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    Dell 530S Desktop Deal - Is this a good Spec for the Money?

    Comments please regarding below spec as I know very little about computers.

    Not really worried about intense gaming. Will use Music, Photos, Videos and general use.

    Total £539.00

    InspironTM 530 ST (D075S12)

    Base: Intel® Core 2 Duo E8300 processor (2.83GHz, 1333MHz, 6MB cache) 157408 1 [210-21051] 1

    Microsoft Operating System:
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 32-bit - English 166948 1 [619-12775][640-10593] 11

    Enhanced Service Packs:
    1 Year Base Warranty 122613 1 [754-10864] 30

    Monitor:
    20in E207WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish Black (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D 109469 1 [480-14802] 5

    Memory:
    3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024 + 2x512] 133071 1 [370-13220] 3

    Hard Drive:
    500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive 119910 1 [400-13769] 8

    Video Card:
    Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 3100 121916 1 [490-10704] 6

    Optical Devices:
    DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) 119953 1 [429-12742][429-13026] 16

    Keyboard:
    Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY) 109451 1 [580-13088] 4

    Mouse:
    Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black 109528 1 [570-10398] 12

    Dell System Media Kit:
    Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers) 108416 1 [340-14330] 319

    Standard Warranty:
    1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return 122678 1 [754-10860][767-10027] 29

    Sound Cards:
    Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio 110547 1 [510-10195] 17

    Speakers:
    Dell A225 Speakers 109420 1 [520-10604] 18

    Floppy Drives and Additional Storage Devices:
    19-in-1 Media Card reader 123188 1 [385-10549] 10

    12 Comments

    That is quite a powerful spec, probably a better spec than you would need.

    You could probably get a PC good enough for what you want for £200 less.

    Having said that, there is plenty of future proofing in there for what you may do in the future so if you have the money go for it.

    If you are short of money then as I said, you could probably get a good desktop PC for £300.

    configure.euro.dell.com/del…S14

    £469 with 22" monitor and same as above saves you £70 and wiith bigger monitor

    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core E2180 Processor (2.00GHz,800MHz,1MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 32-bit - English
    1 Year Base Warranty
    22in E228WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D
    3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024 + 2x512]
    500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 3100

    i upgraded the hdd to 500gb but £449 with 320 hdd

    hope this helps

    be aware you are buying a slim line case

    Original Poster

    compo;2527610

    be aware you are buying a slim line case


    Is there a problem with Slim Line cases compared with Standard size?

    Smaller cards would be needed i think. With dell try to get the minimum Memory e.g. 1Gb, then upgrade elsewhere as it would be cheaper.

    NorthernSoul;2531445

    Is there a problem with Slim Line cases compared with Standard size?



    only when it comes to upgrading later if required and it limits you on the graphics card you can get to fit

    £20 to upgrade to 4gb from 3gb would be worth it

    not a great deal imo.
    i built my pc - which is effort but cost 300 quid and had a nice graphics card suitable for high end gaming.
    however u only want it to use it for a bit of music so i would suggest you could get a comp for your needs for a lot cheaper! play about with it.

    what spec did u get mate?!

    Mclovin;2533782

    not a great deal imo.i built my pc - which is effort but cost 300 quid … not a great deal imo.i built my pc - which is effort but cost 300 quid and had a nice graphics card suitable for high end gaming.however u only want it to use it for a bit of music so i would suggest you could get a comp for your needs for a lot cheaper! play about with it.



    how much is a 22" monitor £150-£175

    so the base unit would come in under £300 with 3gb ram etc think this is a good price for spec

    compo;2540399

    how much is a 22" monitor £150-£175so the base unit would come in under £ … how much is a 22" monitor £150-£175so the base unit would come in under £300 with 3gb ram etc think this is a good price for spec



    I think your maths is a little off there, the 20" monitor can be had for £170 delivered from ebuyer but if we're assuming the base unit is £300 then that gives us a total of £470, add £19 for the mouse/keyboard/speakers and that's still £50 less than the price Dell are asking.

    £469 with 22" monitor and same as above saves you £70 and wiith bigger monitor

    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core E2180 Processor (2.00GHz,800MHz,1MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 32-bit - English
    1 Year Base Warranty
    22in E228WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D
    3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024 + 2x512]
    500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 3100

    i upgraded the hdd to 500gb but £449 with 320 hdd

    i was on about the system i posted on here with 22" monitor

    Original Poster

    Are there problems with the DVD drive as when I tried a couple in PC World yesterday, i.e. ejected it and then it was almost impossible to reach the button to close the tray again.

    Is this a common fault?
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