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Dell Vostro 400 desktop base. 2.33Ghz C2D, 4gig, 2x500Gb drives, dvdrw, Premium, £354 delivered £354.27

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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. For those wishing to just add their own graphics solution this may b…
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[mod] 9y, 3w agoFound 9 years, 3 weeks ago
Remember to reduce the warranty to minimum where applicable and take all Dell deals right through to checkout for final pricing.

For those wishing to just add their own graphics solution this may be just the job.

I have upgraded the cpu, dvdrw and wifi card to get free delivery to kick in, you may want to config it differently.

305-D034014 Small Business site - Best price £354.27 Delivered.
Vostro 400 DT (D034014)

Intel® Core 2 Duo E6550 processor (2.33GHz, 1333MHz, 4MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Monitor Not included
4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024]
1.0TB (7200RPM) SATA Dual Hard Drives (2X500GB)
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
Internal Wireless PCI Card
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#1
Are you on commission?
banned#2
Mike is Mr.Dell and for the 9th time,no he doesn't work for Dell! :whistling:
banned#3
Mike,you seem to know your stuff...Is it better to have a bigger processor with less ram or a smaller processor with more ram for HD video editing? (specifically the D034007 Dell with an extra 2 Gig of ram - totaling 3) Thanks
#4
Normally I wouldn't touch DELL products with someone elses barge pole, but this doesn't look half decent.




"We dont sell in the shops" - Cos no-one wants to stock them!!! (and Yes, I know PC World is going to start)
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Rehydratedspirit;1644253
Mike,you seem to know your stuff...Is it better to have a bigger processor with less ram or a smaller processor with more ram for HD video editing? (specifically the D034007 Dell with an extra 2 Gig of ram - totaling 3) Thanks


Just to make it harder for you, imo there wont be a lot of difference, unless the software is utlilising all the quads cores, then you may see a boost.
banned#6
Really? That sounds like good news. It means I can get more ram,bigger HD's and probably a few other bits and bobs for probably cheaper than a Quad without having to spend any more upgrading...I wouldn't have thought that if I'm honest. We are always told bigger is better! when here,that might not actually be the case. Have the D034007 sitting in a saved basket until the 29th of March,so I might go and configure this as well and stick it in. Thank you :)
#7
Just in case anyone else was wondering (I was) the shipping discount kicks in at £300+Vat.

Notice 1 of the options is a 128mb graphics card for £40, but they have a 256mb one for £30. No nothing about graphics cards, but would assume the bigger is better for less money? Is that right?
Been thinking of a new base unit, is a quad core better than a C2D or is it too early to tell that much difference, should I wait a few months for quads to come down a little?
Any suggestions appreciated, thanks.
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Rehydratedspirit
Is it better to have a bigger processor with less ram or a smaller processor with more ram for HD video editing? (specifically the D034007 Dell with an extra 2 Gig of ram - totaling 3) Thanks

HD video editing is one area where a quad core CPU can offer a significant performance boost but check that your video editing software supports 4 cores first. If I was building a HD video editing system I’d start with software that supports 4+ cores and definitely use a quad core CPU.

You may not need more than 2GB of RAM but if you do you can easily upgrade that later for little cost at current prices.
#9
defgimp
Notice 1 of the options is a 128mb graphics card for £40, but they have a 256mb one for £30. No nothing about graphics cards, but would assume the bigger is better for less money? Is that right?

The Nvidia 8300GS 256MB card uses Turbocache which means that it uses system memory as well as on-board RAM. It doesn’t say how much actual RAM it has but some of these turbocache cards only have 64MB of RAM on the card.
Apart from that they are different cards with different strengths and weaknesses and you can’t separate them purely on the amount of RAM, it depends what your requirements are. For HD video (Blu-ray & HD-DVD) watching the ATI 128MB card is the better bet.

defgimp
Been thinking of a new base unit, is a quad core better than a C2D or is it too early to tell that much difference, should I wait a few months for quads to come down a little?

