Dell Vostro 270ST (SFF) Small form factor i3-3220 Ideal HTPC  Windows 8 Pro 64bit- £292 inc VAT + Next day delivered. Possibly £280.80
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Dell Vostro 270ST (SFF) Small form factor i3-3220 Ideal HTPC Windows 8 Pro 64bit- £292 inc VAT + Next day delivered. Possibly £280.80

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Found 8th May 2013
Dell Vostro 270ST Small Form Factor PC,
Nice small quiet unit to take up less desk space or make an ideal HTPC, it also has 2 PCie Low profile slots for upgrading, 1 16x and 1 1x. 220w Energy efficient PSU/System, Intel HD Graphics with HDMI & VGA, USB 3.0, Front card reader.

Also has built in Wifi again which is ideal for a HTPC and the 4GB ram is 1 stick so chuck another 4GB in and you have dual channel 8GB (most use both slots and put 2x 2GB in so costs more to upgrade)

Shipped next day.

Components
Windows 8 Pro 64bit, ENG, FR, DUT, ITL, PL
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-3220 processor (3M Cache, 3.3 GHz)
Display Not Included
MUI Microsoft® Office Trial
McAfee® SecurityCenter, 12-Months Subscription
No Keyboard
No Installation
Services & Software
2Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
Declined Accidental Damage offer

MEMORY 4GB (1X4GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 Non-ECC
HARD DRIVE 500GB Serial ATA III (7.200 Rpm) Hard Drive
GRAPHICS CARD Intel® HD Integrated Graphics
OPTICAL DRIVE 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
MOUSE No Mouse
Base Vostro 270 SFF BTX Base
MEDIA CARD READER Integrated 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated 5.1 High Definition Audio
WIRELESS NETWORKING Dell Wireless DW1506 Card
Chassis Options Chassis Vostro 270 SFF
Driver Driver DW1506 Wireless Card
Speakers Not included
Power Cords 2 Meter Power Cords - UK & European
Documentation/Disks Ship Accessory : English, French, Dutch, Italian & Polish Docs (Shipsfast Only)
Bundle SBDS416
Documentation Not included
Order Information Vostro Desktop 270 SFF Order
Packaging Brown Box Packaging
FGA Module SUNR1401_006/UK/BTS/C1
Online Backup Software No Online Backup
Mouse Dell MS111 USB Wired Optical Mouse (Kit)
Keyboards UK/Irish (Qwerty) Dell KB212-B Quietkey USB Keyboard Black (Kit)

User guide/Repair/Upgrade Manual
ftp://ftp.dell.com/Man…pdf
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Thanks to Spannerzone, you can get it for £280.80 if you follow his instructions.

Yep, buy via Dell Home and remove that pesky keyboard and mouse and reduce the cost to £280.80, details below............
- spannerzone

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Not bad but it has been this price for a while.... shame the free delivery code doesn't work on the small form Vostro 270s unlike the 270mt

Original Poster

spannerzone

Not bad but it has been this price for a while.... shame the free … Not bad but it has been this price for a while.... shame the free delivery code doesn't work on the small form Vostro 270s unlike the 270mt



Yeah it's on and off, when the deal is on for the Tower the SFF is never on, been waiting for this to drop to use as a HTPC but not seen it go lower. At least it's next day ship.

Passmark score is good: cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz

I see Dell's site is doing the usual nonsense where you can't add the item to the basket,

I was going to try the free shipping code W6421T8MPH2KBG but it didn't work the other day when I tried it on this model.

Original Poster

spannerzone

I see Dell's site is doing the usual nonsense where you can't add the … I see Dell's site is doing the usual nonsense where you can't add the item to the basket,I was going to try the free shipping code W6421T8MPH2KBG but it didn't work the other day when I tried it on this model.



