Dell Inspiron 6400 Core2duo 1.6Ghz Laptop, 1gig ram, 120Gb, dvdrw, X1300graphics £645 or less - HotUKDeals
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A drop in price of £170+ from last week on this model.
Reduce the warrranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings

Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T5500 (1.66 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows® XP Professional, SP2 (Does not include Operating System Re-Installation CD)
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
120GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW with Software
128MB ATI® Mobility Radeon® X1300 HyperMemory graphics card
6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Core 2 Duo Processors
Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio- Trial Version
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[mod]#1
Also available with a big price cut this following Inspiron 6400.

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

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305-N11646a £628.75 delivered
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5500 (1.66 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (incl Symantec PC Restore Recovery)
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
120GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW with Software
128MB ATI® Mobility™ Radeon® X1300 HyperMemory™ graphics card
6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Core 2 Duo Processors
Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD™ Audio- Trial Version
Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English
#2
MikeT/anyone...

would you recommend this deal over the one which expired last week (the misprice with the HDD) and which went up to 261.6C rating?

I think for the extra £140ish with these new deals, you get Dual Channel 1gb ram and a dedicated GPU albeit a rubbish one. The memory alone might justify £100 increase?

I ordered one when the misprice was on last week (about £550 with truelife screen and upgraded battery) but am thinking of asking Dell to take it back once its delivered (tomorrow) and ordering one of these for £640ish.

Any thoughts appreciated.
#3
I ordered the same as you rompario. I guess it depends if DELL will charge you for delivery if you send it back and whether you want the 128MB ATI® Mobility Radeon® X1300 HyperMemory graphics card... also if you think that that is rubbish then I guess you must think the onboard graphics on the on you have ordered is abysmal.

The extra memory is worth less that £45 - as you can buy an extra 512Mb from Crucial at the moment (5% off limited time) for £45ish less Quidco.

So if you cancelled and reordered you effectively would be paying about £82 more for a better graphics card but 40Gb less of HD.... so I think you would have been better upgrading the graphics card (which was about £70) on your order last week really if you wanted a better one.... when you would have saved £12 and be getting a better hard drive than this offer.

It all comes down to the graphics card - you cannot upgrade from the onboard graphics card without replacing the motherboard (i.e. very expensive)...to me this is your key decision as you are stuck with onboard graphics if you choose this option.

...oh and less importantly whether you want XP Pro as opposed to Media Centre.
#4
Thanks for your views Seacher2

I havent tried calling Dell yet. The onboard graphics are in my opinion going to be just fine for office and standard media applications but not for anything further. My thoughts on the GPU are basically is it even worth trying to amend my Dell order given that the X1300 isnt that good anyway.

I agree that memory is cheap through Crucial, but if I upgraded myself would that void the warranty?

You're right I guess I should have gone for the better GPU at the time of order, but how about the difference in single/dual channel ram - the 1gb dual channel is much better imo. What do you think?

XP Pro would have been nicer than Media Centre but that is as you say less important.
#5
rompario - The one we ordered is dual channel...

"Two memory slots. Max memory capacity 2 GB DDR2-SDRAM. Note: In order to get dual channel bandwidth capability, both slots must contain memory modules and they must be of the same size and configuration. "

So it becomes dual channel when you put in another 512MB.

Adding extra RAM - or anything else to a DELL does not invalidate the warranty (I believe it does with some other manufacturers). It does invalidate the warranty if you damage something whilst installing though. I am planning to buy a 512Mb memory stick when I receive the laptop to boost it up to 1Gb.
[mod]#6
rompario, welcome to the forums ;-)
Firstly the ram as searcher2 has said, add another stick from crucial and it will make quite a difference.
2nd the graphics, the on board isnt too bad, even the Inspiron 1300 will play Far cry if you reduce the eye candy some. But really if you wanted something to play intense games on you should have upgraded or gone for something different from the off.
I think dell may want to charge you to collect an order that was correct to your spec, read the terms and conditions or phone them.
They wont take it back and alter the spec either, you would have to reorder.
You have a machine coming that is saving you £117 off list price, add some ram and try it, if you still hanker for something else sell it privately, transfer the warranty to who buys it (quite easy to do) then look again for what you really want.
#7
Thank you both.

I didnt know that was the only difference between single and dual channel memory.

I know the machine I have ordered is not the best for games, and indeed that is not the objective of buying the one I have, but of course if I had no budget restriction I would have gone for the XPS M1710... I digress... Anyway, the one I have ordered is a good deal no doubt, it was merely a question of whether this one was actually better given the memory and dedicated GPU. I will buy a memory module from Crucial and I should be happy.

I've been monitoring your deal posts for a while now MikeT - its been bery helpful, thanks.
[mod]#8
Thank you bery much rompario:giggle:

Sorry couldnt resist the typo:roll:

I'm sure you will be very pleased with what you have bought.

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