HP Pavilion Desktop Computer, T3640 £365 with discounts (back in stock) !!
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HP Pavilion Desktop Computer, T3640 £365 with discounts (back in stock) !!

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Found 5th Jan 2007
For Quality and extreme value you can't go far wrong with this top brand HP desktop, supplied by one of the best retailers John Lewis. The evidence:

Less than £370 subject to sucssesful discounts. John Lewis 2 year guarantee. Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005 (Unconfirmed by me but highly likely Vista upgrade)

Intel Pentium D processor 820 Dual core(2.8Ghz unconfirmed by me ) | 2GB Ram | 7x USB 2.0 | Memory card slot 9-in-1| FireWire / IEEE 1394 ports 2 | Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce 7300LE | Graphics card - video RAM 256MB | Hard drive 160GB | CD / DVD optical drive DVD writer DVD RAM and DVD±R/±RW (double layer)(Unconfirmed by me lightscribe)

This is reduced from £500 to £400 in the clearance sale, there are a few others as well, but for budget value I think this delivers in all areas. To get to the final price use the £15 off voucher found in the voucher section. Go through Quidco to get the rest. I have estimated this to be £16.40 this is a conservative estimate based on 5% of the order value less the £15 voucher and VAT. I will confirm the actual amount when I am allocated it.
There are plenty in stock at the moment but I think it's because people disregard Pentium D processors. Just remember they are more than enough to play games,surf and word process especially when combined with 256MB of graphics and 2GB Ram. I phoned John lewis and the sales rep told me that Dual core means that you are effectivly getting two lots of 2.8GHz, if any of you could confirm this that would be great.

Quidco has tracked at £20 thats 5% of the original price no deductions for voucher or VAT.
- BargainBinMan

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Dual core does indeed mean virtually 2 lots of 2.8ghz. It's a very good machine with good spec at a good price..

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]http//h1…015

This link to the HP store confirms LightScribe drive and
Base processor
PentiumD 820 (S) DC2.8 GHz

Technologies
[LIST]
[*]Vista Capable
[*]Vista Premium Ready
[*]Viiv[/LIST]

I chose the T3640UK link looks to be the most feesable but Hp store only shows this PC as having Windows XP as opposed to Media centre????

Thanks for the pointer BargainBinMan Looks a very decent spec and good price ;-) A nice alternative to the Dell's if you're not into them.

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rayman

Thanks for the pointer BargainBinMan Looks a very decent spec and good … Thanks for the pointer BargainBinMan Looks a very decent spec and good price ;-) A nice alternative to the Dell's if you're not into them.



That's what I thought, It's becoming apparent that Dell are top suppliers with a great reputation but for those still unconvinced this is a great alternative (HP and John Lewis a winning combination):thumbsup:

Original Poster

Quidco is now confirmed as £20 thats 5% of original £400 price with no deductions for voucher or VAT:thumbsup:


Get in there........................!!!!!!!:)

Thanks BargainBinMan Good alternative to Dell as Ray says....

+++ Top of the range CS from JohnLewis

Is this 64bit dual core?

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mchu6am4

Is this 64bit dual core?



I think so, is that bad??????

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Hardware
Base processor
PentiumD 820 (S) DC 2.8 GHz
[LIST]
[*]800 MHz front side bus
[*]Socket 775
[/LIST]

Chipset
Intel 945G

Motherboard
[LIST]
[*]Manufacturer: Asus
[*]Motherboard Name: P5LP-LE
[*]HP/Compaq motherboard name: Leucite3-GL8E
[/LIST]

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Video Graphics
GeForce 7300LE
[LIST]
[*]64 MB DDR memory ....:oops: I was thinking of this:whistling:
[*]I/O Ports: VGA, Composite, S-Video[/LIST]

Anybody got any comments on the Video Graphics?
Do you know if this has a Windows XP back up disc?

Hi, Good find. Excellent customer service from JohnLewis. Not sure about the video card however there is a PCI-E slot for adding another. This machine has four SATA connectors and the mainboard is manufactured by ASUS one of the largest mobo manufacturers in the world. This is no doubt a well made machine.

Think that the recovery media is on a hidden partition. Highly recommended that the recovery media is backed up onto CD-R/CD-RW if this is possible.

]http//vi…-us

Think that HP allow for customers to upgrade DDRII, Video Card and Hard Disk Drive as they've included a video on their web-site showing how to add an additional Hard Disk Drive and PCI Card suggesting that they allow for end-users to open their machines.

Hard Disk Drive upgrade/addition URL:

]http//h1…75&

PCI Card upgrade/addition URL:

]http//h1…75&

There's also a CPU upgrade URL however am not sure whether HP allow for CPU upgrades without voiding the warranty.

CPU Upgrade URL:

h10025.www1.hp.com/ewf…75&

Hope this helps.

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]http//ww…spx

This one works out at £190.75 more and you get double size Hard Drive, 512MB ATI Radeon X1650 SE Graphics Card and Intel Core 2 processor E6300, 2 X 1.86GHz thats a combined GHz of 3.72GHZ, You only get 1GB Ram.

