AMD64 x2 4600+ Dual Core, 2Gb DDR2 Ram, 256MB Graphics, 500GB HDD, £399.99 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Okay, its not a named brand like Dell, Sony, Toshiba etc, but its a very high spec PC with great features from a reliable online retailer with 3 years warranty for £399.99, do note though that this doesnt come with a pre-installed operating system. Delivery is free with the cost of the PC. Anyway take a look.



Here's the spec on the PC.

Product description Bigpockets AMD 64 Bit Dual-Core System

CPU / Processor AMD64 x2 4600+ Dual-Core Processor

Hard Drive Size 500Gb SATA 300 (Free upgrade from 250Gb for a limited time only)

RAM / Memory Size 2Gb DDR2 667Mhz

Optical Drive(s) Black DL DVD Writer

Video(s) 256MB GeForce 7600GT DVI PCI-E SILENT

Network 10/100/1000

Expansion Slot: 1 x PCI Express x16 * 1 x PCI Express x1 * 2 x 32-bit PCI * 1 x HDMR

Back Panel I/O Connectors: 1 x PS/2 Keyboard * 1 x PS/2 Mouse * 1 x Parallel * 4 x USB2.0 * 1 x LAN * 6 x Audio * 1 x VGA (Not used) * 1 x DVI with audio for HDMI (Not used)

Audio / Sound: 8-channel Realtek ALC888 * Additional: 6 x USB2.0

Case Dimensions: Width = 180mm * Height = 410mm * Depth = 440mm * Weight = 5.22Kg

Warranty : 36 Months RTB Parts and Labour, software not included


Operating System None (Upgradeable see below)

Notes This is an upgraded version of our massively popular top performance system. We have added an extra 1Gb RAM, Very fast graphics card and an internal card reader.



You can add a TFT monitor to this for £100 or so, but havent looked at that all that much as I'm not terribly interested in a new monitor, but check the forums for lots of alternatives.
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#1
Hmmmm....its about double the build price...
#2
MrShed
Hmmmm....its about double the build price...

Can you tell me where I can buy all the components for £200 then?
#3
How much does 3 years warranty cost you normally though ? Quite a lot !!!
#4
True rich :) the build price, now I've looked it over more closely, is probably closer to £260-300 ish. Its certainly not a bad buy, if you want ready-made - but for about the same price I've just made a PC with the same specs plus 4GB of ram and an Intel E6420(2.13GHz dual core, 4MB cache - significantly better processor).
#5
Oh and an X1950Pro GFx card - again a significantly better card. But if you want to go down the route of ready-built, this is a good price.
#6
mr shed please list what components and where you got them from as it sounds like you made a good pc, thanks as it would help me out
#7
Usually these ready built machines come with cheapo Mobo/Maxtor HDD/cheapo RAM/etc....
For those not confident to buy part and build, it doesn't look bad at all; otherwise get the good stuff and build a proper rig IMHO ;-)
#8
not a bad price and the system is easily overclockable as the mainboard is seemingly a standard ASRock motherboard, Not a fantastic system but a but an ok deal.
#9
No way could you build an E6420 machine with x1950 and 4GB of RAM for £399, sorry ;o
#10
blizeH
No way could you build an E6420 machine with x1950 and 4GB of RAM for £399, sorry ;o


Well, we will know soon enough when MrShed replies with his prices and where he got them from :whistling:

I think he is also forgetting about a 3 year warranty which is certainly worth peace of mind to some buyers and is at least worth £100 when comparing it to Dell's 3 year support.

I say it's a good buy and worthy of some heat & rep.
#11
blizeH
No way could you build an E6420 machine with x1950 and 4GB of RAM for £399, sorry ;o


Depends really, quickly going on ebuyer prices with google checkout, £70 for 4GB RAM (price going from the £35 for 2GB deal the other week), x1950 £70, E6420 £110.

That leaves £150 spare for a case w/PSU, motherboard and harddrive (and maybe a DVD drive) - which is quite possible if you're really pushing it.
#12
Just priced these up from Eclipse Computers, a local PC shop to me with I believe, some of the best prices in the UK.

Here's how the OP's deal pans out if you build it yourself:

Case - £30
2GB - £40
HDD - £78
13-in-1 - £7
M/B - £40
CPU - £156
DVDRW - £19

This is building it yourself with no 36 month warranty for £370.
#13
Although its only £399, there is no OS and no monitor. This similar spec dell would only need the GFX added ( <£50 to get one from Ebuyer) and you could flog your monitor on eBay to cover the cost if you don't need one.

