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Well, I bought my Dell Dimension back in 2003 and 10 years later it is still going strong so all in all a great long term buy. Obviously you can't buy them new any more but for anyone looking for a cheap second hand machine it would be a good buy. Bomb proof!
Up until last year when I bought a new faster laptop mine was used daily and everything has lasted well and is original except the hard drive which I had to replace when it failed. The tower system has a very easy hinge opening back so I just purchased a drive for £28 online, slipped it in and reloaded the software from the Dell disks...like new again!
It uses RDRAM, rather than the usual DDRAM, which is harder to find and used to be very expensive but you can now pick up extra RDRAM on ebay, I expanded with another 500mb for only £28. Again, easy to put it in yourself.
So if you are looking for a cheap second hand machine for basic surfing and word processing that you can maintain easily yourself, I'd recommend a used Dell Dimension. You'll have 2 optical drives, a floppy drive, a plethora of usb sockets and a bomb proof chassis.
Dell Dimension 8200 (8200)
I bought the 8200 back in 2000, it came with Windows ME (Windows Melienum Edition) But I did further updating to it! It cost me £500 and it came with a Gigantic monitor that had a VGA ouput in it so the good thing about it was I didn't have to go and buy a VGA Cable! It also came with various accessories. Unfourtuanlly it didn't come with WIFI built in but I am going to put WIFI in it, because I have this computer still connected to my monitor and play it for games! I have it connected with a KVM switch and it's working excellently after nine years!
What came in the Dell Dimension 8200 Box(s)...
Dell Dimension 8200 computer, 19" CRT Monitor, Dell PS2 keyboard, Dell PS2 mouse, Microphone that attached to the monitor, Dell speakers, three pin power cord, Windows ME discs, Ethernet cable and a printer (I bought seperatly off Dell).
Ports of the Dell Dimension 8200...
On the front of the computer... Two USb 2.0 ports on the front, Mic in, Headphones in and Two CD/DVD drives. On the back of the computer... Power port, 6 USB 2.0, A firewire port, A Ethernet port, PS2 ports, VGA and DVI ports, Audio ports and four more expansion PCI ports!
I love playing computer games on this computer, I have upgraded it from Windows ME to Windows XP and then I dual booted it with Windows 7 Ultimate Beta! So I have two Operating Systems on this computer! But no internet:(. It is really good for games but my Dell XPS computer is better! I have recently upgraded my Dell XPS to Windows Vista Ultimate too. So I will right a review on all four OS's when I get the chance to! I love playing Hitman Contracts on the Dell Dimension 8200, there is really good graphics on it! I have put my old CRT monitor to my roof space and play my Dell Dimension 8200, on my Dell 17" TV because it has a DVI port and a VGA Port! The Dell Dimension 8200 is an excellent computer runs fast, good graphics but the only disadvantage I have of it is that I have to use a wired internet connection:(. But im going to add a WIFI card to it when I get the money! It is one of my favourite computers in the household, but I wish I had Windows 98 or Windows 95 on it so I could play all of my old games from years and years ago! So I might download Windows 95 and Windows 98 and put it on the computer. The computer came with a 80GB hard drive but I put in a 1TB hard drive so theres 750GB for Windows XP and 250GB for Windows 7 Ultimate Beta! It is a excellent computer I would reccommend it to anyone who is looking an old computer to play all there old computer games! It costs around £200 to £400 now!
This PC is rather old but still one of the best home PC's available, very relaiable. Comes with all software pre-installed on CD so if you happen to loose it all you can re-install it good as new. The instuctions manual is very clear and simple towards the setup and personal configurations of this Computer. It also gives you booklets/manuals on how to use all of the Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Publisher so that you know the basics. It comes with a 17" Monitor allready so you wont have to worry about buying a bigger one if you want. The monitor also comes with a hand instruction booklet on how to set it up and all of the settings available on it. Great for people who know nothing about computers !
The Dell Dimension 8200 comes with an Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512mb's of DDR2 memory/RAM, a 128mb graphics card that provides great quality for movies and music videos, a good entertainment system. It also has a 120gb hard drive space so you can store thousands of files songs etc. without having to worry. At the moment I have about 6 top of the range PC games running on this system with trouble at all, so as you can see it has great capabilities. With 1 CD/DVD drive and 1 CD/DVD writer drive you can that both meet the requirements of any buisness or household copy files onto CD's or just watch a movie what eve floats your boat, this PC can do it. It has 8 USB 2.0 ports 2 at the front and 6 at the rear for all the add ons you want eg. joystick headphone/microphone, the list goes on. It also comes with a floppy disk drive so that you can convert all your old files into crisp new CD's, i found this really convenient. It comes with Windows Xp pre-installed, this is renound for being excellent with loads of easy programs to create music librarys photo albums and slide shows... there are endless capabilities, Windows Xp is also currently the most common running system in the world so your files wont have to be altered to use on a friends PC if they have Xp aswell. Great advantage.
