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A fast well made desktop with both windows 7 and windows 8 64 bit Professional operating systems. Ideal for people who don't get on with Windows 8 and want to run older programs or hardware as Windows 7 Professional has an XP emulator (needs to be downloaded from Microsoft as not included in the build but only takes minutes).
The £75 cash back appears to have been extended for another month. There was a review of this earlier that appears to have expired.
I am very happy with the quality and speed of this system. Ordered another 4GB of RAM for £30 to bring it upto 8GB.

£75 cashback from Lenovo until 31/1/15 details at
https://lenovo-offers.com/uk/en/pages/business/qualifying
(model number is 10as002puk)
- Musicrab
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#1
I like they way they provide both OS and leave it up to you to choose if you want to install W8.

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#2
TWO OS's?! With two seperate keys presumably? That's pretty cool.

Aside from that, this seems like a pretty decent deal at £265. The processor is an i5-4430S which isn't too shabby and is a mere 65 Watts. The Lenovo CPU cooler is a bit rubbish and loud, but you can replace it extremely cheapy if you're only catering for a 65 Watt cpu!.

PSU is only 180 Watts though, so touch and go whether you can slip a 750 ti in there as a graphics upgrade!
#3
Would this be good for general browsing office stuff and games like football manger etc?
#4
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A3DELITIST
I like they way they provide both OS and leave it up to you to choose if you want to install W8.

Heat


Only allowed one active at any time, this frequent and particularly very frequent with lenovo.
#5
markyboy82
Would this be good for general browsing office stuff and games like football manger etc?
Will be fine for those, Football Manager isn't graphics heavy so the integrated graphics should run it.
banned#6
Tempted but spec is lacking. I think I will hold out for the next i7 desktop deal. Why would Lenovo extend the cashback unless not many people have taken up on the cashback offers. :|
1 Like #7
The main problem with this PC is the PSU at just 180watts, it will take a replacement apparently but the mainboard uses a non standard 14pin power socket which adds to the problem. If you are not a gamer this is an excellent PC for the price, especially getting Win8 pro on DVD.

This deal was posted before Christmas and there was a lot of discussion on it's merits or otherwise.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-thinkcentre-edge-73-i5-4430s-quad-core-339-99-inc-vat-264-99-after-cashback-2055809#comments


Edited By: toaster on Jan 06, 2015 22:14: .
#8
i bought one before xmas.

i put the windows 8 on it but i also have an ssd and 500gb drive running and its near silent. one of the best buys i have ever spent i just feel like i would like more RAM in it the now (not that it needs it)
3 Likes #9
I read the previous thread and the main problem it seems people were concerned with was the slightly non standard power supply rated at 180W. This isn't an issue if you don't want to fit a power hungry graphics card. This isn't the computer to buy if you want it as the basis of a high end gaming machine.
Saying that the first thing I did when it arrived was open it up and have a quick peak. Mine has a 280W FSP PSU as it seems several other peoples computers do looking at the previous deal that was posted.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k57/karlthekarter/IMG_3114_zps14a0b149.jpg

The RAM installed is in one slot only so a cheap upgrade to 8G of ram only cost me £30 for another DIMM.
There is a spare Hard drive bay in which I have installed a slightly older SATA 2 hard drive from my old PC which I have used as a back up drive creating a disc image every month or so. The board handily has a spare SATA 2 port.

The processor has quite a good CPU benchmark score of nearly 6000 so it's not slow.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-4430S+%40+2.70GHz&id=2111

If you look at an I7 equipped Lenovo on Ebuyer such as this for £631 using the Intel Core i7-4790S 3.2GHz

http://www.ebuyer.com/660221-lenovo-thinkstation-e73-sff-desktop-10aw008suk

That processor comes up with a CPU benchmark score of 9700 about 60% faster. which would hardly be noticed on most of the applications people would use this for.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4790S+%40+3.20GHz&id=2258

The system comes with W7 Pro 64 bit installed and if you want discs to recover the OS you can produce those easily as you have to do with most systems these days they don't supply recovery media just a partition on the hard drive.
Also come with W8 Pro 64 bit OS if you want to upgrade from windows 7.
If you are looking for a quick good quality computer for office stuff, web surfing etc then I think this is a good choice.
#10
karlthekarter
I read the previous thread and the main problem it seems people were concerned with was the slightly non standard power supply rated at 180W. This isn't an issue if you don't want to fit a power hungry graphics card. This isn't the computer to buy if you want it as the basis of a high end gaming machine.
Saying that the first thing I did when it arrived was open it up and have a quick peak. Mine has a 280W FSP PSU as it seems several other peoples computers do looking at the previous deal that was posted.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k57/karlthekarter/IMG_3114_zps14a0b149.jpg

The RAM installed is in one slot only so a cheap upgrade to 8G of ram only cost me £30 for another DIMM.
There is a spare Hard drive bay in which I have installed a slightly older SATA 2 hard drive from my old PC which I have used as a back up drive creating a disc image every month or so. The board handily has a spare SATA 2 port.

