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Dell Vostro 220 desktop base with Win 7 Premium. 2.7Ghz dualcore, 1gig, 160GB, dvdrom (cheap and cheerful) £211 or less delivered
Dell Vostro 220 desktop base with Win 7 Premium. 2.7Ghz dualcore, 1gig, 160GB, dvdrom (cheap and cheerful) £211 or less delivered

Dell Vostro 220 desktop base with Win 7 Premium. 2.7Ghz dualcore, 1gig, 160GB, dvdrom (cheap and cheerful) £211 or less delivered

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Spec on this is dire but its the cheapest Dell with Win 7 premium ;-)

305-D112204 Small Business site - Best price £211.60 Delivered.
Vostro 220 MT (D112204)

Vostro 220 MT Standard Base Mini Tower Chassis
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E5400 (2.70GHz, 800FSB, 2MB cache)
English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32 BIT) for Emerging Markets
1024MB 800MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x1024)
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
Integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X4500
Display Not Included
Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio HD
UK/Irish (QWERTY) Dell Standard Quietkey USB Keyboard Black
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Microsoft Works 9.0 - English
16X DVD ROM For Win7
Norton Internet Security 2009 - 15 Month Protection - English
1Yr Collect & Return Warranty - No Upgrade Selected

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I'm a bit confused by Win 7 Premium for Emerging Markets when you look at the spec...could you clarify which OS it is?

"Spec on this is dire"...come on now Mike T... I'm still working on a pentium 4 Dell 5150 you posted on here years ago, this blows my old one out of the water...lol...its amazing what you can get for little money nowadays, I mean, how much does Windows 7 cost on its own!

Nice find I say Mike T, spot on as ever!

hot for basic PC. [email protected]!!!

"Spec on this is dire but its the cheapest Dell with Win 7 premium ;-) "

When you see stuff as cheap as this, it makes the constant mountain of second-hand junk offers that litter the pages of this site look very silly!

I think it would be a bit better with a bit of tweaking though -
A bit more RAM, which is cheap enough (bought separately, not from Dell!) and VERY easy to fit will make this a good bit more versatile.

Anyone worried about the small hard disk just needs to buy an external drive (as posted on this site just about every day of the week) to store piles of data cheaply if they don't feel confident enough to put a bigger one internally. For a tenner, the Dell option to upgrade to 250Gb might be worthwhile though.

I would personally also select the upgrade to the Optical drive for 20 quid too, as many people will want to write DVDs.

is it a referb

id prefer this but its just unit its got no keyboard & mouse or OS :-D

ebuyer.com/pro…624

nihcaj;6653310

When you see stuff as cheap as this, it makes the constant mountain of … When you see stuff as cheap as this, it makes the constant mountain of second-hand junk offers that litter the pages of this site look very silly!



Yes, this is a far more sensible choice for £90 than a refurb system with a TFT monitor.

i've always found the dell specs listing to be limited, so excuse me if this is a stupid question; does the 16X dvd rom write to CDs?

this box sounds ideal for my parents who are looking for something basic-ish for around the £200 mark, cheers OP!

Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E5400 (2.70GHz, 800FSB, 2MB cache)
Wouldn't say this part is dire.:)

The rest is a bit basic admittedly

pesser;6653435

id prefer this but its just unit its got no keyboard & mouse or OS … id prefer this but its just unit its got no keyboard & mouse or OS :-Dhttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/173624



its much better spec but no OS. So unless you can get a Student Win7 or pre-ordered, the OS alone is worth £120.

So I personal think the Dell with Win7 is better value.

Long shot I know, but a friend has just had his mobo blow up (socket 939).

He's looking to get a decent new machine made up that he can drop his 4850 into.

Now, I think he's probably going to have to get a build from overclockers or someone like that, but if there are any stonking deals for machines with a half decent PSU in that would take a 4850, it would probably save him some cash. He could do with a new monitor as well. Nothing special needed there - 20" or so.

MikeT, fix it for me?

add £40 for a c2d and then get another 1gb of ram from somewhere other than dell and you will have a great system.

wyutani;6651314

I'm a bit confused by Win 7 Premium for Emerging Markets when you look at … I'm a bit confused by Win 7 Premium for Emerging Markets when you look at the spec...could you clarify which OS it is?



As far as I know Windows 7 Home BASIC is for emerging markets ie poor countries (so not available in the UK).

I am not aware of Home Premium being for emerging markets.

Jollux;6653455

i've always found the dell specs listing to be limited, so excuse me if … i've always found the dell specs listing to be limited, so excuse me if this is a stupid question; does the 16X dvd rom write to CDs?



