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    Anyone know of any good deals for home pc. Just need something basic - for my dad!!! Not fussed on monitor size.
    Just need it for internet use really.
    Thanks

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    for £405 you can get a dell vostro 200 mt with a 22" monitor
    this is what i brought and its great!!!
    or you could remove the monitor and it only comes to £235.

    hotukdeals.com/for…ell

    jaffacake1

    for £405 you can get a dell vostro 200 mt with a 22" monitorthis is what … for £405 you can get a dell vostro 200 mt with a 22" monitorthis is what i brought and its great!!!or you could remove the monitor and it only comes to £235.http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93584&highlight=dell



    Agreed, just got one of these for my Step son going off to Uni, however, if you're not fussed by the monitor size then stick with the 19" it's more than adequate and means it's only £330 so you can either upgrade the processor, or use the £70 spare on something else (software, printer etc)

    Original Poster

    Hi, thanks for this. Just gone through this. few questions.
    What is the video card? It has one included - didnt give me an option. Is this anything to worry about?
    And do i need speakers?
    And do i need a modem if internet currently done through ethernet cable?
    Does works 8.0 have microsoft word?

    Thanks so much!

    not sure about the other questions but yes microsoft works does have word
    and you don't need speakers but if your dad wants to listen to music or watch videos then i would buy some

    loulou, The video card is a fairly bog standard affair, it'll be fine for non-gaming applications, you do need one, as it is what the computer uses to send pictures to the monitor!

    It doesn't come with speakers, so if you want some, then but some - I think they are available as an option, or you could buy some from any other retailer.

    If you have Broadband, then you don't need a modem, if you are still on dialup then you do!

    Works 8.0 has a word processor, but it isn't word. You could either download OpenOffice which is a microsoft office compatible free alternative, or if you have anybody in the family connected in some way with education (schoolkids, uni, teachers etc) then you can but the Student and Teacher version of Microsoft Office for about £80-ish

    Hope this helps!

    jaffacake1

    not sure about the other questions but yes microsoft works does have … not sure about the other questions but yes microsoft works does have wordand you don't need speakers but if your dad wants to listen to music or watch videos then i would buy some



    Are you sure about that, I'm sure it's not acually Word, maybe you get that with Works Suite. Although the word processor that it does come with is Word compatible.

    You can add a much better video card for £30 or £40 extra and it's usually worth it.

    If you aim to spend about £450.00 you would get a fantastic pc. I have 2 dells and am very happy with them both too. You should get at least 1 year cover on the pc's though 2 if you can as it gives you peace of mind.

    I have found Dell to be great to deal with but I am a business customer so maybe they are a little friendlier to business owners?

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, much appreciated. He only really uses it for internet, gambling!! and watching horse/dog racing, so he wanted sound!! Also word for typing up letters etc.

    Ill have aproper look later.
    Rep given to all!

    Original Poster

    Right, this is what it comes up with for £334.94 del.

    COMPONENTS

    Base Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4400 Processor (2.0GHz,800MHz,2MB cache)
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition - English
    Enhanced Service Packs Base Warranty - 1 Year Business Hardware Support
    Monitor Dell™ 19" Value Wide Flat Panel (E198WFP) - UK/Irish
    Memory 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    Hard Drive 320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache
    Video Card 256MB NVIIDA® GeForce® 8300GS Turbocache graphics card
    Optical Devices 16x DVD +/- RW Drive
    Keyboard Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Mouse Dell™ 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black

    OTHER OPTIONS

    Wireless Access Point and Base Routers Not included

    SOFTWARE & SERVICES

    Business Software Services Not included
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
    Services Solutions Not included
    Online Backup Not included
    Protect your new PC No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English

    ACCESSORIES

    Dell Printers Not included
    Accessories Not included
    Wireless Networking Not included
    Sound Cards Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
    Speakers Dell™ A225 Speakers
    Floppy Drives and Additional Storage Devices No Floppy Drive
    Modem No Modem
    Video Editing Not included
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
    USB Memory Keys Not included e
    Digital Photography Not included
    Internet Access Services - Broadband / 3G Mobile Not included

    Also included in this system

    The following options are default selections included with your order

    Dell Internet Order.

    Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    Base Warranty - 1 Year Business Hardware Support
    Save £20 ex VAT
    List D09V03 Vostro 200
    Vostro Desktop Order - UK
    English Documentation with UK/Irish Power Cord


    Is this a good price - and will it have an ethernet port?
    Sorry to be a pain!

    It's not a bad deal. I would add next day cover though because it's worth it.

    They all have ethernet ports as far as I know. Just no 56k modem as standard.

    I would be tempted at that but if you can afford to add a couple of extras it would make a difference to such a system I think. Do you get the two hardrives? Both of my Dells have two hard drives and it's great for backing up data. I think that comes almost as standard now?

    Makes me wonder how much I could get it for as a business! Nevermind I am happy (for now)

    It definitely has an ethernet port!

    And yes, it is an excellent price, you'd be hard pushed to buy the components and build it yourself for less than £400

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone. Im gonna go for this and order tonight.
    Any last minute advice?

    loulou

    Thanks everyone. Im gonna go for this and order tonight.Any last minute … Thanks everyone. Im gonna go for this and order tonight.Any last minute advice?


    Make sure you are in when it arrives!

    Original Poster

    Ordered it! Thanks everyone for your help ;-)

    cool. mine only took 4 days to come ,11 days before expected delivery date!
    Great Service from Dell!!!

    loulou

    Ordered it! Thanks everyone for your help ;-)



    I've had so many bargains and so much help from here, it's good to give some back!

    Mike73

    I've had so many bargains and so much help from here, it's good to give … I've had so many bargains and so much help from here, it's good to give some back!


    Same here!

    I swear by them. I even have my own irish/indian fellow who I can call direct at anytime due to being a business customer. It's fantastic for any problems I might have with the PC. :thumbsup:
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