ACER Aspire X3960 - Core i3-2100 Desktop PC - 3GB RAM - £319.99 @ PC World
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ACER Aspire X3960 - Core i3-2100 Desktop PC - 3GB RAM - £319.99 @ PC World

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Found 14th Jun 2011Made hot 15th Jun 2011
Powered by the Intel® Core™ i3-2100 Processor and runs 64-bit Windows® 7 Home Premium. 3GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

Compact tower case
5.1-channel audio with analogue and digital audio out
DVD rewriter
9 USB ports
Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed wired networking
Multi-in-one card reader

Store Collection only.

Downside is only 1yr warranty and PC World (?)

When voting, don't forget this is the 2nd Gen i3 processor

49 Comments

Original Poster

Before I posted this, I checked out;

Mesh - similar spec (4gb RAM) for £399, but inc 3yr warranty

PC Specialist - similar spec (2gb RAM) for £410 (from memory, don't quote me) inc 3yr warranty (inferior warr to Mesh)

...so, if anyone's seen better, don't keep it to yourself
Edited by: "paulhs12" 14th Jun 2011

Original Poster

I notice the Mesh has USB 3, which I don't expect the Acer will.

Given Mesh have gone bust, I personally would avoid

pcpro.co.uk/new…ion

PC Peripherals bought the Mesh brand and other assets, and has also agreed to provide hardware support to existing customers who are within the original warranty period.



Woops just liked the comment above by mistake, I was actually going to quote it and say this is from PC world not mesh.Looks good spec for the price, heat added.

yup thats why i put the bit about "agreed to provide hardware support to existing customers who are within the original warranty period"

I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB HD, Mobo and DVD rewriter. £230.

DarrylJohn

I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB … I've just ordered a pc case with 450W, i3 540, 4GB ddr3 1333MHz, 500GB HD, Mobo and DVD rewriter. £230.


where from? thanks

jukkie

You know your i5 is actually a lot less powerful than the i3 in this … You know your i5 is actually a lot less powerful than the i3 in this machine, right? And this i3 also has a fairly decent intergrated GPU (Intel HD 3000).Now add the price of the OS (and the card reader I suppose) to your setup, and it isn't all that much cheaper.That said, I don't mind Acer laptops, netbooks and nettops, but I wouldn't touch their desktops with a barge pole.



It's for my mate in fairness, his mam and dad. They wanted a cheapish PC that would last a few year. Stick a decent graphics card in that, and you've got a great budget gaming pc for under 400.

It was ebuyer, believeyk.

The CPU was initially £86, but found the same on on eBay for £80 including postage, so total comes in at around £231

ebuyer quickfind codes:

178942
268621
174507
255167
167819

BTW, the I3-2100 can be had for £90 on overclockers, just need a different mobo.

mobo quicklink - 259267
CPU 2100 - 254976

Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 15th Jun 2011

DarrylJohn

It's for my mate in fairness, his mam and dad. They wanted a cheapish PC … It's for my mate in fairness, his mam and dad. They wanted a cheapish PC that would last a few year. Stick a decent graphics card in that, and you've got a great budget gaming pc for under 400.It was ebuyer, believeyk.The CPU was initially £86, but found the same on on eBay for £80 including postage, so total comes in at around £231ebuyer quickfind codes:178942 268621 174507 255167 167819BTW, the I3-2100 can be had for £90 on overclockers, just need a different mobo.


Still no OS in that setup (lets not go the 'you can get it free blah blah', with the Acer you get a genuine licence).

Windows 7 home premium can be had for under 70 if you really wanted it.

quickfind: 173791

As you have to buy it instore they'll make sure you buy Norton, Office, £80 HDMI cable, Whatever Happens, PC Set UP, Mobile Broadband. This should make it £1000, not bad

Great PC, I picked this up from Comet in March for £279, but the 2 x Athlon version.

Nice and small base unit..Heat added.


Edited by: "mc7t" 15th Jun 2011

DarrylJohn

Windows 7 home premium can be had for under 70 if you really wanted … Windows 7 home premium can be had for under 70 if you really wanted it.quickfind: 173791


Yep, so your less powerful setup with a fugly case and no card reader would cost only £13 less than this pre-built Acer :3.

Edited by: "jukkie" 15th Jun 2011

Similar set up, but better ram.. an extra gb of memory is still £15 cheaper.

This deal's still hot btw. But just shows the mark up if the RRP was £420.

