Help with PC I Might Buy


    After SVP letting me down with a Dell base unit I ordred, I'm still looking to replace my base unit.

    I've now been offered a refurb'd Dell 530 E4500 with 3gb of 667mhz Ram, 320gb HD, on board Graphics, DVDRW & XP Pro installed. All for a shade under £200, sounds good to me but just wanted some opinions on if the spec is ok?

    Also can this be upgraded, I would probably want to add another HDD and could a graphics card be installed as this has only on board jobbie.

    Any advice and comments welcomed on the above.


    Can you give more details on the on-board graphics?

    What CPU does it have?

    What are you primary uses for it?

    What monitor is it hooked up to?

    Original Poster

    All I know is that it has on board Intel Graphics

    Intel core 2 duo E4500 2.2Ghz

    Mainly web browsing, some media playback. Some occasional video converting. No Gaming, as I bought the PS3, 360 & Wii for that.

    I have a 22" V7 LCD with VGA & DVI inputs

    The CPU is decent if a bit light on cache, if you can haggle down to £180 it's not bad, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone could find a better spec base model for similar money though.

    I asked about monitor as onboard gfx might struggle with 1680x1050 for some hidef video/other gfx.

    If you can get it for £170/£180 vs.:…116

    I;d say you have a half decent deal, I think...

    Ensure SiSandra/Diagnostic tests are run on it and that the HDD has a diagnostic on it too before buying though.
    Also tempting to make them run Prime95 for 30mins on torture test to ensure the CPU and it's cooling is sound.

    Original Poster

    for an extra £120 I could get one with a Q6600 with 256mb Graphics (Asus HD 2400 Pro 256 Meg Video Card) and 500gb HDD

    E4500 Retails for £75, Q6600 is £150ish I think, so thats a £75ish upgrade

    256mb gfx is awfully vague without knowing more about the GPU etc.

    320gb hdd to 500gb is barely £20difference with current prices. so it comes down to whether that 256mb gfx is worth £25ish more.

    I doubt you need the extra CPU, as good as quadcore sounds, will you download alot? do you need 500gb? And i expect for £30ish you could buy your own pci-e card to ramp up everyday gfx.

    Quadcore: = over the top
    500gb = with current prices tumbling wait for 500gb to hit £40ish later this year and add it if you need the space that badly
    GFX: Get the machine then decide if the onboard is too poor for your everyday us, if so £30ish on separate card later saves you £90 extra spend now.

    £120 might sound convienent but you might be getting extra parts you don't need, primarily that quadcore.

    According to spec on Dell site, this has PCI-e 16x slot so you can add a graphics card. It also has 4 SATA slots so you should be able to add a HDD. Only caveat is that Dell's manuals are not always 100% accurate and, if it's refurbished, you can't be certain what's inside until you look.

    go take £150 cash and wave it under his nose (have another 20 in back pocket for lunch money lol)

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all your words of wisdom I ended up getting a Quad Core Dell for under £300 with 500gb HDD 4gb Memory etc etc
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