The tower has a great sleek modern look with a small comact design and smooth curves it really looks the part amongst your bits and bobs.
It also has that interesting mouth like part at the front which is quite interesting, i dont know if it has a use as a handle or something (dont try this you dont want to be breaking it) but it looks great. It comes with a monitor as i have already said, its a large flat screen LCD monitor with great design like the tower it has some large buttons which you wont find hard to press and no concealed dials like other monitors i have heard of. This is made by dell also which is great because you wont find it not being uncompatible or not working at its full capacity.
A great office PC or home entertainment system which is compatible with top of the range software, easy to put together and generaly great for all ages and users.
Hello lol I have got a Dell Dimension 8400 What is 2 up from this one!!! But i love Dell they are so good in makeing.
But what you pay is a bit mad!!! If you go on ebuyer.com and look for drives or anything, Yet say a floppy disk drive! On Dell it will be like £25,40p But on ebuyer its like £3.1p lol And you are like geting a better drive from ebuyer then Dell! And its a sony!!!
But saying that Dell do make the Computers look good and make it all fit in!
So what you are paying for in dell is Looks!!! LOL
But i love Dell I can not say anything bad on them!
1000 Times better then Time or Tiny Computers lol :')
I bought a Dell Dimension 8200 back in August 05. It was pretty expensive, but I trusted Dell and went through with it. It was probably my best buy for a long time. I have had no problems with it, and it is one of the fastest PCs ever (well it is to me anyway). I have installed about 10 games on it now, but it has not slowed down at all. It was slow in arriving , but Dell compensated a printer for my troubles so I have forgotten about that now. I would highly reccomend this PC to everyone who is after a fast and reliable PC.
Dell is not good value for your money. Their systems seem ok until you look a little deeper. They use inferior quality parts and almost always integrate components to cut costs - this equals less performance and value for the user. They charge WAY more than what their systems are worth. Their excuse is that you get good customer support. I have dealt with their customer support and it is NOT good.
I can build a mid-high range computer for $1200-$1500 that provides more performance and stability than Dells top $2500-$3500 systems.
Dell is just not worth it.
Having had my two previous systems from PC world I was advised by my friend (who has two Dell computers) to have at look at Dell. So I took a gander at there website and was impressed by their customise and buy feature, which allowed you to stick to budget. So I decided to go around and have a look at his machines.
Although he had the Dimension 8300, the Dimension 8200 is very similar in look and design to most of Dell's other ranges.
All the components and perhiperhals which came with my Dimension 8200 computer seemed that bit more solid than my previous PC's, such as the keyboard and mouse. The black casing was also more fashionable than my previous machines. Setup was easy and took me no longer than 10 minutes to get all of the machines parts together and working, which is considerable quicker than my previous two systems (with the printer taking 3/4 hr on one PC).
Although a little more expensive than my PC's from PC world the price did include everything to my needs(mine cost just over £901inc VAT and came with their Dell All-in-One A920 printer which prints, scans and photocopies). In addition the nifty customise and buy feature on their website ensured I didn't go over budget. Their website is frequently updated with the latest specifications and there are many deals on it to take advantage of (although you can probably get those over the phone too if you mention it to the sales person).
I've heard that they can be pushy over the phone, but when I rang up Dell they seemed quite happy to assist me in my questions. I suppose it does rely on who you speak to though. With a 3 year guarantee my Dell is protected for quite a while, but the extent of that protection I do not know yet as I have not needed to use it (check the terms and conditions). The service I would therefore presume is similar to any other PC support networks, neither fantastic nor utterly pathetic.
I have had my Dell Dimension computer for 10 months now and I have had no problems with it whatsoever. The Dimension 8200 also has plenty of potential for upgrades in the future, however I do not know how good Dell are on this.
The 8200 comes with a heavty 120GB hard drive which should cater for me well into the future and I have only just managed to use 40GB of that now. In addition the flat panel monitor is also a blessing in disguise, although coming down in price they are still quite expensive and I was a bit aprehensive in spending so much on one. Now I have one I can never see myself going back to anything different as they are trendy, take up less space and are more clear in my opinion. Overall Dell have managed to come up with a very satisfactory package personalised to my needs and although a little more expensive than the high street or out of town stores matches my wish list perfectly.
The specifications for my Dell Dimension 8200 are different to those posted on the Dell website now because Dell are continual updating their goods to the latest hardware levels. You can probably get much better specs at a different price now.
