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Have been searching for a 'cheap' computer and found this on the Currys Clearence site along with 4 others for similar prices. Cheap and perfect for the kids at school etc.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E2140
1.6GHz, 800MHz FSB, 512KB Cache
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
1GB Memory
250GB Hard Drive
Dual Layer DVD Rewriter
Intel Graphics Media 950
6 USB connections
2 PCI Slots



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#2
Good spec for a refurb with 1 year warranty, other cheap refurbs with better specs available as well. With Dixons & PC World the same company as Currys its worth looking at them too as they sometimes offer the same PC refurbs but with free delivery.
#3
They do have the same (or very similar) PC on the Dixons website for the same price with free delivery (also on PC World but with 4.95 delivery)

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1566219775.1222162766@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdcadefelkjdedcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=571564&category_oid=-33356
#4
Secondhand, broken & patched up rubbish. In the first place, possibly the cheapest brand of PC there is! To top it all, it is from a DSG company.

£155 Delivered?

Madness.

Spend less than £53 more and get this better specified NEW Dell offer @ less than 208 quid:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246596
#5
nihcaj;3031570
Secondhand, broken & patched up rubbish. In the first place, possibly the cheapest brand of PC there is! To top it all, it is from a DSG company.


I've bought 2 of these refurb PCs in the past (same brand, from DSG) and they've been very good. Both over 2 years old now and we've had no problems (they were bought for our office). They're fully guaranteed for a year anyway so don't see what the problem is. You could not tell that they weren't new.

Down to personal preference but a good deal if you're after a cheap PC.
#6
nihcaj
Secondhand, broken & patched up rubbish. In the first place, possibly the cheapest brand of PC there is! To top it all, it is from a DSG company.

£155 Delivered?

Madness.

Spend less than £53 more and get this better specified NEW Dell offer @ less than 208 quid:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246596


Yeah but to be fair you did say the quote below about budget Dell PC's in a previous post.

"but, as the owner of a Dell, I can understand why people prefer to buy their own kit - the motherboards they use in budget Dell desktops are pathetic"
#7
zeroHour2;3037935
Yeah but to be fair you did say the quote below about budget Dell PC's in a previous post.

"but, as the owner of a Dell, I can understand why people prefer to buy their own kit - the motherboards they use in budget Dell desktops are pathetic"


Yeah, dead true. Still LIGHTYEARS ahead of this old clapped-out used tripe, it shows how bad this is!

Entry level Dell machines are not very upgradable, and have few slots. Though that's not likely to be a big deal for the non-tech people who are more likely to be buying this far down the market. Still, it is much better to buy something a bit further up the range, where better value (as opposed to lowest price) often exists but I was trying to keep something nearer the spec for comparative purposes.

Even if it WAS new, this is not now comparable to the cheapest of Dells (or any other make) anyway, it is basically an old model and it has the worst graphics you are likely to find, as well as far lower spec. than the one I quoted. BUT even more relevant, it is NOT NEW, it was someone else's broken machine! That might still be OK, under the right circumstances - I don't have any real qualms about buying secondhand gear at all, but it's NOT cheap, let alone good value when something a lot better and NEW is so little more money.

My nearest supermarket sell near to date food at 25% of the full price, I bought some on Monday - it was still perfectly edible, but with food people are reluctant to buy it if close to the use before date - now that 75% off sounds closer to what would make this thing worth buying, but in this case, people queue up to buy it, at ridiculous cost very near what full price would be of they were still selling it new! I just do not understand it.

Computers have the shortest "shelf life" of any electronic kit around, ie the models move on VERY rapidly, and in a very short time your machine will not be up to running the latest software either; yet for some reason, people want to buy an old used, broken one for little behind the price of newer and much better. It is plain odd!
I think eBay secondhand prices can be crazy, but because in this case the seller has fancy shops to sell them out of, people are willing to pay a lot more!

It doesn't happen with other goods so much. Look at cars - the economic life of a car can be say, 12 years or more, a LOT longer than a PC, yet at a year-old, even when sold from the main dealer a car will have depreciated a SCARY proportion, because no-one is daft enough to pay anything near the full price for an old model that is used, even when sold with a year or more warranty. With cars, as well as electronics, a guarantee of any sort is worth having, but it is a last resort, not something you ever want to have to PRISE out of a retailer and get a repair!

The "pathetic" Dell is a winner when you look at this for competition!
#8
So if I want this pc at this price for the kids to use MS office, Email and Net, with the occasional game of Sims, it won't be able to cope with it?

Will it not last three years - usual lifespan for a games console (except the 360 which is 3 mins :-D)

Do I really need to spend £300+ on a pc for them? Does it do the job? Is it not wireless if I put a card/usb in? does it need lots of disc drives? does it need a fancy graphics card?

