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Dell Studio Desktop, 2.5ghz Quad Core, 23" Full HD Monitor, 8GB, 1TB HDD, Blu-Ray, 512mb ATI HD 4350, Vista Prem (Win 7 up/g).....£673.56 delivered @ Dell (NOW £664.06 4th OCT)
Dell Studio Desktop, 2.5ghz Quad Core, 23" Full HD Monitor, 8GB, 1TB HDD, Blu-Ray, 512mb ATI HD 4350, Vista Prem (Win 7 up/g).....£673.56 delivered @ Dell (NOW £664.06 4th OCT)

Dell Studio Desktop, 2.5ghz Quad Core, 23" Full HD Monitor, 8GB, 1TB HDD, Blu-Ray, 512mb ATI HD 4350, Vista Prem (Win 7 up/g).....£673.56 delivered @ Dell (NOW £664.06 4th OCT)

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This deal is probably not for everyone, as not everyone can afford £674 for a pc, but it still seems good value to me (Quad Core, 8gb, Blu-ray, 1Tb drive, 23" HD Monitor....etc)

Components:
Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Q8300 Processor (2.5GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 (64 BIT)
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English
1 Year Limited Warranty
Dell ST2310 23" Full HD Widescreen Monitor - UK/Irish
8192MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x2048]
1TB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
512MB ATI® Radeon HD 4350 graphics card
Blu-Ray ROM Drive (read/write CD/DVD & read Blu-Ray Disc)
Dell USB Entry Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Integrated Channel High Definition Audio
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year


to get this price, apply the 5% discount voucher currently available for Inspirons & Studios over £679


Dell product code: D005420

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Don't forget Quidco and EPP discounts.

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UPDATE 4th OCT: NOW ONLY £664.06 as Dell have dropped the price.

59 Comments

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s

Not a cheap deal certainly, but to someone who wants a reliable complete computer setup, that can do it all, (within reason), without the hassle of adding things this is perfect. Tempting . but i just bought a laptop so cant realy warrant it! Thanks for the post, dont forget the cashbacks.

Original Poster

Yep...can't afford it myself at the moment, but if I had the dosh I'd definitely consider buying it (maybe with one or 2 upgrades as well). Pretty good specs. Not the greatest graphics card, but at least its not an integrated card.

no way i paid over £700 for a similar system a few months ago, including using a 5% voucher. Great price.

Now up to - £709.01 from the link

nj1;6400901

Now up to - £709.01 from the link



How about this for a crazy idea - read the entire post from the OP next time and you may see the bit about a 5% discount code making the price....wait for it...wait for it....£673.56. :x


imke69;6395502

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking … could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s



As a systems buyer for the last 10 years and having dealt with both I'd go with Dell. If you can push the cash a bit further, bolt on the 3 year On-Site Warranty (home warranty includes weekends I believe).

Al

imke69;6395502

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking … could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s



Dell all the time - have had a similar system since 2006 - no problems at all:thumbsup::thumbsup:

look cool

Seriously I doubt Dell quality in long term :x
My old P4 built by myself back in 6 years ago still running fine today, but I didnt see many branded pc with such a long life. Dell is famous in saving their cash on motherboard/PSUs

With core i5+mobo being cheap these days, maybe its better off to build one or wait for a deal based on i5. I got a i7 with 12Gig ram for a grand, never regret :-D

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this makes my pc look really crap!

danieljones09;6401024

this makes my pc look really crap!



+1 my acer aspire one runs op flashpoint 1 better than my desktop and big laptop :oops:

Tempting... probably need a laptop more though.

Pretty good if you have the funds though.

imke69;6395502

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking … could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s



HP for me all the way. Great build and quality.

I have HP laptop and HP PC and my daughter has a Dell laptop. I have many friend who have Dell PC'sand we use Dell at work (5000+ employees) and they are cheap and cheerful products IMHO

imke69;6395502

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking … could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s



No comparison, go for HP.

