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PACKARD BELL Quad Core 2.4 Ghz 3GB RAM Refurbished PC Base Unit £293.00 Delivered @ dixons

£293.00 @ Dixons
Currently 20% off this deal making it £293 delivered, although refurbished, still reasonable given the price? Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor (2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache) Genuine Windows Vi…
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Currently 20% off this deal making it £293 delivered, although refurbished, still reasonable given the price?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor (2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
3GB Memory
320GB Hard Drive
Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer Dr
256MB nVidia GeForce 7050
Graphics
8-In-1 Card Reader
6 USB Connections

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#1
Looks very good to me, but I'm not really an expert. Would be interested to hear other people's opinions?
#2
Pretty good for its price, although the GPU is very slow and could do with updating.
#3
weirdwilli
Pretty good for its price, although the GPU is very slow and could do with updating.



I imagine that will just be an onboard grpx

Well were talking:
£100 - CPU
£75 Memory
£100 Vista????(not sure on price)
£100 for the other bits, m/b case etc.

Hot deal
#4
Thinking about it, the Tesco one recently was a fair bit better from memory, I don't think it's available anymore though.
#5
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Secondhand & Packhard HELL - what more could you want! :-([/SIZE]
#6
nihcaj
[SIZE=3]More busted returns patched up.
Secondhand & Packhard HELL - what more could you want! :-([/SIZE]


I brought a refurb from Dixons site was totally brand new still had the shop stickers on it, am using it now, 14 months later and zero problems.
#7
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Kankan101;2561773
I brought a refurb from Dixons site was totally brand new still had the shop stickers on it, am using it now, 14 months later and zero problems.


So it had been used on the shop floor for demo?
That's the only ones they normally have out in Dixons/Currys etc!
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#8
nihcaj
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So it had been used on the shop floor for demo?
That's the only ones they normally have out in Dixons/Currys etc!
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No not the display stickers, the store stickers it was delivered to, base unit was part of a package and they were selling the base unit seperate as a referb on their site but the one i got was brand new sealed and unused, the package had been discontinued.

Dual core 2.8ghz , 1gb ddr2, 256mb 7500LE, vista home premium, 160 HD, Litescribe x18 DVDRW for £205 delivered, well good bargain for 14 months ago!!
#9
jonohanson
I imagine that will just be an onboard grpx

Well were talking:
£100 - CPU
£75 Memory
£100 Vista????(not sure on price)
£100 for the other bits, m/b case etc.

Hot deal


Your pricing seem abit of off :whistling:
£110 CPU
£49 4GB DDR2-800 value ram
£58.75 Vista home premium oem
£50 case, motherboard, keyboard and mouse
£35 360gb hdd

And it only Refurbished PC. Good deal for those who can't build their own pc's
Get better deal buying used parts from ebay or computer fair:p
#10
Benjimoron
Thinking about it, the Tesco one recently was a fair bit better from memory, I don't think it's available anymore though.


It was the same but brand new

asusboy
Your pricing seem abit of off :whistling:
£110 CPU
£49 4GB DDR2-800 value ram
£58.75 Vista home premium oem
£50 case, motherboard, keyboard and mouse
£35 360gb hdd

And it only Refurbished PC. Good deal for those who can't build their own pc's
Get better deal buying used parts from ebay or computer fair:p


case, PSU, motherboard, keyboard and mouse for £50? Only if you get stuff that will fail within weeks.
#11
i dont think its a very good deal really and just because it has stickers on means nothing a refurb could have been out to a customer and broke after a couple of months be a returned,demo all sorts of reasons. Refurbs are fully checked and rebuilt to a new condition or suppose to be but rubbish gets through sometimes.

How much do you think it costs packard bell for a 1000 cases? its the first and usually the only thing the customer sees unless like me you would rip out its inners and upgade everything with leftover of old projects that are of way better spec. You have no idea about parts used you will find its ddr2 667mhz which at the minute retailers are selling for as little as
£10 per gig so £30
dvd rw £13
£115 for the quad retail
case+psu and wirless keyboard mouse £30
£35 HDD
motherboard will be some pants oem so £30
£5 odds and ends

i reckon a much better spec machine with all new parts can be built for £250 easily
#12
leedale30
It was the same but brand new



case, PSU, motherboard, keyboard and mouse for £50? Only if you get stuff that will fail within weeks.


