Dell (Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD) with 27in Curved Wide Screen Monitor £499 @ Amazon
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Dell (Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD) with 27in Curved Wide Screen Monitor £499 @ Amazon

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Found 26th Dec 2016
Hi this my first deal I am posting, seems like a great deal considering you get a 27" curved monitor as a bundle! Let me know what you all think!

amazon.co.uk/gp/…new
- rodman

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Should add Amazon & Win10 to title.

Buy a cheap 120gb ssd for the OS and it will fly

Original Poster

This offer ends on second of January.

Depends on what you intending to do with it? Its an ok deal for general desktop pc use yeah, but for gaming (lack of dedicated gpu) then no not really.

Original Poster

Im planning to you use for normal daily use. I won't be be doing any gaming on this.

In that case, for the monitor and an i5 cpu it would be well suited. Had mostly positive experience with Dell kit, always had their laptops and if you have no real upgrades planned (aside from an sad) the desktops are fine also.

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is Dell quite customizable (if thats a word)?

Thanks Rodman.
Edited by: "dominickthedonkey" 26th Dec 2016

dominickthedonkey

is Dell quite customizable (if thats a word)?Thanks Rodman.


Not this one. Seems to use a custom sized PSU (power supply) based on the photos, so while you might be able to add a new hard drive / ssd etc. I wouldn't count on it having great upgrade potential (e.g. putting in a big new graphics card).

Nice deal OP. Voted hot. I could go on all day and say build one, but for balance here is a similar option that doesn't involve parts shopping.

ebuyer.com/735…046i5 6400 Tower @ £318.99

currys.co.uk/gbu…tml27" Monitor @ £129.99

scdkey.uk/mic…insWindows 10 Pro @ £12.24

amazon.co.uk/gp/…-21256GB SSD @ £54.99

£461.22 without SSD example in last link (£516.21 with 256GB SSD).

Could save and go for a 120GB instead....











Edited by: "alltaken123" 26th Dec 2016

Original Poster

Thanks very much for the alternative. Would I need an adapter to fit the 2.5" ssd into the Zoostorm case?

dominickthedonkey

Thanks very much for the alternative. Would I need an adapter to fit the … Thanks very much for the alternative. Would I need an adapter to fit the 2.5" ssd into the Zoostorm case?



Nope, the SSD can be attached into a 3.5" bay without an adaptor, simply screw one side to a 3.5" bay (no moving parts to worry about).

The case has a free bay, 2 total, 1 taken by the 1TB Hard Drive.

Edited by: "alltaken123" 26th Dec 2016

Oh, forgot to say the Zoostorm has an included keyboard and mouse if you need them.

This is very tempting. Be nice to know if the hard drive is 7200 rpm.
Also be interesting to know if this is the Dell SE2716H monitor. Has in built speakers and best price I can see is £215 for the monitor by itself.
The package seems to be £650 at John Lewis: Your text here

Such a shame the specs aren't properly listed anywhere.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core
8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 GPU (2GB DDR3)
1TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Multi-Format SD & MMC Media Card Reader
Gigabit Ethernet & Bluetooth 4.0
2 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
Dell Wired Keyboard & Mouse Included
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1217993-REG/dell_i3650_3133slv_inspiron_3000_series_mini.html

Ignore the Nvidia card in this spec, I'm trying to point out that the base looks to include a 7200rpm drive as standard (I imagine).


Edited by: "alltaken123" 26th Dec 2016

alltaken123

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core8GB of 1600 MHz … PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAMNVIDIA GeForce GT 730 GPU (2GB DDR3)1TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard DriveSuperMulti DVD BurnerMulti-Format SD & MMC Media Card ReaderGigabit Ethernet & Bluetooth 4.02 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 PortsDell Wired Keyboard & Mouse IncludedWindows 10 Home (64-bit)https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1217993-REG/dell_i3650_3133slv_inspiron_3000_series_mini.htmlIgnore the Nvidia card in this spec, I'm trying to point out that the base looks to include a 7200rpm drive as standard (I imagine).



I think the nvidia 730 is standard spec too. See this old hotukdeals amazon thread from earlier in the year. Wasn't originally listed as including the discrete graphics, but turned out to. Although that said, apparently it is an awful graphics card. Seems to be the same computer but without the monitor: Dell 3650

Really good deal for those looking for a good everyday PC, shame it doesn't look like the PSU can be swapped out for a regular ATX power supply, so it could cause issues for someone who plans to upgrade the PC later on. That Monitor alone makes it a great deal.

ebuyer.com/749…abu

What do people think of this desktop instead in comparison and buying a separate monitor?
Edited by: "hassanomar" 26th Dec 2016

Better graphics card?

