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Zoostorm Desktop PC £234.99 @ Ebuyer

GreenGem Avatar
6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
Zoostorm Desktop PC
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz
4GB RAM
500GB HDD
No Operating System

This looks like a great deal for a fast basic computer.
If like me you already have an operating system, keyboard, mouse & monitor it's a great way to upgrade an older slower PC for only £200 + vat.
It actually even looks better than a similiar spec model that I was looking at for £300.

Processor * Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz * 2MB Cache

Memory * 4GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz * 2 x DIMM slot

Hard Drive * 500GB SATA II

Optical Drive * DVDRW

Software * Operating System: No Operating System
Display * Monitor Not Included
Keyboard and Mouse (not included)

Networking * Network Interface: 10/100M LAN, Realtek® RTL8101E

Dimensions * Depth 450mm * Width 180mm * Height 360mm

* 1 set 5.1 channel Audio jacks (3 jacks)
* 1 x PS/2 keyboard port * 1 x PS/2 mouse port
* 1 x Parallel port * 1 x Serial port
* 6 x USB 2.0 ports
* 1 x RJ45 LAN port * 1 x VGA port

Expansion * 1 x PCIe x16, * 1 x PCIe x1, * 2 x PCI

Warranty * 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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#1
No OS and shared graphics - sorry but cold
#2
It's priced for someone that already has an OS and graphics card. (and monitor and mouse and keyboard)

However if you know where I can get a decent PC like this with an OS and graphics card for under £250, post it up.
Preferably while I can still cancel my order :):)
#3
Not much of a deal, there's usually OS-less PCs available at around this price.
#4
Seems good deal if youv got your own OS.Heat added
#5
good make -- if cheaper show where just wish i needed one as i have os etc
banned#6
aabarcellos;7865254
good make -- if cheaper show where just wish i needed one as i have os etc

good make? No chance. I have this exact PC and its very badly made using the cheapest components going. First one had to go back as kept switching itself back on and replacement PC has had 2 hard drive failures already so use the 500gb one as a slave drive now.

255W PSU so dont even think about sticking a gfx card in it without buying a new PSU too. Quite noisy too.

On the plus side, it is blisteringly fast (converts a 2 hour avi to dvd in 15 minutes!).

Paid £229 for this in December so price isnt too great either. I wouldnt recommend at this price tbh.
#7
Plenty of negative talk but on this occasion no links to show me a better deal.

I know this is a basic computer with only a fast chip and 4Gb of Memory that excel, but it's cheaper than all the individual components on ebuyer.

Once this is despatched I wont be able to cancel and I'm yet to see a better deal.
banned#8
GreenGem;7865510
Plenty of negative talk but on this occasion no links to show me a better deal.

I know this is a basic computer with only a fast chip and 4Gb of Memory that excel, but it's cheaper than all the individual components on ebuyer.

Once this is despatched I wont be able to cancel and I'm yet to see a better deal.

I was simply giving an unbiased opinion but agree that those saying its cold dont know what they are talking about as its still hot for the price.

make sure you use the 64 bit windows 7 to make full use of the processor / memory

its a great home / business PC. Just dont expect to use it for any latest gaming
#9
GreenGem
It's priced for someone that already has an OS and graphics card. (and monitor and mouse and keyboard)

However if you know where I can get a decent PC like this with an OS and graphics card for under £250, post it up.
Preferably while I can still cancel my order :):)


GreenGem why don't you just buy the same stuff & put it together yourself & you will pay no more than £200 ?
Your Deal is still voted Hot from me,But I hate seeing people lose money on simple task of just building the computer in under 20mins.:)
#10
WheresMeNuts
GreenGem why don't you just buy the same stuff & put it together yourself & you will pay no more than £200 ?
Your Deal is still voted Hot from me,But I hate seeing people lose money on simple task of just building the computer in under 20mins.:)


When I priced equivalent components on ebuyer they come to about £240
£56.31 for the chip
£70.00 4gb DDR2 memory
£38.00 500gb Hard Drive
E£50 motherboard
E£20 optical drive
E£20 Case
--------------------------------
£254.31 Total