PS... The price i mentioned was inclusive of the same CPU in the Acer.
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 15th Jun 2011

I have an older x3900 i5,its tiny and does everything i want as i aint a gamer.

Will this have Hdmi out like i have might use mine as a media centre in the near future as it runs silent.

Edited by: "uggla" 15th Jun 2011

im still loving the deal for the acer predator what an amazing pc

uggla

I have an older x3900 i5,its tiny and does everything i want as i aint a … I have an older x3900 i5,its tiny and does everything i want as i aint a gamer.Will this have Hdmi out like i have might use mine as a media centre in the near future as it runs silent.



This has an HDMI port yeah

My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.
Thanks.
Edited by: "Norman-B" 15th Jun 2011

Original Poster

Would the 'compact case' be a problem if you needed to open it up and repair it ?

Sad about Mesh. If you read the comments on the article Scooter posted, the feedback from Mesh customers is very poor, which surprised me, but then I've never used them. Just had it in my sub-concious they were a good company; seems not.

paulhs12

Would the 'compact case' be a problem if you needed to open it up and … Would the 'compact case' be a problem if you needed to open it up and repair it ?Sad about Mesh. If you read the comments on the article Scooter posted, the feedback from Mesh customers is very poor, which surprised me, but then I've never used them. Just had it in my sub-concious they were a good company; seems not.


Probably just an Matx case, should be fine.


Norman-B

My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video … My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.Thanks.


Depending on what application you're going to use, A decent-ish nvidia graphics card could help with CUDA emerging, but for HD video editing you're possibly gunna want a true quad core.

hi

whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wise

is it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540

coolsakil

hi whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance … hi whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wiseis it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540



lots info here cpubenchmark.net/

Norman-B

My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video … My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.Thanks.



same ish here im looking at i7k sandy bridge 8Gb RAM on a H67 motherboard. No idea what the further details will be.

Original Poster

To Norman-B

I think this would be ok for Video Editing.

However, ebuyer have this

ebuyer.com/pro…cts

for only £23 more. Similar spec, except 8GB RAM and double the size of hard-drive. The extra RAM will speed up the Video Editing and the extra storage would give you more space for your video files.

edit: Scrap this idea. Has no Operating System, so not comparable to the PCW deal I guess.
Edited by: "paulhs12" 16th Jun 2011

then again, this is also a good buy ebuyer.com/pro…514 for i5 sandybridge. but we're just increasing the price each time (though the i5 is prob best value of the three) and the sandybridge on h67 is apparently killer for video work.
Edited by: "tapi" 16th Jun 2011

Original Poster

tapi

then again, this is also a good buy http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261514 … then again, this is also a good buy http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261514 for i5 sandybridge. but we're just increasing the price each time (though the i5 is prob best value of the three) and the sandybridge on h67 is apparently killer for video work.



No Operating System tapi, so we've shot up £140 on the PCW deal, by the time you've added one.

Edited by: "paulhs12" 16th Jun 2011



i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)

coolsakil

hi whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance … hi whats the difference between dual core and quad core performance wiseis it better to get an amd 955 black edition or intel i3 540

Norman-B

My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video … My 7 year old desktop needs replacing (I want to do some simply HD video editing). I wonder if anyone would advise me if this would be suitable? I also share a laptop with my grandson ( Laptop is 2 years old) but that is struggling to cope.Thanks.



Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent CPU cooler and overclock that badboy or just get a cheaper non-K edition CPU (First option recommended )

Many thanks for the advice,

Hmmm, interesting. If cpubenchmark.net's benchmarks are correct and not Intel skewed, the chip seems to be twice as fast as many of the AMD dual cores around.

I was going to ask if this might not be better value: currys.co.uk/gbu…tml but it seems the chip in the X3960 seems to be much faster.

And it also has better integrated graphics power than the norm?

Not sure about the small case though. Also noticed one downside, the PSU only seems to be a 220W, so upgrading the graphics could be limited.

Anyone know of any other disadvantages of buying an Acer desktop? More restricted BIOS config settings, maybe?

Baron Jerk-Off

Anyone know of any other disadvantages of buying an Acer desktop? More … Anyone know of any other disadvantages of buying an Acer desktop? More restricted BIOS config settings, maybe?



