This was posted 4 years 1 month 13 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal.

Medion Akoya Multimedia PC at Aldi - $799 (i3-530, GeForce 330, 4GB, 1TB)

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Starting from 18 March.

  • Intel® Core™ i3-530 Processor 2.93 GHz, 4 MB Intel® Smart Cache, Intel® Hyper-Threading-Technology
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT330 DirectX® 10 Graphics Card with 768 MB GDDR3 dedicated memory on board and D-Sub VGA, DVI-I and HDMI connection (HDCP Support)
  • 1 TB (1000 GB) hard disk For more than 200.000 songs or photos. at 4 MB per track/photo.
  • 4 GB (4096 MB)1 DDR3 SDRAM
  • Multiformat DVD/CD Burner2 supports all the usual DVD/CD standards, incl. dual layer DVD-R and DVD+R.
  • Wireless LAN3 IEEE 802.11 n-Standard with up-to 300 MBit/s., IEEE 802.11 b/g compatible. For full utilisation you need an IEEE 802.11 n Router, which is not included. 300 MBit/s. is a gross value. On charge-level max. 75 MBit/s are reached.
  • Network Controller Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mbit/s.
  • eSATA Connection for connecting external SATA devices
  • 8 Channel High Definition Audio4
  • PS/2 Keyboard and Optical USB Mouse

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  • +11 votes

    Built from MSY:

    Core i3-530 $148
    Intel Retail Boxed DP55WB $130
    4G Kit DDR3 1333 Kingston $124
    Samsung SATA 1TB $95
    GB 5450 HIS-OC $75 (better than GT330)
    Coolermaster RC330/ RC331/ RC334/RC335 $75
    DVD Burner SATA Aopen/BenQ $33
    EDIMAX Wireless PCI EW-7727IN-2T2R $38
    Gigabyte Desktop GK-KM5000 $12
    Total $730 (not including build)

    For money, this Aldi one looks good, but you can get similar from Umart/MSY/etc so don't stress if you miss out.

    • +7 votes

      Seems a good deal. For comparison, this comes with Windows 7 and other software.

      • +5 votes

        Oops! Forgot about an OS!

        Thanks dave.

        So the total would be $849 with Win 7 Home Prem 64-bit. Making this an exceptional deal.

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          Nevertheless, your effort in calculating is very much appreciated.
          People like me don't mind assembling things myself, and your matching specs gave me a good idea on what brands I can get at that price range.

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          Plus, this has a 2 year warranty, whereas MSY is only 1 year. BTW what Ram does this Aldi machine use? Is it above DDR3 1333?

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            Uh, MSY have to honour manufacturers warranties.

            Which for most things is 3 years. Although a couple of things will be 1 year, and the RAM will be lifetime, graphics will be 2 year etc.

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              if they're selling the thing as a system a product that is produced by msy by themselves then the manufacture warranties will be irrelavant? cause it's no longer intel/ati/nvida/etc's product they're selling. grey area?

              • +1 vote

                Nope. They must honour the manufacturers warranty. If they don't, consult the ACCC.

                The labour of the warranty they can limit within a reasonable time (e.g. 1 year), so you'll either have to pay for diagnosis or diagnose the problem yourself after the 1 year mark. But they must repair/replace hardware up to each items warranty period.

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                  ah ok, thanks for clearing that up
                  but then wouldnt all the big brands like dell, acer, asus have to do the same thing?

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                    Yup.

                    But since they're legally considered the manufacturer, they can set it themselves.

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                      whoa talk about the big guys getting a loophole in consumer protection

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              nope, case, psu (Because the Aldi one is generic), some motherboards, HDD, Graphics card (Unless your talking about a specific brand like XFX) are all 1 year warranty. And don't forget you have to KNOW what part is broken after a year, which in most cases, the general consumer doesn't know, so thats extra money out of the pocket. And if you know whats broken, most retailers tell you to visit ASUS or whatever to replace it and not them.

