Lenovo IdeaCentre 700 Desktop PC @ PC World £599.97 was £849.99
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Lenovo IdeaCentre 700 Desktop PC @ PC World £599.97 was £849.99

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Found 16th Aug 2016
Was £849.99 now £599.97

Windows 10 (pre-installed)
Intel® Core™ i5-6400 Processor
Memory: 16 GB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Hard drive: 2 TB

I do not have the time or patience to custom build, so wanted a prebuilt machine as my old one has given up the ghost. Seems a decent spec for the price - but I'm no expert. Am posting as may be of use to others but this being a pc deal am bracing myself to get shot down!

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not a deal price though. certainly no one will pay £850 quid for this machine. not voting.. PCworld/Currys overpriced their items and then represent it as deal or sale. scamsters..

suchitmehta7

not a deal price though. certainly no one will pay £850 quid for this … not a deal price though. certainly no one will pay £850 quid for this machine. not voting.. PCworld/Currys overpriced their items and then represent it as deal or sale. scamsters..



but is it a good price at £599?

ibblackberry1

but is it a good price at £599?


No

Original Poster

davidfwalsh

No



For this spec, what is a reasonable price and do you have link to an alternative branded pre built?

Peruse42

For this spec, what is a reasonable price and do you have link to an … For this spec, what is a reasonable price and do you have link to an alternative branded pre built?


What do you want the PC for ? Your answer will determine my answer

Original Poster

davidfwalsh

What do you want the PC for ? Your answer will determine my answer



With respect, pointless - answer a question with a question. What is a reasonable price for this spec? That should hopefully determine whether this is a deal or not.

Since this may get a lot of people talking PC. I'm looking to buy a new one, built my last one but trying to decide on what to go for.
I use my PC mostly for being on the web, but will be doing regular video editing, max 1080p quality as no desire to buy a new camera for a long time, so mostly GoPro 3+. Current computer was able to handle it though video would play for 2-3 seconds and then become choppy, Mobo is dying slowly, can no longer get a stable PC running with Windows even after a clean install. Linux hasn't crashed once though but i need windows for my Adobe, Steam etc.
Still deciding between i5 or i7, would go with 16GB RAM, and Nvida 2gb GFX as those work best with Adobe and game wise i play Sim city, Command and conquer, older games, rather than the latest.
My budget is 600- 700 absolute max, if your able to work out something with an SSD, bonus. PC world do seem to have average offers but when you look at the spec a 240W PSU for an i7 16gb (max so not great mobo) 4gb gfx etc

ibblackberry1

but is it a good price at £599?


no.. for this spec I won't spend more than £400- £450 max

suchitmehta7

no.. for this spec I won't spend more than £400- £450 max



​Can you send a link for a pc with that spec for £450? Which I don't have to build

SlpyD

​Can you send a link for a pc with that spec for £450? Which I don't have … ​Can you send a link for a pc with that spec for £450? Which I don't have to build <3



Looking at the prices for pre-built machines at Novatech or CCL, I'd say £599 is actually fair for this system. That's not to say I think it's a good use of the budget - you can easily cut 25-30% from this cost if you spend the 2 hours it takes to build it, but FWIW it's not as bad as some posters are suggesting

Rhythm

Looking at the prices for pre-built machines at Novatech or CCL, I'd say … Looking at the prices for pre-built machines at Novatech or CCL, I'd say £599 is actually fair for this system. That's not to say I think it's a good use of the budget - you can easily cut 25-30% from this cost if you spend the 2 hours it takes to build it, but FWIW it's not as bad as some posters are suggesting



​if you don't mind a refurb look on Argos eBay
tesco eBay probably half the price

In fact, £599 is actually pretty close to the component cost alone: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…K3F

Could possibly cut a couple of corners here but £599 might be fair after all.