Intel Pentium 4 Processor at 3.0GHz
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and Microsoft Works 7.0
Was 256MB, Now 512 MB Dual Channel DDR RAM
17" Analogue Flat Panel Monitor (17.0" v.i.s)
120GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
- Optical Drive
8x DVD ReWriter Drive and CD-ROM Drive
128MB GeForce4TM FX5200 TV-Out Graphics
I have just recently purchased a Dell PC and I can honestly say they are by far the fast and best company I have used to date. My PC was built to my exact specification and was delivered in under 2 weeks. The build quality of Dell PC's is excellent, and upgrading is an absolute joy. All of the manuals are clear and very readable. It is had to give an accurate review of a Dell PC as they are all built to order and every system is different, but Dell really show other manufactures up when it come to how fast the build your PC! Well done Dell!
I have recently purchased a top of the range PC from Dell computers. Not only is the actual PC awesome but the service I received from Dell themselves was awesome. Many UK companies have a lot to learn and they should be doing that form Dell. I purchased a top of the range desktop PC. The 8300 series Dimension. I purchased this direct from the www.dell.co.uk website. The process was easy and trouble free. Firstly the dell website is very easy to navigate. It holds all the information you could ever want to know before purchasing from them, specifications, information about software, advice on what may be best for you, the list goes on. Once you have a rough idea of what you want you are then able to choose a base package from three main price areas, the ?Affordable 2400? (lower speed processors, less fancy gizmos), ?Advanced value 4600 (high speed processors but less RAM, Hard drive space, middle range multimedia systems)? and the ?Cutting edge 8300? (top of the range processors, plenty hard drive space. On choosing your base model you click on the ?Configure? button and are taken to a very easy to use form where you can add options to your base model or upgrade components. The choice available is great. You can tailor the PC to your own needs in less than 5 minutes. Upgrades available include processors, RAM, hard drives, optical drives (DVD, CR-RW etc), extra storage devices, monitors, sound cards, video cards, software, the list goes on. At each stage you are told exactly how much the item will be and you are given a running total. On completion of the form you are taken to the payment options, you can pay by credit or debit card online or chose one of Dell?s finance options. Again the forms are easy to fill out and take no time at all. From start to finish you could have bought a new PC in under 15 minutes with no salesman calling or trying to make you buy things you don?t want. On completion of your order you receive
a confirmation by email, almost immediately, and confirmation by post. After purchasing your PC online the after sales service is second to none. Dell will contact you within about 2 working days with a delivery date. I could have had my order delivered within 3 days of ordering, however this was not convenient to me and they fit delivery around me. This a rare treat these days! On receiving my order (bang on time!) the PC is very easy to setup (you can pay a little extra and have someone set it up for you); everything is colour coded and included is a very neat quick setup guide in poster form. On setting up and plugging in (this took less than 10 minutes) I switched on and after a very brief setup procedure (type in your name, address etc. probably for the Microsoft licences etc.) I was fully operational. This far the PC had been absolutely marvellous, it seems very well built and I have heard very reliable (I shall update if anything goes wrong at any stage). All in all a very easy, stress free way of buying a PC can?t recommend Dell enough. One final point ? Dell computers look fantastic too in the black and midnight grey boxes! UPDATE - I have had my PC for a few months now and can tell you that nothing has gone wrong with it to date. The build quality seems very robust. I think this will last for an age.
Price Paid: $1995 at Dell.com Model Reviewed: Dell Dimension 8200 Summary: I love it. Does not have any integrated video or lan cards. 64 MB NVidia card. 2.0 ghz, with 256 MB RDRAM. At first i thought rdram would cost so much but i can fill the other two slots with 256 more MB for like 83 dollars. FAST FAST FAST, i have been on faster computers, but for basically being prefab this is a GREAT performer. Strengths: Speed, fast ram, upgradable (and extremely easy at that, everythings got a green quick change tab inside the computer.) Great components. Never had to use tech support, the thing just never stops working flawlessly. Weaknesses: Like a differnt person said, u get the motherboard u get, its great but, if you want a dual processor motherboard, i dont know how you'd go about it, but can handle 2 gig rdram, come on........its great. Similar Products Used: A wide variety of hand built systems, HP Pavillion, Compaq presario, Gateway.......all which try to dazzle you with oodles of crap ram, (dimm and simm) lots of programs, printers, etc... just so they
I have and still use in anger a Dell XPS 400R based on the PII processor, which I purchased in April 1998. I have been a fan of both the computer and the company ever since. As I usually like to upgrade, although not too quickly - I usually miss out one generation of processor model, replacing my 486 with a Pentium II and now with the 8200?s P4. This PC offers power and performance without compromise as the motherboard uses the fast ram bus memory. The PC looks like a black book with the curved front acting as it?s spine simply press a button on top and bottom of the case and the book theme is continued as is reveals a book-like hinge-action as the side covers. All work inside the case can be completed without the need of a screwdriver to secure PC cards, and drives alike. This is a joy to work on ? not that you have to except for expansion, which is provided as spare PC card slots and a drive bay to squeeze even more power from this awesome PC. Supplied with both a DVD and CD-RW drives that may use an extra IDE channel but also both afford you better performance for both peripherals and also allows you upgrade them individually. Again as for all my DELL (well both of them at least!) I insisted on the support upgrade to 3 years onsite maintenance that is still offered at the fraction of the cost of even the most modest computer magazine. Money well spent if you ask me. Just ask my mother who has a DELL PIII 600T and celebrates her 75th birthday this year! Again, I used the Service Code on the DELL support web page to access my single stop shop for bios updates, software patches and upgrades as well as operating system drivers and other breaking news for your system should you upgrade it or not. Yet another triumph in computing excellence from Dell!
