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Dell Vostro 200 desktop base. 1.8Ghz dualcore, 2gig, 80Gb, dvdrw, Vista or XP Pro £181
Dell Vostro 200 desktop base. 1.8Ghz dualcore, 2gig, 80Gb, dvdrw, Vista or XP Pro £181

Dell Vostro 200 desktop base. 1.8Ghz dualcore, 2gig, 80Gb, dvdrw, Vista or XP Pro £181

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Cheap and cheerful but if thats waht you need its here. 5% off voucher takes it from £188 to £181 for tonight only.

305-D032002 Small Business site - Best price £181.67 Delivered.
Vostro 200 MT (D032002)

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 Processor (1.8GHz,800MHz,1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista Business - English
or
XP Professional
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
80GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Microsoft Works 8.5 - English
16x DVD +/- RW Drive

34 Comments

hi mike is there a website where i can go to update my pc knowledge?!
i have no idea whats sata and ide etc!

keep up the work mike! rep added

I looked at buying this. When i downgraded the warranty the price dropped to £109.00!!!!!!! BUT adding VAT, it raised , Then the SHIPPING at £60!!!!!!!!!!!! made it almost double to approx £220.

so, VAT and shipping is an extra £90 or so.........
I dunno, decent basic system, but £60 delivery kinda spoils it 4 me.

Banned

Nooooooooooooo I Just Purchased This 4 £295!!!!!!!!!!

Would this be good enough to play HD files, and would it be quiet enough for the living room?

farhan123;1642988

Nooooooooooooo I Just Purchased This 4 £295!!!!!!!!!!

Try cancelling & re-ordering :thumbsup:. And don't forget 5% Quidco cashback.

roadie;1642722

hi mike is there a website where i can go to update my pc knowledge?!i … hi mike is there a website where i can go to update my pc knowledge?!i have no idea whats sata and ide etc!keep up the work mike! rep added



Aint those comments funny :lol:

I havent got a clue what youre talking about, but er, rep added

Sorry, i should rephrase, my pc knowledge is lacking simply because there is too much going on in technology, im more in to my phones, gadgets, ipods etc!
Sata-something to do with pcs, im finding out!

>i have no idea whats sata and ide etc!

IDE used to be the standard way that devices (hard disk, DVD drive etc) were connected to the motherboard (you used an IDE cable)

SATA is the new way to connect devices (like hard disk and DVD drives) to the motherboard. You use a SATA cable.

SATA has been around for about 2 years but took a while to take off. Almost all modern computers now use SATA to connect devices rather than IDE.

The SATA interface is faster than the IDE interface so data can move aound the PC quicker.

As far as the end user is concerned it is pretty unimportant, except their data may move around a bit faster.

>I dunno, decent basic system, but £60 delivery kinda spoils it 4 me.

Dell work on a "total cost of the computer" and they factor in the price of delivery in the cost.

If they offer free delivery they find some other way of putting the £60 price on the PC so they win either way.

Dont look at the delivery cost, look at the price of the total package and see it if is worth it.

I'm looking at this andit just blows my mind! My own PC died badly at the weekend but I think I should be able to salvage the graphics card and wi-fi card, etc out of it. My question is pretty basic: How well will this run WoW? Thats about all I do for the moment and I was wondering shouldI go for this or the other Vostro 200 that was posted?

My budget (without speaking to the wife is about £200 so this is grand. Could I spend the extra £76 and not feel to bad? Heat added

Does Dell use Royalmail or DHL?

koomber1664;1644239

I'm looking at this andit just blows my mind! My own PC died badly at the … I'm looking at this andit just blows my mind! My own PC died badly at the weekend but I think I should be able to salvage the graphics card and wi-fi card, etc out of it. My question is pretty basic: How well will this run WoW? Thats about all I do for the moment and I was wondering shouldI go for this or the other Vostro 200 that was posted?My budget (without speaking to the wife is about £200 so this is grand. Could I spend the extra £76 and not feel to bad? Heat added

If you have a decent graphics card it should run WoW - as well as your previous PC at the very least (unless your previous PC had a much more powerful CPU?). Anyway, this is quite a good CPU by WoW standards I think.