I think the particular desktop in this deal is a slimline style one, which means the motherboard and PSU will be non-standard parts - if it breaks after the warranty has expired you're unlikely to be able to get replacements that will fit into the case.

sk82jack

i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent … i3 540 vs 955BE (both stock)Either get a P67/Z68 motherboard w/ a decent CPU cooler and overclock that badboy or just get a cheaper non-K edition CPU (First option recommended )



As i understand it (and i may have this wrong) the K series sandy bridge have the best HD graphics processor than the non K's and a P67 needs another graphics card? (unless you can use a p67 and still use the i7k's on board graphics). As I deal only with 2D images/vids I saw no point in going the p67 and graphics card route when the K already has graphics. Make sence?

Meathotukdeals

As i understand it (and i may have this wrong) the K series sandy bridge … As i understand it (and i may have this wrong) the K series sandy bridge have the best HD graphics processor than the non K's and a P67 needs another graphics card? (unless you can use a p67 and still use the i7k's on board graphics). As I deal only with 2D images/vids I saw no point in going the p67 and graphics card route when the K already has graphics. Make sence?



Ah OK that makes sense - yeah the K version chips feature HD3000 compared to the non-K version's HD2000

It just seems such a waste to have a K version chip and then limit yourself to no overclock

The Z68 motherboards will allow you to access the onboard graphics and allow you to overclock but comes at a bit of a price hike.

Cheapest is probably the Asrock Z68 PRO3 coming in at £94.99 @ Dabs and BTShop

cant seem to find stock on web site as it crashes

sk82jack

Ah OK that makes sense - yeah the K version chips feature HD3000 compared … Ah OK that makes sense - yeah the K version chips feature HD3000 compared to the non-K version's HD2000It just seems such a waste to have a K version chip and then limit yourself to no overclock :(The Z68 motherboards will allow you to access the onboard graphics and allow you to overclock but comes at a bit of a price hike.Cheapest is probably the Asrock Z68 PRO3 coming in at £94.99 @ Dabs and BTShop




And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't heard about the z68. Likely by the time I think I know whats going on ANOther thing (like bulldozer) will be out and then I'll look into that and by the time I think I know.....:{

Meathotukdeals

And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't … And that makes sense too. I am not well up with these things and hadn't heard about the z68. Likely by the time I think I know whats going on ANOther thing (like bulldozer) will be out and then I'll look into that and by the time I think I know.....:{



Haha yeah tech moves so fast these days, the only reason I know what I'm talking about is I've been planning my new computer for a couple of months now

But I'll soon go back to knowing nothing again once it's done lol

sk82jack

Haha yeah tech moves so fast these days, the only reason I know what I'm … Haha yeah tech moves so fast these days, the only reason I know what I'm talking about is I've been planning my new computer for a couple of months now :DBut I'll soon go back to knowing nothing again once it's done lol




ha ha pretty much the same here but obviously not as good as yourself with the current info. tell me what you get when you finally get it...i might learn something from it if i'm still befuddled.

Meathotukdeals

ha ha pretty much the same here but obviously not as good as yourself … ha ha pretty much the same here but obviously not as good as yourself with the current info. tell me what you get when you finally get it...i might learn something from it if i'm still befuddled.



I've got most of it now...just waiting for a good deal to arrive on a decent PSU.

This is what I have so far:

Intel Core i5-2500K - £155.99

Asrock Z68 Extreme4 - £139.72

Corsair XMS3 8GB - £64.99

XFX HD Radeon 6870 (second hand) - £113.85

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - £35.99

Pioneer DVR-S19LBK - £17.98

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 - £41.99

NZXT Lexa S - £57.48

Drop me a PM if you want some advice nd I'd be more than happy to help
Edited by: "sk82jack" 16th Jun 2011

Hi guys, another computer rookie here, I have tried (and failed miserably) to build my own PC recently and have pretty much given up as I can't get it stable, can get everything installed then inevitably crashes after a day or two with blue screens of death galore.

I'm after a cheap PC to play some very old games on so don't need cutting edge performance, if I was to buy this PC would I be able to fit my graphics card in? It's a GeForce 8800GTS (320mb).

Thanks in advance guys, been after a PC for ages and this could be the one!

MeGaMaN

Hi guys, another computer rookie here, I have tried (and failed … Hi guys, another computer rookie here, I have tried (and failed miserably) to build my own PC recently and have pretty much given up as I can't get it stable, can get everything installed then inevitably crashes after a day or two with blue screens of death galore.I'm after a cheap PC to play some very old games on so don't need cutting edge performance, if I was to buy this PC would I be able to fit my graphics card in? It's a GeForce 8800GTS (320mb).Thanks in advance guys, been after a PC for ages and this could be the one!



What's your current spec? Overclocked at all?

But to answer your question...yes it will fit.
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