ASUS G11CD Core i5-6400 8GB 1TB GTX 970 £499.97  Laptops Direct
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ASUS G11CD Core i5-6400 8GB 1TB GTX 970 £499.97 Laptops Direct

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Found 27th Nov
Very capable Processor, 6th Gen i5 with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily.

Yes i know there is no SSD.

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darthvader666uk14 m ago

"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."Haha It will …"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."Haha It will rival a 1070 let alone a 1050 ti but tbh, thats not too bad IF you want a pre-built but if you a gamer, I HIGHLY recommend building your own. Its almost a "right of passage" to the PCMR


Actually to put all this to bed, it will be about as fast as the 1060, but has the addition ram.

1070 is on par with the 980ti.

Rival the 1050 ti? I know you said easily but it's a lot better than a 1050 ti lol.
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Rival the 1050 ti? I know you said easily but it's a lot better than a 1050 ti lol.

Wonder if the motherboard can bclk overclock? 4.5Ghz would make it even better value.

cowsindahouse59 m ago

Wonder if the motherboard can bclk overclock? 4.5Ghz would make it even …Wonder if the motherboard can bclk overclock? 4.5Ghz would make it even better value.


Doubt it prebuilts use h110 motherboard

Exact same as Currys clearance sale

"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."

Haha It will rival a 1070 let alone a 1050 ti but tbh, thats not too bad IF you want a pre-built but if you a gamer, I HIGHLY recommend building your own. Its almost a "right of passage" to the PCMR

Hot, best price gaming PC for under £500 imo just add sdd.
Edited by: "McHotpoon" 27th Nov

darthvader666uk14 m ago

"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."Haha It will …"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."Haha It will rival a 1070 let alone a 1050 ti but tbh, thats not too bad IF you want a pre-built but if you a gamer, I HIGHLY recommend building your own. Its almost a "right of passage" to the PCMR


Actually to put all this to bed, it will be about as fast as the 1060, but has the addition ram.

1070 is on par with the 980ti.

darthvader666uk15 m ago

"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."Haha It will …"with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily."Haha It will rival a 1070 let alone a 1050 ti but tbh, thats not too bad IF you want a pre-built but if you a gamer, I HIGHLY recommend building your own. Its almost a "right of passage" to the PCMR


Agreed, this is hot no question... but building your own so you know the ins and outs for the future perhaps causing you to save even more money down the line now thats HOT

TwentyTwo12 m ago

Actually to put all this to bed, it will be about as fast as the 1060, but …Actually to put all this to bed, it will be about as fast as the 1060, but has the addition ram.1070 is on par with the 980ti.



yep, very true actually! me saying a 1070 was mad, sorry about that

Where's all the cold votes for 'fundamentally insecure processor' =-O

Hukd you disappoint me!

Brilliant price, not much more than an Xbox One X. One of the rare occasions where you can get a decent PC for around console price. Includes Windows too.

First upgrade should be an SSD boot drive however that's by no means necessary (highly recommended though).

Beyond that this CPU and GPU should last a couple of years. GPU will probably be first to require an upgrade but make sure the power supply can handle it.

Ordered it,another £14.95 for delivery. thanks OP. My daughter wants a pc for sims 4, hope this will do the job?.
Edited by: "Dogtags" 27th Nov

Original Poster

With regards to me putting rival the 1050ti. At this price range, all other PC deals have 1050ti. Let’s be honest anyone who will buy this is probably buying as a Xmas present for Son or Daughter and doesn’t have the confidence to build a PC themselves. P.S. the 970 sits between the 1050 to and 1060 6GB on userbenchmark.

Just trying to help someone get a good spec PC for a very good price.

Original Poster

Dogtags3 m ago

Ordered it,another £14.95 for delivery. thanks OP. My daughter wants a pc …Ordered it,another £14.95 for delivery. thanks OP. My daughter wants a pc for sims 4, hope this will do the job?.

It will smash Sims 4 :). Glad I posted it! Helping someone !

£100 cheaper than a 1060 self build, hot.

Pros , ready to use, guarantee, Card reader DVDRW drive (retro)

Cons, Non standard motherboard / PSU

Does it really void the warranty if you open it, that's got to be a con.