I've been using them all around the world for the last 6 years. Not an issue. Dell are fragile in comparison. Ergonomic of HP are really good, Dell keyboard and some design elements are just harder on the hands and on the eye. Avoid Dell branded things printers like the plague.

Dell have a great website to customise a computer and people who are not going to get screwdrivers out love it because they can mess about with the specification and still get it badged as a Dell and not "made this in the garden shed" !

The reality is that all manufacturers have a multitude of specs available from different sources. You have to be prepared to put some footwork in (or keyboard work) but often, when you alter the spec to suit you in Dell, the price is not competitive. At the end of the day, don't rule out suppliers such as John Lewis, who will tell you the age of the spec and then advise on new spec and prices (including reductions) coming through in the near future.

I ended up with mine from PC World of all places because they had one HP in their range which was way high spec for the price and sort of out of kilter with the rest of their products. It sold out fast but I found one in a store near me.

I have been using dell for 6years and have not had a single problem.while my sony vaio dead in an year.I bought a monitor from HP,very nice looks ofcourse, and it started showing all the troubles just after the one year guarantee period.(w2207h) . I will never buy HP anymore,because dell got 3 years warranty on their monitors.
so for me always dell

imke69;6395502

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking … could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s



There are always going to be people with strong opinions on questions like this. Unless a particular brand or model has a major design flaw (in which case it usually gets well-publicised around the Net), a lot comes down to individual experiences.

I've got 3 Dells (2 Desktop and one Laptop) bought over a 5-year period and all have been faultless and still going strong. The organisation I work for has bought a shedload of Dells over the past few years (Desktops, Laptops and Servers) and the IT people tell me they are sound kit.

All PC production lines are going to throw out the occasional dodgy unit so, another important question is how good is their tech. support/after-sales service, i.e. if you have ended up with a dodgy system, can you get through on a non-premium rate number to someone and get the system changed easily with no fuss. While I've never had to do this with Dell (since all the systems I have are fine), I have used their technical support to get advice on upgrades and have no complaints.

Your best bet is to Google using keywords like "compare reliability Dell HP" and see what comes up. A typical discussion can be found on CNET at: forums.cnet.com/520…932

Bottom line: I can't comment on HP, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy a fourth Dell (if only I could find a good excuse!)

Looks like a good spec unfortunately I do not need a new monitor and you cannot take it off

imke69;6395502

could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking … could any-one recomend between a DELL p.c. or an H.P. p.c. , i am looking for the most reliable.i think this is a good deal but i don't know about p.c.s



Sainsbury's have just upgraded all their instore PC's from HP to Dell if thats anything to go by!

Jakejakejake;6401487

Sainsbury's have just upgraded all their instore PC's from HP to Dell if … Sainsbury's have just upgraded all their instore PC's from HP to Dell if thats anything to go by!



Source for that claim?

I have a couple of DELL's . One is a quad core 2.4Ghz desktop - bought last year. The other is a Core2Duo 2.4Ghz laptop. Both were from the Vostro range. Both have worked fine and have been trouble free.

I think they are good value for what you get. They aren't tuned (components wise and setup) for top performance but then you aren't paying top dollar either.

This looks like a great deal to me for a powerful machine that should last a few years.

I don't need a new machine personally but heat added.

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I work there. Everywhere in my region has them, everyone else who hasn't got them yet will be getting them.

Really cheap considering I got an XPS studio 430 only 2 months back and paid just over £800, that was with using a 10% discount voucher and quidco. The processor was quad core but 2.25mhz, the memory was only 4gb and it came with a dvd drive and not a blu ray drive. Heat added.

ciro;6401022

Seriously I doubt Dell quality in long term :xMy old P4 built by myself … Seriously I doubt Dell quality in long term :xMy old P4 built by myself back in 6 years ago still running fine today, but I didnt see many branded pc with such a long life. Dell is famous in saving their cash on motherboard/PSUsWith core i5+mobo being cheap these days, maybe its better off to build one or wait for a deal based on i5. I got a i7 with 12Gig ram for a grand, never regret :-D



We've got about 30 old dell P4's which we use in the labs that are still ticking away fine. And many of them remain on 24/7 as they run soak tests overnight.

