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Lenovo i5 Desktop Win8Pro or win7Pro £265 after cashback £339.99 @ Ebuyer

£339.99 @ Ebuyer
Possible base for a budget gaming PC. Cashback (with Lenovo) is £75 until the end of December. Links in first post. Good points:- Intel Core i5-4430S Quad Core 2.7GHz; case is (just) big enough …
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Possible base for a budget gaming PC. Cashback (with Lenovo) is £75 until the end of December. Links in first post.

Good points:- Intel Core i5-4430S Quad Core 2.7GHz; case is (just) big enough to take a better PSU and GPU; includes (Pro) OS

Not-so-good:- 180W (or 280W) PSU; unknown (hence probably carp) motherboard.
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fireman1
I wouldn't trust a carp motherboard.

sounds a bit fishy to me...

I'll get my coat

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#1
Last post (November) http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-thinkcentre-edge-73-i5-4430s-quad-core-339-99-inc-vat-264-99-after-cashback-2055809

Cashback details (product code is 10as002puk) https://lenovo-offers.com/pages/business/qualifying

Modded with replacement PSU (deal PSU is 280W) and GPU
http://websurfaces.co.uk/2014/08/20/oculus-rift-on-a-budget/

Hardware maintenance manual (direct link to pdf courtesy Ebuyer)
http://cc.cnetcontent.com/inlinecontent/production/cc/ccfb0cbfe8d8/cnet_1023_doc.pdf



Edited By: Musicrab on Dec 03, 2014 14:21: update
#2
don't forget Quidco or TCB
1 Like #3
I wouldn't trust a carp motherboard.
23 Likes #4
fireman1
I wouldn't trust a carp motherboard.

sounds a bit fishy to me...

I'll get my coat
#5
Good deal
#6
We've bought about two dozen of these Lenovos in the last three months and have had two hard drives fail already. Possibly just a coincidence but both were bought about a month apart so it wouldn't have been the same batch. Possibly too cheap components.
#7
Musicrab

Modded with replacement PSU (deal PSU is 280W) and GPU
http://websurfaces.co.uk/2014/08/20/oculus-rift-on-a-budget/

He got it for < £250 delivered in August? I want that deal :|
#8
Does any1 clever know if I would be able to add my SSD to this?
#9
MadeInBeats
Musicrab

Modded with replacement PSU (deal PSU is 280W) and GPU
http://websurfaces.co.uk/2014/08/20/oculus-rift-on-a-budget/

He got it for < £250 delivered in August? I want that deal :|

This would be about that if you include TCB not sure if they did on that site tho?
3 Likes #10
1982john
Does any1 clever know if I would be able to add my SSD to this?

I';m not clever, but yes of course you can.
#11
sJohnson23
We've bought about two dozen of these Lenovos in the last three months and have had two hard drives fail already. Possibly just a coincidence but both were bought about a month apart so it wouldn't have been the same batch. Possibly too cheap components.


Hard drives don't vary much between box shifters. The sandy bridge versions of these we have a bunch of all have WD drives in them.
#12
The £315 Argos Dell dells are better IMO.... Slightly slower i5 processor but better everything else
#13
Sounds fishy.
#14
good price, a better psu & a 750ti and you would have a decent gaming pc.
#15
you_gotta_be_kidding
The £315 Argos Dell dells are better IMO.... Slightly slower i5 processor but better everything else


Do you have a link? Cant find it on my mobile.
#16
1982john
Does any1 clever know if I would be able to add my SSD to this?
You mean a black one, one with applications and an OS on it, or one with just files on it?
Blank or files, you're fine, but it won't boot into an SSD with a Windows installation from a different computer on it.

1982john
MadeInBeats
Musicrab

Modded with replacement PSU (deal PSU is 280W) and GPU
http://websurfaces.co.uk/2014/08/20/oculus-rift-on-a-budget/

He got it for < £250 delivered in August? I want that deal :|

This would be about that if you include TCB not sure if they did on that site tho?

TBC is only 1.51% apparently, so that would bring it to just under £260 not £250.
#17
Jut got this.

