Zoostorm Core i5-4460 Quad Core SFF Desktop PC, 4GB, No HDD, No OS, GT 730 £199.99 ebay /  zoostorm-sales
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Zoostorm Core i5-4460 Quad Core SFF Desktop PC, 4GB, No HDD, No OS, GT 730 £199.99 ebay / zoostorm-sales

£199.99
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Found 30th Oct 2016Made hot 30th Oct 2016
Another Zoostorm deal on eBay - seems like decent specifications for anyone looking to deploy their own HDD and OS.

Free next working day delivery.

Intel Core i5-4460 Quad Core CPU - 4 x 3.20GHz (4 x 3.40GHz)

No Hard Drive

4GB DDR3 1600MHz

No Operating System

Nvidia GeForce GT 730

DVD-RW

Keyboard & Mouse

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Original Poster

Probably worth adding that this is new and has 12 months warranty.

I was looking to buy an i5 processor similar to the one in this, and wouldn't have had much change from £170.

Not bad especially if you're going to bung in an SSD drive anyway. I wonder if these have a Windows key embedded in the BIOS?

If you can live with a dual core i3 that comes with HDD and Windows then there's this model for £159 which is pretty decent price I reckon. An i3 4130 is probably sufficient for many average PC users

Nice, got 2 , many thanks

Searching the processor alone is coming in at £160-180? Is that correct? Graphics card £50+?

Currently have an old i3 dual core, would this be a big improvment?

Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting second hard disk, in a desktop?

Jiwani80

Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting … Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting second hard disk, in a desktop?



​Very much so.

Jiwani80

Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting … Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting second hard disk, in a desktop?



​Personal experience; I had a bit of trouble, I had to change the ssd's file type from MBR to GPT, or something like that, very simple procedure, plenty of videos on YouTube.

Original Poster

simont_space

Searching the processor alone is coming in at £160-180? Is that correct? … Searching the processor alone is coming in at £160-180? Is that correct? Graphics card £50+?Currently have an old i3 dual core, would this be a big improvment?


I think the graphics card is below £40, but you're right about the i5 price.
It will be faster.

fancied this the other day but they couldnt tell me if it had an hdmi socket so didnt buy

Silly me never thought of googling a pic of the graphics card which does indeed have an hdmi socket

Edited by: "mackem1966" 30th Oct 2016

Is there physically room for a second hard drive in this small form factor and does it have a third SATA connector I wonder?

It really should but I can't find out much info on these Zoostorm SFF desktops

spannerzone

If you can live with a dual core i3 that comes with HDD and Windows then … If you can live with a dual core i3 that comes with HDD and Windows then there's this model for £159 which is pretty decent price I reckon. An i3 4130 is probably sufficient for many average PC users



You could just turn on special access thing that speaks out text for a month. That ways you get Win10 for free

Original Poster

spannerzone

Is there physically room for a second hard drive in this small form … Is there physically room for a second hard drive in this small form factor and does it have a third SATA connector I wonder?It really should but I can't find out much info on these Zoostorm SFF desktops



I'd be surprised if you can't expand. More recent MoBos have at least 4 SATAs I think. And only ultra small form factor cases would prevent you adding a second HDD. Even then, I bet you could squeeze in an ssd.

Anyway, I'll find out soon enough, and confirm for sure.
Edited by: "badgerman2" 30th Oct 2016

spannerzone

If you can live with a dual core i3 that comes with HDD and Windows then … If you can live with a dual core i3 that comes with HDD and Windows then there's this model for £159 which is pretty decent price I reckon. An i3 4130 is probably sufficient for many average PC users


OperateOnMe

You could just turn on special access thing that speaks out text for a … You could just turn on special access thing that speaks out text for a month. That ways you get Win10 for free


You still need a licenced version of Win7 or Win8 to get the free upgrade to Win10 though unless you know of something else. If you have 7 or 8 you can use the assitive technology upgrade and get Win10 for free, no need to switch on anything to become eligible.

Edited by: "spannerzone" 30th Oct 2016

spannerzone

Is there physically room for a second hard drive in this small form … Is there physically room for a second hard drive in this small form factor and does it have a third SATA connector I wonder?It really should but I can't find out much info on these Zoostorm SFF desktops

badgerman2

I'd be surprised if you can't expand. More recent MoBos have at least 4 … I'd be surprised if you can't expand. More recent MoBos have at least 4 SATAs I think. And only ultra small form factor cases would prevent you adding a second HDD. Even then, I bet you could squeeze in an ssd.Anyway, I'll find our soon enough, and confirm for sure.


Yeah most machines have 4, many Dells seem to have 3 now though (to save a few pennies and restrict usefulness of the machine) so I'm always wary of budget PC's missing features that you'd assume would be there. But I'd hope there's at least 1 more SATA connector and somewhere to place the actual additional drive.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 30th Oct 2016

Jiwani80

Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting … Not relevant but just wondering if putting an SSD is as easy as putting second hard disk, in a desktop?



most desktop cases have mounting holes for a 2.5" drive, so you could fit and SSD.

get a copy of Macrium Reflect Free and transfer your Windows installation onto the SSD.

Hot deal!! The i5 4460 CPU's alone are sold for £130. They even fitted a GT730 which is a nice touch

Can i copy my current Windows 7 os to a ssd and put it in this pc? Or take out my hard drive with os on it and use it on this pc?

Original Poster

You can certainly do the second, that's what I'm going to do.

