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Dell Inspiron 530 DT (D045022)

Intel® Viiv Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 Processor
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
NO 19" Monitor
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
128MB ATI® Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English

2Gb (2x1) GB RAM upgrade from Crucial: http://crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=3B1951B4A5CA7304
Quidco/Crucial: http://www.quidco.com/crucial-technology-uk/

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#1
This may well be the cheapest Intel Quad core system with a decent spec i.e. 500GB, VGA card. Hot Hot Hot.
#2
"128MB ATI® Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card" rubbish cold
#3
sharp910sh
"128MB ATI® Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card" rubbish cold

What do you expect on a £359 Quad Core system an 8800 GT? :roll:
#4
sharp910sh
"128MB ATI® Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card" rubbish cold

Great argument. Not for video games admittedly, but still a good spec for the price. Warm.
#5
The age old argument is; how much what it cost you to build it yourself. I reckon this would cost me about £435 minimum so £359 before Quidco is good.
1 Like #6
sharp910sh;1804558
"128MB ATI® Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card" rubbish cold
This is not a gaming PC, nor is it trying to masquerade as one, so please vote accordingly :)

One can usually add a 8800GT without upgrading the PSU, especially if this comes with Dell's 350W one - see related discussions at the Dell Forum. Cheapest* 512Mb 8800GT I could find is £125 delivered from eBuyer. Add another 2Gb RAM for ~£25, & you have a capable enough gaming PC for just under £500 (incl Quidco).

* Sorry, make that £123 from Play (after Quidco)
#7
If you add the 24” monitor and the 10% voucher it comes to £557.10 or £533.40 after Quidco versus £343.72 after Quidco without. So the 24" monitor costs you £190 but only comes with a 1 year warranty.
#8
I got this for 520 pounds (using available discount vouchers)
i don't want a gaming machine but is this going to be good enough for video/photo editing? i had to add the 4 year supprt to get it above 499 for 10percent discount

PROCESSOR Intel® Viiv™ Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q6600 Processor (2.4GHz, 8MB cache, 1066MHz FSB) edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English edit
HARDWARE SUPPORT 4 Year Consumer Hardware Support inc. Evenings and Saturdays edit
MONITOR No 19" Monitor edit
MEMORY 4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024] edit
HARD DRIVE 320GB Hard Drive with Dell™ DataSafe Local™ Backup solution (2x320GB) - English edit
GRAPHICS CARD 128MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2400 Pro graphics card edit
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW & DVD Drives (read/write CD & DVD), 2 drives
#9
Viiv :x
#10
ibiza
Viiv :x

Just choose the non Viiv version if it bugs you so much. It's more a branding than anything else and I can't see what's in it to get mad about. :thinking:
#11
anyone know anything about the specs of the motherboard?
#12
Agharta
The age old argument is; how much what it cost you to build it yourself. I reckon this would cost me about £435 minimum so £359 before Quidco is good.


no way you could do way better than this dont forget the parts in this are not upgradable it will have a tiny psu and some really cheap nasty ram. I had a machine from dell delivered last week and when i opened it i was gob smaked by the rubbish they stick in them.

work it out for yourself this is without looking just from what i know so if you messed around you could do better or swap componants these are all decent spec that you will be able to overclock and will be upgradable you can cut back on stuff and get a better graphics card this is no better or worse than the one thats in the dell i havent included a O/S as people will know the score or use linux
£146 quad
2gig of DDR2 800mhz £29 and thats OCZ or geil if you went for some no name you could possibly get 4gig
Asus P5K £55 p35 chipset
decent psu £25
samsung 500gig £55
case £30-40
Pny 7300gs £15
#13
hot hot hot, i really fancy a quad core.
#14
polly69
no way you could do way better than this dont forget the parts in this are not upgradable it will have a tiny psu and some really cheap nasty ram. I had a machine from dell delivered last week and when i opened it i was gob smaked by the rubbish they stick in them.

