Refurbished  Dell GX520 Desktop PC - P4 2.8Ghz - 1Gb - 40gb - DVD-CDRW - XP Pro - £85 @ BigPockets
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Refurbished Dell GX520 Desktop PC - P4 2.8Ghz - 1Gb - 40gb - DVD-CDRW - XP Pro - £85 @ BigPockets

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Product Name: Dell GX520 Desktop PC - P4 2.8Ghz - 1Gb - 40gb - DVD/CDRW - XP Pro
Product Code: SOLV117
Pack Size: 1
Condition: Used
Warranty: Yes: 3 Months
Despatch Time: Usually ships3 to 4 working days
Availability: 44
Category: Refurb / Used PCs

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brawlzzz;4421183

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All the important stuff is in the title!!

Good deal, just the job for my Mum!! Voted hot!

Original Poster

I been resisting the urge.

I been after one of these to put under my tv as a basic media centre.

morrk;4421432

I been resisting the urge.I been after one of these to put under my tv as … I been resisting the urge.I been after one of these to put under my tv as a basic media centre.



Very noisy fan on these mate.

Original Poster

Can't be any noiser than my xbox or xbox360

Is it a DVD-RW or a combo drive (DVD+ CD-RW)?

Original Poster

The description suggests that it is a combo drive.

You can also get the GX620 for £99 @ Bigpockets

excellent deal.. thanks.

makes for a perfect media center... especially bcoz of 1gb already installed.

buy this + ME remote + a old model AGP graphics card with DVI on it + install media portal = almost perfect media pc.

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andemg;4425477

buy this + ME remote + a old model AGP graphics card with DVI on it + … buy this + ME remote + a old model AGP graphics card with DVI on it + install media portal = almost perfect media pc.



"media portal" - is this it ]linky?

Original Poster

Raspberrys;4426285

"media portal" - is this it ]linky?




That's the badger. :thumbsup:

This model will run the Kalaway OS X install, so you can make it into a very cheap Mac if you wish

Very tempting at that price

Raspberrys;4426285

"media portal" - is this it ]linky?



I use this and it's very good.

Get a GX280 small form factor refurb from ebay same spec for about £50 there very quite i used it for a media centre for a while worked great

Edit : Just looked on ebay seems that there isnt many on for £50 anymore so good price

Good price for anyone looking for a cheap PC

guitar_king;4448763

This model will run the Kalaway OS X install, so you can make it into a … This model will run the Kalaway OS X install, so you can make it into a very cheap Mac if you wish



I'm intrigued, how much would it cost to turn it into a fully workin computer with mac os?

A WDTV would work out cheaper as a more capable media center. You would, however, need to buy an external hard drive.

Sorry to ask a silly question b'coz of my poor knowledge in relation to hardwares.

This desktop base is ready for use out of the box.....Does that mean it has got drivers, motherboard and other softwares preinstalled?

If they are already preinstalled, will it just be a matter to connecting a monitor for this to work after installing the monitor software?

Not sure why I would need this pc, but im sure I could think of something.
A media centre possibly or a second pc to do all the dirty work or possibly a windows 7 installation. If all else fails give it to mum to play solitaire.

tejas;4449513

Sorry to ask a silly question b'coz of my poor knowledge in relation to … Sorry to ask a silly question b'coz of my poor knowledge in relation to hardwares.This desktop base is ready for use out of the box.....Does that mean it has got drivers, motherboard and other softwares preinstalled? If they are already preinstalled, will it just be a matter to connecting a monitor for this to work after installing the monitor software?




Yes! presumably so, you'd also need a monitor, keyboard and mouse, maybe also a power cord (one of those 3 pronged kettle ones) if they dont supply one with it, which they probably will. Remember this is used, so might be some junk on there from previous users

thanks

tahir_owen;4449560

Yes! presumably so, you'd also need a monitor, keyboard and mouse, maybe … Yes! presumably so, you'd also need a monitor, keyboard and mouse, maybe also a power cord (one of those 3 pronged kettle ones) if they dont supply one with it, which they probably will. Remember this is used, so might be some junk on there from previous users



thanks

scott160592;4449056

Get a GX280 small form factor refurb from ebay same spec for about £50 … Get a GX280 small form factor refurb from ebay same spec for about £50 there very quite i used it for a media centre for a while worked greatEdit : Just looked on ebay seems that there isnt many on for £50 anymore so good price



Avoid GX280s and GX270s. They suffer from a major issue relating to swollen capacitors that cause various problems, from harddisk damage to random freezes to never booting up again. It's very, very common.

