Dell Vostro 400 desktop base. Quad core 2.4Ghz, 2gig, 250GB, 128meg graphics, wifi, dvdrw, Premium, £345 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Adjust the base to include Internal Wireless PCI Card, EX110 wireless key/mouse & 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024] for this price.

305-D054005 Small Business site - Best price £345.23 Delivered.
Vostro 400 DT (D054005)

Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 processor (2.40GHz, 1066MHz, 8MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
128MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card
Display Not Included
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Microsoft Works 9.0 - English
1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day Included
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Internal Wireless PCI Card
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#1
hi mike,

dont suppose you know (*roughly*) how this quad core would perform compared to the dual core also posted today do you? ;-)

also, is there an 'easy' way [dell code] of finding these deals but in their slimline case variations or do they not always exist??
#2
dt_matthews;2100377
hi mike,

dont suppose you know (*roughly*) how this quad core would perform compared to the dual core also posted today do you? ;-)

also, is there an 'easy' way [dell code] of finding these deals but in their slimline case variations or do they not always exist??


Try wizmarkcomputers.co.uk for a list of all the current dell deals. You can search by model number on there if there is a specific model you are interested in.
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I cant compare to the other PC, but i went from an Athlon62x2 3800+ (where each core was clocked at 2.4Ghz) and a Q6600 (Each core is 2.4Ghz)(Same as this PC), and the difference was like night and day. Naysayers will say that no software takes advantage of 4 cores (plenty does), and that you wont see much performance increase. I say *WRONG*! The performance is outstanding and well worth it. I cant vouch for this PC (mines higher spec in everythign but the CPU), but Quad core is defo worth it

N
#4
thedo
I cant compare to the other PC, but i went from an Athlon62x2 3800+ (where each core was clocked at 2.4Ghz) and a Q6600 (Each core is 2.4Ghz)(Same as this PC), and the difference was like night and day. Naysayers will say that no software takes advantage of 4 cores (plenty does), and that you wont see much performance increase. I say *WRONG*! The performance is outstanding and well worth it. I cant vouch for this PC (mines higher spec in everythign but the CPU), but Quad core is defo worth it

N


I think its more of case of more L2 cache and FSB speed and memory speed, not just raw clock rate.

I ignored the Quad core solution cos the speeds of the dual core 2 8400 where 3 ghz as opposed to 2.4 ghz of Q6600, it also 1333 mhz front side bus speed.

All in all its like super fast and i've not even used both cores to the maximum effectively.

Yes I dont want quad core because theres no games that use it effectively at all. And I use music apps that like fruity loops that only use 1 core.

For games, get the highest speeds not the most cpus at lowest speed.

Well on my dell rig I can play crysis on high at good speed and I can play Bioshock and Gears of war at >60 fps at 1080p.

Of course I got the XPS420, but that deal worked out even cheaper than this when I added up all the components with that PC.

D.
#5
I paid 180 extra and got

E8400
XPS 420 case (this is the slickest case i've ever seen)
16X DVD dual layer burner
Nvidia 8800 GT 512 megs
Logitech 3200 cordless combo (avoid this the keyboard is rubbish)
extra 1 gig of ram
500 meg HD
Sound blaster X-FI Gamer

D.
#6
Well, this is quite an interesting read;

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000942.html

Suggests that a quicker Dual core is, for most users and requirements, a better bet than a 'slower' quad core...

lies and damn statistics or whatever the saying is... ;-)
#7
Keep at 1gb ram, upgade to EX110 keyboard and 500gb hdd and its just £324
#8
My main uses are Video Encoding (AutoGK and Handbrake) and Quad core makes a huge difference. Unreal Tournament 3 uses 4 cores, so the next gen games will (and do) support it, and even at *only* 2.4Ghz its fast enough for any game Ive played (even Crysis, although thats more my gfx card than not).

Paying more for a faster dual core seems like backwards thinking to me - but you know what they say - you pays your money, you makes your choice........
#9
thedo
My main uses are Video Encoding (AutoGK and Handbrake) and Quad core makes a huge difference. Unreal Tournament 3 uses 4 cores, so the next gen games will (and do) support it, and even at *only* 2.4Ghz its fast enough for any game Ive played (even Crysis, although thats more my gfx card than not).

Paying more for a faster dual core seems like backwards thinking to me - but you know what they say - you pays your money, you makes your choice........


UT3 does not use 4 cores, and even with 2 i'm getting >60fps at 1080p !

By the time games use 4 cores, the Q6600 won't be the one you will be gaming with. Its just old technology that is superceeded fast.

In fact Q6600 and its like are not even quad core, hence why they are called core 2 duo still. They neither have their own bus pipelines, nor unique L2 cache, but share it.. Q6600 is not considered a true quad core. More like a dual core solution with some extra cpu core available if the situation is right.

I think the AMD solution is more true quad core.

D.

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