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Aldi Titanium MD8385 any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by mabell, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. mabell

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    Jul 26, 2005
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    Tunbridge Wells

    All, first post and most probably not the last!

    Just noticed this on the Aldi site (yes, another classic from Aldi! :eek: ) for next Thursday. Seems like a good spec for an HTPC.

    What modifications do you think this would need if any? Do you all think this is a good deal for £499?

    Comes complete with

    Remote control
    Wireless keyboard
    Optical wireless mouse
    Headset with microphone

    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 519
    3.06GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB
    64-bit technology to support future computing needs
    'Whisper' quiet thanks to AIRXL heat pipe cooler
    Hard Disk Capacity

    250 GB 8 MB Cache
    S-ATA 150 Interface
    Super fast 7200 RPM

    512 MB DDR
    Upgradeable to 2GB
    High End Graphics

    NVIDIA® GeForce® 6200 TC graphics card with TurboCacheTM Technology2 supporting 256MB DDR, PCI-Express x 16 busarchitecture, TV-out

    16 x Multi-standard, Dual Layer DVD/CD-Writer

    Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition with SP2 pre-installed
    Microsoft Works 8.0
    Also comes with an amazing software package4 including Medion Home Cinema XL
    AOL 9.0 and many more

    16 x DVD-ROM ideal for watching DVD movies
    Crystal-clear TV, DVB-T digital TV - see the new free-to-air digital channels1

    Analogue Stereo-TV and FM Tuner card
    Watch and record TV programmes on your PC
    8 in 1 USB 2.0 card reader. Reads from and writes to all common flash cards3
    8-channel Intel High Defi nition Audio

    6 x 2.0 USB 2 x front, 4 x rear
    2 x FireWire 1 x front, 1 x rear

    LAN Network controller on board Fast Ethernet 10/100 MBit/s
    56K V.9 x PCI data/fax modem
    Telephone connection cable included
    Skype Internet Telephony Software

    Use the internet to make cheaper worldwide phone calls5
    Includes 120 free minutes of Skypeout calls
  2. stlic

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    Feb 17, 2004
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    Hi and welcome to AVForums!!! The Alsi seems pretty good only real concern is the 6200 which would share your system memory meaning that if it is allocated 256 you will only be left with 256 for the system. In addition I havn't heard much positive about the 6200 chipset as it is; it really is a cut down GPU which might be a problem with Hi-Def material.

    Also I would never trust a claim such as whisper quiet as I tend to find that prebuilt units (other than Dell) are far from it in general. Are you planning to use MCE which would incur a further cost, also worth checking that MCE drivers are available for the digital tuner. There are front end alternatives that will probably work with it anyway. Not sure about Medion Home Cinema XL but it might be very capable on it's own.

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