Aldi PC $599 - 4GB DDR3, 1TB HD, Athlon™ II X4 640 3GHz Your Thoughts?

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Sorry meant to put this in a forum:

Would this be a good PC & price for a "non-techie" using Microsoft Office, Playing PC games and browsing and downloading from the web?

I bought a Medion years ago & I thought it was a good buy.

On sale from 24 March.

Thanks

Mod: Due to vote popularity, this is retained as deal, title changed for clarity

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  • +1 vote

    decent for that price! nice find.

  • +1 vote

    Way overpowered for office and browsing really depends on what games they want. But pretty good price for the specs.

    • -1 vote

      How's it way over-powered?? The Athlon X4 isn't a overly powerful chip and pretty much is inline with the speed a Intel Core i3 (dual core) has….

  • +3 votes

    for a 'non techie' it's fine and should cover you for years to come
    is it me or are aldi down grading their pc specs gradually? the last medion desk top i saw had a twin analogue/digital tv tuner card but this one doesn't, and the gfx is becoming more "generic", i remember years ago when aldi first started selling this line they used an ATI 9800XT when everyone else was still plodding along with slower cards like the TI4200, now they use light versions(i.e crippled) cards
    on the plus side, this model has Esata and USB3 ports

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      yes I think you are right

  • +2 votes

    Deal or forum? Appears that people think this is a good deal?

    EDIT: 9 votes-Deal it is.

    • +6 votes

      I think it's a deal because it would cost slightly more to put together something similar using parts from MSY Technology, etc. So good for newbies who don't want to put together their own system.

      • -10 votes

        MSY:

        CPU: AMD X4 640 - $109
        MB: Asus M4A87TD-USB3 - $99
        RAM: 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws - $62
        HDD: WD Green - $61
        GPU: 1GB HD5770 - $125
        OS: WIN7 HP OEM - $99

        $55 left over for a case and keyboard and mouse set which is possible if you stick to the Aldi quality. I know I've used cheaper parts for the above computer but i'm only replicating the components of Aldi's PC.

        Also forgot a DVD burner which is around $30. Still, I wouldn't call this a "deal". I guess you get 2 years warranty though

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          You're right, my mistake…

        • +21 votes

          To be fair though, you would need to factor in how much MSY or a computer shop that does assemble a computer, charges. Not to mention, availability of all these parts and waiting in line at MSY. Although, downside to Aldi is they usually have very few stock of these items but at least you can do your grocery shopping there.

        • +24 votes

          Also don't forget you can return it after 60 days if you're not completely satisfied!

          You try that at MSY and they'll probably laugh and point at you…

        • -1 vote

          error post

        • +9 votes

          You left out the PSU by the way - in that budget you probably have enough room for a SHAW "Gather around the fireplace, kids!" PSU. I mean, the ALDI one might also be terrible but at least you get a warranty.

        • +5 votes

          yeah, once you include the keyboard (bizarrely PS2 ?!) and mouse, $70 build fee, 2yrs warranty and a 1800 number to ring, MSY is more expensive than Aldi. For 99% of the general population this IS a good deal.

        • +1 vote

          At MSY, you have to wait in line, research the parts you want, know if they are in stock, you won't receive a decent warranty, you have to build it yourself or get them to charge you, and the customer service is crap. Do some people really go through all that trouble just for saving a few bucks? It's like when people waited in a line of 150 at Liquidtek just to save $30 on a pair of Logitech Earphones. Sheesh…

        • +2 votes

          The 5770 is much more powerful than the 6450 in this build. You'd be hard-pressed to play games with this deals hardware. For a more comparable build:

          $560 ($840) AMD Gaming Config

          CPU: AMD AM3 Athlon II X4 640 $112
          Mobo: Asus M4A87TD-USB3 $99
          RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3-1333 $45
          HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $57
          GPU: 1GB AMD Radeon HD5450 $46
          Case&PSU: Thermaltake V4 Black Edition w/ 450W TT Litepower PSU $77
          ODD: LiteOn DVD burner $23

          Total: $449

          +$70 gets it built for you at MSY.

          +$30 gets you a much better mouse and keyboard than is offered here.

          Total: $559 for what is effectively similar (and even slightly better, esp HDD, case and probably mobo).

          So this is definitely a good buy given a nice warranty and no hassle purchase.

        • +10 votes

          @izzeho, Does Win 7 come included when MSY builds it, otherwise add Win 7 ($99) which makes it $659.

