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.
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.