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Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB, 15.6" Full HD, Silver £449.99 @ John Lewis

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Cheap. A lot of laptop for your money already been on here but now £50 cheaper Read More
Cheap. A lot of laptop for your money already been on here but now £50 cheaper
helpmenow Avatar4m, 1w agoFound 4 months, 1 week ago15 Comments
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is this shop only deal? Showing 619.95 on the website.
£620. Outrageous.
RichieB
This is now £619.95 :(

OUCH!. :-(

This massive pricing in-flux reminds me of Black Friday! (Flux Capacitor Circuits anyone? ('pun' intended ... lol)
This is now £619.95 :(
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interested to know why cold?

Originally, this deal was posted twice
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Lenovo ideapad 310 15.6 inch Notebook (Silver) - (Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 2000 HDD, Windows 10) £449.95 @ Amazon

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allowed Avatar4m, 1w agoFound 4 months, 1 week ago3 Comments
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The link takes you to Amazon where it says "5 new from £495.95", but following that link the cheapest is £541.98 + Del and the dearest is £595.99 + Del. So where did you get £449.95 from??????????

It was from the same website, but when the stock is all gone Amazon pull their price off. Sometimes the price will stay listed but says something like you can order it at that price and they will deliver whenever they get more in. If you want to go get it from johnlewis you get it at this price too but with a 3 year warranty.
richt
The link takes you to Amazon where it says "5 new from £495.95", but following that link the cheapest is £541.98 + Del and the dearest is £595.99 + Del. So where did you get £449.95 from??????????

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The link takes you to Amazon where it says "5 new from £495.95", but following that link the cheapest is £541.98 + Del and the dearest is £595.99 + Del. So where did you get £449.95 from??????????
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i7 5820k - £270.00 at CEX (3 Left as of now) and also i7 4930K for £170.

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A good 6 core CPU for £270 on Cex, comes with warranty. Only 3 left as of now. Also selling i7 4930K for £170 which is a fair price (only 2 left). https://uk.m.webuy.com/product-detail/computing… Read More
A good 6 core CPU for £270 on Cex, comes with warranty. Only 3 left as of now. Also selling i7 4930K for £170 which is a fair price (only 2 left). https://uk.m.webuy.com/product-detail/computing…
The_rand0m1 Avatar4m, 1w agoFound 4 months, 1 week ago17 Comments
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You think they may commit a cex crime?
To test a CPU properly,
yes of course.. but...
dnt buy from CEX use ebay or amazon wen ur paying more then £50
Perhaps CEX dismantle computers people take in and sell the parts separately? Probably easier/cheaper to keep up with warranty claims that way.

I bought a 6700K from them last month and it's working perfectly.

CPU's are very tough things to 'make faulty' - you can usually tell if there's going to be a problem if there's visible damage before it's installed... chips... burn marks, etc.

Edited By: mamboboy on Jan 11, 2017 20:11
mehmeh
Always makes me wonder how they end up with stock like this... "I'll be back later darling, just off into town to pawn the kids iphone and this workstation CPU I found in the drawer" :|
I've got spare pc parts all over the place, cpu's/gpu's etc - I can either ebay them (hassle) or just flog to local CEX? Not really a big mystery. if you sell them old stuff and choose vouchers you get more value for it, which you can then use to buy a cheap upgrade to your cpu or something?
GwanGy
someone who could actually test cpu's and have the time to do so
not difficult to do , pop in slot, boot machine, if boots with no errors , fine, if not reject?

To test a CPU properly, you will need to put in under stress and get it to a high temperature for a duration of time. Its under these conditions that issues can occur.
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Lenovo Yoga 900 6th Gen i7 8gb/256gb convertable QHD screen - Reduced Further £849.95 @ John Lewis

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previously £1200 was reduced to £899.95, now an extra £50 off. Lenovo's Yoga 900 is designed to adapt to your needs to let you easily turn it from a laptop to a tablet for maximum enjoyment. Perfec… Read More
previously £1200 was reduced to £899.95, now an extra £50 off. Lenovo's Yoga 900 is designed to adapt to your needs to let you easily turn it from a laptop to a tablet for maximum enjoyment. Perfec…
fazzx Avatar4m, 1w agoFound 4 months, 1 week ago18 Comments
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I've just bought the surface book instead, excellent little machine.
I have been looking for an ultrabook or similar but be aware HP seem to have an issue on battery drain on some of their Spectre units not that they want to admit to it or tell anyone see here https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Battery-drain-when-shut-down-HP-Spectre-x360/td-p/5529708

Perhaps that's why they are selling off cheap to employees

regards

zeberdy

seems battery discharges when turned off over a short period..
Diksa
I have been looking at ultrabook for the last couple of weeks. I missed the 710 at JL (out of stocks) for £599.
I wonder if there is a better alternative than this yoga 900?

I did consider the XPS at £999 (after their save100 offer) but it is still 150 quid more expensive.

Any suggestions please? I need it for work so I will mainly use MS Office and open large pdf files (maps).

Thanks!


Dunno if you mind refurbs:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351960916435
little_deal_minx
Ok so it's this or an HPx360 or an HP Spectre. My heads melted! My current laptop has died and I can't get it to charge either and all my pictures and documents are on it- does anyone technically minded know if my data can be recovered to put on my new laptop or is it gone forever? :( I appreciate any help, thanks.

Depending on what laptop it is you should be alright. Some have taken to removing the ability for users to access the hard drives. But anything from a couple of years ago should be fine. So crack it open, remove the hard drive and get a caddy or IDE/SATA to USB. Provided the drive is sound it should whirr up and you can access and you can transfer your documents onto your new computer.

Shouldn't be an issue at all, very simple job. Send me a message if you have any issues!
missed it. gone up to £1200 now
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i7 (6500U) 8gb 2tb HDD Full HD (1920x1080) Lenovo Ideapad 310 - £499.00 @ Amazon

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Priced reduced on this great spec laptop to just £499! Great for an full HD, i7 with 2tb! And before anyone else says it - I know it isn't SSD! ;) Read More
Priced reduced on this great spec laptop to just £499! Great for an full HD, i7 with 2tb! And before anyone else says it - I know it isn't SSD! ;)
rob252 Avatar4m, 2w agoFound 4 months, 2 weeks ago56 Comments
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Just to say that this laptop is still a Very Good and well balanced piece of equipment and comes at a reasonable price and not to take anything away from Ops post or Soled's detailed comment.
Voted Hot.

Edited By: Karze on Jan 10, 2017 14:46
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brj080402
Is this the best laptop, for home use, for 500 quid, anyone in the know here knows of then??? :)
It's very hard to give you a precise answer as your actual requirements will differ from another person, but I would say if you plan to spend £500, for general home use then this laptop is more than suitable for your needs. I don't think you will be disappointed....

my comments...hope they help

Item Weight 2.1 Kg - probably an average weight, not too heavy or light
Screen Size 15.6 inches - more than suitable for home use
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - more than suitable for home use
Processor Type Core i7 - good spec and latest generation. Probably actually overkill for home use, but if you have the budget this is a good component to spend the money on to future proof it
RAM Size 8 GB - good amount
Hard Drive Size 2000 GB - lots and lots of space, so good. Would be super fast to boot if it included an SDD (solid state hard drive), but you may be able to add one later.
Graphics Card Description NVIDIA GeForce 920MX - Deff overkill for home use, this laptop will handle almost everything you will throw at it from a graphics point of view (i.e. latest games etc)
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1 - could have done with more usb 3 but not a deal breaker


Wrong; It does not have the latest generation chip; it has a skylake i7 chip NOT Kaby lake.

Just looked it up and I'm surprised to see you are also correct. I had assumed an i7 6xxx was the latest group of chips but I see this is dated July 2015, so yes not the latest but still good enough for a home PC.
Karze
soled73
Graphics Card Description NVIDIA GeForce 920MX - ....this laptop will handle almost everything you will throw at it from a graphics point of view (i.e. latest games etc)
Thats INCORRECT, you need something like a Nvidia GTX 950 or higher to play some of the latest games in a acceptable capacity IMHO (or atleast get Nvidia 940MX if your really struggling for a budget).
Please check the graphics card benchmarks on http://www.notebookcheck.net/ for further info.

