IBM Thinkcentre PC base unit P4 3.2 1Gb RAM £99 DELIVERED @ Tier 1 Online !! - HotUKDeals
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I've bought 40 or 50 of these for my work now and they've been fantastic. Considering they come with XP pro its a great deal. Why bother buying a new PC when you can get a good used one at this price unless you're into video editing or serious gaming ?

What am I buying?
An IBM ThinkCentre desktop PC!

Will it be Broadband and Internet compatible?
Yes!

What brand will it be?
IBM

What is the model?
IBM ThinkCentre desktop

What processor will it be?
At least Intel Pentium 4 3.2Ghz

What RAM will it be?
At least 1024mb

What Hard Drive will it have?
At least 40Gb

What ports will it have?
USB, Ethernet, Headphone, Serial & possibly more!

What type of CD Drive will it have?
A built in CD ROM. Possibly a DVD or DVD/CDRW.

Will it have an Operating System?
Not installed, but we guarantee an authentic XP License will be included.

What condition is it in?
Refurbished, so it may have some light marks/scratches to it.

What's in the Box?
PC Only. The PC will be compatible with your current mouse, keyboard & monitor.

What Warranty is there with it?
30 Day RTB (plus the balance of any outstanding manufacturers warranty)

Do not buy from this company they will not even give you proper stock details and will swallow your money and sell to others if they are their friends.

if they see that customer is shock ed at price they will remove the product from website and put at higher price.

they will cut off calls if they have refunded without customers approval.

happened to me
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#1
btw that includes FREE delivery too
#2
Looks good. Any idea what soundcard and graphics card is installed pls?
#3
The worst thing with the smallform PCs is how blooming fiddley they are to change any hardware - It's packed in tight.
#4
state of the art 1980!
banned#5
Ace for the kids!
#6
SlightWave;6688648
Ace for the kids!


Kids in a 3rd world shanty town, perhaps!

Any kids I have met would laugh at this!
They think my old SE K750i mobile phone is something I have kept from when I was a kid, but this!? :whistling:
banned#7
It is totally unacceptable to try and flog this in todays market. Whoever buys this is a mug
#8
Mascherano
It is totally unacceptable to try and flog this in todays market. Whoever buys this is a mug


Exactly agree, mugs who pay £99, especially for readers of hotukdeals , this one is only £177 http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/510408/dell-vostro-220-desktop-base-2-7ghz and it is mega BETTER. Such as 1 year warranty, brand new components, dual core, Windows 7, you even get keyboard and mouse... the list goes on. The only downside is that it is a much bigger box, but on a good side it is easier to upgrade. But if you are really strapped for money then £99 is £99 and is plenty fast for standard use. BTW, these help centre end of life unit are sold to refurbishers for £2 each and have been on continuously for at least 3 years. Be prepared to fork out expensive money for an IDE disk. The CPU fan is near end of life and likely to be noisy. The CPU typically sells at CEX for a few £ only.
#9
Most of my friends / family of PC users use a pc 99% of the time for:-

a) Web Surfing
b) Emails
c) Typing up the odd Word document or Excel doc.

This PC will do all of the above no probs. Yes you can get a LOT more for say £250 to £300, however Christmas is coming and if your PC blew up this could In my opinion be a very worthy contender for £100 delivered.
#10
neilcaldwell
Most of my friends / family of PC users use a pc 99% of the time for:-

a) Web Surfing
b) Emails
c) Typing up the odd Word document or Excel doc.

This PC will do all of the above no probs. Yes you can get a LOT more for say £250 to £300, however Christmas is coming and if your PC blew up this could In my opinion be a very worthy contender for £100 delivered.


It's not £250 - £300. It's £177 for a lot more from Dell. The IBM for £99 without keyboard and mouse, only 40gb hdd, only 30 day! warranty, why?, because it probably lasts only 30 days and then becomes waste.
#11
neilcaldwell
Most of my friends / family of PC users use a pc 99% of the time for:-

a) Web Surfing
b) Emails
c) Typing up the odd Word document or Excel doc.

This PC will do all of the above no probs. Yes you can get a LOT more for say £250 to £300, however Christmas is coming and if your PC blew up this could In my opinion be a very worthy contender for £100 delivered.


The Aspire Revo will do all of the above, has a warranty, much larger hard drive, keyboard and mouse, plus is a *lot* more energy efficient. The Dell posted above would also use less electric. This would be good if it was £30.
#12
Fair point guys! I didn't quite realise you could get all this for around the £177 mark - delivered with a warranty!!! Madness, it's a steal. I guess the 2nd hand Useable PC's will cost more in courier charges than any residual value then!
#13
cold from me!

