(Glitch) Dell Vostro 230 Desktop base unit.2.93Ghz Dualcore, 1gig, 160GB, Win 7 premium, dvdrw. £192 or less delivered - HotUKDeals
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Remove this: McAfee® SecurityCenter 30-Days trial version subtract £19.95

305-D042304 Small Business site - Best price £192.76 Delivered.
Vostro Desktop 230 MT (D042304)

Vostro V230MT : Standard Base
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6500 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32 BIT)
1024MB (1x1024) 1333MHz DDR3 Single Channel
Hard Drive : 160GB Serial ATA (7200RPM)
UK/Irish (QWERTY) Dell Standard Quietkey USB Keyboard Black
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
1Yr Collect & Return Warranty - No Upgrade Selected
Optical Drive : 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Microsoft Works 9.0 - English
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[mod]#1
this remove and drop the price by £19.95 pre vat glitch applies to quite a lot of Dell small business deals this morning, it wont last long so grab one while you can.
[mod]#2
#3
This glitch applies to all vostro laptops and vostro desktops (Except the Vostro 1015 and Vostro 320)
[mod]#4
#5
What exactly is the glitch?
[mod]#6
TECHSPEC;8443672
What exactly is the glitch?


Remove this: McAfee® SecurityCenter 30-Days trial version subtract £19.95
#7
MikeT
Remove this: McAfee® SecurityCenter 30-Days trial version subtract £19.95


So the saving is just £19.95?
#8
TECHSPEC
So the saving is just £19.95?


What do you mean just £19.95 - It's still a discount !!
#9
Brains
What do you mean just £19.95 - It's still a discount !!


True, but hardly a glitch. Last glitch i ordered i got £300 of items for £20

I was expecting half price at least :-D
[mod]#10
Well with Dell being so tight on discounts these days anything is welcome. £19.95 + VAT is 14% on the cheapest deal.
Discounting that much for something they usually give away for free is a glitch in my eyes ;-)
#11
I'm not going to buy one just because you save a measly 20 quid.

But of course if you're already looking for one then it's a nice little discount - and you get rid of that Macafee crap!
#12
zorbathegeek
I'm not going to buy one just because you save a measly 20 quid.

But of course if you're already looking for one then it's a nice little discount - and you get rid of that Macafee crap!


http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ :-D
#13
any free delivery code?
#14
TECHSPEC;8443693
True, but hardly a glitch. Last glitch i ordered i got £300 of items for £20


This is a story I'd like to hear more about! :w00t:
#15
r2mahara
This is a story I'd like to hear more about! :w00t:


+1 :-D
banned#16
The_SpinDoctor
+1 :-D

+2
banned#17
Is this a 64bit processor?
#18
not much of a deal. it's a **** spec.
#19
patrickuk
not much of a deal. it's a **** spec.


apart from playing the latest games it will do everything else, just not as fast. video editing, photoshop, play hi-def movies etc etc. show us a better spec for the same money inclusive of a fully licensed copy of win7. no? didn't think so..
#20
They CHARGE for trial versions? Jesus, times must be hard :lol:
#21
Nice price for a Dell box with Windows tax included. H&R+

Is there any difference between this one and the one for £238, other than a smaller hard drive and less ram? Same case? Same motherboard?

Anyone know how much it would cost to upgrade it with 3rd party, good quality ram, to take it to 2 or 3gb?
#22
Villa
Is this a 64bit processor?


Yup
#23
Baron Jerk-Off
Nice price for a Dell box with Windows tax included. H&R+

Is there any difference between this one and the one for £238, other than a smaller hard drive and less ram? Same case? Same motherboard?

Anyone know how much it would cost to upgrade it with 3rd party, good quality ram, to take it to 2 or 3gb?


That's precisely the difference between the 2 machines. So £47 discount for 1GB less RAM and 90GB less HDD. Pretty much pays your money takes your choice.

You can get a 1GB RAM from Crucial for £24.66 or 2Gb for £45.81 plus 7% back from Quidco.
http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=Vostro%20230%20Mini%20Tower
#24
Not worth getting I'm afraid:

You should have a minimum of 3GB of RAM
You should also have a decent Graphics Card in a machine (512/1GB)
#25
zabbyh
Not worth getting I'm afraid:

You should have a minimum of 3GB of RAM
You should also have a decent Graphics Card in a machine (512/1GB)


Respectfully disagree on the video card. Unless you're playing games, integrated video is fine, and looks in this case as if it'll support hardware acceleration with Flash 10.1 as a bonus.

