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Lenovo IdeaCenter T540 Desktop: i7-9700, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, GTX 1660 Ti 6GB EXPIRED

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Office Depot & Office Max offers Rewards Members (free to join): Lenovo IdeaCenter T540 Desktop (90LW0001US) on sale for $749.99 (price shown for free Rewards members when logged in). Shipping is free or select free store pickup where available. Thanks deelseaker

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Specs (pdf)
  • Intel Core i7-9700 Octa-Core (8-Thread) Processor
  • 16GB (1x 16GB) DDR4-2666 RAM (max 32GB)
  • 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5
  • 802.11ac (1x1) + Bluetooth 4.0
  • System Fans (1x front, 1x rear)
  • 310-Watt Power Supply
  • Ports
    • Front:
      • 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
      • 1x USB 3.0 Type C
      • 3.5mm headphone / microphone combo jack
      • 7-in-1 Media Card Slot
    • Rear:
      • 4x USB 2.0
      • 1x Ethernet
      • 1x HDMI
      • 1x VGA
      • 1x 3.5mm line-out audio jack
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UPDATE: Multiple people who have received their PCs have reported that the video card is a plain GTX 1660 (non-Ti). If yours is also a non-Ti, you may want to contact Office Depot for a return or a partial refund.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre T540 Gaming Desktop PC, Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive, Windows 10 [officedepot.com]
  • $749.99 + Free Shipping
Specs:
  • Intel Core i7-9700 8-Core CPU (9th Generation)
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB SSD Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - UPDATE: Multiple reports of the video card being a plain GTX 1660 (non-Ti)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • Keyboard + Mouse
  • 1-Year Warranty
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Last Edited by deelseaker November 26, 2019 at 01:45 PM
Spec Sheet @ Lenovo [lenovo.com]
Of note, the above spec sheet states
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 and 1x 16GB DIMM DDR4-2666 => It also says: Some: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 6GB GDDR6, DirectX 12, VR ready, one DVI, one HDMI, one DP;
No optical drive

Mechanical ● Tower (15L), mineral grey, metal case
● (WxDxH) with bezel: 5.7" x 11.9" x 14.4"; 145mm x 302.7mm x 366mm ● Approx 13.75 lb (6.24 kg), weight may vary by configuration
● Optional rear system fan, 65W Air-Cooler for CPU
Bay 1: 3.5", HDD internal bay
Slot 1: full-length half-height, PCIe 3.0 x16
Slot 2: full-length half-height, PCIe 3.0 x1
M.2 card slots: one for WLAN, one for M.2 SSD / Optane

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Well that's a shame... the i5 version of this model was on sale for $679 a month ago. This is a good deal, assuming you want to use it as is (no major upgrade path without swapping the board, case, and PSU).

A few items to note: There's only two available DIMMs on this board, so you're stuck buying an entirely new memory kit if 16GB is not enough.

The 1660Ti is a reference board made by MSI and it comes underclocked. You can bring it up to stock speeds, but don't expect to overclock it, especially considering the power supply is only 310w.

The SSD is a Samsung OEM SKU that isn't picked up by Magician, so no firmware updates are likely to come out. Looks to be as fast as their other NVME SSDs though.

Not a lot of bloat from Lenovo installed, but there's some that I'd recommend getting rid of immediately since it eats into your 16GB with lots of services.
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I'm not sure what you mean... there's a wide price range of both desktops and laptops, going from around $250 to $2500. If you just need "a laptop" then you can definitely find one for under $750 somewhere.

This is a really good gaming PC with a high end processor that shouldn't become a bottleneck for gaming for 4-5 years or more. The GPU is also very good and can easily be upgraded in a couple of years if you feel the need for it.

