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    [D054003] Vostro 400 C2Duo, 3GB RAM, 1.5TB HD (2X750GB), Speakers £353



    Base Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4500 processor (2.20GHz, 800MHz, 2MB cache)
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
    Memory 3072MB 667MHz (2x1024 + 2x512) Memory
    Keyboard Logitech™ Cordless Desktop™ EX110 - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Video Card Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
    Hard Drive 1.5TB (7200RPM) SATA Dual Hard Drives (2X750GB)
    Mouse Mouse Included in Wireless Keyboard and Mouse option
    Optical Devices 16x DVD +/- RW Drive
    Sound Cards Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
    Speakers Dell™ A225 Speakers
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English
    Standard Warranty 1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
    Dell System Media Kit Vostro 400 Resource DVD (Diagnostics & Drivers)

    Limited Offer! Save 30% off
    Expires 29 May 2008 - £5.70

    £20 Money Off
    Expires 07 May 2008 - £20.00

    Delivery Charge Discount -£60.00

    £353 delivered

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    How to get this deal

    To achieve the above price: Click through above then upgrade the hard drive to 1.5TB, the CDRW to DVDRW, the keyboard to 'Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110' then add the 'Dell A225 Speakers' thus bringing the total to over £299 and kicking in the FREE shipping discount of £60! You can, of course, add your own upgrades to bring the total up to the required amount. (If direct linking doesn't work then see buying advice below)

    Tip: Always take the offer through to the checkout. At this point all promotions will be added giving the best price, it's also the area where you can add any available discount codes.

    Upgrades to consider

    Belkin F5D7632 ADSL Modem/Wireless Router (802.11g) - UK add £25.49 Limited Offer! Save50% off


    Buying via Dell small Business if direct linking is down

    Click through as normal, this will take you to Dell's home page. Now select the Dell icon in the top left corner then on the right about half way down select 'Small & Medium Business' now look for 'Shop by E-value Code' on the left, once clicked you should enter any number in the first box then the e-value code (normally in the title of the offer IE: D054003) in the second, click go and this will take you to the system.

    Product Tech Info

    Ports, Slots, Chassis
    Externally Accessible
    Video: 1 DVI, VGA and 1 S-Video (with add-in PCI-Express video card)
    IEEE 1394 (optional): 1 6-pin serial connector
    USB: 10 ports (4 Front, 4 back) + 2 internal
    Audio: Six back-panel connectors for line-in, line-out, microphone, rear surround, side surround, two front-panel connectors for headphones/microphone, integrated 7.1 channel sound
    Network: Integrated 10/100 network interface

    Expansion Slots
    PCI: 2 Slots
    PCIe x1: 1 Slot
    PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slots

    Chassis
    300 Watt DC Power Supply
    3.5" Bays: 3 bays (one external; two internal)
    5.25" Bays: 2 bays
    Memory DIMM slots: 4 - Up to 4GB2 Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (667MHz)

    Dimensions & Weight
    H: 14.2 inches (36.2 cm)
    W: 6.7 inches (17.0 cm)
    D: 17.1 inches (43.5 cm)

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    Would this be ok for gaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den169
    Would this be ok for gaming.
    You would need to upgrade the graphics card for gaming, something like an ATI 3850 would be OK. The 256MB version can currently be had for around £70 from a third party supplier.

    An example here: http://www.rpoints.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1226618

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    One quick word of warning; Similar Dell offers that I've posted recently where you add a few upgrades to get the £60 discount have been adjusted or pulled by Dell fairly quickly, so if you like what you see then probably best to act sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ST_
    Quote Originally Posted by den169
    Would this be ok for gaming.
    You would need to upgrade the graphics card for gaming, something like an ATI 3850 would be OK. The 256MB version can currently be had for around £70 from a third party supplier.

    An example here: http://www.rpoints.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1226618
    Specs for this seem really good; if a top-end GFX was introduced, would this turn into a Crysis capable machine or are there compromises elsewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightz
    Quote Originally Posted by _ST_
    Quote Originally Posted by den169
    Would this be ok for gaming.
    You would need to upgrade the graphics card for gaming, something like an ATI 3850 would be OK. The 256MB version can currently be had for around £70 from a third party supplier.

    An example here: http://www.rpoints.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1226618
    Specs for this seem really good; if a top-end GFX was introduced, would this turn into a Crysis capable machine or are there compromises elsewhere?
    If you wanted to go with a "top-end" card to play something like Crysis then you would need to upgrade the PSU, although some state on other sites that the Vostro 400 should work with the standard PSU and a high end card it's not something that I would recommend.

    NOTE: Dell actually offer the 8800GT as an upgrade with this system but they also upgrade the PSU.

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    Hi _ST_

    Which PSU would you recommend for a game like Crysis? Dell are doing some configurations with the Quad 6600, which look tempting. Would Vista cope with with the newer games or would XP pro be better? Is there any flavour of Vista you would recommend, for example, the Ultimate over Business edition?

    Sorry to bombard you with so many questions!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micklemas
    Hi _ST_ Which PSU would you recommend for a game like Crysis?
    Hi micklemas,

    The PSU needs to be able to give enough power to supply all the components within the PC at any given time including when playing demanding games like Crysis. I wouldn't recommend any one unit but would add that a budget of around £50 should be set aside for a quality supply. Popular manufacturers include Hiper, Enermax and Antec but there are many more including Seasonic who are known to produce a range of very quiet units, there's also many useful reviews via Google if your not sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by micklemas
    Would Vista cope with with the newer games or would XP pro be better?
    Call me 'old school' but for the time being I'm sticking with XP Pro for all my computing. I'm sure Vista will bloom at some point in the future leaving XP for dead but for me I'm hearing too many negatives to use this newer OS.

    Quote Originally Posted by micklemas
    Is there any flavour of Vista you would recommend, for example, the Ultimate over Business edition?
    As above, I wouldn't recommend any flavour of Vista over XP Pro, so no. Others may have a different view and are welcome to comment but you asked for my opinion and this is it.

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    This system now has the higher spec 2.4GHz E4600 CPU supplied as standard, price remains the same at just £317 delivered.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dell
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Processor (2.40GHz,800MHz,2MB cache)


 

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