That does avoid, however, the fact that one could build a much nicer PC for that same cash. It feels pretty rubbish that the best you could do for £600 is a system built around a 960.

aa64xyz

​if you don't mind a refurb look on Argos eBaytesco eBay probably half t … ​if you don't mind a refurb look on Argos eBaytesco eBay probably half the price



True. I just bought a refurb 8gb i7 laptop from ebay - under £200. Using it for video processing over my desktop which is more tuned for gaming (it has a slower i5 at its core)

Edited by: "Rhythm" 16th Aug 2016

SlpyD

​Can you send a link for a pc with that spec for £450? Which I don't have … ​Can you send a link for a pc with that spec for £450? Which I don't have to build <3



​refurb m.ebay.co.uk/itm…r=1
bought quite a few laptops from them had no problems

Rhythm

True. I just bought a refurb 16gb i7 laptop from ebay - under £200. Using … True. I just bought a refurb 16gb i7 laptop from ebay - under £200. Using it for video processing over my desktop which is more tuned for gaming (it has a slower i5 at its core)

]i7 laptop under 200 notes. really? i5 for a bit more yes. i7 no way

Peruse42

With respect, pointless - answer a question with a question. What is a … With respect, pointless - answer a question with a question. What is a reasonable price for this spec? That should hopefully determine whether this is a deal or not.



Certainly not pointless to answer with a question , if the pc you want is for gaming then your graphics card is going be one of the most expensive parts, so what do you want the PC for ?

​if you need the gtx 960 you should be searching for gaming pc .different specs something like this
amazon.co.uk/gp/…1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471356645&sr=8-1π=SY200_QL40&keywords=i5+gaming+pc&dpPl=1&dpID=41ostCC1ymL&ref=plSrch

if you can get away with using gtx750 then it would be around 120 pounds cheaper

Rhythm

In fact, £599 is actually pretty close to the component cost alone: … In fact, £599 is actually pretty close to the component cost alone: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/7QHK3FCould possibly cut a couple of corners here but £599 might be fair after all.That does avoid, however, the fact that one could build a much nicer PC for that same cash. It feels pretty rubbish that the best you could do for £600 is a system built around a 960.



You can cut some pretty significant corners there, you are being very generous, If you take into account the super generic and cheap parts Lenovo use you can knock off ~150 from your parts list pretty easily.

Also found this: "It has proprietary Lenovo motherboard and case parts which means it's impossible to upgrade the graphics card as it would need a bigger power supply you cannot connect to the motherboard."

Meaning a Lenovo mobo and PSU that have their own design and aren't great, similar to some Dells.

This is also the price everywhere so its not a deal.
Edited by: "catbeans" 16th Aug 2016

leeparsons

i7 laptop under 200 notes. really? i5 for a bit more yes. i7 no way



Just checked and there are none on at the moment but look at "completed/sold auctions" for Dell e6430 i7. There are tons completing under £200. The i7 even comes with discrete Nvidia graphics.

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Rhythm

True. I just bought a refurb 8gb i7 laptop from ebay - under £200. Using … True. I just bought a refurb 8gb i7 laptop from ebay - under £200. Using it for video processing over my desktop which is more tuned for gaming (it has a slower i5 at its core)



The i5 in your desktop is most certainly faster than your laptop i7. Most laptop i7's are actually duial core, not quad. And even the proper quad core models would not be quicker than a desktop i5.

aa64xyz

​refurb http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/142013551422?_mwBanner=1bought quite a f … ​refurb http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/142013551422?_mwBanner=1bought quite a few laptops from them had no problems



​Thanks! I'll have look through

aa64xyz

​if you need the gtx 960 you should be searching for gaming pc .different … ​if you need the gtx 960 you should be searching for gaming pc .different specs something like this www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00SL74K3W/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471356645&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=i5+gaming+pc&dpPl=1&dpID=41ostCC1ymL&ref=plSrch



​This ones got half the ram n hard drive space and the cpu is two generations older than the one op has posted..

SlpyD

​This ones got half the ram n hard drive space and the cpu is two g … ​This ones got half the ram n hard drive space and the cpu is two generations older than the one op has posted..