Cracking machine got one short ago albeit with a weaker gpu.
Quite easy to open without bursting warranty sticker.
Runs everything fairly effortlessly and has a 500 with psu

Cons:
1x pci-e
2x ram slots

Definitely would recommend

I managed to a different gaming pc from laptop direct for £599 on Black Friday?

hotukdeals.com/dea…579


I recognise that this pc has a lot of flaws in terms of overheating limiting performanceand making future upgrades, but I bought it anyway. I’d appreciate thoughts on whether I should cancel and get this one instead.

Lad wants planet coaster but unsure whether this pc will run it? Any help would be grateful 😃

Thanks, OP and posters above, looks like a great deal, but this has now given me a dilemma.

I bought this Dell Doorbuster from Friday for £399, (it's back down to £429 at 1pm today with the Cyber Monday Doorbuster deal), but why it's more expensive today, I don't know.

dell.com/en-…517. Dell online free delivery showed a delivery date of the end of this week, in theory giving me time to cancel today if a better deal came up. They actually tried to deliver first on Sat, and have successfully delivered today, completely free delivery.

I've just spoken to a very helpful (genuinely) Laptops direct rep (014834 319 800 - saynoto0870) - he couldn't confirm there is room for an SSD, but suggested there must be in a case of this size. I asked him if putting an SSD in myself would void the warranty, he said he didn't think so, but that the warranty would be with ASUS. He also couldn't confirm on Asus' or Kingston's site if it was 2x 4GB or 1x 8GB, but did confirm it has two memory slots. Apparently ASUS haven't made this info readily available to laptops direct, so not their fault. I'm not going to be playing a huge amount of games on this but would like to do some video editing via Premiere (but just for fun, not professionally) and running Plex.

The question is, is the extra £100 for the processor (Dell's Ryzen 3 1200 v i5-6400 v) / graphics card (Dell's Radeon RX 560 (2GB) v GTX 970), plus another £9.95 delivery, but offset by £10 which magazine £1 subscription offer and the hassle of having to return the Dell and an extra £7.50 surcharge to buy with a credit card. I think I already know the answer, but wanted to check. Edit - oh, and the hassle of returning the Dell on top of this....

Dell's Ryzen 3 1200 v i5-6400 cpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…931
Dell's Radeon RX 560 (2GB) v GTX 970 gpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…926
Edited by: "obwan2014" 27th Nov

Could this run something like the Vive VR? Just wondering in terms of future proof for me.

I mainly play things like Football Manager so it's more about the processor than graphics card but it would be nice to have the option of getting the VR in future.

Thanks in advance. Don't know much about computers!

obwan20141 h, 12 m ago

Thanks, OP and posters above, looks like a great deal, but this has now …Thanks, OP and posters above, looks like a great deal, but this has now given me a dilemma. I bought this Dell Doorbuster I think I already know the answer, but wanted to check.



That's a lot of message!

Upgrading the SSD will not void the warranty. But keep the old parts and reinstall them if you need to RMA.

Your question; Is the performance gain from the ASUS worth an extra £110 - a build with a substantially superior GPU, and similar-performing albeit last-gen CPU?

The extra £110 is a decent deal for the substantial performance increase. It will have a bigger impact on games than on video editing. The last-gen i5 is still good for a few years, or at least until the price point is right for your next upgrade.

I'm a gamer, IMO it's worth it.
Edited by: "Stimpington" 27th Nov

Stimpington11 m ago

That's a lot of message! Upgrading the SSD will not void the warranty. But …That's a lot of message! Upgrading the SSD will not void the warranty. But keep the old parts and reinstall them if you need to RMA.Your question; Is the performance gain from the ASUS worth an extra £110 - a build with a substantially superior GPU, and similar-performing albeit last-gen CPU? The extra £110 is a decent deal for the substantial performance increase. It will have a bigger impact on games than on video editing. The last-gen i5 is still good for a few years, or at least until the price point is right for your next upgrade.I'm a gamer, IMO it's worth it.


It was a lot of message - thanks, Stimpington.

If i'll be honest... I don't know if I can trust these Asus prebuilt pcs. I've heard and watched videos about them crashing and having faults easily... i'm not 100% sure on them.

