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Depending on the route you take, you could save up to £200 on certain AMD configuration - based on the Dimension C521. Oh, and I bet you won't be able to a cheaper deal anywhere...
Start here http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D01C17&rbc=D01C17&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsftdppdesktop1 and change the warranty to Collect and return. Don't forget that you are buying now and paying in January 2008, which actually means that you are saving a bit due to inflation (£100 now is worth more than £100 in one year). You will get 4.5% CB from Quidco. The price of the rig... £478.98 including VAT and delivery.

Now if you go the usual Dell Way...
Start here http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D01c15a&rbc=D01c15a&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsftdppdesktop2 and select the various bits and bobs and the price goes up to £628.62, nearly £150 extra

The configuration of the computer...
Components
AMD® Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD) - English
No Vista Upgrade
Collect & Return, 1 Year Service only
Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) - UK/Irish
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
128MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 PCI Express graphics card
Accessories
Dell Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse Dell Wireless Bluetooth
Mouse Included in Wireless Keyboard and Mouse option
No Floppy Drive
No Modem
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
No Speakers
Services & Software
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection
Microsoft® Works 8 - English
No Photo Organising & Sharing Software/No Photo Editing Software
Also Includes
List D01C17 Dimension C521
C521 Documentation with UK Power Cord
Adobe Reader 7.0.8 - English
Dimension Order - UK
No Secure Data Software
Collect & Return, 1 Year Service only
Save £50 inc VAT
Dell Internet Order.
Free Upgrade - 160GB SATA - 250GB SATA
Free Upgrade to Microsoft Media Center from XP Home
90 days trial of Network Assistant included
Resource CD - contains Diagnostics and Drivers

I THINK THE TITLE SHOULD READ £480 NOT £48!
- amibees
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#1
THINK TITLE SHOULD READ LESS THAN £480 NOT £48!! THANKS:thumbsup:
banned#2
Seems a cracking price.
#3
amibees
THINK TITLE SHOULD READ LESS THAN £480 NOT £48!! THANKS:thumbsup:


Sorted :thumbsup:
#4
Am I right in thinking that its harder to add extra hard drives or bits to the C series please??? Otherwise it looks like a good deal for my parents.

And what does it mean going a different way than Dell would normally do things please?
#5
You can also add the Vista upgrade without increasing the price for the £11 which is payable when you upgrade.. as this set-up comes with Windows Media xp.
#6
Madwelshmam
Am I right in thinking that its harder to add extra hard drives or bits to the C series please??? Otherwise it looks like a good deal for my parents.

And what does it mean going a different way than Dell would normally do things please?


It just means that you should look much harder to get them as Dell don't really put them in the frontline :whistling:
#7
er ok i cant get it to work
1 want this !
#8
siliconbits
It just means that you should look much harder to get them as Dell don't really put them in the frontline :whistling:



That great, thanks for the spot.

Antj87
er ok i cant get it to work
1 want this !



Have you tried reducing the support serives to just 1 year collect and return??? That brings the price down to £478...:thumbsup:
#9
can't see the deal here i'm afraid - i get the same price going normally to dells website, no difference.
cheers though.
#10
Nice find Siliconbits. Noticed that if you don't mind dropping down to a 17" TFT and a lower cpu/graphics option, the evalue code d01c12 can be had for £352.57.
#11
when i bought my PC from them i called and they beat the online price minus quidco.. we bartered until i got it down from £1080 to £920 (online and quidco would've been £950).
#12
yer i reduced it its saying over £600
#13
Bargain Hunter
Nice find Siliconbits. Noticed that if you don't mind dropping down to a 17" TFT and a lower cpu/graphics option, the evalue code d01c12 can be had for £352.57.


Where did you get that code and what does it actually do?
#14
Front page and click on advertised offers... Or find a Dell advert in the paper and it has a E-code by each system..
[mod]#15
Here are the 2 ecode deals. remember to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via quidco for further cashback savings.