Dell links never seem to work on here try:
dell.com/uk/…280

Then go through the options and select the £219 ex VAT Vostro 270ST

this is NOT energy efficient, you need a processor such as i5 3317u or i3 3217u which are 17W, better with an INTEL NUC pc

Original Poster

http://itrate.ru/sadm_images/news/2012/11_2/Dell%20Vostro%20270s%201.jpg
http://im9.cz/iR/importprodukt-orig/db2/db2e732dd1c8d97dc01166bb439e2659.jpg

Main fan will be on top if used as a HTPC rather than the rear so can sit in a cramped rack

Original Poster

Orcinus_orca

this is NOT energy efficient, you need a processor such as i5 3317u or i3 … this is NOT energy efficient, you need a processor such as i5 3317u or i3 3217u which are 17W, better with an INTEL NUC pc



It is energy efficient! those are half the power of this CPU for processing so will take longer to do the same job so all in all will work out the same, those are laptop derived systems and a bit of a niche item you are mentioning, they are Ultra Energy Efficient. you can swap the processor in this model and upgrade it which you cannot do with the NUC etc, the NUC is not really upgradable and has lots of issues not to mention costing more than this by the time you add a hard drive, ram, OS etc. Plus the i3 3220 idle power is quite low! It's only a 55w TDP Cpu.

RustySpoons

Dell links never seem to work on here … Dell links never seem to work on here try:http://www.dell.com/uk/business/p/vostro-270s/pd?oc=SBDS716&model_id=vostro-270s&dgc=AF&cid=5213&lid=122757&acd=2397178996117280Then go through the options and select the £219 ex VAT Vostro 270ST



My problems is it won't add to the basket at the moment, using firefox or Ie9

EDIT: using your link did let me add it to basket!
Edited by: "spannerzone" 8th May 2013

RustySpoons

It is energy efficient! those are half the power of this CPU for … It is energy efficient! those are half the power of this CPU for processing so will take longer to do the same job so all in all will work out the same, those are laptop derived systems and a bit of a niche item you are mentioning, they are Ultra Energy Efficient. you can swap the processor in this model and upgrade it which you cannot do with the NUC etc, the NUC is not really upgradable and has lots of issues not to mention costing more than this by the time you add a hard drive, ram, OS etc. Plus the i3 3220 idle power is quite low! It's only a 55w TDP Cpu.



What is the Idle power of the 3220?

Yes this will do things quicker but this doesn't mean it uses the same power. If you had to stick this processor in a laptop vs a 3217U, the U would get at least double battery life

Original Poster

Orcinus_orca

What is the Idle power of the 3220?Yes this will do things quicker but … What is the Idle power of the 3220?Yes this will do things quicker but this doesn't mean it uses the same power. If you had to stick this processor in a laptop vs a 3217U, the U would get at least double battery life



Apart from the NUC there isn't a system out there that has this U CPU's, they are for laptops and this isn't a deal for a laptop.
http://www.servethehome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Intel-Core-i3-3220-Power-Consumption.png

Looks good to me, what's that cost extra a year £3?

I'd say an average of 30W higher, 10 hours per day, 300W, 2kW per week = 20p, x 52 = £10 extra per year. It would also be noisier.

You could buy a cheap ultrabook for around £350 and just plug a monitor into it!

Original Poster

Orcinus_orca

I'd say an average of 30W higher, 10 hours per day, 300W, 2kW per week = … I'd say an average of 30W higher, 10 hours per day, 300W, 2kW per week = 20p, x 52 = £10 extra per year. It would also be noisier.You could buy a cheap ultrabook for around £350 and just plug a monitor into it!



That's not a HTPC though

And that's £60 more, so will take over 6 years to save money on electricity, doesn't make sense to me.
Edited by: "RustySpoons" 8th May 2013

Running it full power all the time would cost something like £50 or £60 a year for 60W wouldn't it?

me neither but I still don't like paying more in electricity when I know I could be paying less

If you craftily buy this via Dell Home it allows you to remove the mouse and keyboard bringing the price down to £280.80 all in.

To do this go to: www1.euro.dell.com/con…hs1 then enter the E-value code sbds416 into both of the boxes, this takes you to the Dell Home section and lets you buy this business PC, helpfully the prices are shown including VAT. Add to basket and there's a qty box next to the mouse and keyboard, enter 0 and update and prices drops to £280.80.

