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Lenovo Ideacentre 510S Desktop PC - (Silver) (Intel I7-6700, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Windows 10) at Amazon for £599.99

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Speedy Processor Performance. Handle daily tasks with zero lag with 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700 processor Immersive Entertainment. 5.1 channel surround sound and DVD RAMBO R/W make this an immer… Read More
Speedy Processor Performance. Handle daily tasks with zero lag with 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700 processor Immersive Entertainment. 5.1 channel surround sound and DVD RAMBO R/W make this an immer…
tafida01 Avatar1d, 11h agoFound 1 day, 11 hours ago7 Comments
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Chin up OP. I don't think it's all that bad for a prebuilt pc with those spec. People round here often vote on whether it meets their own needs (gaming etc) rather than value for money.
zizzles
It's great to see a PC-themed bin at an affordable priceDoes anybody know what size of bin-liners it takes? I've been looking for a black litter bin this shape for a while. Thanks OP.

According to OP it only holds "8 litters", so it is a very small bin. Unless OP only throws away very big Litters.
eatmorefish
spacemaniac
6th Gen
I7-6700? What gave it away? :{

Op quoted 7th gen in their description.
I wouldn't myself but then i would want a gaming machine.
It's great to see a PC-themed bin at an affordable price
Does anybody know what size of bin-liners it takes? I've been looking for a black litter bin this shape for a while.
Thanks OP.
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Asus GL552VX Core I5-6300HQ 8GB 1TB + 128GB SSD GeForce 2GB GTX950M 2GB DVD-RW 15.6 Inch Windows 10 (GL552VX-CN239T) £675.00 @ Debenhams plus

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Been looking for a laptop for photo editing for a while and came across this with a good discount. Rrp £866.97 with a discount of £191.97. Possible 2.02% cash back on TopCashback Read More
Been looking for a laptop for photo editing for a while and came across this with a good discount. Rrp £866.97 with a discount of £191.97. Possible 2.02% cash back on TopCashback
shulatt Avatar2d, 1h agoFound 2 days, 1 hour ago2 Comments
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Rather get the latest laptop deal with 960 and latest i5 7300 i think it is
£669.97 at Laptops Direct .
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3 TB WD my book for mac £17.60 @ Tesco Merthyr Tydfil

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Well aware this might be another Tesco goose chase but it might help somebody. I picked up 3 from the Merthyr Tydfil store this morning. Was told it should be national but it was a yellow sticker item… Read More
Well aware this might be another Tesco goose chase but it might help somebody. I picked up 3 from the Merthyr Tydfil store this morning. Was told it should be national but it was a yellow sticker item…
wolf359 Avatar2d, 6h agoFound 2 days, 6 hours ago35 Comments
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w80dyp
Nice. Find. Picked only one up from Coulby
Nice one, makes you wonder why it was expired doesn't it
Nice. Find. Picked only one up from Coulby
Poster was told this was National so is a deal apart from the very very low chance of someone being lucky but like the lottery there is a chance. 30 plus years and still to drop on deals like this in a major store but keep trying.
Yea why post the deal if you going to take all stock coz this means no one else can get one lol
These deals are never available or if they are never scan at posted prices alway like £70 to £80
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Gigabyte Brix GB-BACE-3150 Ultra Compact PC Kit - 1TB HDD + 4GB RAM £112.32 @ Amazon (Prime Member Exclusive)

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Fantastic price. Just ordered. Comes with ram and hard drive so just add operating system. Features 14nm Intel® N3150 to deliver to the most intuitive and integrated operating systems in the world Su… Read More
Fantastic price. Just ordered. Comes with ram and hard drive so just add operating system. Features 14nm Intel® N3150 to deliver to the most intuitive and integrated operating systems in the world Su…
Ruffuz Avatar2d, 9h agoFound 2 days, 9 hours ago22 Comments
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puddles9999
Does it run crisis

in 8k, but dont even think trying Tetris
Does it run crisis
GNKelly07
kxun
s50m3
Usually dispatched within 1 to 4 weeks
Anyone run this with Windows 7?
This version only has USB 3 ports and windows 7 doesn't support USB, read the comments in amazon, apparently impossible to install windows 7 or 8/8.1, only windows 10 or maybe other linux.
This will apparantly work according to the comments - LINK

Thanks, will keep that bookmarked once I get the Brix!
kxun
s50m3
Usually dispatched within 1 to 4 weeks
Anyone run this with Windows 7?
This version only has USB 3 ports and windows 7 doesn't support USB, read the comments in amazon, apparently impossible to install windows 7 or 8/8.1, only windows 10 or maybe other linux.
This will apparantly work according to the comments - LINK
Anyone know if you can fit more than one internal SATA drive to these systems?

I'm guessing not owing to the fact that they are so small and Amazon only lists them with HDD or SSD.

Reason I'm interested is I have a spare 100GB SSD from my PC since I upgraded the SSD, which would go great in one of these, though at only 100GB I would need some supplemental storage. Adding the 100GB to the 1TB on Amazon would be awesome, fast boot times and loads of storage, if it can be done that is?
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Omen by HP Intel i5-7400 8GB 1TB & 128GB SSD GTX1060-3Gb Gaming PC £739.99 @ Argos Ebay Outlet

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Omen by HP Intel i5 8GB 1TB & 128GB SSD GTX1060 Gaming PC. From Argos on ebayFree Instant Pickup Using Fast Track Click & Collect Go from gamer to gaming legend with the thrilling level of pow… Read More
Omen by HP Intel i5 8GB 1TB & 128GB SSD GTX1060 Gaming PC. From Argos on ebayFree Instant Pickup Using Fast Track Click & Collect Go from gamer to gaming legend with the thrilling level of pow…
djgomatt Avatar2d, 11h agoFound 2 days, 11 hours ago27 Comments
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LordBentner
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/kHbrjcCosts only a little bit less but there is a better upgrade path with the 600w Pau and the b350 motherboard. Win 10 was from Amazon

Looks good for same money, I would have considered that build, unfortunately I didn't look at Ryzen comparisons and didn't spot some of the bargain components you found there so i went for the easy option with no experience in building a PC and being a bit too lazy to learn.
LordBentner
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/kHbrjcCosts only a little bit less but there is a better upgrade path with the 600w Pau and the b350 motherboard. Win 10 was from Amazon
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/kHbrjc
Costs only a little bit less but there is a better upgrade path with the 600w Pau and the b350 motherboard. Win 10 was from Amazon
ocelot20 posted this comment in a previous thread
Usually I would just say build your own PC or go with a PC specialist. But you can't go wrong for £750. Even if building your self using similar parts you wouldn't be saving much. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/h4Dr8K

But then on the other hand the PSU inside this doesn't look great and I do question if you can replace it or not. If not then putting a more powerful card inside this like a 1080 is a big fat no. But if the PSU is replaceable then you should be able to but will obviously cost more due to having to buy a better PSU.
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Ev0lution
My god why do people still continue to post this thing as if its a deal?Its been on here like 5 times in the last 2 weeks and every time its been an overpriced piece of junk.
Share with us all a better gaming pc for a lower price

Nope I'm not going to waste my time helping those who will only just come out with the same tired old 'PC Partpicker' nonsense.

If you want to spend your money on this overpriced crap then by all means be my guest.
Ev0lution
My god why do people still continue to post this thing as if its a deal?Its been on here like 5 times in the last 2 weeks and every time its been an overpriced piece of junk.

Share with us all a better gaming pc for a lower price
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100 GB lifetime cloud storage with Zoolz (For IOS, Andoid,Pc & Mac £0 @ SharewareOnSale

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100% off so I understand this is free but the usual Rrp is $99 so to me it's a deal even if it's free (but not for long) Over 2days left What’s included? 1 user Protect photos, videos and docume… Read More
100% off so I understand this is free but the usual Rrp is $99 so to me it's a deal even if it's free (but not for long) Over 2days left What’s included? 1 user Protect photos, videos and docume…
JellybearXo Avatar2d, 19h agoFound 2 days, 19 hours ago29 Comments
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thanks I'm gonna sign up just to store my music collection in the cloud
sohi
Blaat_blaat
Lol lifetime storage and company goes bust and it's gone
If company remain active but user dies..and it's gone as well
Where there is a will, it would not be gone.
Blaat_blaat
Lol lifetime storage and company goes bust and it's gone
If company remain active but user dies..and it's gone as well
How legit is this company? I mean you can't argue with free but it'll be all my photos and stuff?
InsaneNutter
If that happens then the internet as we know it today has been broken, until then i'm happy with my encrypted files.
Very valuable for some big international gangs to keep the encrypted smaller files and then crack them in 10 years' time. One got to be daft to rely on encryption and not keeping personal files on one's personal hard disks and then lock them up since 3x 2TB hard disks is plenty to keep 2TB files in triplicates.
No such thing as a free lunch, the hosting company has divine admin level control of data with reams of terms and conditions which no one reads.


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PS4 Pro 1TB with inFAMOUS: Second Son and NOW TV 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass £339.99 GAME

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PS4 Pro 1TB with inFAMOUS: Second Son and NOW TV 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass £339.99 Listed price was 384.98 seems best deal at the mo as the console by itself is £339.9 Read More
PS4 Pro 1TB with inFAMOUS: Second Son and NOW TV 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass £339.99 Listed price was 384.98 seems best deal at the mo as the console by itself is £339.9
Suzannzan Avatar3d, 38m agoFound 3 days, 38 minutes ago38 Comments
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atann
Not worth it with Xbox Scorpion in November.

