Used/Refurb Dell Optiplex GX270 SFF P4 2.8Ghz - 1Gb - 40gb - XP Pro + 17 Inch Dell TFT [ £129.99 @ Big Pockets] - HotUKDeals
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I know this will go cold, but throw in a bigger hard drive and you have a fairly decent* machine, in my opinion.

*obviously not for gaming - but for office work, internet, movies...it's fine.

Manufacturer Dell Optiplex GX270 SFF PC
CPU Intel P4 2.8Ghz Processor
HDD 40GB ATA/100 SMART-compliant drive
Memory 1Gb DDR-RAM minimum
Optical Drive DVD-ROM / CDRW
Sound Card 16 Bit On Board Sound, with Audio (line in, line out and microphone) Ports
Graphics 32Mb Intel Extreme Graphics shared
Network Card 10/100 Ethernet Port
TFT Dell Grade A1 17 Inch TFT Monitor
Other Devices 2 x USB Front, 2 x USB Rear, Serial Port, Parallel Port, Keyboard + Mouse Ports
Operating System Windows XP Pro COA (OS pre-loaded, no restore disc supplied)
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#1
Hardly cold, perfect "nettop" so to speak. Added heat.
#2
u can get optiplex 270/280 for 50-60 quid from computer fairs
#3
This will use a lot more electric than a newer machine (Especially the atom units), so this will probably work out more in the long run.
#4
gezacudle
u can get optiplex 270/280 for 50-60 quid from computer fairs


Do you have a link, and do they deliver?
#5
I use one of these for 7.5 hours every day. They are ok really, not great, just about play back 720p HD Video. good system for the money really, bit expensive, but you don't have to worry about it being DOA like from a computer fair. So a good deal if you only have £130 to spend.
#6
Not bad though considering the monitor is included too - used to use one of those at work and the monitor is pretty sharp ;-)
#7
Overpriced

eBay 190360855047 + a cheap used 17" tft for no more than about £40 makes more sense.
#8
Single core processors now are rubbish, and these machines are rubbish to upgrade, we have thrown about 50+ in the skip at work after ripping the guts out and getting better gear.

Your paying for the monitor, and something that can run office and antivirus...badly
#9
gezacudle
u can get optiplex 270/280 for 50-60 quid from computer fairs


TECHSPEC
Do you have a link, and do they deliver?


LOL!
#10
Thyseus
Single core processors now are rubbish, and these machines are rubbish to upgrade, we have thrown about 50+ in the skip at work after ripping the guts out and getting better gear.

Your paying for the monitor, and something that can run office and antivirus...badly


luckily your work has a nice big fat budget to buy better gear, as well as having a requirement for multi-core....

Luckily for buyers of this kit, there are very few apps that actually can handle multi-core beyond gaming.

If you want a cheap computer for the kids to do homework on, with a legit XP license this is pretty much perfect. I cheap 2nd hand 1Gb RAM stick will make it even better further down the line.
#11
I don't understand how people can bitch about it not being cutting edge when you're paying £130 for a pc with an operating system AND a monitor.
Does anyone know if there's room inside for another HDD?
#12
Nice little system for the price ok

Iv been using these Dell GX270 for years without any probs, dead quiet and the Dell 17" monitor is very sharp .

what do you expect for £130 !!

excellent deal have some heat and rep



TT
#13
We have around 10 Dell Optiplex 170L's here at work and they're nearly 5 years old now and used solidly every working day. I've had 1 PSU fail and that's it. That's a good deal if you want one just for browsing/office apps/etc.
Early Dell TFT monitors were rubbish but these ones should be decent enough.
#14
Just thought I'd have my little rant, It really annoys me when peeps try and compare Shops/businesses/High street retailers etc. to fairs, ebay, carboots. Maybe if you also took in to account . (Business-rates, rent/morgages, electric, water-rates, gas, staff wages and so much more including the wonderful taxman) you could then possibly run a comparison. And i would still doubt if you could get the base unit and screen for 60 quid for both.
#15
Be careful with the GX270, as it was one of the models that suffered from capacitor failure. We have hundreds of these at work, and the vast majority have failed with this problem. The GX270s and GX280s both have the problem, the earlier GX260s seem to be OK. Given the type of failure, the symptoms can vary from complete failure to subtle corruption.

See for example:

http://news.cnet.com/Bulging-capacitors-haunt-Dell/2100-1003_3-5924742.html
http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=dell+gx270+capacitors&btnG=Google+Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=dell+gx270+capacitors&fp=698b2be80cf6bcd7
#16
I can confirm this. We had loads of these fail on us. We might have just employed a Dell Technician to stay onsite.
#17
Fenton98
Just thought I'd have my little rant, It really annoys me when peeps try and compare Shops/businesses/High street retailers etc. to fairs, ebay, carboots. Maybe if you also took in to account . (Business-rates, rent/morgages, electric, water-rates, gas, staff wages and so much more including the wonderful taxman) you could then possibly run a comparison. And i would still doubt if you could get the base unit and screen for 60 quid for both.


Sorry if you havent noticed, but these days a lot of the people trading on eBay are businesses. Certainly the one I mentioned was a large company selling a large quantity of Dell machines that are better spec than the one in this deal and cheaper. It was not a one of sale by a private seller.
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for someone who wants to shop exclusively online, and from branded stores, decent deal.

