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Medion i3-530 desktop on sale for £399 at Aldi 4th Feb
Medion i3-530 desktop on sale for £399 at Aldi 4th Feb

Medion i3-530 desktop on sale for £399 at Aldi 4th Feb

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Just to let everyone know, Aldi are selling some desktops again on Thursday 4th Feb. Here's the spec from the leaflet I got today.

Intel Core i3-530 (2.93Ghz 4 mb Intel Smart Cache)
Nvidia Geforce G210 Directx 10 Graphics card with 512mb
3 GB DDR3 SDRAM
1 TB S-ATA disk
Multiformat DVD/CD burner
High Speed Wireless Lan 802.11n-Standard
Firewire
Multicard Reader
Window 7 Home Premium

Comes with usual software package for £399.
Edit - now added images.

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duo core or quad core?
cheers

Been reading reviews on the I3-530 and it sounds fantastic,
In before all the loony comments about "build it myself" and "i got mine from a car boot " and "my OS cost £4.80"

darklight;7671511

duo core or quad core?


Dual core with hyper-threading.

When you say desktops, does this include monitor/ keyboard/ mouse or am I expecting too much??

Original Poster

Comes complete with PS/2 Keyboard and optical mouse, no monitor. There is a 20" Widescreen monitor also advertised in the leaflet for £89.99. If you can't be bothered with the stress of getting it from Aldi, I know Argos have started selling a couple of Medion machines as well, just with a standard 1 yr warranty though.

cheers beavis

how's it compare to this apart from Qcore & slightly slower processor but better L2

medion.com/ms/…ldi

tonyg1962;7671538

In before all the loony comments about "build it myself" and "i got mine … In before all the loony comments about "build it myself" and "i got mine from a car boot " and "my OS cost £4.80"


LOL

Just to let you folks know, iCore is faster than most dual cores and quad cores.

Deffo a powerful machine and a good gaming rig for £399.

darklight;7671511

duo core or quad core?cheers



Intel are gradually replacing all their Celerons, Pentiums and Core2Duos with these CPUs.

There are i3, i5 and i7 CPUs in the range.

Some I believe include graphics capability on the chip (with HDMI out) - has to be built into the motherboard of course - please correct me if I am wrong.

These chips can also overclock themselves and underclock themselves as need be.

This months PC Pro (March 2010) has a massive CPU megatest where these chips are discussed.

pcpro.co.uk/lat…sue

Also LAST weeks Micro Mart magazine (Issue 1090 - 21st-27th January) has a review of a number oif i3 motherboads and talks about these chips (may still be in the shops).

From now on, to "future proof" your computer you should only consider the i3, i5, i7 chips as the "old" Celeron/Pentium/Core2Duo chips are now "old technology".
.

jalaldevil;7671869

LOLJust to let you folks know, iCore is faster than most dual cores and … LOLJust to let you folks know, iCore is faster than most dual cores and quad cores.Deffo a powerful machine and a good gaming rig for £399.



A powerful machine? Lol. A good gaming rig? LMAO.

It used to be deals for knives that provoked the 'mine's better than yours' or 'this is better than that' arguments, now it's PCs. Great fun to read though, and for what it's worth (nothing) I'm writing this on a steam powered Casio typewriter connected to x386 PC running WIn 3.1 viewed on a green and black CRT. Now, where's my spare ribbon . .

Original Poster

Now with pics!

http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae82/beavis2007/IMG_0264.jpg
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae82/beavis2007/IMG_0267.jpg
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae82/beavis2007/IMG_0266.jpg

I would probably consider this deal hotukdeals.com/ite…ti-

Don't think this one is as fast or gives you as much value for money

sterion75;7674913

I would probably consider this deal … I would probably consider this deal http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/593341/quad-core-intel-4gb-ram-1tb-hd-ati- Don't think this one is as fast or gives you as much value for money



Dont know about value but the I3-530 is faster,

seems a good price

sterion75;7674913

I would probably consider this deal … I would probably consider this deal http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/593341/quad-core-intel-4gb-ram-1tb-hd-ati- Don't think this one is as fast or gives you as much value for money



difficult decision! both boxes have + and minus points. if somebody could benchmark these i3 rigs so we know what they're capable of. without checking the older tech Quad box gets my vote.