The processor has quite a good CPU benchmark score of nearly 6000 so it's not slow.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-4430S+%40+2.70GHz&id=2111

If you look at an I7 equipped Lenovo on Ebuyer such as this for £631 using the Intel Core i7-4790S 3.2GHz

http://www.ebuyer.com/660221-lenovo-thinkstation-e73-sff-desktop-10aw008suk

That processor comes up with a CPU benchmark score of 9700 about 60% faster. which would hardly be noticed on most of the applications people would use this for.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4790S+%40+3.20GHz&id=2258

The system comes with W7 Pro 64 bit installed and if you want discs to recover the OS you can produce those easily as you have to do with most systems these days they don't supply recovery media just a partition on the hard drive.
Also come with W8 Pro 64 bit OS if you want to upgrade from windows 7.
If you are looking for a quick good quality computer for office stuff, web surfing etc then I think this is a good choice.

Not the most powerful PSU but at least it's a decent make
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/FSP_Group
1 Like #11
Do you infact require something with a cpu benchmark of 6000 odd to surf the net and do your invoices.....

Edited By: logohigh on Jan 06, 2015 22:23: ?
#12
i just wondered ...Cos mines half that
#13
Does the PSU & MB Have spare SATA connectors for an SSD?
#14
Seems a pretty good deal for a basic no frills PC, with 2 OS's and £75 cash back.
#15
CPU here barely beats i3 4130. 1600 MHz memory is 'meh' at best (two slots only, pray one is free, not confirmed so far), HDD in ebuyer batch is WD5000AAKS - while okay, it is quite outdated (i have three new ones failing to sell on bay - anyone wants them? - pm), the board power connectors are proprietary and can accommodate only up to 3 SATA devices altogether. (http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/docs/um019101) Plus only 180W PSU. Even at £270 it is a stretch...
4 Likes #16
olmer
CPU here barely beats i3 4130. 1600 MHz memory is 'meh' at best (two slots only, pray one is free, not confirmed so far), HDD in ebuyer batch is WD5000AAKS - while okay, it is quite outdated (i have three new ones failing to sell on bay - anyone wants them? - pm), the board power connectors are proprietary and can accommodate only up to 3 SATA devices altogether. (http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/docs/um019101) Plus only 180W PSU. Even at £270 it is a stretch...

Except this i5 is quad core.
1600 MHz memory is meh? What planet are you living on.. Unless your after top of the range it's more than adequate.
Somebody already confirmed 1 slot is free.
You have 3 brand new ones failing, but your selling them on eBay?.. It's not just your comments that don't make sense..
2 Likes #17
olmer
CPU here barely beats i3 4130. 1600 MHz memory is 'meh' at best (two slots only, pray one is free, not confirmed so far), HDD in ebuyer batch is WD5000AAKS - while okay, it is quite outdated (i have three new ones failing to sell on bay - anyone wants them? - pm), the board power connectors are proprietary and can accommodate only up to 3 SATA devices altogether. (http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/docs/um019101) Plus only 180W PSU. Even at £270 it is a stretch...
so please enlighten us with a better deal, not just price wise but value for money. Tks.
1 Like #18
The MHz of RAM does not make any (or very little) difference to a slower frequency when you are using software except video rendering applications. If you are using the integrated graphics card (which uses ram) then it may make a difference.

Edited By: rafi105 on Jan 06, 2015 23:27
#19
sorry i should ask where did you get the ram, i normally stck to crucial after buying bad stuff a few years back
#20
Retro89
markyboy82
Would this be good for general browsing office stuff and games like football manger etc?
Will be fine for those, Football Manager isn't graphics heavy so the integrated graphics should run it.


thanks :)
#21
dfarrall
olmer
CPU here barely beats i3 4130. 1600 MHz memory is 'meh' at best (two slots only, pray one is free, not confirmed so far), HDD in ebuyer batch is WD5000AAKS - while okay, it is quite outdated (i have three new ones failing to sell on bay - anyone wants them? - pm), the board power connectors are proprietary and can accommodate only up to 3 SATA devices altogether. (http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/docs/um019101) Plus only 180W PSU. Even at £270 it is a stretch...
Except this i5 is quad core.
1600 MHz memory is meh? What planet are you living on.. Unless your after top of the range it's more than adequate.
Somebody already confirmed 1 slot is free.
You have 3 brand new ones failing, but your selling them on eBay?.. It's not just your comments that don't make sense..

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/412/Intel_Core_i3_i3-4130_vs_Intel_Core_i5_i5-4430.html

One out of? Sorry, there are different reports on that - search.

Read again.
#22
rafi105
The MHz of RAM does not make any (or very little) difference to a slower frequency when you are using software except video rendering applications. If you are using the integrated graphics card (which uses ram) then it may make a difference.

