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Zoostorm Desktop PC - Sandybridge G630 2.7GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD £219.99 @ ebuyer.com

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Processor
Intel Pentium Dual Core G630 2.7GHz
3MB Cache
Memory
8GB DDR3 RAM
Expandable to 16GB
Configuration 2 x 4GB
2 x DIMM slot
Hard Drive
1TB SATA II
Optical Drive
DVD Writer Supermulti
Software
Operating System: No Operating System
Display
Monitor Not Included
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
Input Devices
Keyboard and Mouse NOT included
Networking
Network Interface: 10/100/1000 LAN
Dimensions
Width 450 mm
Depth 180 mm
Height 360 mm
Interfaces
1 set 5.1 channel Audio jacks (3 jacks)
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x DVI port
1 x VGA port
Expansion
1 x PCI-e x 16 slot (Free)
2 x PCI-e x 1 slots (Free)
4 x Sata II ports (2 free)
Warranty
1 Year Manufacturer Warranty (Return to Base)

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    benrussell
    Csirkefogo
    benrussell
    I am a developer who never plays games, I imagine one of these would be good for me. Has anyone see the i5 for £365? How does this compare on the bang for buck scale? I'm happy spending a bit more for a bit more.

    http://m.ebuyer.com/338526


    If you are serious in developing the best thing to speed up the compilation process is to have a fast drive, probably the fastest SSD you can get.

    On a Budget of £370 I would probably get a cheap tower a middleclass 500-600w PSU. Cheap socket 1155 Mainboard with a 2500 i5 processor. + a fast ssd for around £100


    Hi thanks for the reply. I've been coding 15 years, and built a few in my time. Not for me now though. I want to buy something ready built as I don't have the time. I am working on 2 machines, an old Mac Mini and a windows laptop, both of which have lower specs than this and they don't slow me down at all so I think the i5 would be good for me. It's actually quite hard to find a pre-build desktop with an i5 or i7 processor and an SSD with no OS preinstalled?
    anubisrich
    You might as well build your own, takes no time at all. Your talking at least £450 for the absolute minimum i5 2500K system and if you going to get that why not get a decent case and graphics card.
    rusher
    nice
    Scoutfinch
    Does this not have built in wi-fi? I can't see it in the spec.
    If not do you just need a wi-fi dongle?
    AMO1980
    benrussell

    Hi thanks for the reply. I've been coding 15 years, and built a few in my time. Not for me now though. I want to buy something ready built as I don't have the time. I am working on 2 machines, an old Mac Mini and a windows laptop, both of which have lower specs than this and they don't slow me down at all so I think the i5 would be good for me. It's actually quite hard to find a pre-build desktop with an i5 or i7 processor and an SSD with no OS preinstalled?


    I know where you're coming from - I'm in the same boat. This machine will be fine. Upon initial use you'll find that the system will be pretty fast - boot up times will be fast into Windows etc. You'll be happy that you've got so much RAM and running 64-bit. You don't need to worry about extra graphics. The jump to Core i5 processors from what you're currently used to and also back to desktop from laptop (faster hard drives, albeit noisy) will definately result in a comparitvely much faster experience.

    It's not worth spending the extra for the £325 machine.

    Just buy this machine and if you've got someone in the family that's at school, go to software 4 students (google it) and buy a cheap 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Professional and MS Office 2010.
    AMO1980
    AMO1980
    benrussell

    Hi thanks for the reply. I've been coding 15 years, and built a few in my time. Not for me now though. I want to buy something ready built as I don't have the time. I am working on 2 machines, an old Mac Mini and a windows laptop, both of which have lower specs than this and they don't slow me down at all so I think the i5 would be good for me. It's actually quite hard to find a pre-build desktop with an i5 or i7 processor and an SSD with no OS preinstalled?


    I know where you're coming from - I'm in the same boat. This machine will be fine. Upon initial use you'll find that the system will be pretty fast - boot up times will be fast into Windows etc. You'll be happy that you've got so much RAM and running 64-bit. You don't need to worry about extra graphics. The jump to Core i5 processors from what you're currently used to and also back to desktop from laptop (faster hard drives, albeit noisy) will definately result in a comparitvely much faster experience.

    It's not worth spending the extra for the £325 machine.

    Just buy this machine and if you've got someone in the family that's at school, go to software 4 students (google it) and buy a cheap 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Professional and MS Office 2010.


    Oh, one thing....I'm assuming when you say you're a developer, you mean Eclipse/Visual Studio for developing applications for desktop/phone.

