TechSpot: Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 Desktop PC Review

The Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 is a budget gaming desktop PC that has ample power for general-purpose work, and should be well suited for video and other multimedia work as well as PC gaming.

Released earlier this year, the machine is powered by your choice of a second-generation Intel Core series processor and up to 16GB of RAM. Additionally the K330 features a unique three-speed power control switch so you can dial-up performance when you need it.

The K330 series ranges in price from $699 up to our review unit's $1,099 configuration (recently discounted). At the heart of this system is a power plant featuring a 3.4 GHz Intel i7-2600, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card, a Hitachi 2TB 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray / DVD combo drive and a 16-in-1 card reader, all running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The unit comes standard with a one-year warranty from Lenovo.

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I didn't see (perusing the original article) anything about temps. It does look like the case should breath fairly well, and the 460 graphics card shouldn't get too hot I suppose...

This is a pretty poor review.

1) The comparisons are against 2 previous generation higher-end systems, both with SLI graphics configurations.

2) The selection of "benchmarks" used is lacking.

3) Other than a mention about the rating of the PSU, there is no real discussion about future upgrade potential for this machine.

4) The board, judging from the pictures, is not a MicroATX board, as the review would lead you to believe. Looking at the pictures, the board appears to more closely resemble a MiniITX board with only a single PCIe expansion slot, which would limit your options for upgrading if you are looking at doing an SLI or CrossFire setup, or adding any other cards.

4a) Upon closer inspection, there is mention of the ability to do SLI or CrossFire configurations at Lenovo's web site, however, if the pictures are any indication, you are likely getting a different board in addition to the second graphics card.

5) Also, though it's hard to tell from the pictures, it does appear that both the board and PSU are non-standard proprietary sizes and configurations, which is also going to limit what you can do with this machine as far as upgrades.

"has ample power for general-purpose work,"

Huh?

I only could wish for a general purpose computer like this! What is there that this computer couldn't do?

cork1958 said,
What is there that this computer couldn't do?

Some things I thought of off the top of my head:

It can't make me lunch.
It can't dance the Time Warp... or any dance for that matter.
It can't go to work for me, but I wouldn't say no to it being on my desk instead of my current P4 clunker.
It can't become Emperor of the Universe... or can it?
It can't eat cheese, what with the lack of a digestive system and all.