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Dell Vostro 400 Quad Core 2.4Ghz 1Gb 250GB 128MB HD 2400 Pro 19" Monitor £410.08
Dell Vostro 400 Quad Core 2.4Ghz 1Gb 250GB 128MB HD 2400 Pro 19" Monitor £410.08

Dell Vostro 400 Quad Core 2.4Ghz 1Gb 250GB 128MB HD 2400 Pro 19" Monitor £410.08

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Intel® Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 processor (2.40GHz, 1066MHz, 8MB cache)
Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
1024MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
Dell 19" Value Wide Flat Panel (E198WFP)
128MB ATI® Radeon HD 2400 Pro graphics card
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
16x DVD +/- RW Drive

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I'm no expert but that does look a lot of PC for the money.

Memory seems a bit low so you might want to add another Gig but still a pretty good machine for the money.

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biglugs1;1569897

Memory seems a bit low so you might want to add another Gig but still a … Memory seems a bit low so you might want to add another Gig but still a pretty good machine for the money.



Agree - easily done after purchase more cheaply than the Dell upgrade.

hot deal! heat added

a "bit" low? I've tried Quad core machines with a GB of RAM and Vista - they suck. Massively.

The CPU is amazing, but the GFX card is **** for games and you NEED more memory.

Not that much of a good deal TBH.

Can you remove the monitor?

Samba123;1570274

Can you remove the monitor?



To answer my own question - you unfortuately can't.

Not that great. I bought a Dell system a few months ago with a 22" monitor, 2Gb of RAM, 320GB HDD and a decent graphics card for only £40 more.

Unless desperate for Quad-Core (and if you are, you are likely to consider just about every other component in the system to be substandard anyway), you might be better off opting for this...

configure.euro.dell.com/del…012

Its a sacrifice on the processor, but otherwise matches or betters the Vostro 400. Also weighs in at £60 less (I think), so you could go for the E6550, get twice the hard drive space and 2GB for only a tenner more than deal posted. Can even remove the monitor if you prefer.

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wizball;1570391

Unless desperate for Quad-Core (and if you are, you are likely to … Unless desperate for Quad-Core (and if you are, you are likely to consider just about every other component in the system to be substandard anyway), you might be better off opting for this...http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&l=en&cs=ukdhs1&kc=&oc=D022012Its a sacrifice on the processor, but otherwise matches or betters the Vostro 400. Also weighs in at £60 less (I think), so you could go for the E6550, get twice the hard drive space and 2GB for only a tenner more than deal posted. Can even remove the monitor if you prefer.



As a value proposition I think this alternative is inferior. The current price premium for the quad processor is considerably more than the price difference including the larger HD and memory - both of which are easily upgradeable later (the smaller HD may not be a concern for many).

Prospective buyers need to consider their requirements. What makes the posted item attractive for a long term user is the entry price. With another Gb of RAM this processor and graphics card should support most activites (excepting extreme gaming) admirably for some time to come. Few people will upgrade the processor during the life of their computer.

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It is a top offer.

Flog the monitor for £120 on Ebay, and you have a quad core setup for under £300. 2GB Ram = dirt cheap, chuck in an 8800GT and you have a monster gaming rig for around £450.

Which, I doubt could be beaten.

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wizball;1570391

Unless desperate for Quad-Core (and if you are, you are likely to … Unless desperate for Quad-Core (and if you are, you are likely to consider just about every other component in the system to be substandard anyway), you might be better off opting for this...http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&l=en&cs=ukdhs1&kc=&oc=D022012Its a sacrifice on the processor, but otherwise matches or betters the Vostro 400. Also weighs in at £60 less (I think), so you could go for the E6550, get twice the hard drive space and 2GB for only a tenner more than deal posted. Can even remove the monitor if you prefer.



Poor alternative tbh, for most people 250gb is more than enough (I probably use more than most and I don't need that much). 1GB ram doesnt cost far off £10 these days and you can just sell the monitor on Ebay for as much (if not more) than Dell will remove from the cost of it for. So in effect all you are doing is just swapping the processor for a cheaper one. Bargain!

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Surely quad core only good for programmers, graphic designers using well 4 programs at once on multipe monitors?

Considering you can't actually manually set affinity to a certain processor (why haven't introduced this yet)

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Not specifically true, games are starting to come out that take advantage of quad core. I know its a bit of a cliche these days... but... Crysis.

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lumoruk;1570548

Surely quad core only good for programmers, graphic designers using well … Surely quad core only good for programmers, graphic designers using well 4 programs at once on multipe monitors?Considering you can't actually manually set affinity to a certain processor (why haven't introduced this yet)



I think that if you are a heavy Photoshop user (as I am) this is likely to be worthwhile.

techspot.com/rev…00/

Clearly new applications will increasingly be designed to use this functionality.

lumoruk;1570548

Surely quad core only good for programmers, graphic designers using well … Surely quad core only good for programmers, graphic designers using well 4 programs at once on multipe monitors?



A single program can take advantage of all 4 cores if it is multithreaded. For a game that might mean (crudely) that the AI is running on one core, the main game thread on another, the physics on another one or two cores.

They will be increasingly useful to most people as more and more mainstream applications take advantage of multi-core processors.

Does anyone know what power supply this system comes with?

I would recommend to anyone to upgrade to the 22" screen for £65 extra.