It depends what you use the system for. For the majority of people I think dual-core is the best option as they generally don’t use software that is optimized for quad cores. If you do video encoding then go for the quad-core and it also gives you some future proofing. The Q6600 will supposedly drop in price by $42 on April 20th but that may have changed. I wouldn’t expect significant price drops on the quads this year.
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it's asking Company name? what's that?
#11

defgimp:
Notice 1 of the options is a 128mb graphics card for £40, but they have a 256mb one for £30. No nothing about graphics cards, but would assume the bigger is better for less money? Is that right?

The Nvidia 8300GS 256MB card uses Turbocache which means that it uses system memory as well as on-board RAM. It doesn’t say how much actual RAM it has but some of these turbocache cards only have 64MB of RAM on the card.
Apart from that they are different cards with different strengths and weaknesses and you can’t separate them purely on the amount of RAM, it depends what your requirements are. For HD video (Blu-ray & HD-DVD) watching the ATI 128MB card is the better bet.


defgimp:
Been thinking of a new base unit, is a quad core better than a C2D or is it too early to tell that much difference, should I wait a few months for quads to come down a little?

It depends what you use the system for. For the majority of people I think dual-core is the best option as they generally don’t use software that is optimized for quad cores. If you do video encoding then go for the quad-core and it also gives you some future proofing. The Q6600 will supposedly drop in price by $42 on April 20th but that may have changed. I wouldn’t expect significant price drops on the quads this year.

Thanks for that, mindbogling really, just when I think I've caught up a bit they replace the goalposts with some new lightweight composite and it's all gone again. :?

Just sat here working out that I spent more on a ZX81 than this would cost me now, without allowing for inflation ;-)
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This is still a billy bargain I think, most seem to have missed it as it dropped down the listings.

Cheapest delivered at £350 with cpu upgrade, dvdrw and a cheap pair of speakers to tip it into free delivery.
Add your own graphics solution if gaming or leave it as is if not.
#13
I bought one for my parents and was very pleasantly surprised how quiet and efficient the power supply is. The spec is E4500, 2GB 667, 250GB drive, Intel integrated graphics: at idle it consumes only 46W and I undervolted the CPU and loaded both cores with Orthos and the system consumes 77.5W.
I always measure power efficiency of system that I build and this is excellent for a cheap OEM box. It’s excellent full stop actually. When powered off it consumes 1.5W and on standby 2W compared to 4 or 5W which is typical for mainstream desktops in these states. Hats off to Dell for this. :thumbsup:

The fans are fairly noisy by my standards at idle and much more so when the system is working hard. The CPU heatsink uses a non standard fitting so you can’t replace it with the push/pull pin type mounting mechanisms that many LGA775 coolers use. It’s a fairly sturdy looking heatsink so a fan swap to a quieter 80mm model will help and still keep the CPU cool enough. The 92mm case fan also ramps up speed quickly when you load the CPUs so that could do with a swap out also. The case is drilled to take an 80 or 92mm fan and I happened to have a number of quiet Panaflo 80mm fans that I picked up from Scan for 59p each.

The BIOS controls the fan speeds and you can’t override it totally. If you use a 3 pin fan on the 4 pin CPU fan header the BIOS then leaves it alone. The case fan header is 3 pin and there seems to be no way of disabling the BIOS from automatically controlling it. I have a fan controller which I was going to use but it requires a Molex power connector and this only has SATA power connectors. You can buy SATA to Molex power adapters though.

It cost me £162.43 in total as I ordered it with 2x750GB hard drives and the Logitech Webcam but I sold the drives and the Webcam and bought a Samsung 250GB drive.
Oh yeah, I did spend just over £5 on two Panaflo fans and two Zalman fan controllers (Scan again) to manage the noise, so about £168 in total.
Very pleased with the result and my parents are all ready to upgrade to a 45nm Quad Core and 9600GT; not really. :)

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