    If you're a games developer that doesn't play games, or anything that uses intensive graphics options such as anything CAD related, then this won't be for you!
    benrussell
    AMO1980
    benrussell

    Hi thanks for the reply. I've been coding 15 years, and built a few in my time. Not for me now though. I want to buy something ready built as I don't have the time. I am working on 2 machines, an old Mac Mini and a windows laptop, both of which have lower specs than this and they don't slow me down at all so I think the i5 would be good for me. It's actually quite hard to find a pre-build desktop with an i5 or i7 processor and an SSD with no OS preinstalled?


    I know where you're coming from - I'm in the same boat. This machine will be fine. Upon initial use you'll find that the system will be pretty fast - boot up times will be fast into Windows etc. You'll be happy that you've got so much RAM and running 64-bit. You don't need to worry about extra graphics. The jump to Core i5 processors from what you're currently used to and also back to desktop from laptop (faster hard drives, albeit noisy) will definately result in a comparitvely much faster experience.

    It's not worth spending the extra for the £325 machine.

    Just buy this machine and if you've got someone in the family that's at school, go to software 4 students (google it) and buy a cheap 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Professional and MS Office 2010.


    Thanks. Luckily I have a technet subscription so have access to all Microsoft OS.
    Azurren
    trister
    If you're replacing an old computer with this, does anyone know whether it's legal and/or technically possible to take a disk image of your old hard drive, and then copy it across to the one in the new machine? Hopefully removing the need to buy an OS...?

    Only if your OLD PC just so happens to be using the same CPU cpu architecture. I'm not an expert but an AMD Windows will NOT work on an Intel system.
    I'm also guessing that that's the same case for newer processors of the same brand

    If I were you I'd find out the Serial Key for your current install and create a fresh windows install on your new system. But if your current windows is 32bit (x86) then you won't get more than 3gb of ram (wasting 5gb's). You really need Windows 7 64bit to get the most out of this PC
    polo03
    trister
    If you're replacing an old computer with this, does anyone know whether it's legal and/or technically possible to take a disk image of your old hard drive, and then copy it across to the one in the new machine? Hopefully removing the need to buy an OS...?

    Only if your OLD PC just so happens to be using the same CPU cpu architecture. I'm not an expert but an AMD Windows will NOT work on an Intel system.
    I'm also guessing that that's the same case for newer processors of the same brand

    If I were you I'd find out the Serial Key for your current install and create a fresh windows install on your new system. But if your current windows is 32bit (x86) then you won't get more than 3gb of ram (wasting 5gb's). You really need Windows 7 64bit to get the most out of this PC


    The answer is yes you can do that but would need a purchase a program like Acronis and the plus pack, which will allow you to restore your current computer setup to a new computer that is totally different hardware.
    Scooter42
    indiefilm
    hackintoshable?


    If this is what I think, how? ;)

    Please PM me the answer, if you don't want it shown here! :P
    stonebear
    I disagree with those who say this is not noisey...

    IT IS NOISEY!

    (imo)
    dona3853
    Scoutfinch
    Does this not have built in wi-fi? I can't see it in the spec.
    If not do you just need a wi-fi dongle?


    No but I bought this http://www.ebuyer.com/263387-tp-link-wireless-n150-pcie-card-tl-wn781nd to go in ours and it works flawlessly. You can put it in before installing windows 7 and it will work straight away - no need for drivers.
    stonebear
    Apart from the noise, this is a bargain. Luckily I had a spare PSU that I could put in so it is now basically silent.

    Surprised at how nippy this thing is. :)
    efusive
    Bought mine on Friday, got it Saturday. This machne is fast. If you're not a gamer this is great out of the box. Took 30mins for me to install Windows 7 64bit and it flies. Audio is pretty good too. I'm happy. Quality machine for £219.
    Oh and it is a bit noisy but it's one of those noises that is noticable only when it's gone i.e. machine puts itself to sleep while you are watching telly. You'll be like oooooh it is noisy lol. I'll be changing the PSU out as well soon enough but it's bearable for me.
    brookheather
    trister
    If you're replacing an old computer with this, does anyone know whether it's legal and/or technically possible to take a disk image of your old hard drive, and then copy it across to the one in the new machine? Hopefully removing the need to buy an OS...?

    There are two issues - one is moving your existing OS installation to a new motherboard and the other is activation. You can solve the first problem by using this workaround (I've done it and confirmed it works as I moved a Windows 7 installation from an AMD cpu to an Intel Core i3) - you will need a Windows 7 installation DVD:

    http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/3856-upgrading-motherboard-windows-7-a-5.html

    If you have an OEM Windows 7 installation then it is unlikely to activate on your new motherboard so you would need to purchase a new retail licence key.

    If you don't have a Windows 7 installation DVD then you can download the appropriate version from here:

    http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/

    Edited By: brookheather on Feb 27, 2012 21:03: links
    arpster
    3 delivered, configured, up and running and working a treat

    too late for heat..but a good deal nonetheless

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