Is this a good deal?



Hi everyone,

I want to buy a new desktop pc, budget is max £500 and want it for general use (internet surfing, uni assignments, and occasional gaming). Does anyone know of any good deals going now?

I would like it have mid range processor with vista premium and 2gb memory.

I have come across this deal from DELL what do you think?

PROCESSORAMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+
OPERATING SYSTEMGenuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
MONITOR Dell™ 20" Black Wide Flat Panel (E207WFP) - UK/Irish
MEMORY 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
HARD DRIVE500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache
GRAPHICS CARD 128MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2400 Pro graphics card
KEYBOARDDell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
MOUSEDell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black

PRICE: £450

Has anyone bought anything from dell and what is their service like?


Miss Chief

Distinguished Member
That's not a bad deal ut I'd see about an intel core 2 duo base unit as they're much faster than the Athlon equivalent.


Novice Member
I'm looking at the same range of Desktop to buy for myself, £500 range.

For £499 I can get the Dell Inspirion 530s with this spec:

Intel® Viiv™ Core™ 2 Duo E6550 Processor (2.33GHz,1333MHz,4MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Dell™ 20" Black Wide Flat Panel (E207WFP) - UK/Irish
256MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2400 XT graphics card
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return Services
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black

I really want to use this PC in the bedroom and let it double up as a TV as well. So, I want to get a TV tuner plus a bigger screen.

Here are the optional upgrades to enable me to use this system as a TV:

- Integrated Hybrid (Analogue/Digital) TV tuner PCIe x1 card and Dell™ remote control [add £58.75]

- Dell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) - UK/Irish [add £30.00]
- Dell™ SP2208WFP 22-inch LCD FlatPanel Monitor TrueLife™ technology - Silver - UK/Irish [add £38.40]

Can anyone tell me whether this is the right setup for me to use if I want the PC to double up as a TV?
Also I would really like some opinions on the two 22" screens above :lease: Any reason why I shouldnt go for the 2nd one??

One bizarre thing, please explain this to me: On the Dell site when you look at buying these two screens as individual components, ie not part of a desktop package, the first one costs £298.45 (costs £30.00 extra to upgrade to) and the second costs £226.89 (costs £38.40 to upgrade to). Why is the one cheaper to buy, yet its more expensive to upgrade to as part of the Inspiron package??


Standard Member
If you are looking at a pre-spec'd Dell system, it may be worth taking a look over at (I have no affiliation with them - just have used them a few times and been impressed).

They are Dell resellers, but they sell on kit that has been bought and returned to Dell. Obviously as Dell build each PC to an individual spec, they pass them onto EuroPC to sell on.

You can get some really good savings, but as they only have one or maybe two of a certain spec they do have a fair amount of churn in terms of stock.

Best of all - they have excellent sales and customer services, delivery has been excellent in my experience - and most of the Dell kit comes with 3 year Dell serviced warranty (from when you purchase from EuroPC).


Novice Member
Thanks for the suggestion Rinko, will look into it.

But I still need someone to help me out with my question on the different Dell monitors, I just have no clue which one will be best!


Miss Chief

Distinguished Member
Get the second one as it has HDMI and DVI connections as well as analog. It also has a higher contrast ratio than the first one and a faster response time, important for fast moving telly like F1 or football. For an extra £8 it's well worth it.


Any1 interested in purchasing my pc???? Spec are down there:hiya:

Quad Core
Dual 8800 GTS ( both overclocked at 644MB
Dual 750GB WD HDD
ANTEC Tritan 650W trupower Server Case ( customised to the max)
Evercool WC-202 Water Cooling Kit Installed
Dual Blu-Ray Burners
22in1 Card Reader
26" LCD Flat Panel Monitor


Novice Member
Yeah, on paper the second screen does look like the winner.

However, I've been doing some research and suppossedly it is a TN panel, which is bad for some reason.

Does anyone know whether the Dell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) is not a TN panel?

Also, the Dell SP2208WFP has been getting mixed reviews on Dell site - people either love it or hate it! Arrggghh

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