Moreover I see my clients offices full of them and they are often left on 24/7 aswell (most businesses are still lazy about turning stuff off) and I'm yet to hear a client or colleague tell me their machine has failed. (Laptops are a different story ofcourse)

I can't really comment on the parts, but Dells are generally well designed internally, enssuring good airflow throughout the case. Thats something I see self builds often ignore, with cabling obstructing airflow (less of an issue since SATA came about, but hefty PSU cables are still a problem).

Unless your looking for cutting edge HW, I find Dell/HP/Etc are hard to beat these days, often being cheaper then the components alone for a self build (let alone adding labour).

You can get a Dell Studio XPS Core i5 for cheaper than this. Ok it is 3GB ram (but that ram is DDR3 and 32bit Windows can't use more than 3.5GB anyway) and only a 500GB HD but the i5 is 50% faster than the Core 2 in this deal.

I wouldn't order a Dell again though, I just can't communicate with their Indian call center, every letter or number is misunderstood it is too frustrating. I ended up getting my order done twice because of this and am having to send the mistake one back because they say it isnt possible to cancel and order with Dell and it must be shipped and returned.

Jakejakejake;6401487

Sainsbury's have just upgraded all their instore PC's from HP to Dell if … Sainsbury's have just upgraded all their instore PC's from HP to Dell if thats anything to go by!



Is that part of the normal swap out process or for reliability reasons?

Large corps like Sainsburys generally have pretty tight SLA's/Reliability requirements built into the contract. You'd generally know if failure on one of those commitments resulted in them ditching the supplier. And you'd see other people following suit.

I would imagine its far more likely the contract came up for tender and HP beat Dell on price.

Can anyone advise me on a few things please.

Can you have the pc without vista and microsoft works? i would like to install my own copy of Xp and Office. As i think vista is bloated and rubbish.
Would i gain a discount for this?

Also whats the best monitor out of the 2 on offer S2309W or the ST2310?

last thing whats the bluray drive like? Can i burn cd/dvd's? or should i get a second drive?

Louis

Could someone please give me some help. I have ordered the following pc but i am contemplating cancelling my order and ordering this deal. The spec i order is

D09SX03 1 £553.96
Base : Studio XPS Intel Core i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz, 8MB cache, 4.8GT/sec) 1
Ship Accessory : English Docs with UK/IRL power cord 1
Resource DVD : English Studio XPS Diagnostics and Drivers 1
Memory : 3072MB (3x1024) 1067MHz DDR3 Tri Channel 1
Media Card Reader : 19-in-1 Media Card Reader 1
Hard Drive : 640GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) 1
Optical Drive : 16X DVD+/-RW Drive 1
Optical Software : ROXIO Software for Vista - Creator / MYDVD 10.2 (software install, no media) 1
Display : 20in ST2010 UK Black Widescreen 1600x900 resolution, VGA / HDMI 1
Graphics : 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce™ GT220 graphics card 1
Audio Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital capability 1
Speakers Not Included 1
Wireless : European Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N MiniPCI Card 1
Mice : Dell Laser USB (6 buttons scroll) Black Mouse 1
Keyboard : UK/Irish (QWERTY) Dell Entry USB Black 1
Operating System : English Genuine Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium (64 BIT) including Media 1
English Microsoft Works 9.0 (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Outlook Express, Powerpoint Viewer) (With Recovery CD) 1
Software : Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic 1
Software : Dell Download Store (UK, France, Germany) 1
English Norton Internet Securities 2009 - 30 Day Trial Version 1
No Warranty Upgrade 1
1Yr Premium Warranty Support 1
No Accidental Damage Support 1
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1
DataSafe Online size - 2GB Trial 1
Studio XPS Desktop Order - UK 1
Studio DT - System Only 1
Subtotal: £553.96
Freight: £17.39

Total Net: £571.35
VAT( 15%): £85.70
Total: £657.05


I do not know much about computers, but i want a quick computer which has good memory and is good for downloads and watching movies and playing music.

