Dell Dimension System, Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 19" TFT, X1300 Graphics £429 delivered or less. - HotUKDeals
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New on the dell site today is this AMD powered desktop.

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

305-D11C17 - £429 delivered
AMD® Athlon 64 Processor 3800+
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Does not include Operating System Re-installation CD) Or XP Home for no charge
Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP)
512MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x256] Memory
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
128MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 PCI Express graphics card
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell 2 Button USB Wheel Mouse - Black
Microsoft® Works 8 - English
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This looks a good deal and i think as you go through the process you can choose a free vista premium upgrade too.

You can't upgrade the monitor though to an ultra sharp one though.

Any comments as it seems to be getting a hot rating?

I need your advice guys, Im currently looking for a new PC, that will run games (like sims 2, but doesnt need to have superb graphics, just good that runs without slow downs), media center that has a free vista upgrade (and can run it ok), and I want a dual core processor with a good size HDD.

So I have upgraded the C521 to the following specs:

AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD)
MCE to Vista Premium Upgrade on: [url][/url] before 03/31/07
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro PCI Express graphics card

That comes to £564.

Is that a good price for this spec and has it got enough power for my needs, or should I get a different pc.

Thanks in advance :)

Bryan it's not bad but don't forget they charge shipping and handling on the vist upgrade... no idea how much that is yet.

Might be worth you taking a look at the 3.4 ghz dual core pentium D on Ebuyer.. only the uni but I think its about £420.. very similar spec to your upgraded though no vista or monitor, though vista will probably be buggy for a long time yet, and I assume you have a monitor already?

Worth comparing but the price isn't bad at all. If your happy with it go for it... you'll find better later but that's nearly allways the way
As I have stated before I am not up with current games, but the only thing I see wrong with your selection is the memory, this machine should have 4 memory slots so leave it with 2 x 256 meg and buy 2x 512meg from using vouchers from the voucher section and via quidco for a much beter price, easy to fit, no chance of getting the wrong memory with crucials selector system, may even end up with 512meg almost free over dells prices.

Edit: this does indead have 4 memory slots, dell are charging £58.75 for upgrading from 512 to 1024meg. Crucial before discounts is £81.06 for 2x512meg
Thanks for your help, I am having a new pc for christmas, so may hold off a week or two to see if any better deals come out. I currently have a Packard Bell Ixtreme 6050 XP (extremely slow) with a 15inch TFT so would like a new moniter. Was speaking to dell the other day and they said shipping for vista will be £15. If I buy this pc I may have just the 512meg ram and upgrade another 2 512mb ram. Which processor is better Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2?

Thanks again.

Core 2 Duo is rated as miles better according to all the PC mags. Would definitely go for more memory too - you probably need at least 1 GB these days.
Graphics on this should be fine for the SIMS but I wouldn't expect to play much serious 3D gaming with it.

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