Dell Optiplex 745 Core 2 Duo 1.86Ghz, 1GB Ram,160GB HDD,DVD, XP Pro OEM, Grade B - No OS - £50.00 delivered @ SCH Trade
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Dell Optiplex 745 Core 2 Duo 1.86Ghz, 1GB Ram,160GB HDD,DVD, XP Pro OEM, Grade B - No OS - £50.00 delivered @ SCH Trade

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Found 12th Nov 2012
Good little units these, just been reduced in price to £50 delivered. Have had one in the office for years and it just keeps going. Apart from ram and hard drive have no real upgradability, but if you want a cheap desktop that takes up very little space these are fantastic machines. Not a gaming computer, and requires installation of OS, you could go with ubuntu, or if you have a dell xp pro disk will install easily.
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If you need a server just go for the hp microserver with the 100 pound cashback.
Decent value these, relatively modern components more than capable of running Windows 7/8 and they take up minimal space as well as running silently.

I'd be tempted to put in an SSD and bump the RAM up to 4GB, you'd end up with a speedy little system.
Don't know why cold has been added, great PC for the price......heat added
These have a DVI graphics connection and possibly need an AC adaptor for power (not sure) so be careful or it could cost more in the long run.
in title u say its got xp pro OEM meaning its got windows xp so why then do you say no os?
cozmic

in title u say its got xp pro OEM meaning its got windows xp so why then … in title u say its got xp pro OEM meaning its got windows xp so why then do you say no os?



No OS installed but you have a license, so you'd just need to supply your own installation media.

Pro Tip - Use a Dell Windows XP CD and it won't require activation
we had these PCs where I used to work. For that price, as a throw away PC it's pretty good, as poster says but bear in mind they don't offer much in terms of upgradability, and when the fans etc go wrong finding a replacement can be a pain, as they're more like laptops in a SFF case.
needing something / desktop high spec fast (not for gaming, don't need monitor)... any links?
What you don't see is the external power pack - it's massive

LINK

Spend £20 more and get a HP dc7800 much better

Edited by: "money-talks" 12th Nov 2012
money-talks

What you don't see is the external power pack - it's massiveLINKSpend £20 … What you don't see is the external power pack - it's massiveLINKSpend £20 more and get a HP dc7800 much better



Yes, and much smaller than the 'external power pack' that these come with... ?

GG.
Anarchist

Yes, and much smaller than the 'external power pack' that these come … Yes, and much smaller than the 'external power pack' that these come with... ?GG.



Sorry what ?
One word: capacitor.... Google it optiplex, capacitor problem. There's a reason why these are cheap.
Just chucked one of these away. They are very dated. The external power pack is huge too about 2 x Xbox 360

Edited by: "RoughNeckTwoZero" 12th Nov 2012
money-talks

Sorry what ?



You're moaning about the size of the 'external power pack' (retro! haven't called them that since my c64!) and recommending people buy the DC7800 instead.

Yet the DC7800's on sale for your quoted £70, are over double the size (by volume) of the 745 SFF. The 745's target audience is/was people who want a tiny desktop PC.

Completely different PC's. You are comparing apples and oranges.
Anarchist

You're moaning about the size of the 'external power pack' (retro! … You're moaning about the size of the 'external power pack' (retro! haven't called them that since my c64!) and recommending people buy the DC7800 instead.Yet the DC7800's on sale for your quoted £70, are over double the size (by volume) of the 745 SFF. The 745's target audience is/was people who want a tiny desktop PC.Completely different PC's. You are comparing apples and oranges.



Not moaning. Just saying they are pretty much junk by today's standards hence why I threw mine in the bin!
RoughNeckTwoZero

Not moaning. Just saying they are pretty much junk by today's standards … Not moaning. Just saying they are pretty much junk by today's standards hence why I threw mine in the bin!


You should have sold it on ebay. They go for over £40 in working order.
Anarchist

You're moaning about the size of the 'external power pack' (retro! … You're moaning about the size of the 'external power pack' (retro! haven't called them that since my c64!) and recommending people buy the DC7800 instead.Yet the DC7800's on sale for your quoted £70, are over double the size (by volume) of the 745 SFF. The 745's target audience is/was people who want a tiny desktop PC.Completely different PC's. You are comparing apples and oranges.



Firstly not moaning, just informing people who might buy one of these as a space saver, only to find it comes with a huge psu

Secondly, nowhere did I say "retro" - have you got your glasses on?

not apples and oranges, dell and hp same sector: "small desktop pc's"

The hp dc7800 at £70 is a small desktop with an internal psu, and much better value, much more modern, a better bet all round

ok?
Edited by: "money-talks" 12th Nov 2012
money-talks

Firstly not moaning, just informing people who might buy one of these as … Firstly not moaning, just informing people who might buy one of these as a space saver, only to find it comes with a huge psuSecondly, nowhere did I say "retro" - have you got your glasses on? :pnot apples and oranges, dell and hp same sector: "small desktop pc's"The hp dc7800 at £70 is a small desktop with an internal psu, and much better value, much more modern, a better bet all roundok?



Firstly, whatever

Secondly, nowhere did I say you said retro - I was referring to you calling it a 'power pack'. Which I've not heard it called in twenty years, and so in my opinion the term 'Power Pack' is retro.. Question is back to you then - do you have your glasses on?

Yes, apples and oranges. The HP is over twice the size of the Dell. Even with the (admittedly big) PSU. It's like comparing the price/capabilities of a normal tower PC with the HP. I strangely have a DC7800 sat right infront of me, and a 745 in my van that I picked up the other day, and the 745 is a hell of a lot smaller than the DC7800, not just a tiny bit.

It's like comparing the size of a Smart car, and a Fiesta, and coming to the conclusion that they're the same. They're both 'small cars'. But one is small, and one is very small, and aimed at a more niche audience.

Edited by: "Anarchist" 13th Nov 2012
can't find this deal on the site. anyone got a direct link?

if you had £100 to spend and already had a monitor and hdd with os, what setup would you get from them?
Sorrry, the deal is now expired.

If I were looking for a basic PC which is still fast enough I'd go for one of these:
schtrade.co.uk/len…74/
for £74. Has a decently fast core 2 duo processor, and uses DDR3 Ram, so cheap to upgrade, even to 8gb, only a bit over £20. Also has some expandability, as it has a (low profile) pci x16 slot. Also has digital video out in the form of a display port, which you can get a dvi adapter for cheaply. I have one, and I put an ssd in it and it is very speedy.

You probably won't just be able to swap your old hard drive into this if you are running windows, as I doubt it would work. It would need a re-install. To do it legally you'd need a vista business dvd, or you can download the iso and put it on a flash drive.
money-talks

Firstly not moaning, just informing people who might buy one of these as … Firstly not moaning, just informing people who might buy one of these as a space saver, only to find it comes with a huge psuSecondly, nowhere did I say "retro" - have you got your glasses on? :pnot apples and oranges, dell and hp same sector: "small desktop pc's"The hp dc7800 at £70 is a small desktop with an internal psu, and much better value, much more modern, a better bet all roundok?


The point to me is that the power pack sits behind the desk out of sight, so is pretty irrelevant how big it is. BTW for anyone reading who read the other comment from someone else about the power pack being 2xbox 360s, it is actually 20cm x10cm x 5cm. 2 x xbox 360 = 60 x 50 x 8. Maybe he meant a dvd case.
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