Yup, your right - I was writing on the assumption 'he' was going to play average games but not the latest/powerful - in which case a gaming laptop 'type' would be best. So yes you are correct
soled73
brj080402
Is this the best laptop, for home use, for 500 quid, anyone in the know here knows of then??? :)

It's very hard to give you a precise answer as your actual requirements will differ from another person, but I would say if you plan to spend £500, for general home use then this laptop is more than suitable for your needs. I don't think you will be disappointed....

my comments...hope they help

Item Weight 2.1 Kg - probably an average weight, not too heavy or light
Screen Size 15.6 inches - more than suitable for home use
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - more than suitable for home use
Processor Type Core i7 - good spec and latest generation. Probably actually overkill for home use, but if you have the budget this is a good component to spend the money on to future proof it
RAM Size 8 GB - good amount
Hard Drive Size 2000 GB - lots and lots of space, so good. Would be super fast to boot if it included an SDD (solid state hard drive), but you may be able to add one later.
Graphics Card Description NVIDIA GeForce 920MX - Deff overkill for home use, this laptop will handle almost everything you will throw at it from a graphics point of view (i.e. latest games etc)
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1 - could have done with more usb 3 but not a deal breaker



Wrong; It does not have the latest generation chip; it has a skylake i7 chip NOT Kaby lake.
soled73
Graphics Card Description NVIDIA GeForce 920MX - ....this laptop will handle almost everything you will throw at it from a graphics point of view (i.e. latest games etc)
Thats INCORRECT, you need something like a Nvidia GTX 950 or higher to play some of the latest games in a acceptable capacity IMHO (or atleast get Nvidia 940MX if your really struggling for a budget).
Please check the graphics card benchmarks on http://www.notebookcheck.net/ for further info.



Edited By: Karze on Jan 09, 2017 14:40
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Intel i7 4790k processor £295.50 @ Amazon (temporarily out of stock)

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Been waiting for this to go down in price for a while and it just dropped £34.50 so bit the bullet. Not sure if I've made a mistake: - Intel is releasing a new raft of processors right now, this w… Read More
Been waiting for this to go down in price for a while and it just dropped £34.50 so bit the bullet. Not sure if I've made a mistake: - Intel is releasing a new raft of processors right now, this w…
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anewman
Why expired? It's still available - "temporarily out of stock". Need to order and wait. Patience is a virtue when dealing with bargains.
you still calling this a bargain at -323. give up, lol
Lol temperature often doesn't reflect whether or not an item is a bargain. Just look at any PS4 deals now, just because of a Sony cock up a few months back.
don't stop believing, hold on to that feeeeeeeling..............
bouncy99
anewman
Why expired? It's still available - "temporarily out of stock". Need to order and wait. Patience is a virtue when dealing with bargains.
you still calling this a bargain at -323. give up, lol
Lol temperature often doesn't reflect whether or not an item is a bargain. Just look at any PS4 deals now, just because of a Sony cock up a few months back.
bought it when it was 249.99 in 2014 and very happy with it I believe I don't need any processor change for at least 2 to 3 years
anewman
Why expired? It's still available - "temporarily out of stock". Need to order and wait. Patience is a virtue when dealing with bargains.


fattyuk
anewman
Why expired? It's still available - "temporarily out of stock". Need to order and wait. Patience is a virtue when dealing with bargains.

just give up mate its over

Oh buts now a bargain at £299.50!
anewman
Why expired? It's still available - "temporarily out of stock". Need to order and wait. Patience is a virtue when dealing with bargains.
you still calling this a bargain at -323. give up, lol
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Alienware 15 R3 - i7 16gb 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD GTX 1060 £1,579.99 @ John Lewis

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Dunno if this is a good deal but looks pretty good compared to the base model on the alienware website which is at £1399 on the alienware website for base model its meant to have a really good build Read More
Dunno if this is a good deal but looks pretty good compared to the base model on the alienware website which is at £1399 on the alienware website for base model its meant to have a really good build
ZombieShopper Avatar4m, 2w agoFound 4 months, 2 weeks ago14 Comments
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Do you have a source for your statement on bandwidth issues? I ask because it contradicts everything I've read about the amplifiers for the latest generation of Alienware.

Both Toms Hardware and aandatech commented on the fact that the interface doesn't use all 8 lanes of the PCIe interface. In fact it only used 4 of them. The last review I read stated that the performance was still not as good as having a desktop card and suggested this as the reason . So Ive just spent a few minutes to dig a little deeper. The April 2015 PC world suggests that the PCIe limitation shouldn't have a significant effect on gaming performance. The other reviews I have read suggest that performance issues might be down to the laptop class CPU bottlenecking.
Bottom line is that the performance boost is appreciable and there probably isn't a "major" performance penalty for using half PCIe but it will be dependent on the CPU. Drivers of course are also an issue.



Edited By: Enet on Jan 13, 2017 10:50
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You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with better specs as well
In my family we have Alienware, MSI and Lenovo gaming laptops, I have also physically looked at Asus and Alienware is by far the best build quality and support I have dealt with.
what is the best gaming laptop overall from build quality/performance/gaming/battery life because i think i might get a gaming laptop later on this year so i was hoping for some advice
It depends how much you want to spend. I can't tell you what the best is, but I can tell you that the ASUS ROG series build quality is excellent. Aluminium lids, firm plastic base, excellent cooling, and depending which graphics card you get, pretty thin and light too (for a "powerful" gaming laptop).
I looked at the Alienware laptops and to be honest it looks like you are paying for the name more than anything else. I do like the idea of a thinner and reasonably powerful laptop with good battery life which you can then plug into their "amplifier" to add a desktop card. But with the Alienware (and I think MSI) price premium, plus the price of the amplifier, plus the external graphics card, why not just buy a decently powerful laptop with the latest generation graphics cards which are almost as powerful as their desktop equivalents. Also there are issues with bandwidth between the amplifiers and laptop being a choke point.

Do you have a source for your statement on bandwidth issues? I ask because it contradicts everything I've read about the amplifiers for the latest generation of Alienware.
Had an earlier version of this. No end of hardware issues. Poor and expensive support from Dell.
Personally, I'd rather have a laptop that looked half as good and hadn't spent most of the last year broken on a shelf.
The best would be Razer, as in money is no object best.
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ZombieShopper
You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with better specs as well
In my family we have Alienware, MSI and Lenovo gaming laptops, I have also physically looked at Asus and Alienware is by far the best build quality and support I have dealt with.
what is the best gaming laptop overall from build quality/performance/gaming/battery life because i think i might get a gaming laptop later on this year so i was hoping for some advice
It depends how much you want to spend. I can't tell you what the best is, but I can tell you that the ASUS ROG series build quality is excellent. Aluminium lids, firm plastic base, excellent cooling, and depending which graphics card you get, pretty thin and light too (for a "powerful" gaming laptop).

I looked at the Alienware laptops and to be honest it looks like you are paying for the name more than anything else. I do like the idea of a thinner and reasonably powerful laptop with good battery life which you can then plug into their "amplifier" to add a desktop card. But with the Alienware (and I think MSI) price premium, plus the price of the amplifier, plus the external graphics card, why not just buy a decently powerful laptop with the latest generation graphics cards which are almost as powerful as their desktop equivalents. Also there are issues with bandwidth between the amplifiers and laptop being a choke point.
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 - i7 (7th Gen), 8Gb (DDR4), 256Gb SSD or 1Tb HDD - £649.00 @ Dell

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Incredibly high spec laptop for a very good price. Comes with a 7th Gen i7 processor, 8Gb of DDR4 RAM, a AMD Radeon R7 M445 (4G GDDR5) Graphics Card and a 15 inch Full HD Screen. Available wit… Read More
Incredibly high spec laptop for a very good price. Comes with a 7th Gen i7 processor, 8Gb of DDR4 RAM, a AMD Radeon R7 M445 (4G GDDR5) Graphics Card and a 15 inch Full HD Screen. Available wit…
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K1LLER HORNET
When are the 1050/ti laptops coming out?
In the next week or so I would have thought. They won't be near this price, probably from £800 as they are now but worth the extra I would say.
If they were out next week they would be available for pre order, I haven't searched recently but a few weeks before Christmas the mainstream tech sites were citing March 2017, likely towards the end of the month. This is likely for the US and given the price point / performance I would imaging initial stock will sell very, very fast.

You can pre-order there are loads on Amazon for 20th Jan and in that area. It's just the Dell ones were confirmed as being available yesterday and they are already on the US website, just taking a bit of time for them to update the UK one.
oddballmv
K1LLER HORNET
When are the 1050/ti laptops coming out?
In the next week or so I would have thought. They won't be near this price, probably from £800 as they are now but worth the extra I would say.

If they were out next week they would be available for pre order, I haven't searched recently but a few weeks before Christmas the mainstream tech sites were citing March 2017, likely towards the end of the month. This is likely for the US and given the price point / performance I would imaging initial stock will sell very, very fast.
K1LLER HORNET
When are the 1050/ti laptops coming out?
In the next week or so I would have thought. They won't be near this price, probably from £800 as they are now but worth the extra I would say.
Q: 'What will stop me getting cashback?'

A: 'Using a promotional/voucher codes not posted and approved by TopCashback.'
When are the 1050/ti laptops coming out?
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Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz (Kaby Lake) Socket LGA1151 Processor £335.99 @ OCL

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Just saw the new Kaby Lake processors pop up. Can't find them in stock nor cheaper anywhere in the UK currently. Consider the 6700k kept RRP £300+ for all this time, it seems like a no brainer to g… Read More
Just saw the new Kaby Lake processors pop up. Can't find them in stock nor cheaper anywhere in the UK currently. Consider the 6700k kept RRP £300+ for all this time, it seems like a no brainer to g…
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Ryzen doesn't even have to match this CPU, as long as it's competitive at a cheaper price it will be the way forward. Personally I will be happy if ryzen matches an i5 6600k in single thread performance but has the benefit of 8 cores 16 threads. All for the same price as a 6600k I would be over the moon. Cmon AMD because these Intel dominant prices are getting stupid.

