Worth the Price from a supermarket?

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A friend of mine pointed out a offer to me he come across, he is aware im looking for a pc so he suggested this one he saw in a supermarket...


Multimedia PC MEDION® AKOYA® E7330 D

Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8300
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32 Bit
Licence cost free upgrade to Windows®7
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT220 DirectX®10
with 1024 MB graphics memory
640 GB hard disk
4 GB working memory
HD audio 8-channel
HDMI & eSATA
Multi-standard DVD/CD burner


All this for £400, Now my first response i thought was, What mobo is in it???

can anyone recommend if this is worth the money?

or can someone put together a better product for me worth £400-500??

Will i get more bang for buck with amd instead of intel??

Thanks alot for any replies!

**removed link n pic! sorry been a looonnnggg day!!**
 
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Vista is obsolete.

Q8300 alone is £140, but it's also not very future-proof (compared to i5) and is outstripped by any Q9x50, which aren't much more.
GT220 is cheap as chips - with GDDR3 RAM, 128Bit memory bus and a 600MHz graphics core :p Basically, it's fairly old technology (equivalent to an 8600GTS) brought out again for some reason.
And the rest of the spec is non-descriptive, except the 640Gb HDD, which could be a WD caviar. But I doubt it. I'd hazard a guess at the system being worth no more than £350, and with a distinct lack of future proofing that will cost much more than you get out of it.

"4 Gb working memory" I'd avoid this just for that, as a 32bit operating system won't address 4gb, working or not.

Basically - It's not a complete rip-off, but any self-respecting 'enthusiast' (by enthusiast I mean 'customer who is slightly computer literate') would not go for it. Personally, I'd much prefer to get one spec'd here on OC forums (or anywhere else for that matter) than buy off-the-shelf from any supermarket. What usually happens is that they put good stuff in the 'high profile' areas (CPU and/or GPU) and then skimp as much as possible everywhere else. (In this case the graphics, and usually the case).

EDIT: Take of the links to competitors (even if it's really not a very good competitor :p) and then someone might spec a rig for £400-£500 which will be infinitely more satisfying in the long run than that offering above.
 
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thanks zsol, u pretty much confirmed what i was thinking! i spotted a few questionable things about it so ill just forget about it!

Cant waait for the next few weeks ill be buying all my parts & sortin it all out! im looking at a 965/crosshair III build, should be sweet :D
 

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AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.80GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £97.99
(£85.21) £97.99
(£85.21)
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XFX ATI Radeon HD 4850 "XXX Edition" 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail £84.99
(£73.90) £84.99
(£73.90)
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Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £76.99
(£66.95) £76.99
(£66.95)
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G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) £66.99
(£58.25) £66.99
(£58.25)
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Be Quiet! Straight Power 650W ATX2.2 SLi Compliant Power Supply £66.99
(£58.25) £66.99
(£58.25)
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Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD502HJ) £41.99
(£36.51) £41.99
(£36.51)
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Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black (No PSU) £32.99
(£28.69) £32.99
(£28.69)
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Sony Optiarc AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.99
(£16.51) £18.99
(£16.51) Sub Total : £424.27 Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.75 VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £65.40 Total :
£501.42


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AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 620 2.60GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £79.99
(£69.56) £79.99
(£69.56)
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Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £76.99
(£66.95) £76.99
(£66.95)
MY-041-GS_60.jpg
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) £66.99
(£58.25) £66.99
(£58.25)
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Retail £65.99
(£57.38) £65.99
(£57.38)
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PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 4730 PCS 512MB PCI-Express Graphics Card £63.99
(£55.64) £63.99
(£55.64)
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Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD502HJ) £41.99
(£36.51) £41.99
(£36.51)
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 420W Power Supply £39.99
(£34.77) £39.99
(£34.77)
CA-160-CM_60.jpg
Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black (No PSU) £32.99
(£28.69) £32.99
(£28.69)
CD-038-OT_60.jpg
Sony Optiarc AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.99
(£16.51) £18.99
(£16.51) Sub Total : £424.26 Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.75 VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £65.40 Total : £501.41
 
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I'd have thought that the 720 was a better chip than the Athlon Quads... since they're really just for people who know they will be using programs that utilise cores rather than cache, and are on a budget.
 
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I think the PC in the OP is fine, and not terribly bad value at £400. Medion do seem to spec some decent PC's for the money. And that's not a bad example, with a Windows 7 upgrade included it's probably one of the better high street deals - and much better value than the purple shirts
 
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haha Medion Gotta love them.. they slap that name on anything with a plug at that supermarket!

Lol?

I've bought a few things from the blue supermarket, like my screen. The box said DVI, which was the only reason I bought it.

It was VGA.
 
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My current PC is a Medion. It's been going for five years with no problems whatsoever. :)

I'm finally planning on replacing it with a self-build (which all my previous PCs were!) before Christmas.
 
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