Gateway E Machine E4231 Computer - Celeron 420 1.6GHz, 512Mb, 80Gb, DVDRW, Vista £112.98 incl. - HotUKDeals
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Boffer does it again with a great deal. £112.98 gets you delivered a Gateway E Machine E4231 Computer - Celeron 420 1.6GHz, 512Mb, 80Gb, DVDRW, Vista.


Product description Gateway E Machine E4231
CPU / Processor Celeron 420 1.6GHz
Hard Drive Size 80GB SATA2
RAM / Memory Size 512M DDR2
Optical Drive(s) DVD-RW DL
Video(s) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network 10/100/1000
Audio / Sound 6-Channel (5.1) High Definition Audio
Additional information Keyboard, Mouse & Speakers, Card Reader
Warranty 12 Months collect & return by gateway
Operating System Vista Home Basic & Works 8.5 etc


You've got to be fast, as I doubt they have a lot of these. Not great specs, but absolutely fine for the kids, students going off to Uni, or for just internet browsing and word processing. I would upgrade the ram on it, mind. Vista will be laggy on 512mbs of ram. I'd say it's worth that price for Vista alone!
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#1
Shame it's not a laptop! :thumbsup:
Not great specs but would be ideal for kids bedroom or students, voted hot.
#2
great find good price voted hot
1 Like #3
robinthebobin
Shame it's not a laptop! :thumbsup:
Not great specs but would be ideal for kids bedroom or students, voted hot.



bigpockets had dell laptops for around the £160 mark the other day...have a look over there to see if they're still about.
#4
Prufrock
bigpockets had dell laptops for around the £160 mark the other day...have a look over there to see if they're still about.


:w00t: Really?! Will check it out cheers!
#5
Oh, love it...the cold voters are about. Voting cold, but not actually saying why the deal is cold.:w00t:
#6
robinthebobin
:w00t: Really?! Will check it out cheers!




OK, here's the list of lappies from bigpockets:

Fujitsu Siemens (£139.99 plus postage):

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=SOLV076

Dell Latitude D600 (£169.99 plus postage)

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=SOLV046

Toshiba Portege (£149.99 plus postage)

All come with XP Pro.

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=SOLV077
#7
This is a good deal for a student or someone who just wants to surf the net.

Voted hot
#8
Its not great by any means, and running vista on it will make it run horrible. Just hope they sell them quick so they can move on to a better offer.
1 Like #9
masterbrown
Its not great by any means, and running vista on it will make it run horrible. Just hope they sell them quick so they can move on to a better offer.


I bought my son a pc from bigpockets with vista on it...came with 1gb ram. First things I did was upgrade the ram and stick in a decent graphics card. Vista runs fine on it. It ran ok on 1Gb, mind...just wanted the extra uumphh. On 512mb, I would definitely upgrade the ram. Still a good deal for kids, etc.
#10
Cheers Prufrock-have some Rep :thumbsup:
#11
robinthebobin
Cheers Prufrock-have some Rep :thumbsup:

Thanks for that...I'd go for the dell, by the way. ;)
#12
masterbrown
Its not great by any means, and running vista on it will make it run horrible. Just hope they sell them quick so they can move on to a better offer.


it is a great deal for sameone with not much money,or for a child to do home work on
#13
Good price, heat and rep added, ideal for the kids bedroom. :thumbsup:
#14
I've just worked out that you couldn't even build this machine for that price!
#15
What Socket does the Celeron 420 use?
#16
tronic
it is a great deal for sameone with not much money,or for a child to do home work on


Not really, buying this if you have little money would be like throwing cash out the window.
1 Like #17
peodude
What Socket does the Celeron 420 use?


LGA775 Socket



http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=279729&CatId=0
#18
masterbrown
Not really, buying this if you have little money would be like throwing cash out the window.



Sorry, I disagree. With a slight ram upgrade (say to 1gb), this machine will suit most home users. It's not gaming machine, so doesn't need a state of the art £300 graphics card, or superfast processor. Believe it or not, most people's pcs are far too highly specced for the way in which they use them. They pay too much for specifications they really don't use or need. Tihs is a perfect little machine for doing what the majority of people do on a pc.
#19
Prufrock
Sorry, I disagree. Please explain why you think that?


Because I don't think its going to do what people will expect it to do out of the box, it could be made good with upgrades but thats added expense and knowledge. Its ok if you've got the cash to spare and buying it for your kids, but for somebody on a low income I don't think it would be a wise investment, especially when you factor in that it was returned faulty and has been "refurbished"
#20
masterbrown
Because I don't think its going to do what people will expect it to do out of the box, it could be made good with upgrades but thats added expense and knowledge. Its ok if you've got the cash to spare and buying it for your kids, but for somebody on a low income I don't think it would be a wise investment, especially when you factor in that it was returned faulty and has been "refurbished"



It will be work of the box. It will hookup to the net and allow the user to browse at their leisure. It will be ok for homework and other such things...straight out of the box. Don't see what your issue is. Oh, and it has a 1 year Gateway warranty.
#21
I ran Windows Vista on 512MB by mistake, i put in 2 of my 256 sticks instead of 512 sticks.

