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IBM Desktop PC, 15" TFT, Multimedia Keyboard & Mouse Bundle - £99.98 Delivered @ Morgan Computers
IBM Desktop PC, 15" TFT, Multimedia Keyboard & Mouse Bundle - £99.98 Delivered @ Morgan Computers

IBM Desktop PC, 15" TFT, Multimedia Keyboard & Mouse Bundle - £99.98 Delivered @ Morgan Computers

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Good for a cheapy for browsing the web/office etc.

Models vary between IBM ThinkCentre M50 / NetVista M41/M42
Chassis – All identical small desktop size, all similar to above image

Minimum Spec:
Windows XP Professional
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz
RAM: 512mb
Hard Drive: 40GB
Optical drive: CDRW
Floppy Drive
Ethernet port. Parallel port, Serial port, 6 USB (2 front, 4 back)
Restore disks supplied

Keyboard & mouse
15'' TFT (May vary from image)

Software installed
Mozilla Firefox
OpenOffice (compatible with any Microsoft Office filetype)
AVG AntiVirus
Spybot Search & Destroy

Stock Status
Good 2nd user condition

Warranty
90 days

34 Comments

Good to try Jolicloud on if you want a small machine to surf the web.

Couple of things to note:

Only has 512Mb of memory which is a tad low for Windows XP (it will run but 1Gb would be better)

Only 40Gb hard drive, which is very small by todays standards.

Only CD drive, no DVD drive.

15" screen is VERY small. Think 15" laptop size.

This is a horizontal desktop case, not a vertical one (though you may be able to position it vertically).

While £99.98 is not much, you are also getting a very old PC with a poor spec by todays standards, which will take up a lot more space than a laptop or netbook.

Personally I think you are better putting the £100 towards a netbook or similar.

These posts always avoid saying what they are: secondhand!

I can't imagine a better way of chucking 100 quid away, what on earth is someone going to do with this other than go blind with the tiny screen, and collect a lot of dust!
I was dumping some stuff at the tip last week and saw more recent gear lying there.

They're probably not in stock anyway...

Waste of money.

I got a better pc for £39 on ebay about a month ago.

2.4GHZ
1GB RAM
80GB Hard drive

That pc is worth at most £25-35
Monitor £20-£30

so total £45-60


Edited by: "avfcniall" 24th Mar 2011

guilbert53

Only has 512Mb of memory which is a tad low for Windows XP (it will run … Only has 512Mb of memory which is a tad low for Windows XP (it will run but 1Gb would be better)


Not true. By todays standards 512Mb is not very much at all but when XP first came out it was alot of memory, system requiremtns of xp are 64Mb and 128Mb or more recommended, remember it is a 10 year old operating system, so it would be like looking back on Windows 7 in 2019 and saying 4 or 8Gb would be slow when 64Gb could be the norm then.

Crysis System Requirements - Official

Minimum requirements

OS - Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor - 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista)
Memory - 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card -256 MB**
Hard Drive - 12GB
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible

Would struggle with crysis 1 and definitely would not be able to play crysis 2
Edited by: "avfcniall" 24th Mar 2011

But Microsoft Security Essentials for XP has minimum recommended memory of 1GB. So I would say that 512MB is a tad low. Might be OK with 768 though.

I will never buy anything from this bunch of cowboys again, I and others had our credit/ debit card details used fraudently. Sorry op cold from me. Details on this thread.
hotukdeals.com/dea…e=5
In my opinion Morgan computers should be banned from HotUK deals, more secure buying from flea bay.
Edited by: "lugsy3" 24th Mar 2011

Not worth more than £25 - £30

LOL

Stock Status: Good 2nd user condition

Warranty: 90 days

Even if this system sell for £50 i would not buy it. Waste of money.
If free. I might think about it. But waste of space.
I rather fork out few more quid and get a better netbook or lower end laptop.


Edited by: "hashimotoyukari" 24th Mar 2011

MIDURIX

Not true. By todays standards 512Mb is not very much at all but when XP … Not true. By todays standards 512Mb is not very much at all but when XP first came out it was alot of memory, system requiremtns of xp are 64Mb and 128Mb or more recommended, remember it is a 10 year old operating system, so it would be like looking back on Windows 7 in 2019 and saying 4 or 8Gb would be slow when 64Gb could be the norm then.



True, but Windows isn't the problem. While XP may have stayed largely the same (although the SPs take up a fair amount of hard drive space) browsers etc. have become more resource hungry. Flash is more bloated than ever. Media players. Broadband connections are faster also so people have a lot more media these days than they did back then.

Correct me if im wrong but what is the point of the restore discs being on DVD when some of the PC's only have a CD drive? hmm.......LOL

Edited by: "karlypants" 24th Mar 2011

My brother's old Dell is 2.4/512mb with XP and it runs like a slug, constantly churning the hard disk over swapping things in and out of RAM, even after a fresh stripped back install.
Edited by: "BlueDan" 24th Mar 2011

You can get a fully updated XPsp3 running on less than 180-+mb or ram with antivirus and firewall software running, for emails and word processing 512mb is more than enough, it just depends of what you do with it (this page in firefox is using approx 60mb).

Most ppl think more ram = more speed, like having a faster internet connection is going to bring the google page up quicker. Though they both suffer from diminising returns, you only need as much ram as you need to run your applications - any more is a waste.

i hope so...

mamboboy

But will it play Crysis?


