Lenovo ThinkCentre A70 Celeron Dual Core E3400 Tower Desktop PC - £159 @ BHS Direct - HotUKDeals
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Couldn't find how much the delivery cost is, so guessing it might be free.

Its only 1GB ram, but memory prices seem to be quite cheap at the mo, so upgrading it to the max wouldn't be to much of an issue?

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Product Description: Lenovo ThinkCentre A70 Celeron Dual Core E3400 Tower Desktop PC
Processor: Intel Celeron Dual Core E3400 2.6GHz
Memory: 1GB RAM Installed DDR3
Hard Drive: 160GB SATA Hard Dirve
Optical Drive: DVD-RW
Operating System: DOS
Monitor: None
Graphics Controller: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500
Network Interface: Realtek 8111DL Ethernet
Warranty: 1 Year Onsite Warranty
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#1
http://www.bhsdirect.co.uk/imageupload/showimage.aspx?id=121963&width=250&height=250
#2
DuRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Delivery dets are right under the pic.

Super saver is free delivery.

Edited By: RS2000 on Apr 19, 2011 18:12
#3
Operating System: DOS?
#4
Is it just me or does the design of IBMs thinkcentre tower range just look awesome?

Reminds me of their P series corporate stuff.
#5
Eurgh, Celeron.

I love how it says the OS is DOS as well!!!
#6
£159 seems to be a typical delivered price for this item.
Actually marginally cheaper from CCL:
http://www.cclonline.com/product/45884/VBEH6UK/All-Systems/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-A70-Tower-Desktop/SYS1574/
#7
chaywa
Eurgh, Celeron.

I love how it says the OS is DOS as well!!!


These recent Celerons aren't super quick but aren't as slow as the old ones, personally I think Intel made a marketing mistake continuing the Celeron name 'cos you're not the first person to think 'Eurgh'.
#8
RS2000
Operating System: DOS


ha
#9
Accoring to Lenovo's site it has Free-DOS
#10
Well then it looks like it has no OS.
3 Likes #11
Spec isn't brilliant but price is a bargain for a brand new prebuilt desktop pc with warranty etc. Stick on Windows 7 and its good to go.
suspended#12
my grandma runs faster than this processor. ~However still not a bad price. Have a degree
#13
Considering you have to upgrade the RAM, most likely the HDD and CPU also for most users, this doesnt seem great value. I guess the case is pretty good, and you can use the motherboard and PSU but I cant really see how this is ok as is?
5 Likes #14
toberemembered
Considering you have to upgrade the RAM, most likely the HDD and CPU also for most users, this doesnt seem great value.


I disagree. Its probably worth knocking the RAM up a bit, 2GB DDR3 sticks only cost £10 - £15, but the CPU and HDD will be fine for most people who just use the PC for normal internet/ office tasks.
5 Likes #15
toberemembered
Considering you have to upgrade the RAM, most likely the HDD and CPU also for most users, this doesnt seem great value. I guess the case is pretty good, and you can use the motherboard and PSU but I cant really see how this is ok as is?

This Celeron is a Core 2 (Wolfdale, 45nm) with less cache so how can it be bad, and what exactly do 'most users' do? Browse the web, and do a bit of word processing making this amply powerful...
1 Like #16
I agree with plewis00

Amazing how simply having the name 'celeron' makes people instantly dismiss it.
It's a very competent well performing CPU that will be fine for most average users.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+E3400+%40+2.60GHz
it benchmarks really well, outperforming some Athlons, Xeons, Pentiums and Core2duo's


Obviously those that render HD video, edit 40gb raw digital images or 3d gamers might do to look elsewhere.


Edited By: spannerzone on Apr 19, 2011 21:27
#17
Hot from me, fast CPU according to CPU chart, pre built and nice looking case. Perfect starter system. Will stick in another gig of ram and maybe a £10 usb 3 PCI express card.
#18
J400uk
toberemembered
Considering you have to upgrade the RAM, most likely the HDD and CPU also for most users, this doesnt seem great value.


I disagree. Its probably worth knocking the RAM up a bit, 2GB DDR3 sticks only cost £10 - £15, but the CPU and HDD will be fine for most people who just use the PC for normal internet/ office tasks.


I guess im probably looking at it from more of media user or gamers perspective, I have been building several systems recently looking at getting the most value for money out of each component, e.g cost per gigabyte of hard drive space or ram, and 1gb RAM and 160gb hard drive are very low by todays standards. That said it is a low cost system and the e3400 is powerful enough for office/internet use and maybe some older games.

