Dell Vostro 270MT Desktop (i5) with 1tb hd for £298.80 @ Dell Business
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Dell Vostro 270MT Desktop (i5) with 1tb hd for £298.80 @ Dell Business

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Found 18th May 2013
Was having a browse earlier on for a decent desktop and thanks to bellboys I found this. Can't believe how cheap it is. Free delivery still from Dell and a generic £90 off brings this down to £298.80 including Vat, delivered from 21st May onwards.

Specs are as follows: -

PROCESSOR: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3470 processor (6M Cache, 3.20GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 8 Pro 64bit, ENG, FR, DUT, ITL, PL
SECURITY SOFTWARE: McAfee® SecurityCenter, 12-Months Subscription
MEMORY: 6GB (1X2GB/1X4GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 Non-ECC
HARD DRIVE: 1TB 3.5inch Serial ATA III (7.200 Rpm) Hard Drive
GRAPHICS CARD: Intel® HD Integrated Graphics
OPTICAL DRIVE: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
MEDIA CARD READER: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
SOUND SOFTWARE: Integrated 5.1 High Definition Audio
WIRELESS NETWORKING: Dell Wireless DW1506 Card

Comes with 2 years basic warranty also.

I think this is an absolute bargain!!

Don't forget Quidco at 5% or Topcashback at 6.06% also!


E-Value Code: sbds324


- robot1000

Direct link to the deal is this

dell.com/uk/…spx?c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&l=en&s=bsd&~ck=mn


- Reecapp

509 Comments

I have to say, having tampered with my first computer when 350mhz was top of the range, DELL is one company I do love. I don't care what the haters have to say, their customer support is top notch and my 12 year old laptop is still listed on their site with all the drivers, that is truly fantastic.

Great little bundle you have here, though I would advice to swap out that memory for a greater deal. Have some nice memory deals going, however, as it is I like this deal or should I say Dell

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Kyballion

I have to say, having tampered with my first computer when 350mhz was top … I have to say, having tampered with my first computer when 350mhz was top of the range, DELL is one company I do love. I don't care what the haters have to say, their customer support is top notch and my 12 year old laptop is still listed on their site with all the drivers, that is truly fantastic. Great little bundle you have here, though I would advice to swap out that memory for a greater deal. Have some nice memory deals going, however, as it is I like this deal or should I say Dell



I've been really impressed with Dell over the years too. With the warranty now I think the experience can only get better! What would you advise memory-wise?

Any idea on the motherboard graphics card slots and the PSU?

6% TCB as well.

phoenix_af

I've been really impressed with Dell over the years too. With the … I've been really impressed with Dell over the years too. With the warranty now I think the experience can only get better! What would you advise memory-wise?



You would really have to look into it, as advised by many of the tek-heads out there, check the motherboard compatibility rather than the memory compatibility, if you go to a memory site to check if all is good, they tend to exaggerate. I will have a look at the spec and see if I can find anything.

OK, looks like a custom DELL board, also I have no idea how this would affect the warranty, as is still looks like a great machine. I have found 8gb memory sticks from their site but its working out at £90 for 16gb and not worth it in my opinion.

http://www.mrmemory.co.uk/memory-ram-upgrades/model/Dell~Vostro+Desktop~270+(Mini+Tower)

Maybe best to take whats on the plate.

Edited by: "Kyballion" 18th May 2013

Great price... Similar spec to the Medion that reached 10,000 degrees recently... Only this isn't Medion.. Great find... HEAT bruv

Banned

Showing as 249?

phoenix_af

Comes with 2 years basic warranty also.I think this is an absolute … Comes with 2 years basic warranty also.I think this is an absolute bargain!!


Not so basic as it is next business day onsite.
Upgrade from 2 to 3 years for £24.

DirectDeal

Showing as 249?


+ VAT.

Memory will be plenty... Get a ssd for truly stunning performance

silver999

Memory will be plenty... Get a ssd for truly stunning performance



Depends what the OP wants it for actually, but a good point to mention.

Heavy 3D rendering and industrial software's like Adobe will need at least 8gb in my experience, either way I love DELL and these specs for this price.

