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Whats a Desktop Deal:

There are many factors you need to take into account in order to make something a deal. Manufacturer, Product line, Specs and warranty are usually what to look at when figuring that out. You need to consider prices as well, sometimes you get a price so hot that it doesn't matter what company it is.

Generally speaking here are the guidelines for Intel processors:

i3 8th Gen processor - Under $300 is usually a hot deal, Under $350 is decent
i5 8th Gen Processor - Under $400 is a Usually a Hot Deal
i7 8th Gen Processor - Under $600 is a Usually Hot Deal

to be continued....

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1680 on: July 29, 2019, 11:10:42 PM »
A very great deal or rather a no-deal... Almost never such deals (don't forget that an i5 with 16 GB RAM is not the typical combination, and an i7 with 16 GB RAM for sub $500 is sweet dreams...)
If I hadn't found a deal a year ago or two ago, for a Lenovo PC with those specs (well 2 DP vs 2 HDMI) I would tell him to keep dreaming.

Lenovo m710 sff.
7th gen i5
16gb ram
256gb SSD
$497 from lenovo.com

Found option to add 2nd 1tb HDD for $6, Did it.
Also just remembered, had no wifi. WiFi was additional $15 or so.
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1681 on: July 30, 2019, 08:54:45 PM »
If I hadn't found a deal a year ago or two ago, for a Lenovo PC with those specs (well 2 DP vs 2 HDMI) I would tell him to keep dreaming.

Lenovo m710 sff.
7th gen i5
16gb ram
256gb SSD
$497 from lenovo.com

Found option to add 2nd 1tb HDD for $6, Did it.
Also just remembered, had no wifi. WiFi was additional $15 or so.

Was it a custom order 

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1682 on: July 30, 2019, 08:56:05 PM »
Was it a custom order
Yes, almost impossible to find 16gb ram with an i5.

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1683 on: August 13, 2019, 03:44:45 PM »
Yes, almost impossible to find 16gb ram with an i5.

Only 12GB but still, what do you think?

https://smile.amazon.com/Acer-TC-885-UA92-Desktop-i5-9400-802-11ac/dp/B07R8WJMW6

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1684 on: August 13, 2019, 03:46:35 PM »

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1685 on: August 13, 2019, 03:49:46 PM »
Solid for the price.

how can I tell if it's a SATA SSD or m2, and how much of an improvement does the m2 offer

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« Reply #1686 on: August 13, 2019, 07:36:11 PM »
how can I tell if it's a SATA SSD or m2, and how much of an improvement does the m2 offer
It's unclear, from some comments it seems to be "part of the motherboard" which means that it is probably faster than SATA.

But in any case, any normal SSD - even SATA - is very fast and you might never get to those speeds due to other bottlenecks... so either way it is great.

To note: Those Acer computers are always budget devices with specs better than anything else in the price range. That doesn't make it less of a Good Buy, but it is not a steal since they are usually cheap.

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1687 on: August 13, 2019, 09:59:25 PM »
Agreed about Acer being cheap. But I literally couldn't find anything close under $700

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« Reply #1688 on: August 13, 2019, 10:08:32 PM »
Agreed about Acer being cheap. But I literally couldn't find anything close under $700
True true! This is how a good basic modern desktop should be like! (Up-to-date CPU, nice sized SSD, and ample RAM.)

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1689 on: August 25, 2019, 11:30:35 AM »
I Bought a Dell Inspiron Desktop:
9th Gen  i5 Processor
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive
12GB Memory

Problem is they sent me a computer with 256gb SSD and no additional hard drive... should i go through the hassle of returning (bought on multiple cards for dell credit) or is there an easy way to just add a 1tb hard drive on my own to give me additional storage space? Will it function smoothly?
I need the SSD to run the programs and computer but need a larger hard drive for other stuff...
Thanks in advance

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1690 on: August 25, 2019, 02:54:53 PM »
I Bought a Dell Inspiron Desktop:
9th Gen  i5 Processor
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive
12GB Memory

Problem is they sent me a computer with 256gb SSD and no additional hard drive...
there's an additional bay, get them to send you a 1tb drive
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1691 on: August 25, 2019, 03:10:21 PM »
there's an additional bay, get them to send you a 1tb drive
Is it easy to install myself?

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« Reply #1692 on: August 25, 2019, 04:06:39 PM »
Is it easy to install myself?
It's easy, view a few vids on yt you'll get it
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1693 on: August 28, 2019, 07:51:17 PM »
It's unclear, from some comments it seems to be "part of the motherboard" which means that it is probably faster than SATA.

But in any case, any normal SSD - even SATA - is very fast and you might never get to those speeds due to other bottlenecks... so either way it is great.

To note: Those Acer computers are always budget devices with specs better than anything else in the price range. That doesn't make it less of a Good Buy, but it is not a steal since they are usually cheap.

I got this, it's an M2 SSD, I paid $60 for a 16gb ram and added it instead of the 4gb one, so now I have 24gb ram total

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1694 on: September 04, 2019, 03:28:16 PM »