Dell Vostro 200 desktop base with XP Pro & Vista business, 2Ghz Dualcore, 3gig, 250GB, dvdrw, £219 delivered - HotUKDeals
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***Edit 24th Oct price now £225 so up £6 on original price of £219

This offer is pretty close in price to a couple of other Vostro 200 deals posted recently, but this has the option of selecting XP Pro as the installed OS plus Vista Business supplied also, plus 3gig of ram.

Remove the monitor & add XP Pro for this price.

305-D102022 Small Business site - Best price £219.73 Delivered.
Vostro 200 MT(D102022)

Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E2180 (2.00GHz,800MHz,1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista Business (SP1) with XP Pro installed and Vista & XP Media-English
3072MB 800MHz (2x1024 + 2x512) Memory
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
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#1
I like it! Solves all the XP verses Vista arguments and at a cracking price - nice one Mike T. Heat n rep added.
#2
Great stuff. Does anyone know if this motherboard comes with a proper PCI-express x 16 slot for graphics expansion?

Hot, btw!
#3
Have just seen this as need to buy a pc / laptop urgently and just seen the Aldi Medion MD8396 for £ 389.99 which seems to have alot to it (I am not at all techie) and just need to surf the net, upload piccies, watch cbeebies (not me!) and use basic spreadsheets.

Can anyone give me advice on how this Dell one compares as it seems a great price to the Aldi deal and is it worth £ 170 more for my needs & where I could get a good monitor from (is this all I would need on top?) - Many Thanks

http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/58_7349.htm?
#4
thekanester
Does anyone know if this motherboard comes with a proper PCI-express x 16 slot for graphics expansion?

Yes it does but it doesn't have a PCIe 6 pin power adapter and the only power adapters are SATA as no Molex are included.
#5
Great find, voted hot.;-)
#6
£207.98 if you choose only to have Vista.
[mod]#7
JIT;3097967
£207.98 if you choose only to have Vista.


Then you would be better off buying this one
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234837

Slightly cheaper @ £198 with 2gig of ram but it has Vista Premium which will suit more than business will.
#8
Just what I needed ..Thanks
#9
Agharta
Yes it does but it doesn't have a PCIe 6 pin power adapter and the only power adapters are SATA as no Molex are included.


Great, and thanks for that. It would be fine for something like an HD4670 though, which would be fine for this kind of non-gamers PC.
#10
Another question. Will both Vista and XP be installed as a dual boot, or will they install one OS and provide the other on installable media.

The latter case would obviously be a cheap way of getting an OS license.
#11
thekanester
Another question. Will both Vista and XP be installed as a dual boot, or will they install one OS and provide the other on installable media.

It's not a dual boot setup and it's not licensed to be used in that way, so I expect it's a matter of having the media for the other version of Windows.
#12
Is it worth adding additional storage?

320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache [add £30.00]

500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache [add £35.00]

if so any preference please?
#13
ok then....son is looking for a cheap gaming machine....can anyone recommend a graphic card that will/fit/work with this model and allow him to play a good few of the current games....cod4 etc etc....
#14
Great deal Mike,
Is the code 305-D102022 a Value code?
Should you be able to enter this code to find this system?

Cheers
[mod]#15
Yes code 305-D102022 is the ecode but will only work on dell small business site. Remember no spaces in the code.
#16
torby
ok then....son is looking for a cheap gaming machine....can anyone recommend a graphic card that will/fit/work with this model and allow him to play a good few of the current games....cod4 etc etc....


You might want to consider an ATI HD4670, or NVidia 9500/9600GSO, which are similar prices and specifications. My own preference would be the former. They come in between £55-£75.

The 4670 is very power-efficient and doesn't require an external power source from your mobo, which this machine might not include. Not so sure about the NVidia solution as my money's going to AMD who could do with it at the moment.
#17
torby
ok then....son is looking for a cheap gaming machine....can anyone recommend a graphic card that will/fit/work with this model and allow him to play a good few of the current games....cod4 etc etc....


Ive got one of these, swapped out the PSU for Antec Earthwatts 550w and installed a ATI 4850 PCI-X graphics card. Runs all the new games no probs at all. CPU can go up to a intel 8500 too :thumbsup:
#18
jubblinsm
Is it worth adding additional storage?

320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache [add £30.00]

500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache [add £35.00]

if so any preference please?


is that £35 for an extra 500GB on top or just swapping the drives - if it's swapping the drives then 'no', if it's for an extra 500gb drive then 'yes'
#19
Just brought a Vostro from dell and install ubuntu on it is a Bitch, the Sata drive means the you need to boot with IDE command. Can find all the information on the forums but just wanted go give everyone a heads up because it took me a week to figure it out.
#20
M0nkeyb0Y
is that £35 for an extra 500GB on top or just swapping the drives - if it's swapping the drives then 'no', if it's for an extra 500gb drive then 'yes'


Thanks for your response -it's on top of so that answers that for me.
#21
thanx for that gibbsuk
#22
thekanester
You might want to consider an ATI HD4670, or NVidia 9500/9600GSO, which are similar prices and specifications. My own preference would be the former. They come in between £55-£75.