Please bear in mind that benchmark chart is the mid to high range one and doesnt include the latest generation CPU's which typically get 3,500+ in the benchmarks

Edited By: toberemembered on Apr 19, 2011 21:50
#19
Will this be ok to run as a home theater PC? Just want to connect it to my HDTV and stream movies and play rmvb format videos.
1 Like #20
Office and Internet use? My work Pemtium 3 based machine can handle office and Internet use without too much fuss. This CPU has enough headroom to edit hd video, drive a fairly decent gpu and a whole lot more. The single gb of ram is the real bottleneck in this system, bur that's easily remedied.
#21
The way I see it you buy a pre built system so you dont have to build it yourself or for the warranty and support, would you void the warrantly by personally upgrading the RAM, hard drive or GPU? Just curious?
2 Likes #22
I can't believe people are slating this deal for having a Celeron, 1GB RAM and only a 160GB HDD.

It's £159 ffs.

This is ample for most people that I know. Celerons in desktops are fine for normal day to day tasks, office, internet etc. Celeron's are only crap in Laptops due to the lack of power management.

You can upgrade to 3GB for around £18 so for £177 you have a pretty decent system for the average user.
#23
toberemembered
The way I see it you buy a pre built system so you dont have to build it yourself or for the warranty and support, would you void the warrantly by personally upgrading the RAM, hard drive or GPU? Just curious?



No not at all...If you ever have problems with the system they always ask you to remove RAM, reseat this etc.
#26


Not with the delivery charge added

Have some heat, most people don't play games or need the latest processor for everyday normal use it's more than capable and its cheap.
#27
We have bought a number of these at work for various locations...they are actually pretty good!
#28
eeek. celeron
3 Likes #29
montana78
eeek. celeron


Oh dear - have you not read the comments.
#30
I must confess I saw Celeron and baulked, however having seen the benchmarks people kindly posted I'm converted. Looking for a PC for my old man which only needs to be basic. Adding RAM and windows that's another £85.00 ish?
#31
Anyone know if it has an OS on board? Beside DOS I mean:p.

Can't see BHS giving out a pc without an OS - their average customer can't be that IT literate!
#32
toberemembered
Considering you have to upgrade the RAM, most likely the HDD and CPU also for most users, this doesnt seem great value. I guess the case is pretty good, and you can use the motherboard and PSU but I cant really see how this is ok as is?


Well an extra 2GB of RAM is what, 20 quid if that? I doubt this system would be of interest to gamers, hence I don't see a need for CPU or HDD upgrade for folks like me who don't do gaming.
1 Like #33
Quids
Anyone know if it has an OS on board? Beside DOS I mean:p.

Can't see BHS giving out a pc without an OS - their average customer can't be that IT literate!


This does seem a bizarre approach by BHS, they're hardly well know as a supplier of business systems are they???
1 Like #34
Hey OP,

Great find, have some heat and not to tread on your feet, found the same item for £152.53, don't know much about the retailer, but if anyone knows more please advise

http://www.crescentelectronics.co.uk/lenovo-thinkcentre-a70-7099--c-e3400-26-ghz.html

Cheers
:p
#35
I've used Crescent 2-3 times and can vouch for their delivery speed and customer service. Spot on.
#36
Strangely enough after a call to BHS, it does appear that no OS is included. Not a bad price but would have been cracking with a windows OS on.
#37
J400uk
Spec isn't brilliant but price is a bargain for a brand new prebuilt desktop pc with warranty etc. Stick on Windows 7 and its good to go.

Does this come with Windows 7 already? Or do you need to buy it separately and instal it? Forgive me if it's a stupid question, I'm not too knowledgeable about these things.

thanks,
1 Like #38
Celerons these days aren't really deserving of their "EWWWWW" reputation. The E3400 is better than some of the Core 2 Duos and uses less power, a rather sensible choice when building a machine for under 200 quid. Good deal.
#39
James B
J400uk
Spec isn't brilliant but price is a bargain for a brand new prebuilt desktop pc with warranty etc. Stick on Windows 7 and its good to go.


Does this come with Windows 7 already? Or do you need to buy it separately and instal it? Forgive me if it's a stupid question, I'm not too knowledgeable about these things.

thanks,


No problem at all, no stupid questions here. You'll need to buy yourself a copy of Windows 7 - if you have any family members at School/College/Uni, then you can get a big discount on it.
#40
Quids
Strangely enough after a call to BHS, it does appear that no OS is included. Not a bad price but would have been cracking with a windows OS on.


Given that these are intended as business machines (OK from BHS..WTF?) then they're aimed at the market where the customer will have a volume license and stick their own customised image of Win7 or whatever on each machine anyway, so there'd be no point supplying with an OS.

Still a good deal if you can get Win7 from software4students or whatever at 40 quid (ignoring the fact that's supposed to be an upgrade not a clean install).

In comparison the cheapest Dell Vostro 230 with Win7 HP I can see is around 240 quid delivered.

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