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Hi,

I'm looking for a new PC to replace my 5 year old HP one,

I came across this one online, which seems to be a good deal, what are your thoughts? Specifications are below:

3.2 GHz Intel® Core i5-3330, Windows® 8, 500GB HDD, 4GB memory, Intel HD Graphics 2500, WIFI

Would it be possible to upgrade the RAM and HDD?

Thanks

Linda
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#1
You shouldn't need more RAM for most usage profiles but yes, you should be able to upgrade the system RAM & the HDD.
#2
frogman
You shouldn't need more RAM for most usage profiles but yes, you should be able to upgrade the system RAM & the HDD.

Thanks, it is quite easy to do?
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http://images10.newegg.com/ProductImageOriginal/83-255-375-07.jpg

Looks pretty oem if this is the Mobo in use, then yes you can replace the dimms as theres two slots if you're lucky there may be two HDD bays which means you can add another HDD/SSD. If not get rid of the ODD if you don't need or want it and use the space for a hdd caddy 5.25 to 3.5" or 2x 2.5.

Edited By: AR2012 on Jul 26, 2014 10:57
#4
lindysmithy
Thanks, it is quite easy to do?

Yes, should take you less than 10 minutes...but I have to say this should be absolutely fine for most users and if you run out of HDD space, it might be better to add a HDD rather than replace the 500Gb that comes with it - transferring Windows 8 can be a pain.
#5
frogman
lindysmithy
Thanks, it is quite easy to do?

Yes, should take you less than 10 minutes...but I have to say this should be absolutely fine for most users and if you run out of HDD space, it might be better to add a HDD rather than replace the 500Gb that comes with it - transferring Windows 8 can be a pain.

use the Samsung software that comes with Samsung ssd drives - really good and works
#6
royals
use the Samsung software that comes with Samsung ssd drives - really good and works

To transfer the Windows 8 OS? Thanks for the rec.
#7
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?
#8
winlang
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?

Depends on what you want to use it for... though the PSU may limit which graphic cards you could use. For most users (NOT gamers), the on-board graphics should be more than adequate.
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By the time you start upgrading the ram, HD, GPU, PSU... you may as well build your own from scratch. This is ok for a HTPC to stick on the TV and watch films / browse the internet.
#10
Anyone have an idea what the wattage is ,Cant see it stated on website Specifications ?
#11
redbiro
Anyone have an idea what the wattage is ,Cant see it stated on website Specifications ?
250w
#12
frogman
winlang
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?

Depends on what you want to use it for... though the PSU may limit which graphic cards you could use. For most users (NOT gamers), the on-board graphics should be more than adequate.
Have this PC, the on-broad graphic is ok for general using. But I do play a bit games sometimes. Considering the PSU, the only graphics i can find is Asus Nvidia GeForce GT 640. Well, it's not good for money.
#13
An i5 Ivy Bridge CPU means this should be pretty nippy, for the price I think it's excellent value, ok it's not the sort of desktop regular upgraders should bother with but it'll be fine the vast majority of users. Bung in a nice SSD and it'll make an excellent desktop. HOT

Edited By: spannerzone on Jul 26, 2014 14:27
#14
Thinking of getting this to use as a media centre, I have PC with an i3 processor which I use for games. Would it be straight forward to swap the 2 processors? So the gaming PC has the i5 and this takes the i3?
#15
winlang
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?


750 Ti. Only option without changing PSU.
#16
ok for light office work and sage?
#17
FTCom
ok for light office work and sage?

Should be more than capable, an i5 is probably overkill for office work but better to have more power than less power.
#18
is it windows 8 home or pro?
#19
It's quad core processor 6m cashe so it's beast for price
#20
#21
Would this play basic games like Sims, Minecraft, Rollercoaster tycoon 3 that kind of thing?
#22
Great for home and small office use.
Can be made a powerful one by adding a decent graphics card, more RAM and some SSD!
#23
Needs more cowbell then it will be a cooking system.
#24
I bought the B stock i3 version for a family friend.
Excellent for a general purpose home/office PC and good value IMOH
I installed Start8 if the user wants the windows 7 experience rather than the windows 8 metro interface.
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£10 off first purchase

Edited By: bargainBooze on Jul 26, 2014 20:34
#26
kuberhot
Quad core , very powerful too, , there is no hyperthreading, however, not much difference unless you use it and its use is rather limited , such as, video rendering , video ripping (notably Handbrake with all 8 threads burst at 100%),some functions of Photoshop, a few games.

Edited By: splender on Jul 26, 2014 20:46
#27
FTCom
ok for light office work and sage?
Way too powerful, You need about 1/3 of the power of this beast of a quad core. I would recommend you spend the savings £50-£100 towards better availability (RAID) and/or backup solution for your office and sage files.
#28
corgi74
winlang
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?

750 Ti. Only option without changing PSU.

No that wouldn't work
Taken from Nvidia site

Thermal and Power Specs:
95 CMaximum GPU Temperature (in C)
60 WGraphics Card Power (W)
300 WMinimum System Power Requirement (W)
#29
Bought one of these from the same place in April. Was refurbished but really couldn't tell.

Absolutely no complaints whatsoever..
#30
No USB 3.0
#31
Very basic but a good price for a nice starter machine. Heat.
#32
activist3
Would this play basic games like Sims, Minecraft, Rollercoaster tycoon 3 that kind of thing?

I wouldn't think it would play The Sims, unless you mean the first one (or two), but Rollercoaster Tycoon probably. Minecraft is a different kettle of fish though, it all depends what you intend to do within the game. If it is a huge complex world you might run into some issues, but considering you can play Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi, you should be fine in most cases.
#33
will this spec be enough to watch youtube videos at 1080p without lag?
#34
roomy25
Thinking of getting this to use as a media centre, I have PC with an i3 processor which I use for games. Would it be straight forward to swap the 2 processors? So the gaming PC has the i5 and this takes the i3?
Check the socket of your previous computer to ensure it is (also) LGA1155.

If compatible its not to hard to change just need to be careful, find an online guide and some thermal paste.
#35
will this spec be enough to watch youtube videos at 1080p without lag?
#36
hotdealer888
No USB 3.0
PCIe card for £6 off ebay can probably fix if a burning issue.
#37
winlang
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?
Full advice is that the power supply is a special made (look at post #3, the PSU is the grey box at the bottom left hand corner), this means all other posters advising you other graphics card and change your power supply is not going to be that easy as this special made PSU is not standard size sold cheaply like ATX standard.
#38
dankuvermach
corgi74
winlang
Any Graphics Cards suggestion?

750 Ti. Only option without changing PSU.

No that wouldn't work
Taken from Nvidia site

Thermal and Power Specs:
95 CMaximum GPU Temperature (in C)
60 WGraphics Card Power (W)
300 WMinimum System Power Requirement (W)
Also it would not be easy to replace PSU. (Look at post #3, the PSU is the grey box at the bottom left hand corner and is not a standard size that could be easy bought as a replacement),
#39
It's a SFF PC so that's what it has that PSU, not a fan of them myself.

Just wanted to check one thing, is the CPU using Ivy bridge or sandy bridge? According to this review it's sandy bridge:

http://www.computershopper.com/desktops/reviews/lenovo-h520s
#40
might be good, just remember might be low quality components

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