  • +1 vote

    forum, bought 2 medion laptops, cheap but powerful one died after 4months other one still working but repaired it twice. My opinion i will never buy medion again spent alot of money on these crap machines when i could of just bought something proper. also bad at holding receipts which is why they were costly items

    • +8 votes

      I bought medion laptop (MD96500) too long ago to remember exactly when (maybe late 2005?) - still running no repairs. Even after I put Vista on it.

      Plus note the Aldi return policy:

      "We'll refund or replace any item as long as you return it within 60 days of purchase – with a receipt, in its original packaging, with all the accessories."

      • +2 votes

        Doesn't stop them from having to deal with your laptop for at least 1 year for warranty purposes (ie repairs)

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      almost all laptops in the world are made in the same handful of factories. the same factory that made your medion probably made toshibas, acers etc - who knows.

      so you cant exactly judge a particular brand by their laptops considering this

      plus a desktop is generally a different beast and desktop parts are very easy to swap out when something fucks up - laptops obviously arent as easy as this.

  • +3 votes

    Thought this would be well overpriced upon first glance, but it appears to cost roughly the same as buying the individual parts + OS, a little less even depending on the quality of the case/psu/motherboard. Plus you have to factor in its pre-built with a 2-year warranty

  • +1 vote

    Thats actually pretty decent for the price! not bad at all

  • +1 vote

    Just a note on Office Starter, it has advertising. Just a FYI.

    http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/products/office/pages/office...

    • +1 vote

      I have a number of laptops using Office Starter and its just a basic Word/Excel package but more than enough for most home users.
      Has a small section down the right hand side when open that runs a small MS related ad.
      The ad is not much different to the ad you see at the top right of the link posted above.

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        I guess this is MS' way to compete against Gdocs.

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        However the ad can be positively massive when you get Office Starter on your little 1024 x 600 netbook! Pretty crappy that they didn't think to downsize the ads for the netbooks…

  • +24 votes

    Some people are way too pretentious when it comes to PC deals. Not everyone is a tech-head who is capable of going to MSY and picking the parts themselves. Most pre-built machines have a premium attached to their price but a PC that is at a price almost comparable to building it yourself is a deal.

  • +2 votes

    not a bad deal, i was looking at the same CPU, 4Gb ram + a similar mobo for $300 delivered from PCCG, so not a bad price once you factor in all the other stuff…

  • +4 votes

    When you factor in parts, a copy of Windows 7 and assembly (if you aren't confident to do it yourself), you're not going to get anything much better if at all. You also get warranty with this Aldi desktop so it's a positive vote from me.

  • +13 votes

    This is probably a stupid question - but how do you buy electronics and stuff in the glass case from aldi? Do you go through the line with nothing and ask the cashier? Is there a separate person? Do you have to wait until nobody's in line?

    • +9 votes

      LOL, that's actually a great question. I've only ever bought 1 thing from the mysterious glass cabinet. I usually just ask random staff who happen to be stocking the shelves.

      Wonders if there is a secret button

    • +4 votes

      i think you have to ask the assistant's there and they will get it from the storage room

      • +5 votes

        what assistants ???

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      I bought the similar model Medion PC last year and they were just stacked on the floor in the store. No need for any assistance.

      • +2 votes

        I asked someone and was told to go through line with nothing and ask cashier. I hate how they won't take it out for me and I get glares from rest of the line when cashier walks off to store room to look for item…

    • +2 votes

      Yup, just bought it today. The answer is that you walk through with nothing and ask the cashier who then gets it from the room out the back with the door, while the line glares at you.

      Happy with the computer so far, runs quick, starts up with windows installed and is very, very quiet compared to my old jet engine computer.

  • +10 votes

    OMG this is so cheap! im gonna go out and buy 8 for each of my children!

    Thanks for the post! :D

    • +16 votes

      care to adopt any fellow Ozbargainers?? ;)

    • +21 votes

      Surely one for each of your children would be more than sufficient, eight for each child seems a bit over the top! :-)

      • +7 votes

        haha, i see what you did there…

    • +6 votes

      OMG even the von Trapp family has joined for the bargains!

      • +5 votes

        Yeah, I remember when those curtains were on special, they went mad over the curtains !!!

  • +7 votes

    Hi - I bought an Aldi Desktop a few versions back and have been very happy with it - regarding how you get one there seems to be 2 options by my experience - one is to go straight to the cash register counter and ask there - the other is to wait by the "mysterious door to somewhere" and they bring them out to you - this stoor room door is not the plastic flappy one they bring the general goods out of but nearer the registers in my experience - some stores only have the plastic flappy door though so I'd go there. - Good Luck

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    How is it compare to this one?

    http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/41467

    I just need a home PC that I can connect to the LCD TV for web browsing and watch videos in rmvb & avi formats.

