Dell Vostro 200 Desktop base. 2Ghz Dualcore, 2gig, 250GB, dvdrw, Vista Premium £198.58 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Remember to reduce the warranty to minimum where applicable and take all Dell deals right through to checkout for final pricing.

This is very similar to the now expired £172 Vostro 200 deal, but if you require a larger hard drive this deal comes out cheaper.

305-D092004 Small Business site - Best price £198.58 Delivered.
Vostro 200 (D092004)

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 Processor (2.00GHz,800MHz,1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 32-bit - English
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
Display Not Included
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Microsoft Works 9.0 - English
McAfee Total Protection for Small Business - 30 Day Trial Protection - English
1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day Onsite
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
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[mod]#1
The £172 Vostro deal is here if you want to compare http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/221764/dell-vostro-200-desktop-base-unit-2
#2
Can anyone point me to where I can get a cheap dell gaming PC.?
#3
Is it not better to buy the £172 and get another HDD with the difference in price?
#4
Good deal Mike, nice to see you back
#5
the other Dell doesn't have Core 2 Duo.

Oh, and neither does this...

So yeah, you could get the other one.

Does anyone know if this machine features a pci-e x16 slot, as some of their cheaper integrated graphics offerings don't, or certainly haven't in the past.
#6
thekanester
Does anyone know if this machine features a pci-e x16 slot, as some of their cheaper integrated graphics offerings don't, or certainly haven't in the past.

I does have an x16 slot but no PCIe power connector though. It uses SATA only power cables so you can't use a Molex to PCIe power adapter unless you use a SATA to Molex adapter as well.
#7
thekanester
the other Dell doesn't have Core 2 Duo.

Oh, and neither does this...

So yeah, you could get the other one.

Does anyone know if this machine features a pci-e x16 slot, as some of their cheaper integrated graphics offerings don't, or certainly haven't in the past.


The E2180 is a C2D IIRC.

Certainly it came out after the C2D E4300 which I have in my Dell!
#8
johncas
The E2180 is a C2D IIRC.

It's badged a Pentium Dual Core and is a cut down Core 2 Duo with only 1MB cache which is a hindrance for games but no so much in general usage.
#9
johncas
The E2180 is a C2D IIRC.

Certainly it came out after the C2D E4300 which I have in my Dell!


The Intel chip-finder has a list of all Core 2 Duo processors, here:

http://www.intel.com/products/processor_number/chart/core2duo.htm?iid=pn_ov+list_c2d

And the E2180 ain't on it. Intel's website describes it as only a Dual Core processor here:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLA8Y

So by their own definition, it's not Core 2 Duo. Architecture is similar, but as has already been pointed out, it's got a smaller L2 cache.

It's apparently a very good overclocker with some people stating 3GHz on stock cooling. Given that Dell Vostro mobos tend not to come with the facilities to overclock then that's a bit moot.
#10
thekanester
the other Dell doesn't have Core 2 Duo.

Oh, and neither does this...

So yeah, you could get the other one.

Does anyone know if this machine features a pci-e x16 slot, as some of their cheaper integrated graphics offerings don't, or certainly haven't in the past.


On the cheap motherboards Dell send with these budget pcs, Core 2 Duo makes sod all difference.
#11
Looks like this post is going into a (I know more than you) contest. Just love all the techy guyz talking all techy! lol :-)
#12
Renegade01
Looks like this post is going into a (I know more than you) contest. Just love all the techy guyz talking all techy! lol :-)


I thought they were busy on the star trek dvd deal... :roll:
#13
moob
On the cheap motherboards Dell send with these budget pcs, Core 2 Duo makes sod all difference.


It's a dam cheap price if you try to price up a similar machine on scan.co.uk its hard to beat but like that guy says Dell use cheapo motherboards id rather build my own PC anyday but for a newbe there ok.
#14
Has anyone had experience of Dell support? I ordered the £172 deal a couple of weeks back and recevied a dead machine. I've had one engineer attend to replace the hard drive but he thinks the motherboard is dead instead.

I'm concerned that if the motherboard has blown, what else has it taken with it. This should have been a brand new working PC. Should I shout a bit and get a complete replacement or just let them carry on trying to fix my 'new' PC?

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
#15
vurt
Has anyone had experience of Dell support? I ordered the £172 deal a couple of weeks back and recevied a dead machine. I've had one engineer attend to replace the hard drive but he thinks the motherboard is dead instead.

I'm concerned that if the motherboard has blown, what else has it taken with it. This should have been a brand new working PC. Should I shout a bit and get a complete replacement or just let them carry on trying to fix my 'new' PC?

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks


Yes we get all are kit from Dell last order for Europe was many thousand £. In general the Dell engineers I speak to are quite good but it is in there interest not to send out new parts or fix a PC if its not broke. I would give them one more chance tell them to bring a new motherboard if that doesn't work then shout at them and get them to replace it.
#16
Nice price for a Dell with 1 year warranty. It's not going to be amazingly fast, but for casual gaming, office, e-mail and internet it will run like a dream. You also get the bonus of it being a Dell, so it should work for a fair amount of time! :thumbsup:
#17
10% off all vostros guys
W2N3KTH5ZLW3M8

works out £181.07, £174.37 after quidco
#18
these are cheap pcs to do basic stuff and are bargains dont look at them for anything more cause the specs wont do it. if u wanna play games buy a PS3.
#19
Renegade01
Looks like this post is going into a (I know more than you) contest. Just love all the techy guyz talking all techy! lol :-)


Not at all, I was just clearing up being corrected when I was in fact, correct in the first place. It's not a case of 'I know more than you', but a case of 'don't correct me when I'm not wrong'; and no disrespect meant to the poster who corrected me.

