Dell Vostro 430: Good deal or not?

By gcefaloni
Nov 1, 2009
  1. # Vostro 430 @ 999$.

    Offer seen at 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..


    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™

    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

    Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi Xtreme Audio

    Vostro 430:


    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 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

    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

    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:
  2. gcefaloni

    gcefaloni TS Rookie Topic Starter

    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
  3. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    This looks like an average deal to me. I'm not sure about that Redflagdeals site. I'd check it out with the BBB. The Vostro 430 is a small business computer but the components do look nice. You can find them on Dell's own site for about $860 but with smaller hard disk space. They have their own gaming computers called Alienware.

    You sound like you like to mix and match components. You might get a kick out of building your own computer. It's not difficult as Redflagdeals would suggest and there is a fun factor to it.
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