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great price £200 off rrp

Acer M3400 Blu-ray Desktop Tower.

Experience powerful PC performance for all your computing needs with the Acer M3400 Blu-ray Desktop Tower. This robust tower is bursting full of technology including a powerful AMD Phenom II Six Core X6 processor, large 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM and GeForce graphics card. In addition to a wired keyboard and mouse, this sleek computer tower offers fantastic output facilities with a HDMI and 10 USB ports.

CPU and Memory:

AMD Phenom II six core X6.
4GB DDR3 RAM.
Hard drive:

500GB SATA hard drive.
Graphics:

nVIDIA GeForce 315 graphics card with 512MB memory.
Interfaces and connectivity:

10 USB ports.
1 HDMI port.
Wired keyboard and mouse.
Operating system & software:

Microsoft Windows 7 Premium.
General features:

Weight 9kg.
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#1
is this a good price
#2
im no tech head but it looks good to me and nobody has said it isnt
Moviestar
is this a good price
#3
Excellent deal, cheapest it's ever been!

Plus get a £10 gift card!

Edited By: Bryan839 on Apr 23, 2011 19:50
#4
cheers guys might get one then

Any Tech exberts about

Edited By: Moviestar on Apr 23, 2011 20:17
#5
i know computers and this is a really good deal, amd x6 .. 6 cores blue ray player, win 7 .. graphics card is lacking but apart from that its great considering u get win7 and its acer!
#6
i fancy this one as well but was compating it to one i saw in novatech:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/barebones/Novatech/BB-10504G.html

What you guys think?
#7
the novatech computer doesnt say it comes with windows 7.. id take the acer anyday. that novatech looks like cheap stuff bunched together even though acer might use cheap stuff but there better for warranty etc plus blue ray
#8
yoyo59
the novatech computer doesnt say it comes with windows 7.. id take the acer anyday. that novatech looks like cheap stuff bunched together even though acer might use cheap stuff but there better for warranty etc plus blue ray

Thanks for your input.
#9
big_ndn
i fancy this one as well but was compating it to one i saw in novatech:


http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/barebones/Novatech/BB-10504G.html


What you guys think?


Whilst there may be some doubt over the quality of the Novatech build, I think it is worth noting that it will be more flexible in the long run. The Acer comes with a 250W power supply, you may find it difficult to upgrade components in the future given that this is pretty low powered. The Novatech comes with a 500W, which would give you a fair bit of headroom for upgrades in the future.

The biggest thing in the Acer's favour however, is that the Novatech doesn't come with Windows, Graphics Card, Hard Disk or Blu-Ray. Therefore, you're going to be paying way over the odds by the time you've finished building a PC (based on that bundle you've linked to) and might as well just get this.

If you're not looking to do any gaming, but will do video editing etc, then this isn't a bad buy.
2 Likes #10
If you're buying this for light usage get a dual core with a better PSU instead.

There is no point even on high end gaming rigs for six cores, as barely any software takes advantage of them.
#11
chaywa
If you're buying this for light usage get a dual core with a better PSU instead.There is no point even on high end gaming rigs for six cores, as barely any software takes advantage of them.

Absolutely. If you only run software that utilises 2 cores a Core i3 or a Core 2 Duo (or a derivate) even will beat this and also be more power efficient. The Phenom X6 only starts to find its stride with software that can use all 6 cores which for an average home user is a rare occasion.
#12
The PSU is a big let down...such a shame. I was thinkin of getting this and sticking in a £50 graphics card for moderate gaming, but 250w probably wouldn't be enough even for a radeon 5670 or similar

Good deal though...heat added
#13
Ebuyer have a decent basic system with no operating system for £230 which looks a good base to build on – Ebuyer link:

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5800 3.2GHz
4GB RAM
1TB HDD
DVD Writer
#14
Good find op have some heat
#15
As a basic guide line:
AMD Phenom II X6 3.2 GHz Processor -> £100
4GB DDR3 RAM (depending on memory clock) ->£25+
500GB HDD -> £25
PSU -> £35
Graphics card I haven't a clue but will guess less than 50, likely less than £30.
Case -> £30
Windows 7 -> £45
Keyboard & Mouse -> £25
Can't see if the Blu-ray drive is read only or not~ so it's probably around £50?
No mention of motherboard so... £50-100
All in all, around £400-500 +
(This is very rough btw!)
Sounds like a good deal to be, of course, if you were to build your own you could put better pieces together etc - but for someone who doesn't want to do it themselves, and is in the market for a light pc (non-gaming) this is pretty good. As people have said though - no use for a six core (hexa-core?) processor really.

Edited By: DarkFlame on Apr 24, 2011 02:12
#16
DarkFlame
As a basic guide line:
Windows 7 -> £45.