Firstly it's Scorpio.
Secondly it's not even called that anymore.
Thirdly it costs £100 more solus.
Lastly it's coming out with no games really worthy of the investment.
Not worth it with Xbox Scorpion in November.
Mine ended up about £260 on release. Flubit offer at £293 off the back of feeding a Tesco direct link where they had temporarily dropped the pro price to £299 in error and Flubit had 10% cashback offer at the time on demands.
hotukdealls
Of course you did.....
Well, I did...
ZeroEx
I got a PS4 Pro for £210 a few weeks ago. Not Black Friday. Think before you type, please.

Of course you did.....
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Lenovo IdeaPad 110 Laptop, AMD A8, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6", Black £274.00 @ John Lewis

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Just bought this not sure whether to keep yet but specs seemed good with JL 2 year warranty anybody know a better 15.6 with better processor speed? Read More
Just bought this not sure whether to keep yet but specs seemed good with JL 2 year warranty anybody know a better 15.6 with better processor speed?
Hoppie Avatar3d, 5h agoFound 3 days, 5 hours ago5 Comments
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Musicrab
If £275 was at the top of your budget I'd say keep it. Give it a try out and if its too slow I'm sure JL will take it back. The extra year warranty is probably worth £30 which makes the laptop an even better buy.
Remove any bloatware e.g. McAfee et al and install a resource efficient anti-virus; run a Windows Update to get the latest updates (leave on overnight).
In the future you could replace the HDD with a 128GB SSD and move the HDD to the CD/DVD tray (or use as an external drive); the CPU should be just about OK for basic light office stuff. Oh, and screen resolution - ignore the people who insist on Full HD - unless you're one of them!

It was mainly bought for browsing & I use excel mainly for my work so to me I didn't need anything over the top, ram was good & processor speed was good enough HDD & screen resolution was never high on my agenda cheers for the comments.
If £275 was at the top of your budget I'd say keep it. Give it a try out and if its too slow I'm sure JL will take it back. The extra year warranty is probably worth £30 which makes the laptop an even better buy.
Remove any bloatware e.g. McAfee et al and install a resource efficient anti-virus; run a Windows Update to get the latest updates (leave on overnight).
In the future you could replace the HDD with a 128GB SSD and move the HDD to the CD/DVD tray (or use as an external drive); the CPU should be just about OK for basic light office stuff. Oh, and screen resolution - ignore the people who insist on Full HD - unless you're one of them!
Oops didn't notice OOS
Depends on your budget and needs but I wouldn't keep it. Specs are all over the place with big numbers to attract people but will deliver a poor performance in real life.

If you can squeeze a bit more money for your budget then the Lenovo Yoga @ £349 listed on here will be a much better experience. Better build, battery, ssd hard drive higher resolution screen all in a much smaller package with touch screen and tablet functionality.
(Yes it may less storage and ram on paper but it will be a miles faster package when looked at holistically)

On a side note, when are manufacturers going to stop pushing out these ridiculous 1366x768 screens - they are absolutely terrible I've got a 12 year old dell laptop running a media server in the cupboard which has a better screen.
OOS :(
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ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD-FY047T 15.6 inch Gaming Notebook (Intel Kabylake Core i5-7300HQ Processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD Plus 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GTX 1050 4 GB Graphics) £775.00 @ amazon

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Cracking price for it's spec Brand ASUS Item Weight 2.5 Kg Product Dimensions 25.5 x 38.3 x 3 cm Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included) Item model number GL553VD-FY047T Series ROG S… Read More
Cracking price for it's spec Brand ASUS Item Weight 2.5 Kg Product Dimensions 25.5 x 38.3 x 3 cm Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included) Item model number GL553VD-FY047T Series ROG S…
JMC19 Avatar3d, 7h agoFound 3 days, 7 hours ago13 Comments
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Have one of these, when they launched. Rock solid after 5 years putting heavy use. I could play almost everything on the Medium-High settings depending on the game. Great option as well for people that looks to edit movies and work with post production.
I'd want a minimum of a 1050 Ti, or at least wait for more laptops with a proper Max-Q design.
robholbrook
Is the 1050 better than the 980m?


Not really. Benchmarks give the 980m the lead in many areas.
Is the 1050 better than the 980m?
what if your not a game player? is it good for everything else and does it play Blu-ray discs.
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ASUS ZenBook UX310 13.3" Laptop - Grey i7 6th Gen, 8GB 256GB SSD and 512GB HDD - £749.97 @ Curry's

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Light weight £150ish discount, agree that it's 6th but it won't let it down I believe Achieve: Fast computing with the latest tech Windows 10 Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 50… Read More
Light weight £150ish discount, agree that it's 6th but it won't let it down I believe Achieve: Fast computing with the latest tech Windows 10 Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 50…
sureshgsamy Avatar3d, 21h agoFound 3 days, 21 hours ago38 Comments
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knowitall5
750? isn't tech supposed to be getting cheaper.. i remember when less than £500 was the standard for a good laptop and £300 for a medium

£500 has always been the price for a better than rubbish Win laptop, rarely approaching good. My old samsung i5 I still have is a total dog and it cost £500 in 2011 on a deal. Slow, low res tn screen, weighs as much as a car, 4hr battery life new out the box with a wind behind it, reduced to about 30m within a few years.

Honestly if you want something that's not a dog for £500, you need to get a chromebook like the asus C302 (again, not for everyone I know) or pony up for a pricey mac or top of the line win ultrabook.

Once you've experienced anything that's not a £500 curry's special offer and doesn't have a spinning HD, you'll never go back lol.
Nicolas
I just want to use office and the web?

If you need office you need windows. Saying that I've never looked back, don't even use office on my win 10 desktop now. My day job is writing so use need to use a word processor, but everyone wants stuff in google docs now in my experience, easier for editing etc. Course if you need macros etc then office still has its merits.
HottyHotty
Voted hot because it's a good price. However just bought a Chromebook for £250. Aluminium, 1.5kg, 12hr battery life, instant boot, IPS screen, zero maintenance. Friend using it the other day: "how do you do xxxx, I don't know how to use macbooks." That's despite it saying Acer in big letters on it lol.

Specs-wise it's not comparable I'm not arguing one is better than the other, but if you don't need Windows or play games and you just want an ultrabook for the size/weight/battery life Etc., you get a lot for your money with a CB.


I just want to use office and the web?
knowitall5
750? isn't tech supposed to be getting cheaper.. i remember when less than £500 was the standard for a good laptop and £300 for a medium
It's not all about specs snd numbers on paper,build quality and quality of components and materials used and attention to details plays a big role in price.

Even a decade ago "premium" laptops where in the £800-£1000 range.

likes of Sony Vaio (top of the range varients with higher quality build and nicer displays for example where £1000 10 years ago).

£500 was the price of "good" laptos not premium ones and £300 was buttom of the barrel,cheaply made ones with low quality display and ugly cheap plasticy feel.
knowitall5
750? isn't tech supposed to be getting cheaper.. i remember when less than £500 was the standard for a good laptop and £300 for a medium
£500 for a premium laptop has never been the case and I know you used the word good not premium but good is a lot more of a subjective term.
This is a pretty good and fairly premium laptop so £500 is not realistic.
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HP AMD quad core 8gb 1tb laptop £259.00 @ Tesco direct

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Already discounted to £279 use voucher code TDX-WPJC for further £20 off. Decent spec for price. Read More
Already discounted to £279 use voucher code TDX-WPJC for further £20 off. Decent spec for price.
steprest Avatar4d, 2h agoFound 4 days, 2 hours ago14 Comments
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Windows home or pro?
Just bought 2 ,thanks.
HP & AMD APU = Why did I buy this?
Pure junk. Laptop is like something from the last decade.
How on earth are laptops still being shifted with 1366 x 768 displays...

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Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 1TB Bundle x09RARE Replay x09Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition x09Ryse: Son of Rome x09Sunset Overdrive x09NOW TV Movies 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass £299.99

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Seems a good deal for a 1tb version Same price to have Forza 3 instead of Halo too. Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 1TB Bundle RARE Replay Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition Ryse: Son of Rome Sunset Ov… Read More
Seems a good deal for a 1tb version Same price to have Forza 3 instead of Halo too. Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 1TB Bundle RARE Replay Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition Ryse: Son of Rome Sunset Ov…
mkaiser1 Avatar4d, 7h agoFound 4 days, 7 hours ago3 Comments
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TheMev
3 posts for the price of one...
Did you mean 3 posts for the price of 3 posts?
All different deals?
3 posts for the price of one...
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Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 1TB Bundle RARE Replay Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition Ryse: Son of Rome Sunset Overdrive NOW TV Movies 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass £299.99

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Seems a good deal for a 1tb version Same price to have Halo Wars 2 instead of Forza too (http://www.game.co.uk/en/m/xbox-one-s-halo-wars-2-1tb-with-rare-replay-forza-5-ryse-son-of-rome-sunset-ovrd… Read More
Seems a good deal for a 1tb version Same price to have Halo Wars 2 instead of Forza too (http://www.game.co.uk/en/m/xbox-one-s-halo-wars-2-1tb-with-rare-replay-forza-5-ryse-son-of-rome-sunset-ovrd…
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HP OMEN 870-118na Gaming PC 16GB RAM GTX1080 3TB HDD & 256GB SSD @ Currys Ebay £944.98

