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[Amazon.ca] Acer Aspire Desktop: I5-10400, 12GB, 512GB NVMe, (2x) HDMI -- $597.08 (Prime)

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[Amazon.ca] Acer Aspire Desktop: I5-10400, 12GB, 512GB NVMe, (2x) HDMI -- $597.08 (Prime)

So I've been sitting on this little nugget for a little while, wondering to myself whether RFD would find this interesting. It was a best seller at one point, at this price, but it's slipped off the radar for a bit.

It's a mean little machine for the price. Not a terrible value overall.

Let's check it out.

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10th Generation Intel Core i5-10400 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.3GHz)
12GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory (2x DIMM Slots -- Up to 64GB RAM)
512GB NVMe M.2 SSD
8X DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW)
Windows 10 Home (USB Keyboard and Mouse Included)
WiFi 6 // Bluetooth 5
1x - USB 3.2 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps) (Front)
5x - USB 3.2 Gen 1 Ports (1 Front and 4 Rear)
2x - USB 2.0 Ports (Rear)
2x - HDMI Ports

PassMark Score: 12,416

The above score is very solid, and places it competitively against alternative refurbished machines with much less computing power for close to the same price (whereas this unit is new). In our Graphics Card starved market, it comes with (2x) HDMI out ports. Additional outputs are possible with a cheap USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter or a PCIe Card (Graphics Card). It also includes WiFi 6, which is a nice little bonus, sometimes not included on towers for whatever reason.

This machine was $1,000 CAD in early February before falling to under $600 CAD. It's only $13 more than the lower spec'ed i3 variant desktop.

Enjoy, folks.

P.S. Here's a version with an HDD and a 500W PSU.
aviador wrote: BTW, Best Buy has this TC-895-EB11 model on "sale" for $600 (until June 3) -- even if the loonie is a bit stronger than in 2019/2020 -- /smh COVID inflation.
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I think it was 499 last year, without the ssd
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elty wrote: I think it was 499 last year, without the ssd
That may be another variant, potentially with less RAM, as I've seen such variants.

The 512GB NVMe SSD and 12GB RAM allotment are a comfortable cushion for out of the box use without upgrades.

The current price is pretty much the lowest price it's been +/- $10, which is saying something in this COVID environment.
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I just purchased this desktop for my parents last week and got it up and running for them on the weekend. It's a nice unit and I don't think you could find much better for this price and similar specs. I was surprised how fast it boots up and its quite snappy.
The unit they got was partitioned with a C and D drive. I'm not quite sure why though.
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Kriner wrote: I just purchased this desktop for my parents last week and got it up and running for them on the weekend. It's a nice unit and I don't think you could find much better for this price and similar specs. I was surprised how fast it boots up and its quite snappy.
The unit they got was partitioned with a C and D drive. I'm not quite sure why though.
I asked a BB agent about this trend among some makers (maybe two years ago), and he said it was so consumers could feel like they had two drives in which to store content. Whether it was bunk or not, the suggestion was that work-a-day consumers liked having two different buckets in which to store their files and folders.

I can confirm that this system is very quick under it's current configuration. As a brand new pre-built, out of the box, I have trouble finding something better (for the price) that I don't need to immediately upgrade. This is safe buy for friends and family in my view.

With that all said, I took a while before posting, because I'm also picky.
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Looks like a decent rig for the money. I can see from the back that the PSU isn't the regular size (although maybe one of those half-size jobs that go into servers would fit).
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For those interested on adding a video card. It seems that the PSU is rated 300W either PA-2301-3AC or FSP300-10TAA. This spec is not verified, though.

