Dell Dimension E520 Desktop E4300 Core2Duo, 2gig, 250gb, £270.32 delivered
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Dell Dimension E520 Desktop E4300 Core2Duo, 2gig, 250gb, £270.32 delivered

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Found 3rd May 2007
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Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4300 Processor (1.80GHz, 800MHz, 2MB)
Genuine Windows Vista™ Business - English
Collect & Return, 1 Year Service only
No Monitor
2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] Memory
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Internal 13-in-1 Media Card Reader
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English

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does anyone know if this has a pci-e slot?

Well worth buying the same machine @ £329 with a 19 inch TFT and then selling the monitor on ebay if you dont need it.

Great deal all the same

Original Poster

pgilc1

Well worth buying the same machine @ £329 with a 19 inch TFT and then … Well worth buying the same machine @ £329 with a 19 inch TFT and then selling the monitor on ebay if you dont need it.Great deal all the same


This deal is only really for those people who need Vista Business and either already have a monitor or want to take advantage of the many good deals on monitors that are currently available.

Original Poster

pmcx9

does anyone know if this has a pci-e slot?



Yes, it has.

Is this easy to upgrade? my friend says the integrated graphics card is a problem?

Just fit your graphics card and dissable the on board graphics in the bios

In the end I changed my mind an went for this system, The Vista version is better for me and the fact I don't need to sell the spare monitor makes it even out.

The 329 machine is Vista basic, so no Aero interface. This is also a very very good deal for those after just the base unit..

A couple of months ago people would have been falling over themselves with this Deal, But ...
With Memory prices in freefall
Intel Price Cuts
Ebuyer and Aria offering £10 off EVERY order over £30
The inability to overclock Dell machines
... It just doesn't look quite as good now.

I wonder how many people have decided they are going to attemp their first build over the last month - it must be quite a few (me included). These core 2 duos chips are so good that it is pretty criminal NOT to overclock them and have brought overclocking to the masses ... wonder how much Dell's business will be down in the last few months??

I went for this too but went for the XP Pro version instead - read too much about Vista's problems to want to mess about:thumbsup:

crofter

A couple of months ago people would have been falling over themselves … A couple of months ago people would have been falling over themselves with this Deal, But ...With Memory prices in freefallIntel Price CutsEbuyer and Aria offering £10 off EVERY order over £30The inability to overclock Dell machines... It just doesn't look quite as good now.I wonder how many people have decided they are going to attemp their first build over the last month - it must be quite a few (me included). These core 2 duos chips are so good that it is pretty criminal NOT to overclock them and have brought overclocking to the masses ... wonder how much Dell's business will be down in the last few months??



I doubt you could build this spec for £270:w00t:

Does vista business have all the features of vista home premium?

Nope. You lose a lot of the media-focused elements and have to upgrade to Ultimate to get 'em back - expensive and not available with this deal. It was another clincher for me to stick with XP.

Yet on the E520 with the monitor on the other thread, it actually costs more to get Vista Business. Wierd seeing as it has less features for the average person. Good old Micro$oft eh?! Could be a deal breaker :-(

zeroquai

Yet on the E520 with the monitor on the other thread, it actually costs … Yet on the E520 with the monitor on the other thread, it actually costs more to get Vista Business. Wierd seeing as it has less features for the average person. Good old Micro$oft eh?! Could be a deal breaker :-(



The machine with the monitor has Windows Home BASIC, which is a cheapo version with the shiny 3D interface removed. Vista Business is better then Home Basic thats why I went for this machine.

I think he means that you can upgrade the basic Vista Home to Premium for less than it costs to upgrade to Vista Business. It's true but I'd still go for the XP option 'cos it costs nothing extra and it actually works:thumbsup:

Original Poster

The multimedia capabilities of Vista Business are fine for me, it can stream all my media perfectly. I'm also using TVersity to stream video and music to the Nintendo Wii which is highly recommended, everybody with a Wii should try it.

The big advantages for me are that it has FAX abilities and will be able to run Oracle. I certainly don't consider Vista Business to be inferior to Vista Premium. As for programs not running, I use Virtual PC to run XP, so have the best of both worlds.

