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Budget Computer combo Deal - £246.69 @ Scan

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8y, 3m agoFound 8 years, 3 months ago
Nice little budget PC

* 1TB (1000 GB) Samsung HD103UJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 300, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ
* 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12
* 550W EZcool Silent pPFC Power Supply AMD & P4 Ready 12cm Silent Fan 24Pin 6xPCI SATA
* Asus P5KPL-VM, iG31, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066/1333/800, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA
* Coolermaster RC-331 Elite Black/Silver Midi Tower Case w/o PSU
* Intel Core 2 Duo E4600, Allendale Core, S775, 2.4 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache, Retail

Not gonna break any records but will deal with 90% of day to day tasks except gaming

Go to the MIX IT part of Today Only page and add from there to get this price

Delivery free thru Hexus forums see previous scan posts for details
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#1
Looks very good, I'm sure you could add a cheap (but better than on-board) graphics card from £25 - £50.

Voted hot
#2
And Then You'll Need An Operating System............
#3
...which if Linux, will cost you nothing, and will enable you to avoid the Windows Tax. Yippee! Pity I've just bought a computer.
#4
This seems really good, am I missing anything. Assuming I use Linux this Spec is much better than the other Dell deals listed, right?
#5
Not a bad system for the HDD and PSU, shame about the processor, I'd rather go for the Q model dual cores.
#6
Does this come assembled or is it just the parts?
#7
EndlessWaves
Does this come assembled or is it just the parts?


Should be just parts as it is advertised as separate parts and not a complete system.

It's still missing an optical drive and OS to make it complete.
#8
I can't believe there are some people that still buy from scam!
I'm sure that the only ones who are still buying from them are those who never had a problem or the need to return or refund anythign.

Avoid at all costs (I'm judging Scan here not the price and the hotness of the deal)
#9
mephistodan
I can't believe there are some people that still buy from scam!
I'm sure that the only ones who are still buying from them are those who never had a problem or the need to return or refund anythign.

Avoid at all costs (I'm judging Scan here not the price and the hotness of the deal)


I've never had a problem with Scan.
I've been using them for nearly 5 years.

Prompt delivery and even went out of their way to get an order sorted for me to deliver in-time for the weekend.

My only returned items have been some busted RAM modules which they replaced.
#10
Never had a problem with Scan either and have used them for a couple of years now.

The only thing that really lets this deal down is the low quality PSU. Anyone thinking of going for this deal should seriously consider spending a bit extra for a decent PSU. Apart from that it looks like a good spec for the money :)
#11
hi guys

in terms of peeps opinion here is this a better deal than the dell deal listed earlier, I gather the scan spec is higher??:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/234837/dell-vostro-200-desktop-base-2ghz-d/showthread.php?t=234837

realise you have to put the scan deal together (my mate can do that!)

BB:thumbsup:
#12
mephistodan
I can't believe there are some people that still buy from scam!
I'm sure that the only ones who are still buying from them are those who never had a problem or the need to return or refund anythign.
Avoid at all costs (I'm judging Scan here not the price and the hotness of the deal)

I've returned stuff to Scan many times with no problems at all. Are you suggesting that we should boycott Scan because you had one bad experience with them? At that rate we’d have to boycott just about every store as I’ve seen people on this site with an axe to grind about many stores and most of which I’ve also had good experiences with.
Anyway, sorry to hear you had problems with Scan as it sounds as if you’re in a very small minority.

Deal is cold for me, too many mundane components and the price doesn't seem that good. You'd be better off selecting them yourself and go for the E5200 CPU as that'll save you some money.
#13
I didn't say you need to boycott scan, Don't you believe in freedom of speech?
'I' 'believe' that scan is the worst online vendor int the UK and so are many of my colleagues, and MANY users/reviews on the internet, hope you can live with that.
#14
yeah thats why they constantly recieve great praise, have an area dedicted to them on hexus, and always get best online computer company in CustomPC?

i ALWAYS use scan where ever possible and they always come out on top.


and you **** them off without even a valid reason, why even bother writing anything.
#15
BeetleBug77
hi guys

in terms of peeps opinion here is this a better deal than the dell deal listed earlier, I gather the scan spec is higher??:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/234837/dell-vostro-200-desktop-base-2ghz-d/showthread.php?t=234837

realise you have to put the scan deal together (my mate can do that!)

