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Extra Value Blu-Ray i3 Desktop £355.44 @ Ebuyer
Extra Value Blu-Ray i3 Desktop £355.44 @ Ebuyer

Extra Value Blu-Ray i3 Desktop £355.44 @ Ebuyer

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Overview
Product Description
For the first time, there is a smart family of desktop PCs featuring processors that deliver fast performance that adapts to your individual needs. The all new 2010 Zoostorm HD range featuring the Intel® Core™ processor family deliver extra performance whenever you need it, and increased energy efficiency when you don’t.
Perfect for office applications, but outstanding for entertainment, this new Zoostorm range delivers multi-tasking through the Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and our Core i5 and i7 models automatically speeds up (overclocks) your PC when you need it with Intel’s new Turbo Boost technology.


Processor
•Intel Core i3-530 Processor 2.93GHz,
•4MB Cache
Memory
•2GB DDR3
•Expandable to 8GB Max
•2 x DIMM (1 populated)
Hard Drive
•500GB SATA II
Optical Drive
•BD ROM Drive
Software
•Operating System: None
Display
•Monitor Not Included
Input Devices
•Keyboard and Optical Mouse
Networking
•Network Interface: 10/100/1000 LAN,
•Realtek®
Dimensions
•Depth 450 mm
•Width 180 mm
•Height 360 mm
Interfaces
•1 set 7.1 channel Audio jacks (6 jacks)
•1 x PS/2 keyboard port
•1 x S/PDIF
•1 x Serial port
•6 x USB 2.0 ports
•1 x RJ45 LAN port
•1 x DVI port
•1 x HDMI port
Warranty
•1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

17 Comments

looks a decent deal to me given the memory is exp to 8gb

s1m0nc

looks a decent deal to me given the memory is exp to 8gb



That's actually not that significant. There are plenty of motherboards from a few years ago that will allow 16GB ram. I'm not really over excited about this deal, I think the words Blu Ray are making it sound better than it is really.

Ebuyer user comment says it uses a Foxconn H55MX-S motherboard >

foxconnchannel.com/Pro…484

If gaming is your thing then there's no problem sticking a decent gfx card in this system and using the existing CPU >

tomshardware.com/rev…tml

For some reason though this deal isn't exciting me much. The motherboard is nothing to write home about, but expected in a system of this type, you can upgrade to a better CPU in the future, only dual channel DDR3 ram support up to 8GB which isn't great. For many people though this system is easily fast enough for what they want to do. If I was buying this system with a view to upgrading it in the future I probably wouldn't buy it even though it's capable of taking much better CPUs and GPUs.




Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Aug 2010

fishmaster

That's actually not that significant. There are plenty of motherboards … That's actually not that significant. There are plenty of motherboards from a few years ago that will allow 16GB ram. I'm not really over excited about this deal, I think the words Blu Ray are making it sound better than it is really. Ebuyer user comment says it uses a Foxconn H55MX-S motherboard >http://www.foxconnchannel.com/Product/motherboards/detail_overview.aspx?ID=en-us0000484If gaming is your thing then there's no problem sticking a decent gfx card in this system and using the existing CPU >http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i3-gaming,2588.htmlFor some reason though this deal isn't exciting me much. The motherboard is nothing to write home about, but expected in a system of this type, you can upgrade to a better CPU in the future, only dual channel DDR3 ram support up to 8GB which isn't great. For many people though this system is easily fast enough for what they want to do. If I was buying this system with a view to upgrading it in the future I probably wouldn't buy it even though it's capable of taking much better CPUs and GPUs.



So is this a GOOD DEAL ?

This site is not about if you like it or not, which is becoming rather tedious.

Is if this deal is good, which to me looks a good deal, can you find this spec machine for less money.

As it's only got 2gb memory it won't be in dual channel mode as only one ramm stick is in.
I would be a bit cautious as it doesn't mention the motherboard name or anything else realy apart from the processor.

I gave the mobo details in my previous post which wasn't to trafficzombie's liking.

TrafficZombie : I didn't rate the deal in my post, I merely stated what I thought of the hardware, I could have just said like so many, this is a good deal or a bad deal and left it at that with no one any the wiser. At least I got off my ass and provided links to the hardware that is in the machine, all you managed to do was moan about my comments.

I would not say it is a fantastic deal, value for money maybe...

The processor is worth around £80, I am guessing a lower end HD worth around £30 a budget end case and PSU £35 tops, the RAM another £30 and Motherboard £55.00 a £30 BD ROM Drive and keyboard and mouse set for £20.00

These are quick product searches via Google shopping and are retail prices so a £250 computer if you were to do it yourself. Add your £90 (ish) windows 7 and ask yourself would this be hot at £445.00 with an operating system, I think not...

Which is why I wasn't getting too excited over the deal, it's a value for money deal, but it's nothing special for the money. If a person is in line for a new PC then it's one deal they could consider. Many people just browse the net, watch youtube etc and any pc from the last 5 or 6 years if not more can do that, so this pc would be overkill for them. Oem Win 7 is £75 (edited due to wrong price)

For what it's worth I think this is an ok deal. Decent powerful machine that will suit the average user.


Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Aug 2010

@ fishmaster - My comments were not aimed at you mate, just giving my thoughts to whoever cares to read them

I would also wonder what level of 'expertise' the consumer buying this at a budget end would have. I know a few people that would not be happy having to install their own operating system.
Edited by: "ristac" 20th Aug 2010

I know

Yeah I agree the average consumer would be alarmed if they walked in to Curry's and the sales person said ok sir here's all the bits to build your blu ray player. The average consumer just wants to buy a product plug it in and it does what they want it to do.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Aug 2010

fishmaster

That's actually not that significant. There are plenty of motherboards … That's actually not that significant. There are plenty of motherboards from a few years ago that will allow 16GB ram.



That's as may be, but none of the Dell's etc at this price mark support 16Gb for chips, so whilst I could spend 1/2 a day knocking up a system from parts, my time's worth more than that so a pre built at this budget with that spec looks a reasonable deal to me. Not saying it's hotter than the sun, but a good deal nontheless unless someone's going to provide some better alternatives...
Edited by: "s1m0nc" 20th Aug 2010

Yeah I don't advocate building your own system in relation to this deal, people who wish to do that wouldn't bother with this system. Your comment about the 8GB ram is moot really as you'd expect any system at this price point to support 8GB ram, meaning it's not really worth making a point about.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Aug 2010

Not that great a deal.

If you added a decent graphics card, it would add £100 to the price.

Also, no USB 3.0, and SATA 3 for futureproofing.

cheap and cheerful ebuyers own stuff isnt usually very good and im not sure id even recommend this kit.

lookatmywad

Not that great a deal.If you added a decent graphics card, it would add … Not that great a deal.If you added a decent graphics card, it would add £100 to the price.Also, no USB 3.0, and SATA 3 for futureproofing.



You could add USB 3.0/SATA 3 (6Gb) cheaply via the PCI-E x 4 slot, the only problem is that it would severely restrict which graphics cards you could use, due to close proximity with the 16x slot.

Actually, Dell have dumped all their Vostro range which DIDN'T all allow for 8Gb... anyoo. things to do.

Is i3 anybetter than high end C2?

Quicklite

Is i3 anybetter than high end C2?



No
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