Extra Value Desktop, Pentium Dual Core E6500 2.93GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB HD, DVDRW, No O/S £229.94 @ Ebuyer
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Extra Value Desktop, Pentium Dual Core E6500 2.93GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB HD, DVDRW, No O/S £229.94 @ Ebuyer

£229.94
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Found 8th Jul 2010Made hot 28th Jul 2010
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 2.93GHz
2GB RAM
500GB HDD
DVD Writer
No Operating System

Product Description
This superb performance Intel based mATX PC is ideal for use at home or in the office. Optimised for high performance computing requirements, this system utilises high performance components suitable for this size of chassis.

The motherboard at the heart of this Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 Socket 775 system provides onboard LAN, 5.1 channel surround sound and integrated Windows 7 ready 2D/3D graphics. A 500GB SATA hard drive provides ample storage, whilst the 2GB of DDR2 RAM will be plenty to handle most software applications.

This desktop PC is perfect for anyone looking for a small, durable system for use in at home or as an office system.

Processor
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 Processor 2.93GHz,
2MB Cache
Memory
2GB DDR2 800MHz
Expandable to 4GB Max
2 x DIMM (1 populated)
Hard Drive
500GB SATA II
Optical Drive
Super multi DVDRW
Software
Operating System: None
Display
Monitor Not Included
Input Devices
Keyboard and Mouse Not Included
Networking
Network Interface: 10/100/1000 LAN,
Realtek® RTL8101E
Dimensions
Width 450 mm
Depth 180 mm
Height 360 mm
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

41 Comments

That looks not bad. I just bought a psu and graphics card to upgrade my Dell E520, but I could just put them in this. Mmmm, I'm tempted.

Looks good to me, though I guess there are people out there who can do it themselves for cheaper. If you have an OS already, or if you are fine with linux then I think that this is hot.

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standard ebuyer price these days. Bought this from them 8 months ago for £230

Extra Value Desktop PC, Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, No Operating System
Qty: 1Cost: 199.99

Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying them £30 to put it together for you.
Decent deal if you're lazy, but only takes 20 minutes to stick it all in the case.

Quickfind codes for components -
150932 - Casecom KL-828 Black ATX Middle Tower Case With 450W 20+4pin 1x SATA PSU
161966 - Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L G41 Socket 775 VGA 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard
148853 - Kingston 2GB 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Unbuffered Non-ECC CL6 1.8V
186556 - Seagate Barracuda LP ST3500412AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 5900rpm 16MB Cache - OEM
188958 - Samsung SH-S223L 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM with LightScribe - OEM Black
183979 - Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 Socket 775 2.9GHz 1066FSB 2MB Cache Retail Box Processor

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jukkie

Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying … Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying them £30 to put it together for you.Decent deal if you're lazy, but only takes 20 minutes to stick it all in the case.



Hmm...
E6500 Retail CPU With Cooler - £61.07
Compucase 6T10 Case With PSU – 37.99
ASUS G31 Mobo - £36.47
Liteon 24x DVDRW - £15.46
Samsung 500GB HDD - £36.00
Ram 2GB DDR2800Mhz – 29.99

Total Cost - £216.98

For the sake of £13 you can have the system professionally put together and a full warranty with 1 supplier on all of the components. Makes sense to buy it complete to me!!!!

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I would rather have a PC prebuilt with 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty on the whole unit than scour for parts and build it myself.

csiman

standard ebuyer price these days. Bought this from them 8 months ago for … standard ebuyer price these days. Bought this from them 8 months ago for £230Extra Value Desktop PC, Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, No Operating SystemQty: 1Cost: 199.99



thats the one my mate bought also, the only downside is there value machines have very loud PSUs in them

Looks good to me - just after a PC for internet/watching vids/music etc, not gaming

Would it be worth me putting in a sond card and/or graphics card do you think or is it generally ok for this, and watching HD films on the PC?

Also, would it be worth a better PSU as well if noisy?

Thanks for any thoughts, always good to hear from people who know what they are talking about!!

richardcotton defo get a new PSU, the ones supplied are far too noisy


Scour for parts? I posted all quickfind numbers for the parts from ebuyer
Lechuck

I would rather have a PC prebuilt with 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty on … I would rather have a PC prebuilt with 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty on the whole unit than scour for parts and build it myself.

jukkie

Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying … Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying them £30 to put it together for you.Decent deal if you're lazy, but only takes 20 minutes to stick it all in the case.


