Zoostorm Desktop PC, Intel Pentium Dual Core Sandybridge G840 2.8Ghz, 8GB RAM 750GB HDD £204.99 @ ebay  - ebuyerexpress
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Zoostorm Desktop PC, Intel Pentium Dual Core Sandybridge G840 2.8Ghz, 8GB RAM 750GB HDD £204.99 @ ebay - ebuyerexpress

£204.99eBay Deals
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Found 23rd Mar 2012
Same model as 4 days ago but now even cheaper! If the link doesn't work go to eBay and click on Deal of the Day link on the right hand side.

Free delivery, new, but no operating system.

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This was the previous deal - hotukdeals.com/dea…e=1
HOT price.
Edited by: "wombat6025" 23rd Mar 2012

This price is Cheaper

Original Poster

I was wondering if someone could help me?

I'm very much interested in buying this, but would the software for students 'Windows 7' work with this? It says it's an upgrade edition, so presumably it would only work if the machine had at least something Windows preinstalled?

software4students.co.uk/Mic…spx

That's the version I thought I'd need to buy, or if anyone knows where I can install Windows any cheaper then please reply to this thread!

Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming computer?

Currently running:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.87GHz
2GB Ram
250GB
P5LP-LE (775 Socket) Motherboard
300W PSU
GT210 1GB PCI-E Graphics Card

My current PC would need a new motherboard for a CPU upgrade, a new power supply, better graphics card.

However for this deal, would it be a good idea to buy and stick in a new PSU and graphics card or build from scratch which I've never done before?

Thanks in advance.

jb484

I was wondering if someone could help me?I'm very much interested in … I was wondering if someone could help me?I'm very much interested in buying this, but would the software for students 'Windows 7' work with this? It says it's an upgrade edition, so presumably it would only work if the machine had at least something Windows preinstalled?http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Windows_7_Professional_64_bit_Upgrade_Edition-details.aspxThat's the version I thought I'd need to buy, or if anyone knows where I can install Windows any cheaper then please reply to this thread!



There is some advice on a fresh install with these discs if you trawl through the previous Zoostorm PC deals over the last month or two.

ninj4z

Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming … Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming computer?Currently running:Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.87GHz2GB Ram250GBP5LP-LE (775 Socket) Motherboard300W PSUGT210 1GB PCI-E Graphics CardMy current PC would need a new motherboard for a CPU upgrade, a new power supply, better graphics card.However for this deal, would it be a good idea to buy and stick in a new PSU and graphics card or build from scratch which I've never done before?Thanks in advance.



I may be worth it but like you said you'd need a better graphics card. It does come with onboard graphics via the G840 chip and this can play lower end graphics games. It plays Sims 3 etc easily. I cant find out what exact motherboard it is apart from its based on the H61 chipset. As for the PSU again there is no details on what output it delivers etc. I have a similar system but with the G850 CPU, 1TB hard drive, 8gb DDR3 ram and a 750watt PSU and it all runs fine. If it turns out to be one of the latest 1155 boards then it will cope with i3, i5 or i7 second gen CPU's.
Edited by: "Evouk" 23rd Mar 2012

ninj4z

Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming … Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming computer?Currently running:Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.87GHz2GB Ram250GBP5LP-LE (775 Socket) Motherboard300W PSUGT210 1GB PCI-E Graphics CardMy current PC would need a new motherboard for a CPU upgrade, a new power supply, better graphics card.However for this deal, would it be a good idea to buy and stick in a new PSU and graphics card or build from scratch which I've never done before?Thanks in advance.



Personally, I'd save up and pay the extra to buy the parts separately to build it yourself.
This isn't really a gaming PC, even if you add a good GPU to the mix. The processor is only 2.8GHz dual core, which I assume can't be overclocked. I've got my i5 2500k overclocked to 4.5GHz, and that's running on a fairly cheap Z68 motherboard..
It's just a shame how much hard drive prices have rocketed, it's really hasn't made it easy to build powerful PC's on a budget

Voted hot though, great little machine for general use...



Edited by: "mamboboy" 23rd Mar 2012

mamboboy

The processor is only 1.87GHz dual core, which I assume can't be … The processor is only 1.87GHz dual core, which I assume can't be overclocked.




You mean 2.8ghz.

Also most games only use 2 cores anyway.

The only real issue is that the PSU is only any good for a mid range graphics card.

I had the G630 version of this that I set-up for a friend and apart from the PSU being noisy it was excellent.

This version for £204 is deffo hot.