305-D01C17 - £478.98 delivered
AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD) - English
Dell™ 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) - UK/Irish
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
128MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 PCI Express graphics card
Dell Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse Dell Wireless Bluetooth
Mouse Included in Wireless Keyboard and Mouse option
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Microsoft® Works 8 - English
Go to deal
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305-D01C12 - £352.57 delivered
AMD® Athlon™ 64 3500+ Processor
Genuine Windows® XP Professional SP2 (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD) - English
Dell™ 17" Value Flat Panel (E177FP) - UK/Irish
512MB DDR2 533MHz Memory
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
48x CDRW/DVD Combo Drive
Integrated nVidia® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics
Dell 2 Button USB Wheel Mouse - Black
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Microsoft® Works 8 - English
Go to deal
[mod]#16
There are 100+ variations on Dells ecode deals each week and I post just a few otherwise I would fill the hotdeals pages with them, there will always be some that are considered bargains that I dont post. You need to remember that with this slim desktop series you are limited to what you can fit afterwards, ie graphics cards need to be half height, extra drive room? etc so be careful selecting.
D01c17 was already mentioned in a seperate thread this week btw.
#17
MikeT
There are 100+ variations on Dells ecode deals each week and I post just a few otherwise I would fill the hotdeals pages with them, there will always be some that are considered bargains that I dont post. You need to remember that with this slim desktop series you are limited to what you can fit afterwards, ie graphics cards need to be half height, extra drive room? etc so be careful selecting.
D01c17 was already mentioned in a seperate thread this week btw.


Mike, don't get your panties in a bunch, we're only threading:w00t:
[mod]#18
D01C17 is actually £60 more this week than last, so I wouldnt have mentioned it in the deals.
D01C12 has been at the same price for weeks.

Hope this helps.
#19
Hi

I am currently looking at the Dell Outlet machines which are Core 2 Due E6300.

Can't see anywhere whether they have a network connection - they are Dimension E520 - anyone know before I commit. Is it built in?

Seem a good price - will work out about £360-400 delivered depending on which one I go for.

My mate who supplies dells to his customers reckons I should get the 3-yr warranty - any comments? What is 'standard' - is that I have to pay to return it to get it fixed? and how long does it take?

Its another £100 to get the warranty and hubby says thats a lot on a machine that only costs £360 in the first place - any experiences would be helpful in making a decision.
#20
OK mike, make us all scared to post a deal in case SuperMod has already covered it....
[mod]#21
This link will take you to all you ever wanted to know about the E520 series.

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dimen_e520?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

Standard warranty on the outlet for these is 1yr collect & return, that is if dell think it needs to go back for repair they pay both ways.
Just go for 1yr warranty, chances are if it doesnt fail in the first few weeks it should be ok for as long as you want to own it. You will be looking to upgrade in 18 months anyway ;-)
[admin]#22
I don't think MikeT is trying to make you scared Bargain Hunter, he's just helping out!!?

We're all here to find the best of deals...
#23
Bargain Hunter
OK mike, make us all scared to post a deal in case SuperMod has already covered it....


Well, Mike does know A LOT about Dell...
[mod]#24
Bargain Hunter
OK mike, make us all scared to post a deal in case SuperMod has already covered it....


No dont be like that, I have started to use tags to keep track of the deals already posted as it is hard to figure whats already on the board. So if you find a bargain, type the ecode (second part only) into the search on the deals page and it will show you if its been posted already.
Bear in mind though that these deals change each Thursday and sometimes at weekends too so even if its posted already check to see if the one you found is better in some way that the original.
If you do post one then put the ecode in as a tag in the deal and we can all find them from that with the search later.

Sorry if you thought me a bit blunt, I get members saying there are too many dell posts so I just cant post all of them, besides they are not all bargains:thumbsup:
#25
Sorry mods, you know what it's like. You find what you think is a good deal, get all excited, post it and then get told someone got there ages ago. Plus I can't help defending the new members, I dunno......
#26
Thanks Mike - that was the info I needed to make the final decision! Have gone for it...
#27
Can anyone help?

I want to order a Dell PC in the next 24 hours (to get the Vista/ Harddrive offers) but the only thing i cannot find is a wireless card...

I want to be able to use the wireless router in my house... what do i need to choose..

Thanks

Damian
[mod] 1 Like #28
As an example Damianuk go to the D01C17 deal I posted further up this page and on the 2nd tab (choose accessories) look for wireless routers.
Amongst the alternatives is this:

Belkin F5D7050 Wireless USB Adapter (802.11g) [£18.80]

That can be ordered with your pc and the drivers will already be installed or you could just buy a usb wireless point from elseware and instal the software yourself.

Other dell desktops should have the same sort of access point in the accessories tab for you to choose.

HTH. and welcome to HUKD:thumbsup:
#29
Bargain Hunter
OK mike, make us all scared to post a deal in case SuperMod has already covered it....


I just wanted to say that MikeT puts in a lot of work on behalf of all of us - I have relied on his weekly postings to find bargain Dell machines for about 1 year now, so NO MIKET BASHING!!!!! ;-)
#30
Thanks for your reply :)

I am actually helping a housemate get a comp...
I go for bargains but he has chosen one of hte other deals on here and chosen ALL the options :) lol nice to be able to do that.