​what I was suggesting is that if he needs gtx960 then he should search for gaming pc
various specs out there might be better and easier to upgrade

xela333

The i5 in your desktop is most certainly faster than your laptop i7. Most … The i5 in your desktop is most certainly faster than your laptop i7. Most laptop i7's are actually duial core, not quad. And even the proper quad core models would not be quicker than a desktop i5.



Passmark says otherwise (i5 4440 vs i7 3720) and GoPro Studio has processed footage notably quicker on the laptop so far. I should be able to get even better results if I SSD it


The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well be exdisplay.
While at the moment it doesn't reflect a big saving. My experience is it will drop another £100-£200 in the next 4 weeks. Thursday used to be the main price change day, so could be worth stalking it.
With the Win10 free upgrade being over, they will be trying to dispose of Win8.1 machines to take in fresh stock. There will be bargains to be found but it will involve looking.

Oneday77

The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well … The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well be exdisplay. While at the moment it doesn't reflect a big saving. My experience is it will drop another £100-£200 in the next 4 weeks. Thursday used to be the main price change day, so could be worth stalking it. With the Win10 free upgrade being over, they will be trying to dispose of Win8.1 machines to take in fresh stock. There will be bargains to be found but it will involve looking.



The Win10 free upgrade may not be over depending on your personal circumstances. See the article here

Oneday77

The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well … The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well be exdisplay. While at the moment it doesn't reflect a big saving. My experience is it will drop another £100-£200 in the next 4 weeks. Thursday used to be the main price change day, so could be worth stalking it. With the Win10 free upgrade being over, they will be trying to dispose of Win8.1 machines to take in fresh stock. There will be bargains to be found but it will involve looking.



The Win10 free upgrade may not be over depending on your personal circumstances. See the article here

Oneday77

The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well … The £599.97 is a clearance price. So stock will be limited and could well be exdisplay. While at the moment it doesn't reflect a big saving. My experience is it will drop another £100-£200 in the next 4 weeks. Thursday used to be the main price change day, so could be worth stalking it. With the Win10 free upgrade being over, they will be trying to dispose of Win8.1 machines to take in fresh stock. There will be bargains to be found but it will involve looking.



This machine has Win10 pre-installed ...
Edited by: "phoenix198" 17th Aug 2016

At a time when people are getting excited about the performance leap of RX470/480 and the GTX 1060, it's hard to generate excitement around a computer built around a GTX 960. I appreciate you have said you wouldn't want to build your own, which is perfectly reasonable, but for those who do, they could build something around an RX470 or 480 for around £630 - £640, including OS, substituting hard drive for a 250GB SSD and taking the memory down to 8GB, with the full retail warranty on each component, rather than the usual one year warranty that comes with most prebuilt PCs. The full retail warranty is worth the extra, for me. Still, it seems an okay deal if you are happy enough with a GTX 960, though it would be good to know what the power supply is.

In fairness, I checked out the full spec - whatever else people think about PC World, kudos to them for a fairly detailed spec listing - and notice that the Lenovo comes with card reader, mouse and keyboard, so that bumps up the price of the partpicker build by £10 - £15. PSU 400W. Still, that 1 year warranty is off-putting, to me, compared to the often longer warranties on the individual components if building your own, for those who like that option. A quick look around and I couldn't find a cheaper deal from a high street vendor.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 17th Aug 2016

Keep your eye out on dell outlet usually have discount codes too.

Just got a scratch and dent xps 8900 for £607 after cashback.

i7 6000k, 2 TB 7200 rpm,, 512 GB SSD, Bluray DVD/RW, 16 GB ddr4 Ram, heatsink, Windows 10, half decent motherboard, average 460w PSU. No GPU but gtx 1060 fits.

Ignoring the rest i.e the average PSU and motherboard the components alone are cheaper than buying separately and can easily be taken out and put into another case.

Edited by: "andy1989" 17th Aug 2016

Original Poster

Hi, the deal seems to have rallied - still cold (as expected) but not as cold as it was! If anyone has bought and used the voucher code GOLD100 successfully - please can they advise? I'm not sure who added it here, but seems to be for TV's only - if it works, I need to speak to Customer Services.Thanks.
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