work it out for yourself this is without looking just from what i know so if you messed around you could do better or swap componants these are all decent spec that you will be able to overclock and will be upgradable you can cut back on stuff and get a better graphics card this is no better or worse than the one thats in the dell i havent included a O/S as people will know the score or use linux
£146 quad
2gig of DDR2 800mhz £29 and thats OCZ or geil if you went for some no name you could possibly get 4gig
Asus P5K £55 p35 chipset
decent psu £25
samsung 500gig £55
case £30-40
Pny 7300gs £15


Im not a grammar nanny, but you really need to use punctuation. That was quite hard to read!
#15
polly69
I havent included a O/S as people will know the score or use linux

That’s a tad presumptuous and is not a like for like comparison.

polly69
£146 quad
2gig of DDR2 800mhz £29 and thats OCZ or geil if you went for some no name you could possibly get 4gig
Asus P5K £55 p35 chipset
decent psu £25
samsung 500gig £55
case £30-40
Pny 7300gs £15

Then add:
DVD-RW, Card reader, XP Home Premium, Keyboard, Mouse.
[mod]#16
Looks a good deal to me too :-)
#17
redbrick ben
hot hot hot, i really fancy a quad core.


the cpu would be held back by the other componants in this dell i cant understand why they are using 667mhz memory because its so cheap today ive just bought 2x2 gig of 1000mhz/DDR8000 OCZ and the graphics card is pants.
#18
what does "viiv" mean? sorry to sound dumb lol
#19
Agharta
That’s a tad presumptuous and is not a like for like comparison.


Then add:
DVD-RW, Card reader, XP Home Premium, Keyboard, Mouse.

£15 for a sata dvdrw £7 card reader and £5 wirless labtech keyboard & mouse personally i could do without a card reader and like i said you can change componants what i have speced for cheaper ones.
#20
shareef
Im not a grammar nanny, but you really need to use punctuation. That was quite hard to read!


you actually had to read every single word to get his point?

(which for the record, is very valid).
#21
polly69;1804958

decent psu £25


:?
#22
polly69
no way you could do way better than this dont forget the parts in this are not upgradable it will have a tiny psu and some really cheap nasty ram. I had a machine from dell delivered last week and when i opened it i was gob smaked by the rubbish they stick in them.


You can upgrade the PSU in the Dells also graphics is needsbe , most people havent got the time or knowhow to build a pc themselves it can be quite difficult if you dont know what you are doing , if it goes wrong you have no warranty as such you will have to find out which part is faulty yourself then the hassle of sending it back and maybe waiting ages while they test the part and send out a replacement
#23
gsloman, I would suggest that you get the spec as it is.

Then add 2Gb RAM £25 + 500Gb external drive £60 + another DVD+rw (SATA) £17 for £461 in total.

The only thing you don't get is the 4 years support :p
#24
£390 thats just off scan today only if i messed around i could get that price alright i might have to miss the operating system but most people today could source themselves a copy and the spec of this is far better im not knocking the dell its fine for people who dont know how to put a pc together but for those that do you can do way better bare in mind with this spec ive picked pretty good parts like PSU,motherboard,ram there are decent enough alternatives to the premium makes

Abit IP35-E, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, ATX £55.21
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 SLACR, Kentsfield Core, Socket 775, 2.40 GHz 1066MHz 8MB Cache, Retail £146.86
500 GB Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16, SATA II, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms £56.39
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-12 £31.43
256MB Leadtek 8400GS Extreme PCI-Ex16, Mem 1000MHz GDDR2, GPU 500MHz, 16 Streams, D-Sub/DL DVI/HDTV £23.49
400W NorthQ Silent King Kong Quiet PSU - 120mm Fan Hi-End PSU £27.03
Akasa ZEN V2 Tower Case Black - without PSU (NEW Version) £28.19
Liteon 20A4P-21C 20x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD + RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, IDE Black OEM £14.91
Cherry KB-G86 CyMotion Master Plus 9 Cordless Keyboard, PS2/USB 1/2.0, 800dpi and mouse £7.95
#25
deanos
You can upgrade the PSU in the Dells also graphics is needsbe , most people havent got the time or knowhow to build a pc themselves it can be quite difficult if you dont know what you are doing , if it goes wrong you have no warranty as such you will have to find out which part is faulty yourself then the hassle of sending it back and maybe waiting ages while they test the part and send out a replacement


have you checked the wiring on a dell psu they are non standard and trust me when i tell you i work on them regular and have a brand new dell upstairs. I know that you can change the graphics as they are standard Pci-e but with the usual week 300w they use you would struggle with a decent card you can also change the ram which with dell is about the best you can do.