Be aware that this has a PCI-E slot & your 'salvaged' graphics card (GPU) must be PCI-E too. Also note that some higher-end, longish GPUs may not fit in this case, or the Vostro's PSU may not be powerful enough - so please post your GPU model when you reply.

Which is the 'other Vostro 200'? If you mean the £300 one, isn't that over your budget? Not telling the wife is one thing, but spending a lot more couldn't be any good for your safety ;-)

Would I need to add the optional modem to connect to the internet?

Al Fresco

Computer newbie........

Al Fresco;1645879

Would I need to add the optional modem to connect to the internet?Al … Would I need to add the optional modem to connect to the internet?Al FrescoComputer newbie........

Not required if you're on broadband.

If you need a 56K modem (for dial-up only) take it from your old PC, or buy an inexpensive one from eBay for £2-3 delivered (see item 160211746461) - just don't pay Dell £20-22 for one! They're very easy to fit.

At the moment I've got an ATI Radeon 9600xt, so as far as I can tell it won't be suitable. I'll fess up that the last time I upgraded a PC was when I put in an awe inspiring 16MB graphics card into my OLD dell (233MHz). Any ways, My plan as it stands is (to keep to my budget)

1. Buy the PC as is here (going to plump £20 extra for the bigger HD)

2. Get a good(ish) Gfx card ebuyer.com/pro…592
If anyone has a better idea for a card, please feel free to suggest one. Just remember I mainly play wow, and if my celeron laptop can play it with shared GFX system RAM, then no amount of shouting will convince me to buy a £100+ card

3. If I decide that I really want the faster processor, I can buy one in a couple of months, when I can afford it and they are cheaper. Am I right that the only real difference between this and the other MikeT offer (the £300 Vostro 200) is the processor and the HD, but this Vostro can take the processor upgrade?:thinking:

Well, thats the plan. I'm not to bothered about the HD as I've got a couple of 200Gb(ish) external drives lurking around with my mp3's etc so space isn't a major issue.

As to the wife, I spoke to her and she wants the other Vostro :roll: Me thinks she says this because I'll be the one who pays for it :roll:

To give you guys an idea of what games I expect my system to play (I'm a bit retro) it's the likes of WoW, CnC3, Dawn of War, Total War 2, stuff like that. Not super old (though alpha centauri still eats chunks of my life) but with room to grow. Also, I don't care if it looks bad. So long as it runs. I played Keen so I can handle rough edges

hi i added rep fr u gilbert very helfpful

Thanks MikeT :thumbsup: ............ purchased on the 28th, delivered on the 3rd.

This is a super little PC for those that just want to surf the web and use office applications....pretty quiet as well

Tried buying 3 of these for work, they were asking for £153 shipping. They knew where they could stick it

If I want dual monitor support - 1VGA and 1DVI would the graphics card upgrades support that? I am guessing the integrated graphics wont.

Crossbow;1645584

Be aware that this has a PCI-E slot & your 'salvaged' graphics card (GPU) … Be aware that this has a PCI-E slot & your 'salvaged' graphics card (GPU) must be PCI-E too. Also note that some higher-end, longish GPUs may not fit in this case, or the Vostro's PSU may not be powerful enough - so please post your GPU model when you reply.



Are all the slots PCI-E ??? I have a PCI card that carries a PCIMA wireless card that I was thinking of using? (I know you can select one with Dell for £8.05 but I had also selected Win XP and they say both are not compatible!!
Was also going to add my old CDRW so I could copy cd's on the fly, Do you think this might be too much for the PSU?
Sorry, lots of questions and no budget! hahaha. :roll:

apreading;1677247

If I want dual monitor support - 1VGA and 1DVI would the graphics card … If I want dual monitor support - 1VGA and 1DVI would the graphics card upgrades support that? I am guessing the integrated graphics wont.

