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Cube PC - Haswell Pentium 3.2Ghz (G3258), 8GB RAM, 500GB, USB 3.0, HDMI - £215 @ Box.co.uk
Cube PC - Haswell Pentium 3.2Ghz (G3258), 8GB RAM, 500GB, USB 3.0, HDMI - £215 @ Box.co.uk

Cube PC - Haswell Pentium 3.2Ghz (G3258), 8GB RAM, 500GB, USB 3.0, HDMI - £215 @ Box.co.uk

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Great price for the specs, and you get a 2 year warranty too.

Main specs:

Intel Pentium K Dual-core G3258 (Can be overclocked)
8GB RAM
500GB HDD (7200RPM)
Windows 8.1 with Bing
2x USB 3.0 / 4x USB 2.0
HDMI and VGA
Samsung DVD Drive

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Also, for £15 more you can get an i3-4150, however you only get 4GB RAM and no HDMI.

So they are both good, but the choice is yours...

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good spec, especially for the price, heat added

Nice. The cpu and board will overclock, but watch the temps with the stock cooler and SFF case.

Transformers

Also, for £15 more you can get an i3-4150, however you only get 4GB RAM … Also, for £15 more you can get an i3-4150, however you only get 4GB RAM and no HDMI. So they are both good, but the choice is yours... :)Previous threadDirect link



I will got for G3258 as it could easily overclocked to 4GHZ with stock cooler.

What's the chances of upgrading this ? 750 Ti for example ? I'm on the fence

The i3 cube i got a couple of weeks ago works great.

I like the way that Cube give a full description of every part - you know exactly what you are getting and not just generic descriptions.

Transformers

Also, for £15 more you can get an i3-4150, however you only get 4GB RAM … Also, for £15 more you can get an i3-4150, however you only get 4GB RAM and no HDMI. So they are both good, but the choice is yours... :)Previous threadDirect link



mine came with the i3 4160

Would this be ok for someone wanting to make xbox 1 videos, edit them and upload, also need dual screen capabilities, just looking for reasonably priced xmas pressie for my son

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Dave_dave69

mine came with the i3 4160


Yeah, a few people did say they got an i3-4160, but I've written i3-4150 instead. As that is what the specs still say, and I don't want to mislead in-case anyone does get an i3-4150. Hope that is okay.

will you be able to add any mid-tier graphic card on it?

doesn't look like a cube

DoINeedIt

Would this be ok for someone wanting to make xbox 1 videos, edit them and … Would this be ok for someone wanting to make xbox 1 videos, edit them and upload, also need dual screen capabilities, just looking for reasonably priced xmas pressie for my son



It would do it but the CPU is weak for editing video, it would be slow.

ro888

I will got for G3258 as it could easily overclocked to 4GHZ with stock … I will got for G3258 as it could easily overclocked to 4GHZ with stock cooler.



The i3's support for more threads is more important for modern games than an extra 500MHz of clockspeed.

The question is what graphics card this chassis will support. I guess just low profile?

stuellis

It would do it but the CPU is weak for editing video, it would be slow.



thanks, so CPU upgrade would make a big difference for video editing?

Lee

you wont be able to play some of the latest games on a duel core, farcry 4 is an example.. needs 4 cores to run it unless you use a 'fix' for it
Edited by: "cainer1" 30th Nov 2014

cainer1

you wont be able to play some of the latest games on a duel core, farcry … you wont be able to play some of the latest games on a duel core, farcry 4 is an example.. needs 4 cores to run it unless you use a 'fix' for it



Runs great for me on an i3 with GTX 750 Ti. 1080p on high settings at 30fps. Needed to do the .ini tweak to get rid of the stutter though.

dillo1982

What's the chances of upgrading this ? 750 Ti for example ? I'm on the … What's the chances of upgrading this ? 750 Ti for example ? I'm on the fence



Only 99mm width - too small for most(nearly all) discrete GPU's. Otherwise I would be getting this as a great portable gaming PC.

DoINeedIt

thanks, so CPU upgrade would make a big difference for video editing?Lee



For a youngster - this would be a great start - if it could fit a GPU in (which I doubt) it would be even better as you could use the GPU to do the video rendering.

tomavo_

For a youngster - this would be a great start - if it could fit a GPU in … For a youngster - this would be a great start - if it could fit a GPU in (which I doubt) it would be even better as you could use the GPU to do the video rendering.



You can fit half-height expansion cards into this.

mild overclock,,,new psu and 750 ti...cracking budget gaming pc

It's just too narrow whilst in this case to be a gaming PC - half height gpu are at best good for workstation computing but don't stack up when it comes to gaming - at this price point at least.