The real point here is that it can do the job, albeit not as good as some others but for half the price. When on a budget, or buying for kids why spend more? If it doesn't work, it goes back - it has a year warranty.
#9
davilown;3046718

Do I really need to spend £300+ on a pc for them?


No, not if you have been reading this thread and the pages of this site!

I would start again at the beginning if I were you.
#10
These are not core 2 duo's they are Pentium D based on the same architecture as the core and these have been on offer for years pc world,currys.dixons they have a smaller cache than the C2D not really a good buy.
#11
polly69
These are not core 2 duo's they are Pentium D based on the same architecture as the core and these have been on offer for years pc world,currys.dixons they have a smaller cache than the C2D not really a good buy.


I concur…

Having checked with Wikipedia (the reliable internet resource) I can confirm that the processor above it a ‘Pentium Dual Core’ rather than a ‘Core 2 Duo’

[SIZE="1"](I wouldn’t want anyone buying something from Curry’s thinking it was one thing when in fact it was another. After realising the error you’d want to take it back and doing so would take up the best part of a Saturday. OK so they’d give you a full refund, but they would refund your time? No I don’t think so) Having been cheated out of a Saturday, you’d then report Curry’s to Trading Standards using the little known ‘Computer mis-descriptions Act’ and all branches of Curry’s would be permanently closed. Yay… result![/SIZE]
#12
Voted cold (sorry op) , refurbished ?? for 155 thats a joke id rather buy from fleabay.

And Currys lol i had to take them to trading standards , why ? they sold me a keyboard (piano type) that didnt work when i got it home , inside the box was a repair form with the previous buyers details on , took it back to the shop and they refused to give me a refund despite showing them it was broke and showing them the repair slip, took them to TS , they refunded. Wouldnt buy anything from those jokers again.
#13
People, people, people stop bloody moaning. This is a decent deal.

This IS a Core 2 DUO - It is in the Allendale version of Core. Pentium is pretty much the new low-end part of the Core Architecture Range. It is not someat like a Pentium 945D etc.... It is still light-years ahead of the ****** Pentium 4 in terms of speed etc - efficiency/power consumption.

Yes it is an Emachines/EI SYTEM - whats the difference? but afterall what parts are actually emachines/ei systems - NONE! Yes - none. Only thing is the case which has there name one.

All the other components are from companies like ECS and Intel...

I bought the E4500 emachines e4264 for £170 and its as good as a whistle, had no probs with it.

Voted hot - not as good as the Emachines E4264 but thats outa stock now.

Tim
#15
polly69
These are not core 2 duo's they are Pentium D based on the same architecture as the core and these have been on offer for years pc world,currys.dixons they have a smaller cache than the C2D not really a good buy.
So? The E2140 is still a very good chip.

Yeah, it'll be rubbish for gaming, but it's CHEAP.
#16
davilown
So if I want this pc at this price for the kids to use MS office, Email and Net, with the occasional game of Sims, it won't be able to cope with it?



Sims, nope, Solitaire, yes :)
#17
I brought a refrub from currys 18 months ago and it was TOTALLY BRAND NEW AND SEALED UNIT!! in its original box and everything, still had the stickers on.

Im still using it to this day at the time it was a bargain £205 and all that was missing from the £599 pack was the 17" tft that come with it.

Intel Pentium D 915 Dual Core Processor, 2.8GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2 X 2MB Cache, Microsoft Windows Vista Premium Edition, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB Hard Disk, Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD RW Drive, 512MB nVidia GeForce 7500LE Graphics, 9-In-1 Media Card Reader

for £205!! (18 months ago) to make it up seperate was £234

so these are hot!!

12 months warranty as well cant complain. To many techno heads just moan about these refurbs, its silly on and I would choose one of these over a cheap dell anyday, these do have better quality components in than dell's basic units.
#18
sparkyIreland
Sims, nope, Solitaire, yes :)


Sims : Yes

Solataire: Yes

Get it : No

Why: Get the E4264 Emachines

What makes you think the Sims won't work? The PC would be fine for a bedroom/kid davilown....

It won't be any good for FPS's and newer games though..
#19
timothyw9
Sims : Yes

Solataire: Yes

Get it : No

Why: Get the E4264 Emachines

What makes you think the Sims won't work? The PC would be fine for a bedroom/kid davilown....

It won't be any good for FPS's and newer games though..


Had the E4264 been available when i ordered I would have gone for that. Thanks for your help and advice - positivity is always nice when everyone else is negative. It won't be for any new FPs games, but i have a graphics card to go in that I picked up from PCworld earlier this week for 10.96 (Nvidia Geforce 7300 256mb) and a wifi card for £13.50 I found earlier.
:thumbsup:Cheers again
#20
timothyw9
People, people, people stop bloody moaning. This is a decent deal.

