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Advent SQ-9204 - Desktop PC 349.99 @ PC World

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6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
# Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 processor
# (2.5GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB Cache)
# Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium
# Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# 4GB DDR2 memory
# 320GB hard drive
# Integrated graphics
# DVD Rewriter
# Built-in wireless (802.11b/g)

It's £349.99 without screen and £430 with a 19" widescreen monitor.

Seems an OK deal to me with a quad core processor (the processor is fairly decent), 4gb RAM and Win7. I need something for general use, not gaming, so ticks my boxes.

Don't forget 3.5% quidco, bringing it down to £337.74.
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#1
Its probably about worth its money - agree about the graphics though, integrated are awful. Do some research and build your own, get much better bang for your buck and you can learn a great deal about how your computer works in the process (is suprisingly easy aswell - can do the whole thing with just a screwdriver).
#2
Put a decent graphic card in this, and you've got yourself a very powerful machine. HOT.
#3
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167442

Probably a better deal ?, larger hard drive HDMI graphics although built in higher spec ? Dolby Digital sound card

You will need to pay £12 for the W7 upgrade

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More info on the Advent, only has VGA out ?



Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 processor 2.5GHz, 4MB Cache, 1333 MHz FSB
Memory 4 GB 2 x 2GB, DDR2 up to 4 GB
Chipset G31 + ICH7
Hard drive 320 GB
SATA, 7200 RPM
Optical Drive DVD RW +/-R +/-RW
Graphics Intel® GMA 3100 Integrated graphics
VGA Connectivity
Audio Realtek® ALC662
5.1 channel HD audio

Wired Network Realtek® RTL8101E
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless Network 802.11 b/g WLAN

Software Features
Operating System Windows 7 64 Bit
Recovery Hard Drive Recovery F8 to start recovery environment
#4
robinson07;7281852
Its probably about worth its money - agree about the graphics though, integrated are awful. Do some research and build your own, get much better bang for your buck and you can learn a great deal about how your computer works in the process (is suprisingly easy aswell - can do the whole thing with just a screwdriver).


.... as well as pay more, but you have the advantage that you can relax for many days whilst sitting round waiting for stuff to arrive and then relax again while you wait for it to be replaced at your postage expense when it doesn't work and then you can chew lumps off your fingernails too when it doesn't boot - it's probably something simple, but you don't have the right components lying around to swap to find what it is that's causing the problem.

It was a good way of getting a PC, it doesn't work like that now, & it's a long time since it did. It might make a good hobby still, but that's all, it has no financial or time benefits - like all hobbies they cost money! :-(
#5


Probably... but as one reviewer mentions...
"The bad thing is that there is no graphics card, and you will void Acer's warranty if you want to upgrade! :( "

Possibly the drawback with the Advent one too? I don't have any experience of Advent... I simply have avoided them like the plague as others I have known have had SO many problems, which is why I haven't voted either way on this - it's undeniably a good price, but Advent just makes me shiver! :-(
#6
You can upgrade the Acer, the sticker on the unit just says "read before removing seal"
#7
any idea the output of the psu?, im tempted but would want to chuck in a half decent graphics card straight away. anyone know about how noisy it is?, would it be quicker than say the quadcore x4 620 amd processors?
#8
deanos;7282686
You can upgrade the Acer, the sticker on the unit just says "read before removing seal"


You keep saying it is no problem... and I keep reading of people with exactly this problem... both can't be right!
#9
nihcaj
You keep saying it is no problem... and I keep reading of people with exactly this problem... both can't be right!



A pc is meant to be upgraded, the sticker on the side says something like read the terms before breaking seal, i had no problem upgraded my old Acer in the past i just rang and told them
#10
deanos;7282858
A pc is meant to be upgraded, the sticker on the side says something like read the terms before breaking seal, i had no problem upgraded my old Acer in the past i just rang and told them


Ring them? A phone call isn't worth the paper it is printed on! :whistling:

I could send the Pope an email for all the good that will do, but it is still not getting around the problem if it claps out and the seal is bust!

The 'Net is littered with examples of the problem :-(
#11
Even so the Acer is far better spec than the Advent for the same money, like the OP said they dont need it for gaming alot of people wont even need to add a graphics card.

I was going from my personal experience they added a note against my details to say i added some more memory, this is a few years ago now tho
#12
deanos;7283032
Even so the Acer is far better spec than the Advent for the same money, like the OP said they dont need it for gaming alot of people wont even need to add a graphics card.

I was going from my personal experience they added a note against my details to say i added some more memory, this is a few years ago now tho


I agree its better value, and for all I know Advent might well have the same issues, but it is a bit of a drawback if you are going to have problems doing something simple like sticking an extra HD in or adding a card.

Personally I think this sort of practice is a disgrace, and should be outlawed, as it is just another way of getting around warranty obligations, as you say it is a PC and PCs are just made to be upgradable but life has a habit of being unfair :-(
#13
Yeah i know what you are saying buddy :)
#14
Cheers. I would build my own if I had the time, but I don't.
There's a half decent Acer on the PCWorld site too, (http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1710918476.1261329001@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdadejeedifffcflgceggdhhmdgmh.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=301407&category_oid=-35614) £519, similar spec but dedicated graphics, wireless N, 6Gb RAM and bigger HD, and Blu-ray - not bad for £170 more - my original budget is being stretched every time!!
#15
similar spec medion was available today in tesco for 399.99 so looks good ...