If Ryzen hits even close to that IPC it would be amazing.
Pretty meh tbh, makes me soo happy though that the performance of my i7 4790k is almost on par with this 7700k, love it when old tech is still almost top of the range 3 years later (_;)
Ryzen doesn't even have to match this CPU, as long as it's competitive at a cheaper price it will be the way forward. Personally I will be happy if ryzen matches an i5 6600k in single thread performance but has the benefit of 8 cores 16 threads. All for the same price as a 6600k I would be over the moon. Cmon AMD because these Intel dominant prices are getting stupid.

Edited By: LazybeatX on Jan 06, 2017 11:16: **
Oneday77
Gkains
Posting the same thing as in the i5 thread would be spamming, so I'll just include this image:https://i.imgur.com/b3vKW1S.png
That's from http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-intel-core-i5-7600k-review
via this Hexus Forum thread on Kaby Lake on Hexus
the Hexus forum:
Oooh 25% increase in 5 years. That shows that either Sandybridge was amazing or that AMD have been so bad that Intel has no need to innovate. My money is somewhere in the middle.
Looks like I can keep the 2500k a wee while longer.


I agree..sandy bridge is still a capable CPU for most and so my 2600k will soldier on a little longer. To the op: ebuyer and box.co.uk also sell the CPU but at a slightly higher price.
Apparently if you clock the two at the same clock speed, the benchmarks are apparently the same, though I appreciate the 7700K has a few new features that will be appealing to some, while we are told the 7700K will need a very high quality cooler to hit the higher overclocks that it can apparently hit, money that could be put toward a better graphics card, surely. I don't want to knock Intel too much because the new motherboards have some worthwhile features, albeit hardware prices at the moment make for glum reading if you work in retail/the industry. Hopefully AMD's new offerings, when they finally become available, will offer some much needed competition on price.

I am guessing a lot of people will hold out for price drops, by which time perhaps AMD's new offering will have been fully reviewed and be in the shops
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Lenovo Yoga 710 14" 2 in 1 - 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Intel i7 7th gen - £729.99 @ PC World

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Have been looking around for an SSD laptop recently and was about to buy this laptop from JL (i5 processor) when it was £599, however it became out of stock. Found this on PC World website, it has the… Read More
Have been looking around for an SSD laptop recently and was about to buy this laptop from JL (i5 processor) when it was £599, however it became out of stock. Found this on PC World website, it has the…
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This is currently down to £699 which seems a pretty good price for the spec.
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Lenovo Yoga 900 6th Gen i7 8gb/256gb convertable QHD screen - £899.95 @ John Lewis

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Top end Lenovo 2in1 convertible laptop, 13" QHD Screen, with good specs, and i7 processor. Was 1200, now £300 off, and 2 year John Lewis Warranty too... Blurb below, but looks a proper bargain to me… Read More
Top end Lenovo 2in1 convertible laptop, 13" QHD Screen, with good specs, and i7 processor. Was 1200, now £300 off, and 2 year John Lewis Warranty too... Blurb below, but looks a proper bargain to me…
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Keldin
Got one of these and it's going right back.
The touchpad is absolutely awful. It randomly stops responding until you remove your finger, acts as if you have 2 fingers on the touchpad instead of one so instead of moving the mouse it starts zooming in an out. Drivers don't help. In fact removing the synaptic drivers actually makes it work a bit better.
Why can't they make touchpads that work on a £1000 machine.
If it's that bad have you considered it's just plain faulty and you got unlucky?
Got one of these and it's going right back.
The touchpad is absolutely awful. It randomly stops responding until you remove your finger, acts as if you have 2 fingers on the touchpad instead of one so instead of moving the mouse it starts zooming in an out. Drivers don't help. In fact removing the synaptic drivers actually makes it work a bit better.
Why can't they make touchpads that work on a £1000 machine.
bilbob
aaran7
Would you go for this Lenovo? Or would you go for this instead
HP Spectre x360 13-4126na 13.3" 2-in-1 Laptop - Ash Silver - £827 256gb ssd, i5, 8gb ram?
Where is that?


Search it on here spectre you'll see recently posted
It was on AO I already bought it, still showing as in stock, 10% off £959 plus get40 to get another £40 off but only worked for me on mobile.
aaran7
Would you go for this Lenovo? Or would you go for this instead
HP Spectre x360 13-4126na 13.3" 2-in-1 Laptop - Ash Silver - £827 256gb ssd, i5, 8gb ram?
Where is that?
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StormForce Wildfire Core i7-6700HQ 8GB 1TB + 128GB SSD £699.97 - Laptops Direct £699.97

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Been looking for decent laptop with good processor + 1TBHard Drive + SSD. I thought this looks good value. I'm presuming it is FHD, although I cant see it mentioned so Id prob check with them before Read More
Been looking for decent laptop with good processor + 1TBHard Drive + SSD. I thought this looks good value. I'm presuming it is FHD, although I cant see it mentioned so Id prob check with them before
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What about the HQ processor?
not worth it for 940m. mismatched. i got a 940m second hand from ebay for 290. was in poor condition but plays xcom 2 well. you can get a 950m from tesco for 470
bestbuy123
good specs but not sure of the brand

Zoostorm laptops are Clevo, same as PC Specialist, most "I don't know about that brand", and about 90% of build-to-order laptop brands.
Very good driver/bios support (direct from Clevo), great upgradeability & spares availability.
Up to Haswell-M, they were a great idea, it allowed you to underspec some parts to meet a budget, planning for future upgrades.
But after Haswell, all Intel laptop CPUs are BGA (soldered), so a lot of the benefits of Clevo aren't there anymore.

For example, my PC Specialist 17" Optimus V is a Clevo W370SS, it had 2x hdd bays + 1 msata sdd,
I chose the cheapest CPU possible, left out SSD, "just enough" ram, and then I could afford GTX 860M.
Later I added ram, SSD (when offers were good), and found i7 4900MQ's (new,boxed), going stupidly cheap on eBay.
On my laptop's "final form", I saved about £300, and got it 9months earlier than my budget would have allowed.
It's a shame Intel "spoiled the fun" with their newer stupid soldered CPUs.

back to the point: Clevo (and therefore Zoostorm) are a decent brand.
If you're planning on gaming, the 940m makes this laptop a terrible deal.
If you're planning "serious work", the i7HQ makes this a good deal.
I am still trying to work out where he said the gpu is important to him. I'd be interested to see a laptop with this cpu, the 1tb plus the Ssd and 1080p ips screen. Heat added.
£700 for a 940m?

That's one of the worst value laptops I've seen on here!!

The i5/950m version is better for games and costs £50 less! http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6224873

And even there are / have been better value i5/950m laptops for around the £549 mark (use the search facility!)

Edited By: Picard123 on Jan 03, 2017 19:12: .
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I got this full HD i5 with 256GB SSD from HP site for £499: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=Z5D50EA&opt=ABU
If you want full HD i7 with 256GB SSD instead of traditional 2TB HD, then go for this: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?sel=NTB&id=Z5D56EA&opt=ABU

What is the I5 laptop like? Im looking at purchasing this one but cannot find any reviews about it?
Sunni
This has a CD/DVD?! This is 2017.
This doesn't have an SSD?! This is 2017.
I like my DVD drive, will likely be getting a new laptop with one.
Not bad but that 2TB disk is for marketing numbers and not having an SSD at this price point seems very cheap of HP. Dual-core CPU and no discrete graphics is also an odd choice - I'm sure it will be good for some users.

Also can't believe Currys are claiming 'save £200', who would pay £749 for it?!

Edited By: plewis00 on Jan 03, 2017 07:33
I got this full HD i5 with 256GB SSD from HP site for £499: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=Z5D50EA&opt=ABU

If you want full HD i7 with 256GB SSD instead of traditional 2TB HD, then go for this: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?sel=NTB&id=Z5D56EA&opt=ABU


Edited By: abs on Jan 02, 2017 22:52
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Currys avoid!
Shard

Yes, but if they really do have a bargain then you might want to take a risk, but make sure you buy online rather than in store as you have no rights if you buy in store
But lord help you if you have any problems - I lost several hours of my life chasing a tripod I bought from them, the problem only being it was lost by the courier. Nothing happened until I wrote a 1star review on Trust Pilot and amazingly they responded within hours.

I dread to think what hassles a faulty laptop would be if you needed support.

However, writing scathing but honest reviews does often get resutls.
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Intel i7 6700k (used) £205.00 @ Cex i5 6600k for £150 and i7 6800k for £330

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this is at CEX it is in store and online used processor. they also have a 30day return policy or an optional 2 year warranty.
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Finally got one. Although price is now £235. Still £100 odd less than new.
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Why would you buy a CPU from CEX surely people take their processors there because they have something wrong with them and little chance of any come back..
Also with processors you don't know how they have been treated, could have been massively over voltaged and running hot.
the i7 I bought is going great, and even if it hadn't - it was covered by return/warranty- risk free really -
absolute bargain of a deal if you got one
Damn thing is still out of stock. Traded in a whole bunch of stuff to get one of these. All I have is an empty motherboard
Why would you buy a CPU from CEX surely people take their processors there because they have something wrong with them and little chance of any come back..

