Gateway E Machine E4231 Computer - Celeron 1.6GHz, 512Mb, 80Gb, DVDRW, Vista + 1 Yr warranty: £99.99 @ BigPockets - HotUKDeals
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Gateway E Machine E4231 Computer - Celeron 1.6GHz, 512Mb, 80Gb, DVDRW, Vista + 1 Yr warranty: £99.99 @ BigPockets

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Product description Gateway E Machine E4231 (Product excludes monitor) CPU / Processor Celeron 420 1.6GHz Hard Drive Size 80GB SATA2 RAM / Memory Size 512M DDR2 Optical Drive(s) DVD-RW SM Vide… Read More
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Product description Gateway E Machine E4231 (Product excludes monitor)
CPU / Processor Celeron 420 1.6GHz
Hard Drive Size 80GB SATA2
RAM / Memory Size 512M DDR2
Optical Drive(s) DVD-RW SM
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
Operating System Vista Home Basic & Works 8.5 etc

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#1
that machine isnt really capable of running vista IMO.
#2
leemole101
that machine isnt really capable of running vista IMO.


exactly what I was going to say.
#3
Itll run vista basic just a bit slowly thats all and for the money for web browsing word docs etc a real bargain,
#4
I don't think you'll find any new system will run Vista at a great pace but you could always bump up the ram and change the CPU if needed for not much outlay.
#5
512mb is almost the minimum Vista will run, add 2G ram from some where like Crucial (£25?) and it would be a reasonable basic pc, just don't expect to play any recent games on it.
#6
+ you need a monitor, you may as well buy a netbook
i reckon you could pick something up off ebay with better spec for £50 with xp
#7
"As new"
Refurbished in other words.
Cold imo. If they threw in a 15" LCD, then it would be interesting.
#8
could always uninstall vista and put linux on it i guess

i've been out of the pc market for a few years now - how would this compare to my P4 2.4ghz - better or worse ? and by a lot or lil ?

i've been toying with buying an asus eee box just for simple stuff in front of the tv, but at £200 its twice the price of this and the space saving isnt a necessity for me, i just liked the power saving, but wonder whther i might be better with this, cant be much of a psu in it surely - put to the vote [money not being an object] where would you go - this or the asus ?

TIA

regards

ir2000....
#9
leemole101
+ you need a monitor, you may as well buy a netbook
i reckon you could pick something up off ebay with better spec for £50 with xp


The point is this has Vista for anyone that wants to use that OS. Monitors are cheap to buy and this system will not be as risky as using ebay! For a cheap system you can't really fault it, well some of us can! :p

Why buy a netbook when you can get a decent sized monitor to see what your doing? It also has a DVDRW, full keyboard and mouse... for less cash than the majority of netbooks.
#10
Great for someone who just wants something for web browsing though in a bedroom as a second pc, especially if you have a tv capable of being a pc monitor too!
#11
Good price for a computer if you just want it for web browsing or word processing for the kids :)
#12
Good system, just don't expect more than very basic functionality.
1 Like #13
another £50ish and you could build/buy a PC thats worth turning on :P

or if they get this back in stock
LINK
#14
Vista is terrible anyway, that PC isn't worth the plastic it's encased in.
#15
alot of people say that lower spec computers are great for web browsing etc. Thats wrong! browsing the net on a poor pc is very very bad.

This computer is good for anything, if you have time to wait for it. Cos it will take ages to do anything decent. not worth it in my opinion.

I would get something better.
#16
IMO - for a £100 what do you want!

On the basis of that it is a good deal - pc for kids, or for old person this is great!

(all be it not one for me)
#17
jeremy_ni
IMO - for a £100 what do you want!

On the basis of that it is a good deal - pc for kids, or for old person this is great!

(all be it not one for me)


+1

I would certainly not look to buy something like this for myself but my mum who's never touched a pc in her life, this with a 19" Monitor would be more than enough.
#18
It's a bit of a museum piece but would make a good firewall or dedicated torrent machine perhaps? Hard to think of any other use for it really .......
#19
Rubbish spec and this is below what even Microsoft suggest as minimum requirement's to run vista but may be of some use to me. i wanted a cheap machine like this to use for a server this has more than enough power for a home media server and some months ago i was lucky enough to get 2x440 celeron cpu's from PC world for £4.95 each that run at 2ghz and depending on the bios if its locked or if you can flash the bios to the motherboard I've tried the one in my main PC and it overclocked to 3ghz without breaking a sweat.

As for the monitor you don't need one if its for a server as everything will be done via terminal services remotely

I also feel that the price should be put right as its £7 shipping at £100 i may have had a punt but with that shipping its taking the **** for such a poor spec machine.
#20
Sell the 512MB on ebay for £3-4, buy play.com 2GB stick, and you're off.

£150 Dell or Acer netbook still smacks this if you don't need the DVD.
#21
Install a Linux distro like Ubuntu and it'll run like a charm.
#22
considering a windows oem license is like £70, this is not that bad. will defo need a bit of upgrading tho, with about a months usage, it will prob take about 10 mins to boot correctly.
#23
does it play doom?
#24
Great home "OFFICE" or web browser PC.. thats about it...

