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Dell Dimension XPS 420, Quad Core Q6600, 640GB HD, 3GB RAM, 512MB 8800GT £584.10

£584.10 @ Dell (Business)
Hi guys, Dell currently has a torrent of offers on this system which brings it to an excellent price of £584.10. The offers are: Free Shipping (normally £60) - ends 9th Jan Save £40 on selecte… Read More
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9y, 4m agoFound 9 years, 4 months ago
Hi guys,

Dell currently has a torrent of offers on this system which brings it to an excellent price of £584.10. The offers are:

Free Shipping (normally £60) - ends 9th Jan
Save £40 on selected systems - ends 9th Jan
Free Memory Upgrade from 2GB to 3GB (2 x 1GB, 2 x 512MB)
Free Hard Drive Upgrade (500GB to 640GB Raid 0!)

The attached voucher provides an additional 10% off (expires 2nd Jan) bringing this system to a sensational £584.10 before Quidco.

With all the offers on this system, I think that you would be hard pushed to build one for any cheaper, although I would welcome attempts!

More Details:

Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Processor Q6600 (2.40GHz, 8MB, 1066MHz)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
Monitor Not included
3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024/2x512]
640GB Dual Hard Drive Raid 0 Stripe (2x320GB - 7200rpm)
SINGLE 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT card
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Dell Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse

Accessories

Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
No Speakers
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
No Modem
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
Services & Software
No Accidental Damage Support
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English

I have just noticed that someone posted a similar deal on this machine for £642, so apologies if this is regarded as a duplicate post, however I feel that the £584 price should be brought to peoples attention!

-Lebenski
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#1
Welcome to HotUKDeals lebenski!
#2
Excellent price for a decent gaming PC!

Well found OP
#3
Great Deal - Just bought one
#4
Thats one powerfull PC! Decent price
#5
This is now the 3rd post for the same ecode deal in 2 days ;-)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/128883/dell-xps-420-base-unit-584-10-deliv/all/all/hot/ same price
#6
This system can support a maximum of one optical device

Does this mean you can only have 1 writer or dvd drive installed ?
#7
The manual is Here and leads me to believe there is space for 2 optical drives above the card reader slot.

Had it been just one drive then you wouldnt be able to configure 16x DVD+/-RW & 16x DVD Drives add £10.00

I think the little warning above the selection box is incorrect and maybe left over from another models config page thats been reused here.
#8
MikeT
The manual is Here and leads me to believe there is space for 2 optical drives above the card reader slot.

Had it been just one drive then you wouldnt be able to configure 16x DVD+/-RW & 16x DVD Drives add £10.00

I think the little warning above the selection box is incorrect and maybe left over from another models config page thats been reused here.


Would agree as in options plenty of choices for adding second drive.

Isn't there an issue with the way that the ram is set up not being ideal?....

It will need a monitor..any suggestions on one with a 1680x1050 resolution at around the £130 -£150 mark?

Good deal even it has been multiple posted.
#9
Be aware that this XPS 420 version does NOT come with the Sideshow LCD display on top (I checked with Dell Sales team). Whilst a bit gimmicky, it looks cool ! Unfortunately, you only get it with the Premium case, which sadly this is not.
#10
Sphere;1392575
Be aware that this XPS 420 version does NOT come with the Sideshow LCD display on top (I checked with Dell Sales team). Whilst a bit gimmicky, it looks cool ! Unfortunately, you only get it with the Premium case, which sadly this is not.


Gimmicky it is, cool hmmm I dont think so. If you have your pc on a desk its going to be up higher than you sit so you wont see it without standing and worse still if tthe base is under the desk in a shelve you would need to drag it out to be able to see it.
Of course if Dell want to send me one on demo I can give a better idea of its usefulness:whistling:
#11
Agent_Silver
Would agree as in options plenty of choices for adding second drive.

Isn't there an issue with the way that the ram is set up not being ideal?....

It will need a monitor..any suggestions on one with a 1680x1050 resolution at around the £130 -£150 mark?

Good deal even it has been multiple posted.



If the deal at Staples for a Belinea 22" is still on offer id snap one of those up straight away at £129. Ive just upgraded to a q6600 with an 8800gts 512 and believe me on my 22" Samsung everything looks and plays amazing @ 1680x1050. Crysis, COD4, etc look absolutely unbelievable on high settings - highly recommend a decent 22" and Belinea are a top make (German offshoot of Maxdata i think).

Belinea 22" monitor
#12
I was tempted to get one of these before but I couldn't really justify spending an extra £400 on a slightly higher spec. I ended up buying a Vostro Core 2 Duo 2.2ghz, 2GB, 500GB, 22" Monitor, Speakers with subwoofer, 19-in-1 card reader with bluetooth for £440.
#13
Brilliant deal! Would you believe i've had Dell ringing me loads all day and was on the verge of buying this PC without the code!

