Dell Intel Core i7-860 2.8MHz, 6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, 320GB HDD, WiFi, Workaround - Potentially £470 - HotUKDeals
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Been toying with this for a few weeks since the Dell Vostro deal was first posted on here (REP to those who found originally and who posted the discount deals - I'm not trying to steal your thunder).

Pisses me off when companies do this, Originally I worked through this:

Picking the middle option when you select the Vostro 430 (one with i5, 320GB HDD and £40 discount)

Upgraded to i7, 1333 4GB, logitech mouse and keyboard = £406.42 + VAT

Picking the right option (with i7, 500 HDD and £70 disc)

Upgraded RAM to same as above, mouse and keyboard = £426.42 + VAT

How exactly is anything free? All they've done is crank up the price of the i7 system and offered a bigger discount. So its £20 for extra 180GB of storage. (its £40 if you upgrade to 500GB via the middle option - excessive prices).

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So the solution is this, it may work, it may not.

£40 discount option (middle one): Change the logitech keyboard for £4.50 (opposed to £14 - glitch), The i7 processor for £70. (I left it with 2GB of 1066 RAM - explanation will follow)

Brings total to: £370.42+VAT with 20% discount code. Inc. VAT: £435.24

(Also added the 2.5% code and it was sidelined, may not clear but worth £9.26 - possibly £425.98).

Topcashback offering £18 plus 6% (of ex VAT price - £22.22) on Vostro's = £40.22 (If -2.5% VAT works then, £425.98-£40.22 = £385.76)

Now here is my jiggery pokery. Buy these two items:

6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM - £97.11 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001IT4BWA
300Mbps n WiFi USB Adaptor - £13.11 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/LM-Technologies-Wireless-Adaptor-Compatible/dp/B001EL41MM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1264043115&sr=1-1

And you have a Intel Core i7-860 2.80MHz
Windows 7 32/64 bit
OCZ 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 8-8-8-24, 1.65V RAM
320GB HDD
512MB ATI RadeonTM HD 4350 (DVI, VGA,HDMI)
WiFi n 300Mbps
16x DVD RW
Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Standard Warranty 1 Year Collect and Return
Microsoft Works 9.0, Norton Internet Security 2010 - 15 Month Protection

for £495.98 (or just over £505 if the VAT code doesn't clear & 2GB of 1066 RAM to sell on ebay for £20-£25) to bring it down to potentially £470.

Upgrade HDD is simple and cheap via Scan or Overclockers i.e. Now expired but this 2TB was approx £86 - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/578124/2tb-seagate-barracuda-lp-sata-ii-ha

Codes are only valid for a few days though and Cashback can be temperamental. All offers give free delivery.
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#1
Links to Amazon items:

6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM - £97.11 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001IT4BWA
300Mbps n WiFi USB Adaptor - £13.11 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/LM-Technologies-Wireless-Adaptor-Compatible/dp/B001EL41MM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1264044649&sr=8-3 - Note: this is not sold by Amazon direct and postage added, annoying. Opted for this ebay item instead: 320470850704 or this one I listed from play http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/575994/wireless-802-11n-usb-adaptor-300mbp

Link to example of 2TB HDD upgrade prices:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/578124/2tb-seagate-barracuda-lp-sata-ii-ha
#2
Wow...you really have been thinking about this! loool. Heat added for just being bothered to post this up!! :p
#3
Just a quick question to those in the know, the PSU/MoBo will manage to cope with the OCZ RAM? Any bottlenecking issues?
#4
Just remember, with it being classed as a business purchase, you probably won't get DSR or SOGA.
#5
i love it when people can actually be bother to break things down for the everyday folk. i was looking at this in a similar way. H&R added
#6
Cheers,

Other option is to go for the i7 (£70) system and sell the 3GB of RAM (rather than 2), will work out roughly £10 difference (depending on ebay). Only difference is a 500GB HD is standard opposed to the 320GB one. Don't know if the Dell DataBurst thing on the 320GB makes up for extra 180GB for £10.

