Zoostorm Desktop PC - Sandybridge G630 2.7GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD £219.99 @ ebuyer.com
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Zoostorm Desktop PC - Sandybridge G630 2.7GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD £219.99 @ ebuyer.com

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Found 23rd Feb 2012
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Processor
Intel Pentium Dual Core G630 2.7GHz
3MB Cache
Memory
8GB DDR3 RAM
Expandable to 16GB
Configuration 2 x 4GB
2 x DIMM slot
Hard Drive
1TB SATA II
Optical Drive
DVD Writer Supermulti
Software
Operating System: No Operating System
Display
Monitor Not Included
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
Input Devices
Keyboard and Mouse NOT included
Networking
Network Interface: 10/100/1000 LAN
Dimensions
Width 450 mm
Depth 180 mm
Height 360 mm
Interfaces
1 set 5.1 channel Audio jacks (3 jacks)
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x DVI port
1 x VGA port
Expansion
1 x PCI-e x 16 slot (Free)
2 x PCI-e x 1 slots (Free)
4 x Sata II ports (2 free)
Warranty
1 Year Manufacturer Warranty (Return to Base)
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Impressive , wish i had money to buy one for my folks . They just want something for browsing the net and nothing else.
Bought one of these a few weeks ago,Very impressed
Whats the top spec Processor that Motherboard could take - i.e how future proof is it?
chelmsfordman

Whats the top spec Processor that Motherboard could take - i.e how future … Whats the top spec Processor that Motherboard could take - i.e how future proof is it?



Probably a quad Core of some sort, not one of the i series though.
nice
mccririck

Probably a quad Core of some sort, not one of the i series though.



The socket for the processor is 1155 and this supports up to the i7. Seems very upgradeable. Hot!
runs server 2008 r2 very well
i7, £200 and a High end card £300. £700 for a Mid-high gaming system. Alright price.
These things are pretty good but if you're wanting it for something demanding then you'd probably have to upgrade the PSU and GPU, in which case you should look at a self-build.
JkF50

i7, £200 and a High end card £300. £700 for a Mid-high gaming system. Al … i7, £200 and a High end card £300. £700 for a Mid-high gaming system. Alright price.


personally if I spent £500+ on the CPU and GPU alone I wouldn't then cheap out on the mobo etc so chances are anyone buying this to upgrade to a gaming rig wouldn't spend that kind of money

EDIT: ah yes, then there is the PSU too.
Edited by: "Carson_Official" 23rd Feb 2012
Want. I can't justify though when I have two laptops, even though they are rubbish.
JkF50

i7, £200 and a High end card £300. £700 for a Mid-high gaming system. Al … i7, £200 and a High end card £300. £700 for a Mid-high gaming system. Alright price.



There is absolutely no way this has a PSU that will take a decent graphics card.
abigsmurf

There is absolutely no way this has a PSU that will take a decent … There is absolutely no way this has a PSU that will take a decent graphics card.



No that's true, just sitting pretty here with an 1000watt corsair PSU from my last upgrade. Me being selfish again :P
Edited by: "JkF50" 23rd Feb 2012
Pop in a 6670/6770 and you have a competent little gaming system for less than £300.

If you're not interested in gaming, then this will get through pretty much everything you throw at it as it is.

They're not to loud, which is a nice bonus.
I was looking at this as a potential alternative to a self-build for a mate the other week, and the conclusion I came to was that it's okay, but nothing special. It's cheaper than buying the parts individually, but only by about £20. Less if you shop around for your parts (I only checked eBuyer). In terms of performance, it's pretty low-end. For your £220, you're getting a system that scores about 2590 in Passmark. If you were to self-build and substituted the CPU with an i3 2120, you'd be paying around £260, and getting a system that scores some 4100 points. 50% more performance for 18% more money. Fwiw, the best performance:cost ratio I could find was with an i5 2500, which will bring the price up to about £320, but it's an extra £100 for 2.6 times the performance that this setup offers.

Obvs, what you buy is up to you and your needs, but it's worth keeping this in mind. In whatever case, I'm voting this lukewarm, because it's an okay price, but it's not a bargain or anything to be excited about by any stretch.
without making it into a debate...

hackintoshable?
dxx

I was looking at this as a potential alternative to a self-build for a … I was looking at this as a potential alternative to a self-build for a mate the other week, and the conclusion I came to was that it's okay, but nothing special. It's cheaper than buying the parts individually, but only by about £20. Less if you shop around for your parts (I only checked eBuyer). In terms of performance, it's pretty low-end. For your £220, you're getting a system that scores about 2590 in Passmark. If you were to self-build and substituted the CPU with an i3 2120, you'd be paying around £260, and getting a system that scores some 4100 points. 50% more performance for 18% more money. Fwiw, the best performance:cost ratio I could find was with an i5 2500, which will bring the price up to about £320, but it's an extra £100 for 2.6 times the performance that this setup offers.Obvs, what you buy is up to you and your needs, but it's worth keeping this in mind. In whatever case, I'm voting this lukewarm, because it's an okay price, but it's not a bargain or anything to be excited about by any stretch.



