Zoostorm Desktop PC - Pentium 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics only £199.99 delivered @ Ebuyer
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Zoostorm Desktop PC - Pentium 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics only £199.99 delivered @ Ebuyer

£199.99Ebuyer Deals
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Found 17th Sep 2012
Price has dropped from £249.99. Here's the spec:

Processor

Intel Pentium Dual Core G840 CPU 2.8GHz
Cache: 3MB

Memory

8GB DDR3 RAM
Supports up to 16GB
2 x DIMM sockets

Hard Drive

1TB SATA HDD

Optical Drive

DVDRW

Software

No Operating System

Chipset

Intel H61 Express

Display

N/A

Graphics

On-board integrated Intel graphics

Audio

High Definition Audio, 5.1 channel

Input Devices

Keyboard and mouse not included

Networking

Realtek 10/100/1000 LAN

Power Supply

300 watts

Dimensions

Height: 360mm
Width: 375mm
Depth: 180mm

Interfaces

1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
1 x D-Sub VGA Port
1 x DVI-D Port
8 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x RJ-45 Port
3 x Audio Jacks

Expansion

1 x PCI-e x 16 Slot
1 x PCI-e x 1 Slot

Case

mATX Tower Case

Warranty / Miscellaneous

1 Year return-to-base warranty
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64 Comments
Is this a good deal ?? im after a new one.

Or would it be better to get something with a OS bundle ?
Not a bad deal for a basic home pc, heat added
Presuming this only comes with USB 2.0 ports, is the best way of getting this machine to take USB 3.0 just to get a USB 3.0 PCI-e card to plug into the respective slot? Thanks.
Do you really need USB 3 that much?

Good for what it is
scarty

Presuming this only comes with USB 2.0 ports, is the best way of getting … Presuming this only comes with USB 2.0 ports, is the best way of getting this machine to take USB 3.0 just to get a USB 3.0 PCI-e card to plug into the respective slot? Thanks.


Yes - you can get them for around £8. I bought this one which also provides an internal 20pin USB3 header so you can attached a USB3 card reader with front USB3 port:

ebay.co.uk/itm…569
Edited by: "brookheather" 17th Sep 2012
Good deal but why no SD card slot - surely fairly essential these days??
Edited by: "tmb" 17th Sep 2012
Original Poster
tmb

Good deal but why no SD card slot - surely fairly essential these days??



get some sort of adapter.
tmb

Good deal but why no SD card slot - surely fairly essential these days??



Its a bare-bones machine, buy one for about £10

Would not call them essential either.
As usual £13 extra to ship to NI, even though even their Ebay listing for the same PC is 'only' £9.99 for anywhere in the UK

ebay.co.uk/itm…db5

One company I refuse to deal with!
tmb

Good deal but why no SD card slot - surely fairly essential these days??



SD Card slot is essential for a computer? Since when?
is this any good for gaming ? and will i be able to install windows vista or 7 onto it easily ?
Forgive my question im just about to ask as i dont have much knowledge on computers but how hard is it to put a operating system onto this machine? is it straight forward enough such as data input or do i have to know what im doing?
Question 1 - no
Question 2 - yes, but please NOT Vista!
would be good if they could customise the order to include a better processor and i'd snap this up!
Tymondo

Forgive my question im just about to ask as i dont have much knowledge on … Forgive my question im just about to ask as i dont have much knowledge on computers but how hard is it to put a operating system onto this machine? is it straight forward enough such as data input or do i have to know what im doing?



If you have a disc, just pop it in and follow the onscreen instructions.

In the event that it may require you to change the boot sequence to DVD/CD drive first, then this is easily done in the BIOS settings.
Edited by: "Faythur" 17th Sep 2012
Should I get this deal in here or this one...

hotukdeals.com/dea…827

I know ones a server and the other is a standard PC, but what do you reckon the down or upside side of one over the other would be?

I need a server PC, to run VOIP server on for around 20 lines... but I may change that at some point and turn it to freenass
Edited by: "ukez" 17th Sep 2012
Excellent value, fairly fast considering the price. A word of caution though - I bought one for my mum and it failed after 6 months. Returned it free of charge to zoostorm and they sent it back working again (although it's now louder). A friend ordered one for her son and it died after 4 months.
CBJ137

Not a bad deal for a basic home pc, heat added



Even as a basic home pc it's overkill. The average user won't make use of the 8GB of ram.
One: will be good for music and photo editing as well as watching media. Good storage.
Two:Cpu is decent for the price. Its a basic chip and overclockable, but dont expect i3 or i5 speeds.
Three:gaming WILL require a dedicated gfx card AND a new power supply, as the one supplied will have a low 12v amperage available.
Finally: the hard drive will likely be 5400rpm rather than 7200rpm which tbh to basic users is more than adequate. Cheap way to get to intel/ddr3 with the motherboard accepting socket 1155 intel chips upto i5's (certain types ofc).
>>LP
Ohh and side note:the ram will be cheap non-branded mem 8gb to attract the novice users to buy it. They assume ram=god like pc.
>>LP
fishmaster

Even as a basic home pc it's overkill. The average user won't make use of … Even as a basic home pc it's overkill. The average user won't make use of the 8GB of ram.