I'd agree 2GB of RAM or more is very attractive though, especially if you tend to have hundreds of web browser tabs or several programes open at once.
#26
Will this be good for editing my camcorder HD video clips in something like Pinnacle studio 14? My current PC is about 7 years old now and cant do this, nor can it play things like mkv files without stuttering. Assume this can do this stuff?

I've no interest of playing games, so is this almost the perfect PC for me pls with my limited requirement?

Thanks,
#27
biggielove
Will this be good for editing my camcorder HD video clips in something like Pinnacle studio 14? My current PC is about 7 years old now and cant do this, nor can it play things like mkv files without stuttering. Assume this can do this stuff?

I've no interest of playing games, so is this almost the perfect PC for me pls with my limited requirement?

Thanks,


HD editing is hard work for PC's and even top spec ones can struggle depending on what you'r doing and how fast you want to do it. It seems that with HD, you can't have enough memory, processing power or storage space!

I'd say you need more ram, maybe another 2Gb and of course the hard drive is small so you might well need to put the HD edited files onto another bigger Hard drive (not a bad idea regardless of what PC you use)

Graphics card wise, this has basic onboard graphics, fine for most things except gaming and possibly HD playback/editing - many editing programs can utilise the extra processing power of newer graphics cards so you'll get better results using a seperate PCIe graphics card, even a low cost card (from £35) should assist greatly in this respect.

People seem to say this PC is no good for anything... well it's got limitations as it is, 1gb ram is too small but otherwise it's fine for a lot of users and amazing value. Bump up the ram to 2 or 3 Gb (easy to DIY) - I'd suggest if you have a limited budget then this PC is a good base to work up from, just budget for extra memory and see how it performs.

Just remember, HD editing is very demanding and don't expect a miracle!

Pinnacle 14 HD specs says:
# Windows® 7, Windows Vista® (SP2),Windows XP (SP3)
# Intel® Pentium® or AMD Athlon™ 1.8 GHz (2.4 GHz or higher recommended) - Intel Core™ 2 or i7 2.4 GHz required for AVCHD* (2.66 GHz for AVCHD* 1920)
# 1 GB system memory recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD*
# DirectX® 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with [B64 MB (128 MB or higher recommended) - 256 MB required for HD and AVCHD[/B]*
# DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card
# 3.2 GB of disk space (for the program)

Link
#28
biggielove
Will this be good for editing my camcorder HD video clips in something like Pinnacle studio 14? My current PC is about 7 years old now and cant do this, nor can it play things like mkv files without stuttering. Assume this can do this stuff?

I've no interest of playing games, so is this almost the perfect PC for me pls with my limited requirement?

Thanks,


It should play mkv files fine.

Unfortunately, editing video is one of the more challenging things you can do on a domestic PC.

I'd suggest the slightly more expensive config on with more memory and a slightly larger HD is a good idea.

If you can afford it, the Vostro 430 may be a better choice. Without knowing how (im)patient you are, I can't say how much better a choice.
#29
Anyone able to get the 10% discound code to work for this?
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#30
RJK3
Anyone able to get the 10% discound code to work for this?
JH5T0BP6V8374D


I can`t even get the page to move on to the next option.
Just keeps hanging on same page as provided in the above link.

Got to the basket now and the coupon doesn`t work.

Coupons Entered
The following coupons have been entered but require additional information or do not meet eligibility requirements. Click "View Details" link(s) for more information. 10% discount valid untill 30.04.10
Expires 01 May 2010


10% discount is valid on selected electronics and accessories. Discount does not apply to shipping. Not in combination with other additional discounts. Valid untill 30.04.10

Expires 01 May 2010


Never known one of these coupons to work yet,always seems to be the wrong product or not enough spent,etc.
#31
I bought a 2nd hand Dell for £300 on Ebay to edit HD video, I took advice from a TV camerman. I use Sony Vegas Pro - cost me about £50 from amazon a few months ago, price does change though. I have a Dell Precision 490 , Dual Intel Xeon 3.20GHz - 1333mhz , 750W-128MB NVIDIA QUADRO FX550, 2GB Ram, 64bit

It is 4 years old and cost over £2k when it was new. We also have 2 Dell 490's at work and we run Avid pro editing on it. Mine does the job well so you may want to think about a 2nd hand one if wanting to edit HD video without problems. It works for me, I guess the computer buff's out there may say there are better deals out there.
#32
Anyone know how many memory slots this has? And max allowable memory?
#33
alared
Never known one of these coupons to work yet,always seems to be the wrong product or not enough spent,etc.


