Cheap barebones computer £149.93 @ Ebuyer
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Cheap barebones computer £149.93 @ Ebuyer

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Found 30th Aug 2012
This is a duplicate post, sorry!
The original post (hotukdeals.com/dea…907?page=4) says expired when it isnt - theyre in stock.
4 pages of comments to browse through on the original post.
I think this is a good deal, given that you can install Ubuntu , obtain a screen and you have a working computer.
My 9 year old Pentium 4 2GHz is creaking a bit now, so may get this for the kidz to play the online games.

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I think people expired it because Its garbage
ether707

I think people expired it because Its garbage


What would you suggest then for persons wanting a basic inexpensive computer ?
An average score of 8.7 out of 10 from 72 reviews can't be garbage .
josephobrien2000

What would you suggest then for persons wanting a basic inexpensive … What would you suggest then for persons wanting a basic inexpensive computer ?



£149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would need to replace most if not all of the parts
ether707

£149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would … £149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would need to replace most if not all of the parts



This sort of spec computer isn't for the ever upgrading enthusiast; it's for those who are looking for an inexpensive machine to browse the internet, check emails and use office applications. A lot of people buy much higher spec computers and don't to a great deal more. This machine is perfectly adequate for those tasks. Also a lot of people already have a monitor of sorts or would prefer the option of buying one separately. Also there are free alternatives to Windows as you probably know.
ether707

£149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would … £149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would need to replace most if not all of the parts



£149.93 + ubuntu + use your old screen = 149.93. Perhaps people will buy this and run it into the ground, upgrading wont come into it.
ether707

£149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would … £149.93 + windows + pc screen. And when people plan to upgrade you would need to replace most if not all of the parts



Those are called HTC Mozarts...... It's not garbage, it a fair price for a basic computer, if no operating system bothers you, there's loads of free linux, some have a look of windows to them... makes me laugh when people say dual core pc, ideal for surfing or cheap server.... a pentium 75 is ok for surfing or a server FFS!
I have bought one of these, for business use. Windows XP Pro transferred (legally) from the old machine and a very cost effective upgrade. (The one odd thing I would mention is that the HDD is a 2.5" laptop model, presumably because they had some lying about.)
Sawb

£149.93 + ubuntu + use your old screen = 149.93. Perhaps people will buy … £149.93 + ubuntu + use your old screen = 149.93. Perhaps people will buy this and run it into the ground, upgrading wont come into it.



Yes because every person is going to want to use ubuntu.
ether707

Yes because every person is going to want to use ubuntu.



Yes, you're exactly right. There are a lot of other free linux distros to choose from
I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how great Windows is in comparison.
dearley1231

I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how … I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how great Windows is in comparison.


um 1337
ebay.co.uk/itm…b50

£135 extra gets you windows and a few other bits....

However much I despair of Zoostorm, at that price it's just good fun. Ubuntu or PuppyLinux and headphones to drown out cheap fan noise. Now, if they would just make a version without a DVD or hard drive and fit an SSD.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 31st Aug 2012
dearley1231

I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how … I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how great Windows is in comparison.



Have you tried Linux Mint?
Not bad, basic price, basic machine.
"This sort of spec computer isn't for the ever upgrading enthusiast; it's for those who are looking for an inexpensive machine to browse the internet, check emails and use office applications. A lot of people buy much higher spec computers and don't to a great deal more."

Exactly the kind of people who will turn around in 6 months time saying "It's running a bit slow and takes ages to start! Mate, can't you do something?" This machine is obsolete for anything other than Linux enthusiasts IMHO. It might be cheap - but it's cheap for a reason.
oh dear
Would this play back 1080p? Possible XBMC box?
willdev

Would this play back 1080p? Possible XBMC box?


Easily, would also play back these
http://a402.idata.over-blog.com/600x338/0/00/47/87/im2011c/definition-4k-8k.png
It'll play 1080p no problem, might be a bit noisy though. Can anyone recommend a quieter fan for this?
dearley1231

I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how … I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how great Windows is in comparison.



try windows 8 then.
A4 3300 -- around £35
2GB Generic garbage RAM -- £5 (£9 will get you decent branded RAM)
A55 motherboard -- £35ish as well
Generic case with garbage PSU -- maybe around £15
320GB HDD, probably refurbished trash -- £35
DVD writer (again, most likely a refurb) -- £8

Total = around £133

I really can't see the deal here myself. If anything this is a bad deal, since a few more quid (we're talking £20) will get you a much, much faster quad core APU with much better graphics (3670K), 4 times more RAM (8GB RAM can be had for £20-£29), or three times the storage capacity (1TB). So for just under £200 or a measly £60 more, you can build a much, much faster PC that will never struggle with anything that this one will.

