Dell XPS 420 desktop base unit. Quad core 2.4Ghz, 3gig ram, 320Gb, 256meg 8600GTS £620 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Dont forget quidco cashback on this deal too!

305-D11X403 (Home) - £620.09
Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 Processor (2.40GHz, 8MB, 1066MHz)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium - English
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
3048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024/2x512]
320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst cache
256MB nVidia GeForce 8600GTS graphics card
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Dell Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse
Sound Blaster® X-Fi Xtreme Music PCI Soundcard
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
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#1
[COLOR=#ff0000]Due to unprecedented demand for this system, we regret to inform you of a prolonged delivery time on your order.[/COLOR]
#2
That looks quite good. Am I missing something?
#3
voted hot. Quidco ontop also?
[mod]#4
If its what your looking for then it has an advantage that you can order it providing you dont mind a delay in delivery and then while waiting you get to see if a better offer comes along, giving you the chance to cancel and reorder at a better price/spec.
[mod] 1 Like #5
jamesterror
voted hot. Quidco ontop also?


Yes Quidco cashback too :thumbsup:
#6
MikeT
If its what your looking for then it has an advantage that you can order it providing you dont mind a delay in delivery and then while waiting you get to see if a better offer comes along, giving you the chance to cancel and reorder at a better price/spec.

Really, now that is worth knowing, anyone know if you can combine the two discounts? If so awesome deal...saw some good deals for monitors on the site...getting seriously tempted.
#7
Something weird here.

If I add the Intel® Viiv™ Technology Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 Processor (2.40GHz, 8MB, 1066MHz) [add £15.01 or £1/month1]

It takes the total to £919 from the original £689.

Should only be £15 extra.

What gives?!
1 Like #8
Well we bought a laptop from Dell last week which had the same warning about delays but it came within 4 days so it doesn't always affect shipping depending on components I think.

If people are buying this maybe they want to join our Quidco Xmas cup team, we are the Dell leaders so you stand to win an equal share of £2300 worth of Dell kit with us. PM me if you are interested.
#9
mikey808
Something weird here.

If I add the Intel® Viiv™ Technology Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 Processor (2.40GHz, 8MB, 1066MHz) [add £15.01 or £1/month1]

It takes the total to £919 from the original £689.

Should only be £15 extra.

What gives?!


It would appear that changing the processor also automatically changes your graphic card to:[COLOR=Black][URL="javascript:to_page_mod(1, 6)"]SINGLE 768MB nVidia® GeForce® 8800 GTX graphics card[/URL][/COLOR]

Hence the massive leap in price.
#10
MBeeching
It would appear that changing the processor also automatically changes your graphic card to:[COLOR=Black][URL="javascript:to_page_mod(1, 6)"]SINGLE 768MB nVidia® GeForce® 8800 GTX graphics card[/URL][/COLOR]

Hence the massive leap in price.


Many thanks for that MBeeching :thumbsup:
#11
Wow, that 768Mb card would be a monster
#12
Does anybody know if these PC's are Wi-Fi, as it does not mention this, but there is no option to include a Wi-Fi card ?
[mod]#13
KPGrimmy
Does anybody know if these PC's are Wi-Fi, as it does not mention this, but there is no option to include a Wi-Fi card ?


Save a slot, just use a usb wifi solution, prob cheaper too.
#14
this works out at £558 because Quidco are offering 10% off a £599 or over spend as of yesterday!
#15
Shame they offer all that power and then give it a 256MB 8600GTS.
#16
Dell want you to upgrade. That's where they make their money.

Honestly speaking stick with the card. It will do all that you need and in a year you can go buy that £400 graphics card for £100 should you need it.

Anybody know if it can be downgraded to Windows XP? I'm extremely keen on avoiding Vista.
#17
Not bad.. but would like to see a 8800 GT
#18
what size of psu does it have?
dell psus are normally solid as a rock (I have a 250w one and I have a pf 3ghz, 2gb ddr, 3 HDs, 2 dvd burners and an ati x800pro 256mb overclocked above xt speeds) plus a plethora of usb devices... pretty good with no crashes.

so just wondered as I would want a gigantic graphics card at some point.
#19
awjreynolds
Anybody know if it can be downgraded to Windows XP? I'm extremely keen on avoiding Vista.
[SIZE=1]Call Dell & ask them how to order online & get XP instead. Only trouble is, if they insist you make the order by telephone, you'll lose the discount & cashback but should get the £70 off. But do make that call - you never know what they'll offer you.[/SIZE]

awjreynolds
Honestly speaking stick with the card. It will do all that you need and in a year you can go buy that £400 graphics card for £100 should you need it.
[SIZE=1]I agree[/SIZE] [SIZE=1]fully [/SIZE]:thumbsup:

[SIZE=1]Deal voted hot. With all the discounts/cashback it's very tempting - a year from now & I may have grabbed it (at a lower price of course :p)[/SIZE]
#20
Would still recommend anyone to build their own, even with no experience. It's good fun and would save a fair bit :D
#21
think
this works out at £558 because Quidco are offering 10% off a £599 or over spend as of yesterday!

No - it's still 5 % off for Dell quidco.
#22
think
this works out at £558 because Quidco are offering 10% off a £599 or over spend as of yesterday!


It stills says 5% on my version of Quidco. They have the 10% off voucher on their site, but I think that's separate from the quidco cashback
#23
sumpter
Would still recommend anyone to build their own, even with no experience. It's good fun and would save a fair bit :D

Absolutely. Not to mention its also easier than you think.
#24
Like a few blocks of lego baby!
#25
sumpter
Would still recommend anyone to build their own, even with no experience. It's good fun and would save a fair bit :D

I'd recommend building your own too, but I doubt you'd save any money at all. Speccing up a similar machine using Scan/ebuyer prices leads me to at least £80 over what this Dell costs.
#26
Build your own... The advantage? Better specs at a cheaper price. If you know what your doing it will take an hour to build at most. If you've never done a build, there are guides out there to help you - maybe about 3 hours max if you do everything slowly and carefully.

