Intel Core i3 540 Combo - i3 540, 4GB DDR3, 1TB etc, £251.99 @ Scan - HotUKDeals
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On Scans Deal of the Day page. Remember, for members of AVForums delivery is still free, I do believe.

The main thing to note is that all the components are branded components, not the typical cheap ones you normally find in pre-built systems at this price point, it even has a nice case!

Coolermaster Elite 430 Black, With Side Window with Coolermaster Elite 500W PSU

Intel Core i3 540 Dual Core Clarkdale 32nm, 3.06GHz, 4MB Cache, 73W, Integrated GPU @ 733MHz, Retail

Asus P7H55-M LX, Intel H55, S 1156, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, MATX, VGA

1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.65V

Please also note, the deal will change at approximately 1pm today (10/01/2011).

So please vote HOT so that as many people as possible can see the deal before it expires!!

Josh

PLEASE NOTE:

This sytem does not inlcude an OS or DVD Drive, it will also need to be built, this is very easy to do, even for a novice.

The price of the components separately comes in at about £300, so this is still a fantastic saving, but I would recommend this for people who are upgrading an existing system or fancy building their own PC as it is extremely good value for what you get.
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#1
looks to me like a very good deal.
#2
mofokiss
looks to me like a very good deal.

That's what I thought, I was just browsing the Scan page, and was sure someone must've posted the deal on here, had a look and I couldn't find it anywhere!

Josh
#3
Sorry doont know too much about this subject but l do need a desktop - does this particular one have a dvd/ cd drive
#4
arazaq55
Sorry doont know too much about this subject but l do need a desktop - does this particular one have a dvd/ cd drive

I don't think so, but you can pick one up for around £15: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-22x-dvd-rw-ide-lightscribe-/848154. You'd also need to purchase Windows separately. I'd say this computer is probably more suited to those upgrading from an existing machine as a lot of people would already have a DVD drive/OS.

Having said that it is still a very good price if you don't have Windows/DVD drive yet as installation of either of those isn't difficult at all, even a novice could do it. :)

Josh

Edited By: r3tract on Jan 10, 2011 07:41
#5
Looks like a good deal to me. Thinking of getting one for my dad.
#6
I have a quad core entry level 9350e with a poor motherboard and ddr2 memory and 10/100 lan

Would this be better?

Cheers
#7
canada16
I have a quad core entry level 9350e with a poor motherboard and ddr2 memory and 10/100 lanWould this be better? Cheers

Yes, it would be a great improvement, and be much more energy efficient than the 9350! You also notice a massive performance boost with DDR3 RAM!

Josh
#8
Awesome deal. Amazing what level of computing power you can buy these days for not much money!
#9
Is this a built system or a box of parts?
#10
Is this more of a office based pc or can it run games like cod and battlefield? I'm not upto speed on pc specs but prefer first person shooters on pc compared to my ps3 so have been thinking of buying a pc but have no idea what I'm looking at now days. Thanks
#11
is anything missing on this computer. i.e. will it work when connected to a monitor and booted up with an OS like ubuntu. or do i need to purchase other components
#12
This was mentioned under the ebayer PC offer.
Don't forget to add the cost of the Windows Premium & the DVD drive (I think) as hubby looked at this last night.
#13
SupraGaz
Is this more of a office based pc or can it run games like cod and battlefield? I'm not upto speed on pc specs but prefer first person shooters on pc compared to my ps3 so have been thinking of buying a pc but have no idea what I'm looking at now days. Thanks


As it stands, it would be more suited to office/internet stuff. Add a decent graphics card in there as the current one is onboard and you've got yourself a decent gaming PC.
#14
SupraGaz
Is this more of a office based pc or can it run games like cod and battlefield? I'm not upto speed on pc specs but prefer first person shooters on pc compared to my ps3 so have been thinking of buying a pc but have no idea what I'm looking at now days. Thanks

You would need to purchase a separate graphics card to run the latest games, as this only has 'on-board' graphics. As I said in an earlier post, this deal is best for those looking to upgrade an old system or for people who enjoy building their own machine.

