont know which would be best.
#9
£276.19 if you change the mouse. I'll use the mouse off my old computer!
[admin]#10
Thanks for starting a new thread Mike - the old one, while being a record setter, was starting to get unwieldy.

It's a fantastic deal across the board for almost everyone looking for a new computer so nice that it's hanging around for another week (at least).
#11
Is it likely that I could ring dell up and get the system even cheaper without the monitor (which I dont need)?
[mod]#12
Maggo
£276.19 if you change the mouse. I'll use the mouse off my old computer!


I dont think that will work, it brings up an incompatibility unless you choose another more expensive mouse/key.
[mod]#13
J400uk
Is it likely that I could ring dell up and get the system even cheaper without the monitor (which I dont need)?


Yes you could but it would be cheaper to take it as is and have the quidco, then sell the monitor yourself as dell wont take much off the price for removing the monitor.
#14
You only get silly money back for items you don't need. I was offered just £60 discount for a a system without the advertised 22" monitor, and a discount of only £14 for vista!
#15
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=586390

from what i can tell, the above card looks like my best solution for a htpc, it doesnt seem to need an extra power connector ala my 8800 does, nor does it look like the heatsink will get in the way of the cpu duct, altough a little worried about that if you compare it to passive offerings from gainward/gigabyte and if the motherboard/psu will be able to power the card..

opinions/comments?
#16
thwapy
Hi Mike,

Just registered on here, first to thank you for finding this deal, I bought one on Monday! Secondly to ask a couple of questions....

I went for the 22" monitor and Vista Premium. However I went for the 2GB RAM.

How much cheaper would it have been to get this from someone other than Dell? What type would I need and do you think I can phone them and get them to take it off my order?

Also what basic TV card would be best in this? I don't need freeview etc maybe just a remote... Cheers!


might be worth getting a USB TV receiver -- saves filling up a PCI slot and means if you ever want tv elsewhere (e.g. a laptop) you could use it there too... ;-)
1 Like #17
lanceuppercut
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=586390

from what i can tell, the above card looks like my best solution for a htpc, it doesnt seem to need an extra power connector ala my 8800 does, nor does it look like the heatsink will get in the way of the cpu duct, altough a little worried about that if you compare it to passive offerings from gainward/gigabyte and if the motherboard/psu will be able to power the card..

opinions/comments?



You'll be absolutely fine with that card. I've had everything up to a 7950gt in the E520 with no problems at all. There is even a silent 8600gt knocking around by MSI. There is plenty of room in the case, it's only when you start hitting the top end with huge cooling solutions and double width cards that you run into problem. The PSU may only be rated at 305w, but along with the mother board, they are good quality and provide a very steady 75w to the graphics card from the PCI-E port.

Hope that's of some use.

Incidentally, mine is also used as a HTPC as it's so quiet. I'm running an XFX passively cooled 7950gt.
#18
We dont really need a new computer until the beginning of new school year in September. From your experience, do you think I should wait till then to buy one since prices could fall in 3 months or is this a such a good buy that its worth buying now. Just looking for sound advice.
#19
Marekj
You'll be absolutely fine with that card. I've had everything up to a 7950gt in the E520 with no problems at all. There is even a silent 8600gt knocking around by MSI. There is plenty of room in the case, it's only when you start hitting the top end with huge cooling solutions and double width cards that you run into problem. The PSU may only be rated at 305w, but along with the mother board, they are good quality and provide a very steady 75w to the graphics card from the PCI-E port.

Hope that's of some use.

Incidentally, mine is also used as a HTPC as it's so quiet. I'm running an XFX passively cooled 7950gt.

damnit! the uncertainty about fitting a passive 8500gt was the one thing that was holding me back from splurging my cash on this deal to use as a htpc!

out of curiosity, how much is the price after quidco for a basic machine with the lowest options?
#20
well if you consider that demand in september is going to be huge as many people, like you, will be buying for the new school year...the prices are going to head upwards not downwards. add to the fact this machine is pretty amazing already and there is not going to be major price falls on it over the summer, merely some specification improvements maybe; then id get it now. in answering your q ive convinced myself to buy it now too !
#21
what's the issue in buying one of the dell options on the gfx cards ?

is buying say the one from scan going to give me a noticeable difference ?


thanks to Mike T for all the work in finding these deals
1 Like #22
Just in case this helps anyone thinking of upgrading the graphics for use with Vista Ultimate (Aero) and/or as a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) running Vista Media Centre, i would say dont bother - sticjk with the onboard graphics & 7.1 surround sound.

