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Desktop PC Intel E5300 Dual Core 4GB RAM 500GB @ Ebuyer
Desktop PC Intel  E5300 Dual Core 4GB RAM 500GB @ Ebuyer

Desktop PC Intel E5300 Dual Core 4GB RAM 500GB @ Ebuyer

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This is not a kick ass system, but is a very nice spec for a little over £200.

Note: The is no operating system so you may wish to buy one or use windows 7, linux or windows from your old PC or the other way if thats your thing.

Processor

* Intel E5300 Dual Core Processor 2.6Ghz,
* 2MB Cache

Motherboard

* Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 Socket 775

Memory

* 4GB DDR2 800Mhz
* Memory Slot: 2 x DIMM

Hard Drive

* 500GB (1x500GB) SATA II

Optical Drive

* Super multi DVDRW

Software

* Operating System: No Operating System

Display

* Monitor Not Included

Input Devices

* Keyboard and Mouse

Networking

* Network Interface: 10/100M LAN, Realtek® RTL8101E

Dimensions

* Width 180mm
* Depth 450mm
* Height 360mm

Interfaces

* 1 set 5.1 channel Audio jacks (3 jacks)
* 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
* 1 x PS/2 mouse port
* 1 x Parallel port
* 1 x Serial port
* 6 x USB 2.0 ports
* 1 x RJ45 LAN port
* 1 x VGA port

Warranty

* 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

112 Comments

I disagree.

I think its a very kickass computer for the money!

Banned

not bad, but if you're buying value parts you could build for a tad cheaper me reckons, but not bad for a ncie nippy pc for internet and emails and word proccessing :P

Original Poster

sypop;5284662

not bad, but if you're buying value parts you could build for a tad … not bad, but if you're buying value parts you could build for a tad cheaper me reckons, but not bad for a ncie nippy pc for internet and emails and word proccessing :P



I'm not so sure you can. I bought the E1400 system for a friend last week (have overclocked it) and now they have dropped the price on this.

Add it up and post details as will probably buy this for my bro as I cant build it cheaper.:thumbsup:

Should change the title. Theyve got it wrong.

Original Poster

deathtrap3000;5284774

Should change the title. Theyve got it wrong.



Yes done, didn't notice just cut and pasted.:thumbsup:

Banned

Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it yourself. Shame the RAM is not 1066mhz but to be honest, i doubt you'd notice that much.

voted hot.

ONLY downside is that it's 'Extra value', so it's not Asus mobo etc so finding drivers (if you lost your driver disk) may prove difficult.

Original Poster

gooddeals9;5284916

Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it … Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it yourself. Shame the RAM is not 1066mhz but to be honest, i doubt you'd notice that much.voted hot.ONLY downside is that it's 'Extra value', so it's not Asus mobo etc so finding drivers (if you lost your driver disk) may prove difficult.



It has a Foxconn MB so drivers shouldn't be an issue with drivers.

How much is a copy of xp or vista - does anyone know?

gooddeals9;5284916

Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it … Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it yourself. Shame the RAM is not 1066mhz but to be honest, i doubt you'd notice that much.



Yup, close match on ebuyer is 218.28, but could possibly source the parts elsewhere...

So a quid cheaper for not building yourself is fairly reasonable i guess, but not hot...

gooddeals9;5284916

Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it … Very nice spec for the cash. You'd probably pay the same if you built it yourself. Shame the RAM is not 1066mhz but to be honest, i doubt you'd notice that much.



You wouldn't notice at all, the E5300 only has an 800Mhz FSB.

It looks like a moderate deal considering there's no OS, it's a shame they bundled a keyboard and mouse, but that probably only makes up £2 of the price anyway.

Original Poster

DireEmblem;5285198

Yup, close match on ebuyer is 218.28, but could possibly source the parts … Yup, close match on ebuyer is 218.28, but could possibly source the parts elsewhere...So a quid cheaper for not building yourself is fairly reasonable i guess, but not hot...



Plus cables and bits so its not a bad deal.

You could always run linux off this or the beta version of windows 7.

adamdroitwich;5285192

How much is a copy of xp or vista - does anyone know?



Xp is around £50

could this be used as a htpc or media centre if a graphics card with hd output is added?

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deadhac;5286523

could this be used as a htpc or media centre if a graphics card with hd … could this be used as a htpc or media centre if a graphics card with hd output is added?



Yes indeed you could.