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ninj4z

Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming … Is it a good idea to buy this to transform into a little gaming computer?Currently running:Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.87GHz2GB Ram250GBP5LP-LE (775 Socket) Motherboard300W PSUGT210 1GB PCI-E Graphics CardMy current PC would need a new motherboard for a CPU upgrade, a new power supply, better graphics card.However for this deal, would it be a good idea to buy and stick in a new PSU and graphics card or build from scratch which I've never done before?Thanks in advance.



build from a scratch as this uses absolutely lowend mobo and psu, cpu is no huge performer either.

depends on what budget you have. you can still reuse the HDD, maybe case and optical drive to save on the new rig.

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stonebear

You mean 2.8ghz.Also most games only use 2 cores anyway.The only real … You mean 2.8ghz.Also most games only use 2 cores anyway.The only real issue is that the PSU is only any good for a mid range graphics card.



use google before posting BS.

Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300
(2M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)

THe motherboard in this pc is Gigabyte (i5 i7 compatable), Seagate hd, Samsung writer. The power supply is 300w.

Overall a great value, no frills machine

this + a silent 550W PSU + the cheap 6850 makes this an ultimate budget gaming machine.

kunyk

use google before posting BS.Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (2M Cache, … use google before posting BS.Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (2M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)




Yes I know that but the poster was talking about the computer in this deal not the guys old computer, he just made a slip.

jb484

I was wondering if someone could help me?I'm very much interested in … I was wondering if someone could help me?I'm very much interested in buying this, but would the software for students 'Windows 7' work with this? It says it's an upgrade edition, so presumably it would only work if the machine had at least something Windows preinstalled?http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Windows_7_Professional_64_bit_Upgrade_Edition-details.aspxThat's the version I thought I'd need to buy, or if anyone knows where I can install Windows any cheaper then please reply to this thread!


I'm wondering the same thing I too would like to pay a good price of Windows 7,but noticed it's just the upgrade version at software4students

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stonebear

Yes I know that but the poster was talking about the computer in this … Yes I know that but the poster was talking about the computer in this deal not the guys old computer, he just made a slip.



I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts again. all the talk is about the OPs old sc775 machine.

kunyk

use google before posting BS.Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (2M Cache, … use google before posting BS.Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (2M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)


Sorry I didn't mean to post 'BS', it was a typo.

I still don't think it's good enough for gaming though, all the Pentium ranges clocks are locked and in benchmarks it only marginally beats the Core 2 Quad Q6600. A processor I upgraded from to my i5 and believe me, there's a whole world of difference...

So when thinking long term I just think it's wise to pay the extra for an unlocked i5/i7. Looking at the heatsink this thing comes with makes it obvious it's not designed for intensive workloads.

Edited by: "mamboboy" 23rd Mar 2012

anyone has a link/tip for a silent PSU to upgrade these zoostorms with?

I got a similarly spec one on for 199 in one of these deals a couple of weeks ago.. it runs alright, though it's really loud... even the 1Tb HD (which is Western Digital, usually v decent) is pretty loud when data is read off it. i think the psu fan is by far the loudest component but the cpu fan is also not a silent one.

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there is no unlocked i3 cpu out there, but hey, must be a typo again.

my advice - if it's for gaming, build it yourself, don't upgrade pre-assembled PCs.

i3 2120 - best from the lower end of spectrum
i5 2500k - best overall for gaming atm

IB coming April 29th might change that a bit or at least the prices of SB will take a dive.

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joycity

anyone has a link/tip for a silent PSU to upgrade these zoostorms with?I … anyone has a link/tip for a silent PSU to upgrade these zoostorms with?I got a similarly spec one on for 199 in one of these deals a couple of weeks ago.. it runs alright, though it's really loud... even the 1Tb HD (which is Western Digital, usually v decent) is pretty loud when data is read off it. i think the psu fan is by far the loudest component but the cpu fan is also not a silent one.



are you going to upgrade to separate GPU too?

you see the point is, that the psu is loud, the cpu fan is loud, the case fan is loud and the case itself is made of the thinnest cardboard. That's why you should not buy pre-assembled lowend machines. It's all junk. I bet the hdd is 5900rpm too, instead of 7200rpm.

kunyk

I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts … I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts again. all the talk is about the OPs old sc775 machine.




Oh yes you are right.

And also a rude ****.
Edited by: "stonebear" 23rd Mar 2012

kunyk

I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts … I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts again. all the talk is about the OPs old sc775 machine.



Think you are a victim of post editing. Either way, you need to calm down a bit.

