ACER Aspire X3960 - Core i3-2100 Desktop PC - 3GB RAM - £319.99 @ PC World - HotUKDeals
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Powered by the Intel® Core™ i3-2100 Processor and runs 64-bit Windows® 7 Home Premium. 3GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

Compact tower case
5.1-channel audio with analogue and digital audio out
DVD rewriter
9 USB ports
Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed wired networking
Multi-in-one card reader

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Downside is only 1yr warranty and PC World (?)

When voting, don't forget this is the 2nd Gen i3 processor
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#1
Before I posted this, I checked out;

Mesh - similar spec (4gb RAM) for £399, but inc 3yr warranty

PC Specialist - similar spec (2gb RAM) for £410 (from memory, don't quote me) inc 3yr warranty (inferior warr to Mesh)

...so, if anyone's seen better, don't keep it to yourself :D

Edited By: paulhs12 on Jun 14, 2011 23:51
#2
I notice the Mesh has USB 3, which I don't expect the Acer will.
1 Like #3
Given Mesh have gone bust, I personally would avoid
1 Like #4
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/367738/mesh-computers-in-administration

PC Peripherals bought the Mesh brand and other assets, and has also agreed to provide hardware support to existing customers who are within the original warranty period.
1 Like #5
Woops just liked the comment above by mistake, I was actually going to quote it and say this is from PC world not mesh.Looks good spec for the price, heat added.
#6
yup thats why i put the bit about "agreed to provide hardware support to existing customers who are within the original warranty period"
#7
I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB HD, Mobo and DVD rewriter. £230.
#8
DarrylJohn
I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB HD, Mobo and DVD rewriter. £230.

where from? thanks
#9
jukkie
DarrylJohn
I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB HD, Mobo and DVD rewriter. £230.

You know your i5 is actually a lot less powerful than the i3 in this machine, right? And this i3 also has a fairly decent intergrated GPU (Intel HD 3000).
Now add the price of the OS (and the card reader I suppose) to your setup, and it isn't all that much cheaper.

That said, I don't mind Acer laptops, netbooks and nettops, but I wouldn't touch their desktops with a barge pole.


It's for my mate in fairness, his mam and dad. They wanted a cheapish PC that would last a few year. Stick a decent graphics card in that, and you've got a great budget gaming pc for under 400.

It was ebuyer, believeyk.

The CPU was initially £86, but found the same on on eBay for £80 including postage, so total comes in at around £231

ebuyer quickfind codes:

178942
268621
174507
255167
167819

BTW, the I3-2100 can be had for £90 on overclockers, just need a different mobo.

mobo quicklink - 259267
CPU 2100 - 254976


Edited By: DarrylJohn on Jun 15, 2011 17:47: add info
#10
DarrylJohn
jukkie
DarrylJohn
I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB HD, Mobo and DVD rewriter. £230.
You know your i5 is actually a lot less powerful than the i3 in this machine, right? And this i3 also has a fairly decent intergrated GPU (Intel HD 3000).
Now add the price of the OS (and the card reader I suppose) to your setup, and it isn't all that much cheaper.

That said, I don't mind Acer laptops, netbooks and nettops, but I wouldn't touch their desktops with a barge pole.

It's for my mate in fairness, his mam and dad. They wanted a cheapish PC that would last a few year. Stick a decent graphics card in that, and you've got a great budget gaming pc for under 400.

It was ebuyer, believeyk.

The CPU was initially £86, but found the same on on eBay for £80 including postage, so total comes in at around £231

ebuyer quickfind codes:

178942
268621
174507
255167
167819

BTW, the I3-2100 can be had for £90 on overclockers, just need a different mobo.
Still no OS in that setup (lets not go the 'you can get it free blah blah', with the Acer you get a genuine licence).
#11
Windows 7 home premium can be had for under 70 if you really wanted it.

quickfind: 173791
#12
As you have to buy it instore they'll make sure you buy Norton, Office, £80 HDMI cable, Whatever Happens, PC Set UP, Mobile Broadband. This should make it £1000, not bad :p
#13
Great PC, I picked this up from Comet in March for £279, but the 2 x Athlon version.

Nice and small base unit..Heat added.



Edited By: mc7t on Jun 15, 2011 17:58
1 Like #14
DarrylJohn
Windows 7 home premium can be had for under 70 if you really wanted it.

quickfind: 173791
Yep, so your less powerful setup with a fugly case and no card reader would cost only £13 less than this pre-built Acer :3.


Edited By: jukkie on Jun 15, 2011 17:56
#15
Similar set up, but better ram.. an extra gb of memory is still £15 cheaper.

This deal's still hot btw. But just shows the mark up if the RRP was £420.

PS... The price i mentioned was inclusive of the same CPU in the Acer.

Edited By: DarrylJohn on Jun 15, 2011 17:58
#16
I have an older x3900 i5,its tiny and does everything i want as i aint a gamer.