If i've over estimated on the motherboard there is still £20 spare in that calculation.
Also I didn't want to have to go to a number of different sites and have compnents deliver from the 4 corners of the country.
I also value my time in putting a pc together at about £20 too. It's not fun for me anymore.
#11
csiman
I was simply giving an unbiased opinion but agree that those saying its cold dont know what they are talking about as its still hot for the price.

make sure you use the 64 bit windows 7 to make full use of the processor / memory

its a great home / business PC. Just dont expect to use it for any latest gaming


My previous comment was aimed at trying to get EndlessWaves to give me an example of an "OS-less PCs available at around this price." while I still ahd a chance to change my mind ;)

your comments about your returns weere heeded and something for me to look out for.
Fortunately e-buyer are quite good at returns and it doesn't cost anything, but i'm hoping you were just unlucky with yours.
The 64 bit consideration for Windows 7 is well woth mentioning too, thanks.
#12
WheresMeNuts
GreenGem why don't you just buy the same stuff & put it together yourself & you will pay no more than £200 ?
Your Deal is still voted Hot from me,But I hate seeing people lose money on simple task of just building the computer in under 20mins.:)


I used to be of the same mind as you, were it was a LOT cheaper to DIY than buy prebuilt, however these days it doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
Personally I still 'build my own' as then I know exactly what is going into it, and the spec of each item, but as a comparison to the 'built unit' here is the component list, using the cheapest of each suitable item that Ebuyer offer, (which is not neccasarily what I would choose to use if I was building it):

Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz
(167118)£56.31
4GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz * 2 x DIMM slot
(135600)£64.99
Hard Drive * 500GB SATA II
(124228)£38.25
Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL
(145450)£14.99
Black CAse with 450W PSU
(174506)£22.99
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L M/Brd
(152225)£32.60

Total: £230.13 (saving £4.86)

So for someone who want to know exactly what is going into their machine, it is still 'just' cheaper to DIY, but as machines go, this doesn't seem to be a bad 'package'.
#13
Thanks Funder that looks like a more accurate rundown than mine and i suppose with a better PSU.
banned#14
Funder;7867029
I used to be of the same mind as you, were it was a LOT cheaper to DIY than buy prebuilt, however these days it doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
Personally I still 'build my own' as then I know exactly what is going into it, and the spec of each item, but as a comparison to the 'built unit' here is the component list, using the cheapest of each suitable item that Ebuyer offer, (which is not neccasarily what I would choose to use if I was building it):

Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz
(167118)£56.31
4GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz * 2 x DIMM slot
(135600)£64.99
Hard Drive * 500GB SATA II
(124228)£38.25
Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL
(145450)£14.99
Black CAse with 450W PSU
(174506)£22.99
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L M/Brd
(152225)£32.60

Total: £230.13 (saving £4.86)

So for someone who want to know exactly what is going into their machine, it is still 'just' cheaper to DIY, but as machines go, this doesn't seem to be a bad 'package'.

Main problems I see with DIY are:-

1. barely any cheaper

2. If you balls it up, then tricky to get replacements free

Benefit is that if a component fails then you dont lose the whole PC. Ebuyer wouldnt accept my faulty HDD back without sending the whole PC back which I couldnt be doing without and I had spent hours if not days getting it just right. I did image it after but there's still the two weeks of data retrofitting of data once you get it back etc
banned#15
GreenGem;7867025
My previous comment was aimed at trying to get EndlessWaves to give me an example of an "OS-less PCs available at around this price." while I still ahd a chance to change my mind ;)

your comments about your returns weere heeded and something for me to look out for.
Fortunately e-buyer are quite good at returns and it doesn't cost anything, but i'm hoping you were just unlucky with yours.
The 64 bit consideration for Windows 7 is well woth mentioning too, thanks.

yeah, I know. Too easy for so called 'know-it-alls' to post one liners saying "rubbish deal, voted cold" without any show of a better deal :thumbsup:

