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    Dell XPS 420

    Hi,

    I'm looking at upgrading to the above and this is the spec i've come up with upto now, can anybody advise me what would be worth adding/removing from this.....

    PROCESSOR Intel® Processor Q6600 Quad Core (2.40GHz, 1066Mhz FSB, 8MB cache) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English edit
    HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty edit
    MONITOR 22in E228WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D edit
    MEMORY 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024] edit
    HARD DRIVE 750GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst cache edit
    GRAPHICS CARD 512MB ATI® Radeon® 3870 Graphics card edit
    TV TUNER & MULTIMEDIA ACCELERATORS TV Tuner and AVIO / Accellerator edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD+/-RW & 48x CDRW/DVD Combo Drive edit
    KEYBOARD Dell Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY) edit
    MOUSE Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse edit
    Accessories
    SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy ADVANCED HD software edit
    SPEAKERS Dell A525 Speakers with Subwoofer edit
    FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES 19-in-1 Bluetooth Media Card Reader edit
    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9 - English edit
    Services & Software
    ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support edit
    SECURITY SOFTWARE Norton Internet Security 2008 - 15 Month Protection - English

    The total amount with discounts (including the 15% off code) and free delivery is £ 806.66 instead of £ 1139.01 + delivery.

    I know Mike T knows his stuff with these machines but any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Neil

    6 Comments

    Hi there, im my opinion, that is a little expensive for that configuration. A similarly specced PC from dell outlet would cost ~£500 (using the £55 off and free del they have at the moment) but no monitor - a 22" monitor will only cost about £100 though. Its definately worth checking out [url]www.dell.co.uk/outlet[/url] to see what they have! In addition, many of the outlet systems for £500 have the 8800gt 512mb card, which is faster than the HD3870!
    Hope that helps a bit!

    PS - Vista 32 bit can't make full use of 4GB of RAM - performance will be identical if you have 3GB ;-)

    Original Poster

    Thanks a lot qpan, I'll have a look into that. Rep added

    MONITOR 22in E228WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish (1680 x 1050) TCO99 DVI-D edit

    Upgrading to the Ultrasharp is definitely worth considering, £50-60 for a zero dead pixel warrenty and fully adjustable stand isn't a bad price.

    TV TUNER & MULTIMEDIA ACCELERATORS TV Tuner and AVIO / Accellerator edit

    I don't know how good dell's tv tuners are but if you're in a poor reception area some TV tuners apparently can't pick up the signals that others can so if that's the case it may be better to leave this off and buy one separately. Also, do check if this is freeview or analogue.

    SPEAKERS Dell A525 Speakers with Subwoofer edit

    Are dell speakers any good?

    SECURITY SOFTWARE Norton Internet Security 2008 - 15 Month Protection - English

    You're presumably going for an £800 PC because you want performance so I would dump norton and go for an AV and firewall that doesn't sap so much performance (kapersky is supposed to be a good av)

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    You're presumably going for an £800 PC because you want performance so I … You're presumably going for an £800 PC because you want performance so I would dump norton and go for an AV and firewall that doesn't sap so much performance (kapersky is supposed to be a good av)



    Yup fully recommend it and now its free too - ]clicky

    If you still haven't found a pc yet, this is a superb deal:
    Base unit for £450 (inc vat and delivery with £55 off voucher): specs and system identifier below.
    24" Full HD 1080p monitor: ebuyer.com/pro…627 £208.79 inc vat and delivery.

    Total: £659.23
    £140 cheaper and that's with a FULL 1080p HD monitor (actually 1920x1200)!
    Virtually the same spec base unit as the one you wanted, albeit with 3gb ram and 2x320gb hard drives which you can raid for better performance than 1 hard drive.

    Hope that helps you!


    SYSTEM SPECIFICATION
    XPS 420 (System Identifier. E6VAZDH0)
    XPS 420 Viiv Q6600 Quad Core 2.40GHz)
    English - Vista Home Premium

    System Price £438.35

    Dell recommends Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional

    Operating System: English Windows Vista Home Premium
    English - Vista Home Premium
    Memory: 3072MB DDR2 667 [2x1024 + 2x512)
    Hard Disk Drive: 320GB HD
    320GB HD
    Video: Graphics Card 512MB ATI Radeon 3870
    Modem: Modem not included
    CD Read-Write Drive: DVD+/-RW (ReadWrite) 16X
    Software: BT, AOL, Tiscali ISP Combination
    MISC: Dell Quietkey Black Keyboard
    Vista OnLine Getting Started Guide (WW
    19-in-1 Bluetooth Media Card Reader
    Image Restore - Vista
    Assembley Mod
    English - XPS 420 System Docs (UK power cord)
    SATA Cable for 2ND SATA Hard Drive
    Mouse Dell Wheel USB 2 Button Scroll Black

    Original Poster

    Thanks a lot for your help qpan, i'm definitley going for that. Thanks again for your time in finding this, it's been a great help.

    Cheers
    Neil
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