PACKARD BELL 2770 Reconditioned PC Base - £399 @ Currys ! - HotUKDeals
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Processor

2.13GHz, 1GHz FSB, 2MB Cache

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center

2GB DDR RAM

320GB Hard Disk Drive

Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD RW Drive

512MB ATi Radeon X1600SE Graphics

Built-in TV Tuner + Remote Conrol

8-In-1 Media Card Reader

6 USB Connections

Using the free delivery and NHS vouchers this comes down to £380
I think this is about as cheap as you can get this spec at the moment. Im not sure if the power supply will allow you to change the graphics card - still a pretty good system overall
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#1
Thanks Goose74 :)

Added a pic to ur post.
#2
seems like a really nice deal, I'm curious as to how it would compare to any similar dell package, where's Mike when you need him? ^^
#3
antispam246
seems like a really nice deal, I'm curious as to how it would compare to any similar dell package, where's Mike when you need him? ^^


Think its a good price for Core 2 Duo system with 2GB RAM :) Includes Full 12 months warranty as well.

Not sure about the price of an equivalent Dell.
banned#4
MIKE - when you see this, could you tell me which is better. this 1 or http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52712&page=1
#5
the packard bell is a better spec for your money.

it's processor is slightly slower in "true" clock speed but has better cache.
both use 2gb 533mhz memory
both have 320GB (7200rpm) 8mb SATA HD
both have Dual layer DVD
both GFX cards are 64bit/400mhz/256mb onboard memory so very similar in spec (and can be configured to steal an extra 256mb from the system if needed so that is where the 512mb on the currys spec comes from)
both have onboard HD 7.1 audio
both have works 8.0 software
dell give you speakers but the PB won't
dell has a 13-1 card reader and the PB 8-1
dell has no TV card but the PB does, and it's a Digital (Freeview) one (Asus TV-7131/FM "Tiger" with remote control)

USe nhs192 (5%) and PRFREEDEL (freedelivery) on the currys site and it comes in at £379.99 than all you need is a monitor. You could get a widescreen one for instance (at ebuyer) for £108 delivered meaning £488 so you end up with a better spec pc and monitor and save yourself nearly £50
#6
I agree with stephenc but I'd also consider this base unit if vista was a priority.

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125244/rb/26236577117
#7
What motherboard does the PB use? I'd like to know for potential upgrades.
#9
I bought this PC when it was available as a refurb from PC World a few weeks ago at £460.

It is not bad considering that when you add together the price of all the component parts it comes to around £520

I managed to get the Vista upgrade but I think that offer has ended now.

nb - the motherboard is a micro atx one and is made exclusively for packard bell and the bios has very few options on it and is not overclockable. The graphics card is an ATI x1600 SE (SE means slower than usual memory clock speed).

Would I buy it again? - Yes for £399 but not for more than this IMHO - any more and there are better Dell offers as they include the monitor.

Matt
#10
Im not sure if the power supply will allow you to change the graphics card - still a pretty good system overall


at 250W it won't without a new PSU.
Worth buying if you don't want to upgrade but if you do go for a dell.
#11
MattSan
I bought this PC when it was available as a refurb from PC World a few weeks ago at £460.

It is not bad considering that when you add together the price of all the component parts it comes to around £520

I managed to get the Vista upgrade but I think that offer has ended now.

nb - the motherboard is a micro atx one and is made exclusively for packard bell and the bios has very few options on it and is not overclockable. The graphics card is an ATI x1600 SE (SE means slower than usual memory clock speed).

Would I buy it again? - Yes for £399 but not for more than this IMHO - any more and there are better Dell offers as they include the monitor.

Matt


Interesting - the currys website states that the motherboard has 4 pci slots - which would seem to imply that it is not a micro-ATX board after all - and hence more upgradeable.

Can anyone confirm which is the case.
Gopes
#12
MattSan
I managed to get the Vista upgrade but I think that offer has ended now.
Express upgrade for all Royalty and Tier 2 OEMs now.

