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Comet £299.99 Acer Dual Core Athlon X2 3800+ 1GB RAM 160GB HDD XP Media Centre

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I have yet to find a cheaper Dual Core Computer in UK. £299.99 includes VAT and Delivery. A very very powerful computer indeed! Don't forget the 2.5% cb from Quidco. Brand ACER Processor AMD Athlo… Read More
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I have yet to find a cheaper Dual Core Computer in UK. £299.99 includes VAT and Delivery. A very very powerful computer indeed! Don't forget the 2.5% cb from Quidco.

Brand ACER
Processor AMD Athlon 64 x2
Processor model number 3800+
Processor speed 2 GHz
Processor bus 2000 MHz
Processor cache 1 MB
Memory (RAM) 1024 MB
Storage (hard drive) 160 GB
Optical drive Plays & records CDs and DVDs
2nd optical drive Not featured
Lightscribe technology Not featured
Operating system Windows XP Media Centre
Application software tbc
Shared graphics 256MB
Dynamic graphics Not featured
Dedicated graphics Not featured
Dual graphics card Not featured
USB 2.0 slots 6
Firewire Yes
Media card slots 9-in-1
Remote control Not featured
Watch & record live TV Not featured
Keyboard Yes
Mouse Yes
Sound card tbc
Speakers Not included
Built-in monitor Not included
Bluetooth Not featured
Built-in webcam Not featured
Small form factor No
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#1
seems a good deal to me, especially if you don't need a monitor.
#2
If this had come up a week ago I would have had it, but I have now bought a tosh lcd!
1 Like #3
i had to register just to thank you...i ordered this same pc from ebuyer.co.uk this morning who were selling it for £325 + del. I just cancelled that to reserve it from comet as my local one is only 5mins away.

u just saved me some loot :thumbsup:
#4
Are these quiet ? I need this to run in a home office all day and my main concern is fan noise !
#5
Yes,very quiet,
Pity i got mine from e buyer
6 weeks ago for £349.99p ;-(
#6
How do they compare with Dells in terms of build quality etc ?
#7
FF99
How do they compare with Dells in terms of build quality etc ?


Good quality build,have a look at the customer reviews here
to help you make up your mind to purchase or not?
hope this helps

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=24222801572&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3Jldmlld3M=&product_uid=116052
banned#8
hiyar
i had to register just to thank you...i ordered this same pc from ebuyer.co.uk this morning who were selling it for £325 + del. I just cancelled that to reserve it from comet as my local one is only 5mins away.

u just saved me some loot :thumbsup:



You can save more loot if you buy online via Quidco
#9
anyone know if this has a fax modem, and also is there a wireless lan card inside??
Cheers,
Paul.
[mod]#10
Thanks for this siliconbits :thumbsup:

Welcome to hukd's hiyar :)
#11
i'm using the acer as we speak. its very quiet and well worth the money. Im impressed.

I was gonna buy online and use quidco but I couldnt be bothered with waiting for delivery and all that so I just picked it up from the store since its only 5mins down the road.

As far as I can tell there is no wireless lan card inside. I dont know if this has a fax modem, how can I find out?
#12
Hi, Any idea's whether or not Acer allow for their customers to fit their own components such as DDR, PCI/AGP Video Cards additional hard disk drive etc. without voiding the warranty. Medion allow for this but am not sure whether Acer do. Seems a good buy for a Media Centre PC particularly if it's practically silent. Does this use Single-Channel or Dual-Channel DDR?.

Edit: Think that Acer do not allow for their customers to open up their machines without voiding the warranty. Checking pics on eBuyer.co.uk shows that there are Warranty Void stickers on the back of the base unit.

http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0116052-04.jpg

Thank you.
#13
MacNewbieInTraining
Hi, Any idea's whether or not Acer allow for their customers to fit their own components such as DDR, PCI/AGP Video Cards additional hard disk drive etc. without voiding the warranty. Medion allow for this but am not sure whether Acer do. Seems a good buy for a Media Centre PC particularly if it's practically silent. Does this use Single-Channel or Dual-Channel DDR?.

Thank you.


Well if it goes kaput you remove the components you have put in and pleed ignorance, they have no way of telling. Ram and Hard disks are all easy to install.

However, I wouldn't hold out much hope of upgrading the graphics card on this as it has an intergrated graphics card so is unlikely to have a AGP/PCI-e slot, although I could be wrong.
#14
Don't know the Acer policy, but surely the whole point of desktop PCs is that you can open them up and add new cards/RAM etc... I would have thought that trying to wriggle out of a warranty purely because you opened the case would be pretty much unenforceable.

Would also have thought that you should easily be able to add a new PCi-e card and disable the onboard one in BIOS settings and hence reclaim the 256Mb RAM. Just make sure the graphics card you add in isn't too meaty for the 250W PSU to handle.