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i built a lowend pc in cooler master elite case, coolermaster cpu fan, quiet xfx psu, H67 Gigabyte mobo, LG DVD burner, 4GB ram, i3 2100 and 500gb 7200rpm hdd for about 350 new. by using the cpu from this deal you can bring the cost down to say 300.

i shopped around and used the cheapest online stores, the cheapest branded quality components and built it myself.

so imagine what this £200 pc must be like, if it includes almost 2x size hdd, delivery and profit for ebuyer.


Edited by: "kunyk" 23rd Mar 2012

wilson1973

I'm wondering the same thing I too would like to pay a good price of … I'm wondering the same thing I too would like to pay a good price of Windows 7,but noticed it's just the upgrade version at software4students



As 'kaisersolo' has already pointed out, the upgrade versus clean install question comes up every time a Zoostorm or S4S deal comes up.

Not everyone can or wants to go out & buy individual components & build their own PC!

Even if I could save £50 by doing that, I'd still buy a ready made PC - happily pay someone to do it for me!

kunyk

I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts … I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts again. all the talk is about the OPs old sc775 machine.




And I guess you need a lesson in manners.

Gollywood

Not everyone can or wants to go out & buy individual components & build … Not everyone can or wants to go out & buy individual components & build their own PC!Even if I could save £50 by doing that, I'd still buy a ready made PC - happily pay someone to do it for me!


Yes I understand that, but, if you're a gamer it's just a bad, bad idea to buy the lowest entry level components, because in a year or so you'll be needing to upgrade parts... only to realise that new CPU or memory needs a different motherboard, or that new GPU needs a better PSU. In the long run you'll end up paying more money if you are buying this for gaming. Factor that on top of the warranty of products bought separately, i.e. intels 3 year warranty...

That's why I'm saying it's better to save up and buy an overclockable system that you can easily expand on. But of course, if you just want a PC for general use it's fine... hence why I gave it heat!



Edited by: "mamboboy" 23rd Mar 2012

wilson1973

I'm wondering the same thing I too would like to pay a good price of … I'm wondering the same thing I too would like to pay a good price of Windows 7,but noticed it's just the upgrade version at software4students



A simple registry tweak once you've installed it will allow you to activate a fresh install of an upgrade version, albeit technically illegal.

kunyk

build from a scratch as this uses absolutely lowend mobo and psu, cpu is … build from a scratch as this uses absolutely lowend mobo and psu, cpu is no huge performer either.depends on what budget you have. you can still reuse the HDD, maybe case and optical drive to save on the new rig.



Thanks for the reply,

Budget would be around £500, however in no rush to get the parts.

Just wondering, as my PC came with Vista already installed, would I be able to use that in my new build if its installed on the HDD as no disc came with my machine.

Voted hot for the deal, comparing this to my 5 year old machine and what we paid for it, I'd have bought this if I didn't want to play newly released games.

kunyk

I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts … I guess you need some reading comprehension lessons. go read the posts again. all the talk is about the OPs old sc775 machine.



Now, you go read the posts again and see where the poster has corrected himself and confirmed you are just a rude little boy. If mummy catches you she may take away your PC privileges. Tut,tut.

kunyk

you see the point is, that the psu is loud, the cpu fan is loud, the case … you see the point is, that the psu is loud, the cpu fan is loud, the case fan is loud and the case itself is made of the thinnest cardboard. That's why you should not buy pre-assembled lowend machines. It's all junk. I bet the hdd is 5900rpm too, instead of 7200rpm.




kunyk

i built a lowend pc in cooler master elite case, coolermaster cpu fan, … i built a lowend pc in cooler master elite case, coolermaster cpu fan, quiet xfx psu, H67 Gigabyte mobo, LG DVD burner, 4GB ram, i3 2100 and 500gb 7200rpm hdd for about 350 new. by using the cpu from this deal you can bring the cost down to say 300.i shopped around and used the cheapest online stores, the cheapest branded quality components and built it myself.so imagine what this £200 pc must be like, if it includes almost 2x size hdd, delivery and profit for ebuyer.




Invariably, always cheaper to buy a preassembled or barebones system (oem non-retail, bulk bought components etc.) than buying individual retail items

The psu fan is moderately noisy - it's a basic psu with no PCI-E connectors, the cpu fan is no noisier than any other typical fan (I've had Coolermaster's that whine like they're about to take off), the case fan is totally silent (because there isn't one),
& the installed Seagate hd is in fact a 7200rpm, 3Gb/s drive (ST3750640NS), contrary to your preconceptions

I detect some geekish snobbery in your stance - there's nothing particularly skilful or superior about assembling pc components ('build' being a bit of an ambitious term), I dare say a well trained monkey could manage it

The quality of the case is of no consequence at this price level, what do you expect ? - piano black angular lines with lots of blue lights, badges and other fripperies

Always advisable to get your facts right before tapping out your prejudiced thoughts


Now, get back to shooting some aliens (_;)

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ninj4z

Thanks for the reply,Budget would be around £500, however in no rush to … Thanks for the reply,Budget would be around £500, however in no rush to get the parts.Just wondering, as my PC came with Vista already installed, would I be able to use that in my new build if its installed on the HDD as no disc came with my machine.Voted hot for the deal, comparing this to my 5 year old machine and what we paid for it, I'd have bought this if I didn't want to play newly released games.



