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This is a "Thursday Special Buy starting 2nd October.
Looks a great spec for the price.

Intel® Core2 Duo Processor E7300 2.66 Ghz, 3MB Cache, 1066 Mhz FSB
The ground-breaking Intel® Core2 Duo processors based on Intel® Core micro architecture are built for high performance and low energy consumption, which means higher efficiency with no compromise in speed.

Huge 640GB hard disk
S-ATA 300 interface, super-fast 7200 rpm, 16MB cache For more than 120,000 songs or photos*

Massive 3GB DDR2 SDRAM
with 667 MHz 64 bits, Dual Channel Memory

NVIDIA® GEFORCE® 9500 GS graphics
with 512MB, DVI-I, HDMI and TV-Out, DirectX® 10 and HDCP support

Multiformat DVD/CD burner**
supports all DVD/CD standards, incl. dual layer DVD-R / DVD+R

Medion data port 2
for HDDrive2go ultra speed***

Mainboard
with LAN and 8 Channel high definition Audio onboard****

HDMI for perfect digital output

eSATA connection

Numerous ports

Rear:
2?PS/2
1?serial
6?USB 2.0
1?RJ-45 LAN
1?Firewire
1?Front Line Out
1?Rear Line Out
1?Centre/Subwoofer Line Out
1?Surround Out
1?Line In
1?SPDIF (coax.)
1?SPDIF (opt.)
1?DVI-I (incl. adaptor D-Sub VGA)
1?HDMI
1?TV Out

Front:
2?USB 2.0
1?Firewire
1?microphone
1?headphone
1?eSATA
USB 2.0
Flashcard reader for all current flashcards*****

HDMI + DVI
Connect the MD8396 PC to a HD ready TV via HDMI/DVI port to give you brilliant colours and picture perfect clarity the ultimate digital home cinema experience.

Huge Software Package (OEM Versions)

* Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (incl. Service Pack 1 with new Media Centre interface)
* Microsoft® Works 9.0
* Microsoft® Office Home and Student****** (60 days trial)
* Nero Burning ROM 8 Essentials
* Nero Recode 3SE Essentials
* Nero Express Essentials
* Nero Vision Express Essentials
* Ulead Photoimpact 12 SE (Photo processing package for new and ambitious users)
* AOL (preinstalled)
* BullGuard Internet Security incl. 90 days internet update (free registration necessary)
* System recovery powered by Symantec http://www.symantec.com
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#1
seems a bit on the expensive side, did not want to unheat it without saying :)
banned#2
Chuckles1001
seems a bit on the expensive side, did not want to unheat it without saying :)


and no monitor
#3
fragaliciousbob
and no monitor


That wa sone of the reasons it is over priced lol. to build one would be so much cheaper :)
#4
Not everyone can build own so got to vote hot, not seen spec like this on any other system
#5
yes not everyone has the time or patients to build a machine
#6
The tesco one is far better than this and only £400
#7
weirdwilli
The tesco one is far better than this and only £400


The Tesco one is a good deal because it includes a monitor but the processor and graphics make the Medion the better spec PC.
#8
weirdwilli
The tesco one is far better than this and only £400


Where?
#9
Some interesting aspects like good connectivity, but really just very ordinary.

The last few Aldi PC offers have been nowhere near as good as in the past :-(
1 Like #10
Chuckles1001
That wa sone of the reasons it is over priced lol. to build one would be so much cheaper :)


What do you call "so much cheaper"? I reckon by the time you add all the bits and pieces together, including the OS, there's not a lot in it, and you haven't had to scour the net to find everything, like a case with an external HDD docking station, for example.
#11
Chuck U
What do you call "so much cheaper"? I reckon by the time you add all the bits and pieces together, including the OS, there's not a lot in it, and you haven't had to scour the net to find everything, like a case with an external HDD docking station, for example.



