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would this make a good HTPC?(Dell outlet)

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by TopMeTom, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. TopMeTom

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    Hello again,
    whilst perusing the dell outlet store I have found a dimension 5000 series pc.My question is would it make a good HTPC for under £500?The spec is:

    SYSTEM SPECIFICATION

    Dimension 5000 Pentium 4 550 3.40 Ghz
    English - Win XP SP2 Home

    Dell recommends Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
    Operating System: English - Win XP SP2 Home (Backup Media)
    English - Win XP SP2 Home
    Memory: 1G Memory, 2 X 512mb (400, 512)
    Hard Disk Drive: 250GB SATA Hard Drive
    Modem: V.92 Data Fax Modem UK
    DVD Drive: 16x max. DVD +/- RW
    Software: Microsoft® Works® 7.0
    BT, AOL, Tiscali ISP Combination
    English - Adobe Reader 6.0
    MISC: 3.5
    USB KEYBOARD UK MG
    Dell 2 Button USB MG Scroll Mouse

    What do you reckon?

    Cheers,

    Phil
     
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    The big problem with this spec is that a) it's overpriced for the Dell Outlet and b) you have no video card in the package.

    I posted a 1TB (2x500gb HD) Dimension 5100 bargain in the AV Hardware Special Offers forum that offers much, much more for your money provided you're willing to sell a few bits off - and it includes a passively cooled graphics card that is missing from your spec.

    Here's the link to the offer:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=224501
     
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    Thanks for that,had not seen that.

    would that not be overkill?
     
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    Well, sell off the TFT, speakers and Logitech desktop LX and you're talking about a system that costs £100ish more than what you are suggesting and has the graphics card you'll need and 7-8 times as much storage.

    If you don't need the storage you could easily get £200 per 500gb HD selling them as these things retail at £279+P&P at Komplett.co.uk - this would make the system about £300 all in if you slotted in a 160GB HD.

    Personally I'm wanting as much storage as possible so I can archive my DVDs to HD in MPEG4 AVC format.

    Regardless though it's a far superior deal to what you're suggesting.
     
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    Ok,still have not ordered and since found this:

    Dimension 8400 P4 630 3.00GHz, 800FSB
    English - Win XP SP2 Home (Backup Media)
    System Price £387.28

    Dell recommends Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
    Operating System: English - Win XP SP2 Home (Backup Media)
    English - Win XP SP2 Home
    Memory: 1.0GB 400Mhz DDR II Memory, (4*256MB)
    Floppy Drive: 1.44MB Floppy Drive
    Hard Disk Drive: 160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    160GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive #2
    Video: 128,MB GRAPHICS X300,SE
    Modem: V.92 Data Fax Modem UK
    CD Read-Write Drive: 16 X DVD +/- RW
    DVD Drive: 16x DVD Drive
    Software: Microsoft® Works® 7.0
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    is this worth 390 squids????????????????

    I know I'm a menace but just want the best for me money!

    Phil
     
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    The PC you've mentioned is £419-£420 when factoring in the current £55.55 discount, then adding delivery and VAT.

    That's expensive by Outlet standards for a 3.0GHz PC, although at least this time you've got decent storage and the required graphics card. The other good thing about the 8400 is that its upgrade power is exceptional - PCIe, 3-4 PCI slots etc.

    The only problem is that it's a Dimension 8400. Nice machines - I've got one myself - but when the CPU is under load, it's LOUD. In fact, mine is encoding videos at the moment and I can hear it from the other room.

    The Dimension 5000 and 5100 is virtually quiet and is ideally suited therefore as a media PC. Put this way, the whirring of the hard disk is the loudest thing about it.

    My 5000 was £308 all in from the Outlet, but I still wish I'd held my horses and went for the 1TB deal. It just offers so much more for the money.
     
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    AH I see.

    Thanks a lot for that,back to the drawing board,don't really have 800 quid at the mo to go for that deal i'm afraid.
     
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    Think I'm giving up on the pc route,stick to an easy dvd player life!

    Thanks to everyone for your time.
     
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    [/QUOTE]Put this way, the whirring of the hard disk is the loudest thing about it.
     
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    Hard disks can be loud - it depends on the brand used. For example, Samsung Spinpoints are reputed to be very quiet. Maxtors, in my experience, are far less so. If you go to the manufacturer's website, you can often find utilities to make them quieter at the expense of speed.
     

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