By the way, an equivalent high-end PC for me with a Creative X-Fi Gamer sound card from Scan and most other places has been coming up at around £1050. OK, the PSU, motherboard and case might be better quality from them but this PC has more memory and greater storage and for me the price differential is a no brainer.
#14
Squelds;1392589
If the deal at Staples for a Belinea 22" is still on offer id snap one of those up straight away at £129. Ive just upgraded to a q6600 with an 8800gts 512 and believe me on my 22" Samsung everything looks and plays amazing @ 1680x1050. Crysis, COD4, etc look absolutely unbelievable on high settings - highly recommend a decent 22" and Belinea are a top make (German offshoot of Maxdata i think).

Belinea 22" monitor


Nice deal on the Belinea monitor, but does it have a DVI connection?
#15
Can anyone advise which woulod be better please? A Raid array or the Dell DataSafe Backup system?
#16
RedOnRed
Nice deal on the Belinea monitor, but does it have a DVI connection?

no, it has just a VGA connection
#17
I have this monitor and can't fault it a bit:

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/3348756/LG-22-M228WA-HD-Ready-Widescreen-LCD-TV-Monitor/Product.html

It's a little on the pricey side at £230, but really does everything I could ever need. I believe it was posted on HUKD a while back at £200. It has every input you could ever want. I currently have my PC connected through the DVI, XBOX 360 through the VGA, Wii through the Component, Freeview through the aerial socket and a DVD player through the scart! Switching between is as simple as the click of a button. As an all round panel, this one wins hands down for the performance in this price range if you ask me. It would compliment this Dell system very nicely.
#18
bryntaylor99;1392731
no, it has just a VGA connection


Hmmm, no good for me then. This time round I want a DVI connected monitor if i'm going to lash out on a decent graphics card.
#19
Good deal yes, but as someone mentioned before.... it's been done! - voted warm
#20
Damn, wish I had the money for this. Awesome price.
#21
gsloman
Can anyone advise which woulod be better please? A Raid array or the Dell DataSafe Backup system?


DataSafe is basically 2 hard drives copying each other. It is also a RAID array, this time RAID1.
When you write data to one, it writes to both drives... so if one crashes, your data is "safe". All you need to do is add another hard drive and the system will automatically rebuild your RAID1 array. You will have standard/normal performance with the capacity of one hard drive.

RAID0 is when they've used 2 hard drives and split data between them. So when you write data to it, the DATA is split into halves and each half is written on two independent hard drives, thus doubling performance and capacity. But if one hard drive crashes, you love the entire array.
#22
Does anyone know if it comes with the 64bit or 32bit version of vista?
#23
RedOnRed
Hmmm, no good for me then. This time round I want a DVI connected monitor if i'm going to lash out on a decent graphics card.


Personally, i'll have the 22" LG-22-M228WA monitor hooked up to it

It's a little pricey at £230(on play) but does everything I could ever need. I have the PC hooked up through the DVI, XBOX-360 through the VGA, Wii via Component, Freeview TV via Aerial and DVD Player via scart. It has every input you could want aside from HDMI. It should compliment my new Dell system nicely when it arrives.

Just got confirmation that payment has been received and the estimated delivery date is 11th Jan.
#24
Can anyone else get the 10% off code to work, I get an error page each time asking me to contact Dell ????
#25
Psychotext
Does anyone know if it comes with the 64bit or 32bit version of vista?


32bit :thumbsup:
#26
RAID0 is when they've used 2 hard drives and split data between them. So when you write data to it, the DATA is split into halves and each half is written on two independent hard drives, thus doubling performance and capacity. But if one hard drive crashes, you love the entire array.


Thanks iamwhoiam but I'm interested in why RAID0 is used if it doesn't write parity files so it can resconstruct if one drive fails? why one earth use it? I don't mean this as a criticism of your answer but I'm truly perplexed about the benefit of RAID0 if it just splits data into two
#27
Devastator
Can anyone else get the 10% off code to work, I get an error page each time asking me to contact Dell ????


Still working fine for me.
#28
gsloman
Can anyone advise which woulod be better please? A Raid array or the Dell DataSafe Backup system?


I have also read that Dell DataSafe also comes with Norton Ghost and uses the RAID1 array like this:

The 2 hard drives are mirrored as explained above
The partitions are split into;
3/4 = Drive C = main drive
1/4 = Drive D = Ghost backup partition (ghost compresses the drive images 3:1... and this explains the ratios used for each drive)

Both Drive C and Drive D are on separate partitions, both mirrored by another hard drive.

As such Dell have protected you against logical failures (using Ghost) and hardware failures (using RAID1). Logical failures are due to corrupt data due to viruses and general data corruption. Hardware failures are due to mechanical faults of the hard drive.