BB:thumbsup:


Personally, if you are after a budget PC just to do work or browse the web,
you're better off with one of the cheap priced laptops
- One of the Netbooks, if you are just generally browsing/surfing
but if you are intending to work on it,
you would want a standard 15.4" screen laptop which will have bigger keyboards.

If you're after a PC that's aiming at PC gaming, neither the Dell or Scan deal will do the job.

Back to your question though, the Scan Spec is better but you will need to be careful on that power supply (a bit low if you intend to add an average graphics card and blu-ray/hd-dvd drive)
#16
I've got to return the FSP 700W PSU I bought from Scan when it was recently on offer at £27.01
It came wrapped in bubblewrap (no box) inside a plastic City Link bag.
On opening there were marks and light scratches on it, and a couple of dents.
Almost looked 2nd hand!
Wasn't impressed they hadn't put it in a box, and the quality.
The good thing is it's being courier collected on Monday.
Hope I get a better quality replacement!
#17
foxtrck;2842194
Not a bad system for the HDD and PSU, shame about the processor, I'd rather go for the Q model dual cores.
Errrr, the "Q" means "Quad Core"...

You can't get a Qxxxx dual core.
#18
stamfordblue
I've got to return the FSP 700W PSU I bought from Scan when it was recently on offer at £27.01
It came wrapped in bubblewrap (no box) inside a plastic City Link bag.
On opening there were marks and light scratches on it, and a couple of dents.
Almost looked 2nd hand!
Wasn't impressed they hadn't put it in a box, and the quality.
The good thing is it's being courier collected on Monday.
Hope I get a better quality replacement!


Are you sure your part wasn't an OEM part?
OEM stuff usually comes in just anti-static bags or wrapped up.
#19
mephistodan
I didn't say you need to boycott scan, Don't you believe in freedom of speech?
'I' 'believe' that scan is the worst online vendor int the UK and so are many of my colleagues, and MANY users/reviews on the internet, hope you can live with that.


Your opinion is irrelevant here though, there's plenty of people that have had bad experiences with everyone from John Lewis through to Costco. If Scan actually had a particularly bad reputation then mentioning it might actually be relevant, but they actually have quite a good one.

Maybe, just maybe you had a bit of bad luck with them? What happened exactly?
#20
AlexC;2842841
Back to your question though, the Scan Spec is better but you will need to be careful on that power supply (a bit low if you intend to add an average graphics card and blu-ray/hd-dvd drive)
I reckon it'll run a 8600GTS (or similar) with a 2x molex to 6pin PCI-E cable adaptor.

stamfordblue;2842941
I've got to return the FSP 700W PSU I bought from Scan when it was recently on offer at £27.01
It came wrapped in bubblewrap (no box) inside a plastic City Link bag.
On opening there were marks and light scratches on it, and a couple of dents.
Almost looked 2nd hand!
Wasn't impressed they hadn't put it in a box, and the quality.
The good thing is it's being courier collected on Monday.
Hope I get a better quality replacement!
Looks like you got a secondhand dud - the dents are unforgiveable. The PSU is supposed to be 'OEM' so no original box, but I agree they should've at least used a suitable alternative box.

Otherwise don't judge FSPs by outward appearance. I know quite a few users who're using this particular PSU & are very happy with its performance - apparently running stable & quiet with high-end(ish) components.
#21
AlexC
Are you sure your part wasn't an OEM part?
OEM stuff usually comes in just anti-static bags or wrapped up.


Yes it was OEM, but I thought they would have put it in a box for protection.
You know how couriers chuck things about....
#22
Crossbow
I reckon it'll run a 8600GTS (or similar) with a 2x molex to 6pin PCI-E cable adaptor.

Looks like you got a secondhand dud - the dents are unforgiveable. The PSU is supposed to be 'OEM' so no original box, but I agree they should've at least used a suitable alternative box.