And don't forget, the APU reserves up to 1GB of your RAM, which leaves 1GB usable. After the 1GB is reserved by the on-chip graphics, you have a dog-slow PC that might as well be a Pentium 4, since the lack of RAM will slow the whole PC down to a crawl after it switches to virtual memory, which will use the painfully slow hard drive for extra RAM.

The only time I consider a pre-built PC a good deal is if it comes out more expensive to build it yourself. This isn't. Not only that, but they're skimping on necessities. Cold from me I'm afraid.

Edited by: "zomgwtfbbq" 4th Sep 2012
£149.93inc. vat
£149.97

Save £0.04

it's deal !
Rudi

Easily, would also play back these



12k as well?
dearley1231

I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how … I've tried Linux repeatedly and it lasts 5 minutes until I realise how great Windows is in comparison.


It's obviously not for you then, On the other hand, as it's free, you've lost nothing other then the time it took you to discover this. If anyone else wants to find out if they like it or not, it costs nothing to download Ubuntu or Mint and try it out. You don't even need to install anything as you can run it off a CD to get a little taster. I switched exclusively to Linux a few years ago and never looked back.
Rudi

Easily, would also play back these



Why is 8k nearly 4x the size of 4k??
CPU is 3-6 times faster than any atom processor , same for P4 cpu's
PC enthusiasts will say " spend an extra £20 or so here . . ." but most people simply don't need to.
No need for more processor power.
No need for more ram.
No need for better graphics.
Benjimoron

Why is 8k nearly 4x the size of 4k??



Because that's how area works - doubling the horizontal and vertical resolution leads to the area quadrupling.
zomgwtfbbq

A4 3300 -- around £352GB Generic garbage RAM -- £5 (£9 will get you de … A4 3300 -- around £352GB Generic garbage RAM -- £5 (£9 will get you decent branded RAM)A55 motherboard -- £35ish as wellGeneric case with garbage PSU -- maybe around £15320GB HDD, probably refurbished trash -- £35DVD writer (again, most likely a refurb) -- £8Total = around £133I really can't see the deal here myself. If anything this is a bad deal, since a few more quid (we're talking £20) will get you a much, much faster quad core APU with much better graphics (3670K), 4 times more RAM (8GB RAM can be had for £20-£29), or three times the storage capacity (1TB). So for just under £200 or a measly £60 more, you can build a much, much faster PC that will never struggle with anything that this one will.And don't forget, the APU reserves up to 1GB of your RAM, which leaves 1GB usable. After the 1GB is reserved by the on-chip graphics, you have a dog-slow PC that might as well be a Pentium 4, since the lack of RAM will slow the whole PC down to a crawl after it switches to virtual memory, which will use the painfully slow hard drive for extra RAM.The only time I consider a pre-built PC a good deal is if it comes out more expensive to build it yourself. This isn't. Not only that, but they're skimping on necessities. Cold from me I'm afraid.



What is wrong with you? If you buy a new PC why would they put refurbished parts in it? Do you actually know that or are you trolling a perfectly good deal?

What a shocker - if you spend more money you get larger and more powerful components - thanks for explaining simple economics... Some people don't want to spend £60 more, given that's a whole 40% more than the original price.

Finally, build the PC yourself, yes but you need to factor in your time, if you value your time at zero pounds an hour then that's ok but as someone (and most other people) here who will actually place financial value on it then you should add 1-2 hours of building and testing time at £15-20 per hour.

This computer is perfect for the casual, non power-user.
Edited by: "plewis00" 4th Sep 2012
josephobrien2000

What would you suggest then for persons wanting a basic inexpensive … What would you suggest then for persons wanting a basic inexpensive computer ?