Good Deal though..

£30 or less will see an extra 1gb in there depending on MB slots.

Rick
#25
There no way this will play Crysis or launch the next lunar mission, for another £45,000 I could get a much better computer....... got to vote cold :roll:
#26
jonneyt
does it play doom?


Im afraid its not Vista compatible :-D
#27
Project Rain
Vista is terrible anyway, that PC isn't worth the plastic it's encased in.


Vista is normally only terrible for people who have had very bad experience with it (for whatever reason, but it's not the norm), or due to lack of user knowledge, sadly, as with most things in the PC spectrum, it's normally the latter.

Units are said to be out of stock.
#28
just put xp on it
#29
jonneyt
does it play doom?


lol
#30
polly69
I also feel that the price should be put right as its £7 shipping at £100 i may have had a punt but with that shipping its taking the **** for such a poor spec machine.


Following that logic, a **** computer should not only cost less but somehow magically in a black-hole kind of way, WEIGH LESS?

I'm sorry, but the weight difference between a bad machine and a good one is minimal (in fact, as many cheap cases also use cheaper metals, they can sometimes be heavier) so that would mean they both cost approximately the same to ship and deliver, right? :roll:

Heat added, good deal for the price *as long as* you know what you are getting yourself into (i.e. it'll be very slow).
#31
great find. work adding 1gb of ram for £10
#32
I got one of these just before xmas 1st one the on/off switch didnt work (and they had run out so no replacement), the 2nd one was know where near powerful enough to run vista so i had to rebuild to XP. Avoid if you dont mind spending time rebuilding this to another OS or u dont mind increasing the memory.
#33
It's just my opinion, but I wouldn't spend £100 just to spite my kids/parents/grandparents by getting this PC for them (based on some of the justifications I see for purchasing this). With the installed OS (Vista), just getting Antivirus, Anti-Spyware and Firewall running will virtually cripple the machine, let alone starting any proper apps.

I don't expect more for £100; I think you get exactly what you pay for with this machine. However, I wouldn't see it as money well spent (which is quite a different matter to whether this deal might be considered "hot", so I won't vote).
#34
All you people saying this is useless are full of ****. Either run xp on it or just buy 2gb of memory for £20.

This celeron is built on the same core as the core 2 duos and seen as most of the programs your going to run aren't even optimised for 2 let alone the quads which are oh so popular it will peform fine in a home environment.

I've just added 2 gb of memory to another acer system that was virtually the same spec for a friend. Before i did this it was a slideshow. But now, it runs vista well and does all your basic needs quickly and efficiently. Just don't install ****** anti-virus software thats gunna slow it down. I recommend symantec corporate antivirus.

Definately good upgrade for anyone who's still got there kids running an old athlonxp or pentium4 setup.
#35
aircanman
considering a windows oem license is like £70, this is not that bad. will defo need a bit of upgrading tho, with about a months usage, it will prob take about 10 mins to boot correctly.


Yes and No the generic OEM version of windows vista that for example you could by from scan.co.uk is worth about £70 but you can bet your bottom dollar this is a non generic OEM key and hence you wont be able to transfer it to another system. I speak from experience of trying to do this will Dell computers. So to buy this PC just for the key you would be very disappointed. I also agree that PC is not suitable for Vista.
#36
Where are all the good mid-spec business desktop deals ?

There were loads (mostly from Dell) a couple of months back, and now I need a new machine there aren't any ! :-(
#38
I have a Samsung NC10, I installed 2GB of ram and Vista Premium runs well (as does Windows 7) This Gateway machine has a similar spec chipset/CPU so I don't see why it wouldn't run Vista Basic with a cheap 2GB ram upgrade. Would be a nice upgrade for somebody who has an old machine and a monitor, I can certainly think of a few people I know who would benefit. The only thing that puts me off is the "as new" condition.
#39
gogosteve
I have a Samsung NC10, I installed 2GB of ram and Vista Premium runs well (as does Windows 7) This Gateway machine has a similar spec chipset/CPU so I don't see why it wouldn't run Vista Basic with a cheap 2GB ram upgrade. Would be a nice upgrade for somebody who has an old machine and a monitor, I can certainly think of a few people I know who would benefit. The only thing that puts me off is the "as new" condition.


Well I would expect Windows 7 to run well on a lower spec PC ! that's the whole reason why MS are getting rid of Vista as its extremely resource intensive. Windows 7 seems a lot lighter and faster to run out of the box I would honestly install that on this machine but then again the type of person who would buy this pc would not know how to i guess
#40
slinkydonkey
Well I would expect Windows 7 to run well on a lower spec PC ! that's the whole reason why MS are getting rid of Vista as its extremely resource intensive. Windows 7 seems a lot lighter and faster to run out of the box I would honestly install that on this machine but then again the type of person who would buy this pc would not know how to i guess


Yes that would be a good short term solution until August I guess.

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