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- XPS 420 Viiv E8400 Core 2 Duo Processor 3.00GHz, 6MB, 1333MHz
- Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
- Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
- Monitor Not included
- 4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024]
- 500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst cache
- SINGLE 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT card
- DVD+/-RW & DVD Drives (read/write CD & DVD), 2 drives
- Logitech Cordless Desktop MX®3200 (incl Mouse) - UK/Irish (QWERTY)

Upgrades i have added over and above is:
- 4096MB RAM from 2048MB
- Extra DVD Drive
- Logitech Cordless Desktop MX®3200

EVALUE CODE = D04X414
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#1
tempted but No ... i am pretty sure there will be a better price very soon .. so if u r not desperate .do not ...
i am voting hot only becoze i LUVE this Machine ... deep inside i feel it s gonna be mine someday ..
#2
Good machine and comes with the E8400 wolfdale, so the CPU will not be getting upgraded sooon. And along with 4GB of ram and 8800GT, a very good combination.
#3
Is there currently any Dell deals better than this? Thanks
#4
I thought vista only recognised ram memory upto 3gig or 3.5gig...
#5
yeah, it will only recognise something around 3.5, so nont really worth having 4GB of ram.
#6
Is this the one with the LCD screen built into the tower case?

So, with the upgrade to 2gb of 800mhz RAM and addition of the Logitech cordless keyboard this would be just £513?

That strikes me as a total bargain. Any wealthy HUKD members want to treat me?
#7
Yes it does have the screen

From what i have read, the 667MHz to 800 MHz wil make very very little difference.

Not sure about the 4 gig, some say it makes a difference over 3 gig, some don't :thinking: May be worth it as the next OS will probably be 64bit only anyway
#8
Why is this last day? According to Dell website, seems to carry on until 23rd April for the £140 off and 30th April for the 50% off.

Agh! Worked it out - last day to use the 10% off Voucher code - thanks. Voted sizzling hot!
#9
del_piero_3
I thought vista only recognised ram memory upto 3gig or 3.5gig...


Vista 32-bit does, I guess they'll install vista 64-bit if you choose 4GB.

EDIT: Also, do dell systems come with a windows disc you can reinstall from?
#10
i thought it did recognise it but didnt allow you to use it all. not sure how true that is though. my ubunu install shows my 4gigs
#11
cyanide69
Why is this last day? According to Dell website, seems to carry on until 23rd April for the £140 off and 30th April for the 50% off.

Agh! Worked it out - last day to use the 10% off Voucher code - thanks. Voted sizzling hot!


Yeah, the 10% effectively gives you Free Delivery, if there was Free Delivery on top then i'd snap it up, saved in my basket now and jsut debating whether to go for it or not.

When does the code actually expire today, is it midnight, or end of working day, 6ish?
#12
guerilla
i thought it did recognise it but didnt allow you to use it all.


If you can't use it, who cares what the system information lists?
#13
As of vista SP1, vista will show 4Gb intalled, but the word installed is in quotes because it is simply a reporting change, and 32-bit still doesnt take advantage of anything over about 3.25

Though i would still get 4GB, as you may choose to run Vista 64 or other os.
#14
Hmm, I'm getting to the second page of the configure and nothing works. None of the options can be changed and the buttons don't work, although it still scrolls. Anyone else having the same problem?
#15
EndlessWaves
If you can't use it, who cares what the system information lists?


im not sure, definitely not me. im quite happy sticking with my xp/ubuntu dual boot. once i've fully sorted out ubuntu i will quite happily ditch microsoft and keep my pennies, and use all my 4 gig
[mod]#16
Ive added a new 10% voucher to the deal OP so its no longer "last day" Voucher expires 16th April.
#17
what do you think about this deal mikeT, any other you'd recommend? my brother is on the look out for a new one, he'll need it for now and then for a couple of years when he starts uni.
[mod] 1 Like #18
I went through them all this morning at just after 6am, well I also went through them at 4am as well ;-) and am a little disappointed by dells offerings this week. This looks ok with the 10% off and the cpu will get more use than a Quad core with available programmes. 4Gig of ram is a little ott but your choice. Its not a bad deal overall, I was just hoping for a stunner or two.
#19
The E8400 has a 1,333MHz FSB, but the newest one, the latest Quad Core, is 1,600MHz FSB.