Samsung TS-H653B 20X Black SATA DVD�RW Dual Layer Bare Drive - £13.45

Hiyatek 26-in-1 Card Reader With Fan Controllers and E-SATA Port, Audio in/out - 5.25" Bay £7.15

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition-SP3- Licence and media £59.99

ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus GeForce 6100 Socket AM2+ 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard £30.70

Kingston 4gb (2x2gb) Ddr2 800mhz Memory Non-ecc Cl5 £48.03

CAVIAR GP 640GB 16MB - SATA/300 8.9MS 7200RPM £51.78

Extra Value DTV-1200 DVB-T Digital TV USB Stick £15.15

AMD Phenom X3 Triple Core 8650 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 2MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £82.91

Casecom LG-7730 Silver/Black Mid Tower Case - With 500W PSU 12CM Fan 20+4pin £23.99

Inno3D 9500GT 512MB DDR2 DVI VGA HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £46.75

Total
£379.90

Sorry my KB went squitxs then lol. That was a quick look on one internet shop as its late, so hope i have not missed anything off and got the OS & E-Sata cponnection. The components are faster and got more memory sure you could knock another £50 that to.
#12
Chuck U
What do you call "so much cheaper"? I reckon by the time you add all the bits and pieces together, including the OS, there's not a lot in it, and you haven't had to scour the net to find everything, like a case with an external HDD docking station, for example.



Samsung TS-H653B 20X Black SATA DVD�RW Dual Layer Bare Drive - £13.45

Hiyatek 26-in-1 Card Reader With Fan Controllers and E-SATA Port, Audio in/out - 5.25" Bay £7.15

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition-SP3- Licence and media £59.99

ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus GeForce 6100 Socket AM2+ 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard £30.70

Kingston 4gb (2x2gb) Ddr2 800mhz Memory Non-ecc Cl5 £48.03

CAVIAR GP 640GB 16MB - SATA/300 8.9MS 7200RPM £51.78

Extra Value DTV-1200 DVB-T Digital TV USB Stick £15.15

AMD Phenom X3 Triple Core 8650 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 2MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £82.91

Casecom LG-7730 Silver/Black Mid Tower Case - With 500W PSU 12CM Fan 20+4pin £23.99

Inno3D 9500GT 512MB DDR2 DVI VGA HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £46.75

Total
£379.90

Sorry my KB went squitxs then lol. That was a quick look on one internet shop as its late, so hope i have not missed anything off and got the OS & E-Sata cponnection. The components are faster and got more memory sure you could knock another £50 that to.
2 Likes #13
Hi,don't press the cold button on here till you check things out for yourself.
Peeps on this thread certainly ain't checked anything out,knock them some rep off.
Check Tesco's deals out:-

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.901-2426.aspx

http://direct.tesco.com/q/buylist/id.4124.aspx can't seem to get Q6600 link to work at the moment.

Remember Bluray readers(& some monitors) are cheap enough now,also work out what a 3yr warranty is worth,not cheap(& Medion ain't bad with it overall,whatever the odd peep with a grievance says,lots more well happy).
Remember its a Package(everything might not suit you,its not a self build),not a CPU & a GFX card thrown in a case,everything included SW wants pricing up.


Cheers BOB
#14
Hi,not worth checking all your spec out,not Vista Home Premium,not a E7300,cheap case,be a cheap PSU(normally a decent PSU,memory & mobo etc in a Medion,but Bios will be locked like lots of other makes,especially with long warranties,might be crackable etc thou?),no Nero & other SW ie Works,Uead etc.,list goes on(CBA) Carp to say the least,sorry.Weres P&P costs as well,if applicable?& whos going to build it?


Cheers BOB

ps & hope your available to mend it & supply parts for next 3yrs.

pps you have to build a identical package in all ways to see if you can build cheaper,you can't compare if anything is different.

ppps this cheaper in USA thou :D

http://aldi.us/us/html/offers/2867_6150_ENU_HTML.htm
#15
Hi all, I was looking to get this PC today, but not sure whether I should now.

