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The Dell Vostro MT 230 desktop computer is £179 +£25 delivery if you choose the 1 year return to base warranty. Remove the USB mouse and the price drops £10.

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is a £50 discount voucher giving a price of £144 + VAT or £172.80 including VAT and delivery. This voucher expires on January 19th.

You may also get cashback. Quidco offer 5% on the price before VAT and delivery (£5.95, ending up at £166.85). TopCashBack.co.uk offer 6.06% cashback (£7.21 ending up at £165.59).

A 3 year next business day on site warranty would be another £78 including VAT.

This is the specification:

PROCESSOR Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6700 (3.20GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32 BIT) with Recovery DVD
MEMORY 1024MB (1x1024) 1333MHz DDR3 Single Channel
HARD DRIVE 250GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) edit
OPTICAL DRIVE Optical Drive : 16X DVD+/-RW Drive (No PowerDVD as included in OS)
KEYBOARD UK/Irish (QWERTY) Dell Standard Quietkey USB
SUPPORT SERVICES 1Yr Collect & Return Warranty - No Upgrade Base Vostro
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 includes reduced–functionality of Word & Excel with advertising
V230MT : Standard Base with Integrated GMA X4500 Card
Standard Warranty 1 Year Collect and Return

There is no monitor. It comes with 1 GB, but its much better to have 2 or 3GB of memory. You can upgrade the memory when you buy it from Dell, but it is cheaper to buy the memory from somewhere else (eg £17.29 for 2GB more memory from Amazon).

This computer is not for you if you want to play 3D games as the Intel onboard graphics are too slow. However, its fine for WWW browsing, email, viewing photos, youtube, BBC iplayer, DVDs etc.

The basic specification has a VGA analogue socket to connect to a monitor. If you pay £10+VAT more, then you can get a DVI socket for digitial connection to the monitor. If you upgrade the graphics card, then you can get one which has a HDMI socket - which would help for connecting to a TV.

I know you can buy computers that are faster, quieter, and more compact. I haven't found a cheaper computer which is new, comes from a manufacturer I've heard of, includes Windows 7 Home Premium, and which should work straight off, when plugged in with no assembly.
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17 Likes #1
2GB of extra memory, to end up with 3GB costs £17.99 from Crucial or £17.29 from Amazon or play.com. 1GB of extra memory (so you would end up with 2GB) is £11.99 at Crucial.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-vostro-230-desktop-base-e6500-/717200 was a thread on a similar deal 6 months ago. From that, it seems that when you buy from the Dell "Small Business" site, and don't enter a company name, then you are still covered by the Sale of Goods act, and can return items with the Distance Selling rules.

There are some specifications on the Wolfdale E6700 CPU at intel.com

Tomshardware has a table with some benchmarks for the CPU. The closest CPU there to the one on this computer scores ~ 6000 - half the score for the best i7 chips, but 3x better than the score you would get for an Intel Atom in a Acer Revo R3610.

If you also need a monitor, this Digimate 22" LCD screen is £92.99 at ebuyer

If you want to upgrade the graphics card you could try this ATI Sapphire HD 5570 which is £52.41. It has a reasonable balance of 3D graphics performance without drawing so much power that you need to upgrade the power supply. It has a DVI socket for a digital connection to the monitor. An alternative is the ATI Sapphire HD 5450 which is cheaper (£37.34 including delivery) and has a HDMI port to connect to a TV. The 3D graphics performance will be better than the Intel onboard graphics, but not as good as the HD 5570.



Edited By: ahenry on Jan 14, 2011 02:23: typo
#2
Excellent deal. This will get hot.
#3
Very good price for a Windows 7 machine. Have some heat.
#4
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.
#5
mumbojumbo
£172.80 if you don't need the USB mouse. :)
Seems a good basic machine for home use and even includes Office 2010 Starter.
Just needs extra RAM.


