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ADVENT QC5003,Quad Q8200,3GB, 500gb,Blu-Ray Reader /DVD RW,Windows7 upgrade, £313.00 @ Currys

£313.00 @ Currys
Use 5% off code for this price ( xmas5 ) Refurbished with 12 month warranty Windows 7 free upgrade Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor 2.33GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB Cache Genuine Windows Vista® Ho…
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Refurbished with 12 month warranty
Windows 7 free upgrade
Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor
2.33GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB Cache
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
3GB DDR2 667MHz memory
500GB SATA hard drive (7200rpm)
Intel® GMA 4500HD graphics
Blu-Ray Reader and DVD Rewriter
Built-in media card reader
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#1
You can find full spec here>

http://support.thetechguys.com

CPU Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 (2.33GHz)
Motherboard Intel® DG45ID
Memory 3GB DDR2 PC2-5300 (2x1024MB + 2x512MB)
Hard Drive 500GB SATA II hard drive
CD / DVD Drive Blu-Ray Super Multi Double Layer DVD±RW drive
Video / Graphics Card Integrated Intel® GMA X4500HD
Sound Card IDT 92HD73E HD Audio Codec
Network Card Intel® 82567LF Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) Ethernet LAN controller
Case TLM725-2
Keyboard Chicony KB-0325 keyboard
Mouse MSU07418T Optical USB Mouse


Rear sockets
http://support.thetechguys.com/Images/articles/%7B10cde807-4985-439c-b8a9-9f0f6eb29234%7D/dg41id.jpg

Motherboard
http://support.thetechguys.com/Images/articles/%7B10cde807-4985-439c-b8a9-9f0f6eb29234%7D/dg41id_big.jpg
#2
http://www.currys.co.uk/product/500/UV/290241.jpg
#3
In case anybody is thinking what I am thinking, this cases are normally not very good, so upgrading the Graphics cards will probably require an upgrade of the Power Supply as well.

Finally they normally do not have fans which makes it really hot if you one to put a lot on it.

Good deal if you are planning to use it as it comes.
#4
6 usb ports, 4 at front 4 at rear????? Is the chip really a celeron?
#5
Paddy_o_furniture;6990974
Is the chip really a celeron?


Eh? :?
#6
nihcaj;6990992
Eh? :?

If they cant add 4+4 to get the right number of usb ports, I wouldn't trust them on other bits of the PC
#7
Paddy_o_furniture
If they cant add 4+4 to get the right number of usb ports, I wouldn't trust them on other bits of the PC



You can get the complete full spec on the tech guys site
#8
Paddy_o_furniture;6991007
If they cant add 4+4 to get the right number of usb ports, I wouldn't trust them on other bits of the PC

true....its an advent, so itll be garbage and as for expansion itll be limited
i guess we can assume the pc is held together with string
#9
deanos;6990830
You can find full spec here>

http://www.thetechguys.com/

CPU Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 (2.33GHz)
Motherboard Intel® DG45ID
Memory 3GB DDR2 PC2-5300 (2x1024MB + 2x512MB)
Hard Drive 500GB SATA II hard drive
CD / DVD Drive Blu-Ray Super Multi Double Layer DVD±RW drive
Video / Graphics Card Integrated Intel® GMA X4500HD
Sound Card IDT 92HD73E HD Audio Codec
Network Card Intel® 82567LF Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) Ethernet LAN controller
Case TLM725-2
Keyboard Chicony KB-0325 keyboard
Mouse MSU07418T Optical USB Mouse


Rear sockets
http://support.thetechguys.com/Images/articles/%7B10cde807-4985-439c-b8a9-9f0f6eb29234%7D/dg41id.jpg

Motherboard
http://support.thetechguys.com/Images/articles/%7B10cde807-4985-439c-b8a9-9f0f6eb29234%7D/dg41id_big.jpg


lol...lots of expansion capability then :-D
#10
Isnt that normal expantion for a micro atx board ?
#11
Hard to complain at this price and it’s surprisingly well endowed in the connectivity department.
#12
even though its an Advent - there is nothing more reliable than an Intel motherboard, many a techy sweear by them....
#13
speedski
even though its an Advent - there is nothing more reliable than an Intel motherboard, many a techy sweear by them....

