Is this a good deal?

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  1. Tarsilla

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    Just after some reassurance. I'm close to buying this spec pc for £230. Can anyone tell me if it's value for money? Thank you

    DELL DIMENSION 5000 P4 HT 3.0GHz, 1GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DVD+/-RW
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    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache Hyperthreading
    1GB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Maxtor 200GB SATA hard disk drive
    NEC ND-3550A DVD+/-RW
    Intel 915G Express Chipset
    Integrated Audio controller
    Integrated Video controller
    Integrated Broadcom 10/100Mbps Ethernet network port
    7 x USB 2.0 ports
    2 PCI slots
    1 PCI-E x 1 slot
    1 PCI-E x 16 slot
    Parallel port
    Serial port
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  2. deksawyer

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    It's not a bad price.

    The only thing letting it down is the onboard graphics (which can be easily sorted).

    D.
     
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    i'd say it was a pretty damn good buy

    is it new from dell or second hand? you usually have to add vat and delivery on certain dell deals (delivery is £50!), but not all the time. i've not came across that deal

    one thing to bear in mind is that some of the cheaper dells dont have AGP slots, so you are stuck with the onboard graphics. you can look up the specs on the dell website

    if your not going to play games then it's a pretty good machine for internet/office work etc
     
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    £230 brand new???? You should buy a load of them at that price and flog them for double on eBay!

    Let us know where you got that price!
     
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    Sorry, should of been more specific. It is a refurbished base unit only – no monitor, keyboard or mouse. Not to worried about the graphics card as I don't play any games on the pc. I'm looking to upgrade my pc and the main things i'm looking for are USB2 ports DVDRW and 1GB of ram.

    Thanks for all the info.
     
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    where is this from? i'm looking for a cheap base unit with similar specs, no need for fancy graphics card. plenty ram, half decent processor and dvdrw is all i need. i didn't expect monitor for that price (keyboards and mice can be had for a couple of quid)

    do you have a link?
     
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    Not a bad price but I wouldnt go for it myself dure to these reasons

    Maxtor harddrive - known for failing
    Ram - it doesnt state brand
    motherboard - no details on it so it could be for all know pcline.
     
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    i don't think maxtor fails anymore than any other brand, you may get that perception if it's one of the most popular and biggest selling brands, particularly at the low end of the market as the more sold, the more will fail, and the more chance you will get to hear about it. most of the drives i've used over the years have been maxtors due to them being the cheapest bang for the buck, and i've not had many problems.

    with ram, its a £230 computer, with a gig of ram, as long as it works, why care what brand it is. it's excellent value

    as it's a dell, it will have it's own dell motherboard, and probably won't have an agp port as most of the cheaper dells don't

    £230 is an excellent price as long as it works. i personally wouldn't buy from ebay tho
     
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    This seems pretty up to date as it states:

    I may go for this myself!
     
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    Hi.. I've arranged to pick it up tomorrow and once i've set it up i'll let you know if it's any good (not that i'm an expert!).
    Thanks again for the advice:thumbsup:
     
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    Maxtors are known for failing after 6 months and as system builder I stay well clear of them now dure to this reason every maxtor I got for a customer failed thats over 50 maxtors.

    Why would it have agp when it has pci-e?

    Ram does matter I would prefer to have quality rather then size 1gb sticks of even crucial are cheap now.
     
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    well i've never had any HD fail after 6 months. in fact the only HD's that have packed in lasted maybe 7 or 8 years or use

    and i'm sure by now you would have realised i never noticed it had PCI-E

    whilst you prefer branded ram, beggers can't be choosers. it's a £230 machine with a P4, a gig of ram, 200gig HD and a dvd writer. what do you expect for the money?
     
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    Dell only use branded Ram. (Infineon last time i bought some Dell's)

    Probably a bad batch of disks. Maxtor ar no better or worse than WD, Hitachi or any one else. in fact from memory i seem to recall having seeing more failed Hitachi's than any other brand

    I see disks regularly failing day in day from all manafacturers. (from cheapo 5400rpm IDE's to mad expensive 36gb 15k U320 SCSI's)

    HDU's are fast becoming almost a consumable item nowadays. just make sure you backup regularly
     

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