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4.0 out of 5 stars HP Compaq SG3-350UK AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9GHz / 4GB / 750GB / DVDRW / Windows 7 Home Premium Review, 1 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Compaq SG3-350UK Desktop PC (AMD Athlon, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Windows 7) (Personal Computers)
When your New PC arrives, you unpack it and you set it up.........

** REMEMBER THE FIRST THING TO DO **

Create a Recovery Disk so you can take Windows 7 back to it's factory settings if you have problems/conflicts, etc.

You only get ONE CHANCE to do this !!

You should use x3 Top Branded DVD disks to make a Recovery Disk
I.E. Sony, Vertbatim etc DO NOT use cheap Disks !!

Keep the Recovery Disk in a Safe Place You may need them at some point !!

PRODUCT INFORMATION.
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Express Delivery ( Next working day from City Link carrier ) ordered my PC on sunday 15th May 2011 Amazon sent confirmation Email on Monday 16th May to confirm dispatched order, PC arrived on Tuesday 17th May 2011 early morning, well packed great service from Amazon as you would expect from these guys.
My reason for buying the Compaq SG3-350UK base unit was quite simply to replace my old PC base unit
which had Windows XP and I wanted to upgrade to Windows 7 and I had been spending alot of time looking for a new base unit ONLY.

This does everything I want for home use. Out of the box and set it up with no problems. All I had to do was connect it to a USB keyboard & mouse and plug in the monitor (By the way you dont get ANY monitor with this !) and away we go !

In my own option Windows 7 is FAB to work with so easy to adjust and use.
The SG3-350UK desktop is a low cost modest performance desktop, powered by AMD's Athlon II X2 245.
The Athlon ii X2 245 runs at 2.8 GHz speed. This will give you decent performance with a dual core and 1 MB cache memory. At the same time it is not a very high end computing machine.

There are some quad core 3.4 GHz machines that are typically at least one and a half times more powerfulthan the AMD's dual core 245 machine. But who cares? this unit is more than suitable for all my needs and thats why I made up my mind to buy it !

However never the less the you get a decent performance at a relatively low cost.
Everything is here to make it a decent PC with moderate performance level.

The prices before buying the base unit.
Amazon price @ the time of buying was £309 for BASE UNIT ONLY.

Powered by a dual-core AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 245 Processor, Desktop PC is pre-installed with the
64-bit Microsoft Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system.
Has a huge 750GB hard drive which offers plenty of space for your Multimedia, Downloads and Documents;
while the 4GB of RAM ensures plenty of performance for demanding Applications and multitasking.

Offering a powerful specification which is well suited to efficient home computing,
you'll find Internet Browsing, Emails,Movies,Music & Editing your Digital photographs.
Having a DVD RE-writer will allow you to make your own DVD discs,Back Up your Data etc.

The potential for immersive surround sound with its 5.1-channel HD audio support.
Other options include an RJ45 Fast Ethernet port, six USB 2.0 ports for hooking up to mobile devices
and peripherals, a 6-in-1 memory card reader and a VGA port for connection with most monitors.
There are also PCIe x1 expansion slots available for Adding Extra optional functionality such as a Network or
Sound Card.

This PC is fast and efficient performance thanks to a powerful 2.9GHz AMD Athlon processor and 4GB of RAM There's plenty of room for all your digital photos, music and video thanks to the huge 750GB hard drive, and uploading your files from memory cards is easy with the 6-in-1 reader.

The DVD burner which can handle all popular DVD media and supports LightScribe technology - a fab way of
Burning Quality Labels directly onto your newly created DVD using LightScribe-Compatible Discs.
6x USB ports ensure enough connectivity for any external devices you may wish to attach including compatible digital camcorders, cameras and portable music devices.

In/outside info:

* AMD 760G chipset.

* 4 GB system memory latest SATA ii connectivity.

*CD/DVD Read & Write which can create a labels via the LightScribe Feature.
Will normally record to - CDs/DVDs/DVD RAM and DVD±R/±RW (dual layer)

* 6x USB 2.0 ports

* RJ45 Fast Ethernet Port Built-in Allows you to connect to a Network 10/100

* x2 Expansion slots as PCI Express x 1

* 6-in-1 memory card reader.

* Dimensions H38.7 x W17.5 x D41.4cm

* Graphics card Generate the images you see on your computer screen ATI Radeon(tm) 3000

* Graphics card - video RAM Larger amounts of video RAM are better at displaying fast moving and complex graphics up to 1.87GB

* Hard drive Built-in memory used for storing your audio and video files, etc 750GB

* Home Server - No

* Operating system : Programs that manage the hardware and software of a computer Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

* Processor "The Boss" of a computer enabling a program to run AMD Athlon II X2 215

* Processor speed - The faster the processor the quicker your programs will run 2.9GHz

* Processor Type - AMD Athlon

* RAM - 4GB

* Slimline - No

* Touch Screen - No

* Tower - Yes

* TV Tuner Card - No

* Built-in Webcam - No

* Weight - 7.5kg

* Wireless Networking - No

There is plenty of Bundled Software Included !

- Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 - Microsft Product Key needs to be Purchased
- HP Power Assistant
- Windows Live Applications
- Cyberlink DVDSuite - No.1 for watching your movies on a PC
- HP Music Station
- HP Games Console
- Norton Online Backup (30-day trial)
- EasyBits Magic Desktop
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Adobe Reader
- Adobe Flash Player
- Windows Media Centre
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