Do you think this motherboard will be able to support that, as i guess a lot of the newer ones will now have 1,600MHz FSB, and with the 775 socket being discontinued later this year, if it is doesn't support it, then there isn't much room for upgrade. I phoned Dell, and they said it would, but he was foreign, and didn't seem too certain.
#20
thanks mikeT seems in might be worth waiting
#21
Gutted, I ordered the XPS 420 that was on offer yesterday for £521, not sure whether to send it back and reorder this one with the 4GB Ram??
#22
why not just buy some ram?
#23
guerilla
why not just buy some ram?


because for the extra £40 I wont get 4GB Ram, a DVD drive and Logitech Desktop Set.
#24
sorry didnt realise there were other extras, why dont you give dell a call?
#25
guerilla
sorry didnt realise there were other extras, why dont you give dell a call?


What do I say to them as the one I ordered shipped today.
#26
ooh! are you allowed to return it? i think you can under under the distance selling laws (or whatever they are called). so i would do that and order the new one. dont know how good dell are at refunding etc though.
#27
decisions decisions, dont know what to do????
[mod]#28
Allosunshine;1868730
decisions decisions, dont know what to do????


Give them a call and tell them you found a better cheaper deal and you wish to cancel. They will tell you to refuse delivery, make sure you have enough on your ccard to buy again while the first is still ring fenced though.
#29
Whats Dells policy about opening up the PC and adding PCI cards, is it allowed ?

I want to add my own ASIO sound card.

Dapunk
#30
Can you overclock Dell desktops ? It would seem a waste to not let these new Wolfdale CPUs stretch their legs a bit :)
#31
is the overclocking o mod on the cpu with some micro jumpers, or is it totally within the bios ?

I expect dell have their own bios right ? i've never seen a dell pc !
#32
Build you own pc for the same spec you could get:
p5k-65
e8400-125
2gb of ram 800mhz- 25
8800gt- 125
vx450 power supply- 65
dvd drive-17 quid
case- 30 quid for cheap case- 60 quid for good case
hdd 500gb-50 quid

=£482 delivered and you can overlock the cpu to 4ghz and oc the gfx card a bit too.

any fool can build a pc, if you can read and you have a screw driver sorted. Dont waste your money buying dells every 4 years, because you can't upgrade them, all you need to do is change the cpu every couple of years with this build. then change the gfx as well, and keep the nice case.

So don't waste your money! On dell, they are evil so are their tech support, they dont even speak english, I would be better of talking to a sheep for advise!
#33
pud77
Can you overclock Dell desktops ? It would seem a waste to not let these new Wolfdale CPUs stretch their legs a bit :)


NO! Build your own pc, with my above example!
#34
sharp910sh
Build you own pc for the same spec you could get:
p5k-65
e8400-125
2gb of ram 800mhz- 25
8800gt- 125
vx450 power supply- 65
dvd drive-17 quid
case- 30 quid for cheap case- 60 quid for good case
hdd 500gb-50 quid

=£482 delivered and you can overlock the cpu to 4ghz and oc the gfx card a bit too.

any fool can build a pc, if you can read and you have a screw driver sorted. Dont waste your money buying dells every 4 years, because you can't upgrade them, all you need to do is change the cpu every couple of years with this build. then change the gfx as well, and keep the nice case.

So don't waste your money! On dell, they are evil so are their tech support, they dont even speak english, I would be better of talking to a sheep for advise!


Why do peeps say "you can upgrade your PC"

This is one of the great myths of the desktop that is actually false.

I have an AMD 2400 system, can I upgrade the cpu ? NO the motherboard and specs wont allow me ?

Can I upgrade to 800 mhz memory, NO.

Can I upgrade my AGP graphics card, NO I cant its all PCI-E now

Can I upgrade my Hard Drives, no, Its all SATA now

my experience is PCs are not very upgradeable at all because they keep introducing new specs and technology, so most desktop PCs you build are "frozen in time" almost like a laptop.
#35
I called up dell asking about warrenty and adding my own PCI cards and I immediately got the hard sell from some indian guy, **** I only had a question, and he kept on offering me discounts and what I wanted to buy, I had to put the phone down cos he wouldnt stop talking even when I said goodbye.