I'm trying to figure out just how good of a deal this is and if I need to jump on it. The last time I followed PC prices was 2 years ago when GPUs and RAM were twice the price they are today due to mining... so I saw all of this for $750 and was like "holy crap, I have to buy this now..... waaaait a minute." I'll just do it here...

i7 9700 - $370 (more than I expected)
GPU - $250
RAM - $50
SSD - $50

So that's $720 already. A cheap motherboard is about $50, PSU $20, case $30 so that's $820 not counting Windows and the cheap mouse/keyboard.

Definitely a "cheaper than building it" price and a solid gaming PC. But it's questionable whether you really need that much CPU. So I'd call this a pretty good deal, but not quite a "you'd be stupid not to buy this" deal.
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If the spec sheet [lenovo.com] is to be trusted, there are two memory slots with one occupied by a 16GB stick.
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Can't you get a laptop for this price? Have desktops always been this expensive?
Not with those specs. It's a pretty good pc
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Anyone know how much ram the motherboard can handle?
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"Memory is not expandable" that could be bad for future expansion.
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Well that's a shame... the i5 version of this model was on sale for $679 a month ago. This is a good deal, assuming you want to use it as is (no major upgrade path without swapping the board, case, and PSU).

A few items to note: There's only two available DIMMs on this board, so you're stuck buying an entirely new memory kit if 16GB is not enough.

The 1660Ti is a reference board made by MSI and it comes underclocked. You can bring it up to stock speeds, but don't expect to overclock it, especially considering the power supply is only 310w.

The SSD is a Samsung OEM SKU that isn't picked up by Magician, so no firmware updates are likely to come out. Looks to be as fast as their other NVME SSDs though.

Not a lot of bloat from Lenovo installed, but there's some that I'd recommend getting rid of immediately since it eats into your 16GB with lots of services.
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Can't you get a laptop for this price? Have desktops always been this expensive?
A laptop was posted recently with the mobile version of this video card. It was an i5, 8GB RAM and was $70 cheaper.
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Why would more RAM be necessary? Is gaming going in that direction?
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Why would more RAM be necessary? Is gaming going in that direction?
Not for years. 16 GB is plenty for gaming.
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Can't you get a laptop for this price? Have desktops always been this expensive?
A laptop was posted recently with the mobile version of this video card. It was an i5, 8GB RAM and was $70 cheaper.
You could also buy a phone or a TV for this price. Even a phone and a TV if you lower your expectations.
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Can't you get a laptop for this price? Have desktops always been this expensive?
I'm not sure what you mean... there's a wide price range of both desktops and laptops, going from around $250 to $2500. If you just need "a laptop" then you can definitely find one for under $750 somewhere.

This is a really good gaming PC with a high end processor that shouldn't become a bottleneck for gaming for 4-5 years or more. The GPU is also very good and can easily be upgraded in a couple of years if you feel the need for it.

I'm trying to figure out just how good of a deal this is and if I need to jump on it. The last time I followed PC prices was 2 years ago when GPUs and RAM were twice the price they are today due to mining... so I saw all of this for $750 and was like "holy crap, I have to buy this now..... waaaait a minute." I'll just do it here...

i7 9700 - $370 (more than I expected)
GPU - $250
RAM - $50
SSD - $50

So that's $720 already. A cheap motherboard is about $50, PSU $20, case $30 so that's $820 not counting Windows and the cheap mouse/keyboard.

Definitely a "cheaper than building it" price and a solid gaming PC. But it's questionable whether you really need that much CPU. So I'd call this a pretty good deal, but not quite a "you'd be stupid not to buy this" deal.
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Anyone know how much ram the motherboard can handle?
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"Memory is not expandable" that could be bad for future expansion.
If the spec sheet [lenovo.com] is to be trusted, there are two memory slots with one occupied by a 16GB stick.
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I couldn't find a good photo of the rear [lenovo.com].

I believe you need Display Port to support higher refresh rates on monitors and free sync or something along those lines. Description and photo of plate on back just shows a single HDMI, so multi-monitors is kind of limited too. Not sure if GPU has more ports on it.

At this price, decent components, but really locked in. No go for me.
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