You can always get better for more money, that can be said with most deals. For £220 I don't think you can get much better, so if £220 is your budget this is hot deal!
Has anyone managed to get the VGA and DVI working at the same time on one of these for dual monitor use?

I got one for my cousin and put 7 on it, but can't get any output from DVI. VGA works fine.

Can't see anything in BIOS or Intel control panel. Latest driver installed.

Thanks.
How would this cope with HD video editing? I've bought a new DSLR with HD video and my old set up can't handle the playback let alone editing. A bit of photoshop and web browsing will probably be as far as I need to go, no gaming. I was thinking about a self build but I've no experience and have no idea of the components I'd be needing.
I'm quite satisfied with mine - good PC
@ xing
set up one of these yesterday, there was a setting to do with dual gfx in the bios, have a look.

i remember it was a asus MB+ h61 chipset, can you remember the model No.? sorry i cant

@javea can you look what MB is in yours?
Edited by: "ws007" 23rd Feb 2012
woldranger

How would this cope with HD video editing? I've bought a new DSLR with HD … How would this cope with HD video editing? I've bought a new DSLR with HD video and my old set up can't handle the playback let alone editing. A bit of photoshop and web browsing will probably be as far as I need to go, no gaming. I was thinking about a self build but I've no experience and have no idea of the components I'd be needing.



You'd maybe need to put a cheapish graphics card in
Just what I needed. Thanks!
Werdna

You can always get better for more money, that can be said with most … You can always get better for more money, that can be said with most deals. For £220 I don't think you can get much better, so if £220 is your budget this is hot deal!



It's not about getting 'better' for more money, it's about getting better value for your pennies. To put it in math terms;

G630 = £220 & 2500 perfmark points, so £1 = 11 points
i5 2500 = £320 & 6500 perfmark points, so £1 = 21 points

Plus, looking to the future, the i5 option is two and a half times the speed of the G630. Computers generally double in speed every two years, owing to a slight slackening in Moore's law. In other words, that's like an extra £100 to give your new computer two more years of useful life.

Fair enough if you're not interested in performance in any way, stick with the bottom-end parts bundled with this. If you're planning on doing anything more advanced than Facebook though, it'd be absurd to buy this. It's cheap, but its price to performance ratio is terrible.
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dxx

It's not about getting 'better' for more money, it's about getting better … It's not about getting 'better' for more money, it's about getting better value for your pennies. To put it in math terms;G630 = £220 & 2500 perfmark points, so £1 = 11 pointsi5 2500 = £320 & 6500 perfmark points, so £1 = 21 pointsPlus, looking to the future, the i5 option is two and a half times the speed of the G630. Computers generally double in speed every two years, owing to a slight slackening in Moore's law. In other words, that's like an extra £100 to give your new computer two more years of useful life. Fair enough if you're not interested in performance in any way, stick with the bottom-end parts bundled with this. If you're planning on doing anything more advanced than Facebook though, it'd be absurd to buy this. It's cheap, but its price to performance ratio is terrible.




What you say makes sense, to a point - You've forgotten about the "good enough" principle. There isn't any point in spending any more unless you need you actually require your PC to do more, otherwise it's a waste of money.

A case in point would be my parents PC. They have an old Dell E520 (sourced from a thread here) which uses the very bottom-of-the-range E4300 Core 2 chip, coupled with 3gb of RAM. I stuck Windows 7 on this machine a year or so ago, and it serves my parents needs perfectly. They are able to edit photos, HD video, load up their MP3 players with tracks and surf the web. They could've spent £70 more to get a machine with a faster CPU and a gb more RAM, but as the machine they bought is serving them well some five years later, it would've been a waste of money. Same principle applies here.

This PC is in the order of 3-4 times as powerful as the E520, and is certainly more capable than a FB or Office machine.
ace pcs. a graphics card is ideal though
Nice find.

Does this tower have a 1080p HMDI out interface?
Performance will generally be irrelevant to most people though, so spending an extra £100 for something you will never use is £100 wasted.