You went out of your way to find more expensive components that me to make your point?
That's actually quite amusing. I was merely trying to save people money with just a little effort required from them.

That being said, the motherboard I posted went from 80 stock to 0 in a day, so it may cost a couple of pounds more to build than when I posted, but at least when buying components you get more than a year with some of them (like a lifetime warranty for the memory).

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jukkie

Scour for parts? I posted all quickfind numbers for the parts from ebuyer



If I was building it myself I would be finding my own parts.

But as this is selfbuilt I do not need to.

Ok you get warranty but you get that on self bought parts anyway,the fact that most computer breakdowns are user and software related would not be covered under warranty anyway as you are installing OS and software yourself so that is all you are getting - a warranty on parts - my experience with ebuyer has been 10/10 - fast delivery plus satisfaction of building your own pc which you can do and install all software in an afternoon -self build for me!
Edited by: "bigalorr" 28th Jul 2010

A PC built from yesterday's tech.
It lacks future proofing & has rather lack-luster performance/£.

I'd pay a little more for a PC that'd continue to be useful for 5 years, rather than just 2.

Can you buy Windows Home Server for a machine like this? I've only seen machines that come with it pre-installed.

TehJumpingJawa

A PC built from yesterday's tech.It lacks future proofing & has rather … A PC built from yesterday's tech.It lacks future proofing & has rather lack-luster performance/£.I'd pay a little more for a PC that'd continue to be useful for 5 years, rather than just 2.



I think you'd pay more than a 'little more' for 'todays tech'. The cheapest i7 CPUs cost almost as much as this entire system, then you'd need a socket 1366 motherboard, cheapest are £140, more expensive DDR3 ram, a beefy PSU, it all adds up. And when all you want to do is surf the net, a little bit of word processing, watch a movie, listen to music, then this machine is ideal and will still be useful in 5 years.

Pop in a £40 graphics card and you have a machine that will play all the latest games at lower detail settings, the latest PC games at low detail settings look a whole lot better than PS3 or Xbox 360 graphics, they have components designed and made in 2005 and they will never improve.

TehJumpingJawa

A PC built from yesterday's tech.It lacks future proofing & has rather … A PC built from yesterday's tech.It lacks future proofing & has rather lack-luster performance/£.I'd pay a little more for a PC that'd continue to be useful for 5 years, rather than just 2.


I'm surprised youve said that. I really think unless your gaming, that any Intel dual core from the EXXXX range is more than powerful enough. I have a 3 year old E4500 that runs Windows 7 super fast, and many E5300's that also run Windows 7 super fast.

An E6500 is more than fast enough for the few years ahead.

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TehJumpingJawa

A PC built from yesterday's tech.It lacks future proofing & has rather … A PC built from yesterday's tech.It lacks future proofing & has rather lack-luster performance/£.I'd pay a little more for a PC that'd continue to be useful for 5 years, rather than just 2.


lol at the thought of this not being useful in 2 years

my xp 1.0ghz pc in the bedroom does 99% of what I do on my main PC (similar to this deal).

I mean, how quick to you want to transcode avis etc. Mine converts a 2 hour avi to dvd in 20 minutes including burning!

jazzy639

I'm surprised youve said that. I really think unless your gaming, that … I'm surprised youve said that. I really think unless your gaming, that any Intel dual core from the EXXXX range is more than powerful enough. I have a 3 year old E4500 that runs Windows 7 super fast, and many E5300's that also run Windows 7 super fast.An E6500 is more than fast enough for the few years ahead.



I agree. I have an E5300 running Windows 7 and it runs very well. They're also great overclocking chips; I OC'd mine from the stock 2.6 GHz to 3.6 GHz with only the standard Intel heatsink.

What Jazzy said ^^^

It's a real bug bear of mine that local councils and government spend hundreds of millions on IT procurement, upgrading perfectly good PCs every few years when they will never use more than 5% of it's performance, not to mention that they are obliged to buy from approved sellers, who have huge mark ups on the tat they sell.

Grrrr.

Rant over.

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Hi

Can I ask would this machine be able to play MW2, AC2 if I buy a decent graphics card, and anyone recommend me one please - a graphics card that is.

Looking to buy this for Uni.

Willie_Hmmm

It's a real bug bear of mine that local councils and government spend … It's a real bug bear of mine that local councils and government spend hundreds of millions on IT procurement, upgrading perfectly good PCs every few years when they will never use more than 5% of it's performance, not to mention that they are obliged to buy from approved sellers, who have huge mark ups on the tat they sell.Grrrr.Rant over.