    • +2 votes

      Comparing a laptop to a desktop is pretty pointless really. For the same money a desktop is going to be much, much more powerful, as is the case here. If you're not going to be moving it and don't mind the ugly ass Aldi case then definitely I'd go for this one. The main benefits (for a media PC anyway) of the Aldi box are HD sound over HDMI - which I doubt that lappy will do - and 3D support.

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      If you're going to be plugged into an LCD TV then you're probably going to need the portability factor, so a laptop will probably serve your cause better.

      I'd actually recommend http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/41082 over the one you posted up because of the sheer cost factor. This laptop can handle the movies with ease, and the only negative about it (the sub par, well to be fair, average screen) is offsetted by the fact that you plan on plugging it into a TV.

  • +2 votes

    AMD Athlon™ II X4 640 Quad-Core - $109
    * AMD Radeon™ HD 6450 DirectX®11 graphics card with 512 MB - $45
    1.0 TB (1000 GB) hard drive - $55
    Multi-format DVD / CD burner - $27
    Fast wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 n - $19
    4GB DDR3 - $44
    PS/2 keyboard and optical USB mouse - $7
    Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 bit - $99
    ASRock 880GMH-LE-USB3 880G - $79
    Case + PSU - $45
    Total - $529

    *not available yet but equivalent is 5450 = $45 (for 1gb NOT 512mb).

    Aldi's deal is good for people that don't know any better.. For $600 I'll build anyone this machine PLUS deliver/install within metro melbourne ;)

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      What Case + PSU might that be?

      And what warranty do you offer?

        • +17 votes

          Wow "tap", are you a ****ing noob or what.

          A shaw case is junk and has poor ventilation and fans that are horrible, but something an a typical user can cope with (You can also cope with putting your parts into a wooden box and using a few pedestal fans)

          A shaw PSU is what I put in my toilet each day.

          If you could even comprehend what PSU rails were, or if you could comprehend what goes inside a PSU, you would stay well away from a Shaw PSU.

          I can guarantee you it will either.

          1. Blow up within a few months forcing you to replace it, a decent PSU has a 5 year warranty, SHAW has the minimum 1 year.
          2. Blow up and take out your motherboard and maybe a few other parts, something a decent PSU will never do.
          3. Blow up as soon as you recieve a small surge, something a DECENT PSU can handle.
          4. Take out your entire computer in a large surge, a decent PSU will kill itself while often keeping the rest of the PC in working condition.

          From REAL LIFE experience I can tell everyone here that the medion case and PSU quality is A LOT better then Shaw, they actually use standards unlike shaw standards which seem to come straight out of a Chinese sweat shop.

          The percentage of people who have a hardware problem with their computer within the first two years is quite high, a 2 year warranty is great.

          That Keyboard and mouse you picked would be junk as well, the included kb/mouse at aldi is actually quite reasonable.

          And just for everyone elses information. Nobody who actually knows anything about computers would be willing to build a computer, install windows 7, support a customer for 2 years, and manage ALL warranty issues including driving to the places you purchased it from to get spare parts, the fuel alone could take away a lot of this money, ALL for $71. Not even a computer shop would do it this cheap, and they are the people who are in the best situation to do this for such a low cost.

          What "tap" is doing is either scamming people by running away after he gets the money, or he is lying to prove a point. In reality he's successfully proved that he knows nothing.

          I HATE people like "tap" who try to act like they are somehow knowledgeable but in reality just have their head up their behind.

        • +2 votes

          @sam - agree with you mostly - but I dont agree that shaw is that crap. Their "worst" PSU is rated at 680w - Even taking into account that this is a really dodgy number (which I know it is) most home psu's will NOT need more than 300w.

          I hate how people use anecdotal evidence of their cousin/brother having one PSU blow up and then say oh - must be blah blah generic brand. Whats worse than using is shaw psu imo is using a PSU thats way overkill for your system.

          800W real on a office whitebox? seriously?

          Why not spend the lowest amount on a case when you're spending the lowest amount you can on a $400 whitebox?

          I've personally built more than 20 with generic psu and only had one fail. A few extra from ones I didnt build but serviced. At least half of the failures could be attributed to dust/heat issues (user problems)

        • +4 votes

          voter1, I am talking about shaw, not generic.

          Even a shaw loaded at 150W will have a high failure rate. Surges, poor quality control by shaw, and many other factors mean IF your shaw lasts longer then 1 year, it won't last much longer and at that point you have to buy another one as its not covered under warranty.

          Who said anything about 800W?