Acer Forums: Acer Aspire TC-875-ER12 PSU replacement

Product Support for Aspire TC-895

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A few threads about these TC895

[Best Buy] Acer Aspire TC Desktop PC (Intel Core i5-10400/1TB HDD/12GB RAM/Windows 10) - $599.99

[Best Buy] Acer Aspire Desktop, i5-10400/1TB HDD/12GB RAM $499.99

[Amazon.ca] Prime Day: Acer Desktop i5-10400 12gb 512gb NVMe $589

A comment about the (possible) PSU:
xxboarderxx wrote: DO NOT buy the NVME one (Model TC-895-UA92) if you want to put in a current gen graphics card. I bought it last October because it was a good price. Had to return it because the PSU looked proprietary, does not have the proper 6+2 pins and is not a standard ATX form factor one. I looked at getting one to fit and it was way too expensive.
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aviador wrote: For those interested on adding a video card. It seems that the PSU is rated 300W either PA-2301-3AC or FSP300-10TAA. This spec is not verified, though.

Acer Forums: Acer Aspire TC-875-ER12 PSU replacement

Product Support for Aspire TC-895
A PSU replacement is required for a fully powered graphics card, but the cost savings on this model are significant and the exercise may be worth considering.

This machine is computationally robust enough to support a 30XX Series Nvidia Graphics Card powered by the right replacement PSU or ad-hoc additional (or external) PSU.
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One can assemble one for same cost with better components
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What about just getting an entry level Dell Gaming desktop g series 5000, it starts at $800 baseline with i5-10400F and GTX 1650, but configurable (PSU, WiFi card, GPU, RAM, etc.). You could get the usual 10% with UniDays/email signup plus Rakuten rebate. I think this Dell offers better value. Other g-series desktops at Dell.

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redflagdealsguy wrote: That may be another variant, potentially with less RAM, as I've seen such variants.

The 512GB NVMe SSD and 12GB RAM allotment are a comfortable cushion for out of the box use without upgrades.

The current price is pretty much the lowest price it's been +/- $10, which is saying something in this COVID environment.
Pretty much this same Acer Aspire PC with a 1tb HDD instead of a 512gb ssd was on sale for $500 last year I think. I bought that since it also had a 500W Gold PSU and I added a 500gb nvme SSD for $90 and have an RTX 2070 in it. Pretty good gaming PC. It also came with 12 GB RAM but I sold that and put 16gb in it. Not sure if this one has a 500W PSU since some of these models come with lower wattage PSUs.
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smuncky wrote: looks like there are 2 empty sata slots. does it have space to put in 2 HDD?
"The Aspire TC-895 is a PC that's best purchased, set up, and left to do its thing. This isn't a PC for those who love DIY upgrades. It has two RAM slots, a single PCIe x16 slot, and a PCIe x1 slot. There are also two mounts for 3.5-inch HDDs along the side of the case, easily accessible after removing the side panel. These can also be used for smaller 2.5-inch SSDs."

from https://www.windowscentral.com/acer-asp ... 895-review
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redflagdealsguy wrote: A PSU replacement is required for a fully powered graphics card, but the cost savings on this model are significant and the exercise may be worth considering.

This machine is computationally robust enough to support a 30XX Series Nvidia Graphics Card powered by the right replacement PSU or ad-hoc additional (or external) PSU.
Ehhh the other 1tb HDD model came with a 500W Gold PSU and even tho I haven't seen it drop to $500 in a while it does go down to $600 sometimes
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redflagdealsguy wrote: Gentlemen, this is the inside, supposedly.

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- (2x) DIMMs
- Installed WiFi 6 Card in Slot with Internal Antennas
- (1x) Full Size PCIe slot for Video Card
- (1x) Narrow PCIe slot for other cards (e.g. WiFi PCIe Cards)
Yeah that's pretty much what mine looks like too and there's a bracket too which can mount 2 HDDs I believe, I currently have 1 installed
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The internal looks like the Acer I bought from Best Buy like 10 years ago. Cheap case, cheap heatsink & fan, cheap PSU.

I ended up removing the stock CPU fan, drilled holes on the case to mount an oversized case fan. The PSU died within a couple of years so I moved the entire assembly into an Antec.
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aomous wrote: Yeah that's pretty much what mine looks like too and there's a bracket too which can mount 2 HDDs I believe, I currently have 1 installed
Yes

"There are also two mounts for 3.5-inch HDDs along the side of the case, easily accessible after removing the side panel. These can also be used for smaller 2.5-inch SSDs."

from https://www.windowscentral.com/acer-asp ... 895-review

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