Advice gratefully accepted.
#7
I've been thinking of going down the same sort of path.

One question: For wireless, is it better to go down the USB path or get a PCI card? Ignoring price for a second, I assume the latter would be faster with less bottlenecks, correct? When it comes to wireless, performance trumps price for me.
#8
Personally I don't know. Would appreciate help from those serious techies if the RAM will be tie up nicely with the PSU/Mobo, 180GB extra or £10 approx. and the PCI/USB question.
#9
The motherboard will be dual channel rather than tripple channel which the ram suggested is for. this ram would work but the motherboard may only have 2 slots so one stick would ba wasted, go for a 4gb ddr3 kit rated 1.5-1.65V and it will be fine.
#10
Surely this can't be right?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-PC3-17000-Voltage-Triple-Channel/dp/B0021AEF1C/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1264067694&sr=8-12 for £111 delivered?

EDIT: It's not, Amazon listed it incorrectly
#11
gstok
I've been thinking of going down the same sort of path.

One question: For wireless, is it better to go down the USB path or get a PCI card? Ignoring price for a second, I assume the latter would be faster with less bottlenecks, correct? When it comes to wireless, performance trumps price for me.


I used to have experience using PCI and USB wireless attached to my desktop.
Using USB wireless(Netgear) is a real pain. I have to sell back it at CEX.
I 'm now using PCI wireless with no problem.

Others might have difference opinions but for me I would never go down USB route again.
#12
On the wireless question it depends on your signal level and distance to router - for maximum bandwidth and range you should go with a PCI card which has large aerials - I use an Edimax model with three aerials that connects at up to 300Mbps to my Wireless N router through several walls.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000VK9BZE/ref=ox_ya_oh_product

- Simon.
#13
scameron77
Surely this can't be right?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-PC3-17000-Voltage-Triple-Channel/dp/B0021AEF1C/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1264067694&sr=8-12 for £111 delivered?

EDIT: It's not, Amazon listed it incorrectly


buy two packs total 12 Gb then sell them back on ebay as 3 lots of 4Gb thus targeting the budget conscious i5 crew. I'm sure they would go for 100 GBP each.
#14
Its irrelevant as Amazon listed it incorrectly (now correctly listed as DDR2 4GB not 6GB DDR3).

Also the 20% off code no longer works making the deal dead.
#15
scameron77
Its irrelevant as Amazon listed it incorrectly (now correctly listed as DDR2 4GB not 6GB DDR3).

Also the 20% off code no longer works making the deal dead.


Code Back on!!! just orderd.

Get in quick if you want one only 5 per customer.

rep to Agharta for spot

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/588101/dell-vostro-430-core-i7-860-3gb-ddr/showpost.php?p=7622253&postcount=65
#16
Surely the warranty will be invalid if you've opened it up and started changing the components...
#17
Heat and Rep added for the OPs efforts in creating the post:thumbsup:

If you managed to read through it all, well done:p
#18
MrRobin
Surely the warranty will be invalid if you've opened it up and started changing the components...


Not intending to do this myself, but these units are not sealed and are designed to pop open as they are sold with expansion ports internal and external.

If I was sending it back for something I would put in back to original state. However I would say if you stick to the manufacturers recommended spec for memory and other additions and your add on has not caused the problem your warranty should hold.

yannarascala
Heat and Rep added for the OPs efforts in creating the post:thumbsup:

If you managed to read through it all, well done:p


naughty you, you obviously missed the section banning smily faces from the thread ;-)
#19
To use anything over 4GB of RAM you will have to be 64 bit as 32 bit can't address anything over 4.
#20
greedoe
To use anything over 4GB of RAM you will have to be 64 bit as 32 bit can't address anything over 4.


and furthermore because of that, if you have a gfx card it will take away the allocation from the 4gb ram.. i,e, if i had 4gb ram and 1gb gfx, only 3gb ram would show up on a 32bit system.
#21
Nellster
and furthermore because of that, if you have a gfx card it will take away the allocation from the 4gb ram.. i,e, if i had 4gb ram and 1gb gfx, only 3gb ram would show up on a 32bit system.