MattSan
nb - the motherboard is a micro atx one and is made exclusively for packard bell and the bios has very few options on it and is not overclockable.
not sure how relevant this is in a thread comparing a PB and a Dell givn Dell (as well as HP) use propietary mobo's that are ODM'd by the same company, MSI (among others like Foxconn). Over and above this, on some units, the large OEMs rather famously get their ODMs to use propietary pin outs on things like PSU to protect the downstream upgrade revenue path. That won't happen on what is a standard, and not propietary, MSI/PB board mixro ATX boar which does seem here to have plenty of options to change http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=instr_bios_cuba&ppn=PB34338801
MattSan
The graphics card is an ATI x1600 SE (SE means slower than usual memory clock speed).
again not sure this is relevant since both GFX units in the comparison use DDR2 memory at a frequency of 400 MHz
MattSan
Would I buy it again? - Yes for £399 but not for more than this IMHO - any more and there are better Dell offers as they include the monitor.
The price with your 5% for the PB is £379 and if you include a monitor at the same spec as the standard 19" Dell it will save you £50 on the Dell price. Not knocking your comments or saying Dell is better/worse than PB but in this instance, a requested straight comparison of the two, the PB has a better spec
seancampbell
at 250W it won't without a new PSU.Worth buying if you don't want to upgrade but if you do go for a dell.
Sean not sure where it sats it has a 250w PSU, is it referenced anywgere. Can see the Dell has a lowly 305W though.

bcfaigg it is a micro ATX with 1x PCI express 16X, 1x PCI express 1X and 2x PCI (exact same as the Dell)
http://common.packardbell.com/itemnr/instr_connectors_cuba/cuba_r.jpg
#13
stephenc
Express upgrade for all Royalty and Tier 2 OEMs now.



Hi,


Sorry not quite sure what that means? Does it mean this comes with a Vista Upgrade option....if so does it say so somewhere please?
#14
kevinyork
Hi,Sorry not quite sure what that means? Does it mean this comes with a Vista Upgrade option....if so does it say so somewhere please?
sorry meant to say Express upgrade for all Royalty and Tier 2 OEMs is finished now. (finished Friday). Even if you have the voucher in your box your receipt must show you bought it by midnight last Friday to be valid
#15
Thanks.

How is this going to affect Currys/Dixons/PC Worlds' refurbs then as without a Vista upgrade surely many will look elsewhere unless the price is chopped further?


Kev
#16
£380 for this is still a good deal but DSG, or anyone for that matter, can't help it if they are restricted by the terms of the express program. That said, you are right, you might see further discounts to push units, loaded with OEM variants of XP as standard, out the door considering you are talking circa £50 (Basic) to £75 (Premium) for Vista Home OEM
#17
stephenc
Express upgrade for all Royalty and Tier 2 OEMs now.

not sure how relevant this is in a thread comparing a PB and a Dell givn Dell (as well as HP) use propietary mobo's that are ODM'd by the same company, MSI (among others like Foxconn). Over and above this, on some units, the large OEMs rather famously get their ODMs to use propietary pin outs on things like PSU to protect the downstream upgrade revenue path. That won't happen on what is a standard, and not propietary, MSI/PB board mixro ATX boar which does seem here to have plenty of options to change http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=instr_bios_cuba&ppn=PB34338801
again not sure this is relevant since both GFX units in the comparison use DDR2 memory at a frequency of 400 MHz
The price with your 5% for the PB is £379 and if you include a monitor at the same spec as the standard 19" Dell it will save you £50 on the Dell price. Not knocking your comments or saying Dell is better/worse than PB but in this instance, a requested straight comparison of the two, the PB has a better spec
Sean not sure where it sats it has a 250w PSU, is it referenced anywgere. Can see the Dell has a lowly 305W though.

bcfaigg it is a micro ATX with 1x PCI express 16X, 1x PCI express 1X and 2x PCI (exact same as the Dell)
http://common.packardbell.com/itemnr/instr_connectors_cuba/cuba_r.jpg


I bought one a few weeks back.

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