Can som1 recommend a GPU that wont require any PSU upgrade that has HDMI?
#18
Can I ad ram ?
1 Like #19
1982john
Jut got this.

Can som1 recommend a GPU that wont require any PSU upgrade that has HDMI?

GTX 750 Ti
#20
Power Supply
180W
#21
Musicrab

Possible base for a budget gaming PC.

A PS4 is a budget gaming PC. Coincidentally going for around the same price.
#22
1982john
Jut got this.

Can som1 recommend a GPU that wont require any PSU upgrade that has HDMI?

The PSU is 180 watt, so it might be difficult to put a GPU in there but an nVidia 750ti is likely your best bet. A replacement PSU needn't cost a lot if you put one in the same time as you change the graphics card.
2 Likes #23
sms12
Can I ad ram ?

On these motherboards you add Clam.
#24
Even though GTX750 ti needs no pcie connection it still draws power through pcie slot which can sypply 70w.

I would not advise placing any more load on a low end generic psu...well nothing more than a few hard drives, fans or extra ram.
#25
vmistery
you_gotta_be_kidding
The £315 Argos Dell dells are better IMO.... Slightly slower i5 processor but better everything else

Do you have a link? Cant find it on my mobile.

I'd also like that link please.
banned#26
1982john
Jut got this.

Can som1 recommend a GPU that wont require any PSU upgrade that has HDMI?



For gaming or just media?
3 Likes #27
I thought I'd let everyone know that these newer Lenovo desktops have proprietary PSUs and they won't be upgradeable. They have a 14pin connection rather than a standard 24 pin as shown here:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B24mNmXCIAAF3NO.jpg

You also wont be able to add any extra hard drives or SSDs as there are only two SATA power connectors (these are the two 4 pin connections next to the 14 pin connection in the pic above - yes, the board provides the SATA power) so you'd have to lose the optical drive to add an SSD while leaving the HDD in. The PSUs are made by FSP and are 80 Plus Bronze rated. I have put a GTX 750 Ti in one of these (with the 280w PSU) and it handled being Furmarked and Prime95ed at the same time without issue.

Edited By: lancer778544 on Dec 03, 2014 22:09: Spelling
#28
DeanoLfc5
Power Supply
180W
And thought the 450watt put in mine was pushing it.
#29
fireman1
sms12
Can I ad ram ?

On these motherboards you add Clam.
First it was a carp now a clam,what is with this PC.
#30
lancer778544
I thought I'd let everyone know that these newer Lenovo desktops have proprietary PSUs and they won't be upgradeable. They have a 14pin connection rather than a standard 24 pin as shown here:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B24mNmXCIAAF3NO.jpg

You also wont be able to add any extra hard drives or SSDs as there are only two SATA power connectors (these are the two 4 pin connections next to the 14 pin connection in the pic above - yes, the board provides the SATA power) so you'd have to lose the optical drive to add an SSD while leaving the HDD in. The PSUs are made by FSP and are 80 Plus Bronze rated. I have put a GTX 750 Ti in one of these (with the 280w PSU) and it handled being Furmarked and Prime95ed at the same time without issue.

There are adapters to convert from 24pin to 14pin in existence though can't seem to find one in the UK

http://www.moddiy.com/products/IBM-Lenovo-PSU-Main-Power-24%252dPin-to-14%252dPin-Adapter-Cable-(30cm).html

Can someone who has bought this exact PC from this deal confirm the mobo power socket type, thanks.
1 Like #31
Bumnut53
good price, a better psu & a 750ti and you would have a decent gaming pc.

Yeah but why?

You can build a 500GB 4GB i5-4460 for £270
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/k4ZvmG

But in reality 500GB is senseless, you'd go for 1TB (£5 more), fit the better PSU to start with, no messing about with cashback, and then this doesn't make much sense.

This is a good deal for a PC, but it's not really a basis for a gaming PC.
#32
dudedude
Bumnut53
good price, a better psu & a 750ti and you would have a decent gaming pc.

Yeah but why?

