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PRICED AT £799.99 AGAIN HURRY !! Sony VAIO RC204 (with Blu-Ray Drive) Plus Possible Quidco
PRICED AT £799.99 AGAIN HURRY !! Sony VAIO RC204 (with Blu-Ray Drive)  Plus Possible  Quidco

PRICED AT £799.99 AGAIN HURRY !! Sony VAIO RC204 (with Blu-Ray Drive) Plus Possible Quidco

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Product Description: Sony Vaio RC204 - Pentium D 930 3 GHz
Type: Media centre
Form Factor: Tower
Dimensions (WxDxH): 19.5 cm x 45.6 cm x 39.9 cm
Weight: 14 kg
Processor: 1 x Intel Pentium D 930 / 3 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Processor Main Features: Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology, Intel Execute Disable Bit, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology, Intel Virtualization Technology
Cache Memory: 4 MB L2 Cache
Cache Per Processor: 4 MB ( 2 x 2 MB )
RAM: 1 GB (installed) / 3 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM - 533 MHz - PC2-4200
Hard Drive: 2 x 300 GB - standard - Serial ATA-150
Optical Storage: BD-RE
Optical Storage (2nd): DVD-ROM
Card Reader: Yes
Monitor: None
Graphics Controller: NVIDIA® Geforce 7600 GT graphics card with 256 MB dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM
TV Tuner Type: Digital TV - DVB-T
Audio Output: Sound card
Communications Fax / modem: 56 Kbps
Networking Network adapter: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
OS Provided: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Description

The desktop that brings professional graphics and audio standards into the studio, the office and the home that's the Vaio RC-Series.

With everything needed to record, edit and stream high-definition video quickly and easily, it's the automatic first choice for high-quality media work.

Try out the Blu-Ray experience - use the integrated Blu-Ray drive to master your HD content on the format of the future.

The ultimate Sound and Video Mastering Platform fully supporting the DSD Audio and HD Video standards for unmatched A/V quality.

Highest specifications, outstanding performance: Pentium D 940 processor at 3.2GHz for maximum power; stunning 3D from NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7600 GT graphics; massive 600GB hard disk capacity.

Cable-free convenience: wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control bundled.

our price: £799.99 Delivered
availability: Due for release on 10/01/2007

RRP: £1599.99 You save: £800.00 (50%)

Don't forget possible 2% Quidco:

Please read the following before proceeding:

Cashback does not apply to console sales, such as Playstations, X-boxes, etc or playtrade items. However all other hardware including console controllers and leads are still valid for cashback.

That could be another £16.00 off the price.....Amazing
- BargainBinMan

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the ONLY good bit on the computer is the dvd drive, the other components are rubbish!

Original Poster

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look at this link, it's an amazing price difference?????

BargainBinMan

Have you ordered one?
I was looking at the RC202 but thats £100 more at Play!

Looks like a misprice as I see it says preorder when this machine is already for sale elsewhere.

Might take a chance and order one anyone - fantastic deal

Original Poster

pluves1

BargainBinManHave you ordered one?I was looking at the RC202 but thats … BargainBinManHave you ordered one?I was looking at the RC202 but thats £100 more at Play!Looks like a misprice as I see it says preorder when this machine is already for sale elsewhere.Might take a chance and order one anyone - fantastic deal



Too right I have, Blue Ray drives are gonna be amazing.:thumbsup:

Original Poster

And it's a SONY !!!!!!

save your money guys, buy a 360 hd-dvd drive and connect it to pc via usb2, watch movies with that.

Can you find me a nice cheap sony lcd tv/monitor to go with this now?:giggle:

I posted in the deals and requests earlier for the above. My pc is due an upgrade and my original vaio desktop an rx1 has served me well so was looking at the RX202. In addition I have a liking for Sony products:oops:

Can't believe this price is right but hey its worth a try.

Original Poster

The Blue Ray is a bonus, Sony computers are superb in my experience.

This is an amazing deal. This computer is made for performance enthusiasts and graphic designers. £800 for all those components? Buying them seperate would cost easily over £1000.