I know bringing OS's into consideration usually produces a few "Yuk, Windows" comments, but for those people who do want the OS/Monitor, the Dell may be worth checking out.
#14
£35 for 2GB ??? That must have either been some deal, or rubbish memory!! You can't compare a deal today with what was. You couldn't build the 4GB system you are refering to for this price today. I've also looked at the memory from eclipse computers, and there is NO WAY I would put that in my system. Quality branded RAM is the only way to go.
banned#15
"I've just made a PC with the same specs plus 4GB of ram and an Intel E6420(2.13GHz dual core, 4MB cache - significantly better processor)."

AMD64 x2 4600 is equivalent to two 2.3Ghz Pentiums, so this is a better processor than the Intel you refer to. Overclockable as well!

http://techreport.com/reviews/2007q1/cpus/index.x?pg=1
#16
There have been 2 or 3 good deals for RAM recently. I don't think there's anything fantastic on at the moment, but like buses there'll be another one along soon (hopefully).

I am astonished at the £156 as the price of the CPU. You can get a C2D 6600 for £132 from ebuyer. Wouldn't that beat the 4600 AMD hands down?
#17
haverer
£35 for 2GB ??? That must have either been some deal, or rubbish memory!! You can't compare a deal today with what was. You couldn't build the 4GB system you are refering to for this price today. I've also looked at the memory from eclipse computers, and there is NO WAY I would put that in my system. Quality branded RAM is the only way to go.


Is there a foot in mouth symbol we could use here ;-p

£40 (delivered) for 2gb Ram was Corsair - is the best good enough for you? :whistling:
#18
AMD64 x2 4600 is equivalent to two 2.3Ghz Pentiums, so this is a better processor than the Intel you refer to. - lumoruk


Wrong. The E6420 is a better processor then the AMD64 x2 4600 if you have a look at these charts:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1=477&model2=433&chart=192

You can see that the E6400, (E6420 is an updated version), beats the AMD64 x2 4600 in all the tests!

You can get a C2D 6600 for £132 from ebuyer. Wouldn't that beat the 4600 AMD hands down? - GDB2222


Yep. As you can see from the charts the C2D 6600 out performs the E6400 by a bit and significantly out performs the x2 4600!

CPU - £156


This seems really expensive! Same processor is only £62.85 + delivery (using google checkout) from ebuyer

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/122941
#19
haverer
I've also looked at the memory from eclipse computers, and there is NO WAY I would put that in my system. Quality branded RAM is the only way to go.


Considering we do not know the quality of RAM in the £399 system, I chose the cheapest memory available to keep the price down. If I chose more expensive RAM then it pushes the self-built price up even more, re-enforcing my comment that the OP's system is a good buy. :)

Oh and for info, I took out the memory supplied in my Dell XPS700 and put 2GB of Geil into it last year. I too do not personally recommend cheap components :thumbsup:

@Random_ginger - Yes looking at it the price is high at Eclipse, seeing as how you can get the Athlon 6000 AM2 DC at the same shop for £146!
#20
qpan
Is there a foot in mouth symbol we could use here ;-p


There needs to be one :giggle:

Obviously Eclipse Computers are far from one of the cheapest around for RAM (and CPU's). Quality memory has been dropping in price for months, as pointed out the RAM was Cosair; http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/98708

It's now gone upto £46 with google checkout (but has been going up and down for weeks...i received mine at £35 today) - it was said that NO WAY to build that spec computer, which I was pointing out was not correct, it's entirely possible to build if you look around.

A quick search on ebuyer alone and I could quite easily build a similar spec computer as MrShed (minus OS) for less than £399.
#21
I think it is possible to get a system with 4GB RAM, x1950pro, 500GB HD, E6420 processor system for around £400!

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/shopping/index.html?action=c2hvd2NhcnQ%3D

P.S. I don't think I've missed anything, its early for me lol
#22
Take away about 60 quid (Google checkout!)
#23
In reply to haverer, it WAS THE DEAL. The 2gb everyone's on about is the CORSAIR XMS2 with heat spreader (from ebuyer btw and the price is now higher since). Corsair is no joke in this industry and the timings is a whopping 4-4-4-12. Only drawback is possibly that it's PC5400, but who cares for £35. So yes, quality branded ram is the way to go, but for a low price as well, is the way to sprint!