And to be honest, your post had a pretty disparaging tone to it and wasn't relevant to the content of the OP. The technical details of a product tend to be important when you're buying a technical product such as a PC.
#20
does anyone know roughly how long dell would take to deliver a machine like this, cheers
#21
Does anyone know if this would be decent to run music production on?

thanks
#22
mug51
10% off all vostros guys
W2N3KTH5ZLW3M8

works out £181.07, £174.37 after quidco

Nice find. :thumbsup:
#23
tomwenn
Does anyone know if this would be decent to run music production on?


Music production doesn't really take much power, this will be fine for al but the most demanding stuff. Of course the sound card is rubbish, but you will probably be using a firewire/usb breakout box.
#24
I was thinking of the Vostro 200 £172 deal and upgrading it at a later date. If so, would I be able to:

1) upgrade the CPU for a quad core Q6600 2.4GHz 8Mb cache
2) upgrade the graphics card to a 128MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2400 Pro

Would I be able to do this or would I need to purchase anything else to make this happen?

thanks
#25
ScoobyDoobyDoo
I was thinking of the Vostro 200 £172 deal and upgrading it at a later date.

It's finally expired.
#26
Agharta
It's finally expired.


Ok, so how about I get the £198 offer, what I then be able to upgrade to the CPU and graphics at a later stage or is this not possible?

thanks again
#27
thanks mike, been waiting for ages for the next dell deal :)
#28
ScoobyDoobyDoo
Ok, so how about I get the £198 offer, what I then be able to upgrade to the CPU and graphics at a later stage or is this not possible?

thanks again


I haven't done it, but when I got my Vostro desktop last winter I looked into it and you should be able to do it without too much hassle. The PSU is rated either 305 or 350 (I can't be bothered to look atm, as my wife is asleep and would kill me if I woke her) but Dell rates their PSUs very conservatively, so as long as you don't add an extra HDD and optical drive, it should be just fine with a Q6600 and at least an ATI x1950Pro. I don't know what the power draw is on the 2400's, but I recon you should still be within firing range. One thing you'll have to do, though, is get an SATA to Molex adapter, as was mentioned earlier, since all of the power cables are SATA and the 2400's require a Molex plug for thier power. And FYI, you should be able to find an adapter for 10-15 quid shipped without much problem if I recall correctly.
#29
ScoobyDoobyDoo
I was thinking of the Vostro 200 and upgrading it at a later date. If so, would I be able to:

1) upgrade the CPU for a quad core Q6600 2.4GHz 8Mb cache
2) upgrade the graphics card to a 128MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2400 Pro

Would I be able to do this or would I need to purchase anything else to make this happen?

thanks

No problem with upgrading to a HD 2400 Pro or similar. In theory it should support a Q6600 but check on the Dell forums to see if it does; it may not officially be supported but may still work.
#30
Laughing_Jack
I don't know what the power draw is on the 2400's, but I recon you should still be within firing range. One thing you'll have to do, though, is get an SATA to Molex adapter, as was mentioned earlier, since all of the power cables are SATA and the 2400's require a Molex plug for thier power.

A HD 2400 draws all of its power from the PCIe slot so no adapter is required. The Dell’s power supply easily has enough juice for Q6600 + HD 2400, the only question is whether the BIOS supports it.
#31
gonna take the plunge :)
#32
I bought an NVidia 9800GT card last week to go into my Vostro 200 which as an E6750 processor in it. The card supposedly needs a 450W power supply, but it seems to work perfectly fine with no problems at all.
I also had to buy two SATA to Molex converters to plug into the molex-PCI-E cable which came with the graphics card, so the case is a bit tight on cables and I now have no spare power connectors.
I also bought the £172 Vostro 200 last month (with an E2200 processor) and put my old Nvidia 7600GT card into that, which doesn't need a power supply, and it runs pretty well (and near silent) but it's not as fast as when that card was in the E6750 machine.
Not sure if this helps anyone, but you never know.
BTW - this deal is very similar to the £172 one but with a bigger hard disc and is still a real bargain for a decent machine.
#33
Coupon code W2N3KTH5ZLW3M8, response from Dell site "Coupon expired" :-( !!
[mod]#34
RedDog;2870272
Coupon code W2N3KTH5ZLW3M8, response from Dell site "Coupon expired" :-( !!


The deal is still live @ £198 its just the bonus discount coupon that expired Sunday night.
Remember quidco @ 5%
#35
dont you need to add a modem to get lan internet? or am I being stupid?
[mod]#36
bfjem;2870570
dont you need to add a modem to get lan internet? or am I being stupid?


It has built in LAN so just plug and play ;-) assuming of course that you already have a modem router
#37
Cheers Mike - gone for one as a replacement for an aging 2500.
#38
Doesn't the colour of the vostro's now look awfully similar to those new studio desktops?
#39
Doesn't the colour of the vostro's now look awfully similar to those new studio desktops?

What, shiny black?

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