Original Poster

Now available on the aldi website and more information on here:

]http//al…ldi

beavis2007;7686242

Now available on the aldi website and more information on … Now available on the aldi website and more information on here:]http://aldi.medion.com/md8341/uk/?refPage=aldi



Its an upside down ATX case for some reason, Not good ventilation,

tonyg1962;7687894

Its an upside down ATX case for some reason, Not good ventilation,



Ventilation should be fine, there's an additional fan vent there anyway (which can easily have a fan installed if there isn't one there already). I can't see these systems running particularly hot anyway, so it's not really an issue.

tonyg1962;7671538

Been reading reviews on the I3-530 and it sounds fantastic,In before all … Been reading reviews on the I3-530 and it sounds fantastic,In before all the loony comments about "build it myself" and "i got mine from a car boot " and "my OS cost £4.80"



tonyg1962;7671538

Its an upside down ATX case for some reason, Not good ventilation,



:whistling: :whistling:

I was just looking at the CPU benchmark on cpubenchmark.net/hig…tml for this processor. And it scores lower, than the previous Pc aldi had in there stors a month ago, or so. I beleive it was a Q8300. This was priced at 350, so not sure if it's as good deadl. What you recon? I missed out on that one, and next cheapest price was Acer in comet for about 80 quid more.

tonyg1962;7676368

Dont know about value but the I3-530 is faster,



isnt faster

can some one show me a better pc for the money,
as i need a new one
looked on pc world and ebay and nout comes close
need 4 gig ram 500hd
not wanted for for gameing

keith m;7688889

can some one show me a better pc for the money, as i need a new one … can some one show me a better pc for the money, as i need a new one looked on pc world and ebay and nout comes close need 4 gig ram 500hd not wanted for for gameing



I've been looking for similar and this was my preference.
meshcomputers.com/Def…190

Personally I think it might still be worth the extra £30.

There's a discount code in vouchers which will basically cover the delivery charge.

anyone know if the 3 year warrinty is free
do u have to pay for the 2nd and 3rd year

keith m;7688938

anyone know if the 3 year warrinty is free do u have to pay for the … anyone know if the 3 year warrinty is free do u have to pay for the 2nd and 3rd year

i bought an aldi pc in august...3yr warranty free:thumbsup:

The deal seems ok for that standard of pc but a lot of rubbish has been said. The i3 CPU is not any faster than many older CPUs. In fact even if you go up to the i5 a older Q9550 is far better but also more expensive. That's the key, the new i CPUs are pretty cheap but are not any better than intels older CPUs until you get to the higher i7s.

TheVoice;7688587

Ventilation should be fine, there's an additional fan vent there anyway … Ventilation should be fine, there's an additional fan vent there anyway (which can easily have a fan installed if there isn't one there already). I can't see these systems running particularly hot anyway, so it's not really an issue.



The problem is if you upgrade to a GC that produces a lot of heat then the hot air is vented throught he PSU as it rises,Adding a fan at the bottom will just vent out colder air from lower down,Its a pity as this chip is really good for gaming being higher clocked than most quad chips this price and most games only use two cores anyway ,Could have been great for the money,

tonyg1962;7689008

The problem is if you upgrade to a GC that produces a lot of heat then … The problem is if you upgrade to a GC that produces a lot of heat then the hot air is vented throught he PSU as it rises,Adding a fan at the bottom will just vent out colder air from lower down,Its a pity as this chip is really good for gaming being higher clocked than most quad chips this price and most games only use two cores anyway ,Could have been great for the money,



I had this same argument with a friend as logically this makes sense. However I lost that argument as adding the bottom fan did indeed lower the temperature by a few degrees.

Same goes for running the case with the side off, it does help.

jamesdew;7689021

I had this same argument with a friend as logically this makes sense. … I had this same argument with a friend as logically this makes sense. However I lost that argument as adding the bottom fan did indeed lower the temperature by a few degrees.Same goes for running the case with the side off, it does help.



Agree but a top fan lowers it by much more.