All you need is a nice 24inch TFT screen...

what are people saying?! your getting a huge amount of hard drive space 1GB of ram... plus a blu ray drive which is worth around £500 on its own!

hajj_3

save your money guys, buy a 360 hd-dvd drive and connect it to pc via … save your money guys, buy a 360 hd-dvd drive and connect it to pc via usb2, watch movies with that.


Right then why dont you try and find me a multi media pc with this spec for the same price with Blu Ray.

Somehow me thinks you'll struggle :whistling:

hajj_3

save your money guys, buy a 360 hd-dvd drive and connect it to pc via … save your money guys, buy a 360 hd-dvd drive and connect it to pc via usb2, watch movies with that.



Yeah, that's exactly what my friends & I are going for.

I will grab a new PC when I find one with a "HD DVD" drive in it though (not keen on sony's bluray), apparently there's going to be a important announcement by the HD DVD group next week (hopefully a price drop - it's already the best and cheapest so a further price drop would be great news). :thumbsup:

Hi, Think that this is a good find. Not sure whether it's worth the money for the blue-ray drive alone as don't know how much the PS3 is retailing for at launch however, this is a SONY and they do make very good kit in fairness to them.

Voted hot.

Original Poster

Don't forget possible 2% Quidco:

Please read the following before proceeding:

Cashback does not apply to console sales, such as Playstations, X-boxes, etc or playtrade items. However all other hardware including console controllers and leads are still valid for cashback.

That could be another £16.00 off the price.....Amazing

enjoymarcus

This is an amazing deal. This computer is made for performance … This is an amazing deal. This computer is made for performance enthusiasts and graphic designers. £800 for all those components? Buying them seperate would cost easily over £1000. All you need is a nice 24inch TFT screen...



Eh? That's just not true at all.

It's a good deal as Sony Pc's usually cost the earth, but what you wrote is pretty much rubbish.

Dont forget Quidco like I've just done!

Doh

First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray movies


cnet.com.au/des…htm


The first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned -- it won't play commercial BD movies.

Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its "Experience More 2006" event in Sydney yesterday, all the while acknowledging that there's significant room for improvement before the product is viable for integration into media centre PCs.

Vincent Bautista, Sony's product manager for data storage, told CNET.com.au that due to copy protection issues and lagging software development, the drive will only play user-recorded high-definition content from a digital camcorder, and not commercial movies released under the BD format.

yeah to be fair, the spec of this pc isnt that good.

D930's can be got quite cheap now, average amount of ram, and a reasonably priced graphics card.

Bluerays only good thing in there. Better off buying a PS3.

and i dont think it comes with blueray playback software anyway.
bit of a gimick.

Banned

caverncity

First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray m … First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray movies]http://www.cnet.com.au/desktops/dvdburners/0,239029405,240091720,00.htmThe first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned -- it won't play commercial BD movies.Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its "Experience More 2006" event in Sydney yesterday, all the while acknowledging that there's significant room for improvement before the product is viable for integration into media centre PCs.Vincent Bautista, Sony's product manager for data storage, told CNET.com.au that due to copy protection issues and lagging software development, the drive will only play user-recorded high-definition content from a digital camcorder, and not commercial movies released under the BD format.


Lmao, trust Sony to come up with a drive that wont even play its own format!

caverncity

First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray m … First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray movieshttp://www.cnet.com.au/desktops/dvdburners/0,239029405,240091720,00.htmThe first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned -- it won't play commercial BD movies.Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its "Experience More 2006" event in Sydney yesterday, all the while acknowledging that there's significant room for improvement before the product is viable for integration into media centre PCs.Vincent Bautista, Sony's product manager for data storage, told CNET.com.au that due to copy protection issues and lagging software development, the drive will only play user-recorded high-definition content from a digital camcorder, and not commercial movies released under the BD format.



Sorry but, this is old news and if you read the story only affects Aussies.

