Aldi PC £399.99 Medion Akoya base unit PC AMD Athlon II X4 640 Quad-Core 4GB ram 1TB HHD USB3 @ Aldi - HotUKDeals
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Aldi are selling a Medion Akoya P5315 D computer this sunday for £400.
There is a full page ad in issue 338 of Computer active. They gave it a "buy it now" 5 star rating.

Details:
AMD Athlon II X4 640 quad-core processor (3.0 GHz)
4GB DDR3 SDRAM Samsung
Windows 7
1TB hard drive
USB3
Multi format DVD/CD burner
Fast wireless LAN2 IEEE 802.11
Gigabit Lan 10/100/1000 MBit/s
No MONITOR
Corded keyboard & mouse
Office 2010 starter, Cyberlink suite & Corel draw essentials
4 USB ports rear 2 front
"The graphics card has DVI, VGA & HDMI"

I know a few people here hate Medion, but I have a 12 year old desk PC made by Medion I got from Toys R Us under my desk, & it still works.

As yet this is not on the Aldi website, I think they normally sell an external UBS3 hard drive at the same time.
I can't list details like price or size of the external hard drive till it appears on the website but this PC as a moulded fitting on the top of the case to hold the external hard drive.

For the spec I think this is a good deal. I'm sure someone will say you could self-build a better PC, but I don't have the time or experience to do that.

EDIT
its now on the website. More details about the PC at
http://aldi.medion.com/md8351/uk/?refPage=aldi

The external hard drive that fits into the top of the PC case is a 500 GB 2.5'' USB3 for £54.99
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#1
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo256/pat-w/AldiPC01.jpg


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo256/pat-w/AldiPC02.jpg


Edited By: pat-w on Feb 01, 2011 22:50
#2
Nice find have some heat
#3
http://nid1.de/10/ has more info.
seems an okay base unit, but nothing amazing. heated.
#4
Sounds OK.Would this be able to play a game like Crysis on decent settings?
banned#5
as a guy who builds pcs and works in IT, id say this is actually a decent deal. you'd probably struggle to build a better pc for the same costs especially with a legit windows 7. heat added.

and to the guy asking about crysis, id guess you could play crysis on medium settings with decent fps on this pc
#6
Strange...can't find any info on that graphics card ANYWHERE on the interweb!

The above review says the system is OK for "playing recent games at fairly-high detail levels". Make of that what you will...
#7
Nice one.Cheers for that.Tempted between this and some of the good laptop deals around at the mo'.
#8
Kind of off topic, but how difficult would it be to add a second disc drive?
I've only ever swapped out a disc drive never added one.
I would like to buy this PC & add a blu-ray drive like this one but I've never done it before.
Would opening the case void the warranty?

Edited By: pat-w on Feb 01, 2011 23:20
#9
This is a good deal, i done a quick look and built more of less the same PC for £2 less (only looked in 1 place for all the parts thou)

pat-w
Kind of off topic, but how difficult would it be to add a second disc drive?I've only ever swapped out a disc drive never added one.I would like to buy this PC & add a blu-ray drive like this one but I've never done it before.Would opening the case void the warranty?

Very Easy, I am not sure about there warrenty's but normally you are find upgraded without voiding any warrenty's give them a ring. Also It is very easy to add another drive
#10
___pat-w___
You can buy external one easly conected,
internal - should be easy to swap them...looks even as there is enough space to add another one ;)


Edited By: mrblubo on Feb 01, 2011 23:57
#11
Chuckles1001
Very Easy, I am not sure about there warrenty's but normally you are find upgraded without voiding any warrenty's give them a ring. Also It is very easy to add another drive


mrblubo
___pat-w___
You can buy external one easly conected,
internal - should be easy to swap them...looks even as there is enough space to add another one ;)


Thanks both
:)


Edited By: pat-w on Feb 01, 2011 23:59
#12
could it play the latest games? Metro 2033, Grand Theft Auto IV etc? need a PC for games, thanks..
2 Likes #13
gooddeals9
as a guy who builds pcs and works in IT, id say this is actually a decent deal. you'd probably struggle to build a better pc for the same costs especially with a legit windows 7. heat added.