Basically its this offer form here... with with all the additions (2gb RAM, Bigger monitor etc) comes to £900.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&fb=1&kc=DRSE5212&l=en&oc=D01E16&s=dhs

Anyway it seems like a good machine and we already have a wireless router in the house.
Just couldn't find a wireless card on the dell site for the PC which is what we all have at the moment.
Wonder why dell dont do internal wireless cards?

Thanks for the welcome... Long time reader first time poster :)

Damian
#31
Gonna be setting my Dell up tomorrow that arrived last week.

I have read that I am best deleting a load of the free stuff that Dell put on there to speed it up.

MikeT or anyone have any advice or comments on what I should ditch or leave on there?

Ta.

PS - don't think my Quidco has tracked and after reading comments on here, do you think it would be worth firing an email to Dell to ask for a refund / credit?
#32
NatD
Gonna be setting my Dell up tomorrow that arrived last week.

I have read that I am best deleting a load of the free stuff that Dell put on there to speed it up.

MikeT or anyone have any advice or comments on what I should ditch or leave on there?

Ta.

PS - don't think my Quidco has tracked and after reading comments on here, do you think it would be worth firing an email to Dell to ask for a refund / credit?


Me too with those questions, so it will be interesting to see what anyone says... No Qiudco yet, and I have just starting using my Dell laptop, but Mcaffee is already driving me mad, and the Dell network advisor will be shot soon...!!:w00t:
1 Like #33

I have read that I am best deleting a load of the free stuff that Dell put on there to speed it up.

MikeT or anyone have any advice or comments on what I should ditch or leave on there?


I generally install Acronis TrueImage and create an image of the disk.

Then uninstall anything you don't want, rebooting every now and again to clear things properly.

Then install CCleaner from [url]www.ccleaner.com[/url] and run it to clear out any left over files.

Install Avast AntiVirus and ZoneAlarm Firewall, connect to the net and run windowsupdate.
[mod] 1 Like #34
Just delete what you dont want to use via control panel/add-remove programs. It will maybe take 2 or 3 stages to remove McAfee, remember to shut it all down first or it will complain.
Remove dell network advisor from your startup group if you dont want it running from boot.
Dell have a recovery partition with a copy of the os and everything else so if you mess up big time you can hit 2 keys at boot and it will reinstall everything just as it was when you first booted it as a brand new machine.
I'm not going to tell you which keys to force you to read the manual ;-)

Avast or AVG antivirus are free and MS Defender is also free
1 Like #35
I usually delete all the crap like Dell Media Studio etc. along with all the various Internet setup rubbish they put on, and leave myself with a machine which has almost no software other than the OS. Then I load up Office, Windows Media Player, iTunes and my other programs etc.
[mod]#36
You may also want to take a look at using this tool designed just for this task.

http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/

I have not used it but it looks like it does the job
#37
MikeT
You may also want to take a look at using this tool designed just for this task.

http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/

I have not used it but it looks like it does the job



Many thanks to you all, and reps for you.

WOW.. that looks like a great program... Now I'll just need to get my courage up to use it tomorrow..

I use AVG for virus and Ashampoo plus spybot for spyware. Can anyone suggest a good firewall as I will be on a wireless network. Do I need to install the programs on each pc individually as I'm getting another desktop on the weekend as well..
#38
Madwelshmam
I use AVG for virus and Ashampoo plus spybot for spyware. Can anyone suggest a good firewall as I will be on a wireless network. Do I need to install the programs on each pc individually as I'm getting another desktop on the weekend as well..

AVG and Spybot are excellent (and free) I'd also use Ad Aware and Crap Cleaner (free). For your firewall I suggest Zone Alarm, its free and has regular updates. You need all the programs on your PC's.
#39
My new 520 has the 160gb drive divided to had 40gb backup drive. Is that the dell backup or for norton ghost ?

Spent hours deinstalling all the 3month trial stuff..
#40
polak
when i bought my PC from them i called and they beat the online price minus quidco.. we bartered until i got it down from £1080 to £920 (online and quidco would've been £950).


It is always worth giving Dell a call and haggling over a quote (or even don't haggle just see what they offer, the sales people are on quotas and will often go out of their way for a deal, particularly on the high end machines which have more of a margin to play with. Things to aim for are stuff like memory upgrades and getting a full on site warranty thrown in for free.
Also if you know someone else has got a good price go in asking for that as minimum and work from there.
Six months back I got my XPS gaming laptop for £1,500 by calling a guy in the business sales department. Price for the same spec on the web site was £2,200!

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