+Hot - wow what a great deal, finally able to get an upgrade for my wife so she can game with me again. Cheers!
p.s you can get 2% cashback with Quidco too
Edited by: "Sheriden87" 27th Nov

I bought same machine from Debenhams as there is no delivery cost.

Maybe helps someone if this one runs out.

I actually had the dell in my basket before going with this one as I feel graphics are better

Cheers

not bad just looking at the specs but when you look under the hood you see they use awful mboard, ram and psu and case is nothing special.

other thing is if you had this built may cost bit more but you get better quality parts also each part has it's own warranty not like this which is standard 1 year.

this needs ssd all these machine should have them as standard now but all they care about is the numbers attracting simple minded people

only stand out thng about this is gtx 970 but it's all old parts really
Edited by: "morty" 27th Nov

Showing as £549 for me

For me too. It appears to have gone up in price. Damn supply and demand!!

Yes, cheeky buggers have put it up by £50 since this morning. I was going to potentially buy this tonight, they can forget about getting my order now - my absolute max limit was £500

KemlynUltra7 h, 58 m ago

I managed to a different gaming pc from laptop direct for £599 on Black …I managed to a different gaming pc from laptop direct for £599 on Black Friday? https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-g20-gaming-desktop-save-60-59997-laptopsdirect-2840579I recognise that this pc has a lot of flaws in terms of overheating limiting performanceand making future upgrades, but I bought it anyway. I’d appreciate thoughts on whether I should cancel and get this one instead.


Do not cancel. The G20 has a better processor, more ram, better graphics card and 128gb ssd. Last product price on the page before it went oos was £899. There is plenty youtube videos how to upgrade hardware.

marcin3x16 m ago

Do not cancel. The G20 has a better processor, more ram, better graphics …Do not cancel. The G20 has a better processor, more ram, better graphics card and 128gb ssd. Last product price on the page before it went oos was £899. There is plenty youtube videos how to upgrade hardware.


Thanks. Appreciate you taking the time to respond. It’s just the reviews aren’t great but I guess that was when it was priced at £1500

KemlynUltra12 h, 13 m ago

I managed to a different gaming pc from laptop direct for £599 on Black …I managed to a different gaming pc from laptop direct for £599 on Black Friday? https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-g20-gaming-desktop-save-60-59997-laptopsdirect-2840579I recognise that this pc has a lot of flaws in terms of overheating limiting performanceand making future upgrades, but I bought it anyway. I’d appreciate thoughts on whether I should cancel and get this one instead.


I think the one you went for is a better deal for the obvious spec reasons. I did think seriously about getting it and modding the case when the warranty expires to significantly improve airflow/reduce throttling and noise. I spent too long mulling it over, wondering if it mattered to me that it was a founders edition GTX980 (I had plans to switch the graphics card but the case design wouldn't work well with what I initially had planned, pre reading reviews) the motherboard looked fairly proprietary/laptop memory and so on. I kind of wish I had gone for it, it's not as though there are a lot of great deals in the UK, at the moment, but I think I will try and build my own with new and used parts, but that memory and graphics cards prices leave me waiting and waiting and... Pluses are that the G20 looks pretty cool on a desk!

Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to improve the airflow and reduce throttling?

KemlynUltra9 h, 34 m ago

Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to …Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to improve the airflow and reduce throttling?


Not owning one puts me in anecdote and speculation territory, which isn't worth the paper it's written on. I would live with it for a year until the warranty has expired, at least and only then open it up if you have experience system building and modding. If it was me, for now, I would make sure the motherboard has the latest bios. I read some comments about overbearing fan noise being improved by the latest bios when using Windows 10. I don't know if that throttles the components or there were some early compatibility problems with an earlier bios that had the fans spinning at full tilt.

Looking at pictures and unhelpfully speculating, it looks to me as though the Asus uses shrouds and gaskets to channel air. I can see myself, perhaps, removing the hardware and putting it in a case with better airflow, if the motherboard has standard screw placement fittings for the standoffs and standard fittings for a third party CPU cooler. I would want to find an ifixit type teardown and follow it very carefully, though even there you have some risk. For instance, I repaired a 2010 iMac and one of the ribbon cables was gummy-glued down, which in the tutorial it wasn't; obviously you don't mess around with ribbon cables. If you really want to mod, you have to weigh up the risks.

