Desktop PC - Core i3-550 3.2GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 - £352.35 @EBUYER - HotUKDeals
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Apologies if this is not a good deal. Special deal is that you can add Windows 7 for free.

Intel Core i3-550 3.2GHz
4GB RAM
1TB HDD
DVD Writer


Processor
Intel Core i3-550 Processor 3.2Ghz,
4MB Cache
Memory
4GB DDR3 RAM
Expandable to 8GB
2 x DIMM (1 populated)
Hard Drive
1TB SATA II
Optical Drive
Super multi DVDRW
Software
Operating System: None
Display
Monitor Not Included
Input Devices
No Keyboard or Mouse
Networking
Network Interface: 10/100/1000 LAN
Dimensions
Depth 450 mm
Width 180 mm
Height 360 mm
Interfaces
1 set 7.1 channel Audio jacks (6 jacks)
2 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x S/PDIF
1 x Serial port
8 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x DVI Port
1 x VGA port
Warranty
1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
- philmitchell
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#1
Looks like a good price with the Windows 7 offer
#2
•Operating System: None

ahh found it good deal.

Edited By: mysmith on Jan 09, 2011 15:43
2 Likes #3
I know its picking up on the most very slightest error but the title says £352.43 and the other price says £354.34, but actually the price is £352.35 with Windows if you look. It's only a matter of pennies i know and I still voted hot nevertheless. Always better to be totally accurate :)
#4
is this actually any good worth it ?
#5
Definitely worth it, nice spec computer and a good deal with Win 7 included!
#6
Its a reasonable deal, especially if your not into building your own. But the price is low because they save costs by not having a discrete Graphics card (its a mediocre one built into the CPU / Chipset).
#7
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.

Edited By: Agent47 on Jan 09, 2011 16:31
#8
graphics aside, they have put all 4Gb memory in a single slot so easy upgrade if needed.
Memory

* 4GB DDR3 RAM
* Expandable to 8GB
* 2 x DIMM (1 populated)

Thanks op
#9
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.

Why so?
11 Likes #10
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.


Nothing like a bit of guesswork to put people off buying the product.

I have this PC and it's very quiet. I have also travelled in a Jet and it's very loud. Your comparison is a little inaccurate.
#11
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.


Quite quiet actually :)

jamadaia
Its a reasonable deal, especially if your not into building your own. But the price is low because they save costs by not having a discrete Graphics card (its a mediocre one built into the CPU / Chipset).


I doubt most PC users have the need for anything other than integrated graphics, so it's nice to have some good options without..hardly rocket science to add a good value card to this, then you have a decent all round computer for not a lot of money!
#12
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.
Whats a 'JET'
1 Like #13
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.
#14
My brother and mate bought the Ebuyer Value range machines and the noise level from the PSU was bad.
#15
Is this really that good?
It's pretty average for a prebuilt, and for £350 you could get a Athlon II X4 and a discrete graphics card if you build it yourself.
#16
fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.


Wow! That's a good deal wish i didn't include the 1TB hard disk as I've already got one and I want to put an SSD in as the boot drive :-(
#17
Thats not the point. What I am saying is that the value of the PC is considerably less due to the on board graphics. In another words parts wise, it costs about £50 less, and thats taking into account the single 4GB DDR3 and Windows 7 Home.

gratts
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.
Quite quiet actually :)
jamadaia
Its a reasonable deal, especially if your not into building your own. But the price is low because they save costs by not having a discrete Graphics card (its a mediocre one built into the CPU / Chipset).
I doubt most PC users have the need for anything other than integrated graphics, so it's nice to have some good options without..hardly rocket science to add a good value card to this, then you have a decent all round computer for not a lot of money!
#18
Yep exactly.The components in this (memory in particular are likely to be generic brand. And perhaps even the Motherboard will be a cheapo brand. The case from appearance I already recognize, its a cheap nasty China case. Better hope the PSU in there is uber silent, cause that case wont dampen any of the sound.

kemik
fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the
component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.
Wow! That's a good deal wish i didn't include the 1TB hard disk as I've already got one and I want to put an SSD in as the boot drive :-(
#19
Does the Scan deal come with all the bits in place, or do you need to build it yourself?
Thanks
#20
alexwalker3
I know its picking up on the most very slightest error but the title says £352.43 and the other price says £354.34, but actually the price is £352.35 with Windows if you look. It's only a matter of pennies i know and I still voted hot nevertheless. Always better to be totally accurate :)


Well spotted. Fixed! :)
#21
jamadaia
Thats not the point. What I am saying is that the value of the PC is considerably less due to the on board graphics. In another words parts wise, it costs about £50 less, and thats taking into account the single 4GB DDR3 and Windows 7 Home.

gratts
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.
Quite quiet actually :)
jamadaia
Its a reasonable deal, especially if your not into building your own. But the price is low because they save costs by not having a discrete Graphics card (its a mediocre one built into the CPU / Chipset).
I doubt most PC users have the need for anything other than integrated graphics, so it's nice to have some good options without..hardly rocket science to add a good value card to this, then you have a decent all round computer for not a lot of money!


Well could build a better AMD based system for less but build this i3 550 system for the £50 less from items that are in stock and full OEM windows 7 64bit.
#22
I got one of the ebuyer 'value' systems and I'm very happy with it. PSU is no noisier than normal and the mobo is MSI.
1 Like #23
Good offer, but won't buy from eBuyer. Last time I purchased something from a deal I got send a refurbished and you need to call an 0870 to complain!
#24
fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.