Incorrect.

A 32-bit system will only address 3.24GB RAM.

Your gfx GDDR memory is entirely separate, and won't be removed from your RAM total. The only limitation is that gfx memory can not be larger than RAM (any memory used on the gfx card must have an equivalent memory slot in RAM for transfer reasons).

However, buying 4gb DDR3 and only being able to use 3.24 is not a big loss. We have a similar situation in our simulation labs.
#22
Seems like a good deal to me. Ordered along with a new laptop for the mother-in-law; hope she doesn't mind me taking her share of the cashback :)
#23
Where do I find the 20% code?
#24
Hot! gone to a lot of effort for this.
#25
jazzhands;7624570
Where do I find the 20% code?


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Friday Only
#26
Is this really 2.8mhz?
:p
#27
greedoe
To use anything over 4GB of RAM you will have to be 64 bit as 32 bit can't address anything over 4.

So? Windows 7 64bit edition works great, and it also avoid quite a few of the recenly discovered security issues. 64bit computing has been around for over 10 years, and it is about time to use it.
#28
A lil' advice if you don't all mind...
I use photoshop cs4 and maya 2010 alot - normally use my dell xps laptop for working on which a config of windows 7 32 bit, 3gb ram, 256 graphics and a core 2 duo processor. Both programs run really well but im looking for a base unit p.c i can plug into my 32" LCD HD TV - just so i can use the larger screen in high def.
I'm presuming an i7 is the way to go - and an increase in RAM can't hurt - but i understand that use over 4gb of RAM you need to have windows 7 64bit. My question is can i run my 32bit versions of maya 2010 and photoshop on the 64bit OS? Any help on this area will be appreciated.
#29
I also posted the spec and my plan on a dedicated computer forum and this is some of the info I got:

"I'd stick with 2 or 4 sticks of memory (assuming it has 4 ram slots). Use 3 sticks of memory and it'll function in single channel which is certainly a performance killer... "

"Plus there is no point in getting that memory as it is a triple channel kit and the 860 is only dual channel.

Although thanks for the heads up on the memory, cheapest I have seen a decent 1600Mhz kit for a while"
#30
Also Wireless Keyboard glitch has been fixed. However you can no longer add it as it causes a conflict with the basic Dell mouse supplied. Pain in the ****.
#31
Yeah 2.8 MHz is just overkill. You'll be saying we need more than 16 Kb of RAM soon.
#32
does anybody have a link to this as i want to order one now

regards simon
#33
sicoe
does anybody have a link to this as i want to order one now

regards simon


links to other threads on this deal and to dell page.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/590010/dell-vostro-430-i5-under-400-with-2/showpost.php?p=7623479&postcount=3

I would get in quick if you want one.
HTH
#34
thanks very much

just ordered one with 4 gig of 1333mhz ram for 497 delivered :thumbsup:
#35
The deal I went for in the end changed slightly due to the keyboard glitch not working and the 2.5% reduction in VAT code. I went for the one with the £70 discount code.

It came through at £399.20 + VAT = £469.06

Cashback works out at £41.95 = £427.11 Delivered

I bought 6GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM from Amazon for £97.11 = £524.22

Differences between my machine and the basic setup:

160GB HD, I've got a 500GB
Windows Home Premium, I've got Professional
2GB of 1066MHz RAM, I've got 6GB of 1600MHz

I've also got 3GB of 1066MHz RAM to sell on ebay to bring it down further, roughly £55 meaning a final price of £469 ish
#36
I started a thread with respect to a WiFi adaptor as I guess most people didn't opt for the £50 option that Dell offered.

I'd appreciate any advice, suggestions or alternatives to the list I compiled.

Cheers

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/593193/pci-wireless-for-18-or-usb-for-10

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