My curiosity is perked enough to have a look, though! It could be that it is practical to carefully drill out some of the vent holes to make them larger, if you are extremely careful and keep conductive metal dust/filings away from the interior electronics; I don't have an insect problem or kids with small probing fingers to be concerned about, at least, so drilling out small vent holes is an option. Perhaps. I imagine some people have drilled out fan holes or a circular hole or two holes in the side panel, though things like adding new holes to a closed system can change the air pressure flow in a case in ways that are not always desirable; I would be surprised if Asus's engineers hadn't thought it all through, carefully. I'll see what I can find but definitely make sure the motherboard is using the latest bios revision, try and keep the room's dust levels down. I will get back to you and share what I find. Hopefully bios settings/custom fan profiles achieve a good-enough balance.

Noclouds10 h, 13 m ago

Not owning one puts me in anecdote and speculation territory, which isn't …Not owning one puts me in anecdote and speculation territory, which isn't worth the paper it's written on. I would live with it for a year until the warranty has expired, at least and only then open it up if you have experience system building and modding. If it was me, for now, I would make sure the motherboard has the latest bios. I read some comments about overbearing fan noise being improved by the latest bios when using Windows 10. I don't know if that throttles the components or there were some early compatibility problems with an earlier bios that had the fans spinning at full tilt. Looking at pictures and unhelpfully speculating, it looks to me as though the Asus uses shrouds and gaskets to channel air. I can see myself, perhaps, removing the hardware and putting it in a case with better airflow, if the motherboard has standard screw placement fittings for the standoffs and standard fittings for a third party CPU cooler. I would want to find an ifixit type teardown and follow it very carefully, though even there you have some risk. For instance, I repaired a 2010 iMac and one of the ribbon cables was gummy-glued down, which in the tutorial it wasn't; obviously you don't mess around with ribbon cables. If you really want to mod, you have to weigh up the risks.My curiosity is perked enough to have a look, though! It could be that it is practical to carefully drill out some of the vent holes to make them larger, if you are extremely careful and keep conductive metal dust/filings away from the interior electronics; I don't have an insect problem or kids with small probing fingers to be concerned about, at least, so drilling out small vent holes is an option. Perhaps. I imagine some people have drilled out fan holes or a circular hole or two holes in the side panel, though things like adding new holes to a closed system can change the air pressure flow in a case in ways that are not always desirable; I would be surprised if Asus's engineers hadn't thought it all through, carefully. I'll see what I can find but definitely make sure the motherboard is using the latest bios revision, try and keep the room's dust levels down. I will get back to you and share what I find. Hopefully bios settings/custom fan profiles achieve a good-enough balance.


You’re a gentleman for sharing that knowledge with me. I really appreciate it. I’ve copied and pasted your comments for future reference and if you do find any more information that would be really welcomed. Like you say, the bios / fan profiles may hopefully help in the first instance which is a great price of advice.

KemlynUltra23 h, 13 m ago

Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to …Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to improve the airflow and reduce throttling?



KemlynUltra23 h, 13 m ago

Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to …Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to improve the airflow and reduce throttling?


I appreciate it's a bit off topic to the original post, so thank you to people for tolerating that. The ASUS G11CD appears better for airflow!

From what I could find, the ASUS G20 uses a custom motherboard; it appears square, until you remove the hard drive, and then you see that it's sort of a fat L-shape. The CPU socket sits fairly near the top of the case, with two thick horizontal copper heat pipes, parallel to the motherboard, going up from the CPU to long and horizontal heatsink fins at the top of the case. Though I like making modifying other computer cases to rehouse components in, it would be a challenge, here. So, what to do, preferably without cutting that beautiful case?

If you go to the G20's homepage, you can see that the case has an inner metal shell. The sloping side panels, wide at the base, sees air drawn in from the bottom and cleverly channelled over the side of that shell, drawn in by the graphics card fan's hole and by the two slot fans at the top that feed the heatsink. As far as I can see, to remove the side panels you first have to remove the perforated top of the case, which then exposes the heatsink fins. If you left that top off, I think that would lower the CPU temperature by a few degrees when under load. It would, though, of course, mean that dust could get in and the case would also look less pretty. The top doubles as a dust filter. If you didn't mind periodically dismantling the computer enough to blast it with canister air, that might be an option but it's not ideal. I would avoid using a vacuum cleaner nozzle because it could result in static discharge, possibly. I remember watching a video of someone using a vacuum nozzle with a brush head on it and wincing at the thought of possible static discharge from the artificial fibres. Anyway! Other possible options.