I also only use SSD for booting up, with a secondary SSD, since the release of SSD it has been somewhat problematic. I still store my precious stuff on a standard sata hard drive. I have had 6 SSD drives go dead on me, not the cheap stuff either.
Edited by: "Kyballion" 18th May 2013

Any way of getting this without Windows 8?

Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades awkward/expensive. My PC at work is a Vostro, we tried to add a 2nd hard drive, but the hard drives fit in brackets, which screw into the case. they change these brackets now and again so couldn't strip the bracket out of an old PC. if you buy a 2nd hard drive from Dell, they supply the bracket, but won't give/sell you one! but a hard drive from Dell is stupidly overpriced (much like the memory often is, better off using Crucial.com and buying afterwards after using their scanner if you're not sure)

Sometimes they use custom PSUs, and usually at least cheap PSUs and mobos, so you can't swap the PSU.

Also, adding a graphics card may not be possible depending on how the case and components are laid out.

Basically, what I'm trying to say, is yes it's hot compared to other £300 PCs, but I couldn't recommend it as a starting point, if you think you'd want to upgrade components over time.

truly stunning performance, but a hefty energy bill

admars

Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades … Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades awkward/expensive. My PC at work is a Vostro, we tried to add a 2nd hard drive, but the hard drives fit in brackets, which screw into the case. they change these brackets now and again so couldn't strip the bracket out of an old PC. if you buy a 2nd hard drive from Dell, they supply the bracket, but won't give/sell you one! but a hard drive from Dell is stupidly overpriced (much like the memory often is, better off using Crucial.com and buying afterwards after using their scanner if you're not sure)Sometimes they use custom PSUs, and usually at least cheap PSUs and mobos, so you can't swap the PSU.Also, adding a graphics card may not be possible depending on how the case and components are laid out.Basically, what I'm trying to say, is yes it's hot compared to other £300 PCs, but I couldn't recommend it as a starting point, if you think you'd want to upgrade components over time.


300W PSU; max on dual 12V rails = 216W.
2 power cables each with dual SATA connectors located close together.
4x SATA ports; one appears to be SATA3.
Space for 3 internal 3.5” drives; only 2 sets of drive rails provided.
USB 3.0 is at the back only; no front ports or motherboard header.
PCIe x16 – 1 of with maximum card length of ~25cm/9.5”.
PCIe x1 – 3 of.
2x RAM slots.
Internal/external 3.5” bay which could be used for an SSD with the appropriate drive rails or for a USB card reader; free motherboard USB 2.0 header available.
2x Optical drive bays.

This is an incredible deal, but the Dell site seems to hang when I try to move off the first screen, or click on "4. Review & Add to Basket".

Tried Opera, Firefox and Chrome - all with the same result. Any ideas?

admars

Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades … Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades awkward/expensive. My PC at work is a Vostro, we tried to add a 2nd hard drive, but the hard drives fit in brackets, which screw into the case. they change these brackets now and again so couldn't strip the bracket out of an old PC. if you buy a 2nd hard drive from Dell, they supply the bracket, but won't give/sell you one! but a hard drive from Dell is stupidly overpriced (much like the memory often is, better off using Crucial.com and buying afterwards after using their scanner if you're not sure)Sometimes they use custom PSUs, and usually at least cheap PSUs and mobos, so you can't swap the PSU.Also, adding a graphics card may not be possible depending on how the case and components are laid out.Basically, what I'm trying to say, is yes it's hot compared to other £300 PCs, but I couldn't recommend it as a starting point, if you think you'd want to upgrade components over time.



I believe you are not looking properly, 95% of DELL computers have the brackets screwed on inside the case somewhere or are given as extras in the box, your complaining about things people complain about when they build their own setups. If you want total freedom, build a custom box.

Some people want the support, warranty and option of future upgrades, they might be expensive but the support you get from DELL is second to none, some people do not want to sit and play around with their setups.

One of the most frustrating things I found with custom set-up's was the drivers or lack of, believe me, it makes a huge difference, I can personally vouch for DELL and as said, I still sometimes have to resort to the old 12 year old dell laptop that has been beaten more than Rhianna in order to complete stuff.