Graphics card upgrade will support it.

50p;1687271

Are all the slots PCI-E ??? I have a PCI card that carries a PCIMA … Are all the slots PCI-E ??? I have a PCI card that carries a PCIMA wireless card that I was thinking of using? (I know you can select one with Dell for £8.05 but I had also selected Win XP and they say both are not compatible!!Was also going to add my old CDRW so I could copy cd's on the fly, Do you think this might be too much for the PSU?Sorry, lots of questions and no budget! hahaha. :roll:

There are 2 PCI slots, so should be OK (these days PCI-E slots are mostly used for the graphics card).

An optical drive (including the PCI card) should be nothing for the PSU - just don't add a high-end graphics card!

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Remember the drive/opticals need to be SATA now with all current dells. An old cdrw may be ide.

MikeT;1689286

Remember the drive/opticals need to be SATA now with all current dells. … Remember the drive/opticals need to be SATA now with all current dells. An old cdrw may be ide.

Thanks for that MikeT. Can one use an IDE to SATA convertor?

If yes, 50p you can get one off eBay - do a search there for "ide to sata" (with the quotes), & specify 'UK only' in the Location field. Cheapest I could find was ~£3.30 delivered from the UK (item 370029584684).

Thanks for the advice guys :thumbsup:
Yep, my old drive will be IDE but the converter sounds good to me. I'm amazed what you can buy nowadays!
I broke up an old Dell Laptop a few weeks back and sold everything except the hard drive. I kept this due to the huge amount of presonal data on it (Something the government should take note of :whistling: ) Anyway I bought a 2.5 external case (£5.45) which allows the HD to connect via USB and now I have a ready made 30 GB backup solution, all for just over a fiver.
I love simple tech that works!
Thanks again for the advice.

ext;1645480

Does Dell use Royalmail or DHL?



my guess is they use dhl or citylink

£60 delivery? b******s

seanjames;1689850

my guess is they use dhl or citylink



They use walsh western

Original Poster Moderator

Walsh Western are the logistics company that handle all dells deliveries, they farm out the deliveries to companies who are listed approved with them in your area. There are quite a few different carriers used.
As far as the £60 delivery is concerned, of course it doesnt cost £60 to deliver but its just a way dell have used in their business model to be able to drop or raise prices by £60 as and when they like to.
Take the £181 desktop base unit, would you realistically expect dell to sell it to you for £121 if it was free delivery. Of course not, the £60 is part of the cost of the unit same as it is with any other of their bits of kit.

Anyone know where this deal was in print or have an order pdf I can borrow?

Dell just shipped me 4 of these with DVD-ROMs. I checked my pdf and this says DVD-ROM too, but I know for a fact that I had DVD-RW selected when I placed the order...

You sure. The dvdrw drive is £15 extra.

it is now - it wasnt then by my recollection and also the spec MikeT lists at the top of this post.

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apreading;1707859

it is now - it wasnt then by my recollection and also the spec MikeT … it is now - it wasnt then by my recollection and also the spec MikeT lists at the top of this post.



I take my specs direct from dells pages so when my post says dvdrw thats what it had as its base spec. Not as an extra unless I specify it.

OK - they are collecting them to take back on monday and I have just ordered 4 with the RW drive as a £15 extra option. Happy to pay the £15 as it is still a good deal, but annoyed that they dropped it from my order and caused this hassle.

I am just glad it was a home order rather than business because they have no option but to take them back.

I would recommend everyone doing this as when my work ordered a laptop a couple of years ago whcih arrived with a faulty screen we didnt want it repaired - we wanted a replacement but they refused and also wouldnt let us reject it because businesses arent covered by the DSR.
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