I bought this unit last week (when it also had the 2GB RAM offer), upgraded it to Vista Ultimate, hooked it up to my Samsung 40" LCD (via VGA cable - i know this is not HDMI) and it works perfectly. It runs the full Aero desktop and all the media centre bits. Divx/Xvid movies are great.

Hope this helps save someone some money.
#23
delboyuk
Just in case this helps anyone thinking of upgrading the graphics for use with Vista Ultimate (Aero) and/or as a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) running Vista Media Centre, i would say dont bother - sticjk with the onboard graphics & 7.1 surround sound.

i doubt onboard video would do it would handle 1080p h264 movies very well given that 8500/8600 cards are specialised in that they're the only cards that fully offload h264 decoding from the cpu to the gfx card. xp drivers that do this are on the way.

i would imagine the onboard card could do everything upto dvd standard, but when you start fiddling with high-def stuff, i reckon a 8500/8600 is needed tbh.

and btw, xvid/divx are nothing compared to how much h264 stresses a system.
1 Like #24
If anyone interested- still can be purchased with XP Home, price is the same, but you have to give them a ring and order it over the phone. Couldn't find a e-value code for XP, the old one ending with ...axp didn't work. Quidco can't be used in that case. To avoid 0870 number use 01344860456 and ask for salles department. It works also for tech. support.
#25
How many ports does the optional Firewire pci card provide? I get the impression that its only one, and if that is the case I would probably be better of buying it myself to get more ports.
[mod]#26
ilko_t
If anyone interested- still can be purchased with XP Home, price is the same, but you have to give them a ring and order it over the phone. Couldn't find a e-value code for XP, the old one ending with ...axp didn't work. Quidco can't be used in that case. To avoid 0870 number use 01344860456 and ask for salles department. It works also for tech. support.


I already covered this in post 2
[mod]#27
tamoil
How many ports does the optional Firewire pci card provide? I get the impression that its only one, and if that is the case I would probably be better of buying it myself to get more ports.



Best to get your own card, I have seen them for around £4 with 4 ports, or if you intend going for a high end sound solution, get one with a firewire port on as remember you only have 2 pci slots to play with.
#28
MikeT
I already covered this in post 2
Sorry, my bad, seems I have read the thread too fast :oops:
#29
Would people recommend having enhanced SpeedStep on or off? When I had it on, I notice some stalling near the end of MP3 tracks, but nothing else. How much power does SS actually save?
#30
Can you use these monitors as TV's?
1 Like #31
robertvan1
Would people recommend having enhanced SpeedStep on or off? When I had it on, I notice some stalling near the end of MP3 tracks, but nothing else. How much power does SS actually save?


Speedstep turns the cpu into low power mode by dropping the clock speed to 1100/1200 mhz i think. its prob pointless for a home pc and usually used for laptops to conserve battery power. if you keep your pc on all day to download stuff, it might save a a few watts. I would recommend to turn it off.
#32
csf
Speedstep turns the cpu into low power mode by dropping the clock speed to 1100/1200 mhz i think. its prob pointless for a home pc and usually used for laptops to conserve battery power. if you keep your pc on all day to download stuff, it might save a a few watts. I would recommend to turn it off.


Thanks for the advice. Rep left :thumbsup:
#33
Wasn't there a number to call to get the 22" upgrade for just over £50? And what was the 2GB deal?
#34
zchari5
...And what was the 2GB deal?


even more of a bargain!!! :santa: wish i had got in then!
#35
Does anyone know if you get the firewire upgrade, if it includes a port on the front of the PC, or just the one(s) on the PCI card itself? TIA! :thumbsup:
#36
Koma Toes
Does anyone know if you get the firewire upgrade, if it includes a port on the front of the PC, or just the one(s) on the PCI card itself? TIA! :thumbsup:


No front port. It's just a pci card at the back.
[mod] 1 Like #37
Pretty sure you just get the back one
#38
Darn! Thanks for the quick response :)
Could always get something like this I suppose...
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID=11318
#39
Amazing deal Mike. Im so close to buying one i just need to know if the card here will work without any problems & fit into the machine? is that a good card os is there a better one for the same pennies?

Finial question the card supports two monitors at the same time.. Does this take more power from the psu?
#40
MikeT
Best to get your own card, I have seen them for around £4 with 4 ports, or if you intend going for a high end sound solution, get one with a firewire port on as remember you only have 2 pci slots to play with.


Thanks for the quick response. Do you mean an internal port?

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