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Dell XPS 420

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Hi,

I'm looking at upgrading to the above and this is the spec i've come up with upto now, can anybody advise me what would be worth adding/removing from this.....

PROCESSOR Intel® Processor Q6600 Quad Core (2.40GHz, 1066Mhz FSB, 8MB cache) edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English edit
HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty edit
MONITOR 22in E228WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D edit
MEMORY 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024] edit
HARD DRIVE 750GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst cache edit
GRAPHICS CARD 512MB ATI® Radeon® 3870 Graphics card edit
TV TUNER & MULTIMEDIA ACCELERATORS TV Tuner and AVIO / Accellerator edit
OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD+/-RW & 48x CDRW/DVD Combo Drive edit
KEYBOARD Dell Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY) edit
MOUSE Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse edit
Accessories
SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy ADVANCED HD software edit
SPEAKERS Dell A525 Speakers with Subwoofer edit
FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES 19-in-1 Bluetooth Media Card Reader edit
MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9 - English edit
Services & Software
ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support edit
SECURITY SOFTWARE Norton Internet Security 2008 - 15 Month Protection - English

The total amount with discounts (including the 15% off code) and free delivery is £ 806.66 instead of £ 1139.01 + delivery.

I know Mike T knows his stuff with these machines but any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Neil
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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Hi there, im my opinion, that is a little expensive for that configuration. A similarly specced PC from dell outlet would cost ~£500 (using the £55 off and free del they have at the moment) but no monitor - a 22" monitor will only cost about £100 though. Its definately worth checking out [url]www.dell.co.uk/outlet[/url] to see what they have! In addition, many of the outlet systems for £500 have the 8800gt 512mb card, which is faster than the HD3870!
Hope that helps a bit!

PS - Vista 32 bit can't make full use of 4GB of RAM - performance will be identical if you have 3GB ;-)
#2
Thanks a lot qpan, I'll have a look into that. Rep added
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MONITOR 22in E228WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D edit

Upgrading to the Ultrasharp is definitely worth considering, £50-60 for a zero dead pixel warrenty and fully adjustable stand isn't a bad price.

TV TUNER & MULTIMEDIA ACCELERATORS TV Tuner and AVIO / Accellerator edit

I don't know how good dell's tv tuners are but if you're in a poor reception area some TV tuners apparently can't pick up the signals that others can so if that's the case it may be better to leave this off and buy one separately. Also, do check if this is freeview or analogue.

SPEAKERS Dell A525 Speakers with Subwoofer edit

Are dell speakers any good?

SECURITY SOFTWARE Norton Internet Security 2008 - 15 Month Protection - English

You're presumably going for an £800 PC because you want performance so I would dump norton and go for an AV and firewall that doesn't sap so much performance (kapersky is supposed to be a good av)
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EndlessWaves
You're presumably going for an £800 PC because you want performance so I would dump norton and go for an AV and firewall that doesn't sap so much performance (kapersky is supposed to be a good av)


Yup fully recommend it and now its free too - clicky
#5
If you still haven't found a pc yet, this is a superb deal:
Base unit for £450 (inc vat and delivery with £55 off voucher): specs and system identifier below.
24" Full HD 1080p monitor: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/138627 £208.79 inc vat and delivery.

Total: £659.23
£140 cheaper and that's with a FULL 1080p HD monitor (actually 1920x1200)!
Virtually the same spec base unit as the one you wanted, albeit with 3gb ram and 2x320gb hard drives which you can raid for better performance than 1 hard drive.

Hope that helps you!


SYSTEM SPECIFICATION
XPS 420 (System Identifier. E6VAZDH0)
XPS 420 Viiv Q6600 Quad Core 2.40GHz)
English - Vista Home Premium

System Price £438.35

Dell recommends Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional

Operating System: English Windows Vista Home Premium
English - Vista Home Premium
Memory: 3072MB DDR2 667 [2x1024 + 2x512)
Hard Disk Drive: 320GB HD
320GB HD
Video: Graphics Card 512MB ATI Radeon 3870
Modem: Modem not included
CD Read-Write Drive: DVD+/-RW (ReadWrite) 16X
Software: BT, AOL, Tiscali ISP Combination
MISC: Dell Quietkey Black Keyboard
Vista OnLine Getting Started Guide (WW
19-in-1 Bluetooth Media Card Reader
Image Restore - Vista
Assembley Mod
English - XPS 420 System Docs (UK power cord)
SATA Cable for 2ND SATA Hard Drive
Mouse Dell Wheel USB 2 Button Scroll Black
#6
Thanks a lot for your help qpan, i'm definitley going for that. Thanks again for your time in finding this, it's been a great help.

Cheers
Neil

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