Yeah and their **** looks like its in India, so .... orf with that from my Xbox experiences.
#36
sharp910sh
Build you own pc for the same spec you could get:
p5k-65
e8400-125
2gb of ram 800mhz- 25
8800gt- 125
vx450 power supply- 65
dvd drive-17 quid
case- 30 quid for cheap case- 60 quid for good case
hdd 500gb-50 quid

=£482 delivered and you can overlock the cpu to 4ghz and oc the gfx card a bit too.


I don't agree on the upgradability comment as most times by the time you need to upgrade you'll probably need a new mobo, CPU anyway! However just changing these parts would still be a lot cheaper than buying a whole new PC, so I agree with your point in principle.

In your list above you forgot to add in an Operating System which would bring the price much closer to that of the Dell. For those that want piece of mind with a warranty it's a hard choice to beat.
#37
dapunk
Why do peeps say "you can upgrade your PC"

This is one of the great myths of the desktop that is actually false.

I have an AMD 2400 system, can I upgrade the cpu ? NO the motherboard and specs wont allow me ?

Can I upgrade to 800 mhz memory, NO.

Can I upgrade my AGP graphics card, NO I cant its all PCI-E now

Can I upgrade my Hard Drives, no, Its all SATA now

my experience is PCs are not very upgradeable at all because they keep introducing new specs and technology, so most desktop PCs you build are "frozen in time" almost like a laptop.


errrm, I'm not talking about 10 year old systems, all you have to do is buy a new motherboard, simple as. If you built your own pc you can change very part, any time you want. I have a system when the new nehelem comes out, all i have to do is change the motherboard and then add a new cpu, sorted.

you cant really do this with pre made pcs.

So dell and all the other companies suck! Just build it yourself, simple and change the parts when you want to. See what dell does to make money is force you to buy a whole new pc every 2-4 years because you cant change the motherboard, this is what happened to me!

I learnt my lesson since i spent £550 quid on a dell, and sold a year later to some poor soul for £210!
#38
Tejstar
I don't agree on the upgradability comment as most times by the time you need to upgrade you'll probably need a new mobo, CPU anyway! However just changing these parts would still be a lot cheaper than buying a whole new PC, so I agree with your point in principle.

In your list above you forgot to add in an Operating System which would bring the price much closer to that of the Dell. For those that want piece of mind with a warranty it's a hard choice to beat.


OS, just buy one os and keep it for years, that is what i have done. and warranty! Ha! some indian man, telling me rubbish! I have had my pc i made for nearly a year, and only had a couple of problems, which i sorted out by either going on a forum or just taking the pc apart and building it back togther again. which took less than an hour. so if you want to give money to the share holders be my guest.
#39
if your gonna be wacking the cpu up then u must take into account heat etc, u cant just wack up the cpu and graphics card without, that 450vx isnt man enough for all that, with a 8800gt u should be looking at 550 upwards say corsair psu`s etc
u have to remember people want a pc that will do what they want if your gonna start playing around with it and overclocking just to say look at me i got 4ghz your pc will not last long, get summit like this pc for now then swap it in about 18 months for a new one that way your only ever a step behind, pc`s loose money so fast with new technology why bother all the fancy building????. p.s. i wouldnt put vista on my calculator...lol
#40
sharp910sh
errrm, I'm not talking about 10 year old systems, all you have to do is buy a new motherboard, simple as. If you built your own pc you can change very part, any time you want. I have a system when the new nehelem comes out, all i have to do is change the motherboard and then add a new cpu, sorted.

y

I learnt my lesson since i spent £550 quid on a dell, and sold a year later to some poor soul for £210!


well changing the mobo and cpu (and probably memory with higher speeds) is the most expensive bit and most of the PC !

PCs are not really expandable even they keep on changing the socket specs around. Something you buy now, you cant just slip in a new CPU in 18 months, its not gonna happen.

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