The 4670 is very power-efficient and doesn't require an external power source from your mobo, which this machine might not include. Not so sure about the NVidia solution as my money's going to AMD who could do with it at the moment.


any ideas on a card for watching hd/bluray on a 37" lcd,wont be used for gaming

dont know if the cards you mentioned are below or above the required spec

would one of the upgrades on the dell site be enough,i imagine it would be cheaper to upgrade yourself though

thanks
#23
This price seems to be with 2GB Ram now, its £30 extra for the 3GB
[mod]#24
thespiderpig;3114604
This price seems to be with 2GB Ram now, its £30 extra for the 3GB


If you take it to checkout the spec there is with:
Free memory upgrade from 2048MB to 3072MB
#25
I added a 19-in-1 Media Card Reader and IEEE 1394 PCI Adapter card and the total comes to £272.60 before I click submit order. Is something going wrong because the price should be around £240 for the extras I added.
[mod]#26
whataboutme;3117042
I added a 19-in-1 Media Card Reader and IEEE 1394 PCI Adapter card and the total comes to £272.60 before I click submit order. Is something going wrong because the price should be around £240 for the extras I added.


£237.35 for me with the above added plus XP Pro and the monitor removed. You must be doing something wrong ;-)
#27
£212.00 17.50 % = £249.10
Total Delivery Charge £20.00 17.50 % £23.50
Total Price £232.00 £272.60
#28
I can't see how to reduce the total
[mod]#29
whataboutme;3117492
I can't see how to reduce the total


You dont add the upgrade to 3gig of ram. Thats just paying for something thats a free upgrade. Thats what your doing wrong.

Leave the ram at 2gig and at checkout you will see its added to the spec list as 3gig.

Memory upgrade - To 3072MB (From 2048MB)
Due to End 08/10/2008.

or look in the right spec sidebar while building your dell, the free upgrade is shown right at the bottom.
#30
Thanks a lot. I could not quite work it out on my own.

Would it be possible with this deal to upgrade the features to raise the price to £299 to get free delivery?
[mod]#31
whataboutme;3119843
Thanks a lot. I could not quite work it out on my own.

Would it be possible with this deal to upgrade the features to raise the price to £299 to get free delivery?


Its £299 pre vat so the end price would be £351 to get free delivery, I dont believe this deal is suitable for upgrading that far and still keeping it good value.
Just adding a 19" TFT will get you to £299 but buying a monitor like that is not the best way as you just get 1yrs warranty. Buy it separately and you get 3yrs warranty.
#32
:thumbsup:
#33
Anyone know if I can run a second monitor with the basic graphics card or do I need to upgrade? Many thanks.
#34
Does anyone know if this PC has a network adapter? (integrated or otherwise)

Also, what PCI & PCI-X slots does it have for cards? (graphics/sound/network/etc)

Thanks very much for any help.
Regards, Mark.
[mod]#35
brimstone;3154876
Does anyone know if this PC has a network adapter? (integrated or otherwise)

Also, what PCI & PCI-X slots does it have for cards? (graphics/sound/network/etc)

Thanks very much for any help.
Regards, Mark.


Here is the manual with specs:

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos200/en/mini_tower/om_en/html/appendix.htm#wp1123070
#36
Integrated network adapter.
x2 PCI slots.
x1 PCI Express (16 PCI Express lanes) - for graphics card :-)
x1 PCI Express (1 PCI Express lanes)

Thanks for the help and info Mike. Heat added.
Cheers, Mark.
#37
Is this the only Dell modelavailable to buy that comes installed with XP as the operating system?

Can you buy from Dell Business with your normal Dell user/password or do you have to start again from scratch?

Thank you

Voted hot
#38
fratony
Anyone know if I can run a second monitor with the basic graphics card or do I need to upgrade? Many thanks.

Hi,
The graphics processor is integrated on the motherboard, so is usually fairly basic.
The spec/documentation link Mike kindly provided shows there is only one graphic display connector listed "Video = 15-hole connector".
You would need to buy a dual output graphics card to run 2 monitors with this PC (many cards are now 'duel headers').
Cheers, Mark.
#39
Can you add a standard beige DVD drive behind the cases drive cover and use it normally? (case tray open button pushes through to reach drives open tray button, the tray then pushes open the hinged bay cover?)

I was going to just select the included DVD R/W drive but looking at the black case with the hinged covers and external buttons for the optical drives - it looks like i need to pick the optional extra DVD R drive to be able to use 2 DVD drives in this case.

Many thanks.

Cheer, Mark.
#40
brimstone
Can you add a standard beige DVD drive behind the cases drive cover and use it normally? (case tray open button pushes through to reach drives open tray button, the tray then pushes open the hinged bay cover?) I was going to just select the included DVD R/W drive but looking at the black case with the hinged covers and external buttons for the optical drives - it looks like i need to pick the optional extra DVD R drive to be able to use 2 DVD drives in this case. Many thanks. Cheer, Mark.


LOL.
End up answering my own question as it turns out my work PC is a Dell Vostro 200, so i just had a look at it - the external case button pushes through via a large pad onto any similiarly placed button on any make/model CD/DVD drive. No need to buy the Dell extra drive. Bish bash bosh, sorted.
Now ordered one.
Thanks Mike!
Cheers, Mark.

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