I hope this and the my post above makes sense! basically DataSafe = data critical use... Raid0 = best performance, but greater risk of data loss.
#29
gsloman
Thanks iamwhoiam but I'm interested in why RAID0 is used if it doesn't write parity files so it can resconstruct if one drive fails? why one earth use it? I don't mean this as a criticism of your answer but I'm truly perplexed about the benefit of RAID if it just splits data into two



It is much more performant (faster) because you've got 2 drives doing the work of one. It splits the data (and hence workload) between the two resulting in much faster speeds.

If one HD fails, they whole array fails, so its by no means a backup solution unless you are using RAID 1. With Raid 1, it copies the same data to both drive A and B so that if one fails you have a backup. In this instance it would mean that you'd have only 320GB of space rather than 640GB.
#30
I bought one of these after following many of Mike T's posts but came acorss this one while pottering around the Dell website . Ordered on 21st December and arrived yesterday via courier. Unfortunately ordered it before the 10% voucher came out (DOH!) but I am very happy with this PC and my one certainly came with the little slideshow thing at the top (you can play solitaire on it, which is completely pointless!!!!!), it runs the 32bit version of Home Premium really well though as per the conversations above you do need a 22" monitor (my poor 17" Acer screen looks rather cluttered).

I'm not techy but do like playing games etc and so short of building my own which was only ever going to end in tears, this is the best deal i've seen since i've been *COUGH lurking *COUGH on HUKD since the summer.
#31
mrtinkles;1392821
I bought one of these after following many of Mike T's posts but came acorss this one while pottering around the Dell website . Ordered on 21st December and arrived yesterday via courier. Unfortunately ordered it before the 10% voucher came out (DOH!) but I am very happy with this PC and my one certainly came with the little slideshow thing at the top (you can play solitaire on it, which is completely pointless!!!!!), it runs the 32bit version of Home Premium really well though as per the conversations above you do need a 22" monitor (my poor 17" Acer screen looks rather cluttered).

I'm not techy but do like playing games etc and so short of building my own which was only ever going to end in tears, this is the best deal i've seen since i've been *COUGH lurking *COUGH on HUKD since the summer.


All sounds good, but get some Covonia for that nasty cough.:p
#32
gsloman
Thanks iamwhoiam but I'm interested in why RAID0 is used if it doesn't write parity files so it can resconstruct if one drive fails? why one earth use it? I don't mean this as a criticism of your answer but I'm truly perplexed about the benefit of RAID0 if it just splits data into two


Yes you're correct, RAID0 doesn't write parity information, even RAID1 doesn't. Only RAID5 does (using 3 hard drives minimum). However, RAID0 basically allows you to write/read in half the time. Since the hard drive is one of the slowest interfaces in modern computing architecture, RAID0 does have a noticeable real-life performance gain... e.g. programs load quicker, OS loads/shuts down quicker. You are correct to point out that if a drive fails, you lose your volume and data. That's why I use a combination of RAID0 (for my OS and applications) and RAID1 (for my documents).
#33
it runs the 32bit version of Home Premium


I've heard that 32bit OSs can only use up to 3.5gb of RAM and that if you want to use over that you need a 64bit OS - is that true?

BTW thanks for all the responsess about RAID
#34
gsloman
I've heard that 32bit OSs can only use up to 3.5gb of RAM and that if you want to use over that you need a 64bit OS - is that true?


Kinda... a 32bit OS only sees 3.5gb... so you can have 8gb of RAM in there and 32bit OS can only make use of 3.5-3.6. If you want 4GB and want to maximise the use of it all, you will need a 64bit OS :thumbsup:
#35
who'd buy a Dell???
#36
zebrum
who'd buy a Dell???


I've had a Dell for 5 years and never had a problem with it. The Stock PSU and Mobo's fullfilled all my upgrading needs until recently. Can't fault it really.
#37
iamwhoiam;1392841
Kinda... a 32bit OS only sees 3.5gb... so you can have 8gb of RAM in there and 32bit OS can only make use of 3.5-3.6. If you want 4GB and want to maximise the use of it all, you will need a 64bit OS :thumbsup:


But then with 64 bit Vista don't you start running into loads more compatibility problems?
#38
Seems there is an option to add the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer PCI Soundcard for an extra £40.00.

It seems to get good reviews, but can anyone advise if it is really worth the upgrade ? I'd be wanting to plug this PC into my Home Cinema system (5.1), so wondering if this would be duplicating what the hi-fi processes ?
#39
u r right. dell doesn't provide drivers etc for 64 bit (for lower models atleast)
I bought an inspiron laptop when I bought this there were 64 bit drivers on their site and I downloaded.
when I reinstalled 64 bit os and looked for drivers on dell site it wasnt there any more. the dell says they dont support 64 os. make sure you get all drivers etc for 64 bit if u are considering 64 bit os
#40
has anyone managed to haggle with dell by phoning up?

seems like a good price....

is it worth having 800MHz memory as opposed to 667MHz

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