Not wanting to turn this thread into a Mac vs PC debate, but I just returned a Dell PC of this Spec.

It had 2GB RAM, plus same CPU. The whole system was so slow to start up and so unresponsive. After installing a couple of applications there were some font issues (not Dells fault)... removed the offending app... then on restart fans full blast, so needed to restart again. After hibernating, same thing happened. So re-installed Vista and it was still slow.

Maybe not Dell's fault at all, but MS for making Vista so bad. Funny though, Vista runs fine on my MacBook Pro.

davohotuk;1570966

Not wanting to turn this thread into a Mac vs PC debate, but I just … Not wanting to turn this thread into a Mac vs PC debate, but I just returned a Dell PC of this Spec.It had 2GB RAM, plus same CPU. The whole system was so slow to start up and so unresponsive. After installing a couple of applications there were some font issues (not Dells fault)... removed the offending app... then on restart fans full blast, so needed to restart again. After hibernating, same thing happened. So re-installed Vista and it was still slow.Maybe not Dell's fault at all, but MS for making Vista so bad. Funny though, Vista runs fine on my MacBook Pro.



I know that MS is awful but I very much doubt your problem was down to the software (Vista) . It would probably be down to faulty hardware eg. memory, motherboard, cpu etc.

Tim

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I know lots of people with faulty Ipods, so don't buy a mac!

If you do any video editing, quad core really shines. 4 times the rendering power!

this is a good deal period! :thumbsup:

old-bugga;1571188

If you do any video editing, quad core really shines. 4 times the … If you do any video editing, quad core really shines. 4 times the rendering power!



You are right that more cores means more rendering power, but.... I am gonna be picky here - sorry, please don't take offence! :thumbsup: - realistically, we are only talking 2x the rendering power, as just about any other new PC is going to be dual core anyway.

Bertt;1570493

As a value proposition I think this alternative is inferior. The current … As a value proposition I think this alternative is inferior. The current price premium for the quad processor is considerably more than the price difference including the larger HD and memory - both of which are easily upgradeable later (the smaller HD may not be a concern for many).Prospective buyers need to consider their requirements. What makes the posted item attractive for a long term user is the entry price. With another Gb of RAM this processor and graphics card should support most activites (excepting extreme gaming) admirably for some time to come. Few people will upgrade the processor during the life of their computer.



My first sentence was the key - I was addressing anyone who didn't need a Quad-Core. I didn't suggest the deal was cold or anything. I realise that anyone buying it specifically for the processor wouldn't be interested in what I was suggesting. However, the machine I linked to was perfect mainstream computing out of the box and 15% cheaper. 1GB and Windows Vista requires an upgrade - as I found out to my cost in the past!

Anarchist;1570546

Poor alternative tbh, for most people 250gb is more than enough (I … Poor alternative tbh, for most people 250gb is more than enough (I probably use more than most and I don't need that much). 1GB ram doesnt cost far off £10 these days and you can just sell the monitor on Ebay for as much (if not more) than Dell will remove from the cost of it for. So in effect all you are doing is just swapping the processor for a cheaper one. Bargain!



For most people, a dual-core processor is more than enough, so saving £60 might be attractive to those who don't need it. For Quad-Core, this is a hot deal, I never questioned that.

As for the monitor, someone had specifically asked about removing the monitor, so I was just trying to be helpful. Yes, they could sell it on ebay. Yes, you can buy more memory and install it. Yes, you can buy another hard-drive later if you need it. However, all these things involve effort. I just pointed out a hassle free way to get peferctly good mainstream computing for £60 less.

Just phone them up, and sure they would make a deal for it without the VDU :thumbsup:

This is rubbish, the power supply is only 350 watts, very bad, rubbish GFX card, and ram, and motherboard. Only good thing about this is the quad core. voted cold

sharp910sh;1572233

This is rubbish, the power supply is only 350 watts, very bad, rubbish … This is rubbish, the power supply is only 350 watts, very bad, rubbish GFX card, and ram, and motherboard. Only good thing about this is the quad core. voted cold



lol. you gotta be kidding me!

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lmao, theres always one.

**Note to all**

If you click through the link here then you are being directed to the Dell Business site and not the Home site that MikeT usually links to.

Price given in the deal still works out at £410.08 inc VAT & Del via the Home site but your right to return is better if purchased from the Home site.

sharp910sh;1572233

This is rubbish, the power supply is only 350 watts, very bad, rubbish … This is rubbish, the power supply is only 350 watts, very bad, rubbish GFX card, and ram, and motherboard. Only good thing about this is the quad core. voted cold



alchemistkevin;1572479

lol. you gotta be kidding me!



Not sure I would go so far as to say its a cold deal, but I can't help but agree with Sharp910sh a little bit - at least on the basic premise of his argument (i.e. its a fairly mediocre setup aside from the processor).

If you don't share his views even slightly, you probably don't really, really need Quad-Core processing quite as much as you think you do.

Because it doesnt suit your needs doesnt mean you should vote cold!

There are tons of offers here every day that i dont need, but if they're a good deal, they still deserve heat. For someone who needs a quad core, a monitor, and a nice quiet PC, this is a great deal.

voted hot
needs a memory upgrade but thats cheap enough to do and after that it would make a fine pc for most peoples needs.

...and remember, when upgrading the ram/gpu...etc, you can aways re-sell the parts you've replaced!
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