Yep agree too.

rirawin

HiCan I ask would this machine be able to play MW2, AC2 if I buy a decent … HiCan I ask would this machine be able to play MW2, AC2 if I buy a decent graphics card, and anyone recommend me one please - a graphics card that is.Looking to buy this for Uni.



Yeh its perfect. Depends what your budget is, this would be a good card for £70: ebuyer.com/pro…621
EDIT: this is a much better card and its a good £30-£40 cheaper than elsewhere: pixmania.co.uk/uk/…867
Edited by: "jazzy639" 28th Jul 2010

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jazzy639

Yeh its perfect. Depends what your budget is, this would be a good card … Yeh its perfect. Depends what your budget is, this would be a good card for £70: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189621


no, its not really suitable unless you also change the PSU. My one came with the std ebuyer (zoostorm) one which is 230W

wouldnt even power my old GF 7600GT without casuing problems!

What is the power of the PSU on this? can't see it mentioned anywhere

jazzy639

Yeh its perfect. Depends what your budget is, this would be a good card … Yeh its perfect. Depends what your budget is, this would be a good card for £70: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189621



Yup, I'd agree with that. I think that's the fastest card you can get before you'd need to upgrade the PSU.

Alternatives to consider are the 4650 or 4670, they are slower but can be had for half the price but they also give half the performance. Although I had a 4650 setup that was hitting 40 frames per second in Modern Warfare 2, with a little tweaking of the detail settings.

£35 here:
aria.co.uk/Sup…725

skink

What is the power of the PSU on this? can't see it mentioned anywhere



I'm assuming it's a standard 400/450w budget PSU.

The 4650, 4670, 5670 and some Nvidia GT240/GT250 Green versions do not require any extra power. All the power they need comes through the PCI-E slot. So they should run with the most modest of PSU.

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Thanks for the help, anyone have any links to the 4650 or 4670?, also opening it up and installing won't void my warranty?.

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Willie_Hmmm

I'm assuming it's a standard 400/450w budget PSU.The 4650, 4670, 5670 and … I'm assuming it's a standard 400/450w budget PSU.The 4650, 4670, 5670 and some Nvidia GT240/GT250 Green versions do not require any extra power. All the power they need comes through the PCI-E slot. So they should run with the most modest of PSU.


assume wrong - these come with a 230W generally

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my mistake - seems they have started using a better one now (400W)

forums.ebuyer.com/sho…694



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Cool so would graphics card is suitable, something not too terribly expensive:), just so I can the games on med settings.

rirawin

Thanks for the help, anyone have any links to the 4650 or 4670?, also … Thanks for the help, anyone have any links to the 4650 or 4670?, also opening it up and installing won't void my warranty?.



£59 for 4670 here, this will give about 70% the performance of the £70 5670:
ebuyer.com/pro…723

£35 for 4650 (slower DDR2 version), this will give about 50% the performance of the £70 5670
aria.co.uk/Sup…725

Your warranty will still be intact, PCs are designed to be modular and have components installed. It's really straightforward to fit, there are plenty of guides around and video demonstrations on youtube for those who are a little cautious.

jazzy639

[quote=rirawin]this is a much better card and its a good £30-£40 cheaper t … [quote=rirawin]this is a much better card and its a good £30-£40 cheaper than elsewhere: http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/4771707/art/asus/radeon-hd-5770-512-mb-gdd.html?srcid=867



This card is about twice as fast again as the 5670, but it does need a PCI-E 6 pin power supply.

I've ran an 8800GT & a 4850 on 400w - 450w budget PSU which both need the 6 pin power supply, with an adapter which takes up 2 of the D shaped hard drive/CD/DVD IDE power connectors.

These machines were both used occasionally for LAN gaming sessions and ran without problems. In extended use the PSU may give up, machines will just switch off, possibly with a burning smell, and won't switch on again until the PSU is replaced. A suitable replacement 500w - 600w budget PSU with a 6 pin PCI-E can be had for around £25. I'd reccommend this if considering that card.