Otherwise don't judge FSPs by outward appearance. I know quite a few users who're using this particular PSU & are very happy with its performance - apparently running stable & quiet with high-end(ish) components.


I was going to keep it but when I saw the dents and casing not flush around the cables hole, I thought I'd return it.
Can't use it yet anyway as it has 24 pin power connector and current mobo is only 20.
#23
jackvdbuk
yeah thats why they constantly recieve great praise, have an area dedicted to them on hexus, and always get best online computer company in CustomPC?

i ALWAYS use scan where ever possible and they always come out on top.


and you **** them off without even a valid reason, why even bother writing anything.


http://www.ciao.co.uk/scan_co_uk__76985
http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/online-shops/scan-co-uk/reviews/
http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews8566.html
http://www.dealtime.co.uk/xMR-scan+computers~MRD-411148~S-1

I got these from only first google results

I have 4 EXTREMELY bad experience with them so far on different products, basically, if you something get screwed like some months after you buy it off them even if it's still in warranty you're screwed this happened with 5 other collegues of me, we're a team of developers and have a local shop, I can give you 16 invoices number associated with RMA numbers that on average took 5 months to resolve ( a couple took 8!) and 5 of them we were refunded about 25% of value due to 'depreciation' and refused to replace with identical items although still in stock at scan!

Plus thy use city link, that alone is a huge headache if you live in a flat complex with entry system your chances of NOT picking up your own package from 20 miles away city link branch is like 1%

Doesn't even come close to something like Amazon or Ebuyer
#24
stamfordblue
Yes it was OEM, but I thought they would have put it in a box for protection.
You know how couriers chuck things about....


Yeh, true.

Usually the stuff I get is layered 3 or 4 times in bubble wrap so it usually isn't a problem but if it wasn't in good condition when it arrived, I would return it.

Edit - On that note, never had to so far (keeps fingers crossed)
#25
satchef1
Your opinion is irrelevant here though, there's plenty of people that have had bad experiences with everyone from John Lewis through to Costco. If Scan actually had a particularly bad reputation then mentioning it might actually be relevant, but they actually have quite a good one.

Maybe, just maybe you had a bit of bad luck with them? What happened exactly?


Being relevant or not is also a part of freedom of speech, you don't see it relevant, I do, and I mentioned that I'm judging scan not the deal, just for any first time buyers to take care if they are too busy to deal with lousy and rude (yes rude, I have heard many extremely RUDE responses from scan cs before) customer service.
#26
stamfordblue;2843088
I was going to keep it but when I saw the dents and casing not flush around the cables hole, I thought I'd return it.
Yep, I would've done the same.

stamfordblue;2843088
Can't use it yet anyway as it has 24 pin power connector and current mobo is only 20.
You can get a 24pin to 20pin cable adaptor/converter, e.g. see item 140007754853 on eBay (put number in Search box & press Enter).
#27
Crossbow
Yep, I would've done the same.

You can get a 24pin to 20pin cable adaptor/converter, e.g. see item 140007754853 on eBay (put number in Search box & press Enter).


Cheers for that info Crossbow. :thumbsup:
Will take a look.

Just found this on DeallExtreme.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.9818

Will it do the job?
Nice and cheap.:)
#28
BeetleBug77
hi guys

in terms of peeps opinion here is this a better deal than the dell deal listed earlier, I gather the scan spec is higher??:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/234837/dell-vostro-200-desktop-base-2ghz-d/showthread.php?t=234837

realise you have to put the scan deal together (my mate can do that!)

BB:thumbsup:


Scan deal has:
A faster CPU (costs £80 extra to get the same from Dell though £10 extra for a 2.2Ghz seems a far better way to spend your cash)
A much bigger hard disk (Costs about £60 for an extra 750GB HDD to fit yourself, if not needed though I would buy when necessary as they just get cheaper and cheaper)
Faster RAM (Replacing the Dell stuff would cost £30, but the difference is not really worth bothering with)
You can also overclock the kit from Scan and probably run it faster again (something you can't do with Dell systems whatsoever, but not really something for a PC beginner).


