Dell Vostro 430, Core i7-860 (quad core), 3GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350, Windows 7 Professional, £457.13 (Possible 8% Quidco) - HotUKDeals
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Update (25 March 12.45)
The 'Free' trail AV has now been removed, therefore Dell are forcing the 15 month one increasing the minimum price to £480.58.

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Dell has placed a £100 discount for the next 48 hours on this model, linked in with the free HD upgrade and free shipping it still seems a good price. I've been hunting for a discount code, but so far no luck (if there is one please let me know so I can update this).

Remember two things:
1) Downgrade the AV to 30 days subscription (saves you £20 ex-vat)
2) The default is 32bit Windows Professional. There is a free upgrade option to 64bit, but you need to customise the order to choose it.

Finally, Quidco are doing 8% cashback for small/medium business for the Vostro range.

Details:
i7-860 is a Quad core with HyperThreading CPU (8 threads).
English Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64 BIT)
3072MB (1x2048 + 1X1024) 1066MHz DDR3 Single Channel
Graphics: 512MB ATI RadeonTM HD 4350 (DVI, VGA,HDMI)
Drive 500GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive for Win 7
Power Cords 2 Meter Power Cord - UK
Standard Warranty 1 Year Collect and Return
Enhanced Service Packs 1Yr Collect & Return Warranty - No Upgrade Selected
Order Information Vostro Desktop 430 Order - UK
Intel® Core i7-860 (2.80GHz, 8MB)
Dell System Media Kit Vostro 430 Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English
English Trend Micro Internet Security (30 Day subscription) AntiVirus Software

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#2
An OK computer. Personally i'd have at least 4GB RAM in it and upgrade the graphics card to perhaps a 5870.
#3


Ths is the same deal - just slightly more expensive. Or have I missed something important? In any case, hasn't Quidco gone up enough to compensate?
#4
GDB2222
Ths is the same deal - just slightly more expensive. Or have I missed something important? In any case, hasn't Quidco gone up enough to compensate?


Yes, but that previous deal required the use of a 15% voucher (now expired) - this doesn't.

And yes, using Quidco gives roughly £31.12 cashback (if I am not mistaken) - makes the deal a lot better at £426
#5
Anyone know how noisy these things are? I've currently got a Dell XPS 600, which sounds like a helicopter at times.
#6
lookatmywad
Anyone know how noisy these things are? I've currently got a Dell XPS 600, which sounds like a helicopter at times.


read the other threads on this pc - load of info re them. I have one and its quiet.
#7
Obviously I need to be convinced before handing over £400+.

I think I might go for one of those specialist quiet computers from a company like Arbico....though the i7 on this thing is very tempting.
#8
lookatmywad
Anyone know how noisy these things are? I've currently got a Dell XPS 600, which sounds like a helicopter at times.


Yes these ones are quiet ok, well i got one of them from the previous deal and its quiet ok.

My problem was I had 3 blue screens of death in the first day and wanted to reboot ever few hours , just stopped dead and rebooted all the time so sent it back as a duff dell :-(

Am tempted to get another one but waiting on my refund first !!
#9
They are reasonably quiet, just as well as I have two next to my bed.
Think the main noise culprit (what noise there is) may be the power supply struggling under 100% load....it certainly puts out enough heat (inefficiency).

Going to swap out for a quiet, more efficient supply and see how that goes. :)
#10
vaiopup;8191132
They are reasonably quiet, just as well as I have two next to my bed.
Think the main noise culprit (what noise there is) may be the power supply struggling under 100% load....it certainly puts out enough heat (inefficiency).

