Lenovo e50 Quad Core Desktop PC 25% off £149.99 (£119.99 after cashback) with free delivery @ ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Seems like a decent deal for anyone who wants a basic machine. £10 cheaper and a good jump in power in comparison to the other entry level zoo storms posted a couple of weeks ago

Intel Pentium Quad Core J2900
4GB RAM
500GB HDD
DVD Writer
Windows 8.1 with Bing

Linked to model is 90BX0018UK which has £30 cashback (with Lenovo) until end December. Details at this link:-
https://lenovo-offers.com/pages/business/qualifying
(its the first one listed under UK, December 2014, Desktops)
- Musicrab
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2 Likes #1
Thanks for your deal. I've added the price to your title for you :)
#2
looks a good deal. they are doing a number of Zoostorm PC's cheap (starting at £90 after trade in) - this looks like a much better spec to me than any of the Zoostorm at or near this price range ??
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cpandk
looks a good deal. they are doing a number of Zoostorm PC's cheap (starting at £90 after trade in) - this looks like a much better spec to me than any of the Zoostorm at or near this price range ??

Actually the £190 Zoostorm (£150 after trade in) features a much faster Pentium G3240.

This is £40 cheaper but I'm not convinced about it's value, especially since it's an exceptionally large case for one of these silvermont processors.

Edited By: EndlessWaves on Dec 18, 2014 13:22
1 Like #4
I think this also qualifies for £30 cash back from Lenovo. I believe the desktop is a 90BX0018UK

https://lenovo-offers.com/uk/en/pages/business/qualifying
#5
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
#6
desaikrunal
I think this also qualifies for £30 cash back from Lenovo. I believe the desktop is a 90BX0018UK

https://lenovo-offers.com/uk/en/pages/business/qualifying

That would seal the deal for me if anyone can confirm and I would agree this appears to be a qualifying product?
#7
Does anyone know what size the motherboard in there is and how many sata ports it has please?
#8
It's not a ThinkCentre or M series so doesn't qualify for the cashback offer from Lenovo.

Good starting point for desktop applications and web browsing but won't handle much gaming or photo/video editing very well, if at all.

Remember this CPU is most likely soldered so cannot be upgraded.
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GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
To be honest I don't think this is an upgrade to many Core2duo CPU's - when you by a new PC it should be considerably faster than the old one it replaces and while these Bay trail Celerons are good value for money and low power consumption, I personally feel they'd be little upgrade to a half decent desktop with a core2duo from 5 years ago....you may want to consider getting a Haswell based CPU rather than a an Atom based Bay Trail CPU.

Don't get me wrong, thee offer good value for money but they're not power houses and if you had a half decent PC then these may not be much of an impovement, depending on what you do.

You may be better off getting an ssd drive for under £80 and giving your existing PC a considerable boost in performance.

Edited By: spannerzone on Dec 18, 2014 17:07
#10
GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
I'd check the benchmarks carefully as it might only be faster for software that can use all 4 cores as the link below shows singe core performance as well as multi-core:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=2173&cmp[]=911
#11
spannerzone
GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
To be honest I don't think this is an upgrade to many Core2duo CPU's - when you by a new PC it should be considerably faster than the old one it replaces and while these Bay trail Celerons are good value for money and low power consumption, I personally feel they'd be little upgrade to a half decent desktop with a core2duo from 5 years ago....you may want to consider getting a Haswell based CPU rather than a an Atom based Bay Trail CPU.

Don't get me wrong, thee offer good value for money but they're not power houses and if you had a half decent PC then these may not be much of an impovement, depending on what you do.

You may be better off getting an ssd drive for under £80 and giving your existing PC a considerable boost in performance.

I did go the SSD route quite some time ago. Two of them, as I insist on RAID1 for my work PC.

The only thing I need a better CPU for is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Everything else, web browsing, word processing, emails, et cetera, all work perfectly well with my present setup. However, it is worth spending a few hundred pounds on a new CPU and motherboard (plus RAM and Windows, unfortunately) in order to get better accuracy on the dictation software.
#12
GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
spannerzone
To be honest I don't think this is an upgrade to many Core2duo CPU's - when you by a new PC it should be considerably faster than the old one it replaces and while these Bay trail Celerons are good value for money and low power consumption, I personally feel they'd be little upgrade to a half decent desktop with a core2duo from 5 years ago....you may want to consider getting a Haswell based CPU rather than a an Atom based Bay Trail CPU.

Don't get me wrong, thee offer good value for money but they're not power houses and if you had a half decent PC then these may not be much of an impovement, depending on what you do.

You may be better off getting an ssd drive for under £80 and giving your existing PC a considerable boost in performance.

GDB2222
I did go the SSD route quite some time ago. Two of them, as I insist on RAID1 for my work PC.

The only thing I need a better CPU for is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Everything else, web browsing, word processing, emails, et cetera, all work perfectly well with my present setup. However, it is worth spending a few hundred pounds on a new CPU and motherboard (plus RAM and Windows, unfortunately) in order to get better accuracy on the dictation software.