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This is new but has damaged box, direct link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-OMEN-870-118na-Gaming-PC-Built-in-944-98-/112291329351 You can get one with a pristine box for a little more: http://www.eba… Read More
This is new but has damaged box, direct link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-OMEN-870-118na-Gaming-PC-Built-in-944-98-/112291329351 You can get one with a pristine box for a little more: http://www.eba…
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misa426
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TehJumpingJawa
Cheap for those specific components, but I'm not convinced it's a good deal in terms of performance per £.
If it'd been a K processor & mobo, perhaps, but a straight 6700 is trumped by a far cheaper Ryzen setup.
Agree, the CPU is disappointing in this build compared to the rest of it.
Not only the CPU. Pre-built rigs like this one usually suffer from 'less than bronze' quality power supplies meaning that those usually have to be replaced almost straight away... That adds another £100+ onto the build almost immediately.
I consider this price and this build to be about average.
If it needed replacing straight away wouldn't warranty cober it

It probably would - but they would only replace like for like anyway. So you'd be swapping crap for more crap. You wouldn't be getting the right levels of power for the GPU and CPU draw depending on what you're using the computer for. I would also imagine that individual parts are not covered in the warranty so after 12 months of them shovelling crap onto you, it then becomes entirely your problem.
steve_bezerker
thelagmonster
TehJumpingJawa
Cheap for those specific components, but I'm not convinced it's a good deal in terms of performance per £.
If it'd been a K processor & mobo, perhaps, but a straight 6700 is trumped by a far cheaper Ryzen setup.
Agree, the CPU is disappointing in this build compared to the rest of it.
Not only the CPU. Pre-built rigs like this one usually suffer from 'less than bronze' quality power supplies meaning that those usually have to be replaced almost straight away... That adds another £100+ onto the build almost immediately.
I consider this price and this build to be about average.

If it needed replacing straight away wouldn't warranty cober it
TehJumpingJawa
Cheap for those specific components, but I'm not convinced it's a good deal in terms of performance per £.If it'd been a K processor & mobo, perhaps, but a straight 6700 is trumped by a far cheaper Ryzen setup.

That missing K was the deal breaker for me.
japes
Looks like a fridge
Do a 180 and it looks like a sofa.
Not £666... Cold :D
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Xbox one S with forza horizon 3 1TB free delivery at Shopto for £269.86

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Free delivery Comes with forza horizon 3 bundle 1TB Read More
Free delivery Comes with forza horizon 3 bundle 1TB
uptheclarets Avatar4d, 11h agoFound 4 days, 11 hours ago6 Comments
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1tb fifa 199 if you can find stock in smyths. Won't cost £70 to buy Forza 3
£80 more than 500gb bundle at simplygames
More expensive than it was this time last year, and john Lewis included extra warranty. Cold from me I'm afraid.
Seems expensive
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Gigabyte Brix GB-BACE-3150 Ultra Compact PC Kit - 1TB HDD + 4GB RAM £134.15 @ Amazon - Prime exclusive

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Excellent price for a Brix plus 1TB drive and 4GB ram, I saw this a few days ago when looking around for alternative to fire stick. Great price for a complete Brix. Would make great HTPC or possible n… Read More
Excellent price for a Brix plus 1TB drive and 4GB ram, I saw this a few days ago when looking around for alternative to fire stick. Great price for a complete Brix. Would make great HTPC or possible n…
Gowlande Avatar5d, 21h agoFound 5 days, 21 hours ago50 Comments
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Could this be used for photo editing?
GNKelly07
Has now been reduced further to £112.32 for those with it as a pre-order

Was just on a chat session with amazon and they said the price would not be reduced automatically if you already have a pre-order and that I had to cancel and re-order.

Just an FYI for people who thought it would be automatic.

Thanks for letting us know GNKelly07.

EDIT: Now it is £121.08

Edited By: NostromoXP on Jul 23, 2017 10:28:
Has now been reduced further to £112.32 for those with it as a pre-order
Tempted tp get this as a plex server, since i managed to drop the laptop I was using for it last night. CPU would just about transcode a 720p stream. Hmmm



Edited By: Wotan on Jul 21, 2017 18:56: sp
captainbeaky
HD audio passthrough has been available for a while now on these Braswell machines. Whilst originally only enabled in Windows using a beta driver, Intel have now included in latest official release


For their NUC's though, which might not work on other boxes.
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samsung-960-pro-1tb-nvme-pcie - £430.97 Delivered @ BT Shop

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The 512 model is out of stock but the 1tb appears to be on clearance. Much cheaper than elsewhere from what i can tell. only 4 available Read More
The 512 model is out of stock but the 1tb appears to be on clearance. Much cheaper than elsewhere from what i can tell. only 4 available
yoshi Avatar6d, 5h agoFound 6 days, 5 hours ago2 Comments
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i dont think you will see the 960 pro lower than this clearance price for a while but it will eventually drop as happens with everything in the electronics space.

the 960 pro is a significant step up from the 950 pro - especially in terms of throttling at peak loads. the 1tb is also faster than the 512 https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Samsung-960-Pro-vs-950-Pro-Performance-Thermal-Throttling-868/
it is a niche product however that is true as not many need the speed or the capacity but i can't see anywhere near this price
still overpriced imo
nvme drives will come down in price again once nand production increases and there's more competition
I'll stick with my 950 pro 512GB I bought for 167 (last year on ebay 20% back promo) for now, but it is filling up quickly!
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G Technology 6TB desktop hard drive - £178.80 @ Jigsaw24

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Pretty good deal considering the 4Tb version is the same price, I just nabbed one for my workstation at home, £213 everywhere else. Read More
Pretty good deal considering the 4Tb version is the same price, I just nabbed one for my workstation at home, £213 everywhere else.
kemeys Avatar6d, 5h agoFound 6 days, 5 hours ago7 Comments
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jimhuf
6tb in one places is alot of data to lose


1MB of data in one place is also a lot of data to lose if for example it's your password library or encryption keys. The size of the hard drive is irrelevant to whether or not data is backed up.
6tb in one places is alot of data to lose
ldx00
Seems like a good deal. Do you know what's inside this?


https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx20V86JTQXT30D/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza?asin=B00ND4DV9M

Best I can find. Not Seagate. HGST which are about the same price as internals on amazon right now.
Hot, but I do wonder how long it takes to run a virus check, or to format or wipe a disk of this size. oO
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MSI GL62 7QF Gaming Laptop + Backpack Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB, NVIDIA GTX 960, 15.6" Full HD £599.98 @ Ebuyer

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Ok so I missed out on the HP omen the other day from john lewis and managed to come across this. Seems decent yes it's older graphics to the 1050 but not much difference in performance. everything els… Read More
Ok so I missed out on the HP omen the other day from john lewis and managed to come across this. Seems decent yes it's older graphics to the 1050 but not much difference in performance. everything els…
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[quote=kitana8]
Ok so I missed out on the HP omen the other day from john lewis
I ordered the original £630 deal from John Lewis but it was rejected by the click and collect+ newsagent on Monday 17th and returned to John Lewis on Thursday 20th, they claimed they could not send back out to me until it was checked and put back to stock, nor could it be reserved for me when it was checked. In all honesty their customer service was rubbish and I ended up being refunded on the Friday so there may well be 1 coming back in to stock at some time, i was watching over the weekend and it remained OOS so i bought a different Omen (the one i have posted on here as a deal)

Actually it came back in stock on Wednesday or at least thats when I checked again before taking the plunge on either one. It arrived on Friday and my wife seems pretty pleased with it. Personally it really needs SSD but will be getting one for it shortly. I have bought from JL a few times and been great even with returns but as with any company they will have good and bad. Anyways the Omen only won just with reviews on battery life that tipped me over.
[quote=kitana8]
Ok so I missed out on the HP omen the other day from john lewis

I ordered the original £630 deal from John Lewis but it was rejected by the click and collect+ newsagent on Monday 17th and returned to John Lewis on Thursday 20th, they claimed they could not send back out to me until it was checked and put back to stock, nor could it be reserved for me when it was checked. In all honesty their customer service was rubbish and I ended up being refunded on the Friday so there may well be 1 coming back in to stock at some time, i was watching over the weekend and it remained OOS so i bought a different Omen (the one i have posted on here as a deal)
Im holding off upgrading until this 'mining faze' has passed - GPU costs are crazy currently, that being said this is a nice spec for the money but I think if your looking to drop £600+ I would ideally want a 1050 or better as performance improvement and with it future proofing (ps pro and xbox one x will raise the min spec a fair bit going forward) is significant, not that you couldnt play games perfectly well on this system (ignore the elite Pc gamers who disregard anything that cant run every game on ultra settings at 4K and 60fps - you can game perfectly well at 1080p high or medium and even as low at 30fps game type dependent.- honestly 'hairworks and all that other crazy GPU heavy stuff very rarely adds much to the gaming experience.
BradLind
jimbo001
BradLind
I bought this back in Feb for about £600 from ebuyer...
I have since added a 240gb m. 2 SSD, and replaced the cd drive with a HDD caddy, where I installed a 2tb SSHD
Brilliant laptop... Sure it's got nothing on my £4k custom pc setup I built for home use, but for a total cost of £900 (after the SSHD and M.2 SSD) I can't knock it.. It does everything I want in a portable gaming laptop
4k on a custom setup!?
That's a stupid amount of money for a pc, or does that include all the peripherals , TV etc.
Yeah, thats the full setup inclusive of a peripherals such as my ROG Swift monitor (PC includes 6700k, 1070, 32gb of RAM, 10tb of storage space etc etc)