It would be a pity to do this but I can imagine cutting holes in the side panel to line up with the GPU fan hole and the two CPU holes, though that would change the case's carefully channeled airflow in a way that might or might not help the motherboard's other components. It would also very much take away from the chassis clean aesthetic, wouldn't it. Perhaps, then, fan assist at the bottom of the case would be an option, similar to putting a laptop on a laptop cooler fan base.

You could make a rectangular cooler base, mount a couple of fans in it and have a fan speed adjuster knob, to turn it up a bit when gaming. That base would have to sit on raised feet to allow air to draw in from underneath. You would have to keep your desk well dusted and remember to periodically dust the under side of the case. If it was me, I would modify the desk the computer sits on. I would cut a couple of holes in the desktop and slot in a couple of fans. I would power them from a power brick and wire in fan speed adjusters. That way, you don't cut the chassis but assist air intake a little; I'm not suggesting blasting air upwards, that might put a strain on the computer's fans, just having a two or three slow-spinning fans, moving fairly quietly, assisting. I'll have another think, see if I can find a DIY for a laptop cooler and link it, here.

KemlynUltra29th Nov

You’re a gentleman for sharing that knowledge with me. I really appreciate …You’re a gentleman for sharing that knowledge with me. I really appreciate it. I’ve copied and pasted your comments for future reference and if you do find any more information that would be really welcomed. Like you say, the bios / fan profiles may hopefully help in the first instance which is a great price of advice.

KemlynUltra29th Nov

You’re a gentleman for sharing that knowledge with me. I really appreciate …You’re a gentleman for sharing that knowledge with me. I really appreciate it. I’ve copied and pasted your comments for future reference and if you do find any more information that would be really welcomed. Like you say, the bios / fan profiles may hopefully help in the first instance which is a great price of advice.


Again, off topic to the G11CD but hopefully a help to KemlynUltra, here, and to others who got the G20 deal.

I found a video on Youtube "G20CB WITH SIDE PANEL OFF GPU COOLING TEST - FURMARK" where a user removed the side panel and had the graphics card running under load, in his case a GTX1070 founders edition using the same blower method of cooling. Removal of the side panel bought the GPU temperature down by around 5 degrees. I would have hoped for more than that but it's welcome. He didn't mention the CPU temp. I think leaving off the side panel and the top panel that sits directly above the CPU's heatsink fins would help keep temperatures and fan noise under load down a bit but it would speed up the process where the internals become matted with dust, which would further impact temperatures. If you're not averse to disassembly of the metal shroud a couple of times a year and, with the power brick(s) unplugged, blasting the internals with compressed air (Costco has a good deal for six large canisters of compressed air) that would help prolong the life of the PC/keep temps and noise down a bit. You might some years down the line want to renew the dried up thermal paste but that's a lot more involved, a lot of tutorials on Youtube about that.

Important to say again, do make sure you unplug the power bricks from the back of the computer if intending to blast the internals with compressed air, to avoid a short; holding the can at an angle can result in a frosty-cold fluidic discharge. To avoid static, don't use a brush or vacuum cleaner head with a brush on it. Keep a finger on whichever fan you vacuum, to stop the fan's blades spinning at a speed that they might not have been designed to cope with, or at least not long term if cleaning semi frequently. Try to avoid direct contact between vacuum cleaner nozzle and motherboard components. I prefer to use compressed air to clean motherboards, with power supply disconnected.

I don't think removing the top and side panel would void the warranty, though don't quote me on that, I might be wrong, but I think taking it further and removing the metal shroud to upgrade components or blast with compressed air would void your warranty, especially if ASUS bridged warranty void stickers over the joints (though I couldn't seen any in photographs). ASUS has a good forum for the G20, including some good reads on notionally water cooling and upgrades, here: rog.asus.com/for…PCs
Edited by: "Noclouds" 2nd Dec
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