Dell Inspiron 546, 512MB ATI® Radeon HD, 4096MB Dual Channel DDR2, 500GB SATA, W7 Premium £329 delivered @ Dell - HotUKDeals
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Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 7550 (2.5GHz, 512kx2)
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
1 year of coverage included with your PC
McAfee® Security Centre - 15 Month Protection - English
Display Not Included
4096MB Dual Channel DDR2 800MHz [4x1024] Memory
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
512MB ATI® Radeon HD 4350 graphics card
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
Dell USB Entry Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
19-in-1 Media Card reader
No Modem
Integrated Channel High Definition Audio
Accessories
Services & Software
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
Also Includes
No Accidental Damage Support
Inspiron 546 Minitower with Black Bezel
Inspiron Desktop 546MT Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
English Documentation
D124603
Inspiron Desktop 546 MT Order - UK
No Speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
1 year of coverage included with your PC
Piano Black
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#2
Looks like a bottom end piece of junk to me.
#3
Its a good deal if you're an average user.

but I'm gonna wait till next year when the new I processors start hitting the decks
#4
Not a great cpu. The Intel E5200 and E5300 budget pcs (around this price or less) are about 30% faster than this cpu.
#5
Might be ok if you are preppared to spend hours trying to talk to someone in India. I spent two days trying to buy a Dell and was appaulled at the fact that you cannot talk to anyone in the uk, Email anyone in the UK etc. All sales and support is now directed to India so if the answer you want is not on there standard set of answers forget it...Dell used to be a good company for support and freindly Sales, Now just Box shifters from the East. In the end pleased I did not bother...
#6
laptoprob
Might be ok if you are preppared to spend hours trying to talk to someone in India. I spent two days trying to buy a Dell and was appaulled at the fact that you cannot talk to anyone in the uk, Email anyone in the UK etc. All sales and support is now directed to India so if the answer you want is not on there standard set of answers forget it...Dell used to be a good company for support and freindly Sales, Now just Box shifters from the East. In the end pleased I did not bother...


I came up against this yesterday when I called to try and buy a desktop and laptop and get a price less that what I could get via the internet using the 5% voucher and quidco.

When I've bought Dells before I've always got a better price by talking to a sales agent but they couldn't even match the price I could secure via an online order.

I'll probably wait until end December before making a purchase - hopefully the quidco will be above 3% by then.
#7
laptoprob
Might be ok if you are preppared to spend hours trying to talk to someone in India. I spent two days trying to buy a Dell and was appaulled at the fact that you cannot talk to anyone in the uk, Email anyone in the UK etc. All sales and support is now directed to India so if the answer you want is not on there standard set of answers forget it...Dell used to be a good company for support and freindly Sales, Now just Box shifters from the East. In the end pleased I did not bother...



They still provide decent enough kit....but I agree about the call centres. I couldn't care less where anyone comes from etc etc...but I do know that when I ring with a query / issue or WHY, I expect to talk to someone who can converse with me without me having to repeat everything 2, 3 and more times, it's SOOOOOOOOH frustrating.

I'm also 99% sure that 118118 are using call centres on the sub continent....how bad is that when you have to keep spelling and repeating words while paying a blooming fortune on premium rates! Bad enough if it was free...but at their extortianate costs, it's pure theft.
#8
Looks like an alright deal, seeing as Windows 7 comes with it too. Great for most users needs. But not an amazing deal
#9
118118 whenever I use it - and its a lot - is always uk based it seems.

Stop ya moaning ya bunch of bnp'ers!!!
#10
Always found dell cs to be great, have but always been with the premium xps support although thats' in india too but very good service.
#11
I tried talking to a Dell sales person without using the web, and it proved a painful experience.
I ended up building my own pc instead.

DELL = market rate prices with the occasional better special offer + painful pre and post sales service
#12
Poor. Just built a much better future proof system for £300.

With these pc packages you often pay for software you dont want such as MS Works etc

PCs are not hard to bulid yourself and only take 20mins or so

Plus wouldnt touch Dell with a bargepole.
#13
FBF2008
I came up against this yesterday when I called to try and buy a desktop and laptop and get a price less that what I could get via the internet using the 5% voucher and quidco..


I had the same thing.
I spent ages trying to explain to the Indian Dell guys what QuidCo was.

They were obssessed with the idea that QuidCo is a high street store, selling Dell PCs. They didn't understand the idea that, no, you use QuidCo but still order the PCs via Dell's own website.

Guess this explanation wasn't on their pre-recorded list of answers...

