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Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny - Pentium G3220T 2.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD (NO OS) - £39.99 / £42.94 delivered @ encorepc / Ebay
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Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny - Pentium G3220T 2.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD (NO OS) - £39.99 / £42.94 delivered @ encorepc / Ebay

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As small as a book. Can't go wrong really, especially if you are like me and bought 4. Plus there's a chance at a random discount code on eBay right now. I just logged in, a pink banner came up saying save 10% on orders of £50+ with a unique code (Mine was TTUK1**HZY5Z***, a few letters censored there)

CPU: It's Achilles heel. Not the greatest but can be upgraded.
Ram: 4GB, not too bad.
Hard drive: 320GB, non SSD but still ok.


You will need:

A power cable (£7.99 on eBay, probably can get it cheaper)
A Displayport to HDMI cable (around £5 on ebay at the moment).

When you consider these were being sold by the same company with an even worse CPU for £60 (But with an OS). Not as good as the ones being sold on Itzoo a while back for £50 (but they have now upped the price massively, probably realising it was a mistake to sell that low).

Without a doubt if you just want one, buying 4 for means £29.99 each and a guaranteed profit selling the other 3 off.

With the 10% code I paid £122.14 for 4 of these including displayport to hdmi cable and power cable.

Update (after a member's comment):

Just to clarify, this isn't new. It's classed as both B and C grade on the listing (one part says B, the other C). Which means there will/could/probably will mean marks and signs of use on the unit but "items will still be in working order".

The latter part is key. It will be completely working.

If any very unlikely problems arise, PayPal refund the cost of returning the computer.


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Could be so cool once you've upgraded the CPU,ram and motherboard.

Edit. Sorry, I forgot the HD.
Edited by: "eatmorefish" 11th Mar
No operating system, no 19volt power supply. Grade C. Items not fully function tested. No wonder it's cheap.
rodney_jxl11/03/2020 18:08

Can you activate a fresh win 10 install with a win 7 key?? Thanks



Yes, fresh install of Win 10 with a USB key and putting in the Win 7 product key will let you through.
There should not need to be any installation of 7 first as Gavin1 suggests. I have installed and successfully activated Win 10 with Win 7 keys many, MANY times without needing to do anything else.
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Can you defo upgrade the CPU here? Are they not soldered in??
Krooner11/03/2020 15:24

Can you defo upgrade the CPU here? Are they not soldered in??


Uses the LGA 1150 socket so can be replaced/upgraded
Could be so cool once you've upgraded the CPU,ram and motherboard.

Edit. Sorry, I forgot the HD.
Edited by: "eatmorefish" 11th Mar
Krooner11/03/2020 15:24

Can you defo upgrade the CPU here? Are they not soldered in??


Yep. I was having a nose comparing other cpu's as a vs.

I compared a laptops soldered in CPU to this CPU (on cpu-world I think it was). It said there the laptop CPU is non upgadable but the G3220T is.

Also in terms of spec....

The m93 as stock comes with 8gb ram and an i5 processor, which suggests Encore have acquired a lot of these systems, downgraded the CPU to allow them to lower the price for quick clearance.
No operating system, no 19volt power supply. Grade C. Items not fully function tested. No wonder it's cheap.
Is HDD a std 2.5" laptop drive? And guessign swapping it for a ssd is straight forward.
rav4cas11/03/2020 15:32

No operating system, no 19volt power supply. Grade C. Items not fully …No operating system, no 19volt power supply. Grade C. Items not fully function tested. No wonder it's cheap.


OS is cheap. Power supply is cheap.

A mixed view of grades.... One part says C, but then see seller notes “B GRADE CONDITION - May have signs of use such as mark and blemished housing".

Also they mention:

"but items will still be in working order".

They've stated it's in working order and therefore if it doesn't work in full then it could be returned as faulty goods.
Musicrab11/03/2020 15:32

Is HDD a std 2.5" laptop drive? And guessign swapping it for a ssd is …Is HDD a std 2.5" laptop drive? And guessign swapping it for a ssd is straight forward.


Yes, very easy on these to swap out HDD. Picked up a couple from itzoo on the 45 deal and they were great. Not voting, but should have 'no power supply' in title
Musicrab11/03/2020 15:32

Is HDD a std 2.5" laptop drive? And guessign swapping it for a ssd is …Is HDD a std 2.5" laptop drive? And guessign swapping it for a ssd is straight forward.


From what I understand, it is yes and swapping for SSD is very easy. Plenty of youtube vids taking the lenovo tiny range apart (as it could be a tad more fiddly due to the size but it's straight forward)
GNKelly0711/03/2020 15:36

Not voting, but should have 'no power supply' in title


I put it, and put it again in description but it was edited from title before being approved.
Sparkz2k1611/03/2020 15:38

I put it, and put it again in description but it was edited from title …I put it, and put it again in description but it was edited from title before being approved.