Was expecting sli 1080ti for that much lol.
jimbo001
BradLind
I bought this back in Feb for about £600 from ebuyer...
I have since added a 240gb m. 2 SSD, and replaced the cd drive with a HDD caddy, where I installed a 2tb SSHD
Brilliant laptop... Sure it's got nothing on my £4k custom pc setup I built for home use, but for a total cost of £900 (after the SSHD and M.2 SSD) I can't knock it.. It does everything I want in a portable gaming laptop
4k on a custom setup!?
That's a stupid amount of money for a pc, or does that include all the peripherals , TV etc.
Yeah, thats the full setup inclusive of a peripherals such as my ROG Swift monitor (PC includes 6700k, 1070, 32gb of RAM, 10tb of storage space etc etc)
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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop Hard Drive - £113.99 @ Argos

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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop is the simple, one-click way to protect and share your entire digital life, locally, in the cloud, or on your mobile devices and social networks. Includes automatic, easy-t… Read More
Seagate Backup Plus Desktop is the simple, one-click way to protect and share your entire digital life, locally, in the cloud, or on your mobile devices and social networks. Includes automatic, easy-t…
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It depends on the product. The above product will incur import charges despite the main page not mentioning it.Here's a example, the above item page states:Price:$109.00+ $5.24 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to United KingdomClicking the "Details" drop down arrow shows the following breakdown :S hipping & Fee DetailsPrice$109.00 AmazonGlobal Shipping+ $5.24 Estimated Import Fees Deposit+ $0.00 Total$114.24A good price, yes! However, going to the last checkout page states:Order SummaryItems: GBP 87.30Shipping & handling: GBP 4.20Total before tax: GBP 91.50Estimated tax to be collected: GBP 0.00Order total:GBP 91.50Please note that your country may charge import duties, taxes and fees that you may have to pay ahead of delivery. Learn more Notice the warning about additional charges.The following item page:https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-External-Desktop-Storage-STEL6000100/dp/B01K4241D0/ states:$139.99+ $38.91 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to United KingdomClicking the "Details" drop down arrow shows the following breakdown :S hipping & Fee DetailsPrice$139.99 AmazonGlobal Shipping+ $9.09 Estimated Import Fees Deposit+ $29.82 Total$178.90 Going to the last checkout page states:Order SummaryItems: GBP 112.12Shipping & handling: GBP 7.28Total before tax: GBP 119.40Estimated tax to be collected: GBP 0.00Import Fees Deposit GBP 23.88Order total:GBP 143.28AmazonGlobal makes international shipping easy by calculating import fees at checkout, as well as clearing customs for you. In addition, you have the visibility to track your packages door-to-door. Learn more The second item won't incur custom charges as Amazon has already calculated the cost and charged you in advance.For the second product it isn't really worth the hassle/wait time (£6.69 saving).


I ordered one and it just arrived in 7 days with no customs charge
Argos legendary for this nonsense now. Try finding a decent value laptop on their system. There's a few listed. Never any stock. PC World used to be at this stunt years ago.
I don't even bother looking for laptops at Argos. Too much crying wolf to be believed.

Edited By: chtyrone2 on Jul 21, 2017 14:57
neilc
Pardon my ignorance, but can you order from Amazon USA for delivery to UK and will you not incur taxes etc? thanks


It depends on the product. The above product will incur import charges despite the main page not mentioning it.
Here's a example, the above item page states:

Price:

$109.00

+ $5.24 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to United Kingdom

Clicking the "Details" drop down arrow shows the following breakdown:

Shipping & Fee Details

Price

$109.00

AmazonGlobal Shipping

+

$5.24

Estimated Import Fees Deposit

+

$0.00

Total

$114.24

A good price, yes! However, going to the last checkout page states:

Order Summary

Items:
GBP 87.30

Shipping & handling:
GBP 4.20



Total before tax:
GBP 91.50

Estimated tax to be collected:
GBP 0.00

Order total:
GBP 91.50

Please note that your country may charge import duties, taxes and fees that you may have to pay ahead of delivery.
Learn more


Notice the warning about additional charges.The following item page:

https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-External-Desktop-Storage-STEL6000100/dp/B01K4241D0/

states:

$139.99

+ $38.91 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to United Kingdom

Clicking the "Details" drop down arrow shows the following breakdown:

Shipping & Fee Details

Price

$139.99

AmazonGlobal Shipping

+

$9.09

Estimated Import Fees Deposit

+

$29.82

Total

$178.90

Going to the last checkout page states:

Order Summary

Items:
GBP 112.12

Shipping & handling:
GBP 7.28



Total before tax:
GBP 119.40

Estimated tax to be collected:
GBP 0.00

Import Fees Deposit
GBP 23.88

Order total:
GBP 143.28

AmazonGlobal makes international shipping easy by calculating import
fees at checkout, as well as clearing customs for you. In addition, you
have the visibility to track your packages door-to-door.
Learn more

The second item won't incur custom charges as Amazon has already calculated the cost and charged you in advance.
For the second product it isn't really worth the hassle/wait time (£6.69 saving).
mojo8472
Amazon USA have the 4TB version for the equivalent of around £90 inc delivery to the UKhttps://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-STDR4000100/dp/B00ZTRXFBA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500493015&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+backup+plus+4tb


Pardon my ignorance, but can you order from Amazon USA for delivery to UK and will you not incur taxes etc? thanks
Amazon USA have the 4TB version for the equivalent of around £90 inc delivery to the UK

https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-STDR4000100/dp/B00ZTRXFBA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500493015&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+backup+plus+4tb

Edited By: mojo8472 on Jul 19, 2017 20:40: Jul 19, 2017 20:40
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Samsung 960 Pro 512GB (2% Quidco) £219.99 @ BT Shop

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Great price for the Pro model, Evo is normally this price. Retail boxed too. £280 elsewhere is cheapest I could find. 2% Quidco. Read More
Great price for the Pro model, Evo is normally this price. Retail boxed too. £280 elsewhere is cheapest I could find. 2% Quidco.
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Hey guys, we've ran out of the stock at the clearance price of £219.99 we had for you, future orders will be at the new pricing back on new stock from our suppliers.

You're late to the party.
Hey guys, we've ran out of the stock at the clearance price of £219.99 we had for you, future orders will be at the new pricing back on new stock from our suppliers.
Now back up to £289.99!
The_Hoff
Type_R
Not sure why this has been expired as it's still showing in stock at £219.99. Bargain price, would order one if I could justify needing one!

Cheers, will inform mods.


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zizzles
No, that's not what he said. Read it again, take your time, don't be embarrassed about moving your lips if it helps you.

tangible doesn't only mean touch based, sure its the main definition and origin but not the only one
if you googled better than at the moment you first got confused you'd see that it has other meanings such as real/clear etc etc
loading a game map faster is a tangible benefit not one id pay 200+quid for though
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Maxtor m3 1tb £46.99 @ Argos

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Work great with ps4 as well
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The supermarket offers are never available in my area think staff buys it them
1Tb for £35 at my sainsburys, been there for weeks and no one is picking it up. this seems to be a national deal, so worth a long around your local Sainsbury if you want one
it seems that external HD prices are going up not down since the games console started supporting them
Seems fairly good to me especially being a actual shop if you needed one fast.

Also its not much, but you could get cashback on it from Quidco or Topcashback?
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Asus X555QG Laptop - AMD A12 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 15.6" Screen, DVDRW, Win 10 Home was £502.49 now £389.98 Delivered at eBuyer

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Cheapest around as far as I can see! Well spec'd machine that should take any productivity work you throw at it. 8GB RAM also, which is great if you are using memory intensive apps like Photoshop, Lig… Read More
Cheapest around as far as I can see! Well spec'd machine that should take any productivity work you throw at it. 8GB RAM also, which is great if you are using memory intensive apps like Photoshop, Lig…
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Only 736p which really lets this down, I wouldnt spend more then £300 on a laptop with just a hd screen.
lol
Resolution: 1366 x 768

I just threw up a little.
ok price. I have a similar Asus laptop but it has an i5 and a touchscreen. I replaced the h/drive with an SSD and it boots in around 10 seconds. It's been pretty good but if I were buying now would go for a 13 / 14" laptop and try to get one a bit lighter..
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WD Red 6tb NAS HD. - £140.01 @ ebuyer

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Reduced to £140.01 from £240.99 saving £100.98 on each drive including free delivery. Read More
Reduced to £140.01 from £240.99 saving £100.98 on each drive including free delivery.
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Was around 150£ on Friday, I entered my email to be informed when back in stock, got an update a while ago including the price drop, I bought some ironwolf 8tbs instead over weekend.
ldx00
That didn't last long!
probably a price error

can anyone update if they get the shipping confirmation/actually get theirs?
That didn't last long!
no stock
good price 208 on amazon
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Hp omen 880-028na RYZEN 1800x/16gb/256gb ssd/2tb/rx 580 4gb - £1,349.99 @ Amazon

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Good desktop for prebuilt desktop. I can build a desktop and some people also can but some people can not. So for a prebuilt this is one of the best one I have seen on look ,great upgradability and ov… Read More
Good desktop for prebuilt desktop. I can build a desktop and some people also can but some people can not. So for a prebuilt this is one of the best one I have seen on look ,great upgradability and ov…
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Great,I think I can stretch to an extra £50,thanks for your time ,much appreciated


