Acer AMD 3800+ Dual Core PC 1GB RAM, 160GB HD, DVDRW, VISTA (no monitor) - £299 del. - HotUKDeals
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Acer AMD Dual Core PC 1GB RAM, 160GB HD, DVDRW, VISTA (no monitor) - £299.95 del @ ebuyer.com

Go via Quidco for 1.5% cashback (~ £4.50). 5* rating based on 385 reviews.

Features:

AMD Athlon 3800+ Dual Core AM2
1GB Memory
160GB Hard Drive SATA
DVD±RW (+R double layer)
NVIDIA GeForce 6100
Sound card - 7.1 channel surround
Keyboard,Mouse
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (Free Upgrade to Vista)
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#1
I have this, if you want a decent computer not so much for online gaming etc get this. Great PC, not tried online gaming but if I was I would add some more memory first.

The 1GB of memory actually comes out at 80% of this as the graphics cards takes up 20%. I bought an extra graphics card to take up the extra 20% of memory and it improved the computer no end!

Added my old hard-drive to it, now got a 300GB PC for under £350, laughing.

Also has the upgrade to Vista for £15, postage and packaging costs!
#2
Winchy
I have this, if you want a decent computer not so much for online gaming etc get this. Great PC, not tried online gaming but if I was I would add some more memory first.

The 1GB of memory actually comes out at 80% of this as the graphics cards takes up 20%. I bought an extra graphics card to take up the extra 20% of memory and it improved the computer no end!

Added my old hard-drive to it, now got a 300GB PC for under £350, laughing.

Also has the upgrade to Vista for £15, postage and packaging costs!


Thanks for the feedback Winchy, .... appreciated :thumbsup:
#3
Winchy
The 1GB of memory actually comes out at 80% of this as the graphics cards takes up 20%. I bought an extra graphics card to take up the extra 20% of memory and it improved the computer no end!


Lol - I build computers, and this makes no sense! Getting a new graphics card to take up the memory? Graphics cards have their own onboard RAM and would only use the RAM on the mobo as a prefetch tool when the CPU isnt using it. I agree, the graphics card isnt the best on this machine, and any newer graphics card would improve day to day tasks.

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This computer is a good, cheap AM2 dual core system with an upgrade path. As Winchy said, it'll be useless for major gaming.

For standard internet, email, messaging, VOIP, its a nice dual core little system.

Downsides:
-RAM isnt labelled. It could be PC3200. Is it one stick or two? Edit/ it says DDRII, so DDRII-533 then?
-Graphics card is OK for Windows XP; Vista advanced features would have a tough time.
-What motherboard is it using? ebuyer skimps on details again
#4
borandi, a lot of lower end graphics card do use system memory nowadays, and it was obvious he meant he got a new card to give him back the 20% that the card was previously taking :) I don't know specifics on the 6100 whether it uses system memory but just be aware that some can, the turbocache cards from dell for example
#5
isn't this the same as this one at comet? :oops:

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=355232&tab=specification

just saying cos you get 3.5% quidco at comet. every little helps :whistling:
1 Like #6
borandi
Lol - I build computers, and this makes no sense! Getting a new graphics card to take up the memory? Graphics cards have their own onboard RAM and would only use the RAM on the mobo as a prefetch tool when the CPU isnt using it. I agree, the graphics card isnt the best on this machine, and any newer graphics card would improve day to day tasks.


I can't say what I want to in technical jargon cause I haven't got a clue, what I can say is before I installed my new graphics card the computer had just under 800mb of RAM, after updating it the computer then had 1gb of RAM.

I can't explain why, I remember using the ebuyer.com feedback forum to research the problem and it helped me sort it out and now it runs with 1GB of RAM.
[mod]#7
Thanks edi, very good price! :)
#8
Well as im still looking might pop into my Local comet and pick one up. Seems to be the best price Base Unit for a dual core unit anywhere.
#9
Just ordered one from Comet ! nice find
#10
I've got £60 worth of Comet vouchers so this seems a good buy to go with my 20.1in HP TFT Screen. If I slap in a Radeon x1950xt for £150 as recommended by Custom PC magazine this should make a decent gaming system. And should be easy to upgrade the CPU to a faster model in the not too distant future.
#11
Gazbert
I've got £60 worth of Comet vouchers so this seems a good buy to go with my 20.1in HP TFT Screen. If I slap in a Radeon x1950xt for £150 as recommended by Custom PC magazine this should make a decent gaming system. And should be easy to upgrade the CPU to a faster model in the not too distant future.