Yes, fair enough - not having a pop at you, just an opinion. Video here demonstrating HDD swap. Also necessary for ram upgrade as it is below the HDD enclosure

Edited by: "GNKelly07" 11th Mar
GNKelly0711/03/2020 15:40

Yes, fair enough - not having a pop at you, just an opinion. Video here …Yes, fair enough - not having a pop at you, just an opinion. Video here demonstrating HDD swap.[Video]


No I know, I appreciate the comments. Just honestly saying I put it in title but was edited out. TY for posting the vid
Sparkz2k1611/03/2020 15:31

The m93 as stock comes with 8gb ram and an i5 processor, which suggests …The m93 as stock comes with 8gb ram and an i5 processor, which suggests Encore have acquired a lot of these systems, downgraded the CPU to allow them to lower the price for quick clearance.


You can just make out the serial number in the image doing a lookup on IBM says they came with the G3220t as built

The IBM site also suggests they are 2014 vintage
See it states... COMES WITH WINDOWS 7 PRO COA, which seems if you install win7 pro it has legal key sticker. Win 7 no longer supported?
gavin111/03/2020 15:45

You can just make out the serial number in the image doing a lookup on IBM …You can just make out the serial number in the image doing a lookup on IBM says they came with the G3220t as built The IBM site also suggests they are 2014 vintage


Ahh I see, TY. Didn't know that. Yeah, they are older systems but a very good form for portability, having as a TV box, etc.
morrig11/03/2020 15:48

See it states... COMES WITH WINDOWS 7 PRO COA, which seems if you …See it states... COMES WITH WINDOWS 7 PRO COA, which seems if you install win7 pro it has legal key sticker. Win 7 no longer supported?


So worth trying a win10pro install from iso - may validate and save a couple of squid...
microsoft.com/en-…s10
Edited by: "Musicrab" 11th Mar
"guaranteed profit selling the other 3 off." Do you work for encorepc?
£7,99 for psu
Edited by: "farook_yakub" 11th Mar
Musicrab11/03/2020 16:01

"guaranteed profit selling the other 3 off." Do you work for encorepc?


. Just being honest with a good deal. Can you honestly say that in perhaps a few weeks or a month when the listing has long gone that if buying 4 at £29.99 each, 3 couldn't be sold for at very least £30.00 each? (When on Encores own site a M93 G3220T, 4gb ram. 250gb HD B grade is £60).

Admittedly that's only 3p profit (well knocked off what's paid for 1).
Any views on whether this would work as a basic media centre?
I'm after a single solution for:
Sky sports app
Virgin go
Prime video
Kodi (720p max) kids TV shows

I'd also have liked it to double as a Plex media server as my current Nas isn't up to it but that's a nice to have.
Musicrab11/03/2020 15:55

So worth trying a win10pro install from iso - may validate and save a …So worth trying a win10pro install from iso - may validate and save a couple of squid...https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10


Partner likes Win 7 and as her desktop is getting a bit creaky and power hungry put a Win 7 ultimate(DAZ!) on my under used Gigabyte Brix 1900, now runs smoothly for her usage and power for 43" Tv and computer down from 150 watts to 70.
MrWani11/03/2020 16:11

Any views on whether this would work as a basic media centre? I'm after a …Any views on whether this would work as a basic media centre? I'm after a single solution for:Sky sports appVirgin goPrime videoKodi (720p max) kids TV showsI'd also have liked it to double as a Plex media server as my current Nas isn't up to it but that's a nice to have.


Yep it would. I think that's one of the main uses of these nowadays. At worst it's free returns via PayPal but it will be fine.
Musicrab11/03/2020 15:55

So worth trying a win10pro install from iso - may validate and save a …So worth trying a win10pro install from iso - may validate and save a couple of squid...https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10



Build it as an in situ upgrade from an Installed copy of W7 OS and it should work and should validate but technically you don’t have a licence as the upgrade offer expired a long time ago. And yes Microsoft are very unlikely to care...

Hint after doing the upgrade and the box getting a key, do it again and re-install the OS as a clean install so these no W7 crud underneath
Anyone recommend a psu
farook_yakub11/03/2020 16:25

Anyone recommend a psu


I've gone for:

ebay.co.uk/itm…649

That's the £7.99 one as although its unbranded, feedback is decent so people haven't had problems with it.

Official ones are around £20 normally.

Almost any brand of that connector type should work as long as it's 3.5 amps. I'm sure I saw another for £4 earlier which I will have a look for now and post if I can find.
morrig11/03/2020 15:48

See it states... COMES WITH WINDOWS 7 PRO COA, which seems if you …See it states... COMES WITH WINDOWS 7 PRO COA, which seems if you install win7 pro it has legal key sticker. Win 7 no longer supported?