Dell proprietary (non std) atx pinout.

Pin | Signal | colour

1 | +5v | red
2 | gnd | black
3 | +5v | red
4 | gnd | black
5 | Power_good | Orange
6 | +5vsb standby | Purple
7 | +12v | Yellow
8 | -12v | Blue
9 | gnd | black
10 | gnd | black
11 | PS_On | grey
12 | gnd | black
13 | gnd | black
14 | gnd | black
15 | -5v | white
16 | +5v | red
17 | +5v | red
18 | +5v | red
19 | key(blank) | n/a
20 | +5v | red
#26
emasu
:?


i mean better than the one in the dell not a silverstone,enermax or corsair or the like just one that will not blow up in a week and one that will stand a decent graphics card with the right power connectors for everything you may want to upgrade.
#27
Polly, put the kettle on:p
#28
i like that spec you have listed Polly :) good itemisation
#29
Polly, just one flaw in your whole "I can buy better than that" argument - you have then got to build the system as well, which 90% of people probably can't be arsed with or don't have the skill to do so - that is why shops like Dell are in business. Let's be honest for a quad core machine this is a great little starter system that you COULD NOT build yourself for that price - probably a bit of offerkill for most pc users though.
#30
the cpu would be held back by the other componants in this dell i cant understand why they are using 667mhz memory because its so cheap today ive just bought 2x2 gig of 1000mhz/DDR8000 OCZ and the graphics card is pants.


I am not very clued up on the whole memory speed thing. Presuming that the board youve listed in your shopping list supports the higher memory speeds, would anything over 667 speeds just be lost to non gamers?
#31
Agharta
I reckon this would cost me about £435 minimum so £359 before Quidco is good.


polly69
no way you could do way better than this


polly69
£390 that’s just off scan today only if i messed around i could get that price alright i might have to miss the operating system but most people today could source themselves a copy

£390 + £55 for Vista Home Premium = £445

polly69
I might have to miss the operating system but most people today could source themselves a copy

So if you stop the average person on the street most of them would be able to tell you where to get a copy of Vista for free?
Even if they did not everyone agrees with software piracy.

polly69
the cpu would be held back by the other componants in this dell i cant understand why they are using 667mhz memory because its so cheap today ive just bought 2x2 gig of 1000mhz/DDR8000 OCZ and the graphics card is pants.

I too run OCZ 2x2GB DDR2-1000 but the reason Dell can sell this so cheaply is that they no doubt get an excellent deal on the slower & older DDR2-667. Mainstream Intel systems only support DDR2-800 and the difference between DDR2-667 and DDR2-800 at stock FSB speeds is not significant.

polly69
the graphics card is pants.

It’s a perfectly good card if you don’t play games and if you don’t there’s no point in upgrading unless you require dual DVI or DVI dual-link.

I fail to see how your comments are relevant in the context of this mainstream inexpensive desktop system aimed at the masses.
I build my own systems and used to build systems for friends and family but these days I recommend them cheap Dells and the like as they are such good value for mainstream users that don’t typically have special needs. You obviously have special needs so it makes sense to build your own.
#32
polly69;1805115
....with the usual week 300w they use you would struggle with a decent card
That's simply not true.

First off, they don't use a 300w PSU in all their systems - it varies according to the components.

Secondly, their PSUs are far from weak - they're just underrated.

Thirdly, because this has a quad-core, they use the 350w PSU - this is better than many brands 500w PSU. The 350w can run a 8800GT without a PSU upgrade - see links in my post in this thread. (Btw, some have reported running a 8800GT on their 300w PSU, but I wouldn't recommend it.)

polly69;1805115
.have you checked the wiring on a dell psu they are non standard and trust me when i tell you i work on them regular and have a brand new dell upstairs.
Many, if not all Dells, these days come with standard PSUs. Hence, like deanos said, the PSU can be easily upgraded with a standard one from the shops. (He also makes valid points if something should go wrong, etc.)