Following that logic pretty soon you get to spending £700 on a i5 2500K OCed to 4.4GHz, HD 6850, 120GB SSD, 8GB RAM + case/PSU/fan etc. and if you're just going on facebook and watching porn then that's serious overkill.
Thanks. Bought. Don't forget possible cashback!
Nice OP
Can anyone help with hese questions please:

1. How many hard drive slots does this machine have?
2. Can the power supply and physical dimensions of the computer accept a Nvide 8800GTX graphics card? I assume it doesn't accept 2 (I have 2 left over from an old computer). I also have a soundcard from an old computer I could use if this would accept it.
3. Can I playback HD movies?
4. Is it quiet enough to use in a living room?
5. Where's the best place to source a copy of Windows 7 64bit or other 64 bit OS?

Thanks so much!!!
zchari5

Can anyone help with hese questions please:1. How many hard drive slots … Can anyone help with hese questions please:1. How many hard drive slots does this machine have?2. Can the power supply and physical dimensions of the computer accept a Nvide 8800GTX graphics card? I assume it doesn't accept 2 (I have 2 left over from an old computer). I also have a soundcard from an old computer I could use if this would accept it.3. Can I playback HD movies?4. Is it quiet enough to use in a living room?5. Where's the best place to source a copy of Windows 7 64bit or other 64 bit OS?Thanks so much!!!


1. Don't know I'm afraid.
2. I wouldn't risk even one 8800GTX in this, the PSU will be pants. The sound card should work if it's PCI express rather than PCI.
3. Yes.
4. People have reported that the PSU is quite noisy. So maybe not.
5. Windows 64-bit - Ebuyer will sell you one for £70.72. Other 64-bit OS - Try Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
It comes with this mainboard:

tlsystems.co.uk/ind…685

(found it in other thread)

Images from the inside:
http://i41.tinypic.com/wiaczp.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/35lgbis.jpg

Credits to :Nick1austing
Edited by: "Csirkefogo" 23rd Feb 2012
zchari5

Can anyone help with hese questions please:


1) 3 hard drive slots.
2) I ran mine for a week then added a Radeon HD 5570 to mine. It blocks off one of the motherboard SATA sockets (there are four, now reduced to three) but otherwise I did not notice any problems.
3) Yes (both with and without the Radeon) it plays HD movies (M4V format using VLC player) both in a window and full screen.
4) Quiteness is too subjective to answer properly. There is definitaly fan noise but no-where near some PCs I've heard.
5) I got the OEM Windows 7 Home from eBuyer, around £70. You have to buy it with qualifying hardware (I bought mine at the same time as the PC). It's the full version which installed without problems. The supplied driver CD then added the missing drivers (such as ethernet) which the Windows 7 CD wasn't able to install.
annodomini2

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dumb pointless post

Hot
They're not to loud, which is a nice bonus.

I was looking at this as a potential alternative to a self-build for a mate the other week,and the conclusion I came to was that it's okay, but nothing special. It's cheaper than buying the parts individually, but only by about £20. Less if you shop around for your parts (I only checked eBuyer). In terms of performance, it's pretty low-end. For your £220, you're getting a system that scores about 2590 in Passmark. If you were to self-build and substituted the CPU with an i3 2120, you'd be paying around £260, and getting a system that scores some 4100 points. 50% more performance for 18% more money.

Where are you gettin this bench marks because this rig will not be runnin anywhere near 2500 points let alone 4000 with a I5 my alienware m17x r3 with its I7extreme edition and sli graphics isn't gettin 4000.
The Sandybridge architecture works well enough for graphics for the majority of users.

If you are playing video games then you will understand that it won't be enough. I would be cautious about adding any hardware as clearly, on a budget system they will put the minimum required components in.

If the GPU is at a similar level to the processor (i.e mid-low range) you'll probably be fine. Any more and you will struggle.

edit: to the chap above me. Is that the gaming laptop? If so you should be getting about 6k+ CPU mark with an i7. In a desktop an i5 will probably score higher and an i5-2500K overclocked to 4GHz+ would push 9k+.

You are probably referring to the GPU mark, this thing would get like 100. A toaster probably scores higher Your GTX 460M will be scoring 1200+.

Edited by: "anubisrich" 23rd Feb 2012
This is a very similar setup to my self build project, purchased from Scan last week for £200.

Only differences I can see are slighty better chip (G630 vs G620), a DVD drive and a bigger HDD, although SATA II whereas my drive is SATA III. Oh, and my board is an ASUS (with B3 revision) and has (2) USB3 ports.

I bought solely to satisfy the self build "itch" I have been harbouring for most of my adult years. I too like MareKJ's parents, had a fairly competent DELL E520, that was until recently behaving with dignity, but it was running an earlier Dual Core (not Core 2 Duo) 2.8 chipset.

My point? Oh yes - good deal for a shade over 200 pounds, Sandy Bridge and will keep up with the silver surfer's demand that a no-frills rig like this, is surely aimed at. Hot from me.
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