          I run a high powered Crossfire overclocked gaming computer on a 620W Corsair power supply. And this is where my video card box says I should have a 800W power supply, my corsair can do it easily.

          an office computer should run something like a corsair 430W PSU, 5 year warranty as you would expect.

          When a 430W power supply is better then a SHAW 1500W power supply, does that not tell you something?

          There are plenty of cheap cases that don't create huge issues, shaw cases are very badly made.

          (note: Corsair is not the only good PSU brand, its just what I use and recommend)

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        See, its this mentaliy here that leads to trouble - PSUs are often the most ignored spec by non-techs, mainly because they're the boring workhorses of the PC that no one understands. And yet they have the potential to cause the most headaches in even experienced PC builders.

        As many people have pointed out, bad PSUs are often overspecced - sometimes to multiples of their actual spec! Voter's car analogy is not accurate - if my car is underspecced, it just means it will move slower than i'd like. If on the other hand a PSU supplies less power than the builder expected, you will experience BSODs, restarts, shutdowns and eventually component failure. And if your PSU only JUST supplies enough power its even worse - I won't even begin to describe the bizzare and varied symptoms of a PC "living on the edge".

        And of course this is if your PSU doesn't die in a spectacular fire (which may actually be preferable to experiencing the above). I haven't seen any cheap PSUs actually set anything but themselves alight, but a burnt out PSU at the start of your day is a pain in the butt.

        Sorry if I sound harsh, but after my experiences it gets on my nerves when people build systems with spectacular headline specs ('i7! 8GB! 6970x2!') and convieniently don't spec the psu and case. So obviously they have no idea about airflow, power rails, etc or they simply don't care about long term stability.

        Just spend the extra for at least an entry level branded PSU and case - as fischer pointed out its not that much more expensive. No one will care about the savings lost when that PC is happily chugging three years down the track!

        (Experience: personal experience with small PC shops before I learnt to DIY. And also sysadmin/general it lackey of a crashtastic small office whose previous lackey decided to outfit with homebuilt PCs. After months of maintaining them with spare parts and many 'good morning!' PSU blowouts, I finally pushed to phase in Dell pre-builts. No hardware faults since!)

    • +2 votes

      Will you offer me a two year warranty too, with your left over $71 build fee? Buying from you is for people that don't know any better.

  • +4 votes

    Nice-ish offer and I do admire the somewhat entrepreneurial spirit, but you need a little bit of business sense (re profit margins and charging for service).

    From a consumer point of view, I'd rather return to Aldi with faulty goods 10 months down the track than give you a call on your mobile.

    • -6 votes

      I'd rather deal with some pimple faced know nothing after waiting in line for half hour too.. to return my PC that broke after 10 months… haha.

      Firstly I'd build it to last longer than 10 months. Second if you weren't happy calling me on my mobile number (a more personal service) I'd give you my 1800 number = FREE AND not a mobile. Win win for people like you?.. shaking head

      • +3 votes

        I don't see how your proposal is profitable unless you can get those parts at a wholesale price or at least have bulk discount applied.
        Are you willing to sell your labour for that little?

        • +3 votes

          Labour? It works out to be about $40/h. I don't know what planet you're living on but that's good money for no brainer work such as building a machine and installing Windows. It's easy money plus you get referrals for other work. Just like stupid Coles and their $2 milk. You go there to get the milk. . then buy other shit that you don't need. And you keep going back and tell your friends to go there.

          And it's not a proposal. It was a figure of speech. I don't think I'd want to deal with anyone from here. You're all know it all complaining whiners looking to squeeze the last cent out of whatever you can get. I come here to use ozbargain's resources for my own online projects (and have a laugh).

        • +1 vote

          I'm now also having a laugh while I watch you backtrack.

          Classic!

        • +5 votes

          It works out to be about $40/h. I don't know what planet you're living on but that's good money for no brainer work such as building a machine and installing Windows. It's easy money plus you get referrals for other work.

          You forgot to factor in the following:
          * Order parts online/via phone, travelling, waiting line in to pick up goods
          * Build the computer
          * Install Windows
          * Re-packaging the desktop for shipping and then driving it all the way to the customer's house

          If you can do all that in under 1 hour and get $40 profit from it, then yes — easy money.

          Realistically speaking, speccing up a computer, and possibly having to deal with out of stock items would probably consume more than a few hours of your time, it might even take half a day to get everything sorted and shipped to your customer.

        • +11 votes

          It's very appealing amount of profit to a 13 year old trying to earn some cash and has parents who can chauffeur them anywhere they please to drop off the built PC.

        • +1 vote

          $40ph? Unless you're including time to purchase parts, you must be BLOODY slow at building a PC.