People say you can get better for less out there, but don't really seem to be providing links etc :?

In terms of processor, what sort of difference is there between the E7300 in this, and a Q6600? :thinking:

My budget's £500, so if you've spotted any other great deals about, I'd love to know :thumbsup:
#16
bibio
Hi,don't press the cold button on here till you check things out for yourself.
Peeps on this thread certainly ain't checked anything out,knock them some rep off.
Check Tesco's deals out:-

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.901-2426.aspx

http://direct.tesco.com/q/buylist/id.4124.aspx can't seem to get Q6600 link to work at the moment.

Remember Bluray readers(& some monitors) are cheap enough now,also work out what a 3yr warranty is worth,not cheap(& Medion ain't bad with it overall,whatever the odd peep with a grievance says,lots more well happy).
Remember its a Package(everything might not suit you,its not a self build),not a CPU & a GFX card thrown in a case,everything included SW wants pricing up.


Cheers BOB

I don't think you can knock rep off people, but you can certainly have some rep of your own. :thumbsup:
1 Like #17
I have had a Medion (from Aldi) for 3 years. Nice unit. There is a great support community, which has helped to discover things like the bios password etc.

I'm out of touch with current PC specs so can't comment on this value, but I wont have people knocking Medion just for the sake of it! (many of whom do so simply because of the Aldi connection). The 3 year warranty counts for a lot, although thankfully I haven't needed it yet.

Have we actually got a like-for-like spec'd machine listed at a similar price here?
#18
Chuckles1001

Total £379.90
The components are faster and got more memory sure you could knock another £50 that to.


Let's use the £50 to buy Intel CPU and mobo, Vista Home Premium, and a decent case, which even then won't have the docking station, and I think we've both proved that you simply can't build an equivalent spec for less money. And we haven't even costed in the 3 year warranty. So anyone who votes cold on that basis is doing so without any justification whatsoever.
#19
JayDubya
I have had a Medion (from Aldi) for 3 years. Nice unit. There is a great support community, which has helped to discover things like the bios password etc.

I'm out of touch with current PC specs so can't comment on this value, but I wont have people knocking Medion just for the sake of it! (many of whom do so simply because of the Aldi connection). The 3 year warranty counts for a lot, although thankfully I haven't needed it yet.

Have we actually got a like-for-like spec'd machine listed at a similar price here?


Couldn't agree more, mate. And no, we haven't got a like-for-like spec'd machine for this money, and I doubt if anyone can find one or build one.
#20
GibsonSt19
Hi all, I was looking to get this PC today, but not sure whether I should now.

People say you can get better for less out there, but don't really seem to be providing links etc :?

In terms of processor, what sort of difference is there between the E7300 in this, and a Q6600? :thinking:

My budget's £500, so if you've spotted any other great deals about, I'd love to know :thumbsup:


The Q6600 is Quad Core, the E7300 is Dual Core
Some people's views
"Getting a quad-core processor into a machine is more about bragging rights than a genuine boost in performance. Very little PC software is designed to take advantage of multiple cores and it's unclear what performance benefits a quad-core chip would offer over a dual-core chip, such as the 3.06GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9100."

"If you are a user who spends a lot of time encoding voice or video, or rendering 3D models, then moving to 4 processors will definitely make sense. These are highly CPU intensive applications, and you can see significant reductions in run times. If however you are what I would call a normal user such as myself, then there is very little benefit of moving to a Quad Core at present.
How about gamers you ask, well for these people too it has been shown in many tests, that with the current generation of games that there is little point of moving to a Quad Core. So if as a gamer you are looking for a new rig then my advice would be to stick to Core 2 Duo for now, but make sure you have the capability to upgrade to Quad when the games take better advantage of the multiple cores."
#21
bibio
Hi,not worth checking all your spec out,not Vista Home Premium,not a E7300,cheap case,be a cheap PSU(normally a decent PSU,memory & mobo etc in a Medion,but Bios will be locked like lots of other makes,especially with long warranties,might be crackable etc thou?),no Nero & other SW ie Works,Uead etc.,list goes on(CBA) Carp to say the least,sorry.Weres P&P costs as well,if applicable?& whos going to build it?