I would suggest you buy a passive graphics card (ATI 2400HD upwards) and replace the cpu cooler with a higher spec one like this one ]here and then disconnect the case fan to keep the noise down.

Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey ho

What does beta mean in terms of software? I see it bandied about, beta version of this etc, but have no idea what it actually means. Thanks in advance to any patient techy willing to answer!

kam1nsk1;5286823

Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey … Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey hoWhat does beta mean in terms of software? I see it bandied about, beta version of this etc, but have no idea what it actually means. Thanks in advance to any patient techy willing to answer!



it is software that is not fully completed (but very nearly) and released with the purpose of being a 'tester' for people outside of the business. I'm sure someone will fill you in some more.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…are

kam1nsk1;5286823

Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey … Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey hoWhat does beta mean in terms of software? I see it bandied about, beta version of this etc, but have no idea what it actually means. Thanks in advance to any patient techy willing to answer!



Beta software tends to mean software which is not fully stable but with most of the features built in.
However in recent times software companies like to label everything with Beta to absolve responsibility when things go wrong.

kam1nsk1;5286823

Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey … Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey hoWhat does beta mean in terms of software? I see it bandied about, beta version of this etc, but have no idea what it actually means. Thanks in advance to any patient techy willing to answer!



Its past the beta stage, its a Release Candidate.

"Note: There is no operating system so you may wish to buy one or use ... or the other way if that's your thing."
Tee hee! :giggle:

Marked hot!

deadhac;5286523

could this be used as a htpc or media centre if a graphics card with hd … could this be used as a htpc or media centre if a graphics card with hd output is added?



Yes you could, you would want to add an Media Centre compatible TV tuner card as well. Not really "front room" looks though if that's where you were planning to use it (i.e. the case appearance).

GAVINLEWISHUKD;5286567

Yes indeed you could. I would suggest you buy a passive graphics card … Yes indeed you could. I would suggest you buy a passive graphics card (ATI 2400HD upwards) and replace the cpu cooler with a higher spec one like this one ]here and then disconnect the case fan to keep the noise down.



Ok few questions as i know very little about pc building etc...This system seems good for me in being able to use it as an overall media system in the loft room.
I was thinking of getting this aand adding a decent graphics card (does this accept pci-e) a tv card.
Now you mentioned a passive card and new cpu..this is where i get lost...which one do i go for, how do i do it? any reccomendations on systems and so on....that would suit would be of great help.


Cheers

doggboy10 :thinking:

Very good spec for the money - not worth building your own at this price!

Great for general office use or home PC for internet, email and kids homework. In fact fine for most things except resource hungry gaming.

If you don’t want to pay for XP then Ubuntu won’t cost you a penny:
]http//ww…ion


Heat and rep added.:thumbsup:

bigsky;5287228

Very good spec for the money - not worth building your own at this … Very good spec for the money - not worth building your own at this price!Great for general office use or home PC for internet, email and kids homework. In fact fine for most things except resource hungry gaming.If you don’t want to pay for XP then Ubuntu won’t cost you a penny:]http://www.ubuntu.com/products/WhatIsUbuntu/desktopeditionHeat and rep added.:thumbsup:



If you got a new graphics card though m8 it would handle gaming wouldn't it???? what graphics is in it anyway? what expansion does this system have?

Cheers

doggboy10

kam1nsk1;5286823

Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey … Okay... second forum where I have to sound like Jimmy Thicknumpty but hey hoWhat does beta mean in terms of software? I see it bandied about, beta version of this etc, but have no idea what it actually means. Thanks in advance to any patient techy willing to answer!



BETA is Microsoft's way of testing their products without paying for testing

doggboy10;5287258

what graphics is in it anyway?doggboy10



It's a Foxconn G31MX-K motherboard with integrated VGA. It's got a PCIe x16 slot so you could certainly upgrade the graphics capability.

More info on the motherboard here: foxconnsupport.com/dow…ard Manual

If Zygo knew anything about programming, you'd know that beta testing in that fashion is both time and cost effective. Opening test software up to a greater user base will spot any problems with the build far quicker than a closed internal beta test would.

