Dell Vostro 200 Slim Base unit. 1.6Ghz dualcore, 1gig, 160Gb, dvdrw. £185 delivered - HotUKDeals
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305-D01S002 Home site - Best price £185.72 Delivered or *less.
Vostro 200 ST (D01S002)

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140 Processor (1.6GHz,800MHz,1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
1024MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Microsoft Works 8.5 - English
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
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#1
WOW, it may not be amazing, but for those on a budget, its damn cheap!!
[mod]#2
Upgrades:

Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 - UK/Irish (QWERTY) £10
Internal Wireless PCI Card [add £10.00]
IEEE 1394 PCI Adapter card [add £5.88] Firewire
19-in-1 Media Card reader [add £11.75]
#3
For those that are interested, "Hot Hardware" have a review of this processor. I must admit I've always been a little nervous of jumping into a 1.6Ghz processor, albeit dual core, when my 1.7 AMD desktop is struggling so badly; but this lot say the E2140 at 1.6GHz ran Vista Ultimate, with all the bells and whistles, with no problem at all. The review is at:

http://www.hothardware.com/articles/Intel_Pentium_E2140_Dual_Core_Processor/?page=1


Interestingly, if you're into that sort of thing, they say they overclocked it up to 2.9GHz before it became unstable; and at that speed, the performance was doubled.

If you look at the results, by the way, they've typoed the name of the chip. The two lines to look at are the E2410 1.6 and E2410 OC 2.9 - they mean the E2140 in native 1.6 mode,. and the E2140 OverClocked to 2.9GHz.

Thanks Mike.

Tim
[mod]#4
Dont expect to be able to overclock this dell, you cant. Dell make it almost impossible to do so.
#5
Nice find! :thumbsup:

Anyone know if its worth upgrading to the:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4500 Processor (2.20GHz,800MHz,2MB cache) [add £47.00 or £9/month1]

Cheers
#6
Not quite as hot as the one I missed the other day, I think I'll hang on a bit longer.
banned#7
any vostro laptops about?
#8
Would this be powereul enough to play HD-DVD and Bluray (I know it only comes with standard DVD)? Would consider this and see about upgrading the drive to one of the dual HD/BlueRay drives and having a nice little media solution for under the TV........
#9
anyone know the dimensions of this and alos why it looks like a desktop (on its side) rather than a tower unit?
I cant see where the drive bays will be either. Any help? Thanks.
#10
thedo
Would this be powereul enough to play HD-DVD and Bluray (I know it only comes with standard DVD)? Would consider this and see about upgrading the drive to one of the dual HD/BlueRay drives and having a nice little media solution for under the TV........


Believe it or not, I've had a Bluray rip running perfectly on a 1.8ghz Celeron M laptop with only integrated graphics......so yes this set up will run High Def without too much of a problem - the secret with most 'modern' computers is having a properly setup codec/player that is used to decode the HD content, namely CoreAVC & MPC for me and my lappy.
[mod]#11
Robbieeee2k;1420217
anyone know the dimensions of this and alos why it looks like a desktop (on its side) rather than a tower unit?
I cant see where the drive bays will be either. Any help? Thanks.


Full manual for this Vostro 200 s is here
#12
probably be alright running movies at 720p but 1080p would be more of a challenge
#13
Why has the price increased??
introlux
[mod]#14
introlux;1420578
Why has the price increased??
introlux


It hasnt if you follow the instructions in the first post.
#15
thedo
Would this be powereul enough to play HD-DVD and Bluray (I know it only comes with standard DVD)? Would consider this and see about upgrading the drive to one of the dual HD/BlueRay drives and having a nice little media solution for under the TV........

From my experience of playing HD-DVDs on a 2GHz AMD dual-core with a 7300GS I would say that it would be advisable to add an ATI HD 2400 Pro or ideally a HD 2600 Pro if you want to watch Blu-ray movies.

You can watch downloaded HD movie clips with this system okay but this is very different from watching a high bit rate Blu-ray disc. Many people confuse the two and they are light years apart.

titty
Believe it or not, I've had a Bluray rip running perfectly on a 1.8ghz Celeron M laptop with only integrated graphics......so yes this set up will run High Def without too much of a problem - the secret with most 'modern' computers is having a properly setup codec/player that is used to decode the HD content, namely CoreAVC & MPC for me and my lappy.