Mind you, I have always found in the past that ringing Dell directly (in India) does get you a better deal than even their best internet offers. You just ring up, quote what they've got, and let the call-centre guy run around (with the standard "I need to check with my manager" routine) and come up with a better deal. It's worked every time.

But, of course, it doesn't work with QuidCo if you do that.
Whatever QuidCo is...
#14
fastfish77
Poor. Just built a much better future proof system for £300.

With these pc packages you often pay for software you dont want such as MS Works etc

PCs are not hard to bulid yourself and only take 20mins or so

Plus wouldnt touch Dell with a bargepole.


So you built a better pc from scratch and got everything (inc W7 Premium) for under £300?

I have had 3 Dells now and never had a problem that wasn't resolved swiftly and without any fuss.
#15
What spec PC did you build then for £300 with OS?

I call fib!!!
#16
Not a great deal imo. That CPU model was a bit of a failure on AMD's part, as the power usage (ie heat) went up significantly compared to the previous Athon 64 X2 (Brisbane) CPUs. Also the GPU is pretty weak and wouldn't run games well.
#17
yep agree with jtx - home built PC and s/w for £300 - don't think so .
Cant begin to imagine the service you'd fine if one of those components failed - a lot worse than DEL's I should think

to many wingers - I've never had any problems - its a good deal
#18
better than that config for <£300 including OS

I'd say impossible - but please post up specs as I'm interested if possible
#19
I could be missing something here but could not find the spec on the main board!!

But anyone who wants a better deal and much better specs use this place voted best 3 years running:

http://www.**************/systems/?h=true

Ok link will not save but its cclonline google it
#20
Why arne't you allowed to link to cclonline?
#21
* CIT2003 Black ATX Case
* Sony AD-5240S-0B 24x DVDRW
* Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Dual Core CPU
* 640GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
* Biostar G31D-M7 Socket 775 Motherboard
* 2GB CCL Choice 800MHz DDR2 Memory Stick
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Bit (OEM)
* CCL Choice Radeon HD 4350 512MB

This lot which is way much better only game to £369 bigger hard drive and way better cpu
#22
blizeH
Why arne't you allowed to link to cclonline?


O ok why is that?
#23
oops made a mess on that one
#24
bashy2002
* CIT2003 Black ATX Case
* Sony AD-5240S-0B 24x DVDRW
* Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Dual Core CPU
* 640GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
* Biostar G31D-M7 Socket 775 Motherboard
* 2GB CCL Choice 800MHz DDR2 Memory Stick
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Bit (OEM)
* CCL Choice Radeon HD 4350 512MB

This lot which is way much better only game to £369 bigger hard drive and way better cpu



thats not way better by any means ?!! - 1/2 the RAM for a start, 2 gig vs 4 gig makes a big difference in Windows 7.

I prefer Intel chips to AMD ones (my Q6600 has been sitting at a 1.1gig overclock for ages now) - but the spec of the machine listed above is very similar to that of the Dell- exccet you have to make it yourself, its only Windows 7 Home Basic (most people should opt for Home Premium, Basic is limited).

also no keyboard, no mouse either !
#25
bashy2002
* CIT2003 Black ATX Case
* Sony AD-5240S-0B 24x DVDRW
* Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Dual Core CPU
* 640GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
* Biostar G31D-M7 Socket 775 Motherboard
* 2GB CCL Choice 800MHz DDR2 Memory Stick
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Bit (OEM)
* CCL Choice Radeon HD 4350 512MB

This lot which is way much better only game to £369 bigger hard drive and way better cpu


EPIC FAIL
#26
Thats what i said quote "oops made a mess of that one" but still cclonline is far better than a Dell when it come to a desktop
#27
Buckster
thats not way better by any means ?!! - 1/2 the RAM for a start, 2 gig vs 4 gig makes a big difference in Windows 7.

I prefer Intel chips to AMD ones (my Q6600 has been sitting at a 1.1gig overclock for ages now) - but the spec of the machine listed above is very similar to that of the Dell- exccet you have to make it yourself, its only Windows 7 Home Basic (most people should opt for Home Premium, Basic is limited).

also no keyboard, no mouse either !


Yes and it was cheaper using the AMD chip but i like you Intel much better, drop the 650 drive to 500 and up the memory still be better, keyboard and mouse about £2.50 each if you dont already have them
#28
bashy2002
Thats what i said quote "oops made a mess of that one" but still cclonline is far better than a Dell when it come to a desktop


Er, no.
#29
bashy2002
oops made a mess on that one


Its here a few lines up
#30
Also... er no. Proved nothing that except its not as good as deal as this one...
#31
Evz1974
Also... er no. Proved nothing that except its not as good as deal as this one...