and to the guy asking about crysis, id guess you could play crysis on medium settings with decent fps on this pc


As another guy that works in I.T i'd say its a bad deal, its the cheapest of the cheap AMD CPU's its not even a Phenom CPU. 4gb of ddr3 will cost you £35 and that's corsair 1600mhz and no doubt this is cheap generic 1333mhz ram a 1tb HDD is £35 and that's for a super fast Samsung F4 the graphics card in this is a joke and all its really capable of is 1080p movie playing and will definitely not play Crysis on medium setting at all, it will struggle on low settings and the copy of Windows7 home is not that expensive you could build a way better PC for £400 with no trouble.

As someone who builds PC's all the time from the very low budget ones right up to monster best of everything PC's costing well over a grand i can tell you this is a bad deal. I would buy a new Intel Sandybridge i3 CPU and use the onboard graphics that are probably as good as this low end card a motherboard to suit for £67 and use the parts mentioned above plus a DVD Rw for £12 a Coolermaster case £28 and with funds permitting a Corsair 450watt PSU. Job done a way better rig that's fully upgradable using the best parts for around the same price as this.

Cold Cold
#14
zadz
could it play the latest games? Metro 2033, Grand Theft Auto IV etc? need a PC for games, thanks..


Are you joking this is a multimedia card that's very low end there is even a Laptop edition AMD6450M card thats for entry level laptops and any new game would need to be run at lowest settings possible and it would be a question if then you could get a decent enough frame rate to play it but with all details turned off you wouldn't want to anyway.

Edited By: polly69 on Feb 02, 2011 01:16
#15
Question for the IT experts.....if you were to build one yourself without the need to purchase the monitor and keyboard what would you recommend within a budget of £300/£400 including Windows 7. We could take the DVD drive from our current PC & anything else that could be re used (its about 6 years old) thats still in date.
We had been waiting for the Scan i3 deal to come back or a good deal from Aldi but I am not convinced this one is for us.
Thanks!


Edited By: tinker15 on Feb 02, 2011 06:44
3 Likes #16
polly69
As someone who builds PC's all the time.....I would buy a new Intel Sandybridge i3 CPU...


So...you'd buy a CPU that isn't at retail yet, and a motherboard chipset that is in the process of being recalled?

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/31/intel-finds-sandy-bridge-chipset-design-flaw-shipments-stopped/


Edited By: Lupeto on Feb 02, 2011 08:16
#17
polly69
As another guy that works in I.T i'd say its a bad deal, its the cheapest of the cheap AMD CPU's its not even a Phenom CPU. 4gb of ddr3 will cost you £35 and that's corsair 1600mhz and no doubt this is cheap generic 1333mhz ram

Cold Cold


Is Samsung RAM cheap and generic?
#18
pat-w
Kind of off topic, but how difficult would it be to add a second disc drive?
I've only ever swapped out a disc drive never added one.
Would opening the case void the warranty?

If you have swapped a drive you will find adding another simple, open the case plug in a power lead and sata data lead (you may need to buy one of these they cost about £1.50) close the case and switch on, you may need to go into disk management to Initialize the drive but other than that you are done!
#19
This is a good deal, there is always the one or two people who regularly pop up and say "I could build a better one for less" but personally I don't see how once you factor in the cost of W7 etc and in any case a lot of people just don't want the hassle of messing around and have the problems of guarantee issues if any of the components are duff just to save a few quid when they can go and buy this off the shelf with a full 3yr guarantee!
#20
tinker15
Question for the IT experts.....if you were to build one yourself without the need to purchase the monitor and keyboard what would you recommend within a budget of £300/£400 including Windows 7. We could take the DVD drive from our current PC & anything else that could be re used (its about 6 years old) thats still in date.
We had been waiting for the Scan i3 deal to come back or a good deal from Aldi but I am not convinced this one is for us.
Thanks!



You intend to do any gaming?
#21
I got a Medion desktop PC - AKOYA P6888 or 6888 from a Tesco Deal back in Feb 2009.

It has now ceased to work.

Appears the Motherboard is not 'POSTING' (think that is the correct term).