It plays Blu Ray movies cos you get 6 free when buying one:p

shop.sonystyle-europe.com/cat…pdf

Up to date news story here
reghardware.co.uk/200…ch/

Original Poster

caverncity

First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray m … First Blu-ray disc drive won’t play Blu-ray movies]http://www.cnet.com.au/desktops/dvdburners/0,239029405,240091720,00.htmThe first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned -- it won't play commercial BD movies.Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its "Experience More 2006" event in Sydney yesterday, all the while acknowledging that there's significant room for improvement before the product is viable for integration into media centre PCs.Vincent Bautista, Sony's product manager for data storage, told CNET.com.au that due to copy protection issues and lagging software development, the drive will only play user-recorded high-definition content from a digital camcorder, and not commercial movies released under the BD format.



Thanks for the link caverncity:thumbsup:
Notice to all readers of the link, it's best to read all of the comments associated with the link and check the date of the article. This appears to be a very controversial subject.

pluves1

Sorry but, this is old news and if you read the story only affects … Sorry but, this is old news and if you read the story only affects Aussies.It plays Blu Ray movies cos you get 6 free when buying one:p http://shop.sonystyle-europe.com/catalog/45/458A779484AD007B020000002BC29B85.pdfUp to date news story herehttp://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/10/02/sony_readies_bd-rom_patch/




fair enough didnt get that far down google and thanks for the info

Sony released a patch in November to fix the blu-ray movie issue, there's also one for WinDVD 8 BD, my HTPC has been playing movies since,

See also :

avsforum.com/avs…e=7

BargainBinMan

Thanks for the link caverncity:thumbsup: Notice to all readers of the … Thanks for the link caverncity:thumbsup: Notice to all readers of the link, it's best to read all of the comments associated with the link and check the date of the article. This appears to be a very controversial subject.


BargainBinMan

Do you think we'll qualify for the 6 discs as well? :-D

i heard power dvd had released a hd / blueray player now.

just spotted that its an onboard graphics card too.

Sony should just sell the drive seperate!

according to the update it says

They'll also need an HDCP-compliant graphics card if they want to be sure BD content will be output at the correct resolution, Sony warned. Users will also need a powerful enough PC and a modern graphics card


I assume the sony above has this card????

Original Poster

pluves1

BargainBinManDo you think we'll qualify for the 6 discs as well? :-D



If it's normally bundled with this PC I don't see any reason why we shouldn't:thumbsup:

BargainBinMan

If it's normally bundled with this PC I don't see any reason why we … If it's normally bundled with this PC I don't see any reason why we shouldn't:thumbsup:


You have to claim see link above;-)

caverncity

according to the update it saysThey'll also need an HDCP-compliant … according to the update it saysThey'll also need an HDCP-compliant graphics card if they want to be sure BD content will be output at the correct resolution, Sony warned. Users will also need a powerful enough PC and a modern graphics cardI assume the sony above has this card????


Yep

Geoforce 7 series

Mind you I'm no computer expert so I'm relying on Sony to sell me something that works and does exactly what it says on the tin:roll:

sony always over charge for their computers

Original Poster

pluves1

YepGeoforce 7 seriesMind you I'm no computer expert so I'm relying on … YepGeoforce 7 seriesMind you I'm no computer expert so I'm relying on Sony to sell me something that works and does exactly what it says on the tin:roll:




Don't worry Sony thought of everything:

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as i said the computer has poor specs, the ONLY good thing is the blue-ray drive, buy one seperately when they become cheap. or buy a 360 hd-dvd drive for £130 and watch movies with that.

hajj_3

as i said the computer has poor specs, the ONLY good thing is the … as i said the computer has poor specs, the ONLY good thing is the blue-ray drive, buy one seperately when they become cheap. or buy a 360 hd-dvd drive for £130 and watch movies with that.



....and like I said earlier show me a multi media pc with this spec and I'll listen to you :-D

Otherwise just saying it has poor specs doesnt really wash with me

I'm covering my options anyway as I have an xbox 360 and could buy a hd dvd drive for that. However as I dont have a HD ready TV this would be pointless at the moment :giggle:

Please dont think I'm buying this just cos its got Blu Ray:thumbsup:

Original Poster

pluves1

....and like I said earlier show me a multi media pc with this spec and … ....and like I said earlier show me a multi media pc with this spec and I'll listen to you :-D Otherwise just saying it has poor specs doesnt really wash with me I'm covering my options anyway as I have an xbox 360 and could buy a hd dvd drive for that. However as I dont have a HD ready TV this would be pointless at the moment :giggle: Please dont think I'm buying this just cos its got Blu Ray:thumbsup:



I'm buying it because it has one of the best looking keyboards around:giggle:

BargainBinMan

I'm buying it because it has one of the best looking keyboards … I'm buying it because it has one of the best looking keyboards around:giggle:



Is it the foldy one with inbuilt mouse like a laptop?