This is a great deal for a very fast home PC
banned#16
Davidben83;7864674
No OS and shared graphics - sorry but cold

talking of which, care to show us a better pc for this price? Most of us already have an OS to use and gaming is best on consoles these days (long term PC gamer but its a no brainer these days).
#17
As someone whos always built his own PC's, I would say its no cheaper to build one then buy one like this. Tempting if you dont need specific components like a higher spec motherboard, High end audio or graphics etc. If you already have a copy of Windows or are happy with Linux then really a no brainer. Cant think of one genuine reason to vote cold so gets a hot from me.
banned#18
midiman;7867909
As someone whos always built his own PC's, I would say its no cheaper to build one then buy one like this. Tempting if you dont need specific components like a higher spec motherboard, High end audio or graphics etc. If you already have a copy of Windows or are happy with Linux then really a no brainer. Cant think of one genuine reason to vote cold so gets a hot from me.

here speaks the voice of reason :thumbsup:
banned#19
http://www.ginger6.co.uk/

plenty of deals worth a look
#20
My father in law bought one last month for the same price, it then quickly went out of stock. The OS/driver installation was hassle free and whilst it's not silent it's still pretty quiet and it's fast enough for his needs. Very decent computer for the money if you're not planning on doing something graphically demanding . Hot
#21
Not a bad price for the kit. Another option for upgrades is the Novatech barebones kits: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/barebones.html but they don't come with any drives.
#22
theres a core i3 version of this pc on ebuyer for only £60 more, a much better pc too with ddr3 ram
#23
good price for a basic bit of kit. ideal for those not needing games etc Thanks
#24
csiman
Main problems I see with DIY are:-

1. barely any cheaper

2. If you balls it up, then tricky to get replacements free

Benefit is that if a component fails then you dont lose the whole PC. Ebuyer wouldnt accept my faulty HDD back without sending the whole PC back which I couldnt be doing without and I had spent hours if not days getting it just right. I did image it after but there's still the two weeks of data retrofitting of data once you get it back etc


If there is the slightest chance that you might 'balls up' a new build then you shouldnt be within a million miles of attempting it.
#25
Pretty decent PC for the money... as for on board graphics etc. so what, unless you're specifically into cuda coding or heavy gaming it's fine. The people who generally deem the external bus graphics to be a 'hot' priority, well you wouldn't get a pc around this sort of figure with one would you?
#26
burner1
Pretty decent PC for the money... as for on board graphics etc. so what, unless you're specifically into cuda coding or heavy gaming it's fine. The people who generally deem the external bus graphics to be a 'hot' priority, well you wouldn't get a pc around this sort of figure with one would you?


If you were to put a 'decent' graphics card into this system you might as well tear it apart and start again because you would certainly need a new PSU, possibly a new motherboard and (although I havent checked the dimensions) a new case might also be needed.

If its for a bog standard internet browsing machine with the occasional torrent conversion then its fine and fits the term hot deal in anyone's book.
#27
I bought one of these in November for my father. He's really pleased and I even managed to install a ASUS HD 4670 graphics card on the original power supply. Everything works fine and he can even play the games he likes like Red Alert 3.

Voted Hot!!!

Also the case is very nice and doesn't feel cheap.
#28
Ev0lution
If there is the slightest chance that you might 'balls up' a new build then you shouldnt be within a million miles of attempting it.


Come on now! Anyone can drop a drive/stick of RAM or make a slip of the hand while inserting components.

As for the deal - relatively hot but would rather assemble the components myself.
#29
Bought the £299 quad core a few weeks ago. Very pleased with it, slight noise but not enough to be annoying. Only thing to watch was Parallel port fitting was very tight, but nice to have a PC with a parallel port these days, brought back the memories with my 20+ year old Epson still working perfectly.

With Ubuntu 10 coming out in April would make a good buy for someone not needing Microsoft software. With the crackdown on dodgy installs of Windows 7 starting today Ubuntu would be a good choice. Think the days of bought software will gradually diminish once Google bring out their operating system. The Chrome browser is better than Internet Explorer 8.
#30
csiman
good make? No chance. I have this exact PC and its very badly made using the cheapest components going. First one had to go back as kept switching itself back on and replacement PC has had 2 hard drive failures already so use the 500gb one as a slave drive now.

