Cube Ace AMD Quad Core with R3 Graphics Mini PC,500GB HD, DVD-RW & 4Gb RAM and Windows 8.1 Bing Installed £179.99 at Bing
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Cube Ace AMD Quad Core with R3 Graphics Mini PC,500GB HD, DVD-RW & 4Gb RAM and Windows 8.1 Bing Installed £179.99 at Bing

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Found 28th Jul 2015
Looking for a media pc with very light gaming for my dad and bought this....

Looks like a great deal and I don't have to build it or install windows and set it up for him...worth the price alone for me to avoid that misery!:)

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Processor AMD Athlon 5350 Quad Core (2.05GHz, 2MB Cache)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Memory 4GB (DDR3 1600MHZ)
Hard Drive 500GB
Optical Drive DVD-Writer - Serial ATA
Graphics Integrated Radeon R3 Graphics
Motherboard MSI AM1i Socket AM1 Motherboard with USB 3.0 & HDMi
Motherboard Form Factor Mini ITX
Chipset AMD AM1
Sound Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC887
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
External Ports Rear: 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, PS2 Keyboard & Mouse
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI Port
VGA Port 1 x VGA Port
DVI 1x DVI-D Out
Expansion 1 1 x PCI Express 2.0 16x, supports x4 & 1 x Mini-PCIe slot
Case CiT Glossy Black Mini ITX Case
Power Supply 300W PSU
Warranty 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year C&R, 2nd Year RTB)
Dimensions 204mm x 186mm x 342mm (W x H x D)

Will be a scary cheap PSU, other than that not bad for the money at all!

Passmark score of 2602.....pretty tasty especially for an AMD CPU cpubenchmark.net/cpu…+R3

pimpMe

Will be a scary cheap PSU, other than that not bad for the money at all!


That setup would require about 180W so 300 is plenty. I run an Intel and an AMD very similar stats with no probs.

Bit of googling and I find that case AND PSU combo is under 30 quid O_o.

ssaass

That setup would require about 180W so 300 is plenty. I run an Intel and … That setup would require about 180W so 300 is plenty. I run an Intel and an AMD very similar stats with no probs.


It more about the reliability of the PSU or it taking out other components if it goes wrong.

could i run a couple of monitors from this without adding more components?

ssaass

That setup would require about 180W so 300 is plenty. I run an Intel and … That setup would require about 180W so 300 is plenty. I run an Intel and an AMD very similar stats with no probs.



180W for a Kabini processor? I think that's likely to be a massive over-estimate - I'd be surprised if you could get it to pull 80W.

Price is ok, but there's the usual spectre of the much faster Pentium G3250 (CPU-wise, graphics are similar) for £190 looming over it. Is there anything unusual on this that argues in it's favour? The case isn't small (13L), it doesn't have displayPort and there's no mention of front USB3 ports.

gchild

could i run a couple of monitors from this without adding more components?


Yup no probs.

***For those who would like to know a break down of this combo***

Providing these are all the correct components (I am not sure about the HDD) - And you either have your own OS or grab one off those CD key websites this can be had for £143.69

http://s29.postimg.org/xlt7lf483/Untitled.jpg

thanks. and this would be ok for home working, ms word, excell and such as well as the odd bit of browsing?

pimpMe

Yup no probs.


Read my reply again, 180W for the whole system as advertised, not the CPU!

Catman99

Passmark score of 2602.....pretty tasty especially for an AMD CPU … Passmark score of 2602.....pretty tasty especially for an AMD CPU http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Athlon+5350+APU+with+Radeon+R3


Thats... surprisingly good. Especially since these AM1 chips were made for low power/cheap PC's.

$59 on release according to AMD's site, and a TDP of 25w This use is what it was designed for.

DJ Splitz

***For those who would like to know a break down of this … ***For those who would like to know a break down of this combo***Providing these are all the correct components (I am not sure about the HDD) - And you either have your own OS or grab one off those CD key websites this can be had for £143.69


Generally is cheaper, but some people just prefer the warranty being on the Unit and not having to set it up - as OP himself stated that would be its usage situation

This would be an ideal system to use as a NAS or Home Server.

