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AMD Sempron 3300+ IDEQ Part Built Media PC £79.99

£79.99 @ Maplin
AMD Sempron 3300+ IDEQ Part Built Media PC IDEQ media centre case Biostar micro motherboard Heatpipe processor cooling system Nvidia nFORCE 410 chipset NVidia Geforce 6100 graphics … Read More
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9y, 4m agoFound 9 years, 4 months ago
AMD Sempron 3300+ IDEQ Part Built Media PC


IDEQ media centre case
Biostar micro motherboard
Heatpipe processor cooling system
Nvidia nFORCE 410 chipset
NVidia Geforce 6100 graphics
PCI-Express - 16x expansion slot for future graphics upgrades
PCI slot
5.1 channel audio
10/100 LAN for networking / broadband
Drive bays, 1 x 5.25 inch bay and 1 x 3.5 inch bay
2 x SATA 3Gbps devices (with RAID)
Front mount 2 x USB / mic / headphone audio ports
AMD Cool ''n'' Quiet Technology
220W power supply
Just add memory optical drive and a hard drive
Supports 2GB system memory via the 2 x DDR400 memory slots
Dimensions: 210(w) x 335(d) x 187(h) mm

The Biostar iDEQ is a versatile small form factor system designed to meet your computing and entertaining needs. Ideal, portable yet powerful LAN party gaming machine or perhaps you want a control centre for your home entertainment system? There are countless uses for the iDEQ system - they are only limited by your imagination.
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[helper]#2
Thanks for this! Just ordered one was just what I was looking for! Hot! :-)
#3
its should be mentioned that this is B Grade
#4
Already been posted.....

Anyway, uses DDR which costs twice as much as DDR2 these days. So any money saved is wasted there.
#5
jukkie
Already been posted.....

Anyway, uses DDR which costs twice as much as DDR2 these days. So any money saved is wasted there.


Yes, you are right that the newer stuff is cheaper than the older stuff. DDR2 and cheaper than DDR and is cheaper than pc133 SDRAM. Likewise AMD Athlon 64 X2 is cheaper than Athlon 64 AM2 and which is cheaper than Athlon 64 3200+ 939 and which itself is cheaper than Athlon 3000+ . In the last two weeks I was astonished how much people push up the prices on ebay and end up paying much more on ebay than the same or similar stuff on ebuyer, scan, play, mymemory etc..
#6
guv
Not sure If Id want to build a PC around a Sempron!

This price is quite good for Maplin stuff and there is a shop that one can go to. Remember that this is a media PC and not targetted as gaming so AMD Sempron is perfectly alright for a small faorm factor barebone. Whether or not it is Sempron does not make it not a good deal.
#7
£89 now
#8
nice price, but pretty much useless for any current generation HTPC use, only really any good for SD (or really low bitrate HD) use. plus the cost of ddr ram and it works out quite expensive.
#9
guv
If by "media PC" you mean HTPC, a sempron could never cut it. Mine has a C2D 2.66Gz inside and even that can struggle at times with HD content. The processor I'm using is about the bare minimum I would recommend.

Plus the "money you would save" would quickly be eaten up by the cost of ram for it in comparisson.


Is your C2D system well set up? It is probably worth a health check on it. Why do you struggle with HD? How do you mean. I can play HD (DVD movies) smoothly on a full HD television using AMD Athlon XP 3000+ with ATI 9600 pro graphics card using a DVI to HDMI cable. For my HD ready only LCD which has a resolution of 1366 X 768 I use an AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 512Mb memory, with a Geforce 4 MX440 64Mb (all 2004 stuff) and its play DVD smoothly,
#10
I imagine it would make a good file server or a nice machine for someone who needs a PC for internet and office applications.
#11
guv
C2D 2.66Gz inside and even that can struggle at times with HD content. The processor I'm using is about the bare minimum I would recommend.


A 2ghz c2d with a decent (average) graphics card can play HD-DVD's (or BR's) without problems.

Nvidia's recommendations.