Would buy one myself at this price, but not sure if the motherboard supports hardware RAID sets - I intend my next PC to have mirrored drives after nearly losing all my data recently on this PC.
#15
Unfortunately they will not let you do for one main reason. If you wanterd to upgrade and took out the motherboard, you would just log a call and say it went faulty. With the warrenty stickers on it must have been a genuine fault and not one made by the owner

UOTE=BigAde]Don't know the Acer policy, but surely the whole point of desktop PCs is that you can open them up and add new cards/RAM etc... I would have thought that trying to wriggle out of a warranty purely because you opened the case would be pretty much unenforceable.

Would also have thought that you should easily be able to add a new PCi-e card and disable the onboard one in BIOS settings and hence reclaim the 256Mb RAM. Just make sure the graphics card you add in isn't too meaty for the 250W PSU to handle.

Would buy one myself at this price, but not sure if the motherboard supports hardware RAID sets - I intend my next PC to have mirrored drives after nearly losing all my data recently on this PC.[/QUOTE]
#16
Anyone with good computer knowledge is this pc unit good for lots of internet use, downloading music/vids watching and burning dvds, listening to music, normal word processing and general use with ease or am I looking for better specs.
#17
m_momo1
Anyone with good computer knowledge is this pc unit good for lots of internet use, downloading music/vids watching and burning dvds, listening to music, normal word processing and general use with ease or am I looking for better specs.


no this is more than capable of doing these things...only thing is this doesnt come bundled with any Microsoft Office software for word processing and stuff...you could always use notepad if you dont have a copy lying around
#18
Nice find :) Thanks for the pointer and Welcome to HotUKDeals new members here ;-)

m_momo1 there are free word processing software programmes around, such as: [COLOR=blue]Open Office[/COLOR]

The spec is plenty good enough for internet use, burning DVD's and everything else you ask for. It doesn't have a monitor though, but I think you know that already

:pirate:
#19
rayman
Nice find :) Thanks for the pointer and Welcome to HotUKDeals new members here ;-)

m_momo1 there are free word processing software programmes around, such as: [COLOR=blue]Open Office[/COLOR]

The spec is plenty good enough for internet use, burning DVD's and everything else you ask for. It doesn't have a monitor though, but I think you know that already

:pirate:


Rayman

You seem to be the man on these things - are there any Dells that beat this or is this really the dog's b's at the moment?
#20
newbie1001
Unfortunately they will not let you do for one main reason. If you wanterd to upgrade and took out the motherboard, you would just log a call and say it went faulty. With the warrenty stickers on it must have been a genuine fault and not one made by the owner


I still don't see how they can wriggle out of a warranty on a PC of all things simply because you've opened the case. Sure, if you return it as faulty to them with non-standard components in I can see the problem. But a desktop PC is intended to be added to (why else does it have spare power supply leads, SATA & IDE connections, empty memory slots?) and the very first thing I'd do is to open it up and put in extra RAM and my PCI Digital TV card. I very strongly doubt that any PC manufacturer would be able to enforce this policy.

I think I've already ruled this box out for me anyway, because I'd be adding a PCIe graphics card with DVI, PCI cards, a second and possibly a third hard drive as well as a second optical drive and this is likely to overload the 250W PSU. I'll probably end up custom-building again.
#21
Don't forget, you can upgrade to Window's Vista Home Premium for free (well, £14 postage) via the Microsoft Express Upgrade programme. Visit http://global.acer.com/support/win_vista.htm.
#22
Can i update the processor on here? I wanted to a bit higher processor and wondered if i could change the processor?
#23
It has a PCI Express slot, and two spare PCI slots...
Look here:. It's all on T'internet if you look! ;)
banned#24
I know naff all about computers but the childrens is crap and struggling with everything, would this play the sims and games like that?

Thanks
#25
BigAde
I still don't see how they can wriggle out of a warranty on a PC of all things simply because you've opened the case. Sure, if you return it as faulty to them with non-standard components in I can see the problem. But a desktop PC is intended to be added to (why else does it have spare power supply leads, SATA & IDE connections, empty memory slots?) and the very first thing I'd do is to open it up and put in extra RAM and my PCI Digital TV card. I very strongly doubt that any PC manufacturer would be able to enforce this policy.

I think I've already ruled this box out for me anyway, because I'd be adding a PCIe graphics card with DVI, PCI cards, a second and possibly a third hard drive as well as a second optical drive and this is likely to overload the 250W PSU. I'll probably end up custom-building again.

Hi, Acer are fitting 'warranty void' stickers on the back of these machines. These are tamper-proof and generally shatter into little pieces if they're removed. As they're fitting these (as do a lot of other manufacturers, eSYS being another example) the warranty is voided where these are removed or otherwise broken. Acer might however allow for end-users to fit let's say a PCI-E Graphics Card upon phoning them to advise that they intend to do this. Cannot think which manufacturer generally allows this but am aware of one system builder that allows for upgrades but requests that customers phone them to verify whether or not this voids the warranty. With a 'warranty void' sticker on the back it's likely that Acer do not allow for the case to be opened up at all though.
#26
Megamix
Can i update the processor on here? I wanted to a bit higher processor and wondered if i could change the processor?