I think you will have to upgrade the Power Pack if you want to put in such a beefy card as its only 250w. From suggestions reading the reviews at eBuyer im going to get this and add a NVIDIA 7600 GT which you can pick up for about £60-70 quid and should work ok with the power pack.

Add 1 GB of ram on top (think you have to have pair's of ram in dual core machines so 2 x 512 sticks) and you will have one kick ass machine.

I will be using mine with the same monitor. Some reviews on eBayer also say that it can display the correct widescreen settings using onboard graphics which is a plus :)
#12
The 500W PSU from my current machine should do the job quite happily.

I'm going for the x1950xt as according to Custom PC it's the cheapest card that can run the latest games at the TFT's native resolution (1680-1050). Granted the CPU may be a limiting factor but that's easily upgraded and the current one sold to mitigate the cost.
#13
It takes system memory because the graphics are integrated on the motherboard. Therefore, it has no dedicated graphics card, when you put a dedicated graphics card in, and use it, the memory that the integrated graphics was using is free'd up :)
#14
I have this machine bought from Comet and I upgraded straight away to 2gb RAM which makes a hell of a difference. As does getting latest drivers AND installing the AMD Dual Core Optimiser.
I won a Geforce 7900GT so had to put in a Thermaltake 420W PSU to run it but a friend has this running a 7600GS with no problems.

Best bargain I had all year-memory and GPU were free so a Vista ready gaming rig for £299...woohoo.

Still, don't expect your upgrade in a hurry...I bought this in January.

Oh, and better be quick-comet now sell the same machine with Vista installed for £399.

P.S Don't forget that this has a 6 in 1 card reader on the front with two USB ports-that makes 7 in all.
#15
Does it come with a single 1GB stick or 2 x 512MB sticks?
banned#16
Gazbert
Does it come with a single 1GB stick or 2 x 512MB sticks?

2 x 512MB
#17
Apologies for all the questions. What's the rating on the installed RAM is it DDR2-6400 or something else? I figured I might as well order some RAM while I'm ordering the Graphics Card.
#18
For the guy who said you have to have pairs of ram in dual core machines. Mate just get one stick of 1gb, you don't need two sticks. 512mb is getting on and will be harder to upgrade in the future.

For the same price just get 1gb stick and then maybe another later on to give you 2gb.

Of course if you want to run in dual channel that is a different matter but for the odd couple of % extra it gives you I don't bother with it to be honest.
#19
An extra £100 for Vista installed? If you chuck in all the details on the web they will send you Vista on a disc for £15!!!
#20
beerman1
For the guy who said you have to have pairs of ram in dual core machines. Mate just get one stick of 1gb, you don't need two sticks. 512mb is getting on and will be harder to upgrade in the future.

For the same price just get 1gb stick and then maybe another later on to give you 2gb.

Of course if you want to run in dual channel that is a different matter but for the odd couple of % extra it gives you I don't bother with it to be honest.


Excellent that i know this. It was just in the reviews of ebuyer that said you need to have two thats all. I didnt 100% honestly know although i have built computer system in the past i havent stayed in touch with it all.

Just got my unit from my local comet. Time to power it all up :)
banned#21
Gazbert
What's the rating on the installed RAM is it DDR2-6400 or something else?


I'm not on that machine at the moment, perhaps someone else will answer.
#22
You have to put two sticks of Ram in as both slots run in dual mode-the two in there are already running in dual mode. Putting just one more stick in may cause problems. besides 2gb is more than enought unless you are doing lots of image/video editing.
It is PC4300 (533mhz) DDR2. I got the OCZ stuff from ebuyer (listed in the reviews). Perfect match for what is in there 4-4-4-12 CAS.
They say that the 7600 is the max you can run on this PSU and make sure it does not need its own power supply as the PSU does not have a PCI-E power connector-just a few spare 4 pin molex.
#24
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Seems to be the same one yes!
#25
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Looks like its from Comet anyway http://www.woolworths.co.uk/ww_p2/images/icon_cometatwoolworths2.gif
#26
I don't think this is a stunning deal as they are this price everywhere £299 give or take a few quid, unless you can get some sort of discount code to put against it this is a miss for me
#27
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I don't think this is a stunning deal as they are this price everywhere £299 give or take a few quid, unless you can get some sort of discount code to put against it this is a miss for me


Compared to other computers of this specification its a very good deal IMHO and i was looking around for a few days and not much comes close to matching this.