255W PSU so dont even think about sticking a gfx card in it without buying a new PSU too. Quite noisy too.

On the plus side, it is blisteringly fast (converts a 2 hour avi to dvd in 15 minutes!).

Paid £229 for this in December so price isnt too great either. I wouldnt recommend at this price tbh.


You must have received some duds then because I've got one (the original £229 deal) and I've had no issues whatsoever.

It's very well made, quick, quiet, and a great deal if you want an up to date PC with no need for gaming etc.
#31
Another point to make about building your own is that you often get a better warranty on individual components, Not dissing this example at all but some companies use components bought out of warranty for example hard drives so your only warranty is with the system builder instead of also with the HD company

Most off the shelf hard drives come with 3 or 5 year warranties
Quite a few Mboards come with 2 year or more (there was one not long ago doing lifetime warranty)
Lifetime warranty with many sticks of RAM
etc

Whereas a lot of system builders only give you a very basic 1 year RTB warranty.

Kind of adds some extra value to the components you're buying.

Hot from me :)
#32
GreenGem
My previous comment was aimed at trying to get EndlessWaves to give me an example of an "OS-less PCs available at around this price." while I still ahd a chance to change my mind ;)


Here's one at Aria for example: http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Special+Offers/AriaNet+Value/OP3+Elate+V3+Intel+Base+Unit+?productId=38598
#33
looking at the above spec, you're not really serious are you endlesswaves? :thinking:
#34
its a good price for a no hassle prebuilt system, but as mentioned already you would be better off for this sort of price doing a bit of diy, mainly due to the warranty aspects on individual components. If you don't feel comfortable putting it together most people know someone/have a mate who could
#35
csiman
talking of which, care to show us a better pc for this price? Most of us already have an OS to use and gaming is best on consoles these days (long term PC gamer but its a no brainer these days).


Sure, for about twenty quid more - a quid core processor. And for those who want to play games, about another twenty quid for a dedicated graphics card if you want it (the pc here does not have it)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/612916/amd-phenom-x4-quad-core-pc
#36
Is this ok for a general usage? Surfin the net school work and watchin movies? Would it b easy to install xp on this?
1 Like #37
mani
Is this ok for a general usage? Surfin the net school work and watchin movies? Would it b easy to install xp on this?


Should be ideal for general internet / office use, would be ok for watching movies - not sure about HD quality though. XP is easy to install, should run straight from disc and take approx 30 mins. :thumbsup:
banned#38
Davidben83;7871658
Sure, for about twenty quid more - a quid core processor. And for those who want to play games, about another twenty quid for a dedicated graphics card if you want it (the pc here does not have it)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/612916/amd-phenom-x4-quad-core-pc

LMAO - its not the same price is it then doh! Its £35 more!

and its a crap deal :whistling:

Just compare the temperatures of the deals

This is 240, the other one is -70

lol
#39
csiman

255W PSU so dont even think about sticking a gfx card in it without buying a new PSU too. Quite noisy too.


I've got a Leadtek GT220 1GB DDR3 graphics card installed on my HP Pavilion Slimline media center PC which uses a 185w power supply......it works fine and will play COD 4 on my 1080p LG 32" monitor perfectly well. People get to hung up on PSU wattage output these days, when some of these modern graphics chips use far less power than a year or two back.
banned#40
toaster;7884237
I've got a Leadtek GT220 1GB DDR3 graphics card installed on my HP Pavilion Slimline media center PC which uses a 185w power supply......it works fine and will play COD 4 on my 1080p LG 32" monitor perfectly well. People get to hung up on PSU wattage output these days, when some of these modern graphics chips use far less power than a year or two back.

well arent you lucky! Obviously, each PSU & PC is different. Mine crashed within 10 minutes of playing total war using my 7600GT! :whistling:

Gawd knows why you mentioned your kiddies room small tv lol

My PC would still crash if I plugged it into my 50" 1080P plasma! :roll:

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