Will this have Hdmi out like i have might use mine as a media centre in the near future as it runs silent.


Edited By: uggla on Jun 15, 2011 18:18
#17
im still loving the deal for the acer predator what an amazing pc
1 Like #18
uggla
I have an older x3900 i5,its tiny and does everything i want as i aint a gamer.

Will this have Hdmi out like i have might use mine as a media centre in the near future as it runs silent.



This has an HDMI port yeah
#19
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.

Edited By: Norman-B on Jun 15, 2011 19:27
#20
Would the 'compact case' be a problem if you needed to open it up and repair it ?

Sad about Mesh. If you read the comments on the article Scooter posted, the feedback from Mesh customers is very poor, which surprised me, but then I've never used them. Just had it in my sub-concious they were a good company; seems not.
1 Like #21
paulhs12
Would the 'compact case' be a problem if you needed to open it up and repair it ?

Sad about Mesh. If you read the comments on the article Scooter posted, the feedback from Mesh customers is very poor, which surprised me, but then I've never used them. Just had it in my sub-concious they were a good company; seems not.

Probably just an Matx case, should be fine.


Norman-B
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.

Depending on what application you're going to use, A decent-ish nvidia graphics card could help with CUDA emerging, but for HD video editing you're possibly gunna want a true quad core.
#22
hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540
#23
coolsakil
hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540


lots info here http://www.cpubenchmark.net/
#24
Norman-B
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.


same ish here im looking at i7k sandy bridge 8Gb RAM on a H67 motherboard. No idea what the further details will be.
1 Like #25
To Norman-B

I think this would be ok for Video Editing.

However, ebuyer have this

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/259562?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products

for only £23 more. Similar spec, except 8GB RAM and double the size of hard-drive. The extra RAM will speed up the Video Editing and the extra storage would give you more space for your video files.

edit: Scrap this idea. Has no Operating System, so not comparable to the PCW deal I guess.

Edited By: paulhs12 on Jun 16, 2011 00:35: No Op System
#26
then again, this is also a good buy http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261514 for i5 sandybridge. but we're just increasing the price each time (though the i5 is prob best value of the three) and the sandybridge on h67 is apparently killer for video work.

Edited By: tapi on Jun 16, 2011 00:02
#27
tapi
then again, this is also a good buy http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261514 for i5 sandybridge. but we're just increasing the price each time (though the i5 is prob best value of the three) and the sandybridge on h67 is apparently killer for video work.


No Operating System tapi, so we've shot up £140 on the PCW deal, by the time you've added one.


Edited By: paulhs12 on Jun 16, 2011 00:38
1 Like #28
coolsakil
hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540


i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)

Meathotukdeals
Norman-B
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.


same ish here im looking at i7k sandy bridge 8Gb RAM on a H67 motherboard. No idea what the further details will be.


Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent CPU cooler and overclock that badboy or just get a cheaper non-K edition CPU (First option recommended :) )
#29
Many thanks for the advice,
#30
Hmmm, interesting. If cpubenchmark.net's benchmarks are correct and not Intel skewed, the chip seems to be twice as fast as many of the AMD dual cores around.

I was going to ask if this might not be better value: http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-m3910-2-black-08647605-pdt.html but it seems the chip in the X3960 seems to be much faster.

And it also has better integrated graphics power than the norm?

Not sure about the small case though. Also noticed one downside, the PSU only seems to be a 220W, so upgrading the graphics could be limited.

Anyone know of any other disadvantages of buying an Acer desktop? More restricted BIOS config settings, maybe?
#31
Baron Jerk-Off
Anyone know of any other disadvantages of buying an Acer desktop? More restricted BIOS config settings, maybe?


I think the particular desktop in this deal is a slimline style one, which means the motherboard and PSU will be non-standard parts - if it breaks after the warranty has expired you're unlikely to be able to get replacements that will fit into the case.
#32
sk82jack
coolsakil
hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540


i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)

Meathotukdeals
Norman-B
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.


same ish here im looking at i7k sandy bridge 8Gb RAM on a H67 motherboard. No idea what the further details will be.


Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent CPU cooler and overclock that badboy or just get a cheaper non-K edition CPU (First option recommended :) )


As i understand it (and i may have this wrong) the K series sandy bridge have the best HD graphics processor than the non K's and a P67 needs another graphics card? (unless you can use a p67 and still use the i7k's on board graphics). As I deal only with 2D images/vids I saw no point in going the p67 and graphics card route when the K already has graphics. Make sence?
#33
Meathotukdeals
sk82jack
coolsakil
hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540


i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)

Meathotukdeals
Norman-B
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.


same ish here im looking at i7k sandy bridge 8Gb RAM on a H67 motherboard. No idea what the further details will be.


Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent CPU cooler and overclock that badboy or just get a cheaper non-K edition CPU (First option recommended :) )


As i understand it (and i may have this wrong) the K series sandy bridge have the best HD graphics processor than the non K's and a P67 needs another graphics card? (unless you can use a p67 and still use the i7k's on board graphics). As I deal only with 2D images/vids I saw no point in going the p67 and graphics card route when the K already has graphics. Make sence?


Ah OK that makes sense - yeah the K version chips feature HD3000 compared to the non-K version's HD2000

It just seems such a waste to have a K version chip and then limit yourself to no overclock :(

The Z68 motherboards will allow you to access the onboard graphics and allow you to overclock but comes at a bit of a price hike.

Cheapest is probably the Asrock Z68 PRO3 coming in at £94.99 @ Dabs and BTShop
#34
cant seem to find stock on web site as it crashes
#35
sk82jack
Meathotukdeals
sk82jack
coolsakil
hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540


i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)

Meathotukdeals
Norman-B
My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.


same ish here im looking at i7k sandy bridge 8Gb RAM on a H67 motherboard. No idea what the further details will be.


Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent CPU cooler and overclock that badboy or just get a cheaper non-K edition CPU (First option recommended :) )


As i understand it (and i may have this wrong) the K series sandy bridge have the best HD graphics processor than the non K's and a P67 needs another graphics card? (unless you can use a p67 and still use the i7k's on board graphics). As I deal only with 2D images/vids I saw no point in going the p67 and graphics card route when the K already has graphics. Make sence?


Ah OK that makes sense - yeah the K version chips feature HD3000 compared to the non-K version's HD2000

It just seems such a waste to have a K version chip and then limit yourself to no overclock :(

The Z68 motherboards will allow you to access the onboard graphics and allow you to overclock but comes at a bit of a price hike.

Cheapest is probably the Asrock Z68 PRO3 coming in at £94.99 @ Dabs and BTShop



And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't heard about the z68. Likely by the time I think I know whats going on ANOther thing (like bulldozer) will be out and then I'll look into that and by the time I think I know.....:{
#36
Meathotukdeals
And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't heard about the z68. Likely by the time I think I know whats going on ANOther thing (like bulldozer) will be out and then I'll look into that and by the time I think I know.....:{


Haha yeah tech moves so fast these days, the only reason I know what I'm talking about is I've been planning my new computer for a couple of months now :D

But I'll soon go back to knowing nothing again once it's done lol
#37
sk82jack
Meathotukdeals
And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't heard about the z68. Likely by the time I think I know whats going on ANOther thing (like bulldozer) will be out and then I'll look into that and by the time I think I know.....:{


Haha yeah tech moves so fast these days, the only reason I know what I'm talking about is I've been planning my new computer for a couple of months now :D

But I'll soon go back to knowing nothing again once it's done lol



ha ha pretty much the same here but obviously not as good as yourself with the current info. tell me what you get when you finally get it...i might learn something from it if i'm still befuddled.
#38
Meathotukdeals
sk82jack
Meathotukdeals
And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't heard about the z68. Likely by the time I think I know whats going on ANOther thing (like bulldozer) will be out and then I'll look into that and by the time I think I know.....:{


Haha yeah tech moves so fast these days, the only reason I know what I'm talking about is I've been planning my new computer for a couple of months now :D

But I'll soon go back to knowing nothing again once it's done lol



ha ha pretty much the same here but obviously not as good as yourself with the current info. tell me what you get when you finally get it...i might learn something from it if i'm still befuddled.


I've got most of it now...just waiting for a good deal to arrive on a decent PSU.

This is what I have so far:

Intel Core i5-2500K - £155.99

Asrock Z68 Extreme4 - £139.72

Corsair XMS3 8GB - £64.99

XFX HD Radeon 6870 (second hand) - £113.85

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - £35.99

Pioneer DVR-S19LBK - £17.98

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 - £41.99

NZXT Lexa S - £57.48

Drop me a PM if you want some advice nd I'd be more than happy to help :)

Edited By: sk82jack on Jun 16, 2011 20:58: changing format
#39
Hi guys, another computer rookie here, I have tried (and failed miserably) to build my own PC recently and have pretty much given up as I can't get it stable, can get everything installed then inevitably crashes after a day or two with blue screens of death galore.

I'm after a cheap PC to play some very old games on so don't need cutting edge performance, if I was to buy this PC would I be able to fit my graphics card in? It's a GeForce 8800GTS (320mb).

Thanks in advance guys, been after a PC for ages and this could be the one!
#40
MeGaMaN
Hi guys, another computer rookie here, I have tried (and failed miserably) to build my own PC recently and have pretty much given up as I can't get it stable, can get everything installed then inevitably crashes after a day or two with blue screens of death galore.

I'm after a cheap PC to play some very old games on so don't need cutting edge performance, if I was to buy this PC would I be able to fit my graphics card in? It's a GeForce 8800GTS (320mb).

Thanks in advance guys, been after a PC for ages and this could be the one!


What's your current spec? Overclocked at all?

But to answer your question...yes it will fit.

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