Josh
#15
tinker15
This was mentioned under the ebayer PC offer. Don't forget to add the cost of the Windows Premium & the DVD drive (I think) as hubby looked at this last night.

Again, I mention this in a post further up the thread.

Josh
#16
meerar
is anything missing on this computer. i.e. will it work when connected to a monitor and booted up with an OS like ubuntu. or do i need to purchase other components

if you boot Ubuntu from a USB drive, then you wouldn't need to purchase anything extra. If you boot from a DVD/CD then you'd need to purchase a Disk Drive.

Josh
#17
Anyone know how quiet this would be , or is it like a chinook for noise levels ?
#18
Very good deal - just a shame that the mobo won't allow you to overclock the very overclockable i3 540
#19
northtim
Is this a built system or a box of parts?

I believe you'd receive it as a box of parts. Building a PC like this takes little expertise, as all you need is a screw driver, everything else just clips together really easily.

Josh
#20
Chasingthelight
Anyone know how quiet this would be , or is it like a chinook for noise levels ?

I can't say first hand, but I'd hazard as it to being average in its noise level, given that the CPU fan is just the stock retail version and not a quiet one, neither will it be massively noisy either.

Josh
#21
I just added up the components if bought separately. It came out to £328 inc VAT (excluding delivery)

That is a massive price drop, and a massive bargain!

Edited By: sswats on Jan 10, 2011 09:11
#22
does it include operation system? Thanks!
#23
northtim
Is this a built system or a box of parts?


It appears to be a box of parts. It's listed as a combo deal rather than a built system.

Total price seperate would be £283.41, so you get a £30 discount for components that are already very competitively priced.

But for those who wouldn't want to build their own system, this deal isn't for you.

For those who are tempted but have never built a system before, you should give it a go with this deal. There are ample guides and video clips on the net, on youtube, and of course the helpful folk on here.

Voted hot just for the value of the componenets and the low selling price.
#24
FRENTZENHU
does it include operation system? Thanks!

Hi, no it doesn't, a few people have asked that so I'll include it in the OP.

Josh
#25
sswats
I just added up the components if bought separately. It came out to £328 inc VAT (excluding delivery)

That is a massive price drop, and a massive bargain!


Nope counted again, definitely £283, but still a decent reduction for items that are already at a cutting edge price.
#26
Willie_Hmmm
northtim
Is this a built system or a box of parts?


It appears to be a box of parts. It's listed as a combo deal rather than a built system.

Total price seperate would be £283.41, so you get a £30 discount for components that are already very competitively priced.

But for those who wouldn't want to build their own system, this deal isn't for you.

For those who are tempted but have never built a system before, you should give it a go with this deal. There are ample guides and video clips on the net, on youtube, and of course the helpful folk on here.

Voted hot just for the value of the componenets and the low selling price.


Ok - gone for it. I have happily cannibalised PC's before so hope will be fine putting this together!

Paid £8.50 for the insurance in case I break anything trying!

Came to £340.97 including Win 7 Home Premium 64bit and insurance (got free delivery as I use AV Forums) so seems a pretty decent deal!

EDIT - thanks to subsequent posters found I can get Win 7 at student rates as kids at school - saves another £40 plus X)




Edited By: northtim on Jan 10, 2011 12:27: Changed order
#27
r3tract
FRENTZENHU
does it include operation system? Thanks!
Hi, no it doesn't, a few people have asked that so I'll include it in the OP.Josh

Thanks, still a hot deal:)
#28
northtim
Ok - gone for it. I have happily cannibalised PC's before so hope will be fine putting this together!Paid £8.50 for the insurance in case I break anything trying!