Im interested to know this too, i was looking at the Dells due to them having Monitors included etc but the prices have gone up.

This one looks good, do we have any info on the motherboard so can see if it would take a bigger CPU in the future?
#27
MacNewbieInTraining
Hi, Acer are fitting 'warranty void' stickers on the back of these machines. These are tamper-proof and generally shatter into little pieces if they're removed. As they're fitting these (as do a lot of other manufacturers, eSYS being another example) the warranty is voided where these are removed or otherwise broken. Acer might however allow for end-users to fit let's say a PCI-E Graphics Card upon phoning them to advise that they intend to do this. Cannot think which manufacturer generally allows this but am aware of one system builder that allows for upgrades but requests that customers phone them to verify whether or not this voids the warranty. With a 'warranty void' sticker on the back it's likely that Acer do not allow for the case to be opened up at all though.


If this is true then I'm amazed that they have the cheek to do this.
#28
Just looking on the comments on the Ebuyer site about this PC. Came across this one:

"For a start, I immediately phoned Ebuyer customer support with the obvious question....."How am I expected to look inside or upgrade this machine when there are stickers that invalidate the warranty if broken ?
The reply I got was that it's okay to break the seals and it WILL NOT invalidate the warranty.
I am left thinking why the seals are there in the first place !...."
#29
cheapskate58
Rayman

You seem to be the man on these things - are there any Dells that beat this or is this really the dog's b's at the moment?
Thanks but MikeT's the Dell man in HotUKDeals ;-)

Something that looks the "dog's" to one person, doesn't to another. It depends on your personal needs and likes. I'm not very keen on Acer's myself, but the spec does look very good value for money at £299.99 all in :)

Thanks for the info on the tamper proof sticker thing :pirate: Doesn't sound like a good idea and is probably there more for making the buyer use the manufacturer's or recommended services?
#30
BigAde
Just looking on the comments on the Ebuyer site about this PC. Came across this one:

"For a start, I immediately phoned Ebuyer customer support with the obvious question....."How am I expected to look inside or upgrade this machine when there are stickers that invalidate the warranty if broken ?
The reply I got was that it's okay to break the seals and it WILL NOT invalidate the warranty.
I am left thinking why the seals are there in the first place !...."

Hi, This is very misleading/confusing admittedly :(.
Acer are problably the people to ask rather than eBuyer at a guess to confirm 100% whether or not they allow their customers to open up the case without voiding the warranty.

Kind Regards.
#31
ive just been in comet at lunchtime and did not see a PC matched that Spec.

:?
suspended#32
bigade, download sisoft sandra 2007, this will tell you the specs of the components inside the laptop.
#33
forget all this worry then, and go for the john lewis HP pavilion as in another post today.
this is a discontinued HP product, but their online support guides clearly show you how to upgrade, so I don't think they'll fuss when you open the case.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?product=3311675&lc=en&cc=uk&dlc=en〈=en&cc=uk

on a plus, it has 2GB ram, and a lightscribe dvd-rw.
#34
if u order online with comet, can you pick up in store sameday/next day?
#35
leeutalkin2me
if u order online with comet, can you pick up in store sameday/next day?


It should have a collect at store option on the website if it's available. Otherwise, go through to the call centre sales, and they can usually do that.
#36
I cant decide which is better value, the Acer or the Dell C521 as I want a 19inch monitor too.
#37
well i popped into comet today, i didn't think much of the Acer build quality, the Packard Bells in PC World were not too much better either.
I may just got for the Dell as well, C521.
#38
praju
well i popped into comet today, i didn't think much of the Acer build quality, the Packard Bells in PC World were not too much better either.
I may just got for the Dell as well, C521.


There something strange going on with the Dells, ive been pricing them up this week and each time I go back they are different prices, even without the Service thingy.

Id watch out. Priced one at work, priced it back at home after id had an emailadveritising dells, and it differs :?
I initially was looking at the e520 but they reduced the spec
#39
Don't Dell's have non standard cases etc, making it harder or difficult to upgrade though?
#40
I'm confused about the upgrade path for the Acer - it comes with XP Media Centre, which qualifies for a free (apart from shipping) update to Vista Home Premium. However, following the link provided in the ebuyer feedback, you can only order Vista Home Premium 32 bit. Isn't this a little restrictive for a 64 bit machine?

Does anyone know whether this is standard? I had considered getting a machine like this rather than pay seperately for upgrading my current kit - if I can't get a 64 bit upgrade, then it doesn't seem like there is any point.

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