If this was priced at 60-70 quid, yes it's a deal. But at 100 of your hard earned, I wouldnt be bothering.
#14
Some people may have an "old" pc sitting around with the k/b, mouse and monitor and can't push to the extra money. For those this is still a very good deal. It's easy to say push to £177, however £100 for some is pushing it already for a present. Yes the dell is a much better deal if you can afford it.

This will serve the purpose for most entry level PC users and if they are looking to replace an ageing unit this will seem like a dream in comparison.
#15
goodgrr;6690036
if they are looking to replace an ageing unit this will seem like a dream in comparison.


I understand the rest of your argument, even if I don't fully agree with it, and think it a strange way of reasoning contrary to obtaining good value, but this phrase killed it dead, it IS an ageing unit, I can't begin to think what constitutes ageing in your thoughts!
#16
You can get this sort of spec for £99 delivered on ebay ( on buy-it-now) complete with a 17" TFT ( and with windows xp already installed - unlike this deal).

So if you are in the market for a PC at this kind of price ( or less) look on ebay as there are much better deals.
#17
simes
You can get this sort of spec for £99 delivered on ebay ( on buy-it-now) complete with a 17" TFT ( and with windows xp already installed - unlike this deal).

So if you are in the market for a PC at this kind of price ( or less) look on ebay as there are much better deals.


I agree *b*y is an excellent place for refurb stuff... the online shops have lots more overhead costs so will have to sell for £99 to make a profit. BTW for the £177 unit it has also a re-sale value as well after a few years and if you can get £78 for it after 3 years then you are laughing! Of course subject to that your budget can stretch to £177.
#18
simes
You can get this sort of spec for £99 delivered on ebay ( on buy-it-now) complete with a 17" TFT ( and with windows xp already installed - unlike this deal).

So if you are in the market for a PC at this kind of price ( or less) look on ebay as there are much better deals.


I was going to post the same - I was looking at similar stuff this morning on eBay.

Similar refurb base units for under £70 delivered, with legit XP pre-installed.
You also have a chance to see what sort of reputation the seller has on eBay.

At £5- quid these might be a reasonable deal if you want this sort of thing, it has its uses.
#19
splender
Exactly agree, mugs who pay £99, especially for readers of hotukdeals , this one is only £177 http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/510408/dell-vostro-220-desktop-base-2-7ghz and it is mega BETTER. Such as 1 year warranty, brand new components, dual core, Windows 7, you even get keyboard and mouse... the list goes on. The only downside is that it is a much bigger box, but on a good side it is easier to upgrade. But if you are really strapped for money then £99 is £99 and is plenty fast for standard use. BTW, these help centre end of life unit are sold to refurbishers for £2 each and have been on continuously for at least 3 years. Be prepared to fork out expensive money for an IDE disk. The CPU fan is near end of life and likely to be noisy. The CPU typically sells at CEX for a few £ only.


Sorry splender but you are talking from where the sun don't shine. I've bought close to 50 of these for work over the last few years and probably another 10 for friends and family and not had a single failure - no noisy fans, hard drive faults, nothing. We use them networked every day, and they are performing better than the £400 Dells we used to buy. Maybe because all the hardware is proven and past the likely failure points.

We only had one issue with a unit which had no XP COA sticker, we phoned Tier1, 2 minute conversation and they replaced the PC the next day - no questions asked. You won't get service like that from Dell.

Buy hey, if you wanna go spending twice the amount of money on something that'll perform marginally better than this (and lets face it - P4 3.2 with 1gb RAM will suit most demands) then go ahead.

But if you just wanna surf the net, run MS Office, like most of us do then these will suit just fine.

I for one am up for benefitting from the likes of the NHS that dictate once a PC is 2 or 3 years old it must be replaced. I convinced our MD that these were the way forward and we've not looked back.

And yes - he has one on his own desk and he loves it.

And before you ask - yes we are an extremely successful company, one of the few still manufacturing in the UK, still highly profitable, creating jobs and much of it through being wise with our cash.

And we don't have local PC issues any more :prop:
#20
simes
You can get this sort of spec for £99 delivered on ebay ( on buy-it-now) complete with a 17" TFT ( and with windows xp already installed - unlike this deal).

So if you are in the market for a PC at this kind of price ( or less) look on ebay as there are much better deals.


XP is already installed on these - its a fresh install which runs you through a setup wizard the first time you switch it on.
#21
misterfrostie
XP is already installed on these - its a fresh install which runs you through a setup wizard the first time you switch it on.


Thats not what it says in the description:
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Will it have an Operating System?
Not installed, but we guarantee an authentic XP License will be included[/COLOR].
#22
misterfrostie;6692198
Sothey are performing better than the £400 Dells we used to buy.


