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Gateway Media Centre PC £199 instore at Tesco
Gateway Media Centre PC £199 instore at Tesco

Gateway Media Centre PC £199 instore at Tesco

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Just been in local Tesco and now they are selling the DELL PCs they seem to be getting rid of all the other stock at knock down prices. This was reduced from £350! ... First post so be gentle.

Gateway Media Centre PC GT 5056b (no monitor included)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86Ghz)
1 Gb DDR Dual Channel Memory
Nvidia Geforce 7300LE 256Mb
2 Firewire Ports, 9 USB
TV Tuner
250 Gb Hard Drive
Dual Layer 16x Format DVD+-RW and DVD Drive
Windows XP Media Centre Edition
9in1 Memory Card Reader
MS Works 8.5
Stereo Speakers
Multimedia Keyboard
Optical Mouse
IR Receiver, IR Blaster and remote control

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nice price, thanks

What store was this?

Do you have a model number?

hmm dell creeping into the shops first pc world now tesco

Is this nationwide?

Original Poster

Model number is shown in post GT 5056b, seen in Warrington (North West) and according to store staff it should be available everywhere as long as stock lasts.

very good spec especially for that price! nice find, voted hot

great price
here's a review from a year ago, compared against a dell funnily enough

pcpro.co.uk/rev…tml

Good CPU, decent sized HD, decent entry-level graphics cards (considering most cheap PCs have on-board) but I'd recommend anyone who buys this to get themselves another 1GB RAM. The description says DDR but I'd be surprised if it wasn't actually DDR2. This stuff is so cheap right now you could get another 1GB to take you up to 2GB for under £20.

PoisonJam;1543234

The description says DDR but I'd be surprised if it wasn't actually DDR2. … The description says DDR but I'd be surprised if it wasn't actually DDR2. This stuff is so cheap right now you could get another 1GB to take you up to 2GB for under £20.



According to the review above it is DDR2 and the tv tuner is a hauppauge card ....

SPECIFICATIONS:
1.86GHz Core 2 Duo E6300 • 1GB 533MHZ DDR2 RAM • Intel P965 motherboard • 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE hard disk • LG GSA-H11N DVD writer • Lite-On SHD-16P1S DVD ROM • Nvidia 7300 LE Turbo Cache graphics • Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 digital TV tuner • 56K modem • integrated 7.1 HD audio • 9-in-1 media card reader • 10/100 Ethernet stereo speakers • Windows XP MCE 2005 • Microsoft Works Suite 8.5 1yr RTB warranty

Looks like good value to me as I don't think I could build an equivalent system for that price. The hauppauge tv tuner is £58 from ebuyer in its own right and processor £111 from Novatech!

Rob

EDIT : Update the Hauppauge card is not a digital receiver, only analogue. Sorry for any confusion.

It does seem to be good value - and I second the memory upgrade (which is cheap and easy).

Seems like a winner.

Good price for a Media Centre PC - stick in an extra 1GB of memory though. Graphics card is pretty **** if you want to play games, so you might want to check what motherboard it has so you can see what replacement might be possible in the future.

Really good price :thumbsup:, shame the review says its only PCI Express 1x slot. Think that would impact on any attempts to upgrade the graphics.:cry:

Oops - misread it. Seems they are probably using the PCI-e 16 for the 7300. I assumed that was onboard! D'oh!:oops:

In that case - very good deal!

Original Poster

PoisonJam;1543234

Good CPU, decent sized HD, decent entry-level graphics cards (considering … Good CPU, decent sized HD, decent entry-level graphics cards (considering most cheap PCs have on-board) but I'd recommend anyone who buys this to get themselves another 1GB RAM. The description says DDR but I'd be surprised if it wasn't actually DDR2. This stuff is so cheap right now you could get another 1GB to take you up to 2GB for under £20.


Where do I go for the cheap memory?

Seems a very good price for the spec, dedicated graphics and dual core :thumbsup:

Phil-B;1543377

Where do I go for the cheap memory?



look on play.com

Try Crucial for good quality RAM at a fair price - crucial.com/uk/…spx

A 1GB upgrade for this machine comes out at £15.26 incl vat. And yes, it is DDR2.

Nice my sister needs a new pc too!

Can anyone find the pc on Tesco website??

Phil-B heres your cheap ram mate:

]Ebuyer RAM

Phil-B;1543377

Where do I go for the cheap memory?



If you simply want to double up, I think a couple of these would be your best bet price wise on play...

play.com/PC/…tml

Stunning price. Heat Added. Gonna look out for one tomorrow.

Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a cheap upgrade?

This isn't bad at all, not Vista but that's probably even better, especially as XP media centre is a version of XP professional.

normal;1543578

Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a … Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a cheap upgrade?



That would be far from straightforward.

UPDATE: In light of later posts, I should qualify "far from straightforward". I am assuming you mean you just want to put your old drive in, boot from it and keep all your existing software/config, just with better hardware.