However, freezing from me, as is very overpriced.

One of the above posters may not like the comparison to ebay or computer fairs, but it remains a valid comparison, and theres no way such a machine would be priced anywhere near this level from such a source.
#19
I'm looking for a decent desktop to stream to my PS3 using the Java streaming software. Can anyone recommend anything? I'm obviously looking to do this for a small budget, not too bothered about 1080 streaming.
#20
ansalmo
Be careful with the GX270, as it was one of the models that suffered from capacitor failure. We have hundreds of these at work, and the vast majority have failed with this problem.


Yep same here. We have loads of these at work and more and more are starting to fail now, mostly the capacitor issue you mention.
#21
We use them at work and have only had to replace the power supply unit and they are on 14 hours a day,so they work hard....not a bad price with XP pro...which is still over £80 alone.
#22
This is just another post to warn of potential capacitor failure - you may end up with a lemon if it has the nichicon hn(m) caps around the CPU, which is fairly likely.

They also run VERY hot (hot PSU, hot P4 CPU, poor cooling system), leading to lower hard drive lifetimes.
#23
if only this was a 280 I would vote hot, as it can make a passable media centre. This one has AGP and no sata, it's not worth it. IMO
#24
gezacudle
u can get optiplex 270/280 for 50-60 quid from computer fairs


Don't forget a 17" TFT will set you back another £35, delivery to your door, and you get a 3 month warranty. It's also all matching dell stuff and probably includes a keyboard and mouse as well, worth another fiver.

Although having said that, it's now out of stock, lol. Expired.
#25
Bigpockets to keep all the money they've fleeced off people for crap gear morelike.
#26
These sorts of computers are probably from organisations like universities who actually have to pay for them to be removed, they can't sell or give them away themselves. Condition is often quite poor as they have been used 24/7.
#27
gezacudle
u can get optiplex 270/280 for 50-60 quid from computer fairs


TECHSPEC
Do you have a link, and do they deliver?

:roll:
#28
TOM-TEC
Iv been using these Dell GX270 for years without any probs, dead quiet and the Dell 17" monitor is very sharp .


I can only say you are the luckiest GX270 owner in the world. They are without a doubt the most unreliable and fault prone PC Dell have ever made. I support the hardware on hundreds of these, and to be honest they keep me in a job.

Good luck to anyone who bought one.
#29
I agree with all the comments about poor reliability, had a few hundred of these on site (standard desktop machine) and pretty much every single one failed with capacitor issues within three years. I'd hope these ones have been repaired but I certainly wouldn't chance it.

John
#30
Anyone with PC support experience recommend a more reliable similar spec alternative?

Need a few slimeline stackable PC's for a project.

Ideal spec : XP Pro, P4 >=2.6GHz, 1GB Ram, 40GB HD, Ethernet, basic graphics card capable of 1920x1080

Was looking at Dell GX270/280, but would be happy with HP / IBM for instance.

Ta
#31
I have been using these for 7.5 hours a day for the last 6 years - mega reliable - my dad also has one we installed Xubuntu on - works a treat.

Absolutely fine as an internet surfing machine
#32
AnotherOne;7508568
Anyone with PC support experience recommend a more reliable similar spec alternative?

Need a few slimeline stackable PC's for a project.

Ideal spec : XP Pro, P4 >=2.6GHz, 1GB Ram, 40GB HD, Ethernet, basic graphics card capable of 1920x1080

Was looking at Dell GX270/280, but would be happy with HP / IBM for instance.

Ta

Never had any problem with the GX280's here although someone has mentioned issues with them previously, on site we went with GX620's (different case but similar to the GX280) as the standard desktop machine and they've all been fine.

John
#33
Avoid like the plague. I look after these units all day and they blow the capacitors on the motherboards all the time.
#34
Arcouk
Avoid like the plague. I look after these units all day and they blow the capacitors on the motherboards all the time.


Agreed, i support these at my company, they do have a known capacitor problem, with in a week,
I had 3 fail in a row.

Much better with a slightly newer model GX520, or similar.
#35
Buying something like an Acer Aspire Revo would be better imho. You get the nVidia ION processor with the Revo, which will be useful for GUI (since Windows 7 Aero now offloads some of the work to the Graphics Card), let you play some fairly recent games (at low settings) but most importantly with VDPAU/CUDA it will allow you to play 720p and 1080p video flawlessly. The dual-core version can sometimes be found for £150 brand new and various prices on eBay.

The revo is also silent and there's alot of info about running XBMC on it to turn it into an awesome media centre.

Finally the Revo is alot smaller than this thing. Buy a cheap 17" TFT from eBay (should cost you around the £40 mark), then screw it to the back of the TFT using the adapter plate included. Then you've essentially got an absolutely tiny all-in-one workstation that takes up hardly any space on a desk, and will generally perform much better than this for about £30-40 more if you shop around/use eBay.
#36
Thanks for all the suggestions, will look around on eBay at options.
#37
HIGHLY overpriced, voted sub-zero.
#38
MrShed
for someone who wants to shop exclusively online, and from branded stores, decent deal.

However, freezing from me, as is very overpriced.

One of the above posters may not like the comparison to ebay or computer fairs, but it remains a valid comparison, and theres no way such a machine would be priced anywhere near this level from such a source.


Ebay yes, computer fairs NO.

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