Advice on a Dell Inspiron 530S Desktop

    I have about £650 to spend on the above but am unsure which would be the best buy after customising.
    Not required for intense gaming but will be wanted to watch films etc.
    Any suggestion would be gratefully appreciated.
    Is a 22 inch screen too big?
    I have a wirelss modem already and a wireless Laptop, but is it best to get an internal wireless card with this desktop


    I purchased an inspiron in march, i changed the specification around though on there website. I paid £610.00 for mine, and that included an extra 3 years warranty, on hardware and software. My Spec was this: -

    Inspiron 530 E8200 Core 2 Duo Processor (2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB cache)
    Promo: 3-for-2: 3 Year Consumer Hardware Support inc. Evenings and Saturdays
    Inspiron 530 Resource DVD (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    English - 530 System Docs (UK power cord) & English Adobe
    Memory Dual Channel 3GB (2x1024MB + 2x512MB) 800Mhz DDR2
    19-in-1 Media Card Reader
    Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm)
    DVD+/-RW (ReadWrite) 16X
    Power DVD 7.0 - Vista
    ROXIO Software for Vista - Creator / MYDVD 10.1
    Display : 19in SE198WFP UK/Irish Arctic Silver Widescreen Value (1440 x 900) DVI-D
    Video Card 128MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro
    Audio Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital capability
    Speakers External Dell A225 Stereo Black
    Modem Not Included
    Dell Black 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse
    English Irish Keyboard Dell Quietkey USB (QWERTY) black
    English - Genuine Windows XP Pro SP2 including Media
    English Microsoft Works 9.0 (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Outlook Express, Powerpoint Viewer) (With Recovery CD)
    UK Internet Service Provider - Tiscali (w/CD)
    English Adobe Reader 8.1 (No Recovery CD)
    Dell Support Center 2.0
    English McAfee 9.0 Security Centre 30 Day Trial Version (No Recovery CD)
    Base Warranty - 1 Year Collect & Return

    I did it online but wanted XP instead of vista becuase i do not like vista, so i rang them up and they rang me back, and i dealt with a really nice gentleman, who gave me £100 discount and let me use the voucher code for 10% what i found on the internet, mine should of been over 800 quid. So if you want a discount code and the guys email to email him and tell him a friend recommended him to you, and could he ring you etc etc, he should sort you out. If you want it just let me know xx

    Original Poster

    Thanks, I'll see what other replies I get before deciding what to do

    it really depends what you intend to use it for -- you could pick up a dell desktop which will perform all general duties including any media center like functionality (especially if you specify vista home premium to get the media center app) for a lot less that you budget (half that i would say).

    I bought a Dell quad with 22" screen for about £440..........that would be more than adequate for your needs.

    Alternatively, you could easily build a media rig with hd dvd/blu ray drive for under £500.

    Is the screen too big?

    That depends entirely on the viewing distance.

    I use my 22" screen to watch dvd's etc when in bed...........maybe 5 ft from the screen and it seems just right to me.
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