Please get your facts straight. Just because you work on them on a regular basis & own a brand new one doesn't make you an expert about them ;-)

polly69;1804996
the graphics card is pants.
True, but as I said before "This is not a gaming PC, nor is it trying to masquerade as one". Also see Agharta's explanation above - better than mine!

Oh, & I just wanted to say WE AREALL NUTS :-D. This is only a PC at the end of the day :roll:.
#33
voted hot, a quad system at this price! It's gonna cost me almost £300 to upgrade to a new Mobo, RAM + q6600 alone. I guess it depends what you need it for really, I definately have special needs just like some other folk here, so this is no good for me, but a deals a deal.
#34
crofter
Polly, just one flaw in your whole "I can buy better than that" argument - you have then got to build the system as well, which 90% of people probably can't be arsed with or don't have the skill to do so - that is why shops like Dell are in business. Let's be honest for a quad core machine this is a great little starter system that you COULD NOT build yourself for that price - probably a bit of offerkill for most pc users though.

Have to agree with this. Although I've built my own machines in the past I simply can't be ar5ed anymore! I just want something that I turn on and it works. For the money, this is a stonking machine and even though you can't play Crysis, it'll do everything else.
#35
polly69
have you checked the wiring on a dell psu they are non standard


Yes i have and then now use standard PSU's :thumbsup:
#36
Polly's argument is only reasonable at best. At the end of the day why would anyone want a system that's more expensive for the sake of a few 'premium' parts (even then the RAM is the only thing I'd class as a premium part in the Scan list provided). Secondly, no-one should have a pirated OS so excluding this from the list is illegal, stupid and as others have said presumptuous. Thirdly, the Dell will arrive working and the user will be running within 1-2 hours max. The Scan bits have to be put together - a simple job with todays kit - before installing the OS from scratch - probable double but more likely treble the time of the Dell.

The age old argument of Dell's using non standard bits is just a poor excuse by elitist people who simply think that a system built from bits is always the better machine. However it's simply not the case when today's Dells are good enough for the majority of users - including a large percentage of people who game - no I'm not talking about those with Crysis. The Sims has outsold all other games by a "bazillion to 1" and a Dell with a medium range graphics card will run this just fine!

Building a custom machine certainly used to be the only way to get a good machine. Nowadays as all items are on the motherboard whatever route you take you're left with RAM, graphics and PSU. Having the fastest RAM compared to the next step down only makes a very small different in game benchmarks, the PSU 'could' be a problem but can be swapped out if required, the graphics card [onboard is you get what you 'pay' for] and most Dell options are overpriced anyways.

Finally the case of a Dell is something that's engineered and the installation is [on all examples I've seen] near perfect in layout and neatness. The self-build system will usually end up being considerably more messy inside...

This machine is certainly a good deal for a large range of people!
#37
So, what would you all recommend as a good gaming PC from Dell? (at a reasonable price of course...)
#38
Any thoughts on swapping the mobo in this and replacing it for one of these?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/164046/asus-maximus-extreme-republic-of-ga/
#39
sotomonkey
Any thoughts on swapping the mobo in this and replacing it for one of these?
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/164046/asus-maximus-extreme-republic-of-ga/


My thought is; step away from the crack pipe. :p

Dell’s operating systems are locked to the BIOS in the board. i.e. you’ll need to by a new version.
The Asus boards takes DDR3 only. Very expensive.
The Amazon Asus board is almost certainly a pricing error.

Apart from that it’s looking good.

P.S The Asus 'deal' has expired.
#40

sotomonkey:
Any thoughts on swapping the mobo in this and replacing it for one of these?
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/16404...epublic-of-ga/
My thought is; step away from the crack pipe.

Dell’s operating systems are locked to the BIOS in the board. i.e. you’ll need to by a new version.


Might not be honoured but I bought one anyway.

Yes it's DDR3 ram but just sell the DDR2 and put it toward the DDR3. As for the OS, is XP locked to the computer? Last time I tried installingg dell XP on another computer it worked fine. Personally I'd use ubuntu anyway, especially with a machine of this quality.

What I'm asking is will this quad-core fit in that mobo?

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