With my original deal surley your getting a combined 5.6GHZ ????? sounds superior to me ??????? and 2GB Ram comments please I'm confused but convinced. Also 256MB Graphics card is surley enough to play any game to a reasonable standard??? Plus it's only £365 as opposed to £555.75:thumbsup:
http://www.johnlewis.com/jl_assets/build/space.gif

256 MB Card is more than enough for everyday tasks. I run 3D CAD applications on a 128 card with no problems. Sounds like an excellent deal to me.

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dinosteveus

Anybody got any comments on the Video Graphics?Do you know if this has a … Anybody got any comments on the Video Graphics?Do you know if this has a Windows XP back up disc?



Recovery[LIST]
[*]Microsoft system restore
[*]HP Recovery Software Suite
[*]Software Repair Wizard[/LIST]

I can't confirm backup disk but My works HP came with one. I bet it does. It's no big deal, you bought it, you own it, you have a right to it.:thumbsup: I'm sure HP look after their customers.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf-JAVA/Doc/images/c00379424.jpg
Motherboard specifications table
[COLOR=#ffffff]Part / Feature[/COLOR] [COLOR=#ffffff]Specification / Support[/COLOR] Motherboard description [LIST]
[*]Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS P5LP-LE
[*]HP/Compaq name: Limestone-GL8E[/LIST]CPU/Processor [LIST]
[*]Socket: 775
[*]Supports Pentium D (Smithfield) up to 3.2 GHz and Pentium4 (Prescott) up to 580 and 670[/LIST]System bus [LIST]
[*]533 MHz and 800 MHz[/LIST]Chipset [LIST]
[*]Northbridge: Intel 945G
[*]Southbridge: Intel I/O Controller Hub 7[/LIST]BIOS features [LIST]
[*]The mainboard BIOS provides “Plug & Play” BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically
[*]The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications[/LIST]Form factor [LIST]
[*]Micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in[/LIST]Memory [LIST]
[*]Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
[*]Non-ECC memory only
[*]Supports PC2 3200 (400 MHz) and PC2 4200 (533 MHz) and PC2 5300 (667 MHz) DDR2 DIMMs
[*]Supports 1.8v DDR2 SDRAM
[*]Maximum HP/Compaq approved memory is 4 GB*[/LIST]

[COLOR=#0000a0]NOTE: [/COLOR]*Actual available memory may be less
Expansion slots [LIST]
[*]One PCI Express x16 graphics
[*]Three PCI[/LIST]Video graphics [LIST]
[*]Integrated[/LIST]Serial ATA [LIST]
[*]4 SATA connectors
[*]Each connector supports 1 serial ATA-150 disk drive[/LIST]Onboard audio or audio card Integrated Intel High Definition (TM) audio (Azalia) [LIST]
[*]Realtek ALC 882 CODEC
[*]THX certification support
[*]8-channels for Full Dolby 5.1/6.1/7.1 surround sound support with Dolby Pro Logic IIx
[/LIST]Onboard LAN [LIST]
[*]Intel 82562GT
[*]10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet[/LIST]Back panel I/0 [LIST]
[*]One PS/2 keyboard
[*]One PS/2 mouse
[*]One Parallel
[*]One IEEE 1394
[*]One RJ-45 networking port
[*]Four USB 2.0
[*]One coaxial SPDIF in
[*]One coaxial SPDIF out
[*]Six audio connectors: side speaker out, rear speaker out, center/subwoofer, line in, line out, and microphone[/LIST]Internal connectors [LIST]
[*]One floppy port supports 1 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
[*]One IDE
[*]One 24-pin ATX power
[*]One 4-pin ATX 12 V power
[*]Four serial ATA ports
[*]Four USB 2.0 ports on two headers
[*]Two internal audio
[*]One front headphone and microphone
[*]One IEEE 1394a
[*]One CPU fan
[*]One system (chassis) fan[/LIST]

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf-JAVA/Doc/images/c00379425.jpg
1 - PS/2 mouse port
2 - Parallel port
3 - IEEE 1394a port (FireWire)
4 - RJ-45 LAN port (network)
5 - Side speaker out (gray) for 8-channel audio configuration
6 - Rear speaker out (black) for 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
7 - Center/Subwoofer port (yellow)
8 - Audio line-in (light-blue)
9 - Audio line-out/front speaker out (lime green)
10 - Microphone (pink)
11 - USB 2.0 ports
12 - USB 2.0 ports
13 - VGA connector
14 - Coaxial S/PDIF out
15 - Coaxial S/PDIF in
16 - PS/2 Keyboard port

Original Poster

Thanks for the info Hywen:thumbsup:

Right now about the Vista upgrade, John lewis sale rep told me that I needed to apply online does anyone have a link available please. Plus this doesn't have built in WiFi but I have the Linksys USB adaptor plus transmitter will that do the job the same?