This is just getting SILLY now, absolutely ridiculous in fact. I am sitting in front of a 300 quid Dell now, which happens to be a Quad core machine. I can be CERTAIN it doesn't out perform a 400 quid Dell or anyone else's machine, this is just fantasy and you are making yourself sound silly now

What next, do they walk on water or raise the dead? :-(
#23
My point was that these don't break down out of the box like our brand new Dells used to, then have to endure Dell's lethargic after sales service. And mine is a third the price of your Dell, so whilst you're sitting about gloating about your quad core, for the same money I've got 3 people working on quite adequate, reliable PC's. And their PC is fast enough to more than keep up with their work rate. So after buying 50 of these at £100 each I've saved 10 grand off your price and everybody is happy.

Except you apparently.
#24
misterfrostie;6693865
My point was that these don't break down out of the box like our brand new Dells used to, .

I knew exactly what you meant Frostie, it's just the way it was worded that could mislead others.
Perhaps you should have typed more reliable rather than performing better. :)
I have a similar HP machine in the bedroom, P4-3.2-40Gb-Rom Drive-512Mb of Ram-XP with included OS+HP discs and it's perfect for what's required of it.
It was part of contingency stock that was never actually used (factory sealed box) and eventually sold off when they upgraded to newer machines.
May use it with the telly in future.
#25
Perhaps you should have typed more reliable rather than performing better. :)

Thanks Anglo - I think you're probably right
#26
Nihcaj hasn't been back on - I wonder if his Dell has thrown a leg out of bed and he's trying to get through to their after sales dept ? :-D
banned#27
misterfrostie
My point was that these don't break down out of the box like our brand new Dells used to, then have to endure Dell's lethargic after sales service. And mine is a third the price of your Dell, so whilst you're sitting about gloating about your quad core, for the same money I've got 3 people working on quite adequate, reliable PC's. And their PC is fast enough to more than keep up with their work rate. So after buying 50 of these at £100 each I've saved 10 grand off your price and everybody is happy.

Except you apparently.


would hate to work at your place if all your tech is this ancient!
O bet you still have VHS presentations! :-D
#28
misterfrostie

I for one am up for benefitting from the likes of the NHS that dictate once a PC is 2 or 3 years old it must be replaced. I convinced our MD that these were the way forward and we've not looked back.


The crazy thing about it is that buying these in bulk would probably be the beast deal for the very organisations that are getting rid of them.

At these prices, companies can buy a few extra and have them configured and ready to swap out in the case of failures.
#29
nihcaj
I understand the rest of your argument, even if I don't fully agree with it, and think it a strange way of reasoning contrary to obtaining good value, but this phrase killed it dead, it IS an ageing unit, I can't begin to think what constitutes ageing in your thoughts!


The type of person who struggles to push to £100 is likely to be currently running a 1/2GHZ machine with 500mb memory. So I stand by what I said, a system with a P4 3.2 CPU and 1Gb memory will seem like a dream in comparison. Especially when their old system will be laden down with an accumulated registry from years of use/misuse.
#30
misterfrostie;6693865
everybody is happy.

Except you apparently.


You must be missing reading some posts then! :whistling:
#31
misterfrostie;6697209
Wow mate you're spot on - well done :whistling:

I'm guessing from your avatar that you're an ageing ********** ?


After that post, I don't see any point making any more sensible discussions, join those on my ignore list. I could excuse the silly talk as being over-exaggeration, but this is just plain offensive, and I have reported it as such too :-(
#32
goodgrr;6702008
The type of person who struggles to push to £100 is likely to be currently running a 1/2GHZ machine with 500mb memory. So I stand by what I said, a system with a P4 3.2 CPU and 1Gb memory will seem like a dream in comparison. Especially when their old system will be laden down with an accumulated registry from years of use/misuse.


You didn't see my point, I am not at issue with that, I understood your argument - but it is your opinion on what constitutes an ageing PC that I was making a point over!

Most things "age" at different rates, a TV might be old at 5 years while an oak table at 80 years old might seem at its prime. A PC unfortunately is "old" very quickly, much quicker than you seem to appreciate.
#33
nihcaj
You didn't see my point, I am not at issue with that, I understood your argument - but it is your opinion on what constitutes an ageing PC that I was making a point over!

Most things "age" at different rates, a TV might be old at 5 years while an oak table at 80 years old might seem at its prime. A PC unfortunately is "old" very quickly, much quicker than you seem to appreciate.


I work in IT so I'm very well aware of PC product cycles. However it's all comparative was the point I am making. Both are old (as far as PCs go) the difference is that compared to what they are running (ancient), old will make them very happy still at that price point.

Bottom line though is, if they can push to the more expensive Dell it's a steal, however if they can't this £100 will still be well spent (or to be more precise, can they spend £100 and get better)
suspended#34
Do not buy from this company they will not even give you proper stock details and will swallow your money and sell to others if they are their friends.

if they see that customer is shock ed at price they will remove the product from website and put at higher price.

they will cut off calls if they have refunded without customers approval.

happened to me

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