As stated the vista version of the same computer is £399.99 - £100 less for the same computer as you get the free vista upgrade with this.
#28
I think Lidl are coming out with an offering soon, acording to the manager at my local Lidl in maidstone
#29
I don't know if this is nation wide, but when I got to Comet (Ashton Under Lyne) to pick one up they had this T180 DC on managers special for £270.

I've just got mine home and I'm pretty impressed. For not much cash at all I've got a compact and incredibly quiet system that's happily running my nice new HP L2045W TFT at its native 1680 x 1050 resolution.

Aside from the hard disk this thing is practically silent. Compared to my wind tunnel of an old PC this is a welcome change.

I also hadn't realised but it has a firewire port too, though this is listed on the spec so just my lack of observation.
#30
They also had the HP A1629UK PC (Dual Core Pentium D 2.8gHz + 2GB RAM) for £330 and the Gateway Media PC GM5046B for £315, although the Gateway was OOS at Ashton. They had stacks of HP's though.
#31
I got this machine pre-installed with Vista from ebuyer for £350 as I couldn't be bothered to wait for the vista discs to come from microsoft and they cost £15 anyway.

Ebuyer have not got the same machine with a 4000+ processor with Vista pre-installed for £359!!!

As someone mentioned before upgrade the RAM with the OCZ sticks from ebuyer they work a treat.
#32
Does anybody know if I need a usb dongle to make this wireless or is it built into the machine?
banned#33
crazy3
Does anybody know if I need a usb dongle to make this wireless or is it built into the machine?


No wireless built in, so make your own provision.
#34
splinters
You have to put two sticks of Ram in as both slots run in dual mode-the two in there are already running in dual mode. Putting just one more stick in may cause problems. besides 2gb is more than enought unless you are doing lots of image/video editing.
It is PC4300 (533mhz) DDR2. I got the OCZ stuff from ebuyer (listed in the reviews). Perfect match for what is in there 4-4-4-12 CAS.
They say that the 7600 is the max you can run on this PSU and make sure it does not need its own power supply as the PSU does not have a PCI-E power connector-just a few spare 4 pin molex.


Mine came with PC2-5300 (667mhz) DDR2.

Also, i fitted my 7900 gt, and have had no problems, this needs a dedicated power cable, a 4 pin molex to pci-e adapter was included with the card.
#35
Gazbert
I don't know if this is nation wide, but when I got to Comet (Ashton Under Lyne) to pick one up they had this T180 DC on managers special for £270.


Nope was £299.99 in my comet store so cant be nationwide. Got the same monitor running on mine as you aswell :) Was nice that the onboard graphics could actually cope with the screen res of this size.
#36
I got this machine last week and it is fantastic :-D I am well pleased with it. I got a Dual Core Computer last year from a local Dealer and it has spent more time in the Dealers than it has at home with me. This computer worked out of the box. You couldn't build this for the price. It looks well and what more.....it works.
Don't miss this deal. This is Deal of the year

Harry
#37
Has anyone got their Vista upgrade disks yet? Can you then install Vista with a complete format of the hard drive or does it just (messily?) upgrade the Win XP Media Centre already installed?

How well does Vista run with the built in graphics card?

If in future you want to reinstall the Vista upgrade would it require an original XP disc for verifiction?

Cheers.
banned#38
silps
Has anyone got their Vista upgrade disks yet?


Still waiting

Can you then install Vista with a complete format of the hard drive or does it just (messily?) upgrade the Win XP Media Centre already installed?


Read this http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37366

How well does Vista run with the built in graphics card?


Probably OK, but could do better

If in future you want to reinstall the Vista upgrade would it require an original XP disc for verifiction?

Cheers.


Make an image of the HD when you have completed the Vista "upgrade"
#39
If I was you I would just get yourself a wireless network card, saves the hassle of a dongle sticking out your usb port! I'm forever kicking my bluetooth dongle when at my computer.

The thing I love about this computer is the 6 memory stick sports, the thing I hate is the tiny keyboard!

Oh, it wouldn't let me use a keyboard through the USB port, I have to use it through the designated keyboard slot with the pin entry so if you want to use your old keyboard and you haven't got a convereter, get one to save you using the tiny keyboard!

Mouse is the same, need a converter to the Microsoft port I think it is?
#40
silps
Has anyone got their Vista upgrade disks yet?

I'm still waiting too, 1 month on. I keep checking the moduslink (vista upgrade) web site for the progress of my order, and it still has not given me a shipping date.
From what i've read, The disk will arrive about 5 weeks after they issue a shipping date. Still a long wait yet then:?

deeyup

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