All You Need To Know About The ALDI Medion 8825 PC

Aldi offered a $499 Medion 8825 Desktop PC a while back, which was a very competitively priced Dual-Core Processor machine.
For another $450, you can easily turn this machine into a POWERHOUSE gamer and have a spare PSU and memory to sell! (see bottom comments)
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Medion’s Website on the PC: http://www.medion.de/md8825/us/noflash.html
PC Stat’s review of the motherboard used in this PC: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2112

Here is a more comprehensive description of what this PC is made up of:

  • Glossy Black Mid-Tower MicroATX case w/1 half-height (internal) bay and one full-height (CD/DVD external access) bay available (and 1 each already used)
  • 300Watt Power Supply with two(2) available IDE power plugs and one(1) available SATA power plug, and one floppy 4-pin white
  • MSI K9AGM2-FIH (MSI Link)AMD Socket AM2 MicroATX 800mhz FSB Motherboard 1x PCI-E x4, 1 PCI-E x16 (free), 2 standard PCI (1 free)
    1. On-board ATI X1250 video chipset w/512mb shared memory, HDMI (HDCP) and VGA D-15 video out
    2. Up to 4GB (2x2GB) 533/667/800mhz DDR2 memory (2x1GB Samsung PC2-5300U 667mhz provided)
    3. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Dual Core CPU 2.6ghz 1mb L2 cache
    4. Serial ATA (SATA) 3.0gb/s interface (4 plugs), RAID 0, 1, 0+1, with one 320GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA 3.0gb/s 7200rpm drive w/16mb cache
    5. IDE DMA 66/100/133 and one LG Multi-format IDE 18X Dual-Layer DVD burner
    6. On-board Realtek ALC883 high definition 8-Channel Surround Sound
    7. 6x USB 2.0 ports (2 front), 1 FireWire IEE 1394 port
    8. Realtek Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ-45 network connect
  • AzureWave/Atheros AR5007 wireless LAN 802.11 b/g w/WPA (no WEP/WEP2) 54mbps (uses PCI-E x4 slot)
  • Creatix/Agere Systems PCI Soft Modem v.92 (uses PCI slot)
  • Front access 8-in-1 flash card reader: IBM Micro Drive, Compact Flash Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multimedia Card, Smart Media Card, XD-Card, SD-Card (Mini & Micro included)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Standard 101-key keyboard and 2-button scroll-wheel mouse, both utilizing PS2 plugs (not USB)
  • NO MONITOR INCLUDED

Aldi DID offer a Medion MD 3099 19" Widescreen Flat Panel LCD monitor at the same time for $169

  • Glossy Black
  • 1440×900 Max resolution
  • 5ms response time
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 300 cd/m brightness
  • DVI w/HDCP and VGA inputs – auto signal detection
  • 19-inch (corner to kitty-corner) 16:10 widescreen format
  • 160-degree viewing angle
  • Two(2) built-in stereo speakers
  • On-screen Display (OSD)
  • TCO ’03 certified

I bought both units. First order of business for me is to UPGRADE (did this for a net cash outlay of under $139):

  1. Remove Windows Vista and install Windows XP professional SP2 (done)
  2. Upgrade memory to two sticks of A-DATA 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (2x2gb 800mhz DDR2 memory) for a total of 4gb ($56)
  3. Upgrade PSU to COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-550 550-Watt Power Supply ($14.57)
  4. Remove modem (done)
  5. Add a HIS Hightech Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 video card ($68)
  6. On-board video will run a second LCD and the HDMI will be run into my entertainment system/42" Plasma HDTV

A very nice machine to retire my REALLY old (1999) IBM Aptiva E5D Pentium2 400mhz with!

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2 Responses to All You Need To Know About The ALDI Medion 8825 PC

  1. Arian says:

    I came across your post while looking for details about upgrading my 8825’s graphics card.  I bought the SapphireTech Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 video card and it absolutely won’t work.  When I pop it in and reboot, all is fine (as a VGA card of course). I install the drivers, reboot, then it won’t go into Windows anymore.  It just keeps restarting.  I got an RMA and replaced the card and the same thing is happening.  I upgraded the PSU to 450W (above the recommendation on the box), I have 4GB — similar to what you’ve done.  I’m just wondering if you had to do anything special to get things to work.  It’s driving me nuts!  Any idea you have would be much appreciated.
     
    Thanks!

  2. John says:

    My mother board went sometime last year and i’m looking to replace it. What would you recommend?

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