Oh IE9 I had to add Dell to trusted sites for this to work for some reason. Oh and probably reduces chance of Quidco/TCB doing this.

If that doesn't work, goto Dell Home, in the search bar paste sbds416 then when it displays the 270s, click the link and it'll load into Dell Home as above.


Edit: buying this via Dell Home gives a couple more options including selecting Adobe Acrobat XI Standard, Digital Delivery [£19.20]



Edited by: "spannerzone" 9th May 2013

Original Poster

spannerzone

If you craftily buy this via Dell Home it allows you to remove the mouse … If you craftily buy this via Dell Home it allows you to remove the mouse and keyboard bringing the price down to £280.80 all in.To do this go to: http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/emea/topics/ecomm/evalue?c=uk&l=en&cs=ukdhs1 then enter the E-value code sbds416 into both of the boxes, this takes you to the Dell Home section and lets you buy this business PC, helpfully the prices are shown including VAT. Add to basket and there's a qty box next to the mouse and keyboard, enter 0 and update and prices drops to £280.80.Oh IE9 I had to add Dell to trusted sites for this to work for some reason.



Nice find! would you mind editing my deal and adding this info so you get the credit

via Dell Home, you get Distance Selling Rights too

Orcinus_orca

via Dell Home, you get Distance Selling Rights too



Supposedly
if you buy via Small Business and state 'home user' as the business name you get DSR too BUT I've never tried and I bet Dell would try and get out of it!

I've tried all various coupon codes via the Dell Home site and sadly none work, I was hoping to get the free delivery to work but no luck.

Original Poster

Still has a 2 Year warranty. It's not like a monitor or something that you wouldn't be happy with the picture, so no need to use DSR I suppose?
Edited by: "RustySpoons" 8th May 2013

RustySpoons

Nice find! would you mind editing my deal and adding this info so you get … Nice find! would you mind editing my deal and adding this info so you get the credit



Yeah bunged it in. Sometimes this trick works and sometimes not, I tried it for the i5 Vostro 270MT and on the home site it is more expensive and one of the discount codes isn't automatically applied like it is on Dell Small Business.

spannerzone

Yeah bunged it in. Sometimes this trick works and sometimes not, I tried … Yeah bunged it in. Sometimes this trick works and sometimes not, I tried it for the i5 Vostro 270MT and on the home site it is more expensive and one of the discount codes isn't automatically applied like it is on Dell Small Business.



Looks like a good deal, but what sort of video outputs are available, can I connect 2x dvi's to support dual screens, if not whats the possibility of adding a graphics card from factory. if not is there any other option...?
Edited by: "ihotuk" 9th May 2013

Original Poster

ihotuk

Looks like a good deal, but what sort of video outputs are available, can … Looks like a good deal, but what sort of video outputs are available, can I connect 2x dvi's to support dual screens, if not whats the possibility of adding a graphics card from factory. if not is there any other option...?



It has 1 HDMI and 1 VGA, so you can run 2 screens, you can get a HDMI to DVI adaptor and I'm sure your monitor supports VGA as well?. If it doesn't you can get a low profile graphics card anywhere, I think Dell has the nVidia Geforce 620 as an option, you would pick one up cheaper elsewhere or something similar.

Original Poster

Users guide, with specs, upgrading and repairing:

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Man…pdf

Original Poster

I've tried price up a system with off the shelf parts to the same spec and can't get near £280 let alone with Windows 8 Pro which is £100!

RustySpoons

I've tried price up a system with off the shelf parts to the same spec … I've tried price up a system with off the shelf parts to the same spec and can't get near £280 let alone with Windows 8 Pro which is £100!



I'm amazed no one has said they can build it for half the price with an i7 and 128GB SSD, there's always someone that can better these deals even though they always 'forget' to included Windows and other little things.

This has got 2 sata ports, so screwed of you want to add an ssd, and keep the existing. Also, does this have the AHCI enabled in bios? I've found that some consumer systems don't.
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