Cheers BOB

ps & hope your available to mend it & supply parts for next 3yrs.

pps you have to build a identical package in all ways to see if you can build cheaper,you can't compare if anything is different.

ppps this cheaper in USA thou :D

http://aldi.us/us/html/offers/2867_6150_ENU_HTML.htm


If you read what i said, i said you could build a better one for cheaper, I did, going by CPU which is faster and more ram, so i could knock off a gb of ram and i could put the other software there but did't some people have to do some work thereselfs, i was jsut showing a better PC for cheaper, End of
#22
Chuck U
Let's use the £50 to buy Intel CPU and mobo, Vista Home Premium, and a decent case, which even then won't have the docking station, and I think we've both proved that you simply can't build an equivalent spec for less money. And we haven't even costed in the 3 year warranty. So anyone who votes cold on that basis is doing so without any justification whatsoever.


it has e-sata to dock your sata drive, it has a faster CPU (So why would i want to want a slower Intel chip in???) i am not saying AMD is quicker but the Chip i picked IS faster then that particular Intel chip. If you build your own PC use the warrenty that comes with the components (thats a choise thing) You are right about the case and PSU but you could put a good one in for the money you could save. before any of you say but i can take it back to the shop warrenty (remember Aldi dont sell PC so could not exchange it you would still have to wait 28 days to get it fixed.
#23
Chuck U
The Q6600 is Quad Core, the E7300 is Dual Core
Some people's views
"


The CPU i chose is tri-core so can do more thanks for pointing that out ;)
#24
Chuckles1001
It has a faster CPU (So why would i want to want a slower Intel chip in???) .


Because the Medion IS Intel. Some people won't touch AMD. Same way some people want a Ford, not a hot Peugeot. Same reason IT managers never got fired for buying IBM machines in the past. Arguably, all the components should from the same manufacturer, but the CPU is the most obvious to make the same because it's the one most people are familiar with. Your average Joe like to have an Intel inside.
And the words you used were "much cheaper", which, I'm sorry, I still dispute.
#25
Hi,not patronising because of prev post,but Chuck U as given some good detail.
Its a tough choice between the very popular Q6600 & a decent Exxxx etc.
Q6600 being Quad core will have more uses when more things take advantage of 4 cores etc(& fully use all 4 core etc),so a bit more futureproof that way(if anything is).But its 65nm compared to 45nm,so will use a bit more power & run a bit hotter.
Lets hope i7 pushs(out this month supposidly) down the price of the other 45nm quads,at least the mid range Q's & at least in a few months.
Read were you don't need a C2D etc running at more than about 2.4 or maybe 2.6GHz(think 2.4 thou),in Gaming even with a high end GFX card,you won't get much benefit after that,if any(ie it won't be a bottleneck).So tech heads even buy E2xxx or the newish E5xxx & just overclock them(you migjht have probs with a Medion,or other package PC's,overclocking),saves money :).They do so easily,on Air(maybe a bit better fan/cooler combo if needed),prob no Vcore increase or temp probs,if you don't push too much.
For your average peep whoes not into numbers,nearly any C2D,Quad etc will do & they prob won't see much in real life,unless they time Video encoding etc.The newer ones will run cooler & prob save a bit Lecy thou.
To be honest nowadays spec wise(apart in some instances for Gamers),its easy to say 'Yes that will do for you',just look see if the extras are what you want/worth it for you,warranty etc..As long who your'e buying off ain't really bad,parts are reasonable quality(most are mainstream,Intel etc),price is good etc.
Tesco Q6600 Bluray(about £80+ now,+ maybe HD Media Player SW),Aldi/Medion warranty(3yr £180 or more?),think Tesco is one year,other bits & bobs,its your choice.Buy what suits you best.Both decent deals.