Edit: I might be wrong somewhere because i'm not a genius with computers but with a little research, this is what I think XD.
#24
Random_ginger
I think it is possible to get a system with 4GB RAM, x1950pro, 500GB HD, E6420 processor system for around £400!

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/shopping/index.html?action=c2hvd2NhcnQ%3D

P.S. I don't think I've missed anything, its early for me lol


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Cant link shopping carts unfortunately.

It would be interesting to see what the best system you can build is for £399. Not sure that taking google checkout into account on every component is entirely fair as Google seem to stop people from making multiple orders (same day, same address).

OP is a good deal for that spec PC, the hassle of selecting, ordering, building and then only having 12month part warranties isn't worth the savings (unless you enjoy building your own!).
#25
Sorry didn't realize that!

Btw if you don't need the extra 250gb, 1gb RAM and 7600GT there is this one with vista home premium for 25 quid cheaper!

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?lang=&submenu=&menu=&product_id=22560&session=cbeb7ba4f6b2449ad0fd3fe726c4fbfb

This might be a better deal because you can buy a 7600GT for £54 and an extra 2GB RAM for £38.50.

Which means you have the same system as the OP but with 3gb RAM and only a 250GB loaded with Vista Premium for £367!
#26
Umm... you said yourself its only a £25 saving. Whats the point in getting rid of £25 to spend £92.50 and then ending up with only 1GB RAM extra and 250GB of hard drive missing?

Seriously, not forking out the extra £25 for the much better graphic capabilities and hard drive is stupid, even if you dont deem them necessary to your requirements.
#27
Just for the sake of curiosity I put together a system on Ebuyer for around this price and what I came up with is shown below. Splitting the order into 3 gives a total of £406.46 or if you want to be cheeky, splitting into 4 gives £396.46.

This in not a great gaming rig as it has only the 7600GS graphics card but the rest is pretty high spec and adding a more expensive card would give an awsome machine.

System Summary:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4Ghz)
RAM: 4Gb Kingston PC2-5300 DDR2
GFX: Leadtek 7600GS 256Mb
HD: WD 500Gb SATAII
Optical Drives: 20x DVDRW
PSU: 430W Generic
Basic Case, keyboard, mouse and speakers.


http://www.planetwilliams.co.uk/files/ebuyerSystem.jpg

Hope this settles the discussion on what you can get for £400 and helps a few people out! :thumbsup:
#28
crazyal
Just priced these up from Eclipse Computers, a local PC shop to me with I believe, some of the best prices in the UK.

Here's how the OP's deal pans out if you build it yourself:

Case - £30
2GB - £40
HDD - £78
13-in-1 - £7
M/B - £40
CPU - £156
DVDRW - £19

This is building it yourself with no 36 month warranty for £370.


+delivery?
#29
lumoruk
"I've just made a PC with the same specs plus 4GB of ram and an Intel E6420(2.13GHz dual core, 4MB cache - significantly better processor)."

AMD64 x2 4600 is equivalent to two 2.3Ghz Pentiums, so this is a better processor than the Intel you refer to. Overclockable as well!

http://techreport.com/reviews/2007q1/cpus/index.x?pg=1


Utter rot - sorry. Intel dual cores wee on great heights onto AMD dualies
#30
its only a £25 saving


Actually its alot more thats if you want Vista, the website charges you 72 quid for Vista so the saving is close to a 100 pounds! Even if u install vista on your own it costs around 60!

My deal was only better if u value an extra gig of ram over another 250gb HD space...some people don't need all that space and would rather it be a bit faster!
banned#31
I remember the days when getting a pc with an intel 486dx-33, 8mb ram , 110mb hdd, 14" svga monitor blah for 1500squid was considered **** hot
:thumbsup:
#32
Don't reckon its a very good price, especially given lack of OS.

Equivalent system of parts can be ordered seperately from £313.06 delivered with an 8600GT card replacing the 7600GT (prices shown are the delivered prices after google-checkout):

Order 1 (Motherboard): Foxconn K8M890 £25.07
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125346

Order 2 (Memory): Kingston 2GB 667Mgz £40.98
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/91124

Order 3 (HDD): WD 500Gb 16MB Cache £66.68
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124228

Order 4 (CPU + DVD): X2 4600 ret + LiteOn 20x DVD £79.88
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/122941
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/127856

Order 5 (GFX) :MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB £75.07
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/126985

Order 6 (Case, PSU, K+M, Speakers) £25.38
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125346
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/43972