Doesnt look like it.
But you can get burners for about £20 anyway.

cheers deathtrap3000

second question, any one know how many slots for RAM? is it just the 2?

and where's a cheap place to buy the ram? i looked at the crucial.com site, but its not much cheaper than upgrading nfrom dell

has this got a dual layer dvd burner?

y.hotshot;6653627

has this got a dual layer dvd burner?



It has NOT got a writer - just a reader (DVD-ROM)

Jollux;6653455

i've always found the dell specs listing to be limited, so excuse me if … i've always found the dell specs listing to be limited, so excuse me if this is a stupid question; does the 16X dvd rom write to CDs?this box sounds ideal for my parents who are looking for something basic-ish for around the £200 mark, cheers OP!



deathtrap3000;6653530

Doesnt look like it.But you can get burners for about £20 anyway.

tightasagnatschu;6653694

It has NOT got a writer - just a reader (DVD-ROM)



Exactly! Which is why I suggested the upgrade option.
Does no-one READ these posts or the descriptions? :-(

Jollux;6653544

cheers deathtrap3000second question, any one know how many slots for RAM? … cheers deathtrap3000second question, any one know how many slots for RAM? is it just the 2?and where's a cheap place to buy the ram? i looked at the crucial.com site, but its not much cheaper than upgrading nfrom dell



If you have looked on the Crucial site, all that information is there when you select model!

crucial.com/uk/…304
shows an extra 1Gb as £18.39 to me... I thought the Dell site was deaerer than that?

nihcaj;6653803

If you have looked on the Crucial site, all that information is there … If you have looked on the Crucial site, all that information is there when you select model!http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=0A60D83DA5CA7304shows an extra 1Gb as £18.39 to me... I thought the Dell site was deaerer than that?



sorry, should've amended my post. site says max 2 slots and 4gig. 1gig upgrade from dell is £20, so not worth going with crucial. buying an extra 2gig to upgrade to 3gig from crucial works out £10-17 cheaper

It needs an extra gig of Ram. They're actually not bad machines, I've had about half a dozen since they first came out. They've reduced the amount of ram and the connectors on the motherboard.

But I don't know why this is listed as a deal: the basic model is usually this price, it's the more expensive Vostros that they reduce. Occasionally this one goes down below thje £200 mark, but this isn't reduced at all, so why is it a 'hot deal'

stamfordblue;6653460

Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E5400 (2.70GHz, 800FSB, 2MB c … Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E5400 (2.70GHz, 800FSB, 2MB cache)Wouldn't say this part is dire.:)The rest is a bit basic admittedly




Looked this CPU up ]here

approx £55-£59 for retail boxed
Scored 1700 - comparable to Phenom 8450 and C2D E7200

Only 65 watts too (hmmmm:thinking: )

COCO

Jollux;6653544

cheers deathtrap3000second question, any one know how many slots for RAM? … cheers deathtrap3000second question, any one know how many slots for RAM? is it just the 2?and where's a cheap place to buy the ram? i looked at the crucial.com site, but its not much cheaper than upgrading nfrom dell


microdirect.co.uk is normally pretty cheap

I am troubled by the "Emerging Markets" wording on the Windows 7 OS. Checking on the web it doesnt seem like there is such a thing as Win 7 Home Premium for Emerging Markets. The "EM" relates to a "basic" version, not premium. According to the web - "Home Basic will only be for emerging markets, and will be missing the Aero interface, multitouch support, DVD playback and Windows Media Center." Maybe this explains how Dell can bundle Win 7 at such a low price!!

faevilangel;6654197

play.com, ebuyer.com, scan.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk (maybe),just a … play.com, ebuyer.com, scan.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk (maybe),just a couple of places to buy RAM cheaper than dell



Yes but they don't help a beginner a lot in choosing the right SORT, whereas Crucial although often a bit dearer, guarantee compatibility.

jasee;6654606

It needs an extra gig of Ram. They're actually not bad machines, I've had … It needs an extra gig of Ram. They're actually not bad machines, I've had about half a dozen since they first came out. They've reduced the amount of ram and the connectors on the motherboard. But I don't know why this is listed as a deal: the basic model is usually this price, it's the more expensive Vostros that they reduce. Occasionally this one goes down below thje £200 mark, but this isn't reduced at all, so why is it a 'hot deal'



Probably because it is the first day this specific configuration has even been available, with Windows 7 installed, and clearly without any price increase fom the previous versions - as well meaning it is 15 quid that you don't have to spend upgrading it to W7, or the time!