Personally I think this is not an upgrade in your particular case and I would look at a desktop with Pentium Haswell based CPU as the minimum CPU which I think would be a decent upgrade, but you'd need to see if any of these desktops can do raid as I think they may not.

Edited By: spannerzone on Dec 18, 2014 17:37
1 Like #13
What would people think as an upgrade from a 1.8Ghz Intel Celeron (single core) with 1Gb of Ram? It's for the Mother-in-law and all she uses it for is Facebook, Facebook games and web browsing. Oh and clicking on bloody adverts and putting bloatware on her PC!
#14
Abernus
What would people think as an upgrade from a 1.8Ghz Intel Celeron (single core) with 1Gb of Ram? It's for the Mother-in-law and all she uses it for is Facebook, Facebook games and web browsing. Oh and clicking on bloody adverts and putting bloatware on her PC!
This is definitely an improvement on that old system.
#15
Abernus
What would people think as an upgrade from a 1.8Ghz Intel Celeron (single core) with 1Gb of Ram? It's for the Mother-in-law and all she uses it for is Facebook, Facebook games and web browsing. Oh and clicking on bloody adverts and putting bloatware on her PC!

Damn that must be slow is that a Laptop or a PC ?
I have a dual core 1.8 pc it starting to get a bit slow now had it since 2007 from pcworld but i would not buy the one on here
it wouldn't be that much faster.
1 Like #16
Abernus
What would people think as an upgrade from a 1.8Ghz Intel Celeron (single core) with 1Gb of Ram? It's for the Mother-in-law and all she uses it for is Facebook, Facebook games and web browsing. Oh and clicking on bloody adverts and putting bloatware on her PC!

Depends on the specific CPU. Intel have been using the Celeron branding on 1.8Ghz chips for twelve years now. If it's one of the original 2002 models then definitely, if it's only a year or two old then this would be a downgrade.

4GB of memory would be a big upgrade but you could likely add that on the current system for a lot less money.

Useaname
Does anyone know what size the motherboard in there is and how many sata ports it has please?

Given the description lists two slots it's either DTX or MicroATX (depending on width). A lot of these silvermont/bay trail processors only support two SATA ports so I wouldn't count on it having any free.
#17
It's the original Celeron CPU so very old. Bought the PC it's cheap enough.

Cheers OP and those that helped.
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Abernus
It's the original Celeron CPU so very old. Bought the PC it's cheap enough.

Cheers OP and those that helped.

As indicated in post #4 from here :
https://lenovo-offers.com/uk/en/pages/business/qualifying
for desktops purchased in December in UK this number :
90BX0018UK
qualifies for £30 cashback.

Post #8 indicates it isn't a ThinkCentre or M series yet this :
http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=90BX0018UK
looks (to my uneduated eyes) to be same model?

Maybe worth pursuing further?...
#19
EndlessWaves
Useaname
Does anyone know what size the motherboard in there is and how many sata ports it has please?

Given the description lists two slots it's either DTX or MicroATX (depending on width). A lot of these silvermont/bay trail processors only support two SATA ports so I wouldn't count on it having any free.

Thank you.
#20
chrisjackson
Abernus
It's the original Celeron CPU so very old. Bought the PC it's cheap enough.

Cheers OP and those that helped.

As indicated in post #4 from here :
https://lenovo-offers.com/uk/en/pages/business/qualifying
for desktops purchased in December in UK this number :
90BX0018UK
qualifies for £30 cashback.

Post #8 indicates it isn't a ThinkCentre or M series yet this :
http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=90BX0018UK
looks (to my uneduated eyes) to be same model?

Maybe worth pursuing further?...

Well spotted, I've just noticed Manufacturer ID: 90BX0018UK in small print on the ebuyer page.

From the Lenovo link you supplied:

ThinkCentre 90BX0018UK 01/12/2014 - 31/12/2014 £30.00 No conditions

It also states you must complete the online claim form no sooner than 30 days and no later than 60 days from the purchase date indicated on your receipt or invoice.

It looks like this PC does not have DVI out, just VGA which is a bit of a pain.

Service manual here: Service Manual
#21
I guess if you want a pc for email / browsing internet / Office / Skype / kids homeworks / etc... it's all you need (and a screen). It might slow though.
#22
No HMDI so no sounds though your TV. Wonder why they don't mention the mother board.
#23
zaax
No HMDI so no sounds though your TV. Wonder why they don't mention the mother board.

3.5mm jack still works you know!
#24
worth it for the operating system and ermm..help
#25
GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
Yawn
#26
Agharta
GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
I'd check the benchmarks carefully as it might only be faster for software that can use all 4 cores as the link below shows singe core performance as well as multi-core:http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=2173&cmp[]=911

just checked my pc spec that I got back in 2008... core2quad Q6600 ... it's better rated that the cpu in this product, even after all these years :o although power consumption is a lot lower these days, I can't justify getting a new pc as this is kicking around quite nicely :)

Edited By: Snubbed on Dec 21, 2014 01:00: incorrect cpu
#27
CPU is pretty slow. Even the base Core i3 outperforms this.
#28
Good deal but, damn... That is one ugly case
#29
Could anyone suggest a half decent 17 inch laptop that in reality is needed for basic gaming (football manager) but especially would be able to cope with HD streaming without overheating or buffering the video cos it cant cope. Currently have a 3 yr old HP dv7 with an Intel Pentium dual core t4300 @ 2.10 ghz with 4gb memory
#30
i know this is slightly off topic but im kind of a tech noob, looking to get a decent pc/laptop under £200 and other then this deal i came across this http://www.ebuyer.com/669147-hp-255-g3-quad-core-laptop-k7h92es-abu , does this seem a good spec lappy for the price?