Does this PC need a graphics card or is there one built in?
#25
Ok for those in the know would you buy this one or the one at Scan as ours is on its last legs so really need a new one but do not want to spend a lot. Thanks
#26
walkingfish
Last time I purchased something from a deal I got send a refurbished and you need to call an 0870 to complain!

It’s worth registering with one of the many telecoms companies that offer cheap international calls as some also offer cheap calls to 0845 & 0870 numbers.
I have an account with 18185 and I can phone 0845 & 0870 numbers for 3p a minute from a landline or mobile. It counts as a standard UK call so you may get billed for that or it will eat into your mobile allowance. I have free landline calls with T-Mobile so no extra charges for me.
Unfortunately they can’t offer deals on 0844 & 0871 numbers which is a bummer as my main two business contacts use 0844 numbers but there are ways around that.
You can also use it to phone 0800 numbers if your mobile contract charges for those as 18185 don’t. I think there’s a connection fee of 5p but it’s all on their website. I can phone US mobile numbers for 1p a minute which is just silly.
#27
Mach1
fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.
Does this PC need a graphics card or is there one built in?

The i3-540 CPU has built in graphics on the chip so it's very likely that they use a motherboard that has the video outputs to work with that.
#28
Agharta
Mach1
fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.
Does this PC need a graphics card or is there one built in?

The i3-540 CPU has built in graphics on the chip so it's very likely that they use a motherboard that has the video outputs to work with that.


can you still use a motherboard with onboard vga to lessen the load on the cpu ?

this is something new lol
1 Like #29
whelpin
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.

Whats a 'JET'
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5156/jetdianepa468x597.jpg
1 Like #30
tinker15
Ok for those in the know would you buy this one or the one at Scan as ours is on its last legs so really need a new one but do not want to spend a lot. Thanks


The Sacn one would appear to me to cost about the same when you include Windows 7 and a dvd drive and the time to put it together. Maybe they're better quality components but maybe you'll cause a problem putting it together. Not alot of difference between the deals AFAICS.
#31
do you know if all the required components i.e. cooling fan, thermal paste, cables etc come with this deal?

fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.
#32
kronas
can you still use a motherboard with onboard vga to lessen the load on the cpu ?this is something new lol

No you can't as the on chip GPU has replaced the chipset GPU for current Intel systems. It's not a problem though as CPU performance is not affected.
#33
Agharta
kronas
can you still use a motherboard with onboard vga to lessen the load on the cpu ?this is something new lol

No you can't as the on chip GPU has replaced the chipset GPU for current Intel systems. It's not a problem though as CPU performance is not affected.


ah ok, lets hope it doesent!
#34
is it worth getting a i3 560 cpu or are the older chips going down in price now or soon with sandybridge ones out ?
#35
Unless you need the machine urgently, these machines are effectively obsolete with the launch last week of Intel's new Sandy Bridge chips which offer 50%+ improvement using the inbuilt Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) : http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sandy+bridge

Edited By: Mistro245 on Jan 09, 2011 18:48: typo
#36
Umm funny that as I do already. The £50 less wasnt a wild guess, its because I do build the same spec system for Intel's (both i3 and i5 based ones) and it does cost £50 and thats from online prices =)

GAVINLEWISHUKD
jamadaia
Thats not the point. What I am saying is that the value of the PC is considerably less due to the on board graphics. In another words parts wise, it costs about £50 less, and thats taking into account the single 4GB DDR3 and Windows 7 Home.
gratts
Agent47
The PSU will probably sound like a jet.
Quite quiet actually :)
jamadaia
Its a reasonable deal, especially if your not into building your own. But the price is low because they save costs by not having a discrete Graphics card (its a mediocre one built into the CPU / Chipset).
I doubt most PC users have the need for anything other than integrated graphics, so it's nice to have some good options without..hardly rocket science to add a good value card to this, then you have a decent all round computer for not a lot of money!
Well could build a better AMD based system for less but build this i3 550 system for the £50 less from items that are in stock and full OEM windows 7 64bit.
#37
fullmoon
I would go for Scan deal with Intel Core i3 540 Combo. All the component are well known brands. £251.99 inc VAT. It is on Today Only page.

Does this PC need a graphics card or is there one built in?
#38
I wish it was a i5 :( I want a quad core.
#39
Marekj
It's not obsolete as such. There is no software that won't run on this machine just because Intel have refreshed their product line-up.

Ebuyer have probably been able to cobble this together for such a reasonable price due to the fact that Sandy Bridge is in the shops.


i3-xxx are year 2010 models.
i3-xxxx are year 2011 models.

There is no doubt the all software runs on old Pentium machines, but that doesn't mean Pentiums aren't obsolete.


Edited By: Mistro245 on Jan 09, 2011 19:43: typo
#40
The new 2011 intel processors are targeting the cheaper side of the market -- for example http://www.legitreviews.com/news/9804/
"Intel Core i5-2500K processor that runs at 3.3GHz at $249.99, which means that after the $70 instant rebate you'll pay just $179.99." That is just over £100 for what is considered the best value new 2011 processor (and which allows over-clocking).

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