And the rest; we aren't all students. ;)
#17
yoyo59
i know computers and this is a really good deal, amd x6 .. 6 cores blue ray player, win 7 .. graphics card is lacking but apart from that its great considering u get win7 and its acer!

Errr... Acer are not the most reliable of brands, I wouldn't put it past them using cheap parts. Blu ray in a desktop is nothing major anymore... and as stated, 6 cores is a bit overkill/useless.
#18
Looks like a reasonable system for those who new the power of a hexcore system for media encoding like video editing. As the above poster mentioned Acer are far from reliable and I really wouldnt write home about their warranty.

In my opinion,

Pros
Windows 7 Included.
Peace of mind that as a prebuilt system you can return the whole lot rather than trouble shooting.
Hexcore - albeit overkill if all your doing is browsing and office work.

Cons
PSU - should cost you no more than £40-50 to get a good quality 4-500w psu if you want to add a gaming graphics card.
Acer
Not a gaming gfx card (if applicable)
Probably will be a mATX case and upgrading may be difficult.

Ideal for anyone who needs a lot of CPU power,non gamer and not wanting to build their own.
#19
Blu ray drives aren't really needed in desktop machines just yet, particularly for watching movies. I would have thought most people would have a ps3 or blu ray player in their living room and rather watch a full hd film there rather than on a pc monitor in a bedroom or office.

These drives are quite cheap now when compared to a couple of years ago. When blu ray as optical storage media becomes cheaper we'll see the blu ray writers drop in price making it a viable option for desktop towers that people will actually use!
#20
Many(like me) have full HD monitors, these days they are cheap as chips.
#21
people keep saying the cpu is overkill.. etc etc.. I think this is a great price as I dont think you'll find a better deal with everything included.. if your so persistant on not wanting a x6 would you buy a 400 pound dualcore pc? x6 is way more future proof
#22
shadow_boxer
Blu ray drives aren't really needed in desktop machines just yet, particularly for watching movies. I would have thought most people would have a ps3 or blu ray player in their living room and rather watch a full hd film there rather than on a pc monitor in a bedroom or office.

These drives are quite cheap now when compared to a couple of years ago. When blu ray as optical storage media becomes cheaper we'll see the blu ray writers drop in price making it a viable option for desktop towers that people will actually use!


It's useful for some. I have ps3 downstairs, but if the TV is being used by others it would give me the flexibility to watch it on the PC.
#23
Estimate custom build (can be cheaper here and there)

£50 Antec 300 tower (user choice)
£130 Core2Duo E8400 CPU
£100 nvidia GT series GPU (optional)
£40 7200 RPM 500GB HDD
£50 4GB DDR3 ram
£30 - 500w power supply
£50 - P5N-D motherboard (sli capable dual express 16 slots)
£50 - Blu ray drive

This deal ain't too bad - if only we knew what motherboard it had and the blu ray capabilities/brand.
#24
yoyo59
people keep saying the cpu is overkill.. etc etc.. I think this is a great price as I dont think you'll find a better deal with everything included.. if your so persistant on not wanting a x6 would you buy a 400 pound dualcore pc? x6 is way more future proof


The CPU is not overkill, just that a dual core, where the individual cores are much quicker is more effective than having 6.

To use multiple cores in software is called multithreading, the software must specifically use multithreading and have the capability to support 6 threads before it will take full advantage of the processor.
#25
Voted hot, I use an older model Mac Mini c2d to video edit HD, getting long in the tooth so I have reserved one of these will be using powerdirector 9 so this should make a good video editing PC
#26
Cheap no matter which way you look at it tbh ..........

:)
#27
Sorry for being ignorant, but could you not just get a better psu and graphics card then this would be a pretty good buy for gaming? or is it just better to build your own??

if so, anyone give a decent spec for me to build a decent (affordable) gaming pc?? any help would be appreciated! im looking to spend about £500ish?

thanks
#28
just read a review and apparantly this also comes a set of speakers (not mentioned on the main site) so thats a small bonus!! :)
#29
big_ndn
i fancy this one as well but was compating it to one i saw in novatech:


http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/barebones/Novatech/BB-10504G.html


What you guys think?


Novatech one is a good spec but you would need a graphics card as it doesnt have even a built in one. Decent PSU as well doesnt say what the PSU is on the Argos one. Novatech one doesnt have BlueRay either so swings and roundabouts.

Edited By: Yomanda on Apr 24, 2011 11:59
#30
musefan2001
Sorry for being ignorant, but could you not just get a better psu and graphics card then this would be a pretty good buy for gaming? or is it just better to build your own??if so, anyone give a decent spec for me to build a decent (affordable) gaming pc?? any help would be appreciated! im looking to spend about £500ish?thanks

If you are looking to build/buy a system focussed on gaming then ideally you don’t want to use an AMD CPU as they just aren’t competitive. A dual core Core i3 (second generation) will beat a six core AMD almost always in gaming and often by a decent margin: XbitLabs & Anandtech.