Going to swap out for a quiet, more efficient supply and see how that goes. :)


Just as likely to be full of crud meaning the fans need to work hard!
It never ceases to amaze me how much junk a PC pulls in.
#11
Got one of these last time around for £438 plus quidco -which tracked! Spec'd it to 4gb ram and win 7 64bit. Cracking machine and no discernible noise. Now to get a nice screen to go with it!
#12
y not buy the aldi unit instead, £25 dearer but much better spec, and 3 yrs warranty...on slae this thursday (25th)
#13
Please not people that this is a good deal however this price does not include vat
#14
deabnik
y not buy the aldi unit instead, £25 dearer but much better spec, and 3 yrs warranty...on slae this thursday (25th)


specs ?

sorry, its here: http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/special_buys3_13448.htm

Which is better the Intel i-7 or AMD processor ?
#15
hecticc
Please not people that this is a good deal however this price does not include vat


Nope, this price includes VAT - The price when customising the system is ex-vat, but you get the full price when you add it to the basket.
#16
where's the deal if it's more expensive than the last offer?

:?

or am I missing something?
#17
roboraver


Which is better the Intel i-7 or AMD processor ?
#18
toonarmani
where's the deal if it's more expensive than the last offer?

:?

or am I missing something?


last deal (now expired) required a voucher (now expired) - this one doesn't.
#19
deabnik
y not buy the aldi unit instead, £25 dearer but much better spec, and 3 yrs warranty...on slae this thursday (25th)


Hmm, why not buy a Proton Satria instead of a VW Golf?
Brand label and trust in that brand.

I'd rather spend more money building my own PC than buying an Aldi PC but might consider a Dell.
At the end of the day I'd probably still rather build my own but at £450, it's going to be hard to get all the components for that price from the same e-tailer (to avoid paying repeated P&Ps).
#20
roboraver;8191439
Which is better the Intel i-7 or AMD processor ?


I would rate the i7 860 in the Dell as the superior processor.

Passmark scores:
i7 860 - 5534
Phenom II X4 820 - 3532

Would take the ATI 5670 over the ATI 4350 in the Dell, but you could upgrade :thumbsup:
You'd be mad to go for the Medion (imo).
#21
What's the PSU in this machine?

I am thinking of getting a good Graphics card with this- as the one they offer is pants and the upgrade one aint that much better. But would need to know what PSU is in it, as I'd have to add that to the cost.

Anyone?
#22
I think it's a good price for anyone wanting a quick and well built machine, but avoid the dell upgrade options. How can they justify +£50 for 500GB to 750GB when you can buy a 1TB for £60 !

Self build would be a better option for anyone wanting a real gaming rig.
#23
chrisxuk
An OK computer. Personally i'd have at least 4GB RAM in it and upgrade the graphics card to perhaps a 5870.


I wouldn't expect the PSU's in most off the shelf machines to happily run a 5870. Also a graphics card that costs almost as much as the rest of the system seems like overkill. If you want to use this system for gaming the Radeon 5770 will cost around £100 and is powerful enough to play any game available on decent settings
#24
GRiDlock
Self build would be a better option for anyone wanting a real gaming rig.


You can't get anywhere near these full system rates with self build. This with a 5770 is a good all round rig for most situations :thumbsup:
#25
MBeeching
I would rate the i7 860 in the Dell as the superior processor.

Passmark scores:
i7 860 - 5534
Phenom II X4 820 - 3532

Would take the ATI 5670 over the ATI 4350 in the Dell, but you could upgrade :thumbsup:
You'd be mad to go for the Medion (imo).


There's absolutely no doubt that the i7 860 is the superior processor.

I just got a Radeon 5770 and it's an ok graphics card, better than the X1950Pro that I had before. If I was a more serious gamer then I'd have the 5850. There's faster cards for the money though, although you'd be forgoing direct x 11 capability for the priviledge. I've yet to see a 5770 for around £100 as some one mentioned earlier. Pendantic I know but realistically it's around £115.

For the non gamer average user, these computers are massive overkill. My parents use an AMD 64 3200 (skt 754) single core with 1GB ram on XP and it does them fine. In fact for 90% of my computer use that would probably do me too lol. Just shows you how much technology has advanced. If this computer could have existed in the 90s it would be topping £3,000 then you'd have to factor in inflation. Anyway I'm starting to waffle. This is a great PC for the money.
#26
sibeer
You can't get anywhere near these full system rates with self build. This with a 5770 is a good all round rig for most situations :thumbsup:


But as I have said does it not depend on the PSU in the Dell, they usually have poor PSU built in them and also a pain in the **** to replace.