I have had a GX280 for donkeys years and bought another from AVF only last year for £60.

Done the trick for me.

As in everything, you get problems, but I assume that may have been a small batch of motherboards.

My two are still going strong and are used as main kids PC's, so get some hammering.

tejas;4449513

Sorry to ask a silly question b'coz of my poor knowledge in relation to … Sorry to ask a silly question b'coz of my poor knowledge in relation to hardwares.This desktop base is ready for use out of the box.....Does that mean it has got drivers, motherboard and other softwares preinstalled? If they are already preinstalled, will it just be a matter to connecting a monitor for this to work after installing the monitor software?



I'm guessing it doesnt have an OS, but I dunno.

Edit - Nevermind just ignore me :-D

Lost Symphonies;4449244

I'm intrigued, how much would it cost to turn it into a fully workin … I'm intrigued, how much would it cost to turn it into a fully workin computer with mac os?



I'll P.M ya.

Actually looking over at dells site this is apparently a SFF! dimensions seem to be a bit bigger than your typical sff, anyway heres the link.

dell.com/con…dfb

There seems to be 3 chassis types for this model.

To me it looks like the GX520 SF
Big Pockets
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/site/images/SHIPIT/SOLV117.jpg
Dell:
http://i.dell.com/images/global/products/optix/gx_sff20_45degree_314x314.jpg

dell.com/con…w=2

andemg;4425477

excellent deal.. thanks.makes for a perfect media center... especially … excellent deal.. thanks.makes for a perfect media center... especially bcoz of 1gb already installed.buy this + ME remote + a old model AGP graphics card with DVI on it + install media portal = almost perfect media pc.



There's no free AGP or PCIe slot on these just 1 or 2 pci slots depending on mobo. Only VGA with Intel MA950 onboard graphics, so pretty poor media centre capability.

I so wish I had a reason to buy this.

i'm sure i've got an old pci vid card with 4mb of memory somewhere, then again this is a half height pci slot, I guess the 90's weren't so bad. Wonder if I can cancel my order :whistling:
It does use a share of 224 megs of the memory for the video mem, so can run most resolutions.
Unbelievably this comes with Sata/300 which is latest tech.

dxx;4449684

Avoid GX280s and GX270s. They suffer from a major issue relating to … Avoid GX280s and GX270s. They suffer from a major issue relating to swollen capacitors that cause various problems, from harddisk damage to random freezes to never booting up again. It's very, very common.



i never had a problem

guitar_king;4448865

XBMC is another media centre … XBMC is another media centre solutionhttp://xbmc.org/[IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2920539291_8a7b81c90e.jpg?v=0[/IMG]

IMO if you're going to run XBMC then the best device to run it on is a XBOX. Apart from the obvious, it's also much cheaper as a system to build.

I've considered buying a cheap PC to see how XBMC would run on it but can't really find a good reason to replace that with my XBOX.

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

Also I managed to grab my mate a P4 2.4 PC I think from Gumtree for £50. Just another option. Not sure if this comes with any warranty but obviously they don't.

n00b;4449256

... A WDTV would work out ... as a more capable media center ...



You [COLOR="Red"]are[/COLOR] joking yes?

Since when is a fixed embedded hardware with restricted firmware solution [COLOR="Red"]more[/COLOR] capable than a PC? Yes it might be cheaper but it's useless if it can't play your latest video!

With a PC - any new variant of DIVX, wmv, avi etc etc can easily be supported by newer software codecs - with your suggested solution you'd better pray the manufacturer releases updated firmware.

will the HDD be SATA? because i could rip it out, put it in this computer and buy a larger one for this one.
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