Would the 8.1 license be locked to the motherboard?

Damn. Good find. I bought the i3 version two days ago. Would have gone for this instead with double memory and hdmi for £15 less!

This looks a better option from the gaming point of view - bigger case, mentions support for full size graphics cards and specifically 750Ti. Only 4 GB RAM though, but lots of USB3.

Jameseh

Would the 8.1 license be locked to the motherboard?



I believe so. You may be able to call ms support and shift the licence over. I'm told the windows licence is linked to the bios on thr mobo.

DoINeedIt

Would this be ok for someone wanting to make xbox 1 videos, edit them and … Would this be ok for someone wanting to make xbox 1 videos, edit them and upload, also need dual screen capabilities, just looking for reasonably priced xmas pressie for my son


The i3 core will be better for crunching video. The i3 verson only comes with 4Gb of ram , but that can be upgraded down the road.

Will this be ok for my 13 year old to browse the net etc? also we have a 50 inch LED tv that is lying around doing nothing would we be able to connect this computer to that?

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bigben1983

Will this be ok for my 13 year old to browse the net etc? also we have a … Will this be ok for my 13 year old to browse the net etc? also we have a 50 inch LED tv that is lying around doing nothing would we be able to connect this computer to that?



This would be more than enough for everyday computer activity and will connect to any TV via HDMI no probs. you may need to set the TV input to PC mode so it looks right

Only real concern here is it says the case only takes a micro atx PSU so if you need more power than 300watt youre limited . Good news is you coild easily rip everyrhing out of this case and put it into a new mATX size case with a regular size PSU and then also a full size GPU. With this the motherboard will also allow you to upgrade the CPU to i3, i5, and i7s in the future should you want to. Good bang for buck I reckon.

Don't forget modern games will not even load with a dual core now.

wccftech.com/dea…re/

Jameseh

Would the 8.1 license be locked to the motherboard?



The licence (COA) should be stored in the MSDM table in the BIOS, this can be read using RW Everything or WPKey. I've read the key and tried to activate on another motherboard, when I had one go faulty and it doesn't work. I even injected the key using slmgr /ipk and it still wouldn't work. So if the key isn't printed on the side of the case and it just has a Windows 8 sticker then the key is stored on the motherboard so you can't reuse it.

I am clueless about computers... all I need is one good enough for Microsoft word, is this ok? Thanks

Have a similar set up: G3258 but with a 750ti and 128gb ssd

Tried games like Need for Speed and Titanfall on it and so far its fantastic in my eyes. Heat.

Get a 128Gb ssd at £29 from Currys to compliment the 500gb and a 750ti and you'll love it

bigben1983

Will this be ok for my 13 year old to browse the net etc? also we have a … Will this be ok for my 13 year old to browse the net etc? also we have a 50 inch LED tv that is lying around doing nothing would we be able to connect this computer to that?



Personally I would be looking at something like this for that use:
box.co.uk/Cub…tml

or if you want totally portable Zoostorm do a cracking mini pc:
ebuyer.com/643…003

the Zoostorm is completely silent in use and Ebuyer have different options including ones with an SSD.

Both of the above are completely plug n play ...

would this be good for word processing Internet you tube etc etc oh and of course football manager lol

jj_flynn88

I am clueless about computers... all I need is one good enough for … I am clueless about computers... all I need is one good enough for Microsoft word, is this ok? Thanks



yes but Word is not pre-installed

fishmaster

The licence (COA) should be stored in the MSDM table in the BIOS, this … The licence (COA) should be stored in the MSDM table in the BIOS, this can be read using RW Everything or WPKey. I've read the key and tried to activate on another motherboard, when I had one go faulty and it doesn't work. I even injected the key using slmgr /ipk and it still wouldn't work. So if the key isn't printed on the side of the case and it just has a Windows 8 sticker then the key is stored on the motherboard so you can't reuse it.



It's very frustrating - I wanted to do a fresh install of Win 8 onto a new SSD. I picked up the licence key from BIOS using Jellybean. However when I entered the key on the download from Microsoft it said it was already used and wouldn't let me continue. I had to use migration software to copy it over instead.

Is "Windows 8.1 with Bing" a full Windows OS or some bastardised Windows 8.1?

iDealYou

Is "Windows 8.1 with Bing" a full Windows OS or some bastardised Windows … Is "Windows 8.1 with Bing" a full Windows OS or some bastardised Windows 8.1?


I believe it's a full version, but heavily biased towards Bing for searching, etc.
Therefore Microsoft sell it a LOT cheaper than 'standard' 8.1.

I'd just build your own PC, not a fan of pre-built.
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