Edited By: Adam1990 on Dec 21, 2014 01:13
#31
Adam1990
i know this is slightly off topic but im kind of a tech noob, looking to get a decent pc/laptop under £200 and other then this deal i came across this http://www.ebuyer.com/669147-hp-255-g3-quad-core-laptop-k7h92es-abu , does this seem a good spec lappy for the price?
Some comment in this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-255-g3-quad-core-laptop-199-delivered-quidco-ebuyer-2059566
#32
Thinking of getting this to use as a NAS. Do you reckon this is power efficient?
#33
lewissymonds
Thinking of getting this to use as a NAS. Do you reckon this is power efficient?

Yes, it would be power efficient in desktop terms but not in terms of a NAS. £150 could be better spent on a Synology NAS, which in my experience, are the best.
#34
Be careful of eBuyer. Last time I bought something from them I waited ages for delivery only for nothing to show up and on contacting them was told there was nothing they could do because I hadn't contacted them within 7 days of the estimated delivery date. Shocking service and a big waste if money.
#35
Snubbed
Agharta
GDB2222
I am writing this on a PC that I bought in 2007, with a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo. I am thinking of replacing it because it is so long in the tooth. The benchmark on my current CPU is very similar to the J2900, although the J2900 benefits from 4 cores and lower power consumption.
I'd check the benchmarks carefully as it might only be faster for software that can use all 4 cores as the link below shows singe core performance as well as multi-core:http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=2173&cmp[]=911

just checked my pc spec that I got back in 2008... core2quad Q6600 ... it's better rated that the cpu in this product, even after all these years :o although power consumption is a lot lower these days, I can't justify getting a new pc as this is kicking around quite nicely :)


the Q660 was popular for overclocking and still get half decent money on ebay. i run the same cpu overclocked and it does everything i want.
#36
I think only having one RAM slot is the biggest killer on this.. otherwise you wont get much cheaper
1 Like #37
Bought this last week as a Christmas gift for my old folks, should be fast enough for them. had a quick play with it to set it up etc and seems quick enough. webpages load fast and plays videos well. ebuyer delivered next day free no probs (and it was yodel!)
Can confirm too that it is the model eligible for cash back too, (from the model number on the box) didn't realise that, so many thanks OP. / BeachyBall
Inside it is just a motherboard, hard drive and DVD writer, PSU is a laptop style external one.So it is basically just a laptop in a case.
Only 1 of the USB sockets is USB 3 though, and it's at the back, though not a big issue I suppose.
#38
Hard to believe you can buy a pc with windows for £150. (£120 with aforesaid cashback). Have a look at the Dell website for the ridiculous prices they're charging. Fools and their money...

and anyone complaining about the processor speed needs to have their head dipped in the river to see if they are a witch.


Edited By: chtyrone2 on Dec 21, 2014 10:38
#39
chtyrone2
Hard to believe you can buy a pc with windows for £150. (£120 with aforesaid cashback). Have a look at the Dell website for the ridiculous prices they're charging. Fools and their money...

and anyone complaining about the processor speed needs to have their head dipped in the river to see if they are a witch.

It is indeed amazing value for money but it is only fair to point out that these Bay Trail Atom CPU's are not any more powerful than a core2duo from 2007 that it may be replacing. That doesn't mean it's not any good, it is amazing value for a new PC with operating system and a guarantee, it's just that it won't be an upgrade if people are replacing their 2007 desktop to gain more performance as people expect with new computers.

If people understand what this PC is then they should not have any grounds to grumble.
#40
SFconvert
Bought this last week as a Christmas gift for my old folks, should be fast enough for them. had a quick play with it to set it up etc and seems quick enough. webpages load fast and plays videos well. ebuyer delivered next day free no probs (and it was yodel!)
Can confirm too that it is the model eligible for cash back too, (from the model number on the box) didn't realise that, so many thanks OP. / BeachyBall
Inside it is just a motherboard, hard drive and DVD writer, PSU is a laptop style external one.So it is basically just a laptop in a case.
Only 1 of the USB sockets is USB 3 though, and it's at the back, though not a big issue I suppose.

It is a big issue to me, why put any extra USB ports round the back, but particularly the usb3 one! Most annoying.
Also annoying is that there is only one ram slot (apparently) so the upgrade to 8 gigabytes means throwing away the 4!
The first PC I've seen with an external power supply, I wonder how it would handle extra hard drives or a graphics card.

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