Thanks!!!!

Huzayfah;6403107

I do not know much about computers, but i want a quick computer which has … I do not know much about computers, but i want a quick computer which has good memory and is good for downloads and watching movies and playing music.Thanks!!!!



A cheap Dual Core with a few GB's of memory would be perfectly adequate for that. You only need to spend half this amount if thats all you need to do.

I know, but which one do you think is better value, and quality wise

[QUOTE=crazyal;6400923]How about this for a crazy idea - read the entire post from the OP next time and you may see the bit about a 5% discount code making the price....wait for it...wait for it....£673.56. :x

LMAO :-D

Huzayfah;6403211

I know, but which one do you think is better value, and quality wise



Theres been a few other £200-£300 PC's posted here. Do a search for Dell/HP/etc and you'll find the threads where they've been discussed in depth.

I don't really want to repost all that stuff and clog this thread up.

Here are a couple of examples to get you started:

hotukdeals.com/ite…wi/

£349

hotukdeals.com/ite…-e/

£223

Processors would be fine for what you want to do. You may just want to upgrade the HDD, or buy and install one yourself (which would be cheaper).

Thnak you very much for the response, but i forgot to mention that the computer will be used by my father as a business desktop, so what would be the best option. The one i have already ordered or the original post

Thanks

Sorry again

Huzayfah;6403505

Thnak you very much for the response, but i forgot to mention that the … Thnak you very much for the response, but i forgot to mention that the computer will be used by my father as a business desktop, so what would be the best option. The one i have already ordered or the original postThanksSorry again



It really depends on what its going to be used for.

For basic surfing, downloading, MS office, a few windows open at a time, any of these would be fine. Nothing of that nature will tax any of these PC's, and your only talking about losing a few seconds here and there between the slowest and fastest processor for such tasks.

If your going to have dozens of apps open, do some number crunching (encoding for example), gaming, or other processor/gfx intensive tasks then you need to look at what those apps recommend.

Also how critical is the PC to the business? If its critical then you'd be better off getting the £223 Dell with 3 Year NBD service, rather then the latest and greatest machine with RTB service.

Anybody know or want to hazard a guess as ti when Dell etc will be offering PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled? Going to need a new PC in the next 6 weeks.

Hi, thanks. The problem with those ones is that, they do not come with a monitor nor wireless and i have heard from friends thats Vostros and Insprions do not last long.

Well my father is using the computer fairly often with working from home. I personally really like the look of the £673 computer, or is the one i ordered better.

sorry for being a ******

Banned

gd deal

Huzayfah;6403781

Hi, thanks. The problem with those ones is that, they do not come with a … Hi, thanks. The problem with those ones is that, they do not come with a monitor nor wireless and i have heard from friends thats Vostros and Insprions do not last long.Well my father is using the computer fairly often with working from home. I personally really like the look of the £673 computer, or is the one i ordered better.sorry for being a ******



The second one I posted does come with a monitor, but its over £300. Alternatively there have been plenty of deals for monitors posted recently. Your looking at approx £110 for a 22-23" these days.

However, I'm just giving you suitable PC's. Theres nothing stopping you spending more if you want. It's just a matter of diminishing returns, but wether its still worth it depends on how much each extra £ is worth to you.

As for the comment about reliability, I would take anecdotal evidence with a pinch of salt. Vostro's are cheaper, so probably more prevelant as home PC's. Therefore you're more likely to hear of one failing. After all is 1 vostro failure in 100 any different to 1 failure in 10 of the higher end PC's? (Foregoing the questions about the sample size being adequate to make a valid judgement on the reliability of either).

VERY nice PC and a good deal imo!

great deal by all means. will work good as a server too, meets the Microsoft specs.
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