This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 04/02/08)
ADDLESTONE EXTRA 0845 6778999
BAR HILL CAMBS EXTRA 0845 6779031
BARROW EXTRA 0845 6779051
BATLEY EXTRA 0845 6779784
BIDSTON MOSS EXTRA 0845 6779053
BURSLEDON TWRS EXTRA 0845 6779087
ELGIN LOSSIE GREEN 0845 6779792
GALLIONS REACH EXTRA 0845 6779108
ILKESTON CHALONS WAY 0845 6779807
LEEDS SEACROFT EXTRA 0845 6779411
LEICESTER EXTRA 0845 6779439
M K KINGSTON EXTRA 0845 0770009
MERTHYRT STATION YARD 0845 6779811
NEW OSCOTT EXTRA 0845 6779493
NEWCASTLE U/T EXTRA 0845 6779483
PLYMOUTH ROBOROUGH 0845 6779545
REDDITCH EXTRA 0845 6779569
SALE 0845 6779601
SHOREHAM 0845 6779618
SLOUGH WELLINGTON EXT 0845 6779859
SOUTHAMPTON HOMEPLUS 02380607400
STOCKTON EXTRA 0845 0700775
SUNBURY EXTRA 0845 6779647
TALBOT GREEN EXTRA 0845 6779802
TELFORD EXTRA 0845 6779673
WATH-UPON-DEARNE 0845 6779806

fragilegorilla;1543628

This isn't bad at all, not Vista but that's probably even better, … This isn't bad at all, not Vista but that's probably even better, especially as XP media centre is a version of XP professional.



It used to be possible to upgrade XP MCE to Vista - it was if you bought the PC before march 2007 but that was implemented through vouchers in the box that you sent off. So if they are old kit then maybe the upgrade is still in there

Just looks like a regular pc with a remote and a tv tuner card, as far as I can see. Maybe useful as a cheap desktop pc, but there's no way I'd want that next to my tv!

The upgrade vouchers may be there, but will have expired, as Microsoft only gave a 3 month window to upgrade.

normal;1543578

Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a … Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a cheap upgrade?



I think the answer is yes, you could put at least one in easily. The article says there is one free disk bay. So is there an IDE connector to plug it into.

It doesn't say if there is a free IDE connector but the Lite-On DVD-ROM is an IDE model. This probably implies the DVD Writer is too. In the worst case, if the PC has only one IDE connector (meaning it can support up to 2 devices) you could just ditch the DVD-ROM (only real loss is it's slightly trickier to copy disks).

Beyond the first disk you could probably force a second in if you got a conversion bracket to fit it in the space for the DVD ROM, but if there wasn't a second IDE connection you would need to buy an IDE card. Personally at that point I'd be starting to think it made more sense to fit your other disks in external USB enclosures.

nfedwards;1543690

This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 … This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 04/02/08)ADDLESTONE EXTRA 0845 6778999BAR HILL CAMBS EXTRA 0845 6779031BARROW EXTRA 0845 6779051BATLEY EXTRA 0845 6779784BIDSTON MOSS EXTRA 0845 6779053BURSLEDON TWRS EXTRA 0845 6779087ELGIN LOSSIE GREEN 0845 6779792GALLIONS REACH EXTRA 0845 6779108ILKESTON CHALONS WAY 0845 6779807LEEDS SEACROFT EXTRA 0845 6779411LEICESTER EXTRA 0845 6779439M K KINGSTON EXTRA 0845 0770009MERTHYRT STATION YARD 0845 6779811NEW OSCOTT EXTRA 0845 6779493NEWCASTLE U/T EXTRA 0845 6779483PLYMOUTH ROBOROUGH 0845 6779545REDDITCH EXTRA 0845 6779569SALE 0845 6779601SHOREHAM 0845 6779618SLOUGH WELLINGTON EXT 0845 6779859SOUTHAMPTON HOMEPLUS 02380607400STOCKTON EXTRA 0845 0700775SUNBURY EXTRA 0845 6779647TALBOT GREEN EXTRA 0845 6779802TELFORD EXTRA 0845 6779673WATH-UPON-DEARNE 0845 6779806



That list is from an old clearence page last year where this PC was listed at £399 - considering the OP bought his from Warrington (not listed) I suspect this list means little tbh.

nfedwards;1543690

This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 … This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 04/02/08)ADDLESTONE EXTRA 0845 6778999BAR HILL CAMBS EXTRA 0845 6779031BARROW EXTRA 0845 6779051BATLEY EXTRA 0845 6779784BIDSTON MOSS EXTRA 0845 6779053BURSLEDON TWRS EXTRA 0845 6779087ELGIN LOSSIE GREEN 0845 6779792GALLIONS REACH EXTRA 0845 6779108ILKESTON CHALONS WAY 0845 6779807LEEDS SEACROFT EXTRA 0845 6779411LEICESTER EXTRA 0845 6779439M K KINGSTON EXTRA 0845 0770009MERTHYRT STATION YARD 0845 6779811NEW OSCOTT EXTRA 0845 6779493NEWCASTLE U/T EXTRA 0845 6779483PLYMOUTH ROBOROUGH 0845 6779545REDDITCH EXTRA 0845 6779569SALE 0845 6779601SHOREHAM 0845 6779618SLOUGH WELLINGTON EXT 0845 6779859SOUTHAMPTON HOMEPLUS 02380607400STOCKTON EXTRA 0845 0700775SUNBURY EXTRA 0845 6779647TALBOT GREEN EXTRA 0845 6779802TELFORD EXTRA 0845 6779673WATH-UPON-DEARNE 0845 6779806

How do you find ot availability? Would like to see if its available in any of my local stores.