This IS a Core 2 DUO - It is in the Allendale version of Core. Pentium is pretty much the new low-end part of the Core Architecture Range. It is not someat like a Pentium 945D etc.... It is still light-years ahead of the ****** Pentium 4 in terms of speed etc - efficiency/power consumption.

Yes it is an Emachines/EI SYTEM - whats the difference? but afterall what parts are actually emachines/ei systems - NONE! Yes - none. Only thing is the case which has there name one.

All the other components are from companies like ECS and Intel...

I bought the E4500 emachines e4264 for £170 and its as good as a whistle, had no probs with it.

Voted hot - not as good as the Emachines E4264 but thats outa stock now.

Tim


take it from me this is not a core 2 the cache is bigger on the conroe do your reading thats like saying a celeron is a core 2 because its based on its not. Thats like saying my VW car has a porche engine in it its a porche its not its a VW with the porshe engine. I see the weekend techs are in.
#21
Okay, but the cache will only really affect heavy gaming..
#22
polly69
take it from me this is not a core 2 the cache is bigger on the conroe do your reading thats like saying a celeron is a core 2 because its based on its not. Thats like saying my VW car has a porche engine in it its a porche its not its a VW with the porshe engine. I see the weekend techs are in.


Amount of people who just think the conroe is the only (aside form the new cores) core 2 this is an Allendale core which is a core 2 and much more efficent then a Pentium D it out performs a Pentium D920 even at 1.2Ghz slower, so its not a Pentium its just branded as a "Pentium " only be name because the name is now the 'budget' brand.
#23
timothyw9


This IS a Core 2 DUO


No it isn't. If it was, it would be called that. By Intel, who make it.

timothyw9


I bought the E4500 emachines e4264 for £170 and its as good as a whistle,


But that is a a different chip - a real core2duo. Talk about comparing apples and oranges. I'm not saying the Pentium is a bad chip, but it's not a core 2 duo.
#24
polly69
take it from me this is not a core 2 the cache is bigger on the conroe do your reading thats like saying a celeron is a core 2 because its based on its not. Thats like saying my VW car has a porche engine in it its a porche its not its a VW with the porshe engine. I see the weekend techs are in.
Errrrr, the new Celeron (the E1200) is based on the Core 2 micro-architecture - it has all the cache of a "proper" Core 2 it's just been disabled.

If your car had a Porsche engine with some cylinders turned off then it would still be a Porsche engine, albeit a slower one...
#25
No-one seems to have picked up that this machine comes with 1GB of memory and Windows Vista, which I would say will struggle with this little amount of memory. When I turn on my Vista PCs they use over 700K of memory just to show you the desktop.
The Currys site also doesn't say that this has a PCI-E graphics slot, so worth checking if you do go for it.
Personally I would skip this model from Currys and keep an eye out for one of the Dell deals like the £184 model they had last month, or the latest offers Mike T has listed.
p.s. The E2140 is NOT a Core 2 Duo processor - Intel call it a Pentium Dual-Core and I would personally trust what they say, rather than what Currys say.
#26
[QUOTE=biglugs1]
The Currys site also doesn't say that this has a PCI-E graphics slot, so worth checking if you do go for it.
QUOTE]

Yes it does have a PCI E slot
#27
biglugs1
p.s. The E2140 is NOT a Core 2 Duo processor - Intel call it a Pentium Dual-Core and I would personally trust what they say, rather than what Currys say.
I honestly cannot believe that we are having this argument.

All I said was that the E2140 is based on the Core 2 micro-architecture, and that the Pentium is a cut down Core 2 Duo - which it is!

I see that the "weekend techs" seem to know a hell of a lot more than everyone else in this thread :whistling:
#28
biglugs1
No-one seems to have picked up that this machine comes with 1GB of memory and Windows Vista, which I would say will struggle with this little amount of memory. When I turn on my Vista PCs they use over 700K of memory just to show you the desktop.
Thats SuperFetch - the more RAM you have the more RAM it'll use. With 6GB it idles at about 25% RAM usage, which is 1.5GB of RAM, whereas with 2GB of RAM it'll idle at 50%, which is 1GB of RAM. With 512MB it still idles about 60%, which is ~310MB of RAM.

Vista and 1GB of RAM will be dodgy at best, but at the same time this is cheap!
#29
timothyw9
Sims : Yes

Solataire: Yes

Get it : No

Why: Get the E4264 Emachines

What makes you think the Sims won't work? The PC would be fine for a bedroom/kid davilown....

It won't be any good for FPS's and newer games though..


:whistling: Will run Crysis on max
#30
Hehe lol - with 2gb ram+ and GTX 280 in SLI loL!

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