BargainBinMan

]http://www.johnlewis.com/Computing/Computers/Computers/Desktops/396/230405770/Product.aspxThis one works out at £190.75 more and you get double size Hard Drive, 512MB ATI Radeon X1650 SE Graphics Card and Intel Core 2 processor E6300, 2 X 1.86GHz thats a combined GHz of 3.72GHZ, You only get 1GB Ram.With my original deal surley your getting a combined 5.6GHZ ????? sounds superior to me ??????? and 2GB Ram comments please I'm confused but convinced. Also 256MB Graphics card is surley enough to play any game to a reasonable standard??? Plus it's only £365 as opposed to £555.75:thumbsup:



Hi, The additional 1Gb DDRII is worth approximately £50.00-£60.00. Think that you're getting confused with Pentium-D and Core2Duo. Tried to explain that Pentium-D is dual core as well as Core2Duo on Play.com thread :thumbsup:. Both the Pentium-D that you'd found in your original thread and the Core2Duo machines are Dual Core. The latter is a more efficient CPU that requires less power. Core2Duos are more expensive to buy than Pentium-D. Pentium-D in let's say a HTPC costs more to run than one that uses a Core2Duo. The speed of the CPU isn't combined.

Hope this helps.

BargainBinMan

Thanks for the info Hywen:thumbsup: Right now about the Vista upgrade, … Thanks for the info Hywen:thumbsup: Right now about the Vista upgrade, John lewis sale rep told me that I needed to apply online does anyone have a link available please. Plus this doesn't have built in WiFi but I have the Linksys USB adaptor plus transmitter will that do the job the same?



Hi, Here's a URL for the HP Vista Upgrade:

]http//ww…tml

upgradeweb.moduslink.com/Vis…HP/

The Linksys USB adapter should be alright :).

Hope this helps.

HP usually supply plenty of good software as well as restore discs too. I'm pretty sure these will have those.
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i'm not sure on this one, by the time u add a decent monior, it works out similar to a good Dell deal. Also even though the processor is good, the new Core 2Duos' are much better.

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Thankyou. This is just great the perfect budget PC confirmed

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praju

i'm not sure on this one, by the time u add a decent monior, it works out … i'm not sure on this one, by the time u add a decent monior, it works out similar to a good Dell deal. Also even though the processor is good, the new Core 2Duos' are much better.



I'm going to use an old CRT monitor it works fine and on a budget who needs fancy LCD. I'm sure that a HotUKDeal member will be post a massively discounted LCD monitor soon:thumbsup:

Hi Folks:-D ,

Many thanks for this - it came just at the right time for me:thumbsup: - I had just asked my local PC shop to quote for a new machine but I know that, from previous dealings with them, they will not be able to come anywhere near this:-(

I am completely out of touch with modern PC's but your comments have reassured me that it is a good deal - there might be better ones out there but at this price I can not see me kicking myself later (as I normally end up doing!)

Order placed and confirmed at the price shown on here (assuming Quidco picks it up):-D

What a great site this is - costing me a fortune but saving me one as well:)

Many thanks

Bob

Particularly because this comes with such a large amount of memory, this is a good deal, especially if you already have a monitor ready to use with it. The home/casual user shouldn't have to add anything to keep this serviceable for a couple of years at least.

It isn't for me because I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Mac user (and skint), but if Windows is your thing this is a good buy.

dinosteveus

Anybody got any comments on the Video Graphics?Do you know if this has a … Anybody got any comments on the Video Graphics?Do you know if this has a Windows XP back up disc?




GeForce 7300 LE
Graphics Bus Technology PCI Express
Memory Interface 64-bit
Memory Bandwidth 5.2GB/s
Fill Rate 1.8 Billion pixels/sec
Vertices/Second (Millions) 338
RAMDACs 400MHz

They do shader model 3 and do HDR lighting to.

more info on ]http//ww…tml

not the best of cards but it will handle everyday processes. Depends if your going to be gaming on it.

A good comparison of various graphics cards can be found ]here The 7300 isn't up to much if you are a serious gamer...

Hi, This machine supports Core2Duo 800MHz FSB according to the ASUS website via link found on their forum:

]http//su…PL2

(Paste this URL into Babel Fish for German to English translation).

Hope this helps.

think this comes with a 256mb graphics card an not a 64mb as it states

Graphics card - video RAM 256MB

Yes graphics card is fine for everyday use...gamers would need to upgrade to something like a GFORCE 7900GS at about £100

Those on a tight budget may want to consider this
dabs.com/Pro…CMK

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currychops

Those on a tight budget may want to consider … Those on a tight budget may want to consider this]http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=4CMK




Thankyou currychops:thumbsup: , good spot on price but...
I would get a loan for the extra £65, it simply doesn't come close:whistling:

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Quicker or you'll lose out, only 8 left. You'll kick yourselfs if you miss this one.............................................:w00t:

BargainBinMan

Thankyou currychops:thumbsup: , good spot on price but...I would get a … Thankyou currychops:thumbsup: , good spot on price but...I would get a loan for the extra £65, it simply doesn't come close:whistling:


totally agree..but some may just require bog standard PC use with smart looks!

Original Poster

6 left your gonna be very sorry. BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[SIZE=2]This won't get any cheaper, It's almost a dead cert......[/SIZE]

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Final call only 3 Remain.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Almost Gone

gone..lol
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