You can clone your existing OS onto an ssd if you wish, too. Or for a clean install, download the OS and use your existing product key.

does anyone know if this will run the sims 4 well? thanks alot

How much does RAM tend to be for this one? 4GB isn't quite enough.

Page is a bit low on specs. Does it have USB 3.0? Also with so many pictures of it on there, it'd be nice if they included one of the back. Does it really only have two USB ports?
Edited by: "supermann" 30th Oct 2016

badgerman2

You can certainly do the second, that's what I'm going to do. You can … You can certainly do the second, that's what I'm going to do. You can clone your existing OS onto an ssd if you wish, too. Or for a clean install, download the OS and use your existing product key.



​How do you clone your OS (for a complete novice) if I buy this PC?

And do I lose it from my existing PC once transfered?

Thanks
Edited by: "Gollywood" 30th Oct 2016

Microsoft say you are breaking the licence agreement if you try and install Windows onto another PC unless it is a retail version of Windows (ie you bought Win7 retail install disc and installed onto your own machine) - but as most people's computers come preloaded with an OEM Windows installation (ie it came supplied when you bought it) then you can't.

Now, I think that the German courts overuled this - so the only real issue is whether your can actually activate the product when you install onto the new PC. You will most likely have to do the phone call to get it working.

I would not try and clone your existing Windows over to this new machine, it might well work but it might not be too smooth as it's different hardware. I'd just do a fresh install of Windows onto a new hard drive (or SSD) and get the benefits of a fresh install of Windows.

You can still find clean ISO's of Windows 7 and 8 online if you don't have a disc and use your existing product key.

Edited by: "spannerzone" 30th Oct 2016

what motherboard does it use?

Took the plunge. Just hoping ram isn't too pricey.

There aren't many of them left now by the way.
Edited by: "supermann" 31st Oct 2016

how is the PSU dya think? If I used this (plus other parts I have lying about, eg GTX 750TI) for gaming, would it physically work out well dya think (if cooling system in it + PSU quality)?

£239.99 Now

Not sure on the motherboard or psu for this. I looked at buying the i5 desktop currently advertised for £269. I asked which motherboard.
Reply:-
>>>
We use various components for our PCs and every model has few different revisions that may have different motherboard, different brand of HDD or memory etc.

What we can confirm that all our PCs are build using well known brands such as Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, WD, Seagate.

All PCs come with at least 6 USB 2.0 ports (in most cases they come with 8 ports, six on the back and two on the front, but 6 is the very minimum that we guarantee that it will have). Majority of our desktops have some USB 3.0 ports but unfortunately we can't guarantee that's it the case with this model.

PSU is 250W.
<<<<

Not helpful enough for me to commit, but good to get a prompt reply.

crankup

Not sure on the motherboard or psu for this. I looked at buying the i5 … Not sure on the motherboard or psu for this. I looked at buying the i5 desktop currently advertised for £269. I asked which motherboard. Reply:->>>We use various components for our PCs and every model has few different revisions that may have different motherboard, different brand of HDD or memory etc.What we can confirm that all our PCs are build using well known brands such as Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, WD, Seagate.All PCs come with at least 6 USB 2.0 ports (in most cases they come with 8 ports, six on the back and two on the front, but 6 is the very minimum that we guarantee that it will have). Majority of our desktops have some USB 3.0 ports but unfortunately we can't guarantee that's it the case with this model.PSU is 250W.<<<



I enquired about one at £219 and got the same reply.

learly any parts they have left or an get heap.

Need a new keyboard the letter see not working damn.

Great deal, just ordered 5 heat added

Got it today guys but a bit confused. There's no slot to put the hard drive in.

To get to it, I have to take the DVD drive out and it doesn't have screws but some weird little bolts.

Oh I see, the front panel comes off. Don't have a screw driver so will leave it until tomorrow.

The motherboard is ga-h81m-ds2v

Edited by: "supermann" 1st Nov 2016

Original Poster

Thanks for the update. Hope I can squeeze an ssd in as well as a normal drive.

Mine was due today, no sign of it though.

Original Poster

supermann

Got it today guys but a bit confused. There's no slot to put the hard … Got it today guys but a bit confused. There's no slot to put the hard drive in. To get to it, I have to take the DVD drive out and it doesn't have screws but some weird little bolts. Oh I see, the front panel comes off. Don't have a screw driver so will leave it until tomorrow. The motherboard is ga-h81m-ds2v


That's a Gigabyte motherboard which is about £60 on Amazon!

supermann

Got it today guys but a bit confused. There's no slot to put the hard … Got it today guys but a bit confused. There's no slot to put the hard drive in. To get to it, I have to take the DVD drive out and it doesn't have screws but some weird little bolts. Oh I see, the front panel comes off. Don't have a screw driver so will leave it until tomorrow. The motherboard is ga-h81m-ds2v


It is a small form factor so probably only has space for 1 hard drive and 1 optical drive. I just received a Dell small form factor PC and although it has 3 SATA connectors on the board it has no space for a second hard drive and more importantly no spare power cable!

shame about the big price increase

Original Poster

Got mine at last. Managed to fit in a standard HDD and an SSD without any problem.

cheeseHead

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tarryboy

​Personal experience; I had a bit of trouble, I had to change the ssd's f … ​Personal experience; I had a bit of trouble, I had to change the ssd's file type from MBR to GPT, or something like that, very simple procedure, plenty of videos on YouTube.



Well noted
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