3 Warranty and have never had a problem with customer support..

My 14 month old Aldi medion PC is still going strong, plays all of the latest games very smoothly at very high levels of detail so if you are looking for a new gaming PC this will do the job very well.

Heat from me.

leeparsons;7688702

I was just looking at the CPU benchmark on … I was just looking at the CPU benchmark on http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html for this processor. And it scores lower, than the previous Pc aldi had in there stors a month ago, or so. I beleive it was a Q8300. This was priced at 350, so not sure if it's as good deal.


I agree - the iCore may be the latest technology, but it is also an entry level CPU. The Q8300 is from the top segment of the previous generation, and certainly with threaded applications it has the edge - plus better virtualisation features I believe. So maybe this one has a low power consumption, but it is not a powerful machine.

If you really want to future proof your system, make sure you get a 64bit OS. And of course USB3 and 6 Gb SATA are about to happen, but both are still very rare. At least get an eSATA connector.

tonyg1962;7689008

The problem is if you upgrade to a GC that produces a lot of heat then … The problem is if you upgrade to a GC that produces a lot of heat then the hot air is vented throught he PSU as it rises,Adding a fan at the bottom will just vent out colder air from lower down,Its a pity as this chip is really good for gaming being higher clocked than most quad chips this price and most games only use two cores anyway ,Could have been great for the money,



I don't disagree entirely, because I have an inverted ATX case myself and the GPU does indeed get quite warm (difference being, my PSU is at the bottom front of the case so it doesn't assist in cooling the main area of the case unlike this Medion). That being said, the layout of the case will be more than sufficient to keep the supplied components cool, so it isn't fair to complain.

what are the i3 chips like compared to amd? was looking at getting an amd 965 quad core based rig. or are intel the better bet?

The biggest advantages of the i3-530 chip are very low power use and that with a compatible motherboard, it has onboard graphics capable of decoding Blu Ray at its highest setting at 24p with HD Audio Bitstreaming.

If using a graphics card though the benefit is negated and you would in almost all cases bet better with an amd or previous gen intel proc.

Really good deal as the cheapest core i3 desktop price I can see at ]PC Checker is £509

Also as others have said i3, i5 and i7 are the processors you should be looking at as all the other core 2 duo ones use 'old' motherboard sockets etc so you are severely limiting yourself in terms of upgrades later on down the line.

andy_sym;7689555

Really good deal as the cheapest core i3 desktop price I can see at ]PC … Really good deal as the cheapest core i3 desktop price I can see at ]PC Checker is £509Also as others have said i3, i5 and i7 are the processors you should be looking at as all the other core 2 duo ones use 'old' motherboard sockets etc so you are severely limiting yourself in terms of upgrades later on down the line.



How many people here are actually going to upgrade the CPU though? For the vast majority of people it doesn't matter, and for the people who would upgrade individual components later, they'd probably be looking at buying a different system or building one themselves anyway.

yeaters;7688914

I've been looking for similar and this was my … I've been looking for similar and this was my preference.http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTVIEWPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=674190



The Mesh Elite i3 530 is closer in spec to the Medion
meshcomputers.com/Def…419

Note however -
500GB Hard Drive vs 1 TB (1000 GB) hard disk
1.7GB Intel® integrated Graphics vs NVIDIA® GeForce® G210 graphics card
Wired LAN vs Wireless LAN
1 Year Return to Base Warranty vs 3-year warranty
on the plus side for the Mesh -
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM vs 3 GB (3072 MB) DDR3 SDRAM

dont get me wrong, this pc will be a good buy for some but consider this
the gfx card wont play the latest games with all the eye candy on so what will this be like in 12 months time? therefore dont buy this thinking its a gaming rig, its adequate but nothing startling
for the ram hungry people out there then im assuming it will be 3 x 1gb sticks making it expensive to upgrade should you ever need to
theres no blu-ray reader which is pretty much standard now in all but base pc's
to name just a few possible issues, if not now then in the very near future
having said all that, this will be fine for everyday tasks inc surfing, schoolwork, photo editing etc so dont knock it, just dont expect it to be top of the range expecially in a years times
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