Edited by: "Kyballion" 18th May 2013

Orcinus_orca

truly stunning performance, but a hefty energy bill


About 45W at idle and 94W at load - HotHardware.
If you think that's bad you should look at AMD's CPUs.

what's the best graphics card you can put into this without changing the PSU?

Kyballion

I believe you are not looking properly, 95% of DELL computers have the … I believe you are not looking properly, 95% of DELL computers have the brackets screwed on inside the case somewhere or are given as extras in the box, your complaining about things people complain about when they build their own setups. If you want total freedom, build a custom box.


I've looked inside one of these and gave details above:

Space for 3 internal 3.5” drives; only 2 sets of drive rails provided.

Agharta

I've looked inside one of these and gave details above:Space for 3 … I've looked inside one of these and gave details above:Space for 3 internal 3.5” drives; only 2 sets of drive rails provided.



Well, you must have an old computer, how old is the Desktop?

yus786

what's the best graphics card you can put into this without changing the … what's the best graphics card you can put into this without changing the PSU?


HD 7750 if not using power cable adapters but hard to say what you can use if using adapters.

Kyballion

Well, you must have an old computer, how old is the Desktop?


One of these means this model! This was 3 weeks ago.

martin1372

Any way of getting this without Windows 8?

You'll miss out on the Quidco/Topcashback BUT... if you call Dell they will normally swap the spec for Windows 7 for you. You'll lose around £15 or so quid as cash back is calculated on the 'before' VAT price.

Agharta

One of these means this model! This was 3 weeks ago.



OK, who the bloody hell is going to be spending on this desktop and needs 3 hard drives?! I mean come on!

You think 3 hard drives is any good or better?

It is nothing to complain about man, I don't understand. Its not a full size chassis anyway it is a mini tower, so it does not make sense to complain.

admars

Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades … Dell sometimes still have the annoying habit of making future upgrades awkward/expensive. My PC at work is a Vostro, we tried to add a 2nd hard drive, but the hard drives fit in brackets, which screw into the case. they change these brackets now and again so couldn't strip the bracket out of an old PC. if you buy a 2nd hard drive from Dell, they supply the bracket, but won't give/sell you one! but a hard drive from Dell is stupidly overpriced (much like the memory often is, better off using Crucial.com and buying afterwards after using their scanner if you're not sure)Sometimes they use custom PSUs, and usually at least cheap PSUs and mobos, so you can't swap the PSU.Also, adding a graphics card may not be possible depending on how the case and components are laid out.Basically, what I'm trying to say, is yes it's hot compared to other £300 PCs, but I couldn't recommend it as a starting point, if you think you'd want to upgrade components over time.



Older Dells are done like that, with the plastic sliders/brackets, although as pointed out the spares are normally lurking in the case anyway. My 2 year old Vostro 230 has the HDDs screwed directly to the chassis, no brackets or anything.

martin1372

Any way of getting this without Windows 8?


I guess I am not the only one who hate Windows 8 Operating System for a desktop / Laptops. No wonder sales of desktops plummeted by 28% and this is partly to do OS which was originally designed for tablets not desktops or laptops.

Windows 8 Pro can be downgraded to Win7 Pro for free I believe ?

h4hassan

I guess I am not the only one who hate Windows 8 Operating System for a … I guess I am not the only one who hate Windows 8 Operating System for a desktop / Laptops. No wonder sales of desktops plummeted by 28% and this is partly to do OS which was originally designed for tablets not desktops or laptops.



That has nothing to do with the operating system, more to do with how we are interacting with computers.

Have you seen Microsofts shares recently? I think they announced Bill Gates as the richest man once again.

I personally think Windows 8 would have been perfect if they had created separate installs for each device, a tablet install is a full complete windows 8 version, that does not make sense, who will have 3 or 4 USB 3.0 drives on their tablet?

They could have made the installation restrict certain unneeded files and junk when detecting a tablet installation, also, keep the flipping start window as default.