10£ wortf of P4 based PC from some care boot sale down your closest motorway plus a 20£ visit to a techie to spruce it up. Also a 20£ worth of flat 17" monitor from CEX and at last chipest peripjerals from Ebuyer.
screamingninja

A lot of people buy much higher spec computers and don't to a great deal … A lot of people buy much higher spec computers and don't to a great deal more.



Indeed.

Such as a friend of mine who spent approx £1500 on an iMac. And what does he do with it? Browse the net, e-mail, iTunes and stores and views photos from his camera on it.

He could easily do all that on this PC.

But he's an idiot. And I quite happily laugh and ask him how his £1500 photo viewer is holding up every time I see him.

This is the sort of PC my folks would likely end up with. Perfect for light use. I give it a wee clean up for them every now and then and in 10 years time when it finally grinds to halt, they bay a new one.
What would be a decent graphics card to add to this so that it could play some games?
sancheez

Indeed.Such as a friend of mine who spent approx £1500 on an iMac. And … Indeed.Such as a friend of mine who spent approx £1500 on an iMac. And what does he do with it? Browse the net, e-mail, iTunes and stores and views photos from his camera on it.He could easily do all that on this PC.But he's an idiot. And I quite happily laugh and ask him how his £1500 photo viewer is holding up every time I see him.This is the sort of PC my folks would likely end up with. Perfect for light use. I give it a wee clean up for them every now and then and in 10 years time when it finally grinds to halt, they bay a new one.



Said the guy who reckons £3000 is a good price for second hand speakers (I know they're good speakers, just for the record)

hotukdeals.com/dea…929
Edited by: "andymagic" 4th Sep 2012
zomgwtfbbq

A4 3300 -- around £352GB Generic garbage RAM -- £5 (£9 will get you de … A4 3300 -- around £352GB Generic garbage RAM -- £5 (£9 will get you decent branded RAM)A55 motherboard -- £35ish as wellGeneric case with garbage PSU -- maybe around £15320GB HDD, probably refurbished trash -- £35DVD writer (again, most likely a refurb) -- £8Total = around £133



Links please.

Ignore the negative comments, these are a steal. I've bought 4 so far to replace ageing computers that our admin staff are using and they perform admirably. Got another 2 on order at the moment as well.

As for OS, as mentioned, give Ubuntu a blast, you may or may not like it but (again, as mentioned) it'll only cost you the time you spend trying it.

Try out Windows 8 if you're too scared of change, no harm there.

Only problem is the case, it's like a flippin crisp packet. Just don't hump it around LAN parties (do people still do these?) and you'll be cushty.

If your old PC is on its last legs, do yourself a favour an buy one of these. Actually, don't, then there's more for me to buy ;o)

Cheers,

BS...
zomgwtfbbq

The only time I consider a pre-built PC a good deal is if it comes out … The only time I consider a pre-built PC a good deal is if it comes out more expensive to build it yourself. This isn't. Not only that, but they're skimping on necessities. Cold from me I'm afraid.


This same old comment gets rolled out thread after thread like grandmother's bones.

I build computers and I never charge any less than £50 for my efforts, even if it's just 30 minutes with a screwdriver and the bare minimum of components. Even if I bought the components at the prices you suggest, I'd be essentially doing myself out of £35 labour costs. Most critically, not everyone can build their own computer from parts without setting it on fire. That's a skill only some of us enjoy.

You may as well troll a jewellery thread with "0.25 carat? I can get that cheaper, the gold is probably 9k rubbish from South Africa, much cheaper to order the raw diamond on eBay and, with your extensive stone-cutting experience and home tools, polish and mount the damn thing yourself"
andymagic

Said the guy who reckons £3000 is a good price for second hand speakers … Said the guy who reckons £3000 is a good price for second hand speakers (I know they're good speakers, just for the record) http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dali-helicon-400-mk2-speakers-ex-demo-mint-cond-2999-99-exceptional-av-co-uk-981929



Ha ha ha ha!

Touché!

Although I didn't actually buy them .... which keeps me further down the idiot scale than him. X)
Shrugg

You may as well troll a jewellery thread with "0.25 carat? I can get that … You may as well troll a jewellery thread with "0.25 carat? I can get that cheaper, the gold is probably 9k rubbish from South Africa, much cheaper to order the raw diamond on eBay and, with your extensive stone-cutting experience and home tools, polish and mount the damn thing yourself"



Hahaha, brilliant!