Thanks PNE! :thumbsup:

Pointed my sister towards this deal, and she bought it yesterday.

cheapskate58

I doubt you could build this spec for £270:w00t:



Nope

1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.86ghz Socket 775 FSB800 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor 121407 £62.80 £62.80
2 x Ebuyer 1GB DDR2 667MHz PC2-5400 240pin Extra Value Ram 115961 £26.37 £52.74
1 x Maxtor STM3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATAII 8MB Cache - OEM 120303 £33.49 £33.49
1 x LG GSA-H42NBAL 18x DVD±RW/RAM Black - Bare drive 124905 £15.99 £15.99
1 x Abit SG95 SKT 775 7.1 Channel Audio PCI-E DDR2 mATX 118027 £23.22 £23.22
1 x Sweex Black with Silver Trim Mid Tower Case - With 300W PSU 127089 £14.84 £14.84
1 x Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 (Comfort Edition) 108207 £23.82 £23.82


Carriage £9.59
Subtotal £236.49
VAT £41.41
Order Total £277.90

Original Poster

dc2447

Nope1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.86ghz Socket 775 FSB800 2MB Cache … Nope1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.86ghz Socket 775 FSB800 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor 121407 £62.80 £62.802 x Ebuyer 1GB DDR2 667MHz PC2-5400 240pin Extra Value Ram 115961 £26.37 £52.741 x Maxtor STM3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATAII 8MB Cache - OEM 120303 £33.49 £33.491 x LG GSA-H42NBAL 18x DVD±RW/RAM Black - Bare drive 124905 £15.99 £15.991 x Abit SG95 SKT 775 7.1 Channel Audio PCI-E DDR2 mATX 118027 £23.22 £23.221 x Sweex Black with Silver Trim Mid Tower Case - With 300W PSU 127089 £14.84 £14.841 x Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 (Comfort Edition) 108207 £23.82 £23.82Carriage £9.59Subtotal £236.49VAT £41.41Order Total £277.90




What about the OS? That'll be £100'ish for Vista Business. Also don't forget the time spent assembling the parts, installing the software etc.

PNE

What about the OS? That'll be £100'ish for Vista Business. Also don't … What about the OS? That'll be £100'ish for Vista Business. Also don't forget the time spent assembling the parts, installing the software etc.

I said nope - it wasn't possible

PNE

What about the OS? That'll be £100'ish for Vista Business. Also don't … What about the OS? That'll be £100'ish for Vista Business. Also don't forget the time spent assembling the parts, installing the software etc.

I said nope - it wasn't possible

edit: actually it probably would be possible if you shopped around a little more than I did but very tricky.

And you would have a better mobo and case but it it is still an excellent deal

Worth pointing out that if you can get close to this price with self-build then you will have the huge benefit of being able to overclock which is the key feature of the E4300 processor and something that you loose with DELL.

ST

Worth pointing out that if you can get close to this price with … Worth pointing out that if you can get close to this price with self-build then you will have the huge benefit of being able to overclock which is the key feature of the E4300 processor and something that you loose with DELL.



I think the point is that you won't get close to this price on a self-build with exactly the same spec - without resorting to dodgy OS "solutions".

If you really need a faster processor, order a faster one from Dell and put the time and effort saved towards getting a life:p

cheapskate58

I think the point is that you won't get close to this price on a … I think the point is that you won't get close to this price on a self-build with exactly the same spec - without resorting to dodgy OS "solutions".If you really need a faster processor, order a faster one from Dell and put the time and effort saved towards getting a life


A few minutes spent overclocking this processor will save you over £140 on the highest available option that DELL offer on this base. Also a quick tally up at ebuyer simply as an example (places like aria etc do offer some of the components for less so shop around) shows that you can get close.

ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA £29.68 (£25 at Aria)
2x Kingston 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM I got mine the last week from ebuyers happy hour worked at at £30 for 2GB
CPU £63 (retail with fan etc)
250GB HD £27
DVDRW, keyboard, card reader and mouse £20
Graphics - well the DELL has very poor on-board so given that the above MB can take AGP and PCI-E I could throw in an older/cheaper card and it would still out pace the DELL.
Case and PSU £50
Vista Business £79 (£76 at Aria)

All based on juggling the orders to achieve the best from using Google checkout. So just under £300 + shipping -£141 for the faster processor which you don't need and your under DELLs £270 in fact under £200! Obviously this isn't for everyone, but it's a good example of what can be done. ;-)

Original Poster

ST

A few minutes spent overclocking this processor will save you over £140 … A few minutes spent overclocking this processor will save you over £140 on the highest available option that DELL offer on this base. Also a quick tally up at ebuyer simply as an example (places like aria etc do offer some of the components for less so shop around) shows that you can get close.ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA £29.68 (£25 at Aria)2x Kingston 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM I got mine the last week from ebuyers happy hour worked at at £30 for 2GBCPU £63 (retail with fan etc)250GB HD £27DVDRW, keyboard, card reader and mouse £20Graphics - well the DELL has very poor on-board so given that the above MB can take AGP and PCI-E I could throw in an older/cheaper card and it would still out pace the DELL.Case and PSU £50Vista Business £79 (£76 at Aria)All based on juggling the orders to achieve the best from using Google checkout. So just under £300 + shipping -£141 for the faster processor which you don't need and your under DELLs £270 in fact under £200! Obviously this isn't for everyone, but it's a good example of what can be done. ;-)



Reality is somewhat different I think

ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA PT880 Ultra Socket 775 SATA 8 channel audio ATX 124950 168 in stock £33.77 £33.77
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.86ghz Socket 775 FSB800 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor 121407 474 in stock £62.80 £62.80
Kingston 1GB DDR2 667MHz / PC2-5300 MEMORY CL5 1.8V NON ECC UNBUFFERED 091121 891 in stock £26.37 £52.74
NEC Optiarc AD-5170A-0B 18xDVD±RW DL Black - Bare Drive 117543 507 in stock £15.09 £15.09
Maxtor STM3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATAII 8MB Cache - OEM 120303 603 in stock £33.49 £33.49
Antec NSK4400 Super Mini-Tower Case Black/Silver - With 380W SmartPower PSU 112648 78 in stock £38.81 £38.81
Extra Value Silver/Black Wired MultiMedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse - USB 106535 1290 in stock £6.80 £6.80
Ebuyer Extra Value All in 1 internal Card Reader Plus One USB2.0 Port 108453 84 in stock £5.10 £5.10
Microsoft Windows Vista Business x32Bit OEM 1PK DVD 123049 2037 in stock £75.82 £75.82

Cart Total: £324.42


VAT: £56.81
TOTAL: £381.23


Okay I haven't allowed for any savings for splitting the orders so as to maximise any savings to be had from using Google checkout but then I haven't included the cost of actually assembling the components. If you really do believe that you can build a PC to the quality of Dell at a better price then I suggest you start up in business and let us all buy from you.;-)

PNE

Reality is somewhat different I thinkTOTAL: £381.23Okay I haven't allowed … Reality is somewhat different I thinkTOTAL: £381.23Okay I haven't allowed for any savings for splitting the orders so as to maximise any savings to be had from using Google checkout but then I haven't included the cost of actually assembling the components. If you really do believe that you can build a PC to the quality of Dell at a better price then I suggest you start up in business and let us all buy from you.


Placing the orders wisely is key here as there are huge savings to be made. My cost suggestion was aimed purely at self-builders not nessaceraly looking to sell on, so assembly costs/time mean nothing. With regards to DELL's build quality... I know of people who have had to call DELL as they were having problems with their new system, the reply was something along the lines of "open the case and have a fiddle with the cable connectors" so from that point of view I'm sure that I could build to a better standard than DELL. Although in DELL's defence I suppose the many miles that each system has to travel on the back of a lorry could explain the loose fittings (another downfall of buying pre-built). As for buying from me, well as a business person I would buy in bulk and would therefore be able to supply a more versatile machine for similar money.

Overall though, DELL systems are very reliable and offer great value for money there's no doubting that, but for those like myself who have the knowledge to self-build we have to look at what's best and IMHO being able to overclock the E4300 and have future upgradability of a more versatile motherboard are worth the little extra over buying the restrictive DELL. Don't forget that the DELL would cost around £411 with the E6600 yet you can have similar performance with the self build for £100 less.
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