Check these specs out... I used only one site and only a quick put together, so use a combo of sites to get it even cheaper. The other advantage is that you know exactly what your getting - Dell probably go for cheaper RAM, motherboards etc which you gotta look out for. Again, all quality components + better specs at a cheaper price.

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PS. Didnt include Vista because it's a piece of cr*p... I dont condone piracy either so with your savings you could go for XP - it whoops Vista's butt.

edit: just noticed the case doesnt come with a PSU... in that case with the savings grab a decent 650+W PSU and download a free Linux :-D
[mod]#27
Building your own is fun, I used to as well, but... lots dont want the bother of getting all the kit together and loading an OS just to find they have a problem with something not liking the drivers or maybe a faulty part.
Which bit gets the blame and what next, return a part for replacement and wait, they find nothing wrong and return it, you scratch your head, still fun?

I always buy built now as the difference between that and buying parts is nowhere near as wide as it used to be, plus you get the one stop support and repair (on site too) with this kit.

There always will be those who build and those who buy a finished solution.
#28
woohoomoo
edit: just noticed the case doesnt come with a PSU... in that case with the savings grab a decent 650+W PSU and download a free Linux :-D


I work out that this Dell offer comes to £591 once you include quidco.

What you have spec'd up priced at £577 does not include an OS, PSU or graphics card, which would take you beyond £700.
#29
think
this works out at £558 because Quidco are offering 10% off a £599 or over spend as of yesterday!
[SIZE=1]That's not right - only 5% Quidcocashback. The 10% voucher code mentioned on Quidco is the same one in this post - so grand total = ~£593.70 [/SIZE]

[SIZE=1]If one can also get the £70 off phone-only code to work with this it would be very good. [/SIZE]
#30
[email protected] thinking they can save money by building a system than by buying a dell!!! (under/around £500)

if you want any savings you need to be looking at a system above £1k+
#31
MikeT
Building your own is fun, I used to as well, but... lots dont want the bother of getting all the kit together and loading an OS just to find they have a problem with something not liking the drivers or maybe a faulty part.
Which bit gets the blame and what next, return a part for replacement and wait, they find nothing wrong and return it, you scratch your head, still fun?

I always buy built now as the difference between that and buying parts is nowhere near as wide as it used to be, plus you get the one stop support and repair (on site too) with this kit.

There always will be those who build and those who buy a finished solution.


I think the only justifications for building yourself are:

1. It's a hobby, and you don't mind paying more.

2. Dell don't allow you to overclock their PCs. The C2D chip is crying out to be overclocked.

3. You want control over what's in the box. For example, some of the Dells (and I wish I knew which ones!) don't come with molex power connectors, just SATA ones, so you can't add older equipment into the box. That's an enormously good reason at the moment for not buying those particular Dell boxes.
#32
GDB2222
I think the only justifications for building yourself are:

1. It's a hobby, and you don't mind paying more.

2. Dell don't allow you to overclock their PCs. The C2D chip is crying out to be overclocked.



Spot on.

agree with point1 however, I believe you can flash the BIOS to overclock the DELL's - not very hard to do when you understand what you're doing with overclocking.
#33
I'm very tempted by this computer I must admit, but what do people think. Will there be even better deals in the new year?
I know you can always wait for a better deal, but I haven't got much time to fiddle with a new computer before xmas and then I'll be away for a couple of weeks.
#34
FYI - you cant get xp with this
#35
normal
I'm very tempted by this computer I must admit, but what do people think. Will there be even better deals in the new year?
I know you can always wait for a better deal, but I haven't got much time to fiddle with a new computer before xmas and then I'll be away for a couple of weeks.


in that case - wait for the new year deals
#36
Tejstar
I work out that this Dell offer comes to £591 once you include quidco.

What you have spec'd up priced at £577 does not include an OS, PSU or graphics card, which would take you beyond £700.



Yup, my bad...didnt notice till you pointed it out. I did add the 8800GT but I must have deleted it while replacing a Hitachi HDD with the Samsung one. Taking that into consideration you probably arent saving that much...

Right, so just ignore my last post then...it's the weekend and im getting "happy" :giggle:
#37
It does actually work out well with the discounts mentioned, if you can upgrade the gfx card for a reasonable price it's a nice little system.
#38
alchemistkevin
I believe you can flash the BIOS to overclock the DELL's - not very hard to do when you understand what you're doing with overclocking.


All I have seen suggests that that is not possible in most cases. The method occasionally used seems to be to figure out what board is in the PC, and then get the latest BIOS from the manufacturer's website. I am not sure what brand of mobos Dell use currently, but they always used to use mostly Intel boards. Intel, not surprisingly, do not put overclocking features in their BIOS.

If you have some references to where this can be done, I am sure that everyone here will be grateful.
#39
The two forums that I know are good on advice are: [SIZE=-1]extremeoverlocking.com and ocforums.com but I personally haven't overclocked the machine I got (E520) as I haven't needed to but did read before I ordered it that it was possible - it does, however, carry some risk if there's any problem with BIOS flashing. I assumed at that time that the posters were referring to custom flash files rather than standard BIOS - you're right about Intel's approach though.

I'm sure some1 will be along sooner rather than later with more specifics.
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#40
alchemistkevin
in that case - wait for the new year deals

Cheers.

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