Also with processors you don't know how they have been treated, could have been massively over voltaged and running hot.
dont know whether these have been hammered when overclocking over vaulted ect no thanks
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I know I keep saying it, but spending £900 on a laptop with a 960M is complete and utter madness.
1050/1050Ti models are not far off and will offer 2-3x the GPU performance in this price bracket.
I've been looking around trying to find articles about the 2-3x GPU performance you mention. I can only find that the new GPU will be up to 10% quicker. Can you posts some links please?
Perhaps you're confusing the GTX 960 with the 960M? Despite their name these older cards are a sham and offer significantly less performance than the desktop variants. The newer Pascal GPU series are much closer.
Perhaps, but the articles I found were specifically 960M. There is suggestion that there won't be a M version of the 1050 due to the lower power etc, although I may have misunderstood that as well. :)
However if you have any articles it would be useful to help decide whether it's worth the wait for me.
Nvidia scrapped the awful M variants, the new cards are almost desktop versions with slightly lower clocks. This time the cards should be much more powerful (as proven by the 1060). Just waiting on the more budget friendly 1050/Ti which will occupy this price range.
Here's an article which hopefully gives you the confidence to wait just a little longer :)

Ahh yes I saw that article, unfortunately it confused me further as they are using benchmarks from a bogus article which has since been removed.

And yes I think I got confused with the 970 as well but your passmark results show the big differences between the 960 & 960m.

I have confirmation of my order now from HP and I have paid 854.05 including delivery. I'm not a gamer but will be doing video editing. I imagine the 1050 would possibly improve render times but obviously it's impossible to find out by how much for a while.

I realise the prices of the 960's will be pushed down by the 1050 once they start releasing them. Even if the new 1050s are not within budget a simliar laptop such as this HP could possible be cheaper in the next couple of months. How much cheaper I guess is unknown as well.

For the spec though I don't think 854.05 is too bad. I want 16GB and I want to be able to use two hard disks. To be able to do this, (using DVD caddy), and have the SSD as well is a double bonus.

I'll have a think over the next couple of days, I can always return the laptop. Thanks for the tips.
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MBeeching
myapps
MBeeching
I know I keep saying it, but spending £900 on a laptop with a 960M is complete and utter madness.
1050/1050Ti models are not far off and will offer 2-3x the GPU performance in this price bracket.
I've been looking around trying to find articles about the 2-3x GPU performance you mention. I can only find that the new GPU will be up to 10% quicker. Can you posts some links please?
Perhaps you're confusing the GTX 960 with the 960M? Despite their name these older cards are a sham and offer significantly less performance than the desktop variants. The newer Pascal GPU series are much closer.
Perhaps, but the articles I found were specifically 960M. There is suggestion that there won't be a M version of the 1050 due to the lower power etc, although I may have misunderstood that as well. :)
However if you have any articles it would be useful to help decide whether it's worth the wait for me.

Nvidia scrapped the awful M variants, the new cards are almost desktop versions with slightly lower clocks. This time the cards should be much more powerful (as proven by the 1060). Just waiting on the more budget friendly 1050/Ti which will occupy this price range.

Here's an article which hopefully gives you the confidence to wait just a little longer :)



Edited By: MBeeching on Jan 02, 2017 19:41
myapps
MBeeching
myapps
MBeeching
I know I keep saying it, but spending £900 on a laptop with a 960M is complete and utter madness.
1050/1050Ti models are not far off and will offer 2-3x the GPU performance in this price bracket.
I've been looking around trying to find articles about the 2-3x GPU performance you mention. I can only find that the new GPU will be up to 10% quicker. Can you posts some links please?
Perhaps you're confusing the GTX 960 with the 960M? Despite their name these older cards are a sham and offer significantly less performance than the desktop variants. The newer Pascal GPU series are much closer.
Perhaps, but the articles I found were specifically 960M. There is suggestion that there won't be a M version of the 1050 due to the lower power etc, although I may have misunderstood that as well. :)
However if you have any articles it would be useful to help decide whether it's worth the wait for me.

There won't be a 1050m, the desktop version is basically it. The 10% you are referring to was a benchmark suggesting it was 10% quicker than a 970m not a 960m. That makes it considerably better than the 960m. They might be a little more expensive but worth waiting to see.
MBeeching
myapps
MBeeching
I know I keep saying it, but spending £900 on a laptop with a 960M is complete and utter madness.
1050/1050Ti models are not far off and will offer 2-3x the GPU performance in this price bracket.
I've been looking around trying to find articles about the 2-3x GPU performance you mention. I can only find that the new GPU will be up to 10% quicker. Can you posts some links please?
Perhaps you're confusing the GTX 960 with the 960M? Despite their name these older cards are a sham and offer significantly less performance than the desktop variants. The newer Pascal GPU series are much closer.

Perhaps, but the articles I found were specifically 960M. There is suggestion that there won't be a M version of the 1050 due to the lower power etc, although I may have misunderstood that as well. :)

However if you have any articles it would be useful to help decide whether it's worth the wait for me.

Edited By: myapps on Jan 02, 2017 18:54
myapps
MBeeching
I know I keep saying it, but spending £900 on a laptop with a 960M is complete and utter madness.
1050/1050Ti models are not far off and will offer 2-3x the GPU performance in this price bracket.
I've been looking around trying to find articles about the 2-3x GPU performance you mention. I can only find that the new GPU will be up to 10% quicker. Can you posts some links please?

Perhaps you're confusing the GTX 960 with the 960M? Despite their name these older cards are a sham and offer significantly less performance than the desktop variants. The newer Pascal GPU series are much closer.

To illustrate...
https://s23.postimg.org/c91vjnqh7/nvidcomp.jpg



Edited By: MBeeching on Jan 02, 2017 18:41: Comparison
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Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz £449.98 @ Ebuyer

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Dual core, 1366x768 screen and a 3 cell battery. I'll pass thanks. :)
that resolution is a dealbreaker, why do they even produce these low res screens now
OK until I saw the resolution. Cold :(
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Anyone able to suggest a good deal on a non U version or i7 laptop but not one that is for gaming but rather for multi-window office work and may be some video editing?


A U version should be fine for multi-window office work with this kind of spec. You'd probably want a non-U if you were after a gaming laptop.
Anyone able to suggest a good deal on a non U version or i7 laptop but not one that is for gaming but rather for multi-window office work and may be some video editing?
Yes many do, but you will find (in general terms) they are larger and more expensive. As mentioned before, the U processor is designed for longer battery life and by extension lower raw performance. They tend to be used in more portable units say 15 inch and below. Larger 'desktop replacement' type laptops will generally have a better processor. Gaming laptops too.

A lot of generalisations here so there are exceptions.

Hope this helps.
do any laptops actually use non U version CPUs though? I guess they'd be fairly power hungry
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Resolution: 1366 x 768 :(
and dual core processor in these days :(


To be fair, most laptops use dual cores because the quad core alternative throttles too much due to the extra cores under heavy load. Also quad cores cost only a little less than twice the price of a dual core to manufacture, so it's not worth the hassle for Laptop vendors.
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Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB, 15.6" Full HD £499.95 @ John lewis

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Now £449.95

sircoynie
Expire, £619 now.

The difference only 5 day's make, huh?. :-(

I take it that the so called January Sales are well and truly done then?, or ..... :-(
Expire, £619 now.
Now £449.95
ajhuk
The apostrophe in "that's" was correct.


Yup we know, that's the point he was making :) I just expanded upon it.
The apostrophe in "that's" was correct.
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MSI GP62 Leopard Pro i7 NVIDIA 960M Gaming Laptop/Notebook £779.99 @ Scan

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does it have an eGPU compatible type c USB?
2gb graphics..,.., jog on mate. COLD
I got the GP72 6QF LEOPARD PRO 17" laptop (its the same spec's) and grabbed it back in August for £800. Its superb but a few drawbacks / potential issues for some:

DVD Drive: For me, complete pointless and if I didn't have my extended warranty for 2 years, I would swap this out for another bigger hard drive. I check with MSI and apparently this would void my warranty (who knows).

Upgrade the RAM: It came with 8GB and its borderline acceptable these days and with me doing development, I needed to upgrade. After checking with MSI support, it was OK to remove the sticker on the back where a screw is in place that said "void if removed". I upgraded it to 16GB of RAM and its just fast. A very good Idea from the start

Killer Nic Software: One of the main reason for choosing this over most if that finally I would have a Killer Nic card in the machine. Always wanted this for a few years. If you plan on Keeping Windows 10, when the anniversary edition came out, the Killer Nic software suit used almost 100% RAM. It had issues with the latest Windows 10 and currently im just using drivers only which sorted the issue. Gutted by hey, I can use the PC again.