              • +1 vote

                Yeah, I already mentioned that with the "pay for diagnosis diagnose the problem yourself" comment.

                Retailers MUST honour manufacturers warranty. They can say no, and some do, at which point you contact the ACCC and make a complaint, because the law says they have to honour it.

                I'm not sure what you're disagreeing with with your "nope" but here's the breakdown of warranty for the above listed system:

                Core i3-530 - 3 years
                Intel Retail Boxed DP55WB - 3 years
                4G Kit DDR3 1333 Kingston - Lifetime
                Samsung SATA 1TB - 3 years
                1GB 5450 HIS-OC - 1 year (pay an extra $2 for the Gigabyte brand and get 3 years)
                Coolermaster RC330/ RC331/ RC334/RC335 - 1 year (pay an extra $34 for an Antec NSK4480 II and get a 3 year warranty and a much higher quality PSU)
                DVD Burner SATA Aopen/BenQ - Unknown. Presumably 1 year.
                EDIMAX Wireless PCI EW-7727IN-2T2R - 1 year
                Gigabyte Desktop GK-KM5000 - 1 year

                So if you up the price $36 then all the expensive and important parts have 3 year (or lifetime) warranties. Plus you get a much better quality PSU in the deal.

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                  Never heard of that Gigabyte warranty thing, how do you do that?

                  I personally have had issues with that Zalman fan Gigabyte included with my 9800gt, it's always going 100% on fan speed… meh, might stick with ASUS next time.

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                    LOL, he means upgrade the brand dont buy "HIS" brand, its only a couple of dollars extra for the gigabyte one, which come with a 3 year warranty instead of a 1 year one.

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                      oh, didn't notice the HIS

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      Hi,

      I am new to this forum and have a question regarding Aldi computer on sale this week for $799. Can anyone tell me if the motherboard or processor can be upgraded on this system when needed? Thanks

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    Can this system run the latest games?

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      On low/medium settings, yes. The GT 330 isn't a particularly powerful card, as it's seemingly based on old tech (& merely given a new name, as typical of Nvidia).

      The CPU is powerful enough for most/all of today's games, just the graphics card that lets it down.

      Still, a pretty good buy if you can't be bothered to build your own PC.

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    awesome computer for the price, basically it can do anything, but play the latest games at high quality. If you build your own computer for this price, you can generally get better quality parts such as a better case/psu, RAM, bigger hard drive etc.

    However as a complete package, i can vouch for an aldi comp, reccommended one to cousins a few years back, its as good as any of the other pre built ones from dell,acer,hp etc.

    • -2 votes

      you have included dell and acer in that list - is it that crap?

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    most people dont want to do an msy. if one component breaks do you expect mum to open the case and pull out that component? Great deal regardless!!

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    aldi have compromised big time on certain pc parts in their medion pcs, particularly the graphics card, i remember one of their first pcs on offer several years ago had the top of the line(at that time) ati 9800xt card, but as the years have passed the cards have come down a lot in power, now they're generic models hiding old tech, but in return they give you extras like memory card readers, tv tuners, extra ram/software etc

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      that pc was going for $1699 however, a high performance PC going at a budgety- midrange price. This computer is obviously going for a lot lower. With $1699, you could spec one beast of a comp, but thats almost twice the $$$ of this model.

      • +1 vote

        more than twice

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        You can't compare prices like that, $799 back then wouldn't have even bought much of a computer beyond the bare bones, whereas this specification is reasonably decent. Basically prices have fallen since then.

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    Not a bad deal but remember people our Aussie doller will soon be at 1 to 1 with the USA and we will be seeing deals like this become normal! :)

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      As much as I'd like otherwise, I don't think this will be the case. We'll still have at least a 20% markup on most products :(

    • +1 vote

      Mate if you can predict forex you should start betting on it - you would be a millionare.

      In other words, you can't predict forex!

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        I disagree. If you look at macroeconomic factors of certain countries you can make an reasonable forecast of currency rates.