It is an MSI Motherboard, model MS-7366, and you can't buy these, or at least I can't find them. Medion want £350 to repair it.

So be warned, it it goes wrong outside of warranty you might not be able to get the parts yourselves.

I'm open to suggestions for mine though.
#22
Do you get anything on screen?

Try removing bios battery for a couple of hours - the cmos area may be corrupted.
If that fails, disconnect your hard drive, dvd drive, all but one stick of ram and remove any dedicated graphics cards, just leaving the onboard assuming it has it, and see if it posts.
#23
Nothing on screen, no beeps, have replaced CMOS battery although not left it removed for any time, simply replaced it with a new one. CPU Fan is powering up as is PSU Fan. If I plus something into one of the Motherboards USB slots, like a memory card, the memory card lights up.
#24
Not a gaming machine, but more than capable for everything else. Ready built and good value. I wouldn't buy it for myself, but it would be fine for many people.

Not really upgradable beyond an addition HD or optical, but for the target market (not hard-core gamers or professional tech users) that is no problem.
#25
Full review:

http://www.computeractive.co.uk/ca/review/2014802/medion-akoya-p5315

Let`s face it, you`re not going to run out and buy ANY new PC unless you actually need one.

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ------------------------------- would you?
#26
Seems like a good deal to me. It is easy to forget the under specified crap people used to have to put up with from Curry's et al only a few years ago. IT experts and computer geeks can always do better if they try, but the confidence and expertise they have comes with time and effort and is just not an option for 90% who just want the best value for the budget we have at the time.
#27
It says with HD 6450 512MB. Didn't ever hear of this card being released.
If it is a dedicated card then this is a decent deal. But if it aint, then its luke warm, as have seen same speced system for much less online.
#28
jaydeeuk1
tinker15
Question for the IT experts.....if you were to build one yourself without the need to purchase the monitor and keyboard what would you recommend within a budget of £300/£400 including Windows 7. We could take the DVD drive from our current PC & anything else that could be re used (its about 6 years old) thats still in date.We had been waiting for the Scan i3 deal to come back or a good deal from Aldi but I am not convinced this one is for us.Thanks!
You intend to do any gaming?
No probably not gaming but internet use etc
#29
Yes you can build a much better spec yourself for the same price and get an i3 or i5 cpu. You would also get much better parts eg psu, hdd etc

This deal looks ok on paper for non pc builders but the parts are so cheap that they use i wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Warranty or no warranty. Cold...
#30
I wonder if you could build one yourself that would be better than this...

Still a decent deal though, have some heat
#31
Not a bad deal overall but not sure about the build quality but should be OK for normal everyday use - internet, word and some games... To all those who keep saying you can build a better system for the same (or cheaper price) fail to remember that not everyone is a computer techie and would they build one without charging for their time to build it ??? oO

It's easy to say you can get the parts cheaper etc but how long to order them, put them together, test the system so no longer as cheap when you include labour (_;)
1 Like #32
polly69


As another guy that works in I.T i'd say its a bad deal, its the cheapest of the cheap AMD CPU's its not even a Phenom CPU. 4gb of ddr3 will cost you £35 and that's corsair 1600mhz and no doubt this is cheap generic 1333mhz ram a 1tb HDD is £35 and that's for a super fast Samsung F4 the graphics card in this is a joke and all its really capable of is 1080p movie playing and will definitely not play Crysis on medium setting at all, it will struggle on low settings and the copy of Windows7 home is not that expensive you could build a way better PC for £400 with no trouble.

As someone who builds PC's all the time from the very low budget ones right up to monster best of everything PC's costing well over a grand i can tell you this is a bad deal. I would buy a new Intel Sandybridge i3 CPU and use the onboard graphics that are probably as good as this low end card a motherboard to suit for £67 and use the parts mentioned above plus a DVD Rw for £12 a Coolermaster case £28 and with funds permitting a Corsair 450watt PSU. Job done a way better rig that's fully upgradable using the best parts for around the same price as this.

Cold Cold

Why is it people who claim to know so much, know so very little. I guess they rely on their customers knowing less...
The cpu will give you about 2/3rds performance of an i7 930 which will cost you about as much as the machine here. Cold for the price why?
Oh and i like the use of 'probably' throughout. Maybe you are from IT...