SFJnet;6655346

will be missing the Aero interface, multitouch support, DVD playback and … will be missing the Aero interface, multitouch support, DVD playback and Windows Media Center." Maybe this explains how Dell can bundle Win 7 at such a low price!!



Wow what a dreadful loss!

Aero... useless toy that serves to slow things down
DVD player - anyone want a list of free ones , all of which are better than Media Player?
Media Center - what a relief, something less to have to disable as it loads on boot :-)
Again, something there are plenty of free alternatives to, most of which are better!

faevilangel;6654197

play.com, ebuyer.com, scan.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk (maybe),just a … play.com, ebuyer.com, scan.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk (maybe),just a couple of places to buy RAM cheaper than dell



sileonard;6655333

microdirect.co.uk is normally pretty cheap



cheers, ill check these later

nihcaj;6655651

Wow what a dreadful loss!Aero... useless toy that serves to slow things … Wow what a dreadful loss!Aero... useless toy that serves to slow things downDVD player - anyone want a list of free ones , all of which are better than Media Player?Media Center - what a relief, something less to have to disable as it loads on boot :-)Again, something there are plenty of free alternatives to, most of which are better!



All true, but still no comfort to anyone who thinks they are getting a Premium edition and ends up with a stripped down basic one! BTW I like Aero myself and apparently it's not as laggy on Win 7

very good offer!!one of the best I have seen recently!! Buy it guys,get a 2gb ram from play.com for around £16.

any decent video card to buy separate? dell are very expensive !

This dell is a far far worse spec than the ebuyer one. You are going to spend a fair bit upgrading this to get close - 4 gig of RAM, 750 gig HDD, DVD writer.

If you can get a cheapish copy of windows 7, it's going to be cheaper to buy that than all the hardware to upgrade this. (My wife is a student, so £30 for us.) Note that the ebuyer one is clockable, if that is your fancy, whereas Dell is not.

GDB2222;6658406

Note that the ebuyer one is clockable, if that is your fancy, whereas … Note that the ebuyer one is clockable, if that is your fancy, whereas Dell is not.



Overclocking low spec machines always make me think of go faster stripes on cars! :whistling:

This is a very hot deal. By itself teh PC will be poo of course but a few (extremely) simple and cheap additions will make this a joy for the basic PC user.

[FONT=arial][SIZE=1][SIZE=2]Maybe this helps a bit.
On the 'Build my Dell' page it only states this
"English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32 BIT) [Included in Price]"
and also in the 'Components' section on the right of the page.
No mention of 'Emerging Markets' in both those areas[/SIZE].

Aargh!! Where can I change the font size? [SIZE=5]Sussed it - Go Advanced[/SIZE]
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When the offer was first posted the dell configuration stated Windows 7 Premium for Emerging Markets which was a mistake (this does not exist) ...its been corrected now to Windows 7 Premium - the version that does come with the pc.

As a basic starting machine for someone who just wants a decent home PC this is a superb deal. Throw in an extra 1GB of memory and a cheap graphics card and you can have a great PC. Best Dell deal in a long time.
EDIT - Just notice you can't take this WITHOUT Norton - you will have to uninstall this when it comes.
EDIT EDIT - You can upgrade this system to an E7600 processor, 2GB memory and 250GB Hard disk for £292.10 which is still a pretty decent system for the price, particularly as it comes with Windows 7. Upgrading my current PC to Win7 will cost me another £60+ so this is quite a tempting deal.

Has this just got cheaper , when I try it it comes out at £177

And if I add options as listed below I get it for £257

biglugs1;6667671

You can upgrade this system to an E7600 processor, 2GB memory and 250GB … You can upgrade this system to an E7600 processor, 2GB memory and 250GB Hard disk for £292.10 which is still a pretty decent system for the price, particularly as it comes with Windows 7. Upgrading my current PC to Win7 will cost me another £60+ so this is quite a tempting deal.

And if I add options as listed below I get it for £257


EDIT - Just checked and it seems they have changed the spec - the default model now comes with a DVD/RW included, but you can buy it back down to the DVD ROM for £30 less. Processor is only E7500 (not E7600 as per my earlier post). Not sure if that was my bad, or if they changed the processor options too?
The price is also different - with the E7500 processor, 2GB memory and 250GB HDD this is now only £269.10 delivered.
If you take the E7400 processor instead this is then an incredible £257.60!
The basic spec as per the original post is now ONLY £177.10 delivered! :w00t:
If you want a basic PC for your young kid for Xmas then THIS IS IT! :santa: Bound to be a price error so fill your boots now.
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