Thank you for commenting on my thread have you got a monitor


Hi,I have a monitor but any views on one would be appreciated


Samsung do a great 24 inch curved one at curry’s for 130 quid which would look great


Cheers
jnjames
puddles9999
jnjames
Great,I think I can stretch to an extra £50,thanks for your time ,much appreciated


Thank you for commenting on my thread have you got a monitor


Hi,I have a monitor but any views on one would be appreciated


Samsung do a great 24 inch curved one at curry’s for 130 quid which would look great
puddles9999
jnjames
Great,I think I can stretch to an extra £50,thanks for your time ,much appreciated


Thank you for commenting on my thread have you got a monitor


Hi,I have a monitor but any views on one would be appreciated
Cold, cheaper on the hp store
jnjames
Great,I think I can stretch to an extra £50,thanks for your time ,much appreciated


Thank you for commenting on my thread have you got a monitor
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Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Adapter - £8.99 (Prime) £12.98 (Non Prime) @ Sold by Store4PC-Europe and Fulfilled by Amazon

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£2 more than the lightning deal posted 6 months ago (this is not a lightning deal), but is still cheap for the new cable. Useful bit of kit, and its at a cheap price again on Amazon. Deal for those… Read More
£2 more than the lightning deal posted 6 months ago (this is not a lightning deal), but is still cheap for the new cable. Useful bit of kit, and its at a cheap price again on Amazon. Deal for those…
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I bought this last year, been working great. I'm currently using it was a 120GB SSD.
Literally they are infinitely useful when upgrading your drive, better than any caddie, without the faff. I honestly can't say enough about them, shame they don't work with 3.5'' drives (for obvious power reasons).
I need a LOL .
Shows as 8.99 non-prime for me


Edited By: GwanGy on Jul 18, 2017 11:26: f
AndyRoyd
Also consider £1 cheaper £7.99 dlvd Prime alternative by CSL that permits use with power-hungry 3.5" devices via facility to add external power supply, still retains UASP etc https://www.amazon.co.uk/CSL-Adapter-converter-Attached-Protocol/dp/B015N5JO9E
Think the power connector is 3.5/1.35mm.

Nice find.
CampGareth
What's the chip in these, a JMS567? If so they're capable of pretty much maxing out USB 3

JM4102

Edited By: know1 on Jul 17, 2017 23:58:
Also consider £1 cheaper £7.99 dlvd Prime alternative by CSL that permits use with power-hungry 3.5" devices via facility to add external power supply, still retains UASP etc https://www.amazon.co.uk/CSL-Adapter-converter-Attached-Protocol/dp/B015N5JO9E
Think the power connector is 3.5/1.35mm.

Edited By: AndyRoyd on Jul 17, 2017 15:55: add power connector size
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Seagate FireCuda 2 TB 2.5 inch Internal SSHD Hard Drive - Prime Exclusive (Lightning Deal) - £74.99

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Ordered one myself. 2TB 2.5'' SSHD Hybrid Drive £1 less than the lightning deal posted over a month ago. Using to upgrade the secondary drive in a new laptop. Couple of interesting details from Amaz… Read More
Ordered one myself. 2TB 2.5'' SSHD Hybrid Drive £1 less than the lightning deal posted over a month ago. Using to upgrade the secondary drive in a new laptop. Couple of interesting details from Amaz…
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These are great for the PS4. Speeds up some stuff and games you play regularly load faster. It's no ssd but the next best thing.
As a storage device it's fine but don't let the 'hybrid' moniker fool you - they claim it's somewhere in between a pure HDD and SSD but it's much closer to a hard disk and has all the extra bugs/nuances that you probably hadn't thought of.
LeftResponse
zizzles
What I meant was the marketing blurb suggests that the product is being marketed towards the gullible, or at least the intellectually-challenged
Examples would be the GLUTEN-FREE on a bottle of stupidly-priced water
or
the LOW FAT stickers on bananas priced 60% higher than the same bananas on the stand beside them.
I prefer not to encourage such nonsense.
I understand what you're saying, but it is useful information for those that own a PS4 and don't know about drives and the "if it fits" rule I suppose.
On a side note, I know what you mean in other instances. A good example would be 4K TV's that (arguably) arn't actually 4k.
1920 x 1080 = 1080p
2560 x 1440 = 1440p
4096 × 2160 = 4k?
Sure its 4 times the amount of pixels, but it doesn't really make sense and would cause confusion should 4xxxp TV's become available. Now EVERYONE has to list them as 4K, because if its not "4k" (even though its the same resolution) people are turned away if it doesn't include that specific phrase/information.
EDIT: On the other hand, if I recieved 500 questions asking if it was compatible (when all 2.5'' drives are compatible) I would probably just end up putting it on my listing so I don't have to deal with the questions lol.

Consumer 4K resolution is actually 3840 × 2160, what you're quoting is DCI 4K resolution which is the motion picture standard. Either way they're calling it 4K based on the horizontal rather than vertical resolution, so yeah it is daft but it's all marketing.
I totally forgot this was going in deal, it was hinted in prime day as well.
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There is a way to upgrade the internal drive for the One but its a PITA and requires a lot of fiddling in Linux.First thing I looked at when I got a One and just decided it was simpler to use USB3 as the bus on the internal is only SATA2 anyway (for the OG One, went to 3 for the S).Also lies the reports of bricks after updates and banning etc. Stick to the externals TBH.Ended up getting this and a cheap 2TB for my OG.

Interesting, shame they made the process so difficult, would have thought they would have learned their lesson from the 360 days. Not even like they sell internal hdd replacements so no benefit from it being so tricky to them either. Still might give it a go if these ever come down to this price again. If you have any links to a guide or youtube video of it I'd be interested to take a look see if it's something I could do. If it makes any difference, I have the One S....
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Medion Erazer X7847 17.3 Inch i5 GX1060 1TB 128GB SSD Laptop £899.99 @ Argos

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I have been looking around for a new laptop and this pops up and seems extremely good. £900 and you get 1060 that is mad. Every other 1060 laptop I've seen is well over £1200++. Haven't decided wheth… Read More
I have been looking around for a new laptop and this pops up and seems extremely good. £900 and you get 1060 that is mad. Every other 1060 laptop I've seen is well over £1200++. Haven't decided wheth…
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I purchased a high end gaming laptop last year. It doesn't compare to a tower pc of the same spec though. Gets hot and noisy with the fans when you push it too hard and it will barely run an oculus rift that a supposedly lower spec graphics card in my pc runs fine.

Thats because laptop components are not the same.

Even the GPU's that are the same card are undervolted and underclocked.

The cooling is also a big factor and on something compact like a laptop it is normally a lot worse and with poor cooling you will experience high noise and throttling.
A lot of people suggest issues with medion and they always seem suspiciously cheap which puts me off them.

Spec wise it seems great value.
f1refox
The other two slots are under the keyboard. There is a hole that is used to push the keyboard out using a screwdriver or similar. The laptop also and extra M.2 SSD port and an extra 2.5" drive bay for a thin SSD or Hard drive. This is just a Clevo chassis branded by medion and is a very good machine for the money.

Thanks for the heads up...I wanted to throw in another SSD and now I know where to look. Been living with it a few days and I'm very happy with the performance so far.
bagginsboy
Just got mine and I can confirm that its a TN panel but a good quality one with very good viewing angles and the colours are really nice. Build quality is nice, it has a soft touch surface which is a finger print magnet. The keyboard is really good and looks the business with the full RGB backlighting. Anyone wondering about the specs, well the one I have has 3 USB 3 ports 2 USB-C ports and a display port on the side. On the rear it has 1 HDMI and 1 display port next to the power connector. Thought this may help as on the Argos website there is no mention of USB-C and the USB-3 ports are listed as USB 2 although they may have sent me the wrong item knowing them, but I'm not complaining.
Also if you are going to upgrade the ram it might be handy to note that there are 3 hidden screws under neath rubber tabs with little arrows on them in addition to the ones you can see visibly. The tabs are a pain in the backside to remove but once out the back panel comes off freely but its about 17 screws in total.
I called Medion customer support and they were not aware of this but did say that opening to upgrade ram will not void anything. Also there are 4 dim slots listed but I could only see 2 free when i opened it up so the other one may be on the underside of the motherboard but i'm not brave enough to dig that out.
Hope this helps.

The other two slots are under the keyboard. There is a hole that is used to push the keyboard out using a screwdriver or similar.

The laptop also and extra M.2 SSD port and an extra 2.5" drive bay for a thin SSD or Hard drive.

This is just a Clevo chassis branded by medion and is a very good machine for the money.
kitana8
bluepete1976
Says IPS screen on the medion website, so this is perfect. It's either this or a Alienware 13 1060 which I'm waiting for one to come in stock in the factory outlet. Hmmm?

using alienware 13 at moment and I couldn't recommend it more! I have the fully spec'd one with oled and 1060 6gb, if you have the money for it I would go for it but a tip for you. once you see that on outlet, don't bother with cashback and all that. Talk to dell customer services and ask for discount on it and they will drop a good 10-20% off. I got 250 quid off mine just by being a bit cheeky on the chat. Got nothing to lose.