Edited By: Wolf on Feb 02, 2011 12:28
#33
You could buy it and build it yourself for less blah blah blah.

I'm confident in saying that the vast majority of people have neither the time nor the inclination to build there own computer. In the same way that they don't service their own car, or fit their own kitchen. It's only easy if you know what you're doing.
#34
kevkdg
I got a Medion desktop PC - AKOYA P6888 or 6888 from a Tesco Deal back in Feb 2009.

It has now ceased to work.

Appears the Motherboard is not 'POSTING' (think that is the correct term).

It is an MSI Motherboard, model MS-7366, and you can't buy these, or at least I can't find them. Medion want £350 to repair it.

So be warned, it it goes wrong outside of warranty you might not be able to get the parts yourselves.

I'm open to suggestions for mine though.


Aldi pcs come with 3 year warrentys and this is within that. Mine needed a new graphics card within that period and they just came and replaced it. However yours was from tescos,

Biggest problem with medion pcs I found was that they didn't allow for easy upgrading, which is what your finding, but they are value for money.

Only suggestion for you I can think of is to buy a new case and a new motherboard that supports your CPU/memory/graphics card/hard drive. Effectively a back door upgrade. That -might- invalidate your Windows though as it will probably be an OEM product but by reputation Microsoft are willing to bend the rules when it comes to hardware faults. Someone else on here may know more

Sorry that's all 'might' and 'maybe's, I don't build my own pcs anymore



Edited By: Shard on Feb 02, 2011 12:36
#35
tinker15
jaydeeuk1
tinker15
Question for the IT experts.....if you were to build one yourself without the need to purchase the monitor and keyboard what would you recommend within a budget of £300/£400 including Windows 7. We could take the DVD drive from our current PC & anything else that could be re used (its about 6 years old) thats still in date.We had been waiting for the Scan i3 deal to come back or a good deal from Aldi but I am not convinced this one is for us.Thanks!
You intend to do any gaming?

No probably not gaming but internet use etc


From ebuyer, £369 inc free delivery
CIT 450W Dual 12V Rail 12cm Fan PSU
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Massive 14cm Front Fan - No PSU
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Asus M4A88T-M 880G Socket AM3 Onboard Graphics 8 Channel Audio mATX motherboard

Assuming you want to use your old DVD drive. Just added a cheapy case, can spend more if you like. The CIT psu is a decent budget PSU, certainly more reliable imo than no named brands or casecom psus.

Still massively overkill just for web browsing though ;)
Could probably get away with a phenom X2, use the motherboard to unlock the 2 extra cores (if you ever needed to), and save yourself £40 or so

Edited By: jaydeeuk1 on Feb 02, 2011 12:37
#36
Snookums
Sounds OK.Would this be able to play a game like Crysis on decent settings?

I doubt it, the CPU and RAM should be ok, but graphics card will be the bottle neck
#37
Good price for a ready built machine, 3 years warranty not bad either. All this build it yourself etc, blah blah on every thread now getting annoy, have a stick you can put two pieces together slot ram in and that makes you a genius, yeah okay.
#38
Snookums
Nice one.Cheers for that.Tempted between this and some of the good laptop deals around at the mo'.


I wouldn't recommend a laptop for games, and a desktop will always offer more bang for buck regardless
#39
Voting gold im afraid :/
Can get the parts and build cheaper elsewhere, there was a similar one on novatech other day!
#40
kevkdg
I got a Medion desktop PC - AKOYA P6888 or 6888 from a Tesco Deal back in Feb 2009.

It has now ceased to work.

Appears the Motherboard is not 'POSTING' (think that is the correct term).

It is an MSI Motherboard, model MS-7366, and you can't buy these, or at least I can't find them. Medion want £350 to repair it.

So be warned, it it goes wrong outside of warranty you might not be able to get the parts yourselves.

I'm open to suggestions for mine though.


Go to this forum and ask, you will find lot's of helpful advice and people there.
http://medion.adslweb.co.uk/phpbb2/index.php

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