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is this a good system for the price

By Horseunderwater
Apr 7, 2006
  1. is this a good system fro £495

    Description Specifications: AMD Sempron 64bit 3400 socket 754 (latest technology)
    1gB DDR RAM
    DVDRW
    200GB Hard Drive (7200rpm)
    Integrated Intel Real 256bit Graphics
    6 X USB 2.0 (2 x front 4 x rear)
    Eithernet Lan Port (10/100)
    5.1 Channel Sound
    19" TFT
    Join the 64bit revolution with the latest Sempron 64bit processor. These machines offer stunning performance at an affordable price, Make no mistake these machines are fast. Don’t be stuck with an old slow 32bit PC make the jump to 64bit.



    Case: 350W Power PSU
    4x 5.5" Bays
    4x 3.25" Bays
    2 x Front USB
    Processor: AMD Sempron
    3400 1600Mhz FSB Processor

    The AMD Sempron' processor is designed to redefine everyday
    computing and meet the evolving needs of home and business PC
    users. This full-featured processor is designed to deliver best-in-class
    performance for today's value-conscious buyers of desktop PCs.

    This is the latest AMD 64bit Sempron processor, and is capable of running windows XP 64 bit. Do not confuse this processor the old socket A 32bit model. This is a much faster processor than the old socket A model.

    Motherboard: Socket 754, SiS 760GX Chipset,
    Integrated Mirage 2 Graphics,
    upto 128MB shared Supports
    AGP 8X/4X 1.5v, 1x AGP8X/4X slot
    Supports Serial ATA: 2 x Serial ATA 1.5Gb/s
    CMedia 9761 5.1-channel Audio,
    10/100 Ethernet LAN, ATA133
    DIMM slots x 2 DDR400, Max. capacity: 2GB
    Memory: In order to provide maximum performance this base unit features 1GB of the fastest DDR Memory.
    Harddrive: Fast ATA/Enhanced IDE Compatible
    Ultra ATA/133 Data Transfer Speed
    Quiet Drive Technolog
    Optical Drive: 16X Speed (max)
    Duel Layer
    Able to read and write + and - disk
    USB: 2 Front and 4 Rear
    Sound: With the addition of a 5.1 speaker system, this base unit can be turned into a media pc with surround sound capabilities. This is a feature that allows for the atmospheric game play and a realistic film experience.
    Network: A LAN port allows a computer to be connected onto a network. This has become invaluable as many households have more than one PC and wish to share printers and an Internet connection.
    Grapics: Integrated Intel Real 256bit Graphics
    Monitor: Screen Type TFT Active Matrix LCD

    Screen Size 19"

    Viewable Display Area 19"

    Colours 16.2 Million

    Dot Pitch 0.294mm (H)
    0.294mm (V)

    Horizontal Frequency Range 30KHz - 79KHz

    Vertical Frequency Range 56Hz - 75Hz

    Response Time 12ms

    Contrast Ratio 500:1

    Brightness 250 cd/m²

    Max. Resolution 1280 x 1024

    Resolutions 1280 x 1024
    1024 x 768
    800 x 600
    640 x 480

    View Angle Horizontal: 160°
    Vertical: 150°
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Does it come with any software? Keyboard/mouse? Speakers?

    I am tempted to say that no, this is not a good deal. It's not a BAD deal really, but certainly nothing special. At least it has a good monitor (or so it seems).

    This system above has three big negatives against it:

    1. It has a sempron CPU. Semprons are designed for budget level systems. Practically speaking, this means they are in general, slow. Now, if all you ever do is browse the internet, and write word documents, you will have no complaints I suppose. You system will boot a bit slower than a system with say, an Athlon64 CPU, and will "unzip" files slower, etc.

    2. It is a 754 socket system. These types of systems are already one generation behind, and will be 2 generations by the end of this year. In other words, it severely limits your upgrade options.

    3. It's graphics. Onboard graphics can be fine for some users. Again, if you are only browsing the internet etc., then you'll have no complaints. However it is important to keep your upgrade options open for future considerations. For example, windows will be releasing "vista" soon. This will require more powerful graphics. Or if you ever decide you want to try some PC games, you will need stronger graphics. The system above has an open AGP slot so you can add on a graphics card later. This again is limiting your upgrade options. There are some very powerful AGP cards on the market still, but this is slowly changing. AGP is the old generation, and are slowly being replaced by PCIexpress graphics cards.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    939 is the latest by amd and soon it will be AM2
     
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