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ACER XC-885 Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop PC - 1 TB HDD, Black - £399 @ Currys
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ACER XC-885 Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop PC - 1 TB HDD, Black - £399 @ Currys

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Posted 18th Nov 2019

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I thought this was a decent price. Has a good processor and I would put in a SSD for a fast machine.
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Looks like there's a graphics card (from the back) but it doesn't mention it - what is it? Can't find anything on it
DrBones18/11/2019 21:47

I think it might be cheaper direct from ACER: …I think it might be cheaper direct from ACER: https://uk-store.acer.com/aspire-xc-desktop-xc-885-black-1 (10% off code)



Worse processor i5-9400 in the post, i3-8100 in yours.
Its £532 on Amazon, not for long no doubt.
Heat for the price I guess, I am out of touch with the P.C scene in 2019 but I can’t believe that an i5 desktop with what looks like maybe onboard graphics, no cd rom drive (I know we don’t need one in 2019 but it’s still nice), no SSD still retails for £400 - it may be cheaper to make your own, you could even go the AMD equivalent of an i7 and I bet it would work out cheaper or if you spend the full £400 on a self build you’d actually get a graphics card that’s not amazing but at least better than the onboard.

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acer.com/ac/…028

When I stopped being into the P.C scene 2 and a half years maybe 3yrs ago ago I expected by 2020 band new i5 desktops to cost around £250 maximum with a cheap graphics card and 120 ssd at least, guess I was wrong. I thought i7 desktops would be around £400-700 and i9 to be at the £800-£1000+ mark.
Edited by: "marc1982" 19th Nov 2019
This might help to install an SSD from Ebay Inateck Mounting Frame Hard Drive Enclosure item
264436187780 £3.58 inc p/p worked fine on my Acer XC 704
marc198219/11/2019 02:17

Heat for the price I guess, I am out of touch with the P.C scene in 2019 …Heat for the price I guess, I am out of touch with the P.C scene in 2019 but I can’t believe that an i5 desktop with what looks like maybe onboard graphics, no cd rom drive (I know we don’t need one in 2019 but it’s still nice), no SSD still retails for £400 - it may be cheaper to make your own, you could even go the AMD equivalent of an i7 and I bet it would work out cheaper or if you spend the full £400 on a self build you’d actually get a graphics card that’s not amazing but at least better than the onboard.spechttps://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/model/DT.BAQEK.028When I stopped being into the P.C scene 2 and a half years maybe 3yrs ago ago I expected by 2020 band new i5 desktops to cost around £250 maximum with a cheap graphics card and 120 ssd at least, guess I was wrong. I thought i7 desktops would be around £400-700 and i9 to be at the £800-£1000+ mark.



W10Pro is ~£130 o its own, when you add a simple casing, PSU, mobo, CPU, RAM, SSD, there is no way you could build it for £250. £400 seems a good price, not great but good enough.

And anyone counting on discrete GPU - good luck. This is generic picture, same for PC with/without GPU.
LukeMB19/11/2019 12:29

W10Pro is ~£130 o its own, when you add a simple casing, PSU, mobo, CPU, …W10Pro is ~£130 o its own, when you add a simple casing, PSU, mobo, CPU, RAM, SSD, there is no way you could build it for £250. £400 seems a good price, not great but good enough.And anyone counting on discrete GPU - good luck. This is generic picture, same for PC with/without GPU.



Yes I know that, if you read the £250 comment part again, what I am saying is back 3yrs ago in my mind (back then, not now) I expected an i5 desktop to cost £250 by 2020, when I dropped out the p.c scene 3yrs ago, that was my mindset in 2015/2016 I thought “oh by 2020 a i5 desktop would cost about £250 new” that’s when i’ll buy one.

I never once said in my comment you could definitely get a same or better for £250 now in 2019.

Even last night before looking into it, I just assumed you could go cheaper than £400 if you built it yourself, I thought you could get a Ryzen 7 system for about the same price if you already have a copy of Windows 7 or 8, or buy a cheap copy & upgrade to Windows 10 for free (still works btw, I upgraded my media p.c that was 5yrs old to Windows 10 pro for free last week, using a license of Windows 8.1 I bought for £18.99 last year from a deal on here, activated perfectly.) upon looking at pc part pickers today though I realised prices have held from around 3 yrs ago, even without windows 10.

which was my point of the post where I said, I left the p.c scene 3yrs ago and am surprised to see the prices haven’t changed much.

Fast forward to 2019 now I know that I was wrong guessing that 3yrs ago. hence my comment. “I expected...”
Edited by: "marc1982" 19th Nov 2019
marc198219/11/2019 12:59

Yes I know that, if you read the £250 comment part again, what I am …Yes I know that, if you read the £250 comment part again, what I am saying is back 3yrs ago in my mind (back then, not now) I expected an i5 desktop to cost £250 by 2020, when I dropped out the p.c scene 3yrs ago, that was my mindset in 2015/2016 I thought “oh by 2020 a i5 desktop would cost about £250 new” that’s when i’ll buy one.I never once said in my comment you could definitely get a same or better for £250 now in 2019. Even last night before looking into it, I just assumed you could go cheaper than £400 if you built it yourself, I thought you could get a Ryzen 7 system for about the same price if you already have a copy of Windows 7 or 8, or buy a cheap copy & upgrade to Windows 10 for free (still works btw, I upgraded my media p.c that was 5yrs old to Windows 10 pro for free last week, using a license of Windows 8.1 I bought for £18.99 last year from a deal on here, activated perfectly.) upon looking at pc part pickers today though I realised prices have held from around 3 yrs ago, even without windows 10.which was my point of the post where I said, I left the p.c scene 3yrs ago and am surprised to see the prices haven’t changed much.Fast forward to 2019 now I know that I was wrong guessing that 3yrs ago. hence my comment. “I expected...”


You can buy a PC for ~£300 - such as this one: amazon.co.uk/dp/…WU= It is just a Pentium, but doe snot fall far from 3/4 gen of i5. Still if you want to build something better, you need to pay extra.
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