I presume you mean an Intel chipset which this has but it’s not an Intel board as such. I’m biased towards Intel chipsets. :thumbsup:
#14
I had an Advent keyboard a couple of years ago, the lettering wore off within a year, so personally I wouldn't touch any of their stuff with a barge pole if its that badly made...
#16

Oops. :oops: I didn't think OEM brands like Advent would use an Intel branded board.
#17
seems like a good deal, was considering getting this so that i could have this and let my brother have my current rig, however there doesnt seem to be a huge power difference between the Q8200 and the E6600 really! So dont think i will bother, but still a good price for a good rig.
#18
Shame it's an Advent. Not a very good brand in my experience. Cheap components leading to sub standard performance = more likely to fail/crash/die.
#19
A lot of Advent haters out there.... some probably never even used one... or almost certainly not used this particular machine....

I'm typing this on my Advent 4211 which has been great so far.
#20
Common sense tells me if a large amount of these machines have been returned and refurbished, there must be a major problem with them...
#21
i must admit, ive never had any problems with my advent T11 been using it for over 4 years and its never missed a beat
#22
MrT2
I had an Advent keyboard a couple of years ago, the lettering wore off within a year, so personally I wouldn't touch any of their stuff with a barge pole if its that badly made...


maybe its just me, but how can you possibly make a fair review on the whole brand because of the lettering on the keyboard :?
#23
i've had an advent for 8 years and its still going strong. Same with a mate of mine.
#24
chris_b
maybe its just me, but how can you possibly make a fair review on the whole bramd because of the lettering on the keyboard :?



LOL just what i was thinking !
#25
jukkie
Common sense tells me if a large amount of these machines have been returned and refurbished, there must be a major problem with them...


Not really, they could be returned under the DSR and cant be sold as new
#26
The same was said about a Philips freevents i bought of currys refurbished 3 years back.

Its still going strong, never missed a beat...

My missus bought an apple mac, fcuked up and was replaced after about 8 months.
#27
I have no problems with refurb products. They are most are just open box items as someone said. I bought a HP laptop last year and its been great. It was practically new in parts, just packaged in a plain brown box rather than the retail box.

The Advent inhouse brand can be just a rebrand of quality products like the MSI Wind = Advent 4211, at the fraction of the price. You'll find most of the PC components used in base units will come from all the major manufacturers.

Although having said that, I did purchase a Packard Bell base unit in May 2009 off their refurb section and promptly sent it back, purely because I expect the machine to be much faster, but it wasn't for a Q6600 and 4GB 667mhz ram. After returning, someone else snapped it up quick. Just be aware that some base units are over 1 year old with slightly old tech, so won't qualify for free win7 upgrade, like the base I bought. I wouldn't touch Packard Bell again unless it was one of their top end models with premium parts. I ended up building one myself in the end :)
#28
Dancc
Shame it's an Advent. Not a very good brand in my experience. Cheap components leading to sub standard performance = more likely to fail/crash/die.


Sigh, read the thread maybe? Also look at the components listed maybe? Sweepingly incorrect statement.

jukkie
Common sense tells me if a large amount of these machines have been returned and refurbished, there must be a major problem with them...


If thats what your common sense adds up to then - well sheesh! Remember they have DSR and they are dealing with PC world customers, who, its well known are not the most it savvy set of customers on the planet...
#29
Just there to get you in the store! You need a monitor that has HDMI connection only, not DVI or VGA! Why?
It's a waste of your hard-earned and a waste of your precious time.
#30
greyrider
Just there to get you in the store! You need a monitor that has HDMI connection only, not DVI or VGA! Why?
It's a waste of your hard-earned and a waste of your precious time.


Because it's got a bluray reader therefore people will normally want to play bluray disks and the only way to see blurays at full quality is through hdmi connector.
Most tfts have both vga and hdmi connectors nowadays.
#31
greyrider
Just there to get you in the store! You need a monitor that has HDMI connection only, not DVI or VGA! Why?
It's a waste of your hard-earned and a waste of your precious time.


The motherboard has DVI out according to the pic on the first page?
#32
Dead on PC for the price. Put the same quad processor into two machines last month and both are working away well. They are not the quickest quads on the market but cost around £110 delivered for the processor alone. The company who ordered the PC's called to say they are very pleased and are able to perform loads of tasks at once without any hitches or glitches.