The Dell 8200 Dimension is the most reliable desktop dell have made, using a Pentium 4 processor with added NetBurst micro-architecture. Well when you first recieve this computer it looks great, it comes in two colours Storm grey and Midnight grey (get Midnight grey), so you have to erect the product well that is very easy with clear illustrated step-by-step instructions this does not pose any problems. The manual is also avalible in many languages and also in brail. If you do have any problems there is a very useful customer support helpline that talks you through any problems you have. So you have the system set up for the first time full of excitment, you turn it on and the first thing you realise is that it is so quiet it's nearly silent, the time it takes to load on to the log-on screen is amazing approx 20 seconds. The computer comes with a bios sytem that has good password facilites that are easy to configure, the computer comes with a lot of software, that includes microsoft works 2002, good cd-burning software and support pack. The 8200 also comes with 3 Year On-Site Next Business Day Service Support that is really good value and very useful as if you encounter problems they are there to fix them (you don't find many problems), there is 256MB Rambus RDRAM that is great as when tomorrow's software comes out that needs more memory you are ready for it with the dell dimension 8200. A 40GB hard drive is more than you will need to save all your work and is really fast and efficient, a 17" (15.9" VIS) FST Monitor is nice and large and has a clear crisp image, 64MB nVidia GeForce4 MX420 Graphics Card (TV OUT) comes with this package this is one of the best on the market for home users and gives that smooth edge apperance. The 32/40X DVD/CDRW combo drive is the complete home entertainment package this enables you to watch DVD's good quality picture comes to, craete and copy your own cd's so no more using tapes you get a nea
r perfect sound and visual output, and use the original cd-rom so you can upload software. The Harman Kardon Speakers are excellant they produce good clear and load sound with no crackling, the computer comes with Windows XP Home Edition as standard this operating system is worth it as it it fast and has great new features compared to windows 2000. The internet conectivity is made by using the Dell 56k Data/Fax/Voice modem this modem is very reliable and no errors occur. So the software again this is great value you get Microsoft Works: Wordprocessing, Spreadsheet, Database, Calendar, Address Book & E-mail tools and I think that is amazing it is all the software you will need to create anyting from posters to c.v's. The mouse and keyboard is basic but does the job well. So overall I thought the 8200 has great uses, reliability and is extremly fast all you will ever need as a home user, if you wish to upgrade you can there is great space for extreme upgrading and has a lot of updatable potential. So if you are going to buy a new computer (desktop) makes this the one you choose!
For three years I owned a 450Mhz Tiny PC. Although ugly, it served me well and was fairly reliable - indeed it is still in use by my sister. However, both my wife and I use our PC regularly, for the internet, to shop, for office work and for games. In this last category, my old Tiny was showing the strain - it couldn't cope with the latest titles - so we decided it was time to upgrade. After our research, one company really caught the eye - Dell. Everything about their image oozes quality, and the 8200 is the ultimate example of this. Styled in black rather than the usual cream/grey of most PCs and deisgned with a real touch of style. This computer is almost up there with Apple in terms of design. You may pay extra for it, but to those who like to have attractive objects lying around the house - this won't disappoint and will impress your friends. I have to confess that I went for a top specification machine - a 2Ghz Pentium 4 with GeForce 3 graphics card and 512MB of RAM. I also invested in the ultimate luxury - a 17 inch flat panel monitor. Although these extras pushed the price over £2,000, as a serious computer use, and in particular gamer, they have proved invaluable. The screen also saves an incredible amount of room on your desktop when compared to a normal CRT screen, and the quality is superb. Performance wise, they computer cannot be faulted, and nor should it with these specifications. The graphics, sound, speed and reliability are all superb. The only trouble I have has is in learning the strange habits of WindowsXP - something for which Dell cannot be blamed. The customer service was also superb. I ordered a custom build over the ineternet through a very helpful system; was able to track my order online as it was built in Ireland then delivered to my home. Once received it was immaculately packaged and easy to get up and running. The PC has inetgrated seamlessly with my other pe
ripherals - a Lexmark printer (also supplied in matching black), a scanner (which is not sadly), and our own digital camera which we did not buy through Dell. Overall - an expensive system, but a beautiful, reliable, powerful machine.