Hey mate how did you get though to dell customer services? I tried though their live sales chat and they only deal with new machines not outlet and can't find a link to just normal customer service?
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Himedia Q10 Pro Hi3798CV200 4K HDR 2G/16G TV BOX 802.11AC WIFI 1000M LAN Dolby DTS-HD 3.5" SATA HDD Bluetooth Media Player - £132.87 @Geekbuying

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Spain stock, so no import duties and cheaper than other UK vendors. One of the better mid to top end range of media players out there. HiSilicon Hi3798CV200 Mali-T720 Android 7 'Nougat' 2 Gb DDR III…
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For the sake of £34 still much better off with 1st gen Nvidia Shield (which comes with a controller). The above will not play Netflix 4K,Amazon 4K. It also says Android 5.1 several times, can't see it ever say anything about Android 7.

Official Android 7 firmware

http://www.futeko.com/newforum/index.php?topic=711.0
polly69
Its £159.99 with next day delivery from a UK company that have been selling streaming devices for a long time and have a good rephttp://www.futeko.com/products/MP068.php
Dedicated Q10 forumhttp://www.futeko.com/newforum/index.php?board=14.0
cecilmcroberts
For the sake of £34 still much better off with 1st gen Nvidia Shield (which comes with a controller). The above will not play Netflix 4K,Amazon 4K. It also says Android 5.1 several times, can't see it ever say anything about Android 7.
I have the Shield but also have the older none android Q10 and its been the best media player ive ever had, your voting down a box you know nothing about. The Q10 runs Android 7 and is the first Android box to be able to play full Bluray rips it also supports Dolby True-HD, Dolby True-HD ATMOS, DTS:X, DTS-HD MA, 5.1/7.1 LPCM, DTS, and Dolby Digital AC3 and i dont think the Shield supports DTSX. The Q10 is a way better media player than the Shield will ever be as it was designed solely for that purpose if your looking for a media streamer for Netflix 4K and the like the Shield is the way to go but most TV's have that all built in i know my B6 OLED does. The Q10 will play anything you throw at it and supports 10tb HDD's.

I already researched it, stopped when it didnt say Android TV and said Android, the OS designed to run on mobile phones not for TV,straight away limiting the 4K streaming capabilites.
Its £159.99 with next day delivery from a UK company that have been selling streaming devices for a long time and have a good rep
http://www.futeko.com/products/MP068.php

Dedicated Q10 forum
http://www.futeko.com/newforum/index.php?board=14.0

cecilmcroberts
For the sake of £34 still much better off with 1st gen Nvidia Shield (which comes with a controller). The above will not play Netflix 4K,Amazon 4K. It also says Android 5.1 several times, can't see it ever say anything about Android 7.


I have the Shield but also have the older none android Q10 and its been the best media player ive ever had, your voting down a box you know nothing about. The Q10 runs Android 7 and is the first Android box to be able to play full Bluray rips it also supports Dolby True-HD, Dolby True-HD ATMOS, DTS:X, DTS-HD MA, 5.1/7.1 LPCM, DTS, and Dolby Digital AC3 and i dont think the Shield supports DTSX. The Q10 is a way better media player than the Shield will ever be as it was designed solely for that purpose if your looking for a media streamer for Netflix 4K and the like the Shield is the way to go but most TV's have that all built in i know my B6 OLED does. The Q10 will play anything you throw at it and supports 10tb HDD's.

Edited By: polly69 on Jul 16, 2017 23:27: Jul 16, 2017 23:27
The best box ever! Android 7.0, 4k, internal hdd storage, Netflix 4k, Amazon 4k everything what you can imagine you can have with this box. Happy owner :D ))))
Shield doesn't have the internal HDD storage expansion though and there are other ports that the shield lacks and my be of interest to audio/videophiles.
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Medion Erazer X5361 Ci5 16GB 2TB GTX1070 Gaming Desktop PC £849.00 Argos.

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Seems a decent price for a GTX 1070 Gaming PC.Windows 10 with 16 GB ram and a more recent intel i5 cpu.Ideal for VR.Reduced a few times now, was £1149, then £930 a few days ago. Can be reserved into
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Hope this helps!Checked all the connections as best I can but still have that annoying squeak,every 10 to 15 seconds....hopefully I can get used to it, downloading steam games at the moment to test out the 1070.


Hi. I got my PC on Friday and it makes the same odd noise. It was the DVD drive which I've unplugged as I will rarely use it.

No noise now!
kalas22
Is it worth going to argos argue that they reduced further something a few days ago was "lowest price ever" ?

What price did you pay?
Is it worth going to argos argue that they reduced further something a few days ago was "lowest price ever" ?
Removed from the Argos website now, though the EBay listing is still up.
Now you've used it a little is the performance as good as you expected? I'm imagining it'll hit 60fps at 1080p easily in most titles.
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Pre-owned Xbox One 1TB Console (Fair Condition) £129.99 @ GAME online only

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Expired as now £169.99
I didn't think this was too bad for a 1tb.... Spoke to my local game who advised if I wasn't happy with condition to return it to the shop to get a full refund.... There is a 12 month guarantee with all pre owned stock...
aibon
Fair condition = Trashed and abused by some 12yr old kid with half eaten controllers
Well it doesn't, but if it did, return it.....
Fair condition = Trashed and abused by some 12yr old kid with half eaten controllers
It says 500GB hard drive not 1TB. Even if it was 1TB this is a shocking deal for a 'fair' condition old XBox One! Cold from me. Dont think anyone needs to rush to pick this one up... and if Game say its only in 'Fair' condition, you can be sure it looks like a dogs **** because they always over hype condition. ( I note you have changed the description to 1TB now on here but on the site it still says 500GB!!.. Why quote the site then change what they say!. )

Edited By: Gedfaz on Jul 16, 2017 13:35: OP changed the listing... but not basedthe li
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Lenovo IdeaPad 310 Laptop, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6" in Silver, Black or Red £449.95 @ John Lewis

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Cheapest I can find this laptop - decent spec for the price. Plus it comes with John Lewis 2 year guarantee. Available in a 3 colours.
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JL increased the price to the level it should have been before. they found out they where the cheapest around for this laptop at this setup. £529.95
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midhukd2
Keep an eye out on the Dell Outlet.
I just bought a Inspiron 17 FHD (1920x1080) with an i5-7200U for £400 (with a one day discount code).
Was it refurbished dell?
The Outlet sells their returned and cancelled orders.
Can't see any discount codes for Inspiron at the moment as they have :-
Inspiron 15 - 5558 (classed as Scratch and Dent)
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-5500U (2 Core,4M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz, 15W)
8 GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (1x8GB)
2 TB 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive
15.6 inch LED Backlit Display with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
Price Incl. VAT £462.12
king_chief
Thanks for your suggestion but i3 rather than i5, slower and older processor (6th rather than the latest 7th series), half the RAM and no 2nd year guarantee does not seem worth paying £70 less for? Or am I missing something?

Can anyone get a cheaper laptop with this spec and not a lesser core. Or even better get a better laptop for this price with going down on any spec. I could not find anything better compare to this one, did I miss a deal somewhere?
midhukd2
Keep an eye out on the Dell Outlet.
I just bought a Inspiron 17 FHD (1920x1080) with an i5-7200U for £400 (with a one day discount code).

Was it refurbished dell?
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RiverDragon8
£450 you should be looking at FHD laptop otherwise your're paying more for less. This is a good deal if it was sub £340.
This, FHD ips at Currys £380 but lower specs. Lenovo 510
Core i3 with FHD screen over a core i5 with HD screen everyday of the week.
Why? And again, what FHD around £450 would you suggest?
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QNAP TS-253a NAS with 2 x 3TB WD REDs £331.94 (PRIME ONLY)

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Was checking on these as have the same model with 2 6TB REDs and saw this price, without discs Amazon price is decent at £289.99 (has been cheaper) but with the 2 WD RED 3TBs this is well worth the £4…
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Mine was delivered today. Rediculous paid £335 for Synology 216J about 2 months with 2x3TB HDD at the time, has sat in the corner because it is so under powered for most stuff I use. This on the other hand is not bad, been able to find all the apps I used on QNAP forums.

Off to sell my Synology now. ;)
Got mine :) amazon must be losing it, it's just not like them to honour a deal that this.
Typey1
I set mine up to raid 1 and proceeded to copy over 1.02tb of files then message popped up that I hadn't enough space, 5gb short! So my guess is I'll have to reset to default, set it to raid 0 (if it will allow) and I'll back up to large usb drive occasionally? If anyone can advise me different I'll be much appreciated.

RAID 1 is a mirror, that should equal 2.8TB ish as a storage pool. Check your snapshot reservation settings to see if this is using a large chunk of this.
I set mine up to raid 1 and proceeded to copy over 1.02tb of files then message popped up that I hadn't enough space, 5gb short! So my guess is I'll have to reset to default, set it to raid 0 (if it will allow) and I'll back up to large usb drive occasionally?
If anyone can advise me different I'll be much appreciated.
l33g
Anyone due for delivery today received it yet?
Got it, 5pm delivered. All looks good. Two drives etc.

Won't be setting it up til I finish painting. (_;)

Thanks again op for spotting this. Probably will never go this low again.
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HP Omen Intel i5-6400, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 128GB SSD, AMD 380 GFX Desktop Gaming PC - £629.95 @ John Lewis (Free 2yr Guarantee)

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I'm probably gonna get some slack for this deal because its not building your own, but for £629 you can't really go wrong with an entry level gaming PC. The SSD is a real nice bonus for this price ran…
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Looking at Amazon they may be below £200 but they are all showing out of stock with 2-5 week lead times.(Mining digitial currency causing all mid range card to be out of stock.) I prefer 6gb memory on graphics. Long term thinking.Note also there is no indication of what power supply this box has. With a 1060 you would be drawing 400 power in total. Probably 90 less with it's current GPU. Could this machine handle a 1060 card? What power supply does it have. Bet it's not a branded one.