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hassanomar

http://www.ebuyer.com/749505-hp-460-p059na-twr-desktop-w3b51ea-abu What … http://www.ebuyer.com/749505-hp-460-p059na-twr-desktop-w3b51ea-abu What do people think of this desktop instead in comparison and buying a separate monitor?



​Thanks for your input, would you know if it would be possible to add an ssd drive on the HP?

dominickthedonkey

​Thanks for your input, would you know if it would be possible to add an s … ​Thanks for your input, would you know if it would be possible to add an ssd drive on the HP?



​I don't but I'm sure someone will inform us!

Expansion / Connectivity

Bays1 (total) / 0 (free) x internal 3.5" ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x external 5.25" Ultra Slim

Slots1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU ¦ 2 (total) / 0 (free) x DIMM 240-pin ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x M.2 Card

Interfaces4 x USB 2.0 ( 2 front, 2 rear ) ¦ 2 x USB 3.0 ¦ 1 x audio line-in ¦ 1 x audio line-out ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x HDMI ¦ 1 x headphones/microphone ¦ 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) - RJ-45
Edited by: "hassanomar" 26th Dec 2016

You can add an SSD to the HP from ebuyer. The HP comes with a lower power version of the 6400, a 6400t model.

cpuboss.com/cpu…400

the power button looks different this is the only 27 curved from Dell i could find

debenhamsplus.com/p/1…P3Q

Every image on the Amazon page of the deal is a flat screen monitor, even the image saying curved uses a flat screen.

Original Poster

it looks like the monitor has only a slight curve as seen on a dell monitor on another amazon link.

I have just put a ruler against the monitor at the bottom, you can see that when you connect the monitor edges, the middle part curves out.
Edited by: "dominickthedonkey" 26th Dec 2016

alltaken123

Every image on the Amazon page of the deal is a flat screen monitor, even … Every image on the Amazon page of the deal is a flat screen monitor, even the image saying curved uses a flat screen.



I'm pretty sure it's a picture of the 22" one included with the dual core pack. If you look at the base to screen ratio over a Dell 27" it's much smaller.

Original Poster

When you change to the 22" version which is unavailable, the model number at the back of the tower changes. I think the screen is definately curved but has a small curve. I don't think Amazon would add this description on a special offer.

If it only has a small curve what is the draw vs the separate Zoostorm and PCWorld 27" flat screen? I appreciate it's an all in one place deal vs the example links but weigh that up with the spare change...
Edited by: "alltaken123" 26th Dec 2016

I'm speechless. Should have waited instead of buying this PC i have now but i guess this has Integrated Graphics Card and mine has GTX 1050 so I'm not too fussed. This probably can't handle The Sims 3 or Left 4 Dead 2 so i guess i made the right decision in buying one quickly.

dominickthedonkey

When you change to the 22" version which is unavailable, the model number … When you change to the 22" version which is unavailable, the model number at the back of the tower changes. I think the screen is definately curved but has a small curve. I don't think Amazon would add this description on a special offer.



If you look on the John Lewis link above, it looks like the correct picture.

dominickthedonkey

Im planning to you use for normal daily use. I won't be be doing any … Im planning to you use for normal daily use. I won't be be doing any gaming on this.



​i5 is way overkill for basic tasks eg. office, web browsing and watching videos.

Pentiums are enough for that, an ssd is much more beneficial than extra cpu horsepower.

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minicale

​i5 is way overkill for basic tasks eg. office, web browsing and watching … ​i5 is way overkill for basic tasks eg. office, web browsing and watching videos.Pentiums are enough for that, an ssd is much more beneficial than extra cpu horsepower.



​Hmmm I disagree, my last computer was a quadcore pentium with 640gb hdd which I bought back in 2009 and after a few years of use it became really slow. I must admit that there will be a number of people using this at my house.

This looks very similar chassis as the Dell Vostro 3250 which I recently got, it had 1 x 3.5" hard drive space with just the right space to squeeze in an SSD drive (wedged between the existing hard drive and the cage it's in) - however although there is a spare SATA port on the motherboard, there was no spare power cable and as it's a totally customised powersupply there was no way to power a second hard drive without adding some SATA power cable splitter.

In the end I just decided to not use the supplied 3.5" drive and just use the SSD I installed...... also note that installng the SSD drive with screws/adaptor bracket was virtually impossible due to how the drive cage and connectors lined up.