Yes, its awkward being on 6 orders, but this also lets you get exactly what you want, and this system has better graphics including DirectX 10 support and H.264 acceleration. If you want you could find items with longer warranties, but all parts are at least 1year and many 3 or 5 year already. Would take under an hour for someone experienced to assemble, maybe a couple for a novice, to get to the same state as the OP system.
#33
For people like me who know a little about pcs but not confident enough to build your own pc then it seems like a good bargain. I too remember the days when a pc cost you £1k+ at crappy places like dixons etc.
#34
Yes, but to be fair all components used to cost a lot more and more work was involved in assembling the pieces. These days it is much more a case of plug and play, with very few settings to make and universally adopted connectors and layouts. The point I'm making is you are paying almost £90 (over 20% of the cost of parts) for having them assembled (without installing an OS and drivers etc) and having a 3rd party manage your warranties, seems quite a lot to me.

The Dell £293 system on the other hand (including 19" TFT and Vista OS) is simply not possible to better by buying the parts oneself - by really shopping about you its about possible to match the price but thats the best that can be done (that including £44 for Vista Home Basic OS, the parts come to roughly £250).
#35
jah128
Yes, but to be fair all components used to cost a lot more and more work was involved in assembling the pieces. These days it is much more a case of plug and play, with very few settings to make and universally adopted connectors and layouts. The point I'm making is you are paying almost £90 (over 20% of the cost of parts) for having them assembled (without installing an OS and drivers etc) and having a 3rd party manage your warranties, seems quite a lot to me.

The Dell £293 system on the other hand (including 19" TFT and Vista OS) is simply not possible to better by buying the parts oneself - by really shopping about you its about possible to match the price but thats the best that can be done (that including £44 for Vista Home Basic OS, the parts come to roughly £250).


I have xp on my pc which i have had for like 2 years. I hear that vista basic is a no no and that you must get Vista Premium. Can you get vista basic on the dell £293 system and overwrite it with xp?
#36
You can upgrade to premium for about £25 I think - its one of the build options. Don't think they do this system with XP now but there are still some - but don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Dell system is better, more that it is better value for money overall. If you have an XP license already, and around £400 to spend, I think you can probably do better than this deal.

Basically, for £400 from BigPockets you are getting around £310 worth of parts assembled for you, and warranties forwarded for you. The 3-year warranty may sound really good but it won't cover any software issues etc, its just really a hardware warranty forwarding (except perhaps on the motherboard). Many quality components these days are covered by a 2,3 or 5 year warranty (Seagate HDD for example are 5 year) and it is often cheaper and easier to deal with the manufacturers direct. Also consider that in 2.5 years time should your graphics card fail, its going to be better value to get a new one than send of to have a dated one repaired anyway. The OS discs seem overpriced and aren't installed for you, so you really are paying quite a bit just to have the bits assembled.

For under £400 (using a little bit of google-checkoutery at ebuyer) you can get a far better specced system. I've just priced up a system with an Antec Sonata case and PSU (very nice and quiet), a Core 2 Duo CPU, a 8600GT silent graphics card and an SLI-ready ASUS motherboard (all much nicer stuff than you get in the BigPockets system) with the rest of the spec matching the BP system, which would take a first time builder a couple of hours to build up and would be far more futureproof than the BP system.
#37
I was looking at this system yesterday and it looks rather good but expensive , especially when you add a monitor and a OS to it. So instead I bought this http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&l=en&kc=a&oc=d05c13a&s=dhs
from DELL for only £445 including 20" tft monitor , Vista home premium and what looks a fast AMD Athlon 64 5600 dual core system with a 1 yr guarantee.
:):):):)
#38
In case anyone else is interested, here is the under £400 I mentioned above,
Its in five orders to take advantage of cheap shipping & google checkout:

ORDER 1 (CASE+DVD)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/93403, http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125953
(Should be £79.03 delivered after GC)

ORDER 2 (CPU:C2D 4300CPU)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/121407
(Should be £62.18 delivered after GC)

ORDER 3 (GFX:SILENT 8600GT)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/126985
(Should be £75.07 delivered after GC)

ORDER 4 (MEM: 2GB Kingston KIT)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/91124
(Should be £40.98 delivered after GC)

ORDER 5 (HDD: 500GB WD 16MB MB: ASUS 650i SLI)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124228, http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125082
(Should be £131.52 delivered after GC)

Total £388.78 delivered - split that last order for even more savings (marginal as you'll pay for delivery twice).

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