Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 3Gb 500Gb Integrated Geforce 7050 256Mb PACKARD BELL IM2415 Refurbished PC Base Unit £319.99 @ PCWorld - HotUKDeals
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
(2.40GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
3GB Memory
500GB Hard Drive
Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer
256MB nVidia GeForce 7050MB Graphics
4 USB Connections
18-In-1 Card Reader

A refurbished product is either end of line stock or returned by a customer. They have been professionally checked, tested, data cleansed, repackaged with all basic accessories and has a full 12 month warranty. No printed' manuals are supplied.

Thought this was a good price for a Core 2 Duo Quad.
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packard smell....not even good pcs when they are new....ever wonder why there's so many of them as "refurbished"?
Why are they so bad?

The Intel processor in the above deal is obviously very good, are the rest of the components that they usually use of poor quality?
I had a Packard Bell pentium4 pc for 6 years, never missed a beat, was on 24/7. :thumbsup:
cpu, memory, harddrive are fine, but as for the rest, no good, graphic card is very low spec and the motherboard will be so cheao the main components may run slow
Found this for a friend, got windows 7 beta on it, aero works perfectly, processor is given a 7.0 rating.
my first pc was a Packard bell and that was 7 years ago its still going strong now with my kids using it. maybe they gone downhill since i brought mine?
In the past Packard Bell would use power connectors that would only fit their power supplies, same with the case, it would be slightly different so you couldn't put a new motherboard in etc. They always built the machines to a budget without much chance of upgrading them, using the cheapest components which when they broke would be impossible to replace as you can only get them from Packard Bell for a premium.

I think that their machines are still built using the above criteria, hence why they only tend to be sold on the high street by chains like pc world. This may have changed in the past couple of years since they got acquired by Acer but I would want to find out more about what they have been up to recently before even considering buying one of their machines.
Doesn't equal the sum of it's parts, particularly as it's a refurb.
Good post, thanks.

Been thinking of an upgrade myself that'll enable me to do some 3D design stuff from home, will stick to building the machine myself, it ain't exactly rocket science.
Good post, thanks.

Been thinking of an upgrade myself that'll enable me to do some 3D design stuff from home, will stick to building the machine myself, it ain't exactly rocket science.

No, it isn't but it's a dear way of doing it now, and has been for quite some time - unless it is higher end games machines, these low to middling systems are just cheap as muck compared to the bits and pieces, let alone the delivery costs, and the time spent fault finding and waiting for returned stuff to come back!

I have a Dell in front of me with the very same processor that 7 months ago I paid 284 quid for, and got about 13 quid back from Quidco too, then I added a bit more ram for about 30 quid total about 300 quid
- OK not quite as cheap at the moment, but except the RAM, nor are the components either!

For 3D work, the other machine in the house gets used for that, and has a fairly basic graphics card which makes it run a tad better than the integrated graphics for that sort of thing, and it totalled about 350 about 9 months ago, now, a similar Dell one is about 400 quid -

Or get this cheaper one, at £361, stick some more RAM in it, as 1Gb is very low - and get more HD space when you get round to needing it - The processor is the slightly faster version, although it is only Vista basic.
It is one thing being a lot less hassle than making them yourself, but it makes this secondhand heap a total non-starter, unless like a surprising number on here, you see someone else's broken cast-offs as a good buy! :-(

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