what quality do you think the packard bell machine will be using when you say £50 isnt enough this took 2 minutes on ebuyer and is of a better spec than the packard case and keyboard and its new final cost £40.98
wireless belkin keyboard £10.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/97285
case and psu £29.99 but could have been right on £35 read the reviews all this is bradnew with warranty so no refurb
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134832/show_product_reviews
#13
This may be a slightly better deal than the Dell offer, as Packard Bell might not cripple the BIOS in the way that Dell does. You cannot really tweak a thing on the Dell 530.
#14
polly69
i reckon a much better spec machine with all new parts can be built for £250 easily

When you consider that the Vista license is ~£55 and the CPU £115 that leaves you £80 for everything else which is impossible if you are buying new parts at retail.
#15
spraint
This may be a slightly better deal than the Dell offer, as Packard Bell might not cripple the BIOS in the way that Dell does. You cannot really tweak a thing on the Dell 530.

You’re an optimist as just about any pre-built system from a large OEM has zero tweaking options in the BIOS and it’s highly unlikely that this is any different.
#16
By my own rough calculations you could build a similar specced machine with slightly higher quality components for the same money. Disregarding the windows tax, you could build it slightly cheaper.

You have to take into account time factors, the time it takes to build, install o/s and leave to test. With a good case, and no faulty components this can be done in under 2 hours, less if I really push it. But there is always a good chance that at least one ordered component will be faulty or that you forget some stupid adapter or cable, depending on build.

It all depends how much is an afternoon/day of your time worth to you. Especially at this price point.
£50?£100?£500?

No way to tell if gfx is integrated or not, listing says 256MB nVidia GeForce 7050 Graphics,
which suggests an integrated gfx card and thus a non-intel motherboard chipset. Which is a big no-no for me personally, too many bad experiences with via and some nforce boards. Waiting for the tesco dell deal to come back.
#17
Interesting..... maybe not such a bad deal....

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Energy Efficient 95W edition Socket 775 (2.40GHz) G0 Stepping L2 8MB Cache Retail £119.68
MSI P6NGM-L GeForce 7050 Socket 775 Onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard £31.27
3x Extra Value 1GB DDR2 800MHz PC2-6400 240pin Extra Value Ram £38.99
Casecom KL-828 Black ATX Middle Tower Case With 350W 20+4pin PSU £19.64
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English £58.75
Optiarc AD-5200A-0B 20X DVD±RW/DL Int IDE Bare Black Drive - OEM £14.29
Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII 16MB Cache 7200 RPM - OEM £35.75
Total £318.37

Cost to buy from in components from ebuyer, notice no keyboard or mouse or card reader. Although you may get stuff cheaper if you shopped around.
#18
leedale30;2565050
case, PSU, motherboard, keyboard and mouse for £50? Only if you get stuff that will fail within weeks.
eBuyer do a Coolermaster CM330 case + Coolermaster 460w PSU (which is surprisingly decent) for £44 - add a £3 keyboard and a £3 mouse...

Packard Bell really aren't going to add a decent PSU / Case / Mouse / Keyboard because they aren't things they can brag about on the spec list...
#19
These machines recently went EOL then Clearance wiht us in store. Currys store price is (iirc)£399.97. will have a look when im in laters.
#20
polly69

case and psu £29.99 but could have been right on £35 read the reviews all this is bradnew with warranty so no refurb
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134832/show_product_reviews


Ebuyer extra value range, no thanks, unbranded PSU, poor wiring, poor components, cheap. Well known brands will use a better quaility component (though people say they dont, they do). Remember when they recalled that case because the power button was wired/insulated properly and people were getting electic shocks.

12 DSG group refurbs come with 12 months manufacturers warranty and they come in plain brown boxes. Mine was in the orignal box with the original seals in place, brand new.

Mine has a Antec 350W PSU, Asus mobo, Seagate HD, cant remembe what the ram was, oh and the keyboard & mouse were Belkin models rebadged as PB which at the time was a £32 set.
#21
hi , though not a great fan of PB , you cant go wrong with this , its a quad core cpu ,pretty near to cutting edge technology - its one of the most overclockable ever made ,(up to 50 % on a standard cooler ) and its still nearly half the total price of the whole package (rrp) . bang in a decent gfx card and pretty much a gamers pc for very little outlay .
i paid £166 for the cpu alone six months ago ....::oops:
you do the maths.......:roll:
#22
polly69
what quality do you think the packard bell machine will be using when you say £50 isnt enough this took 2 minutes on ebuyer and is of a better spec than the packard case and keyboard and its new final cost £40.98
wireless belkin keyboard £10.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/97285
case and psu £29.99 but could have been right on £35 read the reviews all this is bradnew with warranty so no refurb
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134832/show_product_reviews