Kyballion

OK, who the bloody hell is going to be spending on this desktop and needs … OK, who the bloody hell is going to be spending on this desktop and needs 3 hard drives?! I mean come on! You think 3 hard drives is any good or better? It is nothing to complain about man, I don't understand. Its not a full size chassis anyway it is a mini tower, so it does not make sense to complain.


Who’s complaining? I gave a bunch of objective info about the system from personal experience of looking inside one as I thought it might help people.
Your interpretation of it being a complaint is all in your head.

SmilingCrow

About 45W at idle and 94W at load - HotHardware.If you think that's bad … About 45W at idle and 94W at load - HotHardware.If you think that's bad you should look at AMD's CPUs.



my i5 ultrabook idles at 7W

40W difference, 10 hours per day, = £30 ish a year extra energy used


AMD well they are just going out of the game imo

rogercat

Windows 8 Pro can be downgraded to Win7 Pro for free I believe ?



just use classic shell, windows 8.1 is coming very soon

Agharta

Who’s complaining? I gave a bunch of objective info about the system from … Who’s complaining? I gave a bunch of objective info about the system from personal experience of looking inside one as I thought it might help people.Your interpretation of it being a complaint is all in your head.



Every single point you mentioned you completed with some negative jargon.

Sorry, but I don't feel you fairly mentioned anything good about the machine. Be Objective but dont compare chalk and cheese, go and fetch a deal better than this for this price range then.



Edited by: "Kyballion" 18th May 2013

For some reason the website is freezing when I go to 'continue', so I can't actually buy it I see 1 other person has this problem too

Orcinus_orca

my i5 ultrabook idles at 7W40W difference, 10 hours per day, = £30 ish a … my i5 ultrabook idles at 7W40W difference, 10 hours per day, = £30 ish a year extra energy used


7W, what a power hog, my phone uses much less than that.

10 hours per day, that’s a lot of usage!
Sounds like you are overpaying for electricity if 38W x 10 hours per day is costing you ~£30 per year. Last time I checked I was paying half that but prices have gone up recently.

SmilingCrow

7W, what a power hog, my phone uses much less than that. :)10 hours per … 7W, what a power hog, my phone uses much less than that. :)10 hours per day, that’s a lot of usage!Sounds like you are overpaying for electricity if 38W x 10 hours per day is costing you ~£30 per year. Last time I checked I was paying half that but prices have gone up recently.



You will be shocked on your latest bill. A slap in the face! Mine has doubled despite me being more conscious of my usage.

Kyballion

Every single point you mentioned you completed with some negative jargon. … Every single point you mentioned you completed with some negative jargon. Sorry, but I don't feel you fairly mentioned anything good about the machine. Be Objective but dont compare chalk and cheese, go and fetch a deal better than this for this price range then.


So do explain what is negative about this description?

300W PSU; max on dual 12V rails = 216W.
2 power cables each with dual SATA connectors located close together.
4x SATA ports; one appears to be SATA3.
Space for 3 internal 3.5” drives; only 2 sets of drive rails provided.
USB 3.0 is at the back only; no front ports or motherboard header.
PCIe x16 – 1 of with maximum card length of ~25cm/9.5”.
PCIe x1 – 3 of.
2x RAM slots.
Internal/external 3.5” bay which could be used for an SSD with the appropriate drive rails or for a USB card reader; free motherboard USB 2.0 header available.
2x Optical drive bays.

It’s just a description of features!

An excellent deal, just uninstall McAfee and it'll perform really well.

Add an SSD and it'll really fly. I've have loads of Vostro's and they've been really good, no upgrade issues really, hard drives just bolt to the chassis, the PSU can be upgraded easily should you need to. Pretty quiet running and reliable.

Original Poster

1337m4nh4x

For some reason the website is freezing when I go to 'continue', so I … For some reason the website is freezing when I go to 'continue', so I can't actually buy it I see 1 other person has this problem too



Just checked and this seems to be happening for me also, not too sure what to suggest, maybe just so much traffic right now?

For some reason when I click 'continue' on the website, it always freezes and doesn't go anywhere. I've tried with multiple browsers and I see that someone else here has had this problem, anyone know why? I can't buy it.
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