Dell Vostro Slim Desktop base. 2.33Ghz core2duo, 2gig, 320Gb, Dvdrw, card reader, XP Home £317 - HotUKDeals
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Remove this to get the above price: Dell 19" Value Wide Flat Panel (E198WFP)

305-D10VS2 Home site - Best price £317.32 Delivered or *less.
Vostro 200 ST (D10VS2)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Processor (2.33GHz,1333MHz,4MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Microsoft Works 8.0 - English
13-in-1 Media Card Reader
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
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[mod]#1
QUIDCO BACK TO SCHOOL BONUS until SEP 30th only : Dell is giving £10 cashback to any Quidco member who makes a purchase of £250 or more. This is on top of the blistering 5% cashback
#2
do these vostro 'slim' desktop units restrict you to half-height cards likr the old C series units or can you use full height PCI/PCI-E cards??

cheers, dan
[mod]#3
dt_matthews
do these vostro 'slim' desktop units restrict you to half-height cards likr the old C series units or can you use full height PCI/PCI-E cards??

cheers, dan


Half height cards yes, those looking at these slim units seem mostly to want them for under the tv to serve their Video clips ;-)
#4
MikeT
Half height cards yes, those looking at these slim units seem mostly to want them for under the tv to serve their Video clips ;-)
thanks Mr T. :p

...i am looking for a PVR replacement but wiuldnt wanto be restricted to half-height periph's.... and, as i see it, if you want a really funky looking pvr unit surely you'd be better getting a really snazzy and minute micro-atx (match)-box????? :whistling:
#5
btw mike, were you born just to answer annoyiing people like me. you know one day you are going to break this forum code when you exceed max size for int32 on your post count :giggle:
#6
Don't understand why the monkeys at Dell keep slapping the operating system on the full disk capacity. Limits your options if you want to run multiple operating systems. Good to keep a partition on disk for important stuff - then if the operating system blows up, reinstall it and your data will still be there. Important for some people.
#7
Would there be any problems putting one of these in this machine...

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=131748

...either having both or replacing the included DVD drive?
#8
I'm sure if you costomise a small-business system you get an option for partitions. I was messing about configuring an Optiplex 745 USFF with Win Xp yesterday and I had a few artition options.

Just checked again and you get the following options:
-Custom Partition - 20GB Primary/Rest Logical [add £13.00]
-Custom Partition - 40GB Primary/Rest Logical [add £13.00]
-Custom Partition - 60GB Primary/Rest Logical [add £13.00]
-Custom Partition - 50/50 Split - Win XP Only - NTFS Only [add £13.00]

If I choose Vista Business then I don't get any option for partitions.
#9
arkrank
Don't understand why the monkeys at Dell keep slapping the operating system on the full disk capacity. Limits your options if you want to run multiple operating systems. Good to keep a partition on disk for important stuff - then if the operating system blows up, reinstall it and your data will still be there. Important for some people.
yes but you can re-size (with Vista) or a 3rd part disk utility so its no real pain these days is it? :?
#10
Yes, I know the partition can be resized, or clawed back if Vista is there. Using a 3rd party utility like partition magic increases the cost of buying the machine. AndySX points out the cost for partitioning,they should give folk the option at no extra cost. I would not use Vista on a production machine right now. I tested the beta when Microsoft required people to find the faults. Maybe 50GB with Xp, then you have the option of installing Vista once the faults are less than now.

And maybe linux, as well. Microsoft issued the first version of Xp with 2000 known faults/bugs,. they did the same with Vista. Only, apparently with more bugs. Would you buy a car with all those faults?

Anyways we are here to help each other, it was just a suggestion after countless people moaning that they lost important data. The important stuff does not have to reside on the operating system, its better of on a partition,. that way when the worst happens reinstall the OS and the data is still there./

it would also help if dell would stop preloading their pc's with ****, free trial software. it is just junk.
[mod]#11
These Vostro's are a trial software free zone ;-)
#12
If I order with integrated x3100 graphics can a PCI card be added later without invalidating warranty ?
[mod]#13
hessian
If I order with integrated x3100 graphics can a PCI card be added later without invalidating warranty ?


Yes, dell realise customers may want to upgrade the kit and even give details on "how to" in the manual.
You would of course be expected to remove the card if it needed to be returned under warranty.
#14
thanks mike for the evalue code, but its just not as good as the last deal i was all ready to order when they discontinued it :( i guess its coz of the huge backlog they have atm they're not pushing any more out cheaply. i guess i'm just going to wait until they do a similar deal, theres no sense in paying more for a less good system is there :s
#15
arkrank
Yes, I know the partition can be resized, or clawed back if Vista is there. Using a 3rd party utility like partition magic increases the cost of buying the machine.
Vista natively supports partition re-sizing (you dont even have to use a 3rd party application). couldnt argee more about partitioning up today's massive drives, madness not to, especially when you get asked to repair your mates PC and everything is on one partition. grand pain in the bottom... :p
#16
I'm looking to get a pc for under the telly (40" lcd). Does anyone know if I could adapt this Dell by replacing the DVD drive with: http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=131748 to play Blu-Ray?

Also is there a suitable graphic card available - hdmi (hdcp) passively cooled?

Sorry for all the questions but would there be an internal connection for audio to the graphic card to pass through the hdmi?
#17
They do have all the junk software installed cause i just bought one. Loads of internet providers touting for business and other ****, which i'll have to take time to remove. Gonna install XP anyway and only took vista because wanted disk to run dual. And if you install xp over vista it kills the bootloader, it can be done but you need to know what you are doing to restore the boot order after install, its not the easy reclaim space then install. Nice unit though, slim, looks very nice if you like that sort of thing. Cheers for the pointer Mike, been after a decent machine for sometime but am put off by the huge cases which seem to be the norm.
#18
I just bought a Vostro 200 ST over the phone for £467 with the following specs.

2.00Ghz core 2 duo, 2gig, 320GB, 128MB ATI Radeon X1300, Dvdrw, Card Reader, Vista Premium, 22" Monitor (£234 from dell's website).

Without the monitor it would have been £309

Is this a good deal? Also, what is the best card I could get that would fit in this system and finally will I be able to connect the monitor through DVI and will I need a seperate cable? Sorry for all the questions!
#19
Google GParted LiveCD, it's the best partitioner there is, no installation, it's free, and you can run it without booting into any OS, or if you dont have one at all. This one's a godsend. Thank me later :D
#20
sonicfury
I just bought a Vostro 200 ST over the phone for £467 with the following specs.

2.00Ghz core 2 duo, 2gig, 320GB, 128MB ATI Radeon X1300, Dvdrw, Card Reader, Vista Premium, 22" Monitor (£234 from dell's website).

Without the monitor it would have been £309

Is this a good deal? Also, what is the best card I could get that would fit in this system? Sorry for all the questions!


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