£40.98 and that's with the mother board WoW! cool, let me buy them. Cheers for this, what is the link to the mother board?
#23
I think sometimes people should just accept that sometimes you can't get a decent PC for x amount of pounds and they should pay more or put off the upgrade till they can afford something better. Find an honest system builder near you and build a much better machine for a bit more and get the advantage of better reliability, better service, better warranty (some parts available have a 3year or lifetime warranty as opposed to 1 year warranty on most PC's) and something which is built to your specifications :)

If you've got precisely £300 to spend and don't want to self built then I guess this is an OK deal but at the end of the day all the bits inside will be cheap and nasty. I spent about £120 just on my case and power supply and I'm happy with the results. Of course this isn't for everyone but it's a good example of how paying more can be better. You don't need to spend quite as much as I have to get good stuff. My PC is vitually silent and is rock solid in the reliability department so for me it's well worth the extra cost though. Throw a high end graphics card in this Packard Bell, game for a few hours on a nice big monitor and I doubt the results will be pretty.
#24
306maxi
I think sometimes people should just accept that sometimes you can't get a decent PC for x amount of pounds and they should pay more or put off the upgrade till they can afford something better. Find an honest system builder near you and build a much better machine for a bit more and get the advantage of better reliability, better service, better warranty (some parts available have a 3year or lifetime warranty as opposed to 1 year warranty on most PC's) and something which is built to your specifications :)

If you've got precisely £300 to spend and don't want to self built then I guess this is an OK deal but at the end of the day all the bits inside will be cheap and nasty. I spent about £120 just on my case and power supply and I'm happy with the results. Of course this isn't for everyone but it's a good example of how paying more can be better. You don't need to spend quite as much as I have to get good stuff. My PC is vitually silent and is rock solid in the reliability department so for me it's well worth the extra cost though. Throw a high end graphics card in this Packard Bell, game for a few hours on a nice big monitor and I doubt the results will be pretty.


Would be a lot more for a system builder to make a decent one for. You could not even make a near 'non-decent' one for the same price. For me I was gonna wip out the psu stick in my 600w 'decent' one and put in a 9800GTX or a ATI4850. This will last me a year or 2 for games until I then make this a the 1080p film playing computer. I did price a hand build one up and came to over £600 to make a decent one with the same CPU. This is however the first pre build system I have ever bought I always make my own. But for the price plus quidco I could not compete. i would not say I was a pro system builder but I do make about 10+ systems a year for specific music and games rigs for my music production students. The components in this will be reliable I guess as they won't want them coming back in and out all the time. The cheap PSU's you get with a cheap case are awful and quite often break in the first few days (some times they say the won't even take them back as they are not coverd in the warranty); I susspect that these ones will be mid quality components. Well I will live and learn and will review it when it arrives next week (hope it switches on?!). :?
#25
leedale30;2566225
Would be a lot more for a system builder to make a decent one for. You could not even make a near 'non-decent' one for the same price.

I just specced up a PC with an
Antec case
Corsair memory
Pioneer DVD RW drive
320gb hdd
Asus motherboard
Q6600
Vista Premium

All for 359 on Ebuyer. Remember this isn't a refurb unit, I could get it cheaper if I tried and it's got brand name components in it. What's in this PC? Who knows :) Plus it's a refurb unit :)
#26
306maxi
I just specced up a PC with an
Antec case
Corsair memory
Pioneer DVD RW drive
320gb hdd
Asus motherboard
Q6600
Vista Premium

All for 359 on Ebuyer. Remember this isn't a refurb unit, I could get it cheaper if I tried and it's got brand name components in it. What's in this PC? Who knows :) Plus it's a refurb unit :)


It may be a refurb but it still has 12 months warranty. I got slightly more with an ok keyboard and mouse plus delivery. What motherboard did you choose for the quad? With quid co its over £75 quid cheaper which is £75 to put towards my ATI4850.
#27
leedale30;2566729
It may be a refurb but it still has 12 months warranty. I got slightly more with an ok keyboard and mouse plus delivery. What motherboard did you choose for the quad? With quid co its over £75 quid cheaper which is £75 to put towards my ATI4850.

Can't remember what motherboard it was. I think it was a G965 one. Either way it's not going to be any worse than the one included in the deal plus you'll be able to OC. The memory I used was Corsair XMS memory so it would overclock a bit too :)
#28
Would someone like to explain why this deal is being viewed with such pessimism and the Dell machine with the same chip and less memory was flying off the shelves?:thinking:
#29
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Phychlone;2568635
Would someone like to explain why this deal is being viewed with such pessimism and the Dell machine with the same chip and less memory was flying off the shelves?:thinking:


Well, for one, it's not new; and Packhard Bell does not inspire confidence in the same way as a Roll Royce!