Someone above said they could get XP for about £50, where would this be?

bigsky;5287465

It's a Foxconn G31MX-K motherboard with integrated VGA. It's got a PCIe … It's a Foxconn G31MX-K motherboard with integrated VGA. It's got a PCIe x16 slot so you could certainly upgrade the graphics capability.More info on the motherboard here: http://www.foxconnsupport.com/download.aspx?models=en-us0000345&category=C000000001&series=en-us0000002&keywords=&sort=Motherboard Manual




Thanks m8....what graphics would you suggest? i don't wanna nothing to extreme as gaming wise i wont be doing that much as i have an xbox (Probably play just pro evo, gta etc...) and i would like hd out if possible?

many thanks

doggboy

Graphics card?

pogologo;5287610

Someone above said they could get XP for about £50, where would this be?



You could probably get it from Ebuyer at the same time, as an OEM version. I guess buying that PC would be a bit like buying a BYO ie you should be able to purchase the OEM OS with it at the same time? It's been a LONG time since I paid for an OS [I have a mate who works for an IT firm and he gets me everything I need with official keys etc], so not really sure TBH.

doggboy10;5287680

Thanks m8....what graphics would you suggest? i don't wanna nothing to … Thanks m8....what graphics would you suggest? i don't wanna nothing to extreme as gaming wise i wont be doing that much as i have an xbox (Probably play just pro evo, gta etc...) and i would like hd out if possible?many thanksdoggboy



Best bet would be one of those new ATI cards - the HD4770 is supposed to be incredible and you can pick it up for under £80 (Amazon).

If you're planning on upgrading the graphics card, it's probably worth upgrading the Power supply, or finding a less power hungry graphics card.

For the record, the ATI 4650s are a very good, low priced card with low power requirements. Obviously, you're not going to be playing Crysis maxxed out, but you'll be able to play it at a sufficiently high level.

They're about 50 quid.

the friend bought one of these a while back ago and the PSU is bloody noisy as hell

czrsiNk;5287881

Best bet would be one of those new ATI cards - the HD4770 is supposed to … Best bet would be one of those new ATI cards - the HD4770 is supposed to be incredible and you can pick it up for under £80 (Amazon).



Yeah, been looking at these myself. On Ebuyer they're going for about £83 , which unfortunately is around about the same price as a 4850.

doggboy10;5287680

Thanks m8....what graphics would you suggest? i don't wanna nothing to … Thanks m8....what graphics would you suggest? i don't wanna nothing to extreme as gaming wise i wont be doing that much as i have an xbox (Probably play just pro evo, gta etc...) and i would like hd out if possible?many thanksdoggboy



I don't play games so am no expert. This machine does already have on board graphics so you might want to buy it and see how you get on with the applications you want to run.

Graphics cards are changing all the time so something that would have been exceptional a couple of years ago will now set you back £30. You need a PCIe (PCI express) card and to take full advantage of the graphics slot on the motheroard it should be 16 lane so look for "PCIe x16" in the specification.

Expect to pay more than £20, but not much more than £40, for a reasonable card for this machine.

Based on technical specs I'd say that this:] http//ww…ew is likely to be good value for money for a high performance card from eBuyer, but there are some cheaper options for x16 cards (with less memory) or you might pick something up for next to nothing from fleaBay.

bigsky;5288053

I don't play games so am no expert. This machine does already have on … I don't play games so am no expert. This machine does already have on board graphics so you might want to buy it and see how you get on with the applications you want to run.Graphics cards are changing all the time so something that would have been exceptional a couple of years ago will now set you back £30. You need a PCIe (PCI express) card and to take full advantage of the graphics slot on the motheroard it should be 16 lane so look for "PCIe x16" in the specification. Expect to pay more than £20, but not much more than £40, for a reasonable card for this machine. Based on technical specs I'd say that this:] http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140617/show_product_overview is likely to be good value for money for a high performance card from eBuyer, but there are some cheaper options for x16 cards (with less memory) or you might pick something up for next to nothing from fleaBay.



The 4650s are better cards, and the one I cited has the faster DDR3 memory. And it's only £6 more. Don't let the 1GB ram fool you.

As for the onboard graphics, it's an Intel based GMA3100. Which, to be quite frank is rubbish. Yes, it'll play games, but those games will be games from 2 or 3 years ago and it'll be with some visual compromises. And as for decoding HD video, forget about it.

Multiple reveiws of the Mobo used available here
newegg.com/Pro…135
COCO

Does the motherboard have a PCI-E slot? Otherwise any hope of upgrading the on-board graphics is lost.

laze

laze;5288542

Does the motherboard have a PCI-E slot? Otherwise any hope of upgrading … Does the motherboard have a PCI-E slot? Otherwise any hope of upgrading the on-board graphics is lost.laze



Yes
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