Also max power usage would most likely be in the region of 30 watts.

slayermatt

Generally is cheaper, but some people just prefer the warranty being on … Generally is cheaper, but some people just prefer the warranty being on the Unit and not having to set it up - as OP himself stated that would be its usage situation



Warranty on the unit is based on the paid for components inside. If the hdd goes, they can just swap the unit knowing they will just need to claim on the warranty of the components to get a replacement but you're right, if people don't want the hassle of doing this then of course its better to use the warranty through Box.co.uk

However, some components come with longer warranty i.e 3 years so if you're outside the warranty with Box.co.uk you may not be able to claim on the components through manufacturers warranty

DJ Splitz

Warranty on the unit is based on the paid for components inside. If the … Warranty on the unit is based on the paid for components inside. If the hdd goes, they can just swap the unit knowing they will just need to claim on the warranty of the components to get a replacement but you're right, if people don't want the hassle of doing this then of course its better to use the warranty through Box.co.ukHowever, some components come with longer warranty i.e 3 years so if you're outside the warranty with Box.co.uk you may not be able to claim on the components through manufacturers warranty


True, although it would be hard for someone who has no idea about computers to distinguish WHAT is broken, so at that point the warranty falls flat on its face Id always build my own as I enjoy it, but there is a market for this kind of thing - evident by the heat it has right now.

slayermatt

True, although it would be hard for someone who has no idea about … True, although it would be hard for someone who has no idea about computers to distinguish WHAT is broken, so at that point the warranty falls flat on its face Id always build my own as I enjoy it, but there is a market for this kind of thing - evident by the heat it has right now.



Yeah, I guess it depends on the buyer. But for those happy to get stuck in themselves the option is there for them to get more out of the machine by building it themselves. Forwarding 1 year and 1 day from a Box.co.uk purchase, should the machine break down it would then be a trip to the pc repair shop to get it diagnosed at a cost and then replacing the dodgy component entirely which is also at a cost

I build my machines myself but I don't urge non technical people to do this due to the hassle BUT the option is there nonetheless which is what I'm getting at here for people to consider if they don't mind it.

slayermatt

True, although it would be hard for someone who has no idea about … True, although it would be hard for someone who has no idea about computers to distinguish WHAT is broken, so at that point the warranty falls flat on its face Id always build my own as I enjoy it, but there is a market for this kind of thing - evident by the heat it has right now.



Even if you're savvy with building computers you can often still need other components to swap out to find out which component/s are faulty.

Will this machine run dota2? doesn't have to be on max settings...

ServiceResumed

Will this machine run dota2? doesn't have to be on max settings...



DOTA2 Minimum requirements:-

OS: Windows 7.
Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz.
Memory: 4 GB RAM.
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600.
DirectX: Version 9.0c.
Network: Broadband Internet connection.
Hard Drive: 8 GB available space.
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible.

I think the integrated graphics card may struggle.

Hi guys this has hdmi does this mean I can plug this straight in to my tv? Thank you.

Would this be suitable for a homelab on ESXi? Missed out on the Think server TS140 last month

LocoMoFo9999

Hi guys this has hdmi does this mean I can plug this straight in to my … Hi guys this has hdmi does this mean I can plug this straight in to my tv? Thank you.



Yes, you can plug it straight to your tv and watch your pc desktop on the larger screen

ssaass

Read my reply again, 180W for the whole system as advertised, not the CPU!



I was talking about the whole system. If you read 5350 reviews you'll find the typical test system draws about 35-50W. While they'll typically have SSDs instead of HDDs and good quality, efficient power supplies that'll save a few watts my statement still stands - this whole system is unlikely to draw 80W and certainly won't draw 180W.

Example reviews:
guru3d.com/art…tml
bit-tech.net/har…w/8
tomshardware.co.uk/ath…tml
xbitlabs.com/art…tml

ssaass

Read my reply again, 180W for the whole system as advertised, not the CPU!


Erm, what?

pimpMe

Erm, what?


I have just done an estimate on " Extreme Power supply ", site, it works out at about 171 W.

frogbog

This would be an ideal system to use as a NAS or Home Server.Also max … This would be an ideal system to use as a NAS or Home Server.Also max power usage would most likely be in the region of 30 watts.



Err apart from it's lack of space for HDD's...

ssaass

I have just done an estimate on " Extreme Power supply ", site, it works … I have just done an estimate on " Extreme Power supply ", site, it works out at about 171 W.


And?

I have not mentioned anything about power consumption, my only comment was on the probability that the PSU would be cheap and nasty...and at this price I think thats a given. lol

Original Poster

Arrived today, set it up for my dad who has the Lumia 1320 and it loaded instantly..(well, 15 seconds). I'm not used to a pc having 4gb ram tbh but this Windows 8.1 doesn't seem phased by it. I opened it up and its tidy. It's no corsair branded innards but it's clean, quick and I'm surprised how effortless it was. I'm usually sitting with A4 pictures of what a folder is for my dad but he knows "Windows tiles" thanks to his phone. Anyway, small review so far.

Thanks OP placed a order for x6 of these
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