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E2160 Dual Core 1.8 GHz
160GB
DVD Rom/512Mb Ram (can be upgraded if necessary using Ebuyer etc)
Broadcom 5721 Gigabit Ethernet Controller NIC card PCI-E (in addition to on-board NIC)
1 Year NBD Onsite Warranty
No OS
No KB, No Mouse (these can be purchased through the Electronics/Accessories)
Free Freight (Saving £60) - Probably a mistake

Not the best specification for anyone wanting a server, but you can't go wrong with the basic dual core CPU. Good build quality, do some research however if you are considering using this as a desktop machine. I have two in work and I have never noticed any excessive noise from them (some people do say that dell servers can be noisy)..

Possible £5 for Quidco members!
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#1
Seems like a bit of a bargain - voted hot.
#2
Upgrade 1st hard drive from 160GB to 250GB for just £8 more :thumbsup:
#3
Brilliant deal if you need a spare machine. Def. upgrade to 2GB via eBuyer though, and that £8 HD upgrade too.
#4
Nice find ... I had a quick go at finding the components cheaper, but it was impossible. This'd make a cheap computer for someone who needs a basic machine. For the price, it would be hard to find anything better.
#5
Remember + VAT for upgrades.

Also consider going to the hard drives in electronics & accessories section i.e. Seagate (Maxtor) 160GB SATA-300 for £23.20 + VAT (free delivery). I think you have to pay if you want RAID however (additional card).

I also had a 4GB ECC FBDIMM memory kit, £71 + VAT for my Precision 690. I have never seen it so cheap.
#6
Nice price, although it has no O/S.
Fine for those like me that happen to have a few XP licenses just laying around ;-) .
#7
jukkie
Nice price, although it has no O/S.
Fine for those like me that happen to have a few XP licenses just laying around ;-) .


Or anyone who likes Linux.
#8
The SC440s have dire onboard graphics and will only take PCI-E cards if you chip away at plastic in the slots. Essentially it's a good deal, but only if you actually want to use it as a server, not intending to try and use it as a desktop replacement.
#9
would this pc be kool for a home pc? im going to buy it for my dad is there built in graphics card on it? will i just plug it in and load xp on and it will be ok many thanks :)
#10
dammit just seen your reply there wibbleboy :( gutted can any 1 point me in the direction of a cheap dual core pc for my dad thanks
#11
would this display ok on a monitor thats all my dad needs all he does is use office 2007 maybe watch a few videos and broswing the net?
#12
funkykid
would this display ok on a monitor thats all my dad needs all he does is use office 2007 maybe watch a few videos and broswing the net?


With XP it should be fine. I'd still up it to 1GB of RAM at least though. No games, and Vista would be poor graphically. It's a bit of an overkill in some ways of course!
#13
thx jeebee think im gonni get it thanks for posting it jrob my dads a happy chappy lol :thumbsup:
#14
You might find this lacks onboard sound. Check. I mean, a PCI card is cheap but good to know in advance.
#15
How easy would it be for a pc novice to remove the internal drive buy two 750gb and install them to run a linux server (perhaps unbunu) for music / photos / video....

Also if it's easy to do anyone fancy buying a 250 sata drive off me !!!:-D
#16
This should make a reasonable office machine for those on a very tight budget who don't intend to do much more than upgrade the Optical drive and RAM (you can always sell it for a quick profit if no good). Remember it also has a 12 month next working day onsite warranty!

There is an additional NIC PCI-E (It be interesting to see how this has been fitted).

I have two of these units in work used as industrial software servers. Mine aren't that noisy, even with two located within 3 metres. They have run 24/7 for the last 13 months without any problems.

They even have a serial port, very useful for industrial equipment interfacing and testing!!!
#17
We have a couple of these at the office - again, very quiet, exceptional build quality.

In terms of installing 2x 750gb drives and installing linux, it's about as easy as it'll get - the drive caddies are screwless. You'll need a 90 degree sata cable tho - they only tend to ship with one. The processor is a new one, a cut down core 2 duo with only 1mb of L1 cache - although benchmarks put it on par (within 5%) of the full-cache, same-speed E4300.

No sound, pci-e 8x slot with 16x physical for graphics card. It's an absolute steal at this price.
#19
Tempted to get one and use it as a file and media server. I got a bit fed up with trying to get those sub <£200 NAS boxes to work properly.
#20
The E2160 Dual Core is supposed to overclock really well.

Even with stock cooler, its supposed to be easy to get 3ghz out of them.

Not sure if overclocking is possible with Dell motherboards tho !
#21
Bought this with the upgraded 250GB H/D for £125.73 inc delivery. This cheap I figure I can add the necessary bits when funds allow to turn it into a fully functioning desktop. Already have KB, Mouse and monitor and a copy of XP. Eventually plan to use it as a media server and to surf the net maybe.

So I'm guessing all I need to add is a graphics and sound card and maybe a wireless networking card. Anything else I need to add?
#22
Jim3
The E2160 Dual Core is supposed to overclock really well.

Even with stock cooler, its supposed to be easy to get 3ghz out of them.

Not sure if overclocking is possible with Dell motherboards tho !


I have a e2160 and it has overclocked brilliantly, saying that i've never seen a dell PC that has allowed/made it easy to overclock anyways.
#23
Before using a server a a home PC you generally need to...

Quieten it.

Add a soundcard.

Add/swap the graphics card.

Add an optical writer.

Add front USB or card reader.

However despite this they normally offer far better upgrade paths than normal home PCs and you are not being screwed into buying windows as the normally come O/S free. You can also often reflash the BIOS if its unhappy when you try to overclock.

Crying out to have Ubuntu added with 8.04 here in two days.