Cheers BOB
#26
Well, I've just picked one of these up but I'm a little confused (no surprise there).

It's been advertised as the Akoya MD8396, but my box states E4320 D :thinking:

The spec appears to be identical, but I'm still confused!

Any ideas?
#27
GibsonSt19
Well, I've just picked one of these up but I'm a little confused (no surprise there).

It's been advertised as the Akoya MD8396, but my box states E4320 D :thinking:

The spec appears to be identical, but I'm still confused!

Any ideas?


Glad you saw through the negative voting and comments.
Besides the "it's not got a monitor" cold voters and the comparisons with completely different PC's, I think the site must be full of Lidl/Median snobs.
The lack of a sensible comparison for similar money speaks volumes.
Thanks to Chuck and BOB for keeping some sanity on the thread:thumbsup:

Almost forgot, it just looks like two different model numbers for the PC.

http://www.medion.de/ms/aldi/md8396/uk/flash.html
#28
GibsonSt19
Well, I've just picked one of these up but I'm a little confused (no surprise there).

It's been advertised as the Akoya MD8396, but my box states E4320 D :thinking:

The spec appears to be identical, but I'm still confused!

Any ideas?


Sorry, mate, no idea.
http://www.medion.de/ms/aldi/md8396/uk/flash.html

This site states the model you bought, and as you say, the spec seems identical. I don't think you need to worry, just enjoy!
#29
GibsonSt19
Well, I've just picked one of these up but I'm a little confused (no surprise there).
It's been advertised as the Akoya MD8396, but my box states E4320 D :thinking:
The spec appears to be identical, but I'm still confused!
Any ideas?


Also just picked one up, no need to panic, the system info reports spec as advertised.

Thoughts......as the GFX/HDMI is HDCP does that mean if I slip in a Blu-ray drive I will be able to play BD? (as long as the monitor is HDCP of course).
Also with thoughts of turning this into a HCPC, does anyone know whether it can be remote controlled (via handset).
TIA.
#30
sillycib;3101611
Glad you saw through the negative voting and comments.
Besides the "it's not got a monitor" cold voters and the comparisons with completely different PC's, I think the site must be full of Lidl/Median snobs.
The lack of a sensible comparison for similar money speaks volumes.
Thanks to Chuck and BOB for keeping some sanity on the thread:thumbsup:

Almost forgot, it just looks like two different model numbers for the PC.

http://www.medion.de/ms/aldi/md8396/uk/flash.html


Yeah, after scouring the market, it seemed like one of the better deals around for the price. Just before visiting Aldi, I went to PC World to buy a Philips HEPC 8512 quad core base unit for £349.99 (minus Quidco... was gonna order it on my phone!), but I stood there for 25 minutes, in an empty store, I asked one rep for info on it and he said he'd be with me in a mo. 10 mins later, I saw him leaving the store, backpack in hand... off home!

The people in Aldi couldn't have been more helpful. Glad I went for the Medion :thumbsup:
#31
Hi,you should be OK(nowt is 100% prob free thou),join this site,a few others have bought one,so your not alone :) :-

http://www.medionsupport.com/phpbb2/portal.php

Ask anything,however stupid or simple :) ,nobody bites,caters for any level of experience :)
Might end up being even more valuable than the warranty :w00t:
Its not a Fanboy site either.If somethings Carp,its Carp :)


Cheers BOB
#32
all that shopping around or just go and get the aldi one!
1 Like #33
JayDubya
I have had a Medion (from Aldi) for 3 years. Nice unit. There is a great support community, which has helped to discover things like the bios password etc.