Linux (Ubuntu in my case) is a nightmare to Install: Yep weeks I have been dring to get a dual boot going and after so many patches, fixes and all sorts. It worked. Kind of. Its all to do with Nividia card and how the drivers are. When in windows they have a thing called Shift Mode that keeps the temps down. Not in Linux and trying to use 3rd party apps dont quite work. Also, the Main bug with Linux is that when you shut down, the Laptop doesn't actually shut down, you have to hold the power button in to turn off. I found this out the hard way when I was commuting home, got home and found the Laptop on for about an hour in the bag :/ Its fine but im not going to have Linux installed if it cant shut down.

Keyboard: its an oddly layed out keyboard and some buttons are bigger than they should be. On odd thing to complain about but when you are in the zone programming, the # key is the same size as the enter key :/

If you OK with these or know work around (please let me know) its a blazing fast bit of kit. Loads within 8 seconds (I do have hibernate on mind) and its great for gaming as well as for work. Playing Battlefield 1 currently and its pretty good considering its a laptop :)

Edited By: darthvader666uk on Dec 28, 2016 20:45
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Pretty crazy to spend almost £800 on a 2GB 9XX based machine when the 10XX series (with its vast performance advantage) is already here....
Err, price?

Yeah, but you have to take a wider view IMO. £780 for this is not an insignificant amount. You buy one of these and it will last you what? 1 maybe, 2 years before you start coming across games where you have to turn down the settings? And let's not forget what's coming in 2017. Star Citizen is going to bring a 960m down onto its knees. If the 10XX range was only minor improvement like 9XX over 8XX, then sure, it's fine to go for the older chip, but the performance jump with the 10XX is huge. The benches for the 1070 for example are extraordinary. You might also even see laptops with Intel Optane in 2017 and tnat really will make a difference in games with in between level loading times.

Edited By: Picard123 on Dec 28, 2016 22:43: .
double everything inc price lol
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I really don't get how there is a HP for £25 less with an i5, smaller HDD and a worse screen and it's warm vs this which is cold?
Axeboy
Is this not the same pretty much as the one you posted already?http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-310-i7-processor-8gb-ram-2tb-hard-drive-2gb-graphics-card-full-hd-2586385
edit: and that one was £40 less with a code I think
The code has expired now
Can get cash back through AO and other thread wouldn't let me edit the link for some reason
Not an IPS display model so might as well be a brick.
Is this not the same pretty much as the one you posted already?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-310-i7-processor-8gb-ram-2tb-hard-drive-2gb-graphics-card-full-hd-2586385

edit: and that one was £40 less with a code I think


Edited By: Axeboy on Dec 27, 2016 12:54: price updated
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EXDISPLAY Intel i7-6900K £856.86 (free del) @ Ebuyer

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Nearly £900 for a CPU ???
Why would you need this, it so not as if you are designing a spaceship or a nuclear power station or anything.
Seems very high end from consumer use.
Maybe use for trying to find at least one positive brexit negiogiated outcome out of the millions that exist?


Edited By: afroylnt on Dec 28, 2016 11:28: .
Nearly £900 for a CPU ???

Why would you need this, it so not as if you are designing a spaceship or a nuclear power station or anything.

Seems very high end from consumer use.
Where are these people who sell high end CPUs to CEX!! Contact me dammnit !!
If anyone is thinking of buying this unless you specifically need the extra cores this cpu will be slower than a i7 6700 due to the lower clock speed

Edited By: carl01869 on Dec 27, 2016 10:39: correction
or wait for AMD's next offerings? should be alot more cost effective
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Lenovo Ideapad 310, i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 2TB hard drive, 2GB graphics card, full HD screen £499.95 @ AO

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I think this looks pretty decent, would be better with that drive being an SSD. The people complaining about the speed are possibly missing the point that it is a U processor using next to no power, if their old ones were normal mobile processors or desktops then they probably would be faster I reckon
Reading comments on JL seems it's pretty slow for a I7
can any one explain why this is cold?
2tb ROM?
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JL game me a replacement for the mac, but the replacement turned out to be the same 2014 model. Finally returned the exchanged one for a refund and going to get my money back in arounda a week. TBH, I might just buy the Dell XPS 15, they're going to release a new one sometime this month, meaning the price of the current model will go down. As a student, the current XPS 15 is more than powerful, and it has the smallest bezel on a laptop.
Thanks for comments re dilemma on whether to keep the 2014 MBP and suggestions of alternatives. for those like me interested in seeing how this model might compare to others i found the everymac comparison tool very useful. for instance comparing this to 8gb 2015 and 2016 models which you might be able to get to for similar money shows that the 2014 outperforms across all the geek bench scores (sometime marginally, sometimes significantly). i'm not clued up enough to interpret individual scores but it gives a sense of how the power of the computer compares, and it seems to compare well.


http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-comparison-chart/?compare=all-intel-macs&highlight=0&prod1=MacBookPro086
I personally would have kept it at £1400 but I decided to return it and bought the 2016 15" Radeon 450 model and for me the extra £600 was worth it for all the upgrades over a 2014 model and for something I expect to last me 7-8 years.

Apple use new unibody and battery, you can check the health of it in settings, it should only have a few cycles from testing. You get Apple 1 year warranty anyway.
GeorgeMac15
Like others I spotted this on Xmas eve, thought it looked a bargain and ordered it, assuming it was the outgoing 2015 model. The first I realised it wasn't was when John Lewis rang to say it wasn't as described. Fair play to John Lewis, in my instance they came clean of their own volition and offered me full refund or £100 price reduction to £1399.
I'm now in a dilemma about what to do- do I keep it or look for a deal on a newer macbook, which seem to be few and far between. The equivalent refurbed 2015 model from apple is nearly £1900 and only has 1 not 3 year warranty. Against that the 2014 model looks good value still. From what I can gather, the ram and processor are identical. The differences are lack of force touch track pad (for me not a deal breaker), poorer graphics (probably only critical for gaming?) and a slower (albeit still quick) ssd hard drive. I also have a concern that the battery may not be in great condition if it's older, but John Lewis assured me that it's covered under their warranty (orally not in writing).
I'm not planning on terribly demanding use for the laptop, mostly web browsing, ms office and a little bit of video and photo editing. So I realise that this model would be fine for that, as would a newer or cheaper 13" model. But I do want something with a bit of spec in reserve so it's future proof- especially so as things like a mid life ram upgrade are no longer possible. Its to replace a slowing 2010 MacBook Pro and ideally I'd like the next one to last even longer. Also not too keen on the 2016 models' price and lack of USB, sd slot etc. And I'd like to feel I'm getting a good deal- i.e. Not paying list price!
My gut instinct is that I'll probably struggle to get a better value deal than this, even if it's not as good as first advertised. But I'd welcome thoughts and advice please!

Get an NUS discount card, can be done for about £30 - see other threads on HUKD, then buy a brand new 2015 model direct from apple with 3 yr applecare, or even the newest model with 3 yr applecare. Some examples below with various spec

https://s27.postimg.org/urjn6tejn/Screen_Shot_2017_01_05_at_21_32_51.png

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Just remember NOT to touch the screen or let the keyboard press against it:

http://www.staingate.org
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Mine was packaged pretty much the same as everyone else. CPU was pretty clean... although there was some thermal compound on it and a fingerprint but not too bothered as it's working.
Feel a bit daft upgrading from a 6600k but it's stopped the sudden framerate dips in BF1 so I'm happy :)
I ordered the 6600K and BF1 is a game I would hope to play silky smooth at 1440p60 max settings. Will be using GTx 1070 and 32gb RAM.
What config did you have with 6600k that still made BF1 stutter ? Gfx ? Overclock ?
GTX 1080 running at 3440x1440 (have an Acer x34 ultrawide monitor) .

I can handle fluctuations between 70-100fps, but when it dips down to 60 for me it's really noticeable and off-putting. It would only happen during intensive scenes, i.e. vehicle explosions or running through the town on the desert map.

After watching 6600k vs 6700k videos on YouTube it seems framerates are roughly the same, but where the 6700k excels is that it doesn't suffer from sudden framerate dips... Haven't noticed one now since switching over :)

60 FPS should be fine on a 1070 at 2560x1440.



Great info. What was you Overclocking the 6600K ?
I got it from amazon warehouse in black friday week also got the mouse from there were marked as new other returns etc but were both sealed brand new just got to keep a eye out from time to time https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s_ss_i_0_2_warehouse-deals?n=3581866031&n=3581866031&k=ddr4&rh=i%3Awarehouse-deals&sprefix=dd
When i first put my parts in that i wanted in november on pc picker it came to over £1100 which was to much but with sacrifice ing the 1070 gpu which i waited to come down in price but never did a few deals a few secound hands and a free keyboard and hdd of a friend i managed to get the price down quite a bit so im very happy just waiting for doom to download to finally test what sort of framerate i can get
Confuzz
archy121
Confuzz
Finally got power supply so up and running i can only seem to oc my 6600k to 4.2 with 1.140 v any higher volts seems to make my temps rise above 75 when stress testing maybe my h60 cooler to blame it was secound hand for £20. But im still happy with 4.2 to be honest i dont want to put tomuch stress on the cpu anyway
Just remember Overclock ability is a combination of parts and not necessarily down to the CPU alone. The RAM and Motherboard will also be play part in determining how far you can go. Even the PSU can play a role.
What stress test are you using ?
Anybody else mange to OC there chip successfully ?
funny my pc just crashed after an hour testing using prime 95 as i recieved your message so i have increased my voltage to1.160 and increased cpu fan to turbo to see if that keeps it stable that hasnt seem to have effected my temps to much max of 76c 10 mins into new test this is my setuphttps://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/m9QZWX

Hi,
Can I ask where did you get the Ram from? It's quite a good price...