Lastly - anyone thinking about paying 8 quid plus vat (940p) to up the drive capacity by 90 gig - remember 90 gigs worth of terabyte drive comes in at just under 9 quid now, with lower prices per gig around 500gig.
#24
ibiza
Before using a server a a home PC you generally need to...

Quieten it.

Add a soundcard.

Add/swap the graphics card.

Add an optical writer.

Add front USB or card reader....


Cool that's what I thought I needed to do. I don't play games so top end graphics card not an issue- looking for something with hdmi or dvi capabilities and probably a sound card with SP/DIF optical out- so if anyone can recommend something cheap and suitable.
#25
This is a SERVER guys, as it says...its not supposeded to do a lot of hard work, it is mainly for storage and the running of less intensive tasks....

I wouldnt advise this as either a home pc or an office pc really...as for a bit extra you can buy a mahine that is much better specced for only a bit more from dell themselves.

It is a bargain for someone who wants to install Linux or another server package.....and as someone mentioned above, a great replacement for a lot of NAS's that are unreliable and not very upgradeable.

With Hard drive prices droppping like a stone....you can now have thios as a 4 TB storage machine for little more than £500
#26
Bought one to run as a linux server, I can confirm that it is actually very quiet (unusual for a server).

It has no sound or card reader, but 2 USB on the front and 5 on the back.
#27
This looks perfect - im looking for a server to stream to my Xbox with XBMC running and to other PC's in the house.

Can anyone reccommend this for such a task or would I be better with a NAS drive? What software would be best to load to do this (Linux/Windows)?
#28
Superb deal this is, voted hot. Shame I ain't got the money, need to sell my old pc first :(
banned#29
seff_yohanson
This looks perfect - im looking for a server to stream to my Xbox with XBMC running and to other PC's in the house.

Can anyone reccommend this for such a task or would I be better with a NAS drive? What software would be best to load to do this (Linux/Windows)?


nas drives suck! stick windows on it and use freenas

everyone else... the graphics card on this wil allow you to use office programs but dont expect it to play any games. a cheap dual output grap card will set you back £15 brand new. a sound card even less. i have a £2k desktop, a desktop replacement laptop, ultramobile laptop and a server... and guess what? i'm damn tempted!

just upgrade the ram and the HDD and it'l be fine... so what does that make it? probably about £150 for a good computer. EDIT i added 2gb ram and the 250gb HDD and it came to £166 quidco takes it to about £162

servers are computers at the end of the day and no one here so far is looking to use it as a gaming machine...
#30
Humm... but the big question is: will it run Leopard? ;-)
#31
Remember this is a server, not a desktop machine. They are heavy (18kg) and noisy in comparison to today's desktop. Best sure of what you're getting into before buying it.

Having said that - it's a bargain. I have the next one up in the Poweredge range and it's a workhorse.

Specs are here:

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/pedge_sc440?c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&l=en&s=bsd

Brochure here:

http://www.dell.com/downloads/emea/products/pedge/en/SC440_Spec_Sheet_Quad.pdf


Manuals are here:

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/pe440sc/en/index.htm

These will include pictures of inside the case for upgrades etc.
#32
I am goin to get one of these for a server at work. Can anyone tell me if the server NIC card upgrade means I don't have to buy a switch?

Just wondered what it was for. If it distributes the network to the other 3 PCs in the office, I'll be well chuffed - great spec for a great price even in RAID 1 guise with upgraded cpu and ram
#33
doopydug
I am goin to get one of these for a server at work. Can anyone tell me if the server NIC card upgrade means I don't have to buy a switch?

Just wondered what it was for. If it distributes the network to the other 3 PCs in the office, I'll be well chuffed - great spec for a great price even in RAID 1 guise with upgraded cpu and ram


No, you will need a switch. The NIC is only used for communications with the computer it's installed on. It's common for servers to have two NICs or more, or NICs with two ports on.

A good switch for a SOHO here:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/64191
#34
craigp
Humm... but the big question is: will it run Leopard? ;-)


If this is a serious question, then the serious answer is probably yes - OSX is UNIX. Unless it has any specific hardware requirements, this server will run it. :thumbsup:
#35
ferple
No, you will need a switch. The NIC is only used for communications with the computer it's installed on. It's common for servers to have two NICs or more, or NICs with two ports on.

A good switch for a SOHO here:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/64191



Thanks ferple - so I need to take the signal from cable modem into server nic card and out through a 2nd nic card to switch which then distributes to the rest of the PCs is that right?
#36
Would a quad core upgrade such as this:

http://www.saverstore.com/productinfo/Product.aspx?product_id=20015754&rstrat=12717

work? With a decent RAM upgrade this would make a powerful home server for far less than Dell would charge for the upgrade.
#37
I am tempted by one of these as a back up / media server but am wondering if anyone has and idea of the best way of backing up the other 'workstations' to this for free / lowest cost?
#38
I'm going to finally retire my old Blue & White Mac G3.
I bought this with the 250GB upgrade and some cheap memory for my Mac Pro which looks to be compatible with the Dell Precision 690.

I'm going to use the machine as a cheap NAS / torrent downloader connected to my Xbox running XBMC, but in the future I may try putting the Unix version of XBMC on there if I can get a cheap card with HDMI out on it.
#39
Is this ok to use as a desktop machine?install XP.looking for a basic PC
Does this have 2 PCI slots?
#40
doopydug
Thanks ferple - so I need to take the signal from cable modem into server nic card and out through a 2nd nic card to switch which then distributes to the rest of the PCs is that right?
I think you would just plug everything into the switch and it would take care of all your connections. The difference with a switch over a hub is that you will get better speed through it:
http://www.duxcw.com/faq/network/hubsw.htm

If you want to use the full 100MB of that switch then make sure you are using cat 5e or cat6 cable, normal cat 5 will only go up to 100MB.

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