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        He's actually right; it's highly likely we'll continue to see a decline in the US dollar. They're just controlling deflation at the moment by printing more money. Once this stops (and it will stop), you'll see the true value of their economy. All of the tactics they've used weren't meant to avert the recession, but rather to ease people into it.

        I'm not really sure why people are neg'ing you, mr_asstight.

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    but the link say $799 including window 7 home premium.
    or is it $849 ??

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      849 was the price to build a similarly spec'ed computer yourself(from MSY one of the cheapest PC stores), 799 is the Aldi PC. so aldi works out cheaper…
      aldi also comes with works, etc…

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        anyone here has medion pc at home?
        how is the quality?
        thanks.

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    1 x DVI-I
    1 x HDMI

    Can i configure output to 2 monitors 1DVI 1HDMI with the graphic card? Similar to extended display on laptop.
    Thanks.

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      I would say so yes.

      Digitally, HDMI and DVI are the same thing. Generally people don't consider DVI to carry sound although it can carry sound just fine.

      So you can use a HDMI to DVI cable if you like.

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        Umm feel free to prove me wrong but DVI can't carry sound.

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        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface

        DVI to HDMI
        DVI is mostly compatible with HDMI (see Compatibility with DVI). The main difference is that DVI typically carries no audio data in its TMDS channel, although increasingly, modern PC video hardware is providing audio (e.g. cards by NVIDIA[2] and ATI[3]), allowing the PC to send audiovisual data to a high definition television with an HDMI input. If a PC's DVI output does not provide audio, it can be patched in as part of the DVI to HDMI adapter.

        I didnt know that, thanks you learn something new every day…

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          In that case you are joining a DVI connection and a sound feed to HDMI and running them both through a HDMI cable.

          It still stands that DVI CANNOT carry sound as there simply isn't wires for it on the cables.

          • +1 vote

            Newer ATI video cards have an integrated sound chip which allows them to output sound via a DVI-HDMI cable.
            Although its still a DVI connection, the pinouts are different. The pins used for "Dual-link" are instead used for sound. So technically DVI can carry sound but not using the normal DVI standard.

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            "In that case you are joining a DVI connection and a sound feed to HDMI and running them both through a HDMI cable."

            no your not, read it again… specially this bit.,
            "If a PC’s DVI output does not provide audio" Highlight on the IF…

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              facepalm
              "send audiovisual data to a high definition television with an HDMI input"
              If it's going into the HDMI input, it's coming from a HDMI cable. All that is happening is

              DVI output (video) + SPDIF (audio) = HDMI

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                double facepalm.

                did you even bother reading the wiki article?

                some can, some cant, apparently the newer ATI cards allow for this, sounds like a cable pure DVI from one end, HDMI on the other.

                read more about it…
                http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1204272

                "With HDMI, the audio data is interleaved with the video data on the same wires. There are no separate audio-only wires. All ATI did was enable the audio transmission on the DVI port over the same wires that the video data is transmitted on, as if there were an hdmi connector on the card instead of a dvi connector. This is why you can run an HDMI signal through an HDMI->DVI adapter, one of those DVI Doctor/Detective devices and then back through a DVI->HDMI adapter and not loose the audio"

                and here:
                http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?p=1557438

                although muzzamo could still be incorrect as it sounds like its only a new thing and ATI is doing it, could be wrong though…

                regardless DVI can carry audio in some cases.

                i didn't know either before doing some research.

                it would seem that all the ATI HD products have this feature…

                http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814998...

                heres the new egg adapter..
                as you can see no place for a SPDIF connector.

                Damn im good I need to give myself a +1!

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    Sounds like a good deal, OC the CPU, whack in a new GPU and away you go!
    (maybe new mouse n keyboard. they look nasty)

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      Thats what I was thinking, unless opening the case and replacing the GPU voids the warranty of the entire computer? Sometimes pre-builts do this, can anyone confirm? It's a great deal if you can slap in your own GPU.