500W, might not be branded but enough to easily run any 1060. A 380 is a very powerful card in itself and needs a lot more power than most modern nvidia cards to run, so I'd be VERY surprised if it couldn't handle it. (ref https://support.hp.com/lamerica_nsc_carib-en/product/OMEN-by-HP-870-000-Desktop-PC-series/11084748/model/14040037/document/c05316319/ )

gummby
You are paying for intel on core graphics here which in a gaming machine would have little use.


You're paying for a decent clocked i5 processor which can handle all games at at least low quality. Sure the onboard graphics adds value, but lets not take away the fact it is still competing well with these Ryzen processors, and better with games which haven't been optimised for Ryzen (which is most sub-2016 games).

gummby
I don't get the small SSD drive here. Also the memory here will be nothing special.


The small SSD makes a massive difference in booting up Windows and opening basic applications like Google Chrome, Word etc. It makes it a really good all round machine, and is really needed in a modern day computer. It's 2133mhz DDR4 RAM, which is perfectly quick enough for everything. You won't notice much difference in higher clocked RAM.

Overall you just stated to me why this deal is actually pretty decent, because you can't even build it for much cheaper when adding the cost of building your own.. But the deal seems to be expired now as its OOS. The computer is awesome though (using it when typing this). It was a good buy and a decently priced machine :D

Edited By: theworldofgames on Jul 24, 2017 18:25: Jul 24, 2017 18:25
theworldofgames

Amazon it. There are 1060 3GB versions for £190 and 1060 6GB versions for £220. They are coming down

Looking at Amazon they may be below £200 but they are all showing out of stock with 2-5 week lead times.(Mining digitial currency causing all mid range card to be out of stock.) I prefer 6gb memory on graphics. Long term thinking.

Note also there is no indication of what power supply this box has. With a 1060 you would be drawing 400 power in total. Probably 90 less with it's current GPU. Could this machine handle a 1060 card? What power supply does it have. Bet it's not a branded one.

Intel are still 8-9% ahead at gaming on a IPC basis. Albeit Ryzen are better value wise. At present quad core seems to be sweet spot for gaming. I do like the Ryzen chips in terms of future proofing. In this instance the Ryzen base clock for the 1600 is much higher albeit I think this intel chip could be overclocked to at least 4-4.2ghz. (Ryzen 1400 is more comparable). I prefer 1600 for the cores/threads) You are paying for intel on core graphics here which in a gaming machine would have little use.

I don't get the small SSD drive here. Also the memory here will be nothing special. The partpicker above show 3000mhz speed memory. I doubt this system would have anywhere near that. Albeit windows 10 would add £50-60 to this system cost. So £500 without the graphics. The graphics cards are about £140-150 on Amazon.

Overall I like prebuilding systems. The big downside to this at present is the crazy cost of graphics cards and lack of stock till August. This is putting me off building a new system. That and vega coming out soon. I may buy a 2nd hand system for 200-300 quid as a stop gap.




Edited By: gummby on Jul 24, 2017 09:48
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BuckRodgers666
Why do all these posts result in bickering like schoolchildren? No wonder pc gamers have poor stereotype images when stuff like this goes on. It's quite frankly pathetic
In this case, one massively unpleasant poster squawking aggressively at anyone who disagrees with him in a condescending manner. Turned the who!e thread into mush.
People like him are never wrong, just let him live in his little delusional world - I was just reading through the comments and it's quite clear has no idea what he is talking about, it's quite sad really.

Yep, and then lets look at your average life, 9-5'er lad.
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BuckRodgers666
Why do all these posts result in bickering like schoolchildren? No wonder pc gamers have poor stereotype images when stuff like this goes on. It's quite frankly pathetic
In this case, one massively unpleasant poster squawking aggressively at anyone who disagrees with him in a condescending manner. Turned the who!e thread into mush.

People like him are never wrong, just let him live in his little delusional world - I was just reading through the comments and it's quite clear has no idea what he is talking about, it's quite sad really.
electrolite77
BuckRodgers666
Why do all these posts result in bickering like schoolchildren? No wonder pc gamers have poor stereotype images when stuff like this goes on. It's quite frankly pathetic

In this case, one massively unpleasant poster squawking aggressively at anyone who disagrees with him in a condescending manner. Turned the who!e thread into mush.


Agreed
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http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1060-3GB-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1050-Ti/3646vs3649
Like 60 fps (1060 3gb) vs 40 fps (1050ti 4gb)

Edited By: neas1983 on Jul 16, 2017 16:35
The Dell is a 1050ti which is slower than the 1060 in benchmarks tests. The true gem of this is the 1060.

Anyone who bought it can advise upgrade ram of 8gb.?
rama26285
Dell 7567. Trying the mobile link. HUKD changes the link to include an advert messing it up.... Don’t forget 10% code. It advertises it on the site

(Dell link) working fine here.
phoenix198
rama26285
Why is 3GB with the 1060 a thing? Most places seem to be 6GB. Other than that, it's alright. I personally went for the Dell 7567 that's £990 this weekend with 10% off code. Quad i7, 16GB RAM, same SSD & Hard Drive, 4GB 1050Ti.
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Dell 7567. Trying the mobile link. HUKD changes the link to include an advert messing it up.... Don’t forget 10% code. It advertises it on the site

Edited By: rama26285 on Jul 16, 2017 11:45
Seems decent enough. Always dislike how these laptops never tell you the SSD speed though, as some are not much better than standard HDDs.

PC Storage and Performance: A Guide to Hard Disc Drives

Hard Drive buyers guideGood old IBM is credited with inventing the first hard drive for data storage way back in 1956. It stored a whopping 3.75 Megabytes of data; roughly the equivalent of a single, four-minute mp3 music track at 128Kbps sound quality. It also took up as much space as two household fridge freezer units. IBM continued to develop the hard drive and gradually made it smaller and more capacious until they started being shipped with most personal computers sold since the 1980s. No major news occurred in the hard drive industry for decades until the tech world encountered a global shortage of HDDs between 2011 and 2013, when violent flooding rocked hard drive factories in Thailand. The shortage marked the first time in years that HDD prices rose. Now, in 2016, shipments of actual hard drive units are declining while sales in terms of total gigabytes are strong.

What is a Hard Disk Drive?

HDDs work by rapidly spinning a column of rigid disks, also known as platters, and using a series of magnetic heads on an actuator arm that moves across the platters to read data from and write data to the platter surfaces. There are other parts that play a vital role in how hard drives work, but the platters and actuator arm are the two most easily understood parts.

HDDs have more in common with CDs and DVDs than they do with SSDs (Solid State Drives). HDDs, like CDs and DVDs, store data in tiny sectors within concentric, circular paths (also known as tracks) arranged on the platters by magnetising or demagnetising certain sectors to store and delete information. This process of magnetisation allows data to remain on the disk even after the computer has been shut down. The operating system keeps track of which sectors hold information in a map so that the drive can seek and return data when you want to open a file or save a new one.

How do Hard Disk Drives Work?

SSDs are different because they use advanced NAND flash memory chips on an integrated circuit. An intelligent flash memory controller built into the circuit manages all requests from the operating system to find and store data in the most efficient way possible, which optimises speed and enhances longevity. As you can see, it's less likely that SSDs will succumb to impact damage because they don't have all the fragile moving parts found in standard rotating hard drives.

HDDs come in the 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch form factor; 3.5-inch for desktops and 2.5-inch for laptops. This includes HDDs found in USB portable storage drives. The form factor of your drive and its compatibility with other system components and installed software are important to know before choosing a replacement hard drive.

To check the make and model of the hard drive currently installed in your Windows computer:

  1. Click on the Start Menu.
  2. Right-click on Computer and select “Manage” to open the Device Manager.
  3. Click on “Disk Drives” to see the make and model of your hard drive.
  4. Enter the model number on the drive manufacturer's website to view images and full specifications of your HDD.

If you have an older Mac with a hard drive:

  1. Go to “About This Mac” and click on “System Report”.
  2. Note the value next to Model.

HDD Performance Specifications

Performance specifications of consumer-grade HDDs are determined by several factors. Firstly, by the number of Revolutions Per Minute (RPMs), which indicates how fast the disks spin inside the drive and allow the read/write head seek and find data. A higher RPM, in other words, means the HDD will be able to transfer data to and from the hard drive quicker than a drive with a lower RPM. Hard drives sold at the consumer level usually run at either 5,400 or 7,200 RPM, which is enough to handle everyday computing tasks.

Internal HDDSecondly, a HDD with a low seek time and low latency will be able to locate a piece of data on the platters milliseconds before a drive with a higher seek and latency time. It might not seem like much, but the time it takes for the computer to make the request for a particularly large file and the time said file is opened in its fully-loaded form could be a noticeable difference. This is especially true in drives that have little free space available, with files split up and spread out over non-sequential sectors of a drive. If a drive has a seek time and latency over 3 ms, you either need a new one or should try carrying out some of the performance improvement suggestions outlined later.

