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Dell Dimension E521 Desktop system 19" TFT, AMD 4200+ Dual core, 1gig, 160Gb, XP Pro. £410 £410.07

£410.07 @ Dell (Business)
Lowest price seen so far on this system. Dont forget to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings. 305-D01E11a - £410.07 or less delivered AMD® Athlon 64 X2 Dual… Read More
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[mod] 1d, 6m agoFound 1 decade, 6 months ago
Lowest price seen so far on this system.
Dont forget to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings.

305-D01E11a - £410.07 or less delivered
AMD® Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
Genuine Windows® XP Professional SP2 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD) - English
Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) - UK/Irish
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
48x CDRW/DVD Combo Drive
Integrated nVidia® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell 2 Button USB Wheel Mouse - Black
Free Upgrade to McAfee® Security Centre 36-month Protection
Microsoft® Works 8 - English
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#1
The integrated graphics make this less of a good deal for games/graphics applications...
[mod]#2
Pick one of these up from elseware and fit it 256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro graphics card for around £35-£40 or £70 from Dell and its starting to look quite reasonable for games.
Of course you could spend a lot more on a card but this pc is a fair price for whats offered.
#3
i thinking of buying this. is it worth the extra 40 for the 19" UltraSharp monitor?
[mod]#4
raymeo13
i thinking of buying this. is it worth the extra 40 for the 19" UltraSharp monitor?


Yes if you can afford it, I have both the normal and ultra in 19" here and much prefer the ultra.
#5
Good deal Mike..please also note it does not inclue a DVD writer but these can be bought for less than £25 delivered.
#6
any ideas on a graphics card for this one? budget is 75. :)
#7
if you can stretch your budget a little then I'd recommend this one
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-76GT
#8
looks good, out of the 2 graphics card options on th s Dell, the nvidia is cheaper, but still 256mb, is the ATI much better?? Cheers.

256MB nVidia® GeForce® 7300 Turbocache graphics card
256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro graphics card
[mod]#9
Anything with "turbo" in its name uses some system memory to make up the total.

Click on "learn more" at the graphics card selection page and use the tabs there to see all the details on the cards
#10
if seems that if we upgrade some components in that crazy promotion C521, the price is even cheaper here with this E521, what is the reason?
[mod]#11
You will have to ask Dell that ext, thats why its so hard to figure the best deals, swop a few components about and you may be better off with a different Ecode to start with.
#12
With graphics cards, a good option is to buy older models off ebay. As long as the seller is reputable, you can get a crazy price - there is so much supply because of all the people upgrading every 6 months. For example, you can get a 6600GT for £30.

Generally options for adding components at the likes of Dell are overpriced. They rope you in with the cheap headline price, then make the money off accessories.
#13
hey peeps, wondering if u got any advice on this:

Intel® Viiv™ Core™ 2 Duo E6300 Processor (1.86GHz, 1066MHz, 2MB)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD)
Dell™ 19" UltraSharp™ Digital/Analogue Flat Panel (1907FP) - UK/Irish
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] 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

total: 510.12 pounds

also upgrading to the 256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro graphics card for 70 quid extra (but is it worth this? can i not get this card much cheaper elsewhere?). subtracting the usb mouse brings the total to 504.25 (as i have plenty of mouses i really dnt need another, but can i use old mouses that are not usb?? on this system?)
any advice on this deal would be great. thanks
#14
MikeT
Pick one of these up from elseware and fit it 256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro graphics card for around £35-£40 or £70 from Dell and its starting to look quite reasonable for games.
Of course you could spend a lot more on a card but this pc is a fair price for whats offered.


:roll:
#15
are you a gamer chooi?...because if so you'll find restrictions with the ATI X1300....you'll need at least a Nvidea 7600GT to play the latest action games at decent settings...see my post above for the novatech card.

If not a gamer then find an alternative source for the ATI card .
#16
MikeT mentioned that a 256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro graphics card can be obtained for around £35-£40. ITC sales do one for £28.79 but this requires a DVI-c Adapter. I would like to know if cards with a DVI connection are 'low profile' like the one at ITC.
#17
cheers guys.
curry im not really a serious gamer but would like to play games like need 4 speed ungerground etc
overall at 510quid do you think its a decent deal??
i might sacrifice the graphics card for the Sound Blaster® X-Fi Xtreme Music PCI Soundcard as i do like to fiddle around with making a few beats.
#18
Not sure how much Dell charge for the soundcard upgrade but take a look at this link
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112512l
1 Like #19
If you're serious about gaming I wouldn't bother with an X1300 card - personally I'd buy a 7600GT off Ebay, or even new these days you can get one for under a £100. As an alternative there are really good deals out there on 6600GTs and they will be fine for most gaming, as long as your screen isn't too high a resolution.
#20
I rang dell and asked if they could swap XP SP2 to Media Center. They did which brought the total price down to £380.00 if anyone is interested :thumbsup:
#21
thanks peeps :)
#22
hello all i am a computer novice:oops:

what are the main differences between AMD and a Intel processor

also the different between a core duo and a viv core :S

any takers??
#23
Intel Core 2 CPUs are superior to the AMD dual core CPUs...so if you can afford an Intel Core 2 that's the one to go for....the viv core is simply an add on that aids some multimedia processes...I'm sure if you google the latter you'll get a better explanation.
#24
tejon
I rang dell and asked if they could swap XP SP2 to Media Center. They did which brought the total price down to £380.00 if anyone is interested :thumbsup:


What number did you ring? also what is your e-value code now to see if its any different? (could order online then with the code and save calling them - I dont have a landline and mobile call is expensive).
#25
would it be even cheaper if u didnt want the keyboard??
are these systems compatible with old style 5 pin connection keyboard and mouses or do they have to be usb???
#26
RHodgett
What number did you ring? also what is your e-value code now to see if its any different? (could order online then with the code and save calling them - I dont have a landline and mobile call is expensive).


I dialed: 0870 907 5818

Then chose option 1, then 1 again, was put through to a switchboard. Ask to speak to the UK home desktop sales dept. You'll end up speaking to someone in what I think is an Indian call center, quote to them the DO1E11A code - explain the specification and price you've seen.

When they come back to you let them confirm the price and spec, should be £380.00inc vat and delivery.
#27
I don't thinkyou can avoid the keyboard/mouse with Dell...in any case they are minimal cost items ...they are USB
#28
tejon
I dialed: 0870 907 5818

Then chose option 1, then 1 again, was put through to a switchboard. Ask to speak to the UK home desktop sales dept. You'll end up speaking to someone in what I think is an Indian call center, quote to them the DO1E11A code - explain the specification and price you've seen.

When they come back to you let them confirm the price and spec, should be £380.00inc vat and delivery.


You have to consider the 4.5% quidco cashback ..so online is probably cheaper
#29
RHodgett
What number did you ring? also what is your e-value code now to see if its any different? (could order online then with the code and save calling them - I dont have a landline and mobile call is expensive).


The e-value code will not change if they adjust the OS for you.All that changes is the price.I think the previous poster was fortunate to get Dell to adjust the OS anywayAs others have said,it's best to order online and take the quidco discount IMO :)

Good luck
#30
currychops
You have to consider the 4.5% quidco cashback ..so online is probably cheaper


It would be cheaper, except you cant get that deal with Media Center hence why I rang.
#31
Hi

Oh Ok....


So this sounds quite a good deal to me!!! Well wanted to ask I want to install Vista when it comes out, so does this also come with the Vista Upgrade?


Just that at £380 for the spec it sounds pretty good!
#32
Dell provide a vista upgrade but charge for posting and packing..info is on the Dell site.
#33
Don't forget the Dell Outlet store - really pleased with the machine I've just picked up from there.
#34
Rpoints have a good guide for buying/upgraiding a Dell pc.

http://www.rpoints.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1098518
#35
currychops
You have to consider the 4.5% quidco cashback ..so online is probably cheaper


4.5% off of £410 makes the price £391.55 and you still have the hassle of Quidco. I dont see how this is cheaper than £380 though.
#36
you only get quidco on the pre VAT and delivery price
#37
ghost101
4.5% off of £410 makes the price £391.55 and you still have the hassle of Quidco. I dont see how this is cheaper than £380 though.


Sorry I didn't bother calculating..but could you not go through Quidco if you had the E code for the £380 system?
#38
hey, tried calling them. they offered me the system at £389 wt windows media center edition. not sure, how you all managed to get it for £380. if thats the case would it be better to go through quidco and get the xp professional for £396 (assuming quidco on pre VAT). bit lost, advice on best deal and if there is any real deiffence between 2 OS's or if it makes a difference anyway if im gona get a vista upgrade. thanks
#39
Sorry to seem slow, but could someone please describe how to get to this deal using an ecode? I'm struggling to navigate my way after coming through quidco. thanks
#40
Yeh same here...also I have noticed people have managed to get discounts by changing the OS.....will this not affect the Vista Upgrade?

;-)

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