BS...
Edited by: "Brownstone" 4th Sep 2012
plewis00

What is wrong with you? If you buy a new PC why would they put … What is wrong with you? If you buy a new PC why would they put refurbished parts in it? Do you actually know that or are you trolling a perfectly good deal?What a shocker - if you spend more money you get larger and more powerful components - thanks for explaining simple economics... Some people don't want to spend £60 more, given that's a whole 40% more than the original price.Finally, build the PC yourself, yes but you need to factor in your time, if you value your time at zero pounds an hour then that's ok but as someone (and most other people) here who will actually place financial value on it then you should add 1-2 hours of building and testing time at £15-20 per hour.This computer is perfect for the casual, non power-user.



I bought my girlfriend's mum a Zoostorm that was screwed up out of the box, when they were ACTUALLY CHEAPER to buy than building it yourself. When I rang their customer services asking why memtest was freaking out and why the HDD came up with a flood of sector errors, I was explained this was what they did (use refurb, OEM or clean-pull parts).

And you're delusional for even thinking it takes 2 hours to put together such a basic PC, least of all valuing your precious "time" at £20 per hour. We're not talking about a top-of-the-line, water-cooled gaming rig...just the very same basic desktop -- and it's hardly a 30 minute job at that.

Shrugg

This same old comment gets rolled out thread after thread like … This same old comment gets rolled out thread after thread like grandmother's bones.I build computers and I never charge any less than £50 for my efforts, even if it's just 30 minutes with a screwdriver and the bare minimum of components. Even if I bought the components at the prices you suggest, I'd be essentially doing myself out of £35 labour costs. Most critically, not everyone can build their own computer from parts without setting it on fire. That's a skill only some of us enjoy.You may as well troll a jewellery thread with "0.25 carat? I can get that cheaper, the gold is probably 9k rubbish from South Africa, much cheaper to order the raw diamond on eBay and, with your extensive stone-cutting experience and home tools, polish and mount the damn thing yourself"



Anyone can build a fully working PC. Setting it on fire is not even possible with all the thermal protection built into the motherboards/CPUs these days.

And your analogy is beyond moronic. The two jobs don't even remotely compare -- building a PC as basic as this is like putting together an expensive Lego set.

And £50 is what you charge for labour costs?!! Jesus christ, and I thought our local PC shops were a bloody ripoff...I'd hate to be the average Joe buying anything from cowboys like you...
zomgwtfbbq

Anyone can build a fully working PC. Setting it on fire is not even … Anyone can build a fully working PC. Setting it on fire is not even possible with all the thermal protection built into the motherboards/CPUs these days.


It's entirely possible by installing your PSU incorrectly, not seating RAM properly, or covering up vents etc. Also, I think for someone non-technical constructing a PC, ending up with a unit that shuts down under thermal protection would be almost as bad as one that burst into flames.

And your analogy is beyond moronic. The two jobs don't even remotely … And your analogy is beyond moronic. The two jobs don't even remotely compare -- building a PC as basic as this is like putting together an expensive Lego set.


This is the base conceit of the technically competent, the assumption that what is simple to you is simple to others. There are any number of skills that seem simple once mastered, but remain out of reach of the majority of people. Also, that wasn't an analogy, it was a 'joke'; calling a joke a moronic analogy is like calling a clown a man in a strange suit who seems desperate to please. Technically true, but entirely missing the point.

And £50 is what you charge for labour costs?!! Jesus christ, and I … And £50 is what you charge for labour costs?!! Jesus christ, and I thought our local PC shops were a bloody ripoff...I'd hate to be the average Joe buying anything from cowboys like you...


*sigh*, and this is why HUKD is such a fun place to be, random aspersions cast by complete strangers. A place charging less than that for a complete PC build is either a) selling you all the parts and rolling the margins together, b) taking advantage of economy of scale by doing a large number of builds concurrently or c) going out of business and absolutely desperate for work to keep the electric on. "Cowboy" generally refers to shoddy or incomplete workmanship and I'm guilty of neither of those, I have never yet had a system I've built break down, oldest one still in use is ticking after 7yrs.

So sod off.


Edited by: "Shrugg" 5th Sep 2012
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