Heat and rep added.
#33
deanos
Not really, they could be returned under the DSR and cant be sold as new


You missed the point of my comment...

They obviously have a fair amount of them that have been returned, so why are so many people returning them?
Doesn't exactly inspire confidence, does it?
#34
jukkie
You missed the point of my comment...

They obviously have a fair amount of them that have been returned, so why are so many people returning them?
Doesn't exactly inspire confidence, does it?


my guess? People falling for the big numbers, blu ray and quad core, and assuming it'll run the latest games. then being disappointed.

this looks to be a fantastic deal, after all the blu ray drive and OS together account for at least a third of the price. Assuming you need/want them, would this machine with no OS or optical drive be a good deal at ~£200? :whistling:
#35
PR1;6996160
my guess? People falling for the big numbers, blu ray and quad core, and assuming it'll run the latest games. then being disappointed.



Wishful thinking is one thing, sheer fantasy another!

Bearing in mind the pain that returning anything to any retailer is, do you really think there is a long queue of people returning perfectly working gear?

On the other hand, most people return bust gear, and this is Advent who specialise in crap the way butchers specialise in meat! :whistling:
#36
Sorry to be dumb but what are the differences between this 'quad' and the dell Dual core deals that are up here. I've been out of the loop for PC's for a while.

Looking for a decent processor and ram for photoshop stuff.
Not too bothered about refurb either, so on the face of it this looks like a good deal to me ?

Thanks in advance
#37
surfer69
Sorry to be dumb but what are the differences between this 'quad' and the dell Dual core deals that are up here. I've been out of the loop for PC's for a while.

Looking for a decent processor and ram for photoshop stuff.
Not too bothered about refurb either, so on the face of it this looks like a good deal to me ?

Thanks in advance


Take a look here for some comparisons between different processors:

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-q3-2008/PCMark-Vantage-PC-Mark-Suite,Marque_fbrandx14,812.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-desktop-cpu-charts/Adobe-Photoshop-CS-4,Marque_fbrandx14,1387.html


On the face of it this is not a bad deal. All the parts could just about be bought for this amount, so the software and labour is basically for free.

I am slightly suspicious that these are available in numbers but as a previous poster pointed out, it could just be that the on-board graphics is holding this rig back, from a games playing point of view.
#38
In fairness these Quad Cores are perfect for media usage and this configuration is pretty spot on, yes you can buy better and there is no doubt that both the new i5 and i7 processors are extremely good but for general day to day stuff this will be perfect.

Now for the bad news, I know that the latest Photoshop (CS4) have not been certified with Windows 7, and current reports have issues with the install not working. Windows 7 Ultimate will run the application but in XP native mode....

So overall good value for money especially for what you get, but if you really want to do Photoshop downgrade the OS to XP or (Gulp) Vista.
#39
on the plus side...looks a good spec...........................but the bottomline here is that its an Advent. Simply the worse PC brand for reliability. If your a gambler...go for it. you might get lucky and it won't fail.

Good luck, you'll need it.
#40
MightyHorace;6997678
In fairness these Quad Cores are perfect for media usage and this configuration is pretty spot on, yes you can buy better and there is no doubt that both the new i5 and i7 processors are extremely good but for general day to day stuff this will be perfect.

Now for the bad news, I know that the latest Photoshop (CS4) have not been certified with Windows 7, and current reports have issues with the install not working. Windows 7 Ultimate will run the application but in XP native mode....

So overall good value for money especially for what you get, but if you really want to do Photoshop downgrade the OS to XP or (Gulp) Vista.




IT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED...


I am using the Adobe Creative Suite CS4 with Photoshop and Windows 7 Professional 64bit and it works without issue. The whole suite including Dreamweaver Flash and Fireworks works a treat.

Also installed on two machines about three weeks ago and working without issue.


http://www.microsoft.com.nsatc.net/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Details.aspx?type=Software&p=Adobe%20Photoshop%20CS4&v=Adobe&uid=&pf=2&pi=8&c=Graphics%20%26%20Printing&sc=Web%20Design&os=32-bit


There were some issues with some people not installing OpenGL but it is now compatible on 32bit and 64bit.

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