Where did you get this info
just been to talbot green and there's none

nfedwards;1543690

This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 … This PC is available at the following stores (correct at 23.51 04/02/08)ADDLESTONE EXTRA 0845 6778999BAR HILL CAMBS EXTRA 0845 6779031BARROW EXTRA 0845 6779051BATLEY EXTRA 0845 6779784BIDSTON MOSS EXTRA 0845 6779053BURSLEDON TWRS EXTRA 0845 6779087ELGIN LOSSIE GREEN 0845 6779792GALLIONS REACH EXTRA 0845 6779108ILKESTON CHALONS WAY 0845 6779807LEEDS SEACROFT EXTRA 0845 6779411LEICESTER EXTRA 0845 6779439M K KINGSTON EXTRA 0845 0770009MERTHYRT STATION YARD 0845 6779811NEW OSCOTT EXTRA 0845 6779493NEWCASTLE U/T EXTRA 0845 6779483PLYMOUTH ROBOROUGH 0845 6779545REDDITCH EXTRA 0845 6779569SALE 0845 6779601SHOREHAM 0845 6779618SLOUGH WELLINGTON EXT 0845 6779859SOUTHAMPTON HOMEPLUS 02380607400STOCKTON EXTRA 0845 0700775SUNBURY EXTRA 0845 6779647TALBOT GREEN EXTRA 0845 6779802TELFORD EXTRA 0845 6779673WATH-UPON-DEARNE 0845 6779806

Just looked in the custom PC magazine from february last year when they bench marked every CPU from £29 to £875, and they said It has incredible gaming and application performance, very overclockable, and energy efficient, the price of it in the magazine was £125.71 (Feb 07).
The PC PRO review says the computer only has 2 RAM slots, so would have to upgrade with 1GB memory stick.
Does anyone know if you could get any money/vouchers/points off it?

I’v just been to the Newcastle Tesco Extra. They don’t have any in stock and the girl didn’t think they had had this model for a while. She also rang the North Shields branch who also didn’t have any. The impression I got was that this will probably be out of stock almost everywhere and the original post/find would have been a one off machine that had probably been lost at the back of a storeroom then discounted to clear. Good luck if anyone can find one though.

normal;1543578

Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a … Could I just whack in my existing IDE hard drives into this and make it a cheap upgrade?



I believe the main disk in this is sata and the motherboard is capable of sata RAID. Therefore I'm not sure if there will be any spare IDE ports to use for your drive but it depends on the motherboard and what the DVD drives are using. Worst case you would need to buy a IDE pci card to use it or a usb caddy as someone already mentioned.

Rob

Just so everyone is aware the "Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 digital TV tuner " is analogue only, so when the analogue signal is switched off the card will be redundent. However it does have component in so it can record from other sources (i.e. other freeview boxes, sky, virgin, camcorder etc!).

Still a nice PC for £200 though!

They have it in stock at the Milton Keynes (kingston) branch, but unfortunately its £299

So has anyone other than OP actually found one for £199???

wizball;1544096

So has anyone other than OP actually found one for £199???


no, i have called all the stores in the leicester region and nothing. got told to call tesco direct and they said that only the extra stores are cutting prices and that is only to make room for the dell take over. best thing to do is call your local stores and ask if they have any desktop pc's other than dell and then how much.

bluntslide;1544134

no, i have called all the stores in the leicester region and nothing. got … no, i have called all the stores in the leicester region and nothing. got told to call tesco direct and they said that only the extra stores are cutting prices and that is only to make room for the dell take over. best thing to do is call your local stores and ask if they have any desktop pc's other than dell and then how much.



Thanks, Bluntside. Looking less likely that anyone else is going to get one of these... oh, well!

Screechxl;1543987

Just so everyone is aware the "Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 digital TV tuner " … Just so everyone is aware the "Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 digital TV tuner " is analogue only, so when the analogue signal is switched off the card will be redundent. However it does have component in so it can record from other sources (i.e. other freeview boxes, sky, virgin, camcorder etc!).Still a nice PC for £200 though!



I missed that sorry for any confusion. It does have a mpeg2 hardware encoder though which will mean when recording off other sources it won't be loading the processor.

Rob

my local store in llanelli ( which is tesco extra) .... only stocks laptops .......and only does desktops on promotions ........ and thats rare .......

its a large store..............wierd
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