However, despite the very limited install options, it's a great little PC providing you understand the incredibly limited upgrade/expansion options.

EDIT - hmmm Amazon are showing two versions of images of the 3000 series, the slim and minitower (which is more capable for expansion) - which does it come with?
Edited by: "spannerzone" 26th Dec 2016

spannerzone

This looks very similar chassis as the Dell Vostro 3250 which I recently … This looks very similar chassis as the Dell Vostro 3250 which I recently got, it had 1 x 3.5" hard drive space with just the right space to squeeze in an SSD drive (wedged between the existing hard drive and the cage it's in) - however although there is a spare SATA port on the motherboard, there was no spare power cable and as it's a totally customised powersupply there was no way to power a second hard drive without adding some SATA power cable splitter.In the end I just decided to not use the supplied 3.5" drive and just use the SSD I installed...... also note that installng the SSD drive with screws/adaptor bracket was virtually impossible due to how the drive cage and connectors lined up.However, despite the very limited install options, it's a great little PC providing you understand the incredibly limited upgrade/expansion options.EDIT - hmmm Amazon are showing two versions of images of the 3000 series, the slim and minitower (which is more capable for expansion) - which does it come with?



When fitting the feather light SSD's to our two computer towers I used "Velcro" sticky tape to fasten them to the inside.

Nice deal - shame it's not an i5 6500 though. Stick a GTX 1060, RX 470 or RX 480 in this and you have a decent gaming machine. Looks like the chassis can handle dual-slot graphics cards - the question is whether the PSU has a six-pin power output on it.
Edited by: "Easy2BCheesy" 27th Dec 2016

The i5 6400's integrated HD 530 usually performs better than the included GT 730, linustechtips benchmarked the two in games to make the point, but that's in systems using DDR4 memory and I notice this is another Dell i5 6400 deal using DDR3, so perhaps that's why Dell included the GT 730 or perhaps the Dell motherboard simply doesn't have a video output on the motherboard from the i5 6400's integrated HD 530, I don't know. In other words, I was wondering if selling the GT 730 is a possibility. I know the monitor gets mixed customer reviews but for the price of base unit and monitor, even if upgrade options are very limited, it seems like a good deal to me. I found it listed as discontinued on several sites but the cheapest I saw it was for £599.

dominickthedonkey

​Hmmm I disagree, my last computer was a quadcore pentium with 640gb hdd w … ​Hmmm I disagree, my last computer was a quadcore pentium with 640gb hdd which I bought back in 2009 and after a few years of use it became really slow. I must admit that there will be a number of people using this at my house.



the newer skylake pentiums (eg G4400) run at similar speeds to the i3 ones, but just have slightly less core threads. They do quite well benchmarked.

For office work etc they are absolutely fine, and even for light gaming they can be respectable. The older pentiums tend to burn out with recurrent use, and more often its the HDD that is causing your speeds to slow down, not the CPU.

This i5 is quite decent for serious gamers, which is in my opinion, overkill for this kind of office pc. Anyone seeking to do graphics editing etc as well as games will want a dedicated GPU.

For the components individually, the price is decent, however the lack of upgradeability and imbalance of parts makes this a poor buy for a gamer who will be seeking to upgrage GPU, and overkill for day to day office tasks.

The Zoostorm tower I posted as an alternative (above) has support for graphics cards, a standard PSU (Dell use a tailored unit in this tower) and 8GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM. The Dell in this deal uses DDR3L 1600Mhz.
Edited by: "alltaken123" 27th Dec 2016

Easy2BCheesy

Nice deal - shame it's not an i5 6500 though. Stick a GTX 1060, RX 470 or … Nice deal - shame it's not an i5 6500 though. Stick a GTX 1060, RX 470 or RX 480 in this and you have a decent gaming machine. Looks like the chassis can handle dual-slot graphics cards - the question is whether the PSU has a six-pin power output on it.



I'd steer clear of this for a gaming rig. Problem is the PSU being tailored, a standard ATX will not fit.

alltaken123

I'd steer clear of this for a gaming rig. Problem is the PSU being … I'd steer clear of this for a gaming rig. Problem is the PSU being tailored, a standard ATX will not fit.



thannks for all the advice, the zoostorm one seems decent for the price. I'm in the market for an i7 with possible 16 gigs ram for data processing purposes. I even considered getting a alienware steam machine. Any suggestions?

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More stock is expected to be on the way, hopefully before 2nd of Jan.
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