Still cant find where it tells me what PSU is in this thing
#27
EyeDoubleYou
What's the PSU in this machine?

I am thinking of getting a good Graphics card with this- as the one they offer is pants and the upgrade one aint that much better. But would need to know what PSU is in it, as I'd have to add that to the cost.

Anyone?


From the spec sheet:

Power Supply:
350W, 115/230VAC (Equipped with Selector Switch) 50/60Hz
Line Voltage:
100 ~ 240 V A.C 50~60Hz, Power 130W

But from other peoples posts in the previous threads, they claim that dell underrate theirs - although I won't be one to try that theory out!

Reference:
http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/business/Desktops/vostro-430/pd.aspx?refid=vostro-430&s=bsd&cs=ukbsdt1&~ck=mn
Click on Tech Specs tab
#28
I've been running mine since I got it (original psu) with an extra hard drive - an Nvidia 8800gt, a dual DVBT tuner and a Creative XFI card. No issues at all
#29
Those PSU figures are pretty odd. What does 'Power 130W' mean in relation to the 350W figure?

Sounds like a perpetual motion machine, LOL!
#30
fishmaster;8191613
If this computer could have existed in the 90s it would be topping £3,000 then you'd have to factor in inflation. Anyway I'm starting to waffle. This is a great PC for the money.


I suspect it would be more like £3,000,000+ to have access to the processing power of this machine in the 90's :thumbsup:

I often wonder what it would be like to take a computer back in time, I remember thinking my Pentium 60mhz was amazing!
#31
gold682
Got one of these last time around for £438 plus quidco -which tracked! Spec'd it to 4gb ram and win 7 64bit. Cracking machine and no discernible noise. Now to get a nice screen to go with it!


roboraver
Which is better the Intel i-7 or AMD processor ?


http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

The i7 processsor is in a different league compared to the AMD
#32
EyeDoubleYou
But as I have said does it not depend on the PSU in the Dell, they usually have poor PSU built in them and also a pain in the **** to replace.

Still cant find where it tells me what PSU is in this thing


I'd definately think twice before upgrading this with a 5850 or 4870 or something equally as power hungry without replacing the PSU.

This is a really good 80plus certified PSU from a reputed brand for only £30

I'd whack that in it if your thinking of a power hungry graphics card and don't want to spend too much on a PSU.
#33
roboraver;8191439
Which is better the Intel i-7 or AMD processor ?


There's only one way to find out.... Fiiiiiight! :-D
#34
roboraver
specs ?

sorry, its here: http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/special_buys3_13448.htm

Which is better the Intel i-7 or AMD processor ?


Probably the i7.
#35
My gosh it's messy inside! (Could be an element of PC build snobbery behind my reaction...)

http://news.softpedia.com/images/news2/Dell-Unveils-the-Vostro-430-Mini-Tower-Desktop-3.jpg

Looks pretty easy to upgrade though :thumbsup:
#36
how do I get to this through Quidco?

If I go to the deal without going through Quidco I presume that my purchase would not be tracked.
#37
What motherboard is in this thing? Can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.
#38
The PSU's in Dell machines are pretty good quality ones. Roughly equivalent to a 400W decent branded one. They are fine for one good mid-range GPU such as the Radeon 5770/4850/4770, Nvidia 250/9800GT/8800GT, etc. Just be careful with the top range cards (current or previous generations). Things like 8800GTX/Ultra, GTX260/275/280, Radeon 4870/4890 or any dual GPU in one card will probably be a struggle for it once you start playing Crysis.
#39
Justice Moses
What motherboard is in this thing? Can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.


Dell use their own designed motherboards, mainly manufactured by foxconn if my memory serves me correctly. It will near definitely be P55 based, but you won't be able to find any overclocking options :whistling:
#40
Justice Moses;8191892
What motherboard is in this thing? Can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.


Doubt they reveal the manufacturer. As mentioned above I've heard Foxconn could be the supplier.

Here's the service manual if you want more info: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos430/en/sm/specs.htm#wp1113657

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