Well spotted. I've updated the first post.
#6
nice find. HOT from me
#7
Thats a bloody good deal. Anything for a later model? i3/i5?
#8
nice one , have some heat :-)

Just need a lappy now (_;)
#9
A minor downside is that you are restricted to 32 bit windows only but for a system like this I don’t think that limitation will bother most.

£65 plus VAT to upgrade to a 3 year on-site warranty is a steal.
Tempted to buy one for my parents and upgrade the RAM to 3GB.
1 Like #10
very hot!
#11
Great price for this spec , definitely worth getting the extra ram. Well found op. For a normal user this will be just what they need.
#12
Topcashback is 6% which equates to ~£7 which brings the price down to ~£167.

Note. If you want a DVI output for the integrated graphics that’s a £10 (Ex VAT) option otherwise I presume it’s VGA only.
#13
These Vostros are decent PCs. I bought 2 a few years ago when they were about £200 and included and Monitor. I definitely recommend the memory upgrade from the money you save. I have done all sorts with mine.
#14
ahenry
You may also get 5% cashback if you go via Quidco, which would end up as £164.16

It will be slightly more as cashback excludes VAT and Delivery.
#15
being someone who has just built my 1st PC and never wants to go back to buying shop built again, i have to say this is a great deal :)!
i doubt u could build it cheaper urself and u get a good looking case without the hassle of hurting urself if u did self-build it :)!
#16
Nice find although is there a compromise by purchasing from their business site?? (warranty/returns?)
#17
it's good... until you add the £30 post and packaging and the extra for tax.. took it up to 388 ( i had it at 299 with the 1gb nvidia card)
#18
Agharta
A minor downside is that you are restricted to 32 bit windows only but for a system like this I don’t think that limitation will bother most.

£65 plus VAT to upgrade to a 3 year on-site warranty is a steal.
Tempted to buy one for my parents and upgrade the RAM to 3GB.


Don't think the licence/coa specifies as to if it's 32 or 64bit does it?
As far as I know the keys are the same for both, so i think you could in theory install the 64bit version of windows 7 and use the Key on the COA to activate it.
#19
no vat plust low spec...cold
#20
dba58
£25 delivery and £38.80 vat brings the total to £232.80


Read the full deal before posting!
#21
wyabcp
no vat plust low spec...cold


Can you find better for a basic pc that would make a great HTPC for this price, just add a HD 5450 for 35.00 and your set.
#22
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.

Don't even need to an a GPU...ION chip in the revo will handle 1080p fine.

Edited By: Uridium on Jan 13, 2011 18:43
3 Likes #23
dba58
£25 delivery and £38.80 vat brings the total to £232.80


You need to enter the discount voucher. That discounts the pre-VAT price by £50, which reduces the price including VAT and delivery to £172.80
#24
Uridium
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.


Yes but the revo does not bit stream HD audio
#25
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.
canada16
Uridium
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.


Yes but the revo does not bit stream HD audio


Pluses and minuses i guess....

Revo will use WAY less power and is near silent...and isn't as ugly ;-)
1 Like #26
To make sure you get the quidco.
Always click the link first and add the voucher code so the item is in the basket, you can close the page and then get the dell link from Quidco, the item should be in the basket. come out as £172.80 as stated by OP.
#27
got one thanks!
#28
does this machine have any pci-express expansion slots?
#29
canada16
Uridium
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.


Yes but the revo does not bit stream HD audio


Hi Canada16,

What does bit stream audio mean? What are the implications for the Revo not supporting this?

Waiting for my Revo 3700, should arrive tomorrow from ebay.

Thanks

Pug

canada16
Uridium
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.


Yes but the revo does not bit stream HD audio
#30
RAM will need upgrading, but otherwise a good system. I have that CPU in my HTPC and it's fairly quick, faster than the early Core 2 Duos.
#31
dragon2611
Don't think the licence/coa specifies as to if it's 32 or 64bit does it?As far as I know the keys are the same for both, so i think you could in theory install the 64bit version of windows 7 and use the Key on the COA to activate it.

