Argon Intel Core i3 2.93GHz @ 4.00GHz 4GB DDR3  Gigabyte GA-H55M £246  @ Overclocked Bundle

Argon Intel Core i3 2.93GHz @ 4.00GHz 4GB DDR3 Gigabyte GA-H55M £246 @ Overclocked Bundle

Found 30th Sep 2010
Designed by experts the "Argon Intel Core i3 Bundle" is a pre-configured high performance "plug and play" bundle featuring optimised settings. The Guaranteed 4.00GHz overclock has the processing power and speed to power through the latest games with ease. The "Argon Intel Core i3 Bundle" offers superb gaming performance at an excellent price.

Why You Should Buy This Bundle?
- A solid, optimised 4.00GHz overclock profile provides outstanding processing performance
- Prebuilt, overclocked and configured. Just "plug and play"
- 4GB of Dual Channel DDR3 memory delivers unlimited bandwidth

Bundle Specification
- CPU: Intel Core i3 2.93GHz @ 4.00GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
- RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel
- Cooler: Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev2 CPU cooler

Service Package
- Full 12 Month collect and return warranty
- Each specification is assembled from handpicked components for compatibility and stability
- Telephone, web note and forum technical support

Note - All Bundles are built and installed on demand and usually ship within 48 hours of the order being placed. Please note that adding in additional memory to the spare slots will require new BIOS settings and the maximum clock speed attainable may be significantly reduced. OcUK recommend a quality brand PSU for use with all our bundles such as the Corsair TX & HX range. Updating the BIOS on the overclocked bundle range will void the warranty on the overclock. If you update the BIOS we will no longer be able to provide support for configuring and maintaining the CPU overclock.


Seems to be a good deal, might be good for those that are new to building a system so they just have to add a case, PSU and DVD drive plus cables etc to get going. I would definitely recommend that the first thing to do after building a system with this is go into the BIOS and backup the config (F11 I think it is), that way if you change some settings in the BIOS and then the comp refuses to boot properly you can just go back into BIOS and LOAD the saved config F12 so you're back to where you started.
Only mentioning this because although this comes pre-configured for overclock, it doesn't mention whether USB is enabled at boot, 32/64 bit OS? and other stuff that I consider a must have for any computer system.

Just to note however that this lot at ebuyer, without the overclock obviously comes in at £248 give or take.... so getting the overclock features for nothing.

If you don't mind waiting and getting items individually over a few weeks (assuming free delivery and doing the overclock yourself), these are the guide prices I'm looking to buy at from Scan's today only pages based on checking the past month:

Intel i3 530 - £78
H55M-UD2H - £58
4gb DDR3 Corsair Dominator - £68
= £204 + fan (I got the Xigimatek 963 on clearance for £12 at Scan)

If you read about how many people say they have overclocked bundles from this company to find the bundle blue screens and is unstable not a good choice unless you get lucky. you only have to see posts on there forum to see what i mean.

Personally speaking I genereally don't bother with overclocking anyway, and wouldn't buy less than a quad core for my purposes... didn't think this was a bad deal for a novice that wants to get into comp building, but didn't know that this company didn't test it for stability etc.. which basically means that it's not really an overclock in my book if it's not stable.
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