Yeah not worth £99 these days unfortunately. At £30 it might be a deal. You've pretty much got more power in the Galaxy Tab for £299 hehe.

LOL Crysis troll is successful!

whats best for an old machine like this? sp3 pro xp, jolicloud, tinyxp, microxp?? not gonna buy this deal but have a few old machines like this lying around and would like to resurrect them

Tier1online have always been good for me, great service and cheap corporate refurbs:

tier1online.com/Cat…urb

mamboboy

But will it play Crysis?


Nope, but it will play Doom!

lugsy3

I will never buy anything from this bunch of cowboys again, I and others … I will never buy anything from this bunch of cowboys again, I and others had our credit/ debit card details used fraudently. Sorry op cold from me. Details on this thread.[url=%0Ahttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/epson-sx218-with-a-set-recycled-cartridges-23-99-delivered-morgan/885062/?page=5#post10916707]http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/epson-sx218-with-a-set-recycled-cartridges-23-99-delivered-morgan/885062/?page=5#post10916707[/url] :(In my opinion Morgan computers should be banned from HotUK deals, more secure buying from flea bay.



Good deal, but as lugsy3 have said, there is a potential (likely, but not confirmed) security threat when purchasing through their website.

Don't think I've ever seen a hot deal at -62 before !

Must admit if someone gave me this for free it would end up in the garage and then the tip, complete waste of money and it's second hand anyway. Just realised, this made "Hot" status then dropped (as it should have done in the first place) to cold. Not seen that before...
Edited by: "ristac" 25th Mar 2011

the cool

whats best for an old machine like this? sp3 pro xp, jolicloud, tinyxp, … whats best for an old machine like this? sp3 pro xp, jolicloud, tinyxp, microxp?? not gonna buy this deal but have a few old machines like this lying around and would like to resurrect them


I'd recommend Lubuntu which is a version of Ubuntu designed to run in as little as 128meg of RAM - it'll boot fast, shutdown fast, and run like a dream on that machine.
And being Linux there's no need for any anti-spyware/anti-virus taking up resources.
As it's a variant of Ubuntu it's got a pretty interface and a lot of software packages available.

Wow what a great price for a pile of junk lol even if you need to use the recovery disk you will need to fit a dvd drive rofl.

Big Phil

Don't think I've ever seen a hot deal at -62 before !



Maybe the liverpool torres shirt a few months back lol

I bought a similar machine to this around a year ago, purely to sit in a corner of a bedroom for itunes. Three ipod owners in the house, one music catalogue - far easier to manage.

Perfectly adequate for this, £100 a bargain, stable and reliable.

avfcniall

Crysis System Requirements - OfficialMinimum requirementsOS - Windows XP … Crysis System Requirements - OfficialMinimum requirementsOS - Windows XP or Windows VistaProcessor - 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista)Memory - 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)Video Card -256 MB** Hard Drive - 12GBSound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatibleWould struggle with crysis 1 and definitely would not be able to play crysis 2



PoisonJam

True, but Windows isn't the problem.



From my experience, it is true that 512MB isn't enough for Windows XP. I would recommend 1GB minimum.

mamboboy

But will it play Crysis?

avfcniall

Crysis System Requirements - OfficialMinimum requirementsOS - Windows XP … Crysis System Requirements - OfficialMinimum requirementsOS - Windows XP or Windows VistaProcessor - 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista)Memory - 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)Video Card -256 MB** Hard Drive - 12GBSound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatibleWould struggle with crysis 1 and definitely would not be able to play crysis 2


So long as it plays Quake


He was joking, dahhhh!

m00bs

I bought a similar machine to this around a year ago, purely to sit in a … I bought a similar machine to this around a year ago, purely to sit in a corner of a bedroom for itunes. Three ipod owners in the house, one music catalogue - far easier to manage.Perfectly adequate for this, £100 a bargain, stable and reliable.



If you had a modern multi-core machine you could use that as a server for music for more than 3 users and you would not even notice that other users were accessing it, the need for a separate machine means it is an even worse bargain, as it is using power when just one PC could do that job and everything else too!
An even better arrangement would be run a simple NAS drive, and then it will not even need one PC switched on, and run at very low noise and power consumption. The 100 quid would go well on it's way to setting one up, recent posts of 50-odd quid NAS enclosures, and plenty of hard disk deals would mean you only need to spend less than 60 quid on a drive which would see you with a 2Tb NAS server far in advance of this for little more!
Edited by: "nihcaj" 25th Mar 2011

I would say the price is fair for a complete system with XP, not everyone has the cash or need for the latest system.

Yes by modern standards it's slow, but it's perfectly adequate for internet and old games, e.g. solitaire etc.

I agree an extra 512mb ram would help.

Mrs' old desktop is comparable in spec and runs games like Sims 2 quite happily, ok it's not going to win any awards, but it does it's job.

For those on a low budget who need something to do a job, it's perfect.

I don't think it's as cold as reported, but at the same time I doubt it's worth a 1000deg.

sweetfa

I'd recommend Lubuntu which is a version of Ubuntu designed to run in as … I'd recommend Lubuntu which is a version of Ubuntu designed to run in as little as 128meg of RAM - it'll boot fast, shutdown fast, and run like a dream on that machine.And being Linux there's no need for any anti-spyware/anti-virus taking up resources.As it's a variant of Ubuntu it's got a pretty interface and a lot of software packages available.



thanks mate, will check it out
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