Thanks.
archy121
mamboboy
Mine was packaged pretty much the same as everyone else. CPU was pretty clean... although there was some thermal compound on it and a fingerprint but not too bothered as it's working.
Feel a bit daft upgrading from a 6600k but it's stopped the sudden framerate dips in BF1 so I'm happy :)
I ordered the 6600K and BF1 is a game I would hope to play silky smooth at 1440p60 max settings. Will be using GTx 1070 and 32gb RAM.
What config did you have with 6600k that still made BF1 stutter ? Gfx ? Overclock ?
GTX 1080 running at 3440x1440 (have an Acer x34 ultrawide monitor) .

I can handle fluctuations between 70-100fps, but when it dips down to 60 for me it's really noticeable and off-putting. It would only happen during intensive scenes, i.e. vehicle explosions or running through the town on the desert map.

After watching 6600k vs 6700k videos on YouTube it seems framerates are roughly the same, but where the 6700k excels is that it doesn't suffer from sudden framerate dips... Haven't noticed one now since switching over :)

60 FPS should be fine on a 1070 at 2560x1440.


Edited By: mamboboy on Jan 01, 2017 14:48
archy121
Confuzz
Finally got power supply so up and running i can only seem to oc my 6600k to 4.2 with 1.140 v any higher volts seems to make my temps rise above 75 when stress testing maybe my h60 cooler to blame it was secound hand for £20. But im still happy with 4.2 to be honest i dont want to put tomuch stress on the cpu anyway
Just remember Overclock ability is a combination of parts and not necessarily down to the CPU alone. The RAM and Motherboard will also be play part in determining how far you can go. Even the PSU can play a role.
What stress test are you using ?
Anybody else mange to OC there chip successfully ?
funny my pc just crashed after an hour testing using prime 95 as i recieved your message so i have increased my voltage to1.160 and increased cpu fan to turbo to see if that keeps it stable that hasnt seem to have effected my temps to much max of 76c 10 mins into new test this is my setup
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/m9QZWX
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Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB, 15.6" Full HD, Silver for £449.95 delivered at John Lewis

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Windswept
It saves a fair bit of space if the first memory piece is soldered in place.

Yes, I suppose I can see their way of logic in that I guess?.

Windswept
Not that unusual.

Depend's which angle your coming from really?, as what your stating is an assumption of what you assume to be common knowledge? (what is done in Industry, and what people are aware of is done in Industry isn't necessarily the same thing?).

Even though I get idea as to why they may want to solder stuffs to the Motherboard, I still fail to 100% understand why?.

This product is not a cheap £100-£150 Netbook or something? (where costs, and/or overheard's may dictate such 'practices'?).

This is a £450-£500 product, I think at that price I would at least deserve some kind of say (regardless of how 'remote'?), in how my own major purchase is/is not able to possibly upgraded, as and when I deem necessary? (it's a Computer, not an iDevice). :-)
Same Post here some days later:

Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB, 15.6" Full HD £499.95 @ John lewis

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-310-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-ram-2tb-15-6-full-hd-499-95-john-lewis-2588692

But this is the new /real price now.

The OP's Deal should be expired .....
It saves a fair bit of space if the first memory piece is soldered in place. Not that unusual.
I was just going to buy this until I read the reviews on the John Lewis website .... that has put me off, but heat for the find.
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Excellent specs..why cold??
Does anyone know whether the "SVA" screen is a TN or an IPS one??
If IPS, then it looks a good deal.
spotted this in pc world today, as it has a very distinctive design. Aesthetically not so good for me but it all depends on how much you're concerned about that. Good specs!
jasee
Not a terrible spec, I can`t imagine many were sold at 799!
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Not a terrible spec, I can`t imagine many were sold at 799!
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Refurb DELL XPS 13 (9350) Ultrabook, 3.2 i7 GHZ, 256GB SSD,8GB DDR  WIRELESS, Web Cam & Touch screen, SKYLAKE £939.99 ebay / ecomputers.ltd

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Kabylake is Intel's most dishonest 'generation' ever.
The core has remained the same (so the exact same IPC), the multiplier was raised a slight bit, the iGPU now has 4K support. and that's pretty much it. Supposedly, on mobile (possibly only 15W parts) the iGPU throttles less and stays longer at boost.
In previous years Intel would have called this a silicon stepping, or at least labeled it more honestly like with faster Haswell revisions.


nobody said it wasn't a tiny improvement.
Gkains
Kabylake is Intel's most dishonest 'generation' ever.
The core has remained the same (so the exact same IPC), the multiplier was raised a slight bit, the iGPU now has 4K support. and that's pretty much it. Supposedly, on mobile (possibly only 15W parts) the iGPU throttles less and stays longer at boost.
In previous years Intel would have called this a silicon stepping, or at least labeled it more honestly like with faster Haswell revisions.


Amen
Kabylake is Intel's most dishonest 'generation' ever.
The core has remained the same (so the exact same IPC), the multiplier was raised a slight bit, the iGPU now has 4K support. and that's pretty much it. Supposedly, on mobile (possibly only 15W parts) the iGPU throttles less and stays longer at boost.
In previous years Intel would have called this a silicon stepping, or at least labeled it more honestly like with faster Haswell revisions.
anthonynsinclair
There's not much difference with Kirby Lake hence why Apple are skipping completely and moving straight into Cannonlake. Still a cold price for the specs.

The majority of Apple customers don't know/care exactly what's in their system and Apple know/exploit it. As long as it has an Apple logo that's all that matters.

If you look at the specs of a Macbook Pro it never states the model number of the cpu. All it will say is the frequency and family.

Plus they probably worked out a nice deal for old chips from Intel.
anthonynsinclair
There's not much difference with Kirby Lake hence why Apple are skipping completely and moving straight into Cannonlake. Still a cold price for the specs.


They haven't skipped it. they have gone for the previous generation. Cannonlake is 18 months away so kaby lake is the current generation and will be for a while.
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Refurb: Asus X555UA-DM059T Intel i7-6500U 12Gb 2Tb hd 15.6" FHD Windows 10 £429.99 plus £7.99 Next Day Delivery xsonly.com

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great specs, shame it's an Asus...

Why?


I fix laptops for a living and the old x55dc asus was a shockingly flimsy laptop, you could actually twist and bend it and the touchpads aren't great... although that was the old models, maybe they're better built now
Is the battery life only 4 hours? Was about to hit the button but that might be a deal breaker for me. What's the battery life on the Dell mentioned?
Agharta
If you are looking for a different balance this is worth considering for ~£100 more:
Latitude E5570
Intel® Core™ i5-6440HQ Processor (Quad Core, 2.6 GHz, 6MB Cache, 35W)
Windows 10 Pro (64bit)
8 GB (1x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory Non ECC
500 GB 2.5inch SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
AMD Radeon R7 M360 2GB
Intel 8260 Dual band 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
4-cell 62W/HR Battery
15.6 Inch FHD (1920x1080) Non-Touch Anti-Glare LCD
1 Year On-site Next Business Day Warranty
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hi there, have you got links for those 2 laptops you mentioned? cheers :) ...also...
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on that intel comparison site, why is the quad alot cheaper than the dual, when the hq procesor is alot faster than the U model, and better specs overall/more up to date etc.. ..weird no?

Edited By: captainalexkirk on Dec 20, 2016 03:20: added tech info
plewis00
Yes I know but then my point is 'why not a quad-core i7'. It's just a weird mix of parts, it's good value for what it is but I reckon it'll draw less well informed buyers in based on the marketing names and numbers and in reality without an SSD it would be largely infuriating. And back to my other note - the Dell machines are better balanced, in fact Dell is normally very good at having all components complement each other and nothing outwardly mismatched. The short Asus warranty doesn't instil confidence - it may work fine for years but then why not give longer?
1. It's a dual core, don't get hung up on the fact that the branding is i7 as if it had been a quad core the price would be noticeably higher.
2. The reseller only offering a 3 month warranty of their own will keep the price down a bit. I doubt it makes much difference to the price but a bigger one to peace of mind maybe!
Agharta
plewis00
Agharta
plewis00
Do people frequently need lots of processing power in the CPU but no real graphics, is that a common requirement? Asking seriously as normally I would expect a high-end CPU to be paired with at least a moderate GPU.
Discrete GPU is for gaming, visual content creation and in some cases video transcoding/encoding although CPUs tend to do a better job at that due to more flexibility.
Quad core CPU is for video transcoding/encoding, music creation, heavy multi-tasking, visual content creation, running VMs etc.
So there are more tasks that can utilise a quad core CPU but don't require a discrete GPU than benefit from a dGPU alone but many gamers seem blind to this.
Yes, that was the usage case I expected but this laptop has a dual-core i7 not the quad (which I honestly think ought to be named an i5) and then if you're doing that kind of stuff you've suggested, I'd imagine a bit of GPU transcode which is why the cynic in me can't help seeing this laptop as choosing marketing names and numbers over real-world use (like massive hard disk storage but no SSD, no GPU but i7 CPU, more RAM than normal, etc.)
You can do transcoding with the encoder in an iGPU as well.
I didn't take issue with Intel's mobile branding but now that you can get quad core mobile i5s alongside dual core with HT i7s as well as quad core with HT i7s it is starting to get a bit confusing. :)
This does seem like a weird mix of parts that marketing cooked up but it's still fairly good value for what you get albeit being a refurb with a limited warranty which takes the shine off the deal.