Got one on my VGCV2M. Really nice looking bit of kit.

Mind you I'd have thought you'd be buying this solely for the mouse:giggle:

Was someone suggesting the HD-DVD drive for the 360 could be plugged into a PC? Doubt that's happening officially or soon unless you've seen otherwise. Also, although they aren't now, the discs can be made in the future so they can't play in HD on "insecure" video connections. The 360 can only do VGA and component which are insecure so you'd probably need a new drive in the furue.

No idea if this is a good deal or price or PC or whatever since I haven't shopped for complete PCs for years, but worth noting (if you're buying it for the blu-ray) that I don't think you can play commercial blu-ray stuff on a normal computer monitor or some HDTVs, see Blu-ray disclaimer from sony's site:

[LIST][*]The Blu-ray Disc(TM) Media/Format is not universally … [LIST][*]The Blu-ray Disc(TM) Media/Format is not universally compatible. VAIO computers do not support movie playback on packaged media recorded in MPEG-4 AVC or SMPTE VC-1 formats at bit rates higher than 20 Mbps.[*]Video recording to the Blu-ray Disc(TM) is done in MPEG-2 format only.[*]A compatible HD Ready display is required for high definition playback on an external display. If your external display is not compliant with the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard, it is not capable of displaying images stored on copyright protected Blu-ray discs. Playback of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) encoded media requires an HDCP compliant output and HDCP compliant display.[*]Region settings are required for Movies and BD-ROM contents. If the region setting and the region of the disc do not match, playback is not possible.[*]You may need to connect to the Internet when playing copyright protected Blu-ray Discs(TM).[*]Your computer uses a software-based decoder to play Blu-ray Discs(TM). This means Blu-ray Disc(TM) playback generates a certain amount of load on your hardware resources and may make some operations and/or functions unavailable. Additionally, depending on your hardware specifications including the CPU performance, you may find sound interruptions and/or dropped frames during Blu-ray Disc(TM) playback.[*]Therefore, it is recommended to close all open applications before playing back a Blu-ray Disc(TM).

[/LIST]

Components are ok so not bad value IF your after such a system. But how much use will the 1st gen Blu Ray drive be in a few months time? Bear in mind its probably half price for this reason...I reckon they are trying to offload them.

Approx value of some of the components...

Graphics card = £100
Processor = £110
2 x 300Gb SATA Hard Disc = £200
1GB DDR 533 RAM = £70

you can connect the hd-dvd to pc, you need to install udf 2.5 drivers, google those, then install powerdvd-hd 6.5 pro and bingo:)!

the cpu is crap and the harddrives are worth about £55 each. not £200 for both.

hajj_3

you can connect the hd-dvd to pc, you need to install udf 2.5 drivers, … you can connect the hd-dvd to pc, you need to install udf 2.5 drivers, google those, then install powerdvd-hd 6.5 pro and bingo:)!the cpu is crap and the harddrives are worth about £55 each. not £200 for both.



Cool found a link with instructions really easily, should have googled before typing
pcw.co.uk/per…-pc

Won't work on DVI for me now and I assume doing it over VGA/component this way you might still need an HDCP upgrade for your graphics card/monitor/HDTV/cables/drive at some point in the future if they start not letting you have HD on "insecure" video on new discs.

lawrenzini

Eh? That's just not true at all. It's a good deal as Sony Pc's usually … Eh? That's just not true at all. It's a good deal as Sony Pc's usually cost the earth, but what you wrote is pretty much rubbish.


Look at the prices of the Blu Ray drive alone, roughly £400-450

overclockers.co.uk/pro…314
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