Acer Aspire M1640 Dual Core E2160 160 GB 2 x 512MB Vista Home Premium -199.99 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Processor
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core E2160 1.8GHz
L2 Cache: 1MB
Front Side Bus (MHz): 800MHz
Memory
1024MB (2*512MB configuration) DDR2
4GB Max Capacity
Hard Drive/Storage
160GB (1 x 160GB) 7200RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
Optical Drive
DVD/RW
Software
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
Acer Empowering Technology
Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial with Works 8.5
Adobe® Reader®
NTI CD
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#1
-199.99? Does that mean they pay me? ; )
#2
I'm out of date on the latest PC speeds, how does it run under vista. I only want a basic web browsing machine and I have the monitor. I would upgrade the memory, so any costs and links appreciated.
#3
1bundy1
throw in an extra gig of ram to keep vista happy and thats an excellent price for a home pc to do simple tasks like using word processors and web browsing.


OK so assuming the 2 slots are currently filled, what's the best option for adding a 1GB in each?
#4
Ignorant Pom
-199.99? Does that mean they pay me? ; )

they would have to pay me to have an acer, spend a bit more and get something half decent. i had an acer before my xps and it lasted about 3 months.

in reply to the ram question it probably has 4 slots anyway so just throw in a 1gb stick or another 2x512mb, if it only has 2 slots then ebay one of the 512 sticks and replace it with a 1gb stick to give you 1.5gb, probably better than selling both 512 sticks and replacing them with 2x1gb. i'm only using 1.4gb/4gb now and i'm running quite a few programs with vista premium. for what you want i'm sure 1.5gb will be enough.

with that said, i suggest you don't buy an acer.
#5
Stick 2x . 2gb sticks in it you will be well away :)
#6
L2 Cache: 1MB

That is seriously out of date nowadays. Added to the fact you really need to upgrade the RAM (Vista will kill 1gb) to have anything approaching a quick machine, then this isn't really a hot deal.

I know it's cheap, but anyone who buys this will wish they'd spent a little bit extra a year or so down the line.
#7
Isn't the dell vostro deal better? 2.2 gig dual core 250 gig drive and 2 gig ram. 210 delivered.
#8
It's an ok spec for a basic home or office computer, if you double up the RAM as Vista home premium will be churning away if not, but it's not really a bargain - just the right price for that spec.

Steve
#9
1bundy1;2987064
throw in an extra gig of ram to keep vista happy and thats an excellent price for a home pc to do simple tasks like using word processors and web browsing.


You have to laugh. It's a number crunching monster like almost everything these days.
'Simple tasks' as mentioned above can be performed on a machine of considerably lesser specification. It's this kind of mentality that makes people think they need a new PC every year.
#10
hmmm im thinking of buying this PC just to brake it for its parts...would I be able to transfer the Windows Vista license to a custom built PC? I know with Dell XP licenses you cant on all of them
#11
slinkydonkey
hmmm im thinking of buying this PC just to brake it for its parts...would I be able to transfer the Windows Vista license to a custom built PC? I know with Dell XP licenses you cant on all of them


Technically no, the license will be Acer OEM and no Vista discs will be supplied as you have to make an Acer recovery disc.

Buy similar parts and an OEM Vista and it will work out cheaper to then build your own if you don't want the actual base unit.

Steve
#12
Dellboy
You have to laugh. It's a number crunching monster like almost everything these days.
'Simple tasks' as mentioned above can be performed on a machine of considerably lesser specification. It's this kind of mentality that makes people think they need a new PC every year.


Yes, of course 'Simple tasks' can be performed on a machine with a far lesser spec, but Vista Home Premium is a RAM guzzler and it's right to point this out to people so they don't spend £199 and expect a fast machine.

Steve
#13
Why would you want VISTA anyway ????? I have built a few pc's for friends and family who wanted to upgrade and try vista on new pc....... Out of 6 of them ONLY 1 is still using vista !!!!:whistling::whistling::roll:
#14
sticko
Why would you want VISTA anyway ????? I have built a few pc's for friends and family who wanted to upgrade and try vista on new pc....... Out of 6 of them ONLY 1 is still using vista !!!!:whistling::whistling::roll:


I wouldn't as a preference however not many are offering builds with XP as standard and some don't even give a choice to change (wouldn't be a monopoly situation again would it? :whistling: )
#15
goodgrr
I wouldn't as a preference however not many are offering builds with XP as standard and some don't even give a choice to change (wouldn't be a monopoly situation again would it? :whistling: )


HP have some good business base units with Vista Business and XP Pro downgrade, so you get the best of both, but the prices are higher.

Steve
#16
1bundy1
and simple tasks it what it will excel at. its not going to be able to run advanced programmes for video editing software or games is it


Thats a bit of a sweeping statement that might mislead people. I see your point to a degree, this is never going to run Crysis on full whack. HOWEVER, its significantly higher spec in most ways than my aging system (was top spec 6yrs ago!!!), which runs Photoshop amd most video editing stuff fine only really struggling when I try to add special effects and other fancy stuff.

Basically, for the money I think this looks like a good deal IF youre not bothered about high end apps, just needs a bit more RAM as someone else already said... :thumbsup:
#17
To be honest and ive said it before you would be better of making your own PC most of the stuff they put in these mass produced machines most the components are cheap I expect the capacitors to melt away or explode with in a short time!
#18
People need to realise that these components are generally poor. So many times I have a bought a"cheap tat system" and then its failed. One system caught fire once and my place nearly burnt down ! Good point slinky. Bad capicitors.........
#19
sloppy seconds
People need to realise that these components are generally poor. So many times I have a bought a"cheap tat system" and then its failed. One system caught fire once and my place nearly burnt down ! Good point slinky. Bad capicitors.........


I disagree, (in my opinion) not all of the components in budget price computers are poor, and some low end machines can go on to work fine for many years.

This forum thread is going a bit extreme when at the end of the day it's just a £200 base unit.

The only reason that I and others have commented on the performance is because Vista Home Premium does require a good processor and decent amount of RAM to get the most from it.

If this particular base unit was installed with XP it would fly along quite happily.

Steve
#20
I did not say ALL so I am not sure what you are disagreeing with?? I said generally poor. Obviously in one of my cases it caught fire.
#21
sloppy seconds
I did not say ALL so I am not sure what you are disagreeing with?? I said generally poor. Obviously in one of my cases it caught fire.


You said, and I quote "People need to realise that these components are generally poor" and I said I disagree, that's all.

Steve
#22
Great find for a Vista base, £199.99. I would add 128571 at £78.62 to make a full system.
#23
slinkydonkey
To be honest and ive said it before you would be better of making your own PC most of the stuff they put in these mass produced machines most the components are cheap I expect the capacitors to melt away or explode with in a short time!


Hi,

I think this is a great deal for what it is..........I don't think you would be able to build this for the price bearing in mind you would have to buy either Vista or XP retail. Unless you are a system builder of course. But even at that, I think you would be hard pushed to get close.

renagade27

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