A Blu-ray RIP is not the same as playing back a Blu-ray disc. It must have been transcoded as I’ve never seen a PC with a spec as low as you describe come close to manage playback of a typical Blu-ray disc.
#16
Hi there,

Appreciate that graphics cards are best bought separately from this system.

Is there a card that someone could recommend? My main needs are TV out and light gaming... thanks
#17
It's only £199 if you choose the 2.2GHZ processor and 2gb ram.... Don't upgrade on the edit spec, choose the next model up at the start, you knock £100 off if you don't have the screen and it has £50 off rather than £30! Also looks like you can use Quidco for 5%!

May get one purely for Internet Radio broadcast at that price!
#18
Chuck a Wireless card in it for £8.51 while you're there.... ;-)
#19
davedj79
It's only £199 if you choose the 2.2GHZ processor and 2gb ram.... Don't upgrade on the edit spec, choose the next model up at the start, you knock £100 off if you don't have the screen and it has £50 off rather than £30! Also looks like you can use Quidco for 5%!

May get one purely for Internet Radio broadcast at that price!


Excluding VAT and shipping :whistling:
#20
Could anyone interested in this system spell out for me exactly what video-out connectors I should expect to find on the 3 possible graphics card options: the X3100, and the two HD2400 options. I am interested in having this as a media center solution.....DVI, VGA, S-video?

In particular, does the X3100 have a DVI output? Many thanks.
#21
lestar
Could anyone interested in this system spell out for me exactly what video-out connectors I should expect to find on the 3 possible graphics card options: the X3100, and the two HD2400 options. I am interested in having this as a media center solution.....DVI, VGA, S-video?

Look at the Specs; click on the Product Tech Info Tab.
If you go with the X3100 it will just have VGA. All retail HD 2400 cards should have DVI, DSUB and TV-out which will support SD & HD. ATI sell a DVI to HDMI dongle very cheaply but they are hard to find in the UK. For HD playback the HD 2600 is the better option and the XT 256MB is preferable to the Pro 512MB. Scan sells a passive Gigabyte HD 2600 XT for about £65 which is reduced quite frequently by a few pounds. I just remembered that this case requires a low profile card so I’m not sure what to recommend.
[mod]#22
lestar;1421246
Could anyone interested in this system spell out for me exactly what video-out connectors I should expect to find on the 3 possible graphics card options: the X3100, and the two HD2400 options. I am interested in having this as a media center solution.....DVI, VGA, S-video?

In particular, does the X3100 have a DVI output? Many thanks.


This should help you click here
#23
Brilliant Post thanks MikeT.

Just ordered!

Cheers mate :)
#24
Agharta
A Blu-ray RIP is not the same as playing back a Blu-ray disc. It must have been transcoded as I’ve never seen a PC with a spec as low as you describe come close to manage playback of a typical Blu-ray disc.

A blueray rip is usually x264 encoded in a mkv container, at either 4.3gb or 8gb (some weirdos encode to WMV-HD but they are just sick ;> ) at 720p. This system should play that back just fine (albeit with a high cpu load). As you say, to playback hddvd/br/full 1080i/p transport streams a new graphics card would be needed (and the cpu upgraded - 1.8ghz min for the core2duos).
#25
Was the crazy £123 deal the other day for a dual core system ? - I delayed thinking it was only a 1.6GHZ cpu but it may have actually been a dual core.
[mod]#26
mikeyw;1421852
Was the crazy £123 deal the other day for a dual core system ? - I delayed thinking it was only a 1.6GHZ cpu but it may have actually been a dual core.


No it was Intel Celeron 420 Processor (1.6GHz,800MHz,512k cache)
#27
Seriously thinking about this, £220 with XP Pro and no monitor.... though I wish I'd seen the £125 celeron one from last week!

Any experts out there compare this system with a fairly similar spec/priced Inspiron and advise on which I should get for a cheap 2nd PC?