Would prefer PC world to Ebuyer in terms of service I suppose..
#16
nihcaj
.... as well as pay more, but you have the advantage that you can relax for many days whilst sitting round waiting for stuff to arrive and then relax again while you wait for it to be replaced at your postage expense when it doesn't work and then you can chew lumps off your fingernails too when it doesn't boot - it's probably something simple, but you don't have the right components lying around to swap to find what it is that's causing the problem.

It was a good way of getting a PC, it doesn't work like that now, & it's a long time since it did. It might make a good hobby still, but that's all, it has no financial or time benefits - like all hobbies they cost money! :-(


Sounds like you've had a bad experience (or 2) lately. I made my first computer all on my own this september, using websites like overclockers uk, which has an absolutely amazing forum where people will help you right through the build. My computer cost me about £600 in components (spec would be about £1000 from what iv seen in pc world etc), and i like the fact that i know exactly what components are inside it (motherboard for example - few people know what motherboards they get in these pre-builds). I had few problems during the build and 4 months on it still runs great and i love it :)
#17
robinson07;7296076
Sounds like you've had a bad experience (or 2) lately. I made my first computer all on my own this september, using websites like overclockers uk, which has an absolutely amazing forum where people will help you right through the build. My computer cost me about £600 in components (spec would be about £1000 from what iv seen in pc world etc), and i like the fact that i know exactly what components are inside it (motherboard for example - few people know what motherboards they get in these pre-builds). I had few problems during the build and 4 months on it still runs great and i love it :)


I have had plenty of bad experiences lately... but not one of them has been with PCs! :whistling:

My household's 2 current main PCs are both Dell Q6600 quad core machines (Inspiron & Vostro) with 4 & 3Gb Ram respectively. and it barely broke 600 quid for the two of them together thanks to the right deals on here, and subtle upgrading as necessary. They don't get used for gaming, one is used for routines & more specialist stuff plus a bit of video encoding, but one also gets heavier use for 3D graphics work and therefore it needs a bit better graphics - that's easy to stick a card in rather than pay manufacturer's premium prices for upgrades of their standard machines.

For years I built my own machines, and for friends and close relatives, but not done that for a few years or so as it is just not cost effective at low to middle range PCs. The last one I built is still hanging around as a backup machine.

Building them though - invariably problems come along, and solving them is (well, at least it CAN be) part of the fun, but not when it is actually costing money to do it that way, and unfortunately you just can't beat the bet all-in offers when they come along! The big companies can buy stuf so much more cheaply that we can, and it has been illustrated again and again on threads on here. More specialist machines & gaming set-ups is often a different matter, but even then, minor upgrades can make a lot of difference, as long as the base system is right.
#18
the power supply on this would not be high enough to add a decent graphics card, i was looking at the system in pc world and asked the sales staff, they basically said if u want to add a card u would have to purchase a decent power supply or buy elsewhere, nice to see they didnt try to lie to me like currys assistant who said whn i asked for an amd quadcore, that they didnt exist then i showed him 1 in his shop of which he told me amd processors are slower and more expensive than intel. felt like punching the bullshitter.
#19
nihcaj

For years I built my own machines, and for friends and close relatives, but not done that for a few years or so as it is just not cost effective at low to middle range PCs. The last one I built is still hanging around as a backup machine.

Building them though - invariably problems come along, and solving them is (well, at least it CAN be) part of the fun, but not when it is actually costing money to do it that way, and unfortunately you just can't beat the bet all-in offers when they come along! The big companies can buy stuf so much more cheaply that we can, and it has been illustrated again and again on threads on here. More specialist machines & gaming set-ups is often a different matter, but even then, minor upgrades can make a lot of difference, as long as the base system is right.


Must agree with you there, with some of the offers that come along cost probably doesn't justify building your own pc. If your just after a base rig then yeah, there really isnt much point building your own. I wouldnt call mine a specialist PC, its got a 4870 GPU and AMD Phenom 955 amongst other things so its certainly fairly powerful, just like knowing that i know exactly how everything inside works and fits together, as well as knowing the spec and make of each specific part.

tragictramp
nice to see they didnt try to lie to me like currys assistant who said whn i asked for an amd quadcore, that they didnt exist then i showed him 1 in his shop of which he told me amd processors are slower and more expensive than intel. felt like punching the bullshitter.


Makes me laugh so much when you see these amateurs running around computer shops.
#20
conory
Put a decent graphic card in this, and you've got yourself a very powerful machine. HOT.


Hi,

Just to inform you that I have looked up this particular motherboard and as far as I can see there is no room for an upgrade to a graphics card. That is the problem that I found with this particular package. It lacks upgradability.

If I'm wrong, will someone please correct me.

Thanks.:oops:
#21
try http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/2827_12578.htm which seems a much better deal.

Available from Aldi starting 7 January 2010.

comes with a 3 year warranty.
#22
mates got one of these and its quite noisy

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