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      Overclocking? i thought it wasn't possible on prebuilt retail systems like this. The BIOS would have been locked down to prevent you from tampering with the CPU settings.

      but if you want a gaming system from the beginning it may be better to just build a system from MSY instead of taking this apart and risk voiding the warranty. And you end up with a useless GT330 and having to spend extra on a power supply upgrade.

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        some brands now day cover you opening the system and changing parts yourself… (think Dell is one of them) and even cover the procedure to do it in the manual…seems a bit of a waste though…better off just buying the best PC.

        so not as crazy as you may think..

    • +1 vote

      If your going to upgrade the GPU, be a good idea to check the PSU watts as prebuilt systems are usually lacking when it comes to free watts.

      Just cause it has a port does not mean you can whack anything in there.

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    I wonder where all the Aldi returns go hmm there must be someone selling them cheap or a graveyard

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      The next sale in a few months.

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    Has anyone bought one of these?

    I'd be interested to know how quiet it runs… thanks!

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      umm it's not for sale untill the 18th…and if you want to know how it runs, look at the specs.

      • +2 votes

        He's asking how quiet it is. But as you say, not on sale yet so no-one will know. And since Aldi tend to sell out on these deals pretty quickly, by the time you found out you wouldn't be able to get one.

        To answer the quiet question in general sense, the GT330 and i3-530 are both normally very quiet. The only potentially loud fan is the PSU fan, but I'd wager Aldi would have used a relatively quiet one.

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    Hi,
    This came with Win7 32 bit installed.
    Does anyone know how to install Win7 64 bit version?
    One of the recovery DVDs is a Win7 64 bit.

    Do we have to change any BIOS settings?

    cheers

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      I purchased one of these as well and the first thing I did was rebuild with the win7 64 bit recovery cd.

      Just whack the cd in the drive, restart the machine, hit F8 to boot from CD, let it do it's thing and once complete, have fun installing drivers as you lose practically every working driver that is pre-built with the 32-bit version.

      But hey, all in the name of the 64-bit o/s.

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        Thanks. I gave it a go last night with the recovery DVD and got it installed, and then drivers as well.

        Do you know how to connect an antenna to improve the wireless reception? I opened the case, but couldn't find any wireless card or anywhere to connect an antenna.

        cheers

  • +1 vote

    Just bought one and here's what I think.

    Had the system at the desktop within 10 mins. All that was needed was for the machine to finish setting up a few drivers and programs, setting up a user name, entering the wireless network password and registering Bullguard.

    -There wasn't a single conflict in hardware manager, so all good there.
    -The Office 2007 trial only has the essentials, with no Outlook. So to all the Hotmail haters like me, this is a real nuisance.
    -Opening the case will not void your warranty. No stickers or trip wires in place.
    -5.25" front panel Card Reader supports all formats, including XD and SDHC.
    -350watt (max) generic PSU.
    -There are 6 Sata ports, but only 2 spare.
    -Case is Midi in size, is surprisingly good quality and the whole thing is well put together. There's some blingy features and blue neon lights, but it's by no means over the top.
    -This is the first, off the shelf PC, that I've seen with the motherboard installed upside down, ie: the PS2 ports and CPU are at the bottom of the case, whilst the PSU is in the usual spot, at the top.
    -Ventilation is adequate for the intended use. Whilst having no bottom inlet fan, and no room for one, there is room for one exhaust fan at the rear, beside the PS2 ports. In typical Medion fashion, there's an 8cm fan and funnel sitting on top of the CPU, venting through the side of the case, whilst the PSU fan is supposed to get rid of any rising heat. The fans are low RPM, as the system is super quiet.
    -There is room for only one more HDD in the HDD cage at the bottom front of the case. There is space to add more, but you'd need to find a way of securing them. There are vents in the case, on either side of the HDD cage.
    -No HDMI cable, DVI connector or even a basic game bundle included. Considering the cost, I'm not surprised.
    -Haven't tested any games as yet, but as this isn't designed as a gaming machine, I'd imagine it wouldn't perform too well under DX10.

    I've gotta say that overall, I'm pretty impressed with the machine.