But you can save money buying AMD which then gives you more to spend on a GPU so it’s hard to weigh up exactly what the best performance per pound is overall.
I tend to go for Intel as they are usually more power efficient which makes it easier to build a silent computer.

Ebuyer have a Zoostorm Core i3-2100, 6GB,1TB,DVD,Win7 for £395 which will be a faster gaming platform and as the Core i3 is very power efficient there’s a good chance that the PSU will have more headroom than the Acer for adding a VGA card - Zoostorm @ Ebuyer.


Edited By: Agharta on Apr 24, 2011 12:34
#31
musefan2001
Sorry for being ignorant, but could you not just get a better psu and graphics card then this would be a pretty good buy for gaming? or is it just better to build your own??

if so, anyone give a decent spec for me to build a decent (affordable) gaming pc?? any help would be appreciated! im looking to spend about £500ish?

thanks

scan.co.uk had a gaming pc i5 2500k i think it was around 480 you should go check it out
#32
Comparing the intel core i3 with an amd phenom X4 is useless at best...
http://www.cpubenchmark.net shows the best intel core i3 cpu to be slower than the worst amd phenom x6.
This is a good price for a built system
#33
Dell Vostro 460

Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad
Blu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Radeon HD 5450 1GB
2GB DDR3 1,333
320GB HDD
350W power supply.

~£455 or ~£417 after 10% Quidco or downgrade to a DVD writer and it becomes ~£425 (£392).

Seems a better base for a gaming desktop as the CPU is much better for games and most other tasks and the power supply is enough for a mid range newer generation power efficient GPU.
#34
For a £102 more after Quidco you can add a 21.5” WLED TFT and upgrade the CPU, RAM, HDD and operating system:

Dell Vostro 460
Dell E2211H 21.5" WLED 1080P monitor
Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad
DVD-Writer
Radeon HD 5450 1GB
4GB DDR3 1,333
1TB HDD
Windows 7 Pro
350W power supply

~£539 or ~£494 after 10% Quidco
See Dmxdimension.
I’d add this a deal but I can’t as I use mobile broadband.
#35
You will always be able to do better and whatever you buy/build will be obsolete in months anyway. Technology moves at a ridiculous rate. For the price it's a good deal, especially as it comes close to a custom build rig of similar price.
Looking at this to replace my venerable P4 3.2 GHz desktop. 2005-vintage and a bit long in the tooth now.
#36
I would avoid buying this. I bought a Acer M3201 and had nothing but problems with it. All the problems started just after the 12 month warranty.

To begin with the PSU is complete rubbish (as to be expected) and had to be replace. I also had to replace a faulty graphics card. I now need to replace the motherboards. It is all cheap rubbish. If you really want a six core PC then don't cut corners as it will only cost you more in the long run. I've spend £150 replacing parts in my Acer desktop and will never buy again.

Much better buying a cheaper dual core processor. Either AMD Phenom X2 555 or an i3.
#37
So... It's not like you can't replace it ;)
Chet
The PSU is a big let down...such a shame. I was thinkin of getting this and sticking in a £50 graphics card for moderate gaming, but 250w probably wouldn't be enough even for a radeon 5670 or similar

Good deal though...heat added
#38
this system any good for general pc with hd video editing using sony vegas movie studio platinum and a little photo editing being the most i do with it (im not a gamer)?

also can the blu ray burn dvds?
#39
If you go through quidco it's not much but it should just about pay for the p+p, plus you will get a £10 voucher back .
#40
Agharta
musefan2001
Sorry for being ignorant, but could you not just get a better psu and graphics card then this would be a pretty good buy for gaming? or is it just better to build your own??if so, anyone give a decent spec for me to build a decent (affordable) gaming pc?? any help would be appreciated! im looking to spend about £500ish?thanks

If you are looking to build/buy a system focussed on gaming then ideally you don’t want to use an AMD CPU as they just aren’t competitive. A dual core Core i3 (second generation) will beat a six core AMD almost always in gaming and often by a decent margin: XbitLabs & Anandtech.

But you can save money buying AMD which then gives you more to spend on a GPU so it’s hard to weigh up exactly what the best performance per pound is overall.
I tend to go for Intel as they are usually more power efficient which makes it easier to build a silent computer.

Ebuyer have a Zoostorm Core i3-2100, 6GB,1TB,DVD,Win7 for £395 which will be a faster gaming platform and as the Core i3 is very power efficient there’s a good chance that the PSU will have more headroom than the Acer for adding a VGA card - Zoostorm @ Ebuyer.



Thanks alot for the comments guys, i will have a look into both of those, thats why i love this site :)

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