          And wow, you are SO right! If not for $2 milk, I'd NEVER go to a grocery store! Who needs to eat, right…?

      • +1 vote

        So where do people go when your system develops a faulty part?

        • +1 vote

          You go to a guy thats sells you shit you don't need and eats $55 dinners on his own? ;)

          Not that I don't want to support the entrepreneurs among us, and you can't blame a guy for trying.

          Thanks everyone for great input, including the parts pricings. I think I'm going to try & buy one … the pricing seems good, given Windows 7 is included, the spec ok, Aldis returns & warranty policy & practices are great … and its all put together … I'll be there at 8.45am, Thursday … unless a better alternative comes along :)

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    does the graphics card have displayport?

    • -1 vote

      Most likely…

    • +2 votes

      no.

  • +2 votes

    I dont think the comments section of a bargain are an appropriate place to advertise your own private sales.

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      Why, of course it is. Ever heard of free advertising?
      Does brogden/Broden dude sell computers?

      • +2 votes

        I think he only deals in the PS3 business.

        • +1 vote

          I think he started selling select Logitech products not too long ago as well ;)

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      I thought that comment is meant to be a sarcasm?

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    Generic PC parts (includes ALDI package) + local computer shop = Very affordable.

  • +2 votes

    Should anything goes wrong, Aldi will be happy to your warranty claims.

  • -2 votes

    this deal from ebay is alot better i guess.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Intel-Core-i3-530-2-93G-4GB-DDR3-1TB-...

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      hmmmm, do we have a better alternative here?

      • +5 votes

        "Pre-loaded Windows 7 Home Premium (*This system comes pre-loaded Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit trial version and all the drivers are installed for FREE.Full version Windows systems can also be purchased from our eBay store, and we'll install it for you for FREE.)"

        If I'm reading correctly, only a trial version of Windows? If so, absolutely disgusting behaviour from iiBuy. No one expects to buy a fully built PC with a trial Operating System.

      • +4 votes
        • Same warranty period although you would need to send back to Sydney.
        • Windows 7 is only a trial version so that bumps up price $99

        This system comes pre-loaded Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit trial version

        • Has USB 2 while Aldi has usb 3
        • No wireless card

        Not too sure if the chip and graphics are better or worse.

        • +2 votes

          I think the cpu and gpu are comparable in both systems for their intended purpose. But as you and lazed have pointed out, no OS and warranty wouldn't be much fun if you don't live in Sydney.

  • +1 vote

    how will the hd6450 graphics card cope in playing the latest games? i read somewhere that the 512mb wont cut it for medium settings, but please correct me if i am wrong.

    • +1 vote

      ok, just found this pretty full review from guys who have had the advantage of getting their hands on the PC, to complement all the advice above (for which I am grateful). Dealsniper has a point about the graphics card. I wonder if it would still be worth buying & for those who want a better graphics card, changing it?

      http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/desktop_pcs/medion/akoy...

      • +1 vote

        I have my doubts as to:
        a) if warranty lets you swap the graphics card
        b) if the power supply would support a "gaming" class graphics card

        • +1 vote

          Pity, the machine seemed almost perfect for my son apart from the gaming element. But I guess you cant expect the world for $599! :) Personally I hope they bring out a 'gaming' level model (as generally they seem to offer good value for money). The PC we have will last longer and has a good enough gaming card that its fine for now. I am sure this PC would be a good buy for those less interested in gaming

        • +2 votes

          There's always the option to spend a bit more and build your own with a nice power supply and graphics card ;)

        • +1 vote

          exactly Mark :)

        • +1 vote

          The PSU won't be able to support a high end GPU (for example a 6970 etc)

          You can replace the PSU by the looks

          http://aldi.medion.com/md8351/au/content/produktinfos.php

          But if you want a high end gaming computer, this doesn't even have the right specs anyway.

      • +2 votes

        How old is your son mxy, what kind of 'gaming' does he do? A lot of people talk about needing a gaming PC to play games like WoW when it's simply not true. An i3 with a low-end graphics card will run nearly any game pre-08 and a hell of a lot of more recent games just fine.

        • +1 vote

          Yes, you are on the money there Ash - not that I have ever heard of an i3 :)

          This one is 17 (the other 11). Neither play many PC games (they use the 360 & ps3 for most games). The 17 year old has what was a very good card a year or two ago, so its still good for what he wants. He has one old game that he loves (IL-2 Sturmovik) and he plays an old Sims game. So he might be reasonably happy with his PC. So I am going to wait a little longer before replacing it (probably until he asks me to!).

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