Hit me more i admitted i was wrong and still they go on
#32
Ok if you insist....

Go on then...show us a better deal ;)
#33
I thought this was posted a couple of weeks back by MikeT.

However, as before, it was a much better deal when it was £379, but included the 20" monitor (shame they removed that from the deal) http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/467576/dell-inspiron-546-desktop-2-5ghz-am
#34
jtx
So you built a better pc from scratch and got everything (inc W7 Premium) for under £300?

I have had 3 Dells now and never had a problem that wasn't resolved swiftly and without any fuss.


Evz1974
What spec PC did you build then for £300 with OS?

I call fib!!!


bigsy69
yep agree with jtx - home built PC and s/w for £300 - don't think so .
Cant begin to imagine the service you'd fine if one of those components failed - a lot worse than DEL's I should think

to many wingers - I've never had any problems - its a good deal


Buckster
better than that config for <£300 including OS

I'd say impossible - but please post up specs as I'm interested if possible


http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/GAVINLEWISHUKD/Ebuyer.jpg

20% cheaper and a much better CPU. (can over clock too if you so wish)

This was without trying. Not a great selection of products I admit but that wasn't the aim. If people want to game as if seems you could replace the 4350 with this bringing you in just £2 over at £331.
#35
I'm also 99% sure that 118118 are using call centres on the sub continent....how bad is that when you have to keep spelling and repeating words while paying a blooming fortune on premium rates! Bad enough if it was free...but at their extortianate costs, it's pure theft.

I'm not surprised they have to ask you to keep spelling words out - you obviously have trouble spelling yourself.
EDIT: p.s. This does not appear to be a great machine either.
#36
Answer from a well respected know person on this system: Not me but i agree

You'll struggle to find one for cheaper, I'll grant you that. But it's what you get for the money. The Dell system will have to be made at a profit, or else it's not worth building. That profit will also have to include paying their Indian call centre staff to answer the phone when it breaks. And the cost of employing someone to build it, and all the cost of management, etc. etc.

Add it all together and the whole thing can't have cost much more than £250 in terms of actual parts costs - maybe even less than that. Once you look at how much the OS, graphics card, RAM, hard drive, DVD drive and graphics card cost (and subtract a bit cos Dell will have bought them cheaper in bulk), it's not hard to see just how little the custom motherboard, case and PSU cost. And hence why they're likely to be absolute rubbish.

If all you want to do is just browse the net a bit, it's probably fine (although 2GB of RAM would be enough for that). For anything more serious than that, I'd avoid it. It's a bit like buying a brand new 40" TV for £200. Looks a great deal! But you just know that it's going to be ***** quality.
#37
bashy2002
If all you want to do is just browse the net a bit, it's probably fine


I've been browsing the net, running a business, photo/video editing, watching movies, playing games, all on pc's since the late 90's, that could only dream of the power of this machine.
#38
toaster
I've been browsing the net, running a business, photo/video editing, watching movies, playing games, all on pc's since the late 90's, that could only dream of the power of this machine.


If all your doing is what you say buy a cheap nasty one from p.c.world but as you said "that could only dream of the power of this machine" its not that powerfull for the money look at what GAVINLEWISHUKD posted much better and upgradable where as the dell will be limited.(they dont or dare not even show the spec of the main board)

Dont get me wrong i really like dell`s laptops they are very good and easy to fix (if needed) but there destops are rubbish
#39
sorry if already metioned but don't forget to switch the ram to (2x2048gb) it will leave u with 2 slots free for upgrades. and also switch the keyboard to the better one for 1p more :) thats sweet :)! thanks H+R
thanks mate just ordered and now happy :)! IMO i think its a good price for a good brand system with a dual-core, 4gigs ram, 500gig hard drive and dedicated graphics card and 15months mcafee! thanks :)!
#40
GAVINLEWISHUKD
http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/GAVINLEWISHUKD/Ebuyer.jpg

20% cheaper and a much better CPU. (can over clock too if you so wish)

This was without trying. Not a great selection of products I admit but that wasn't the aim. If people want to game as if seems you could replace the 4350 with this bringing you in just £2 over at £331.

I wouldn't touch a casecom case and PSU witha barge pole...

probably because i would get electrocuted.

A Case and PSU with the same build quality and reliability as a Dells is around the £60 mark.

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