I am thinking of buying a budget Dell PC. It’s for my daughter and I really want to keep the price around the £500-600 mark.
The PC is a Dell Dimension 4600 (P4 2.8 GHz, 512mb memory). The graphics card is a 128mb GeForce FX52000. I have also opted for a floppy drive, separate DVD and CD-RW, and 80bg hard drive. The total cost is £594 which includes vat and (free) delivery.
Does this seem good value? Is the graphics card any good? My daughter isn’t mad on games although she is eagerly awaiting SIMS 2.
Does anybody know of any other good deals at the moment from places like Staples, Office World or Makro etc. Bearing in mind £600 is the absolute top whack.
The 4600 is a lot more upgradeable in the future than the 2400. Does it include a monitor?
The graphics card is nothing special, but should do the job for basic games (ensuring main memory is fully used for what it is intended)
If you have upgraded the hard drive don't bother...dell normally charge as much money as it costs to buy a hard drive of the same capacity to upgrade it. You can always add a second if you get short of space, hard drive will only come down in price (memory prices are very volatile. All in all seems a good deal, just make sure you buy before the double memory offer finishes. Failing that click hereclick hereclick here
Try the Dell outlet site I had up a machine with the same spec as yours 4600 P4 2.8 with 17" crt budget moniter plus free 5650 speakers wih sub woofer for £456.35 but not inc delivery alas but if you keep looking more systems are added hourly you wiclick here probabally find a better spec dell cheaper
Aren't companies now supposed to show prices WITH VAT as well as without? I believe this was after complaints that PC shops/magazines were showing the prices in very large print but with the vat hidden at the bottom of the page and therefore making the PC seem better value than it was. Seems a bit naughty of TINY especially as they hype up the plain and simple approach.