Agree, but I've had some luck in the past with coupons. Lately discount codes haven't been so hot really, I think they are getting wise.
#34
paul.jacobs
I bought a 2nd hand Dell for £300 on Ebay to edit HD video, I took advice from a TV camerman. I use Sony Vegas Pro - cost me about £50 from amazon a few months ago, price does change though. I have a Dell Precision 490 , Dual Intel Xeon 3.20GHz - 1333mhz , 750W-128MB NVIDIA QUADRO FX550, 2GB Ram, 64bit

It is 4 years old and cost over £2k when it was new. We also have 2 Dell 490's at work and we run Avid pro editing on it. Mine does the job well so you may want to think about a 2nd hand one if wanting to edit HD video without problems. It works for me, I guess the computer buff's out there may say there are better deals out there.


Apart from the video card and the amount of installed memory in this configuration, the PC in this deal is rather faster than a Precision 490. That's the way computers progress.
#35
RJK3
Anyone know how many memory slots this has? And max allowable memory?


The 'build my dell' page only has the option to add 1 more RAM chip so i'd suspect it only has 2 slots.

£50 for the 2GB extra (3GB total) is about £10 too much, but you would definitely want to add more RAM to get the best out of the system.

The hard drive prices are a bit silly too. £90 for x2 250GB. You can pick up 500GB internal drives for £35 or 1TB for £55.

As someone else has said, spend an extra £35 on an ATI 4650 and with the extra memory you should be able to run any of the latest games at a decent frame rate.

HD video editing would prefer more disk space as well as the extra memory, 13GB per hour for uncompressed video data in standard definition, I assume HD (1080p) is x4 for space so that'd be 52GB per hour. You would definitely be better off looking at a quad core CPU if HD editing is the purpose, this dual core will do it but it'd take twice as long to render.
#36
I've costed these parts seperately and they come to £185 plus the cost of windows 7, plus delivery, plus 2 or 3 hours to build and install, if you knew what you were doing or were willing to read up on it a bit.

In fairness, with buying parts seperate you would spend an extra £8 to get a 500gb drive.

Therefore, this amounts to a fantastic deal.

I'd spend the £20 - £25 for another 1GB, £35 - £40 for an extra 500GB and £35 for an ATI 4650.

Grand total = £282 for a really decent spec PC that you would expect to pay £450 from most retailers.
#37
Just had a look in a little more detail at the price of some of the options.

£164.50 (incl VAT) of your English pounds for an Nvidia GT220 graphics card.

well, smack my bum and call me roger, cover me in jam, I'm a jammy dodger...

I reckon that's about £120 over a competitive retail price.


DO NOT PAY FOR THEIR OPTIONS!!! They should be wearing stripey jumpers and balaclavas! £164, tssk.
#38
Hi,

About a year ago now, I bought the below from play on a good offer and added it to the current PC that I have to hopefully help it out. My pc was so old though it barely imporved things.

Kingston Valueram 2GB 667MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM Non-ECC CL5 DIMM / Computer Memory

can I easily remove this 2gb of RAM and drop it in to this dell machine so it'd have the 3gb of RAM which is a decent enoguh spec for what I want. Or would it not be compatible?

Thanks,
#39
biggielove
Hi,

About a year ago now, I bought the below from play on a good offer and added it to the current PC that I have to hopefully help it out. My pc was so old though it barely imporved things.

Kingston Valueram 2GB 667MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM Non-ECC CL5 DIMM / Computer Memory

can I easily remove this 2gb of RAM and drop it in to this dell machine so it'd have the 3gb of RAM which is a decent enoguh spec for what I want. Or would it not be compatible?

Thanks,


Sorry, it's not compatible. You have DDR2, this needs DDR3. The slots are different and not compatible with each other.
banned#40
is it free shipping?

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