I should have made it clearer; you can only order it with 32 bit Windows.
As you say I also believe the key should work with a 64 bit disc but that means you have to get a disc from somewhere plus then install it and drivers etc.
It would be a lot easier if you could just order it with a 64 bit O/S.
#32
italoarmstrong
does this machine have any pci-express expansion slots?

If you go to Dell's website they will list the full spec for it:

PCI: 2 Slots
PCIe x1: 1 Slot
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slot

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/featuresdetails.aspx/vostro-230MT?c=uk&l=en&s=bsd&cs=ukbsd1&dgc=AF&cid=5213&lid=122757&acd=abea01a784cbfd16c906554d15e59dbc
#33
lucas4
being someone who has just built my 1st PC and never wants to go back to buying shop built again, i have to say this is a great deal :)!
i doubt u could build it cheaper urself and u get a good looking case without the hassle of hurting urself if u did self-build it :)!


What hassle? I build my PC's in 30 mins.
#34
Pug77
canada16
Uridium
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.


Yes but the revo does not bit stream HD audio


Hi Canada16,

What does bit stream audio mean? What are the implications for the Revo not supporting this?

Waiting for my Revo 3700, should arrive tomorrow from ebay.

Thanks

Pug

canada16
Uridium
canada16
Question, was thinking about packing in my AC RYAN for this, as this had gigabit I belive.

Anyway, could I use this as a HTPC with a remote or logitech harmony?

Thanks oh and would boot from Boxxee or XMBC or what ever like that.


an Acer Revo would be a better option...3610 or 3700.


Yes but the revo does not bit stream HD audio


Its the only reason I never went for the HD audio, if you have a HD amp and 5.1 or 7.1 system, it means the files from blu-ray that have the HD audio wont play, it will only play DTS or Dolby and not master audio or true HD. so big no for me as I have a pioneer sc-lx72 and Monitor audio rx6 pack

My ac ryan bitstreams HD audio but stutters on files like avatar over wired connection as no enough power as it reaches 45mbps on some parts
#35
dragon2611
Agharta
A minor downside is that you are restricted to 32 bit windows only but for a system like this I don’t think that limitation will bother most.

£65 plus VAT to upgrade to a 3 year on-site warranty is a steal.
Tempted to buy one for my parents and upgrade the RAM to 3GB.




Don't think the licence/coa specifies as to if it's 32 or 64bit does it?
As far as I know the keys are the same for both, so i think you could in theory install the 64bit version of windows 7 and use the Key on the COA to activate it.


OPERATING SYSTEM English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32 BIT) with Recovery DVD

Edited By: toonarmani on Jan 13, 2011 19:14
#36
Code doesn't seem to work for me...

edit..D'oh - didn't realise the 581? was part of the code!

Edited By: spamcan61 on Jan 13, 2011 19:23: .
#37
i need a creap gfx card for my kid to play half life on any ideas
?

thinking http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-512MB-Silent-PCI--1600MHz/dp/B001UNI9JK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294947074&sr=8-1

Edited By: mysmith on Jan 13, 2011 19:32
#38
toonarmani
dragon2611
Agharta
A minor downside is that you are restricted to 32 bit windows only but for a system like this I don’t think that limitation will bother most.£65 plus VAT to upgrade to a 3 year on-site warranty is a steal.Tempted to buy one for my parents and upgrade the RAM to 3GB.
Don't think the licence/coa specifies as to if it's 32 or 64bit does it?As far as I know the keys are the same for both, so i think you could in theory install the 64bit version of windows 7 and use the Key on the COA to activate it.
OPERATING SYSTEM English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32 BIT) with Recovery DVD

my last dell i downloaded the 64 disk and it took the code (i think the code is hard coded on the pc)
#39
spamcan61
Code doesn't seem to work for me...

I just went through the whole process and the code worked for me.

I used copy and paste to paste it into the entry field.
#40
cracking deal :)

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