You can build a 500GB 4GB i5-4460 for £270
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/k4ZvmG

But in reality 500GB is senseless, you'd go for 1TB (£5 more), fit the better PSU to start with, no messing about with cashback, and then this doesn't make much sense.

This is a good deal for a PC, but it's not really a basis for a gaming PC.

You conveniently leave out the cost of the operating system, (£70+) dvd drive (£10+), 9in1 card reader (£10+), keyboard and mouse (£10+) etc but I agree not a good gaming basis to build from mainly because the psu may not be upgradeable easily or at all but a genuine bargain for non gamers nonetheless.
#33
toaster
dudedude
Bumnut53
good price, a better psu & a 750ti and you would have a decent gaming pc.

Yeah but why?

You can build a 500GB 4GB i5-4460 for £270
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/k4ZvmG

But in reality 500GB is senseless, you'd go for 1TB (£5 more), fit the better PSU to start with, no messing about with cashback, and then this doesn't make much sense.

This is a good deal for a PC, but it's not really a basis for a gaming PC.

You conveniently leave out the cost of the operating system, (£70+) dvd drive (£10+), 9in1 card reader (£10+), keyboard and mouse (£10+) etc but I agree not a good gaming basis to build from mainly because the psu may not be upgradeable easily or at all but a genuine bargain for non gamers nonetheless.

Well I don't need any of those things, personally (at least not the ones supplied here). Only paid £25 for Windows 8, can't imagine paying £70 for it.
1 Like #34
dudedude
toaster
dudedude
Bumnut53
good price, a better psu & a 750ti and you would have a decent gaming pc.

Yeah but why?

You can build a 500GB 4GB i5-4460 for £270
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/k4ZvmG

But in reality 500GB is senseless, you'd go for 1TB (£5 more), fit the better PSU to start with, no messing about with cashback, and then this doesn't make much sense.

This is a good deal for a PC, but it's not really a basis for a gaming PC.

You conveniently leave out the cost of the operating system, (£70+) dvd drive (£10+), 9in1 card reader (£10+), keyboard and mouse (£10+) etc but I agree not a good gaming basis to build from mainly because the psu may not be upgradeable easily or at all but a genuine bargain for non gamers nonetheless.

Well I don't need any of those things, personally (at least not the ones supplied here). Only paid £25 for Windows 8, can't imagine paying £70 for it.

Of course you might not need those things but that's not much help to anybody else is it. Your claim that you can build your own for just £5 more is clearly not correct. This Lenovo comes with Windows 8.1 Pro on DVD (and Win 7Pro installed), quite a result in itself as it's worth £110 a least as an OEM buy.
#35
Been trying to buy this for two weeks. I wouldnt bother ordering - they cancel your order and ask for photocopies of your passport and utility bills. Don't have time for the rigmarole. Do you?
#36
Been trying to buy this for two weeks. I wouldnt bother ordering - they cancel your order and ask for photocopies of your passport and utility bills. Don't have time for the rigmarole. Do you?
#37
Tastyparsnip
Been trying to buy this for two weeks. I wouldnt bother ordering - they cancel your order and ask for photocopies of your passport and utility bills. Don't have time for the rigmarole. Do you?

Not sure what the problem was but I ordered one just fine with a credit card. It was a transaction just as ordinary as any other.
#38
And it's arrived?

I tried ordering three times before giving up. I didn't have utility bills as moved back with parents to save deposit. I was told that I could provide copies of bank statements instead and driving licence. Tried ordering again and they asked for a copy of my passport. I'm not playing any more.
#39
And it's arrived?

I tried ordering three times before giving up. I didn't have utility bills as moved back with parents to save deposit. I was told that I could provide copies of bank statements instead and driving licence. Tried ordering again and they asked for a copy of my passport. I'm not playing any more.
#40
Tastyparsnip
And it's arrived?

I tried ordering three times before giving up. I didn't have utility bills as moved back with parents to save deposit. I was told that I could provide copies of bank statements instead and driving licence. Tried ordering again and they asked for a copy of my passport. I'm not playing any more.

It arrived last week using the free delivery option they have. No problem at all.

Separately ordered a memory upgrade from them and thats out for delivery to me today.

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