Too much ram is never an overkill, especially if you were intending on running it with freenas and utilise ZFS filesystem
Ohh and side note:the ram will be cheap non-branded mem 8gb to attract the novice users to buy it. They assume ram=god like pc.
>>LP
ukez

Too much ram is never an overkill, especially if you were intending on … Too much ram is never an overkill, especially if you were intending on running it with freenas and utilise ZFS filesystem



Notice I said average user!
Edited by: "fishmaster" 17th Sep 2012

Excellent value, fairly fast considering the price. A word of caution … Excellent value, fairly fast considering the price. A word of caution though - I bought one for my mum and it failed after 6 months. Returned it free of charge to zoostorm and they sent it back working again (although it's now louder). A friend ordered one for her son and it died after 4 months.



I think there's going to be a another discussion on the Power supply!! (PSU)

Why don't they just change the PSU for a fairly decent one...They must read what's discussed her
I reccomend firing a decent Graphics card into this - as it will seriously be a Bottleneck. I don't know how far on Intel Graphics have come, but they used to be like 2-3 generations behind ATi/NVidia

Its why i sold an Old 1.87Ghz Dual Core laptop i used to have - the processor was quick enough, but it was hopeless at watching HD on youtube because of the intel graphics!
I purchased one of these a few months ago and it's been great. You might want to factor in a new PSU, graphics card and SD card reader. The PSU is quite noisy so I bought a 600w (cooler master) for £49.99, made a world of difference. The graphics card is a 6670 and was a maplin £49.99 deal found via a link given by brookheather (thanks!!), ideal for a bit of light gaming. The SD reader was £6 off eBay, it had to go in upside down for some reason. Perfect for me now. I did find the amount of choice for the components a bit overwhelming at first and that people could be quite emotional to certain brands so stuck to a budget and hoped for the best.
Wouldn't mind getting this one, seeing as how my last one is dead, and my laptop is on the way out.
Does this come with a Floppy Disk drive?
fishmaster

Notice I said average user!



Right you are!
tmb

Good deal but why no SD card slot - surely fairly essential these days??



???
BM12

Does this come with a Floppy Disk drive?



Oh behave :P
fishmaster

Oh behave :P



Yeah this comes with a 5 1/4-inch floppy disk drive..
118luke

I reccomend firing a decent Graphics card into this - as it will … I reccomend firing a decent Graphics card into this - as it will seriously be a Bottleneck. I don't know how far on Intel Graphics have come, but they used to be like 2-3 generations behind ATi/NVidiaIts why i sold an Old 1.87Ghz Dual Core laptop i used to have - the processor was quick enough, but it was hopeless at watching HD on youtube because of the intel graphics!



The CPU has onboard Intel HD graphics, the same in the Core i3-370M I'm using now. It's capable of 1080p output over HDMI and has absolutely no problem playing 1080p youtube videos. You do NOT need to add a graphics card to this system for the purpose of viewing HD videos.

http://ark.intel.com/products/53490/Intel-Pentium-Processor-G840-(3M-Cache-2_80-GHz)
Edited by: "fishmaster" 17th Sep 2012
These come without wi-fi. Anyone know how to get them wi-fi enabled, preferably without having to install something inside - but willing to try if this is best?
Banned
Scoutfinch

These come without wi-fi. Anyone know how to get them wi-fi enabled, … These come without wi-fi. Anyone know how to get them wi-fi enabled, preferably without having to install something inside - but willing to try if this is best?



£5 wifi usb adaptor.

Banned
tmb

Good deal but why no SD card slot - surely fairly essential these days??



andylol

SD Card slot is essential for a computer? Since when?



Since I bought a digital camera Have bought PC and one of these to suit my obviously archaic requirements amazon.co.uk/Fuj…8-3
ewwaxo

£5 wifi usb adaptor.



TPLINK do a WiFi card that fits in a PCI slot. I bought one from Amazon for £6 and it works well.
Scoutfinch

These come without wi-fi. Anyone know how to get them wi-fi enabled, … These come without wi-fi. Anyone know how to get them wi-fi enabled, preferably without having to install something inside - but willing to try if this is best?


Hi,
I bought this computer last time it was on offer (Paid £149 for less memory) and not being computer literate didn't know there was no wireless connection. I also didn't want to 'fit' anything although at a push I may well have been able too. My solution was to purchase a Netgear wireless dongle (not the cheapest dongle around but has worked really well - fingers crossed). The other solutions would be a wireless card which of course needs fitting or some plug in powerlines (currently on offer on Hotukdeals) all of which would make the wireless connection work.If you do go for the wireless dongle, look around, I almost paid £31.95 on ebuyer and eventually found it for £14.95 - the very same one from a seller on Amazon and it was delivered in double quick time. I can't reccommend it enough. Hope this helps
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