Very sensible, good thinking :)

Looks like an excellent deal. The OS really shouldn't be a problem for most I would expect, if this is to be a replacement machine or a spare - Would expect everyone should have at least one OS license in their house :p If you're a student with MSDNAA, you should get a Win 7 Pro key :) (or several :D)
#29
Hi guys,

How can I vote it hot.? I am a new starter here :D
#30
Socket 1155 Sandy bridge i3's are out, the older 1156 i3's should be starting to drop in price, not to say anyone shouldn't get one there great chips for this kind of cash
#31
northtim
Willie_Hmmm
northtim
Is this a built system or a box of parts?
It appears to be a box of parts. It's listed as a combo deal rather than a built system.Total price seperate would be £283.41, so you get a £30 discount for components that are already very competitively priced. But for those who wouldn't want to build their own system, this deal isn't for you.For those who are tempted but have never built a system before, you should give it a go with this deal. There are ample guides and video clips on the net, on youtube, and of course the helpful folk on here.Voted hot just for the value of the componenets and the low selling price.
Ok - gone for it. I have happily cannibalised PC's before so hope will be fine putting this together!Paid £8.50 for the insurance in case I break anything trying!Came to £340.97 including Win 7 Home Premium 64bit and insurance (got free delivery as I use AV Forums) so seems a pretty decent deal!
Nice, considering you got the insurance too! It's a better deal than the one posted earlier for £351 as all these components are the quality branded ones, not the cheap ones from that deal :)

Josh
#32
Am I right in thinking this isn't a complete system, disregarding os and dvd drive, I mean, power supply? The motherboard will come with cooling I know..

Which power supply?
#33
Willie_Hmmm
sswats
I just added up the components if bought separately. It came out to £328 inc VAT (excluding delivery)That is a massive price drop, and a massive bargain!
Nope counted again, definitely £283, but still a decent reduction for items that are already at a cutting edge price.

eh nope. £258 to buy seperately, all available on 'today only'

Case : £48
i3 : £81
mobo : 54
disk : 39
Mem : 36

Sill a reasonable deal saving another 6 quid buying it from the super special.
#34
dpj75
Am I right in thinking this isn't a complete system, disregarding os and dvd drive, I mean, power supply? The motherboard will come with cooling I know..

Which power supply?


The case comes with a 500 watt psu it will probably be a bit crap though
#35
dpj75
Am I right in thinking this isn't a complete system, disregarding os and dvd drive, I mean, power supply? The motherboard will come with cooling I know.. Which power supply?

power supply is included, the clue is where it says 'coolermaster elite 500W PSU' :)
#36
r3tract
canada16
I have a quad core entry level 9350e with a poor motherboard and ddr2 memory and 10/100 lanWould this be better? Cheers


Yes, it would be a great improvement, and be much more energy efficient than the 9350! You also notice a massive performance boost with DDR3 RAM!

Josh


Sorry to contradict. The performance difference for anything but gaming will be negligible, assuming your current older quad core, DDR2 machine has at least 2GB of RAM.

Word processing, facebook, youtube, general web surfing etc, will all perform identically.

This machine is faster than what you have, but for the most common tasks, the CPU use will barely get above 20%.

It's really only gaming, video editing, photoshop etc, that the 2 faster cores and extra cache will show any tangible benefits over your 4 slower cores. And if gaming is in your plans you will need to add the cost of graphics card, this setup or any onbaord GPU won't play any of the latest games as anything other than a slideshow.

A fresh installation of Windows will give a much greater boost than this upgrade would give you, in my opinion.
#37
Thats a good deal my next pc will be a self build, just can't warrant it at the mo untill mine goes bang.Looks the business.Heat added.
2 Likes #38
If you buy the components separately through Scan's today only page you can choose a far better motherboard (with faster DDR3, 4 RAM slots as opposed to 2, SATA 6gbs and USB3 support) with all the other components exactly the same for only about £20 more. Just built a gamer rig for a mate, seems worth the extra to future proof the machine. Great deal in general though!

Edited By: willster1989 on Jan 10, 2011 09:31
1 Like #39
I hate this site .... My Mrs is going to kill me.

Stop posting bargins! :P
#40
Would this be good for editing full HD footage in Adobe premiere? (M2ts files). My current PC is struggling with this and does anyone know what is the maximum memory this machine can take?

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