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Dell Vostro 430: Good deal or not?

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November 2, 2009 5:45:13 PM

# Vostro 430 @ 999$.

Offer seen at http://www.redflagdeals.com/deals/main.php/alldeals/com... for the Vostro 430 @ 999$.


I do intend to play some games on the computer so I was planning on changing the Video Card for an ATI Radeon 4870 I already own and to change the power supply that is currently 350 watts for an OCZ 700 GameXstream that I already own in another computer.. I would also like to plug in 2 monitors on it eventually..

I was wondering if you guys think it is a good deal for me to buy this system from Dell in order to use it as a base system to the changes/plans I described above.. I don't really want to spend more than 1200$ on the system tax included so I figured it was a really good deal with OS included, 8gb 1333mhz ram and the new i7 processor.. What do you guys think? Tell me if you need any other information.

Thank you very much in advance for your time..
Your help is very appreciated..

Specs:

Processor:
Intel® Core™ i7-860 (2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache)

Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, with Media, 64-bit, English

Hard Drive:
1TB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™

Memory:
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz - 4DIMMs

Video Card:
512MB ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 (DVI, VGA, HDMI)

Optical Drive:
Single Drive: 16X (DVD+/-RW) Burner Drive

Sound:
Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi Xtreme Audio

Vostro 430:

BASE,MNTW,NPFC,VOSD,430,CTO

Documentation and Power Management:
Vostro 430 Documents and 110 Volt Power setting

Network Interface:
Integrated PCIE 10/100/1000

1 Year ProSupport for End Users and 1 Year NBD Onsite Service


After digging more in manuals, here's more info:

Chipset Intel® P55 Express Chipset

Memory:
Memory module connector 4 DIMM slots
Memory module capacity 1GB, 2 GB, or 4 GB
Type 1066 MHz, 1333 MHz DDR3
Minimum memory 1 GB
Maximum memory 16 GB

Drives:
Externally accessible:
3.5 inch drive bays One
5.25 inch drive bays Two
Internally accessible:
3.5 inch SATA drive bays Two
Available devices:
3.5 inch SATA hard drives Two
5.25 inch SATA DVD-ROM,
DVD+/-RW, or Blu-ray™ drive Two

Power:
Wattage 350 W
Maximum heat dissipation 1837 BTUs/h (350 W power supply)
NOTE: Heat dissipation is calculated using the power supply wattage rating.
Voltage 100–127 V/200–240 V, 50–60 Hz, 10/5 A
(see the safety information that shipped with your computer for important voltage setting information)
Coin-cell battery 3 V CR2032 lithium coin cell


Full PDF Here: http://www.support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos43...
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November 2, 2009 6:34:51 PM

What make and model of 4870 do you have?
Thinking about a 2nd 4870 in Crossfire? You could get a custom made gaming PC with a 4870 for about the same price and use yours as the 2nd 4870.
Or just spend a lot less.

Other pre-built gaming machines at NewEgg
And you can always visit the CyberPower or IbuyPower sites to choose the parts you want to use.

edit; whoops was late realizing that was a Canadian link.

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November 2, 2009 9:27:46 PM

WR2 said:
What make and model of 4870 do you have?
Thinking about a 2nd 4870 in Crossfire? You could get a custom made gaming PC with a 4870 for about the same price and use yours as the 2nd 4870.
Or just spend a lot less.

Other pre-built gaming machines at NewEgg
And you can always visit the CyberPower or IbuyPower sites to choose the parts you want to use.

edit; whoops was late realizing that was a Canadian link.


Even if you take the HP Pavillion offer at 1199$ from the link you posted, the Dell offer still has superior components (processor and memory speed) for 200$ cheaper, only the graphics card is cheaper but I don't intend to keep it anyways, I'm just hoping that the system I'd buy from dell would be a good base system for the upgrades I intend to do later on..

As far as the Crossfiring goes, yea I'd like to go dual 4870 eventually..

The following are the specs from my current computer, from which I'd like to take the parts to implement in the Dell system I'm talking about above.. I need the second desktop for office use so I'd just mix in the best pieces of both computers for my gaming computer and the rest in the other for office usage..


Specs of current computer:


CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz Wolfdale 6MB 1333FSB 45nm
CPU Cooling OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler-MIR
Overclock Enable Overclock Function
Memory 1 OCZ Plat XTC 4GB Kit DDR2 800MHz (OCZ2P8004GK)-MIR
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L (4DDR2,PCI-E 2.0)
Hard Drive 1 Seagate 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA (ST3500320AS)
Video Palit Radeon HD 4870 512MB DDR5
Audio Onboard Audio
Network Card Onboard Network Card
Case Antec Three Hundred The Versatile Gamer Case (Black)
Power Supply PC POWER & COOLING Silencer 610 EPS12V (S61EPS)-MIR
Warranty 1 Year Parts & 3 Years Labor Warranty
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November 2, 2009 10:20:14 PM

Jezebel said:
As far as the Crossfiring goes, yea I'd like to go dual 4870 eventually..

Dell Vostro 430 - note the lack of a 2nd PCI-e x16 slot. CrossfireX would not be an option.

I'm also not sure there is room in that case for an aftermarket CPU cooler like your OCZ Vendetta 2 like you have there in your Antec 300 gaming case.
And it's almost certain that you'd not be able to overclock the Vostro system.

What games do you play? What is your monitor resolution?
You have a good system right now. Spending $1000 on an upgrade isn't going to get you $1000 worth of upgraded performance. In some cases that Vostro system would get you LESS performance than you can get with your current PC.
This is especially true if you'd overclock your E8500 just a little bit - say around 3.6Ghz (FSB 333->380)

Note the E8600 3.3Ghz in this benchmark

I saw other gaming benchmarks where the i860 would lead but its never by a large enough margin to say a game is playable with i7 860 but not E8500.

edit;
The Vostro 430 case is 6.69 inches wide. 14.58H x 6.69W X 17.43D. That compares to the Antec 300: 18.30" x 8.10" x 18.00" Vendetta 2 cooler is 6.25" high. With the case panel widths and motherboard standoffs I think the case is too small for the Vendetta cooler. Looks like 1 92mm (or 80mm?) case fan and I can't tell if it can handle a 2nd case fan.
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