It was absolutely terrible, and bordering on unuseable, since changing to the proper 1 gig, things have improved 10 fold :)
#22
peodude
I ran Windows Vista on 512MB by mistake, i put in 2 of my 256 sticks instead of 512 sticks.

It was absolutely terrible, and bordering on unuseable, since changing to the proper 1 gig, things have improved 10 fold :)


However, this was on Windows Vista Ultimate, i think Basic is a lot less resouce hungry, so it should work fine :)
#23
Prufrock
It will be fine out of the box. It will hookup to the net and allow the user to browse at their leisure. It will be fine for homework and other such things...straight out of the box. Don't see what your issue is. Oh, and it has a 1 year Gateway warranty.


At a slugs pace :-D
#24
masterbrown
At a slugs pace :-D


Basic will work fine on 512
#25
peodude
I ran Windows Vista on 512MB by mistake, i put in 2 of my 256 sticks instead of 512 sticks.

It was absolutely terrible, and bordering on unuseable, since changing to the proper 1 gig, things have improved 10 fold :)


I reckon it will cost £10 or so to upgrade the ram to 1gb. It has 4 slots, as far as I can see.
#26
good post! can't really go wrong with £112 as the Vista license alone costs nearly that. But realistically this PC is going to be very very slow! if literally all you want to do is browse the internet and open up a few word docs and your in no rush to do so then this is a good deal. if you plan on buying it and doing memory upgrades and what not, you might as well go for this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/243866/acer-aspire-m1640-dual-core-e2160-1/
#27
masterbrown
At a slugs pace :-D




We're talking Vista basic here, not Vista Ultimate. Basic will work fine on 512mb.
#28
Well i got one about 2months ago, upgraded the ram, and have a stunning pc to muck about on, can play online games, surfs the net and a general all good rounder, and for that price, an absolute bargain!!!
#29
Another thread for us to have a moan about specs and performance ha ha...

Here's my contribution...

512mb RAM + Celeron processor + Vista = PAINFUL

This will be a VERY slow computer!

HOWEVER, saying that, if you add some more RAM it will still work out a very cheap base unit and has potential to be fine for internet and word processing etc so therefore I still vote it a good price for those on a tight budget looking for a cheap bargain base unit.

Personally I do not think that Vista should state that it requires 512mb RAM as a minimum... 1gb should be the minimum and 2gb advised.

Steve
#30
downing86
good post! can't really go wrong with £112 as the Vista license alone costs nearly that. But realistically this PC is going to be very very slow! if literally all you want to do is browse the internet and open up a few word docs and your in no rush to do so then this is a good deal. if you plan on buying it and doing memory upgrades and what not, you might as well go for this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/243866/acer-aspire-m1640-dual-core-e2160-1/




Quite a big difference in price there! I didn't even pay that much for my son's better spec'ed pc from bigpockets!

IQON008 PC Iqon Quintal 2020VX PC Retail Boxed - Dual Core 2.8Ghz - 1Gb - 500Gb - Vista Home Premium @ £164.99 = £164.99

Subtotal: £164.99
Shipping Charge: £7.49
Total: £172.48
#31
Prufrock
We're talking Vista basic here, not Vista Ultimate. Basic will work fine on 512mb.


I have vista basic on a 512 at my shop, so I have to disagree. Plus as I said before its a return, you have to wonder why it was returned.
Plus they are'nt excactly flying out and judging by all the comments on boffers own forum it does'nt look encouraging :whistling:
#32
Same lines get trotted out every time one of these cheap old has-beens gets posted :-(

For the non-technical: Just beware you are buying a very out of date specification PC that will NOT do anything more than the most basic of activities and even to do that would be far better upgraded first. Just having Vista on it is not going to leave a lot of room for much else.

In case you do not realise, as it isn't in the title, it is also SECONDHAND, and has probably been a BROKEN one, patched up to sell, under the euphemism of "refurbished." "Emachines" is already the Gateway brand/label they sell their cut price "bargain" machines under.

I think there are uses for such junk, but not many, and the (admittedly small) sum of money would usually be better spent toward something else. If you have a use for this sort of thing, buy it, if you don't know what PC you want, do some homework on what to buy before you buy ANYTHING, as this is unlikely to keep you happy for very long.

A lot of arguments to the contrary will now follow, we have heard is many times before, and those interested are welcome to it, but this is not going to be a "bargain" for very many prospective PC users, and if it is for you, you will already know it is what you want.

