Acer Aspire x3900 desktop. I5, 3gb ram, 640gb hard drive £399.00 at Misco (3.5% Quidco) - HotUKDeals
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Acer Aspire X3900 Small Form Factor PC / Intel Core i5 (i5-650) 3.2GHz / 3GB / 640GB / Intel Graphic Media Accelerator / DVD-RW / Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps Integrated / Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

The sleek and compact Aspire X3900 is just one-third the size of a traditional PC, so it fits nicely anywhere in your home. Premium components and software make this desktop perfect for handling all of your home computing and entertainment needs. What's more, a bundle of multimedia features and device ports lets you enjoy theater-quality entertainment right in your living room.
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* Intel Core i5 (i5-650) 3.2GHz
* 3GB RAM / 640GB Hard Disk Drive
* DVD+/-RW
* Intel H57 Express Chipset
* Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

After an admittedly quick scan across the net I can't find this any cheaper (£100 dearer in most places). Any thoughts as to whether this is worth the money would be much appreciated.

3.5% quidco at Misco too.
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#1
Graphic card?
#2
drskm
Graphic card?


The i5 has graphics on chip (instead of providing it on the motherboard).

As for adding your own, it comes with a laughable 220W PSU...you ain't going to get much of a gfx card (if any) in this without swapping the PSU out!

Also, it comes with 3Gb (2Gb +1Gb) RAM...I was under the impression that dual channel RAM is optimised to work with matched pairs, so this seems a particularly poor element of cost-saving on Acer's part.

Detailed Specs:http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=478895&Tab=2&NoMapp=0
#3
Any thoughts as to whether this is worth the money would be much appreciated.


Seems to be good value...by my reckoning, you're talking about £350 for the components and £70 for an OEM copy Windows 7, and that doesn't include the time/cost of building it yourself.

You'd have a system with 4Gb RAM and a better PSU for that money though...also, you could put in the i5 Quad 2.8GHz for about £5 more than the i5 Dual 3.2GHz.
#4
Here's a build that's a little better than this...it shows that the Acer is good value for money for a pre-built system:

400W CiT, 20+4 Pin, micro-ATX PSU pPFC 8cm Silent Fan, ATX 12V
£18.67 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400w-cit-20plus4-pin-micro-atx-psu-ppfc-8cm-silent-fan-atx-12v

Asus TM-B11 Black Micro ATX Tower Case No PSU
£22.36 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/asus-tm-b11-black-matx-tower-no-psu

500GB Hitachi 0F10381 Deskstar7K1000.C, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5 ms
£29.35 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500gb-hitachi-0f10381-deskstar7k1000c-sata-3gb-s-7200-rpm-16mb-cache-85-ms

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.65V
£57.76 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-xms3-ddr3-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-165v

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, Operating System, Single, - OEM
£71.76 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-operating-system-single-oem

Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H, Intel H55, 1156, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1600/1800/2133, SATA 3Gb/s, VGA, uATX
£67.62 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/gigabyte-ga-h55m-ud2h-intel-h55-1156-pci-e-20-(x16)-ddr3-1600-1800-2133-sata-3gb-s-vga-uatx

Sony AD-5260S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 SATA, Black, OEM
£12.56 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/sony-ad-5260s-0b-24x-dvdr-12xdvddl-dvdplusrw-x8-rwx6-sata-black-oem

Intel i5 760, S1156, Lynnfield Quad Core, 2.8 GHz, 8MB Cache, Core Ratio 21x, 95W, Retail
£140.94 (Inc VAT)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/intel-i5-760-s1156-lynnfield-quad-core-28-ghz-8mb-cache-core-ratio-21x-95w-retail

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Net Total: 372.30
Carriage: 13.98
VAT: 65.15

Total: 437.45

Edited By: Lupeto on Nov 10, 2010 09:17
#5
Thanks for your thoughts Lupeto. I'm looking for a new desktop and that was my main reason for posting looking for thoughts on value. I'm not a gamer and the machine would be mainly used for music, video, photo editing and browsing. Would the graphics side of this machine mean that it would be useless to a gamer?

Also in the spec it says it has 4 memory expansion slots. Is that right? If I wanted to expand the memory to 4gb would it simply mean removing the 1gb and replacing it?

Edited By: austinly on Nov 10, 2010 09:22: Missed a question!
#6
austinly
Thanks for your thoughts Lupeto. I'm looking for a new desktop and that was my main reason for posting looking for thoughts on value. I'm not a gamer and the machine would be mainly used for music, video, photo editing and browsing. Would the graphics side of this machine mean that it would be useless to a gamer?


You know what...I can answer this question this evening I reckon...I am building a system with the same on-chip graphics when my parts arrive today. Although I have a seperate gfx card, I'll test the system without it, to see how it looks for low-detail gaming.

My suspicion is that on-chip gfx would be OK for games on low settings...we'll see (_;)

For all your other uses, this system would perform really well I reckon.
#7
austinly

Also in the spec it says it has 4 memory expansion slots. Is that right? If I wanted to expand the memory to 4gb would it simply mean removing the 1gb and replacing it?

The cheapest way would be to just add another 1Gb to an empty slot, as only 2 slots are used!
#8
Lupeto
My suspicion is that on-chip gfx would be OK for games on low settings...we'll see (_;)


This article backs up my suspicion...

Obvious a Core i5’s integrated graphics is going to have limited power, but it does surprisingly well. The article found that it can handle 1600×1200 gaming as well as basic 3D work.

Source: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/intel-core-i5-integrated-gpu-tested-found-worthy-20100212/
#9
Lupeto
drskm
Graphic card?


As for adding your own, it comes with a laughable 220W PSU...you ain't going to get much of a gfx card (if any) in this without swapping the PSU out


Unless they have changed, it also invalidates your Warranty with Acer too... I would check this out, although as you say, not really a machine to do anything to!
#10
nihcaj
Unless they have changed, it also invalidates your Warranty with Acer too... I would check this out, although as you say, not really a machine to do anything to!


Good point!

I suppose it would be at least a year before it wouldn't be good enough to run games on, so a strategy for gamers could be to use the on-board gfx until the warranty has ran out, and then go nuts on it...being a small case, you'll probably be restricted to the physical sizes of PSU and GFX card you can install in it, so you may want to re-house it in a bigger case to allow standard sized stuff. Only of interest to geeks who would probably build their own anyway (_;)

But it really seems like a great deal as it is, for a fast system that's up for some gaming!

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