Dell Studio Slim Intel Core 2 Quad Core Q6600 HD Audio £449 delivered
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Dell Studio Slim Intel Core 2 Quad Core Q6600 HD Audio £449 delivered

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Found 26th Sep 2008
Says save £50 and free delivery.

Seems a decent candidate for a HTPC

Components
Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 Processor (2.4GHz, 8MB cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 - English
1 Year Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
Display Not Included
2048MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
256MB ATI® Radeon HD 3450 graphics card
DVD+/-RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
Dell Multimedia USB Keyboard Black - UK/Irish
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Accessories
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
No Speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
19-in-1 Media Card reader
No Modem
Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English
Services & Software
No Accidental Damage Support
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Also Includes
Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
English Documentation with UK/Irish Power Cord
D104S02
Studio Desktop 540ST Order - UK
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return

ONE QUESTION THOUGH FOR ANY DELL EXPERTS OUT THERE I HAVE A LG GGW-H20L Blu-Ray Rewritter, WILL THIS FIT IN THIS PC?

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Won't open for me either.
I can't imagine very much will fit in this case, Dell offer an upgrade to Blu-Ray, so it might be possible to replace the DVD drive, but without seeing it, whether your drive will fit is a bit of a mystery!

I presume it is this one:
configure.euro.dell.com/del…756

It is OK, but not the great bargains we have seen from Dell recently.
It has these components extra over the £299 Tesco Dell model which intermittently reappears and disappears from the Tesco site:
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive (instead of 320Gb)
256MB ATI® Radeon HD 3450 graphics card
19-in-1 Media Card reader
So unless you want or need the very small case format, and are not up to adding the extra graphics etc, then that would still offer far better value, but that is dependent on it coming back into stock again, and who knows! :-(

If not, Dell have the standard case with better spec (3Gb RAM, not 2) as well as more room for other options, and it is more configurable for 50 quid less:
configure.euro.dell.com/del…756

I know I would MUCH prefer this as it is far better value, the slim case isn't something that would sell it to me

Original Poster

Yeah I understand some of the bad rep, but i'm looking at this as HTPC, so it needs to look good in the living room, the case is quite nice and small and glossy.

Dell have confirmed that the blu-ray drive will fit

4% quidco back also

scoopy2scoops;3054853

Yeah I understand some of the bad rep, but i'm looking at this as HTPC, … Yeah I understand some of the bad rep, but i'm looking at this as HTPC, so it needs to look good in the living room, the case is quite nice and small and glossy.



Still doesn't look much like TV/Audio kit though, so wouldn't fit most people's arrangements. I would suggest a standard box and longer cables!

The standard size Dell mini tower case I have is very close to silent & I get much more noise from the USB hard disk!

Actually, it is all a bit of a nuisance, the siting of TV & all the hardware. I am still using a CRT TV (for now, it is too new & good to change) but even with LCD or Plasma, whatever arrangements you try make - manufacturers and inventors just have not kept up with technological developments, for the right sort of cabinets stands or mounts, so WHERE do you put stuff to look good, be accessible and properly hide the cables and accessories without taking too many compromises? :-(

I had a reshuffle of my gear last week, as I added a PVR (moved it from bedroom only use, to fully shared to living room and bedroom), and even with a remote control switch box, and many hours of jiggling and relocating, it is still an absolute disaster area :-(
Even if I only had a Sky box and a Home cinema/DVD, it would be a tangle, but I have a LOT more than that, despite dumping the VCR a LONG time ago!

The consideration of a full scale HTPC is something I have deliberately discounted due to lack of sensibly priced & configured cases - with the right look and layout yet still with ease of use as a proper workable desktop PC. I do keep RE-thinking of it as a more sophisticated bedroom solution though!

Original Poster

It doesn't have the tv tuner stuff but this could easily be added. I have a SKY HD box so I'm not thinking of using it for TV.

I've priced up the separate bits and i couldn't put something like this together myself for this price. The CPU is £130, Motherboard £90, Vista OEM £70 etc etc.

I think this would look quite nice on it side next to my TV, it has the same glossy piano black look as my Samsung HDTV

scoopy2scoops;3055295

It doesn't have the tv tuner stuff but this could easily be added. I … It doesn't have the tv tuner stuff but this could easily be added. I have a SKY HD box so I'm not thinking of using it for TV.I've priced up the separate bits and i couldn't put something like this together myself for this price. The CPU is £130, Motherboard £90, Vista OEM £70 etc etc.I think this would look quite nice on it side next to my TV, it has the same glossy piano black look as my Samsung HDTV



If it is ONLY for media use, then something cheaper and lower spec would suffice anyway - there is a cheap Dell 200 on here this week. (& add a graphics card) Different matter if it is to be a more generally used machine, but the quad core is a bit overkill for that!

If you are not going to use it for TV stuff, then what's the great advantage of an HTPC? A media player with uPNP server (either on a PC or better still, a separate unit) would do that - it's what I have and works fine. (My media player is old and in need of a rethink!)

Windows Media Center is turned off on my Vista Home Premium Quad core machine, it is the worst of all media center software, slows Windows down the rest of the time & to be honest web browsing from a sofa is something most people don't use, after the initial novelty, it is the media access that is the big issue!
I know you are not using it for tv, (I don't either, unless recording something I want to archive) but that is maybe just as well! Having used usb TV sticks, I would recommend them to no-one, can't beat a decent PCI card version, I barely use my TV dongle at all, and now dual tuner PCI ones are affordable, that is a far better option.

Original Poster

I'm not going to get into the old HTPC V Specialist Media Streamer debate because your not comparing like for like.

Each have their own pro's and con's

I think if your looking for a HTPC, on the (relative) cheap this could fit the bill.

The main difference between this and some of the other cheaper Dells is it's using the new Intel G45 chipset which has HD video and Audio accelleration and an integrated HDMI port. It looks fairly sleek also.

You might say just buy a PS3, but the codec support could be better, no playback of iso's, most mkv's have to be run through mkv2vob, some divx won't play etc etc.

scoopy2scoops;3056533

You might say just buy a PS3, but the codec support could be better, no … You might say just buy a PS3, but the codec support could be better, no playback of iso's, most mkv's have to be run through mkv2vob, some divx won't play etc etc.



I wouldn't!

Original Poster

nihcaj;3056673

I wouldn't!




Lol

nice looking box anyway http://www.avatarjunkie.net/happy4.gifhttp://www.avatarjunkie.net/de/x9/happy6.gifhttp://www.avatarjunkie.net/happy5.gif
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