Oh, and it's Dixons/Currys/PC World DSG or whatever they call themselves :-(
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#30
According to reevoo review can't fit another hard drive in it, can't replace the dvd drive another standard drive.
#31
Also according to revoo this system scores 9/10 and would appear to be more than suitable for the average non-gaming user.

If someone can price up a system of a similar spec with a better graphics card I would like the details as I am looking to build a system for around the £300 mark.

Tha guantlet is laid!:-D
#32
basically this is a hot deal, no matter what anybody says.

considering the parts bought seperatley it would not be cheaper than this, enough said.
#33
got this pc, but with a 8600GT graphics card and another 360gb hard drive
it is a brilliant pc, and a really nicely designed case. i got BOINC running all the time maxing out all my cores and the fans still really quiet. only had one problem with the pc which was when i first got it the PSU blew, but i just rang them up and they got an engineer here the next day
#34
pikachu12
got this pc, but with a 8600GT graphics card and another 360gb hard drive
it is a brilliant pc, and a really nicely designed case. i got BOINC running all the time maxing out all my cores and the fans still really quiet. only had one problem with the pc which was when i first got it the PSU blew, but i just rang them up and they got an engineer here the next day


Are you saying that you can fit another hard drive in it ?

Also can you change / fit another dvd drive ?

Is this really quiet ?

How many free slots and what type ?

Thanks :-D
#35
Got this for £260 last month, great machine, use it a work and not even a whisper from the fan. Would highly recommend, but seems to have jumped up in price and mine isnt a re-furb.
#36
aty
Are you saying that you can fit another hard drive in it ?

Also can you change / fit another dvd drive ?

Is this really quiet ?

How many free slots and what type ?

Thanks :-D


It's got space for 2 hard drives in total, I just have 2 360GB Seagate ones.
It has space for another DVD drive and a floppy drive.
And I believe (emphasise on believe, as i'm not too sure) that there's 2 spare PCI (not sure which types) slots but if you have a big graphics card/components then you may not be able to fit anything else in.

Hope that helps!


edit: and yeah, it's really quiet, except the hard drives can be a bit loud sometimes, but I think all are...
#37
pikachu12
It's got space for 2 hard drives in total, I just have 2 360GB Seagate ones.
It has space for another DVD drive and a floppy drive.
And I believe (emphasise on believe, as i'm not too sure) that there's 2 spare PCI (not sure which types) slots but if you have a big graphics card/components then you may not be able to fit anything else in.

Hope that helps!


edit: and yeah, it's really quiet, except the hard drives can be a bit loud sometimes, but I think all are...



Thanks pickachu12 :thumbsup:

Now just need to find someone who's tried to install osx86 on it http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

anybody ?

Would do it myself except they won't accept returns once you use the unit.
#38
pikachu12;2573236
edit: and yeah, it's really quiet, except the hard drives can be a bit loud sometimes, but I think all are...

I'm sorry but nothing you're going to get off the shelf from one of the big manufacturers is going to be "quiet" :)
#39
306maxi
I'm sorry but nothing you're going to get off the shelf from one of the big manufacturers is going to be "quiet" :)


i take it you're speaking from experience?
i've used this system countless times to watch 720p and 1080p on my tv and the sounds never been an issue.
the only thing i hate about the system is the mouse that comes with it. only had it for 6 months and the wheels wearing out...
#40
pikachu12;2573625
i take it you're speaking from experience?
i've used this system countless times to watch 720p and 1080p on my tv and the sounds never been an issue.
the only thing i hate about the system is the mouse that comes with it. only had it for 6 months and the wheels wearing out...

Yes. I've never seen one system from a big company like Packard Bell, Dell, IBM and so on that has been "quiet". I quite literally can't tell my PC is on other than the fact there are lights are on and the fact that I'm using it to post on this forum.

It's a P180 so it's quiet and it's full of these http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_2576.html so it makes virtually no noise yet stays nice and cool. My graphics card is also an extra quiet model as well. All the fans and so on are about a year old and are still quiet. With a cheap PC like this one the bearings will start to go on the fans and in particular on the fan on the graphics card and northbridge if it has fans on them and you'll have a nice noisy PC.

Sure it's probably not loud but it won't be quiet in a proper sense.

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