The Dell deal has:
Windows Vista Premium (£70 and required for most common applications)
A DVD-RW (£16 and you will need one for most systems)
Quiet and reliable cooling / PSU (up to you if you need, costs to replace on Scan system will likely be £50+)
No time to build / troubleshoot (to get a system built and running windows takes a bit of time and can go wrong)
£60 cash saving :thumbsup:

Personally for a general office usage computer the Dell wins hands down. If you want to learn a bit more about computers and are into playing games or know you will be using Linux then the Scan system has some good benefits for the extra cash.
#29
Almost forget, you also get a free keyboard, mouse, power lead and copy of MS works with a Dell system
#30
stamfordblue;2843407

Just found this on DeallExtreme.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.9818
Will it do the job?
Yes, it's the same thing for ~£2 less - well found :)
#31
Crossbow
Yes, it's the same thing for ~£2 less - well found :)


DealExtreme fast becoming one of my favourite sites.
My latest delivery only took 2 days to arrive from the despatch mail I received!
Just ordered the converter.
Should get it around the time I get that replacement PSU from Scan.
Thanks again for your help :thumbsup:
#32
sibeer
Almost forget, you also get a free keyboard, mouse, power lead and copy of MS works with a Dell system

And a 1 year on-site warranty with the Vostro systems which is very handy especially as most people don’t have the experience, tools or probably the interest in fixing damaged computers.
#33
stamfordblue
Can't use it yet anyway as it has 24 pin power connector and current mobo is only 20.

Some power supplies have a 20/24 pin power connector and can be used with motherboards with either type.
#34
thanks for the info and help guys.

bb:)
#35
Agharta
Some power supplies have a 20/24 pin power connector and can be used with motherboards with either type.


Not this FSP one unfortunately.
#36
mephistodan
I didn't say you need to boycott scan, Don't you believe in freedom of speech?
'I' 'believe' that scan is the worst online vendor int the UK and so are many of my colleagues, and MANY users/reviews on the internet, hope you can live with that.


And some people can never be pleased.

I had a faulty item which I returned to them a few months ago. I've had it for 14 months. Replaced with a brand new item without any hassle at all.
#37
ODonnyBoy;2841807
And Then You'll Need An Operating System............

You'll also need a new keyboard if you have problems with capitalising the first letter of each word :)
#38
mephistodan;2842688
I didn't say you need to boycott scan, Don't you believe in freedom of speech?
'I' 'believe' that scan is the worst online vendor int the UK and so are many of my colleagues, and MANY users/reviews on the internet, hope you can live with that.


Good for you. Want a cookie?
#39
A lot of negativity aimed at mehistodan! I want to hear everyone's experiences good or bad before choosing to buy from them. It's the bad experiences that can be the most valuble as it's when things go wrong that it's good to know how well they get sorted. I've never used scan afaik so I welcome the experience of others.
#40
So some accused me of being irrelavent and just saying scan is bad without backing up, In my previous post i posted links to reviews, my personal experience, the fact of CITY LINK is certainly a headache for a lot of people, the expensive CS number and no one has answered that, you just reply the older post saying the same again.
To anyone who's interested to hear what is likely to happen if/when some item develop a fault after purchasing here's just a fine example:

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=1480376#1480376

Very similar to what happened to me and my colleagues. And if you google you'll find so many forum entries similiar to this one, I know that every store has its share of bad reviews and experiences but scan has way too much stories relative to its size, just google something else than the biased hexus, even hexus is full of horrible stories!


And some people can never be pleased.

I had a faulty item which I returned to them a few months ago. I've had it for 14 months. Replaced with a brand new item without any hassle at all.


Will you please provide me with your RMA number so that I can use it with my still ongoing last two RMA with scan, they're refusing to replace with identical items though they still have them in stock, and they're refusing to issue full refund, they're talking about wear and tear, it would help if I point them to your RMA and ask them why they're not honouring me the same.

Also, can you tell me how long did it take? how many telephone calls? It would take lots of bad luck from my side and my friends' side to have the same story going again and again with RMA and other people are just doing fine.

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