Also worth mentioning is that by the time you get to the 5770, the CPU in this machine may start to bottleneck the system. Although that seems to contradict what we were all saying about the relative merits of this system, this CPU can't fully satisfy high end graphics cards, they are sitting idle much of the time waiting for the CPU to catch up. I'm not entirly sure which of these cards will max out the CPU,

A more extreme example is this: a £400 GTX480 will give the same performance as a £160 GTX460, because the CPU can't even throw enough data at the 460 to fully utilise its power and performance, that CPU bottleneck will result in the same limited performance on a GTX 480. The frames per second will be almost identical even thought that more expensive card gives 100% more performance.

In conclusion, a cheaper low power graphics card will suit this machine better. If you are after a high end graphics card, you'll want a faster CPU, preferably quad core.

Edit - this CPU will overclock well and that will lift the celing a bit on which graphics cards are suited to it. Most modern motherboards allow for easy hassle free overclocking. £15 -£20 aftermarker CPU coolers are needed to really push it to it's maximum potential.
Edited by: "Willie_Hmmm" 28th Jul 2010

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Awesome, thank you for your help!

jukkie

Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying … Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying them £30 to put it together for you.Decent deal if you're lazy, but only takes 20 minutes to stick it all in the case.



20 mins?? I hate to see what the inside of you case looks like!! No cable managment = 80% less proper air flow

good price, heat added!

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jukkie

Scour for parts? I posted all quickfind numbers for the parts from … Scour for parts? I posted all quickfind numbers for the parts from ebuyerYou went out of your way to find more expensive components that me to make your point?That's actually quite amusing. I was merely trying to save people money with just a little effort required from them.That being said, the motherboard I posted went from 80 stock to 0 in a day, so it may cost a couple of pounds more to build than when I posted, but at least when buying components you get more than a year with some of them (like a lifetime warranty for the memory).



Lol i think you will find that i posted like for like components where as you had posted cheaper alternatives, lets make sure we are comparing apples with apples.

jukkie

Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying … Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying them £30 to put it together for you.Decent deal if you're lazy, but only takes 20 minutes to stick it all in the case.Quickfind codes for components -150932 - Casecom KL-828 Black ATX Middle Tower Case With 450W 20+4pin 1x SATA PSU161966 - Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L G41 Socket 775 VGA 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard148853 - Kingston 2GB 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Unbuffered Non-ECC CL6 1.8V186556 - Seagate Barracuda LP ST3500412AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 5900rpm 16MB Cache - OEM188958 - Samsung SH-S223L 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM with LightScribe - OEM Black183979 - Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 Socket 775 2.9GHz 1066FSB 2MB Cache Retail Box Processor


jukkie

Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying … Would cost £200 to build from components from Ebuyer. Basically paying them £30 to put it together for you.Decent deal if you're lazy, but only takes 20 minutes to stick it all in the case.Quickfind codes for components -150932 - Casecom KL-828 Black ATX Middle Tower Case With 450W 20+4pin 1x SATA PSU161966 - Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L G41 Socket 775 VGA 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard148853 - Kingston 2GB 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Unbuffered Non-ECC CL6 1.8V186556 - Seagate Barracuda LP ST3500412AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 5900rpm 16MB Cache - OEM188958 - Samsung SH-S223L 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM with LightScribe - OEM Black183979 - Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 Socket 775 2.9GHz 1066FSB 2MB Cache Retail Box Processor



I think 20 minutes is a little optimistic, to be honest :D. Maybe if you stick one together every week you could do it in 20 minutes or less. But as a one off, you'd probably looking at 1 and half hours+. I remember struggling and swearing at a processor heatsink once of 20 minutes (although they design them better these days).

Then there's the issue if one of the components doesn't work, figuring out what doesn't work, returning it, possible extra postage costs, waiting for a replacement....I assume they check these these things are working ok before they ship them out.

Building one can be fun and rewarding, but probably only recommended if you really want to do it, not to save £30.

Seems a good price, but I think you can get a similar specced Dell for about £50 more with Windows 7 installed. Maybe a slightly smaller HD. Depends if you want to save the money on the OS I guess. Not sure which I'd rate higher for quality, this or a Dell.

Alot of these cheapo PCs look pretty similar. Could be wrong. I half suspect there's just one company making them for mainly Dell and they're getting rebadged for other sellers.

dcx_badass

They really don't, have you tried intels push pins!



Well I'll take your word for it :D. The one and only one I put together from scratch was an AMD about 8 years ago, and the heatsink was an absolute nightmare. The last PC I bought I had a little fiddle with the heatsink and it seemed easier, but that's as far as I got. I wasn't actually doing anything much with it apart from having a little look inside.
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