Agree.1600MHz is the second lowest configuration possible after 1333MHz. That's why it is 'meh'. Not that much is expected for the price, just the fact.
1 Like #23
Which will make sweet FA difference to anyone buying this computer.

It's a cheap n cheerful office and Internet pc not a speedster RAM speed is totally irrelevant realistically for this type of machine
1 Like #24
It's hard to argue with the price after cash back for an office base unit, though I can imagine someone ordering it in the hope rather than the expectation of the higher wattage PSU and opening it up to find the 180w model. Can't grumble, given it's target market and price point.
#25
can anyone suggest a cheap/cheapest 4GB stick of RAM that can be used for this? tried to have a look, but numerous technical variations and specifications of RAM bamboozled me.. :(

P.S. i have the i5-3470 variant of this PC (from lenovo website deal)
#26
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thetwistedblue
TWO OS's?! With two seperate keys presumably? That's pretty cool.

Aside from that, this seems like a pretty decent deal at £265. The processor is an i5-4430S which isn't too shabby and is a mere 65 Watts. The Lenovo CPU cooler is a bit rubbish and loud, but you can replace it extremely cheapy if you're only catering for a 65 Watt cpu!.

PSU is only 180 Watts though, so touch and go whether you can slip a 750 ti in there as a graphics upgrade!


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#27
elbs
can anyone suggest a cheap/cheapest 4GB stick of RAM that can be used for this? tried to have a look, but numerous technical variations and specifications of RAM bamboozled me.. :(

P.S. i have the i5-3470 variant of this PC (from lenovo website deal)
Have you tried the Crucial scanner?
http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/systemscanner
#28
olmer
dfarrall
olmer
CPU here barely beats i3 4130. 1600 MHz memory is 'meh' at best (two slots only, pray one is free, not confirmed so far), HDD in ebuyer batch is WD5000AAKS - while okay, it is quite outdated (i have three new ones failing to sell on bay - anyone wants them? - pm), the board power connectors are proprietary and can accommodate only up to 3 SATA devices altogether. (http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/docs/um019101) Plus only 180W PSU. Even at £270 it is a stretch...
Except this i5 is quad core.
1600 MHz memory is meh? What planet are you living on.. Unless your after top of the range it's more than adequate.
Somebody already confirmed 1 slot is free.
You have 3 brand new ones failing, but your selling them on eBay?.. It's not just your comments that don't make sense..
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/412/Intel_Core_i3_i3-4130_vs_Intel_Core_i5_i5-4430.html
One out of? Sorry, there are different reports on that - search.
Read again.

You could pick some Core i7 chips and a Core i3 with a higher clock speed will show better single thread performance, which is what that shows, but overall the Core i5 comes out ahead:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-4130+%40+3.40GHz
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-4430S+%40+2.70GHz

We moved away from single threaded performance as the be-all and end-all of performance measuring back in the last decade. Please keep up.
#29
Does anyone have a better option than this at this price range please ?
#30
Now that Intel have launched the new generation of CPUs, expect to see more discounting of Haswell generation CPUs and systems.
This is a good price for a decent low end system, hot.
#31
can I sell the win 7 / 8 key if I don't want one of them?
#32
rrk3001
Does anyone have a better option than this at this price range please ?
Define "better". You won't get better in terms of CPU grunt for the price. This is £25 cheaper and about 2/3 the power but may be good enough?
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/zoostorm-7270-8037-pc-amd-a10-5700-quad-core-3-4ghz-4-gb-ram-1-tb-sata-hdd-windows-2110804
#34
Over a year ago, but yep, great unless something goes wrong...
#35
To answer some of the questions above.
My computer came with a spare DIMM slot so addition of an extra 4G RAM is very easy.
Something like this would be fine and matches the suppled RAM spec

http://www.ebuyer.com/399241-corsair-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-memory-cmv4gx3m1a1600c11

http://www.ebuyer.com/473576-crucial-4gb-ddr3-1600-mt-s-pc3-12800-cl11-unbuffered-udimm-240pin-single-ranked-ct51264ba160bj


The RAM in my PC was a Hyundai part HMT351U6EFR8C-PB

There is a spare SATA power connector located by the HD bay. To fit another HD you will need a SATA connection cable. There are 2 SATA3 connections and a SATA2 .
The system drive and optical drive use the SATA3 connections.
The hard drive I added was an older one so only SATA2 compatible so used the SATA2 port.
If you want to add another SATA3 drive you would swap the optical drive to the SATA2 port. I hardly ever use it and you wouldn't notice the difference in performance.

The Operating system is designed for use with a Licensed Lenovo PC and has OEM activation so codes are contained in the computer BIOS I believe.
#36
OOS
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OOS
#38
ras468
OOS
sorry didn't see yours !
#40
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