Yes I know but then my point is 'why not a quad-core i7'. It's just a weird mix of parts, it's good value for what it is but I reckon it'll draw less well informed buyers in based on the marketing names and numbers and in reality without an SSD it would be largely infuriating. And back to my other note - the Dell machines are better balanced, in fact Dell is normally very good at having all components complement each other and nothing outwardly mismatched. The short Asus warranty doesn't instil confidence - it may work fine for years but then why not give longer?
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HP Spectre x360 13-4129na Convertible Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 13.3" Touch Screen, Ash Luxe Copper £1,079.95 @ John Lewis

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Just ordered from John Lewis at this price. No sign of a £100 cashback deal though.
Still a good price compared with competitors.
If the hinges on these things *are* dodgy, the free 3 year JL warranty come in handy.
dominickuryliw
deancross503
**** hp utter crap build quality
i would have to agree, my last HP needed me to remove the keyboard before increasing the ram...was a budget model at £500.....

Odd. I have a HP laptop and the entire underside slides off when you release a couple of catches, giving access to RAM etc in seconds with no tools required. Guess it just depends on which model you have.
Hi - anyone having the touchscreen ghosting problem and found a fix (apart from returning/replacing)?
See: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hp+touchscreen+ghost+problem&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Pretty poor show for such an £££ laptop.
paulrwarner
Google when the hinge breaks!


almost 2 years in a spectre x360... hinges are like day 1. Spectre is a very durable laptop.
maltikism
is this one of them that the games for when play to resolution of best.


Dude try again, didn't understand what you said.
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MSI Nightblade MI-010UK Gaming Desktop (Black) - (Intel Core i7-4790S, 8 GB RAM, 2 TB Hard Drive ,Windows 10) Amazon £519.99

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Note that nightblade case is sized 10 L and the fractal design core 1100 25L, so this desktop is really tiny. The i7 will be suitable if you plan to use the PC for something more than just gaming, it will have sufficient performance for web browsing, general computing, etc.
Fine. You want cheap SFF gaming? Here is a cheap SFF gaming rig that will be faster for gaming than this MSI pre-built.
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD A10-7890K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.15 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock A68M-ITX Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£56.20 @ More Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£31.82 @ BT Shop)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming Video Card (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX Tower Case (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Cooler Master B500 ver.2 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£39.60 @ Eclipse Computers)
Other: Windows 10 Key (£12.05)
Total: £533.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-18 11:35 GMT+0000
11.5 litres.
Are there any company recommendations for average gaming desktops? My Dad needs a replacement for his now broken 5 year old PC, but he only plays older "classic" games (2005 era 3D). Could he get away with a £250 non-gaming desktop?
Most likely. You could build your own:
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/hwjhYr
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/hwjhYr/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£106.95 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£39.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.55 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.79 @ Aria PC)
Total: £281.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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If you want to take it slightly more serious add an RX 480 or GTX 1060 3GB/6GB.
Wow! Thanks for the fast reply X)
And if he doesn't want to build it...

Can't really help you there, I've never bought a pre-built PC in my entire life.

My Dad helped me build my first PC as a kid and I've never not built my own desktop in over 20 years.
ollie87
quantum77
ollie87
gemignani
Note that nightblade case is sized 10 L and the fractal design core 1100 25L, so this desktop is really tiny. The i7 will be suitable if you plan to use the PC for something more than just gaming, it will have sufficient performance for web browsing, general computing, etc.
Fine. You want cheap SFF gaming? Here is a cheap SFF gaming rig that will be faster for gaming than this MSI pre-built.
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD A10-7890K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.15 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock A68M-ITX Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£56.20 @ More Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£31.82 @ BT Shop)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming Video Card (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX Tower Case (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Cooler Master B500 ver.2 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£39.60 @ Eclipse Computers)
Other: Windows 10 Key (£12.05)
Total: £533.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-18 11:35 GMT+0000
11.5 litres.
Are there any company recommendations for average gaming desktops? My Dad needs a replacement for his now broken 5 year old PC, but he only plays older "classic" games (2005 era 3D). Could he get away with a £250 non-gaming desktop?
Most likely. You could build your own:
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/hwjhYr
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/hwjhYr/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£106.95 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£39.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.55 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.79 @ Aria PC)
Total: £281.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-12 14:20 GMT+0000
If you want to take it slightly more serious add an RX 480 or GTX 1060 3GB/6GB.
Wow! Thanks for the fast reply X)

And if he doesn't want to build it...
quantum77
ollie87
gemignani
Note that nightblade case is sized 10 L and the fractal design core 1100 25L, so this desktop is really tiny. The i7 will be suitable if you plan to use the PC for something more than just gaming, it will have sufficient performance for web browsing, general computing, etc.
Fine. You want cheap SFF gaming? Here is a cheap SFF gaming rig that will be faster for gaming than this MSI pre-built.
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD A10-7890K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.15 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock A68M-ITX Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£56.20 @ More Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£31.82 @ BT Shop)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming Video Card (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX Tower Case (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Cooler Master B500 ver.2 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£39.60 @ Eclipse Computers)
Other: Windows 10 Key (£12.05)
Total: £533.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-18 11:35 GMT+0000
11.5 litres.
Are there any company recommendations for average gaming desktops? My Dad needs a replacement for his now broken 5 year old PC, but he only plays older "classic" games (2005 era 3D). Could he get away with a £250 non-gaming desktop?

Most likely. You could build your own:

PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/hwjhYr
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/hwjhYr/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£106.95 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£39.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.55 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman ZM-T3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.79 @ Aria PC)
Total: £281.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-12 14:20 GMT+0000

If you want to take it slightly more serious add an RX 480 or GTX 1060 3GB/6GB.
ollie87
gemignani
Note that nightblade case is sized 10 L and the fractal design core 1100 25L, so this desktop is really tiny. The i7 will be suitable if you plan to use the PC for something more than just gaming, it will have sufficient performance for web browsing, general computing, etc.
Fine. You want cheap SFF gaming? Here is a cheap SFF gaming rig that will be faster for gaming than this MSI pre-built.
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Hg9pQV/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD A10-7890K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.15 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock A68M-ITX Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£56.20 @ More Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£31.82 @ BT Shop)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4GB G1 Gaming Video Card (£185.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX Tower Case (£39.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Cooler Master B500 ver.2 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£39.60 @ Eclipse Computers)
Other: Windows 10 Key (£12.05)
Total: £533.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-18 11:35 GMT+0000
11.5 litres.

Are there any company recommendations for average gaming desktops? My Dad needs a replacement for his now broken 5 year old PC, but he only plays older "classic" games (2005 era 3D). Could he get away with a £250 non-gaming desktop?
ollie87
An i7 and a GTX 960 2GB? That is a complete bloody waste of an i7! This is my biggest problem with pre-builds, they appeal to idiots who nothing about proper gaming PCs, they just see i7 and think "HURR DURR! i7 IS BEST INNIT?!". No one who actually knows anything about PC gaming would build a system like that.
It might be cheap but it represents very poor value for gaming.
For the same money this machine would spank it so hard in games it would be laughable:
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4Zy7sJ
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4Zy7sJ/by_merchant/CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£101.14 @ Amazon UK) Motherboard: MSI H110M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£46.58 @ More Computers) Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£43.00 @ Amazon UK) Storage: OCZ TRION 150 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£39.99 @ Amazon UK) Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC) Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Mini Video Card (£188.99 @ Amazon UK) Case: Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£27.96 @ Amazon UK) Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.79 @ Aria PC) Other: Windows 10 Key (£12.05)Total: £530.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Windows 10 key from here:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/windows-10-pro-oem-global-key-12-38-now-even-cheaper-scdkey-2558926
Yeah it's ten quid more, yes it's only an i3, but it's got the power where you actually need it for a gaming machine, which is the GPU. Advantages include:
Skylake instead of Haswell, gives more of an upgrade path
GTX 1060 instead of the terrible GTX 960 (for the most part the GTX 1060 3GB is usually at least 60% faster!)
DDR4 instead of DDR3
430 Watt PSU instead of a 350 Watt
2TB hard disk AND a 120GB SSD instead of just a 2TB hard disk.
Easier to upgrade and reuse partsYou build it yourself, you'll realise how easy it is and actually have a sense of accomplishment.
If anyone wants help or wants more information PM me.
Thanks Ollie; this is the most helpful and informative post I've read regarding PCs - especially for someone like me that enjoys gaming but doesn't know very much about the mechanics of the thing or a component's bang to the buck.
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I7 6700k CPU- Seller Europe Seller Kings @Amazon - £286.52