That can be used to authorise Windows 10 also, with a fresh install.
GNKelly0711/03/2020 16:35

Comment deleted


Sky sports runs like a dog on my laptop with a similar processor. I'd assumed it was the WiFi or just Sky related, hadn't considered CPU as an issue. May have to take another look.

I currently have everything but the sports working on a firestick but it's clunky (especially virgin go as the app is squashed). If this pc won't handle Sky sports I may go for an i5+ option. That would also give me the Plex server options.

Thanks for the heads up
Sparkz2k1611/03/2020 16:33

I've gone …I've gone for:https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Adapter-For-Lenovo-ThinkCentre-M73-M93p-Tiny-in-One-23-Desktop-Power-Supply-Top/223582964247?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649That's the £7.99 one as although its unbranded, feedback is decent so people haven't had problems with it.Official ones are around £20 normally. Almost any brand of that connector type should work as long as it's 3.5 amps. I'm sure I saw another for £4 earlier which I will have a look for now and post if I can find.


If you're swapping the CPU bare in mind that's going to limit your choices, perhaps look at something with a bit more headroom.
Edited by: "edd666999" 11th Mar
Anyone know if these have wireless built in?
titchmiester1811/03/2020 17:20

Anyone know if these have wireless built in?


Not built in AFAIK. I think there's a radio antenna style thing that comes with the ones with it built in. Good to have a USB Wifi dongle just in case if wired isn't doable.

I could be mistaken though on the former.
gavin111/03/2020 16:21

Hint after doing the upgrade and the box getting a key, do it again and …Hint after doing the upgrade and the box getting a key, do it again and re-install the OS as a clean install so these no W7 crud underneath


"All storage on devices are securely data wiped" so straight to a clean install methinks.
GNKelly0711/03/2020 15:36

Yes, very easy on these to swap out HDD. Picked up a couple from itzoo on …Yes, very easy on these to swap out HDD. Picked up a couple from itzoo on the 45 deal and they were great. Not voting, but should have 'no power supply' in title


I got one from itzoo for 45 as well. Mine got i3 processor which is better than this one.
I've bought a couple to use as Geforce now boxes, much cheaper than an Nvidia shield..
A801211/03/2020 17:42

I got one from itzoo for 45 as well. Mine got i3 processor which is better …I got one from itzoo for 45 as well. Mine got i3 processor which is better than this one.


Yes it is but like I put, Itzoo have clearly sold it that low by undermining it's value. They didn't gauge the market and really put the stock down to an insane bargain.

The i3 tiny should easily be £100+ of which Itzoo have now changed the prices of current "tiny" systems. Someone mentioned in that deal post who contacted Itzoo said they replied saying it will never be available again at that price.

On that basis I guess the deal should be taken as regardless of what it had been previously, is this a deal at the current time? I'd like to think the answer is yes
Edited by: "Sparkz2k16" 11th Mar
Musicrab11/03/2020 17:39

"All storage on devices are securely data wiped" so straight to a clean …"All storage on devices are securely data wiped" so straight to a clean install methinks.


Sorry bad phrasing

You may find a clean install if W10 To a bare drive will not activate, so you may need to do an basic install of W7 and then do a W10 install and then a clean W10 build ie build it three time.
chischis11/03/2020 16:39

That can be used to authorise Windows 10 also, with a fresh install.


Can you activate a fresh win 10 install with a win 7 key?? Thanks
Sparkz2k1611/03/2020 17:47

Yes it is but like I put, Itzoo have clearly sold it that low by …Yes it is but like I put, Itzoo have clearly sold it that low by undermining it's value. They didn't gauge the market and really put the stock down to an insane bargain.The i3 tiny should easily be £100+ of which Itzoo have now changed the prices of current "tiny" systems. Someone mentioned in that deal post who contacted Itzoo said they replied saying it will never be available again at that price. On that basis I guess the deal should be taken as regardless of what it had been previously, is this a deal at the current time? I'd like to think the answer is yes


I agree with you. I just mentioned what I got.
Didn't down vote your deal
A801211/03/2020 18:41

I agree with you. I just mentioned what I got.Didn't down vote your deal …I agree with you. I just mentioned what I got.Didn't down vote your deal


TY and I'm jealous. I was someone who almost bought it, then while thinking about it, it went OOS. Days later I posted on that deal that I'm waiting for them to have more in stock as I'm sure they would.... Nope (lol). A cracking deal that was matey
Sh...... nothing.... there's me posting about this deal and all along I've ordered it to my old address. Only just saw on the invoice. For some reason eBay has the default address as my old address. You lucky ladies and gents might end up with your Pc's before me (albeit I will get to the old address 50 miles away to intercept when it's dispatched).

Poop, mess, fiddlesticks and cropper.
DDR3 SODIMMs for RAM. If anyone has power consumption figures I'd love to know since my current tower servers are a bit hot and hungry even though they're not under much load
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