Regardless of how many times you say otherwise, CHEAP is not necessarily a bargain :-(

Enjoy.
#33
masterbrown
I have vista basic on a 512 at my shop, so I have to disagree. Plus as I said before its a return, you have to wonder why it was returned.
Plus they are'nt excactly flying out and judging by all the comments on boffers own forum it does'nt look encouraging :whistling:


Sorry, but I disagree. My son's PC was a refurb from bigpockets. Haven't had a single issue with it. This Gateway has a 12 month warranty, so stop trying to panic people by saying "you have to wonder why it was returned".


Oh, and I've used Vista home basic on a machine with 512mb ram. Absolutely fine for surfing and word processing. Like I said, it depends on what you want to use it for. You'v esaid you use yours in your shop - hardly home use, eh? As for boffer's own forum, you'll see that people moan and whinge about every single product that comes up on boffer.
#34
Prufrock
Sorry, but I disagree. My son's PC was a refurb from bigpockets. Haven't had a single issue with it. This Gateway has a 12 month warranty, so stop trying to panic people by saying "you have to wonder why it was returned".


Oh, and I've used Vista home basic on a machine with 512mb ram. Absolutely fine for surfing and word processing. Like I said, it depends on what you want to use it for. You'v esaid you use yours in your shop - hardly home use, eh? As for boffer's own forum, you'll see that people moan and whinge about every single product that comes up on boffer.


Of course you have to wonder why it was returned :? just because it has a 1 year return policy its still second hand and repaired.
And yes your right about mine not being used as a home pc, if it was used for home it would be expected to do a whole lot more than just check emails, which is all its used for at the shop.

Oh and still not sold out of them :whistling:
#35
nihcaj
Same lines get trotted out every time one of these cheap old has-beens gets posted :-(

For the non-technical: Just beware you are buying a very out of date specification PC that will NOT do anything more than the most basic of activities and even to do that would be far better upgraded first. Just having Vista on it is not going to leave a lot of room for much else.

In case you do not realise, as it isn't in the title, it is also SECONDHAND, and has probably been a BROKEN one, patched up to sell, under the euphemism of "refurbished." "Emachines" is already the Gateway brand/label they sell their cut price "bargain" machines under.

I think there are uses for such junk, but not many, and the (admittedly small) sum of money would usually be better spent toward something else. If you have a use for this sort of thing, buy it, if you don't know what PC you want, do some homework on what to buy before you buy ANYTHING, as this is unlikely to keep you happy for very long.

A lot of arguments to the contrary will now follow, we have heard is many times before, and those interested are welcome to it, but this is not going to be a "bargain" for very many prospective PC users, and if it is for you, you will already know it is what you want.

Regardless of how many times you say otherwise, CHEAP is not necessarily a bargain :-(

Enjoy.




Don't ever go buy yourself a second-hand car, then.


As stated, this machine is fine for basic surfing and word processing. It will run better with an extra half a gig of ram (at a cost of around £10). Most people don't do more than basic surfing and letter writing, and maybe a little photo editing. They don't need a top of the range all singing and all dancing pc. Hell, most people buy pcs with specifications they'll never understand or use!
#36
Excellent find! This will do nicely for my little OSX86 project, thanks OP H&R duly applied :)
#37
masterbrown
Of course you have to wonder why it was returned :? just because it has a 1 year return policy its still second hand and repaired.
And yes your right about mine not being used as a home pc, if it was used for home it would be expected to do a whole lot more than just check emails, which is all its used for at the shop.

Oh and still not sold out of them :whistling:




Just because it hasn't sold out yet doesn't mean it's not selling. No-one but Boffer knows how many they have up for sale.

I bought my son's pc second hand from bigpockets. I didn't worry about why it was second-hand. I was happy to know that it had been refurbished and came with a guarantee. You're another one who should never buy a second-hand car.
#38
This will be a good deal as soon as you upgrade the RAM to 1GB - which vista (the memory sucking operating system) needs as a bare minimum!
As far as I am aware, you lose the warantee if you upgrade the RAM yourself, which is unfortunate as it is really simple to do - but thats part of the Ts and Cs that you dont "mess about" with the machine under warantee.
#39
basic price for a basic computer. Would really require the upgrade of RAM imo. But still a great price.
1 Like #40
Prufrock
Just because it hasn't sold out yet doesn't mean it's not selling. No-one but Boffer knows how many they have up for sale.

I bought my son's pc second hand from bigpockets. I didn't worry about why it was second-hand. I was happy to know that it had been refurbished and came with a guarantee. You're another one who should never buy a second-hand car.


I would'nt have a problem buying a second hand car or pc, if however that car had at some point had a major fault or accident (which is potentially the case with these pcs) and been repaired then I'd want to know.

Plus you have said yourself it needs upgrading, the second you upgrade you'll lose the 1 year guarentee anyway :roll:

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