Thirdly, HDDs are usually advertised with its maximum read and write speed in addition to its capacity. The read and write transfer speeds are measured in megabytes per second (MB/s). For example, if you were transferring a 5 GB file - the equivalent of a DVD movie - onto an HDD with a write speed of 130 MB/s, it would complete the transfer in about 30 seconds. However, it's not common to see such real-world transfer speeds, even if other factors like the operating system are fully updated and optimised for data transfer.

Pros and Cons of HDDs in a Nutshell

The main advantages of HDDs are:

  • Storage capacity: HDDs are ideal for storing computer data and for making regular backups thanks to their huge capacities.
  • Price per Gigabyte: Alright, even if some manufacturers like Samsung have released SSDs with monstrous capacity, they also come with an equally gruesome price tag. HDDs have a lower price per GB compared to SSDs, at around a 1 to 4 cost ratio in recent years. For how long, only time and the ongoing fierce competition between manufacturers and vendors in the SSD industry will tell.
  • Easy to replace: HDDs are so easy to replace and upgrade that anyone with a screwdriver and an ounce of computer knowledge can open up a desktop or laptop and swap in a new HDD. And there are plenty of how to videos on the web to walk you through the whole process.

The main disadvantages of HDDs are:

  • Failure rate: The mechanical parts that make up a hard drive are prone to break, either from years of wear and tear or from a strong bump or jolt.
  • Hot and noisy: The mechanical parts that make up a hard drive start to get hot the longer you use your computer and they need a system fan to cool down. As the fans spin faster, this increases the noise your computer makes during operation.
  • Speed: Read and write transfer performance will never be as fast as Solid State Drives despite your best efforts to optimise the drive and upgrade other system components.

HDDs for Gaming

SSDs have been described as the ultimate upgrade solution for gaming enthusiasts. This hero status comes despite a lack of evidence that the storage device of a computer can improve the whole gaming experience if other components such as the memory, processor, and graphics card are not up to scratch.

So, although gamers and gaming system manufacturers are continuously moving towards SSD solutions, thanks to their superior speeds and reliability, there exist high-performance HDDs boasting RPMs between 10,000 and 15,000 to produce faster transfer speeds and drive platters, with smaller diameters to significantly reduce access time.

To get the best results from graphically intense, resource-hungry games like Grand Theft Auto and Battlefield, you would need an HDD running with at least 7,200 RPM (more if you can afford it) and a capacity of 1 TB or more, e. g. from Western Digital. If that's not enough to satisfy your needs for sharp display and uninterrupted game play, you can always set up multiple HDDs in a RAID configuration.

How do HDDs Work in RAIDs?

How RAID worksRAID storage simply means a bunch of HDDs bundled together to act like a single super drive. There are a number of different RAID configurations, each with their own advantages and disadvantages for using them. For instance, RAID 0 stores segments of data across different drives to improve read and write speeds, but if one drive fails, you’ll end up with files consisting of missing information. This set-up is adopted by any user looking for a performance boost in their machine.

The RAID 1 configuration takes what is written on drive one and copies it to drive two, making an exact replica of the first drive as a backup in case one of them fails. The downside to this setup is the fact that you have two full HDDs but you only really have access to the space of one. RAID 1 is typically used in company servers as a contingency plan against the loss of data in the event of a mechanical fault.

Can the Performance of an HDD Be Improved?

There's little you can do for an HDD that has faulty parts inside, although many parts can be replaced, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your HDD continues to perform as it should, and in some cases, as it did when you first used it. The following are three simple ideas you can use to optimise the performance of your hard drive.

Whenever you delete a file, Windows sends the file to the Recycle Bin (Trash on Mac computers). This is a safety measure to prevent you from accidentally losing precious files forever. The problem with this is that your Recycle Bin will be congested with files taking up valuable space on your drive that could be used for other more important files. The result of filling a hard drive is slower transfer performance and waiting forever for Windows to boot up and applications to launch.

To bypass Windows sending files directly to the Recycle Bin, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard before hitting the Delete key. Then click “Yes” to confirm that you do want to permanently delete this file. Be careful when using this, though, because you may end up deleting something you really wanted to keep. To recoup any files you lose after permanently deleting them, you will have to invest in special file recovery software or hire an IT professional to help you.

Mac users will employ a similar but slightly different method to achieve the same outcome. Using the following steps will delete all files in the Trash can permanently without having to open and empty the Trash:

  • Highlight the file you want to delete and press “Command” and “Backspace” on your keyboard.
  • Now press and hold “Command”, “Option” and “Shift”, then “Backspace” to empty the Trash.

In a similar manner, your computer will keep a record, called browser cache, of the web pages you visit on the internet. This allows your computer browser to load previously viewed pages much quicker than if you were loading them for the first time. But with broadband speeds increasing all the time, and websites being updated with new content regularly, browser cache is not really necessary these days. Therefore, to improve the speed of your drive and free up space, make an effort to delete temporary files you no longer need from the Recycle Bin and browser cache every so often before you notice your computer slowing down.

To delete temporary files on a Windows computer:

  • Press the “Start”-button and select “Computer”.
  • Right click on your Local Disk and select “Properties”.
  • On the General tab, click on “Disk Cleanup”. This will then calculate the amount of disk space you will be able to recover after deleting temporary files.
  • 4Mark the boxes of the files you want to remove and click “OK”, and then click “Delete Files”.

Mac users will be happy to know that Mac OS X will attempt to remove temporary internet files automatically, but you can download a dedicated hard drive clean-up or analysis tool from the App Store, to scan your Mac's hard drive and let you delete unwanted files that are using up space.

Mechanic

Fragmented Data

As mentioned earlier, one of the downsides to the way data is stored on HDDs is that files can be spread across different platters; otherwise known as fragmented files. This happens because Windows will attempt to keep the fragments of data files in segments next to or close to each other. When space is at a premium, however, Windows has no choice but to find available space anywhere it can and write data to it. As a result, reading fragmented files can become a painfully slow process and your productivity suffers. This can also be a result of having too many temporary files (see the Disk Clean-Up utility above).

To overcome this issue, Windows has an intelligent defragmenter program, which reads the entire drive and begins sorting all data stored on it so that separated files are stored together and read/write performance is improved. To run the defragmenter:

  1. Press the “Start”-button and select “Computer”.
  2. Right click on your Local Disk and select “Properties”.
  3. On the Tools tab, click on “Defragment Now”.
  4. Either set a schedule for the defragmentation to run or start it immediately (the recommended option). Bear in mind that it can take a few hours to complete the process, depending on how full the drive is and whether you've run the tool before or not.

Thanks to the clever filing system of the Mac OS X, your Mac will defragment files all by itself. There are some defrag apps on the App Store if you still need a boost in drive efficiency.

External Portable HDDs

External HDDsExternal HDDs are perfect for backing up all your holiday snaps, favourite tracks, movies, and important documents. No matter where you go, as long as you have access to a computer, you can bring your memories with you and work away from home.

Another advantage of external HDDs in that they come with a USB interface that can be plugged into any compatible device to access its files. This means streaming videos from your portable HDD on your TV and watching movies on a bigger screen, which saves you buying and running an HDMI cable from your laptop to your TV.

External HDDs are also available in the 3.5-inch form factor usually found in desktop PCs, which offers far more storage capacity than their 2.5-inch counterparts. But desktop PCs also come with a system fan to keep the drive from overheating. For this reason, external 3.5-inch drives must come with their own internal cooling system and possibly even an efficient temperature detection and optimisation function built into the software to regulate temperature and ensure the drive continues to run cool and stable.

Wireless External Hard Disk Drives

As technology marches forward, it was only a matter of time before the advent of the wireless HDD. Wireless external drives are the third type of external drive and work by broadcasting their own dedicated wireless network, which your computer then connects to and transmits or receives data. An internet connection isn't required for data transfer and most wireless drives support more than one user to access and stream data at the same time. So if you're sick of cables, and having to plug in and safely remove USB portable drives, Seagate, Corsair, WD, SanDisk, and Transcend all have wireless storage options to give you freedom wherever you go.

What to Look for When Buying a HDD

When choosing a hard drive, be it internal or external, there are several factors that will affect your decision. These include:

  • Compatibility: The drive must be compatible with your computer. Always check the SATA interface with your drive's manufacturer before buying a new one. And if you're buying a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external drive, make sure your computer has USB 3.0 ports on it or else transfers will execute at USB 2.0 speeds.
  • Price per GB: You'll obviously need enough space for all your files and plenty of extra space for future files. But you also don't want to pay too much for it.
  • Protection: When buying a portable drive, it needs to have sufficient exterior and interior protection. Exterior protection includes a strong outer casing to protect the drive inside from accidental falls. Interior protection should keep the physical drive safe from shock and vibration and also safeguard against attacks of data theft if someone should steal your drive.
  • Software: Many HDD manufacturers bundle dedicated drive software to make it easier for you to perform backups, set passwords, manage drive partitions, and other disk management functions.
  • Warranty: Make sure the drive you buy is backed by an extra-long warranty and includes customer service contact details in case anything happens to your drive within the warranty period.

Purchasing a Cheap HDD

There are two final things to keep in mind when you want to make a bargain on HDDs: the best place and time to buy the item. Especially, the big retailers like Amazon, Tesco, Ebuyer.com and Argos have a large number of HDD sales. Every year, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays that produce the best offers on technology, with Black Friday showing the biggest bargains. Back to school specials are also a good time for buying cheap hard drives. Students who can flash official student ID can look forward to heavy discounts on gadgets for schoolwork, like portable HDDs.

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