Unfortunately not, you would need to re install Windows. Simply installing the drive in the new PC would cause more problems than it's worth.
Edited by: "xela333" 24th Mar 2012

tarkus

Invariably, always cheaper to buy a preassembled or barebones system (oem … Invariably, always cheaper to buy a preassembled or barebones system (oem non-retail, bulk bought components etc.) than buying individual retail itemsThe psu fan is moderately noisy - it's a basic psu with no PCI-E connectors, the cpu fan is no noisier than any other typical fan (I've had Coolermaster's that whine like they're about to take off), the case fan is totally silent (because there isn't one),& the installed Seagate hd is in fact a 7200rpm, 3Gb/s drive (ST3750640NS), contrary to your preconceptionsI detect some geekish snobbery in your stance - there's nothing particularly skilful or superior about assembling pc components ('build' being a bit of an ambitious term), I dare say a well trained monkey could manage itThe quality of the case is of no consequence at this price level, what do you expect ? - piano black angular lines with lots of blue lights, badges and other fripperiesAlways advisable to get your facts right before tapping out your prejudiced thoughtsNow, get back to shooting some aliens (_;)



mate, that's a quality response!

andybrock

http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/news2/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-the-answer-138936


Thanks

jb484

I was wondering if someone could help me?I'm very much interested in … I was wondering if someone could help me?I'm very much interested in buying this, but would the software for students 'Windows 7' work with this? It says it's an upgrade edition, so presumably it would only work if the machine had at least something Windows preinstalled?http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Windows_7_Professional_64_bit_Upgrade_Edition-details.aspxThat's the version I thought I'd need to buy, or if anyone knows where I can install Windows any cheaper then please reply to this thread!



Just recently I built a PC from components provided by ****. I purchased a update version of Windows 7 ultimate 64bit from Software4students.

First thing - make sure that your PC is not connected to your internet access (pretty straightforward if you connect by wi-fi.


The problem I had when I was installing Win7 ultimate via the "custom install" method on the "virgin" hard-disk was that when I went to input the product key from the Win7 ultimate disk - it came up as not being a valid product key. And I made sure the key was entered correctly etc..still no joy, So I re-formatted the drive and then I then installed Windows XP from an OEM disk.

I then repeated the Windows7 Ultimate install and then this time the product key was accepted.

I think the more recent versions of the Windows 7 upgrade install disks have fixed the problem where they allowed the the installation to go through until activation. The newer versions do not do get that far down the installation process to allow for the registry hack to be made.

Good luck with your installation.

UtopiaPlanitia

Just recently I built a PC from components provided by ****. I purchased … Just recently I built a PC from components provided by ****. I purchased a update version of Windows 7 ultimate 64bit from Software4students.First thing - make sure that your PC is not connected to your internet access (pretty straightforward if you connect by wi-fi.The problem I had when I was installing Win7 ultimate via the "custom install" method on the "virgin" hard-disk was that when I went to input the product key from the Win7 ultimate disk - it came up as not being a valid product key. And I made sure the key was entered correctly etc..still no joy, So I re-formatted the drive and then I then installed Windows XP from an OEM disk.I then repeated the Windows7 Ultimate install and then this time the product key was accepted.I think the more recent versions of the Windows 7 upgrade install disks have fixed the problem where they allowed the the installation to go through until activation. The newer versions do not do get that far down the installation process to allow for the registry hack to be made.Good luck with your installation.



PS: Just a reminder that Software4Students will cease doing these deals as of the end of March 2012.

Microsoft are ending or changing the student licensing protocols...

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Bought one of these and put my HDD from my old PC into it containing a genuine copy of vista and get message it's not a genuine copy ?

£229.98 plus £9.99 p&p now

xela333

Unfortunately not, you would need to re install Windows. Simply … Unfortunately not, you would need to re install Windows. Simply installing the drive in the new PC would cause more problems than it's worth.



Assumed it wouldn't work, thanks for confirming.

Would probably keep my current tower as a back-up and to use it while putting new parts together whenever I buy them.

Hard to get a good lot of parts for £500 including windows 7, will need to look around all sites for best prices.
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