I suppose if you aren't using a gfx card at all then a 2.6ghz is gonna be needed - or use what you would have spent on a gfx card on a quad core processor.. =]

For basic HD use I can playback 720p x264 encodes in a mkv container (standard hddvd/br-rip) on a p4 3.4ghz with onboard graphics. 1080i is like a 8fps slideshow and 1080p? hehe.
#12
seems an ok barebones set up for just office and net.
wht else would u need??
a mouse and keyboard and monitor.
is there anything cheaper for just basic use??
#13
I dont like maplin, ordered many things from them to be cancelled by them after i have paid the money.
#14
so if this system is a bit outdated, dare i ask what people would suggest for myself as i want a home media system to plug into my tv but want "modern" technology as it were. any ideas that don't cost silly amounts of money?
#15
Why would it be like an airfield just because you have a graphics card installed? mine has a graphics card and is absolutely silent, i just changed the fan on the graphics card over to a zalman for a few quid.
#16
I think the airfield rmark was about an Xbox.
#17
This CPU should be perfectly fine for HD media playback. I have a two year old Celeron in my HTPC and that runs HD media fine, so I doubt this Sempron would have a problem.
#18
wideawakewesley
This CPU should be perfectly fine for HD media playback. I have a two year old Celeron in my HTPC and that runs HD media fine, so I doubt this Sempron would have a problem.

It may playback 720 back fine (albeit at 100% cpu load, so the slightest thing happening with the pc will cause playback to pause/buffer) but there is no way a celeron of any age will playback 1080.
#20
Got to agree a little Semprons are pure trash and the price of DDR is getting a bit silly again, but as is its not a bad machine if you were to use it as a media centre to play those divx movies or dvds and slap in a gcard and it shouldnt be too bad for some simple gaming. Although all my equiptment is current i visit enough peoples homes to know that everyone isnt as up to date as others, and i know enough people that will be happy with this little machine.

Voted hot

Dont flame because i really dont care.
#21
ffs - posted that 2 days ago and it went to 31 oC....I don't get it; perhaps the missing pic... anyway; thanks for posting the link Sylar ;)I ordered one the other day - agreed Sempron are a bit sloooowww; but tbh, this is great for use ina living room and looks alright too.

There are some decent deal sin Aria's bargain basement (I forget who mentioned that in the last post), saw a top ideq inc VDF for £49.99 :)
#22
guv
Ye Gods. Ive just fallen in. You are talking about displaying upscaled SD DVDs aren't you?


I am not sure if I am upscaling because I use a standard DVD in the PC as I have no HD DVD nor Blu-ray player inside my PCI. So what I do is I set the resolution to 1980 X 1050 under Windows XP for the graphics card. I guess that you are using a HD player inside a PC to do 24 fps? How does this work then , which player have you got. I found this http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=160669 does it seems to offload processor from CPU to graphic card which is opposite of what you are doing.
#23
I don't think the Sempron will handle real HD content properly without some serious help. My P4 2.53 Northwood was fine with a good x264 codec, but even with almost a GB of RAM and no other processes, x264 content would often go out of sync. My C2D E6600 @ 2.4GHz runs passively (Coolink Silentator) and uses the ATI X1950XT AVIVO (also passive on an Accelero S2) to hardware decode x264 and never stutters or has a problem at all. Hardware decoding on the GPU is the best way to go imo at present, as using the CPU will be quite intensive.

Works fine as a media PC as I need no case fans and the PSU is a Corsair HX 520 (pretty damned silent) and the Samsung Spinpoint 500GB is well regarded as one of the quietest drives too ;)
#24
thesilverfox
I don't think the Sempron will handle real HD content properly without some serious help. My P4 2.53 Northwood was fine with a good x264 codec, but even with almost a GB of RAM and no other processes, x264 content would often go out of sync. My C2D E6600 @ 2.4GHz runs passively (Coolink Silentator) and uses the ATI X1950XT AVIVO (also passive on an Accelero S2) to hardware decode x264 and never stutters or has a problem at all. Hardware decoding on the GPU is the best way to go imo at present, as using the CPU will be quite intensive.

Works fine as a media PC as I need no case fans and the PSU is a Corsair HX 520 (pretty damned silent) and the Samsung Spinpoint 500GB is well regarded as one of the quietest drives too ;)


Don't know if this would help you , seems that the problem could be due to the codec, a success also using Media Player Classic http://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards-monitors/128071-graphics-card-play-1080p-files-properly.html People seem to be able to play HD using CPU: AMD 4800+
Gfx: 7600GS,

or amd 64 3000+ & x850pro agp and is able to handle 1080p using MPC (media player classic)
#25
memnoch1976
so if this system is a bit outdated, dare i ask what people would suggest for myself as i want a home media system to plug into my tv but want "modern" technology as it were. any ideas that don't cost silly amounts of money?


The best value for money would be a modified Xbox - of course you will need to invest a bit of time learning how to do it but that's half the fun :thumbsup:

My old Xbox (since day 1 four years ago) has essentially been a 1600+ arcade game machine running "MameoX" (arcade emulator) hooked up to our 52" TV :whistling:

It also runs XBMC which now has amazing abilities but I've not delved into that aspect yet :)

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