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Go to new and used items and it's a new CPU by Europe Seller Kings. Free delivery. Lowest price around, lowest price was a year ago at £274. There is vision tech for £285.07 but only 1 left. Read More
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Danjw91 Avatar5m, 6d agoFound 5 months, 6 days ago24 Comments
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I bought one from overclockers few days ago for 299£ + 2 games ..on eBay you can get one for 240 :)
Thank you for the link, will bear this in mind after Ryzen has been released.
hitman007
Do you have an Ebay number?
asadjani2016
got new one for 265 on ebay seller was out of stock but bak in now

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182364674250?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

i got same for 260 from this seller only one left, just offer him 250 then he wil send u back 260
if I built this year, I would have had a budget build, I'll have enough money for a high spec pc soon which is about the time the new stuff arrives
I couldn't wait as I wanted to play bf1 and my 2500k was really struggling being it was 5 years old. I needed a new gpu too and opted for the gtx 1070 so paired with the 6700k it will do me for a few years and hopefully the new tech will be cheaper, that was my plan. I would have missed out on bf1 play waiting for new tech all the time and that wasn't going to happen.
I agree though if you can wait then see what Ryzen brings to the table and prices may fall , but I have always been impatient and also unimpressed waiting for new tech over the years.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB with Minecraft £1,032.00 at John Lewis

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should be expired
Elysium
matengawhat
DOS54
Has this expired...price shows £1169 and the link doesn't work anymore? Gutted I missed this. Anyone been able to price match elsewhere?
I think offer ends today, ended up buying from microsoft store with quidco cash back, £33 for the xbox one and 8.8% for tablet, not quite as cheap but closest i could find, cash back tracked on both items at lower rate which was warned, will update to correct values once confirmed
Arrived today, seems nice machine but windows 10 updates taking forever
I bought a keyboard from cex for £55 did not come new in microsoft pacaking as listed above but was unmarked and working fine
You get the i7 256gb one?
Yes now all up an running, outlook was driving me mad till realised that although office had connected to my microsoft account and pulled across product keys had not downloaded the latest updates so wouldnt run setup

Edited By: matengawhat on Dec 21, 2016 15:48
matengawhat
DOS54
Has this expired...price shows £1169 and the link doesn't work anymore? Gutted I missed this. Anyone been able to price match elsewhere?
I think offer ends today, ended up buying from microsoft store with quidco cash back, £33 for the xbox one and 8.8% for tablet, not quite as cheap but closest i could find, cash back tracked on both items at lower rate which was warned, will update to correct values once confirmed

Arrived today, seems nice machine but windows 10 updates taking forever

I bought a keyboard from cex for £55 did not come new in microsoft pacaking as listed above but was unmarked and working fine



You get the i7 256gb one?
shamim000
maciejkopec08
Cool item but still way over-priced for the specs. Cold for that reason.

what's wrong with the spec??
Nothing
DOS54
Has this expired...price shows £1169 and the link doesn't work anymore? Gutted I missed this. Anyone been able to price match elsewhere?
I think offer ends today, ended up buying from microsoft store with quidco cash back, £33 for the xbox one and 8.8% for tablet, not quite as cheap but closest i could find, cash back tracked on both items at lower rate which was warned, will update to correct values once confirmed

Arrived today, seems nice machine but windows 10 updates taking forever

I bought a keyboard from cex for £55 did not come new in microsoft pacaking as listed above but was unmarked and working fine


Edited By: matengawhat on Dec 21, 2016 14:48
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HP 250 G5 i7 Laptop 256GB SSD 8GB RAM for £449.98 @ ebuyer

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Just been browsing ebuyer and seen this laptop with £100.01 off the original price for today only. i7-6500U @ 2.5GHz 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Windows 10 I've checked but couldn't find this al… Read More
Just been browsing ebuyer and seen this laptop with £100.01 off the original price for today only. i7-6500U @ 2.5GHz 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Windows 10 I've checked but couldn't find this al…
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Bought HP before & it only keep charge for 2&half hours and lost all battery when closed down in as little as 36 hours ,theie a nightmare oncustomer service so I just kept it and its just laying usless now ,rotten company ;needs brillant rewiews!

Yeh, I've had issues with this same Brand with their Laptop's in the past too, hmmmmm.

It's a shame really .....
xfaxfa
Brianliptov
why are they not doing DVD drives any more?
DVDs are becoming obsolete

I don't understand why that is?.
wouldn't even pay this much for a decent brand, let alone a HP!

sorry but this is cold.
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matt101101
badger2609
matt101101
A 1366x768 display and an i7 CPU...that's an interesting choice of components, HP.
An SSD and a 1080p display are, in my opinion, mandatory for a laptop at this price point nowadays. Whilst this does have an SSD, with no DVD drive to replace with a HDD caddy 256GB of storage could be quite limiting unless you have little locally stored content. Also, the vast majority of people won't see any advantage to having an i7-6xxxU CPU over a cheaper i5-6xxxU CPU.
Whilst this isn't a bad laptop, it would serve most people's needs acceptably, it has a poorly balanced choice of components for a £450 machine.
I have to agree with this. Seems like a half decent laptop but the choice of SSD, 8GB, i7 but then a 'HD ready screen' seems odd. Nearly bit on a laptop on black friday but held off, looks like New Year sales might be best now.
There was the Asus at PC World that looked good, half decent CPU, 8GB Ram, Full HD screen, but then had a mechanical HDD. I think I might just want too much for my budget, £600 laptop specs for £350 price.....
I'd say that a laptop where the only problem is a HDD rather than an SSD is worth buying. As long as it has a DVD drive, which seem to me more commonly missing on laptops which come with an SSD from the factory, you can put the HDD in a caddy where the DVD drive was and then put your own SSD where the HDD was originally installed.
Problem solved, SSD boot drive and a HDD for mass storage. All for a reasonable price as your only extra costs were a sub-£10 HDD caddy and a relatively low capacity SATA SSD.
That's a good point. Maybe I should've gone for the Asus, had it in my basket with voucher code applied @ £279.99, but was thinking that something better might come along
Ahh well, I wouldn't worry about it now; another deal for an i5/8GB RAM (or 4GB, RAM is another easy upgrade)/1TB HDD/1080p display laptop will be along sooner or later. I suspect we'll see a few in the January sales. :)
BritishDragon
Don't think I could justify an extra £100 for the i7 tbhhttp://www.ebuyer.com/760637-hp-250-g5-i5-laptop-x0q78es-x0q78es-abu
My thoughts exactly. I'm going for the Lenovo at Currys. Yes, it's i5 and no SSD, but it's £379 and SSDs cost little relatively speaking.
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Vibox Pegasus 18 Gaming PC - with Warthunder Game Bundle, Windows 10 (3.6GHz Intel i7 Quad Core Processor, Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card, 240GB Solid State Drive, 3TB Hard Drive, 32GB RAM, NZXT S340 (White) Case Amazon £1,003.87

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portbhoy3000 Avatar5m, 1w agoFound 5 months, 1 week ago16 Comments
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Where are you going to get the best processor and graphics card for around £400? When it was published that was hands down the best deal I've seen for the hardware installed! Of course it's expired so moot point now.

Edited By: portbhoy3000 on Dec 15, 2016 10:43: spelling
http://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-z1-intel-i5-6400-3.3ghz-gtx-1060-6gb-ddr5-vr-gaming-pc.html
is this not a better deal? you can change to the best processor and graphics card and it is still under £1000
actually a good value prebuilt - the GPU and CPU may be older but more recent equivalents have been more geared toward efficiency than outright power so you aren't losing much real-use grunt. nowt beats building your own but if you factor in the hours spent researching bits, ordering from cheapest supplier, waiting for everything to arrive bit by bit then the assembly, cable routing, fan flow tweaking, then all the windows installing and driver updating then having it show up in a nice ready-to-use package doesn't seem that bad.

me i'd never give up that magic moment when you power up for the first time whether it's a naked motherboard , sat on your desk with cables running in every direction to the dissected components around it turned on by jamming a screwdriver across it's power button pins or when you finally get everything in the case with wires hidden away and the satisfaction of a job well done. after several heart-stopping moments where a new build has failed to post because i've forgot a fiddly extra 4-pin power cable or similar i would consider going the easy route though :S

and for all that typing, i've checked the link and it seems to be over 2grand now anyway, expired ?
that's a sweet-looking case but seems a little steep for the privilege of having a PC with those parts pre-built for you.
Shows as over 2 grand?