Vostro 200 - Pentium Dual 1.6GHz, XP Pro, 1024MB, 160GB HD, 16x DVD, keyboard & mouse
Insprion 530 - Celeron 1.6GHz, XP Home, 1024MB, 250GB HD, 16x DVD, keyboard & mouse

Also, can anyone answer the query posted in that thread?:
Richy777
Can anyone tell me how to get to the Vostro systems from the home systems page I can only see them on the small buisness pages.
#28
Has anybody managed to order these OK? I ordered a couple several days ago but the order acknowledgment has never been confirmed which is usually fairly quick by DELL making we wonder if they are accepting this deal.
[mod]#29
Any experts out there compare this system with a fairly similar spec/priced Inspiron and advise on which I should get for a cheap 2nd PC?

Vostro 200 - Pentium Dual 1.6GHz, XP Pro, 1024MB, 160GB HD, 16x DVD, keyboard & mouse
Insprion 530 - Celeron 1.6GHz, XP Home, 1024MB, 250GB HD, 16x DVD, keyboard & mouse

The dual core will be quicker of the 2 cpu's.

Can anyone tell me how to get to the Vostro systems from the home systems page I can only see them on the small buisness pages.


You can of course click through from the first post to see the deal on the home site, or if you want to use quidco then log into quidco, click through to dell home site and enter the ecode for the system that interests you into the ecode finder boxes (left sidebar "shop by ecode")
I always put the ecodes into the deal post like this one is 305-D01S002

All Vostro deals have always been available to home users since their release via the home site, dell would prefer to keep them for business customers so dont actively market them on the home site but are happy to sell them to you via the home site or the ecodes wouldnt be available there.
#30
Does anyone know where to get low profile PCI cards from? I want to get a TV card and a basic ATI graphics card but I can't find either that wil fit this case.

If I could get the cards I'd think about this model - I think it's pretty cheap for building a basic Media Center from.

Thanks
#31
No the deal had free delivery expired on the 2nd January. I bought a computer with 128mb graphics 500b 2048 mb 500gb 22" widescreen flat panel all 521! this one comes to £639! So price has increased
#32
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No the deal had free delivery expired on the 2nd January. I bought a computer with 128mb graphics 500b 2048 mb 500gb 22" widescreen flat panel all 521! this one comes to £639! So price has increased


This deal is still active, has included delivery. £185.72. May not be the original deal however!
#33
Thanks MikeT, though my question about the Vostro v Inspiron is more about what are the differences between the two systems in general. I.e. why can I get a system with a dual core processer for the same price as a similar system with a celeron - I've had a look online but can't really see much apart from one is aimed at business users and the suggestion the Vostro has a slightly cheaper build quality with less scope for upgrade?
#34
Will this take a full height card? I have an X1950 I'd want to move across so just checking before ordering.

Thanks all! :)
[mod]#35
Samba123;1425029
Will this take a full height card? I have an X1950 I'd want to move across so just checking before ordering.

Thanks all! :)


No, slim bases take half height cards only
#36
MikeT
No, slim bases take half height cards only


Thanks MikeT. Guess I'll be waiting for the next full size Vostro bargain then... :thumbsup:
[mod]#37
Samba123;1425068
Thanks MikeT. Guess I'll be waiting for the next full size Vostro bargain then... :thumbsup:


Whats wrong with this one http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/130862/dell-vostro-200-basic-base-unit-1-6/all/all/discussed/

£197 with the same cpu or much less if you dont need the upgrade
#38
How is everyone getting this deal at such a great price? I have followed the steps, deselected monitor and warranty and getting the £185 price. THEN, comes the VAT and delivery costs which add over £100 to the final price. Am I doing something wrong, or is the posted deal invalid?
[mod]#39
zombie1000;1426025
How is everyone getting this deal at such a great price? I have followed the steps, deselected monitor and warranty and getting the £185 price. THEN, comes the VAT and delivery costs which add over £100 to the final price. Am I doing something wrong, or is the posted deal invalid?


Well your on the wrong site for a start if you see vat and shipping added later.

This is a home site deal, click through from the first post to get to it or enter the ecode from the OP into the ecode finder boxes on the home site pages.

Make sure you go to the checkout page for final pricing, its still £185, I just checked again!
#40
Hi.. Couple of questions if anyone can help.. Really like this but I am looking for a media centre.. Anyone know if this has optical out and is the dvd drive standard size as i would like to replace it with a blu ray player.. Many thanks in advance..

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