I'm out of touch with current PC specs so can't comment on this value, but I wont have people knocking Medion just for the sake of it! (many of whom do so simply because of the Aldi connection). The 3 year warranty counts for a lot, although thankfully I haven't needed it yet.

Have we actually got a like-for-like spec'd machine listed at a similar price here?



There does seem to be a lot of Medion bashers around and i don't know why. People have different experiences with every product, but just because one goes bad doesn't mean the brand is bad. I bought my Medion PC about 6 years ago and it's not given me any trouble in all that time. Six years is old for any PC nowadays. When i first bought it i'd spent a fortune for it as it was a gaming PC/multimedia PC. I've obviously upgraded some parts to keep up to date with current games but apart from my RAM and Graphics card everything else is still original. I'm playing Crysis and Crysis Warhead with a 6 years old Medion PC. Some people with brand new shiny Duo and Quad cores can't play Crysis. :whistling:

What i'm saying is, don't be put off by the brand name or shop it's in. If it fits your requirements and budget and is the best deal around then go for it.
#34
Hi,peeps prefer a Bling name ,like say Sony,not realising prob nothing made by Sony thats inside it etc :D (yet again that nearly concerns any PC box/package put together'er),prob cost a bomb for a warranty as well.
When it comes to Aldi,shame a lot of other retailers don't follow there customer satisfaction etc policies.Unbelievable at one time(till greedy peeps etc killed it off),still OK


Cheers BOB
#35
bibio;3126994
Hi,peeps prefer a Bling name ,like say Sony,not realising prob nothing made by Sony thats inside it etc :D (yet again that nearly concerns any PC box/package put together'er),prob cost a bomb for a warranty as well.
When it comes to Aldi,shame a lot of other retailers don't follow there customer satisfaction etc policies.Unbelievable at one time(till greedy peeps etc killed it off),still OKCheers BOB


I am very much an Aldi fan, I shop there VERY regularly and in the past as far as PCs are concerned, they have had some blinding offers. Medion isn't a brand I have ever bought however. but I am no snob, if the price and performance was right, when I am in the market for a new machine, I would be happy to try them out, and would not be unduly put off.

This is NOT one of those blinding offers.

Unfortunately, the days of the Aldi "bargain" PC seems to be dead and gone, and however many times it is repeated, this will never be more than it is, an OK machine, but nothing special whatsoever, price-wise :-(

Since this was first posted, (an age ago by comparison to most deals on this site) there have been shed-loads of good PC offers, in various price ranges, laptops and desktops all probably offering better value, perhaps some in the same sort of category in terms of specification even. Those threads are largely dead and gone in a short time, as a new deal comes along very often. This thread needs to join them.

If Aldi still have any of these, as it seems they have, there is a good reason: it is just NOT a hot deal. If they get round to reducing the price to clear them, then that MIGHT be another matter!

I have now unsubscribed to the thread to get on with reading about current deals.
#36
Let me say this: Aldi PC sales accounted for around one third of all PC sales in Germany a while back. ONE THIRD. This in a country that manufactures Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, and Golf. If Aldi / Medion / Tevion electronics were really that bad, people wouldn't buy them. Enough said.
#37
Hi,& all not taking account of a 3yr warranty(prob around £200),never mind a direct comparison etc.
You can learn a lot looking at old(ie not newly posted)deals,peeps experiences with the newly bought item if nothing else.New deals deals don't always tell you a lot.More a thread rolls on more you seem to learn.
Maybe nobody will read this,but thats life :)



Cheers BOB

ps Aldi/Medion have been having a constant flow of PC's in lately,but some peeps have had probs getting them in a lot of stores.Lots sell out same day.
Luckily for those in the know PC wise.Theres sometimes a few knocking about.might be at least one in your local area,even more is even better.
#38
Got one of these a few weeks ago then went on holiday. It does not seem to be "wireless enabled" anyone got any suggestions before I start phoning them up??

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