ALDI's Releasing Gaming Gear On The Cheap

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ALDI is the god of offering cheap shit you don't actually need and its upcoming sale has you well and truly covered. This time around, it's got gaming gear on sale from PCs and monitors to mouses.

The sale will start from October 19 and any regular ALDI go-er will know all the best deals sell out very fast and given it's a Saturday, it's likely going to be an absolute fight. Who said battle royales are dead? They're well and truly alive during a Saturday morning ALDI store opening.

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Gaming PC: $1999

  • Intel® Core™ i5-9400 processor — 2.9GHz, up to 4.1GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 6 cores, 6 threads and 9MB Intel® Smart Cache
  • MSI® NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 AERO 8G
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • Illuminated glass design
  • Optimised cooling system
  • Network controller gigabit LAN (10/10/1000 Mbit/s)
  • 8 channel high definition audio
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27-inch Curved QHD Gaming Monitor: $379

  • 27-inch (68.6cm) widescreen LCD monitor
  • LED backlight technology
  • QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Incredible slim design and pin-sharp 16:9 pictures
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • HDMI interface
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Gaming Mouse: $49.99

  • Pixart 3360 sensor with 12,000dpi ⁠— ultra precise for the best gaming experience
  • RGB colour backlit
  • DPI button ⁠— cycle up and down through DPI profiles
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Gaming Headphones: $69.99

  • Superior sound and speech quality
  • High performance USB adaptor included ⁠— enables 7.1 virtual surround experience on PC
  • Detachable microphone
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Gaming Mechanical Keyboard: $79.99

  • Mechanical Kailh switches with a blue shaft ⁠— extra durable for up to 50 million keystrokes
  • Mechanical keys come with ultra-fast response times and haptical feedback
  • High quality aluminium keyboard chassis and braided USB cable

This article was originally published on October 15.


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    Can anyone with any experience tell me if that monitor is a worthy purchase? My current monitor isn't even HDMI, so I'm overdue for an upgrade, just not sure what's good.

      on paper it seems fine (I just clicked the link)

      might need to dig around to see if there's some reviews or whatever

      Good monitor but its not cheap and unless you have a graphics card that can support 4k, might as well just do 1080P and save around $150. But its not a bad monitor.

      This seems to be a review of the model Aldi is selling: https://www.pcgamer.com/au/medion-erazer-x52773-review/

        Thanks, this review changed my mind about buying. The viewing angles are one thing, and it says movies look poor so I think I'll pay a little extra and go with a better brand with a higher contrast.
        I also worry about buying cheap brands like this. It's been a few years, but when 2k first started picking up steam, I did see some 144hz 2k screens that only did 144hz at 1080p and 2k was 60hz. I often wonder if some cheap brands will still do that.

      I love Aldi, but I wouldn't put much trust in most, or really any, of their electronics more complicated than a torch. For one they're actually not amazingly cheap if you look past the big brands, and then there's just been a few QC issues I've seen / experienced that makes me think their stuff wouldn't be worth the risk for the relatively small savings.

      Personally I'd try to look for a high-end used monitor - you'll probably save more and get a much better product.

        The one thing I'll say for Aldi is their return policy is super straight forward and easy. I bought a DVD+HD recorder that failed (as you say quality control issues) and I had zero problems getting money back. That said, if you a replacement rather than cash it's a pain because they're usually short term specials and they have zero stock.

      I would spend a few extra $ and get a Samsung CJG5

    that gaming rig seems decent, wonder what the case is

      Not really when you can buy the parts cheaper

      Id be wary.

      While the hardware seems decent these companies usually skimp out on the PSU which is a part of it that can kill the entire system if it goes wrong.

      If you do buy a system like this replace the PSU asap with a known brand.

        You are usually very much right

        But I have/had the catalogue for this and it actually had a gold rated (seasonic? i think) PSU.
        So surprisingly actually seems like they went all out.

        Same goes for the motherboard it was an actual MSI something something. But not just the cheap 'motherboard' usually used.

          As long as its a reputable brand it should be fine then.

          Usually, the best way to tell is if they actually list the brand/capacity of the PSU.

          Usually, if they just list the capacity or don't list it at all is usually means 99% of the time its a crappy Chinese one they got on the cheap, Because if it was a good brand they would have listed it.

            Oh yeah trust me i know, i've dealt with some shitty PC's.
            So thats why i commented to tell you, because i was actually pretty happy with what ALDI had done, choosing good parts.

          *shrugs* I wouldn't necessarily call MSI a good brand anyway. I've had them fail on me because of their lousy cheap components. It could be a $100 MSI board not a $200 or $300 one.

      I'm kind of doing the maths to see if I could use it as a cheap way to get an RTX 2070. Swap it with my existing graphics card and if I can ebay the result for more than $1300 I'm beating retail on the graphics card.

        I would say thats unlikely.

        But overall your plan/idea isn't a bad one. Keep an eye on 'techfast' on ozbargain. Far more likely to find a deal you can do this method on with that group (i can tell you from experience of having done exactly that).

    the worthiness of the rig really depends on the detail

    following are from MWave, raw components come to $1698

    In Win 301 Tempered Glass Micro-ATX Case = $95
    Intel i5 9400 = $299
    (?) Kinston HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 2400MHz = $119
    (?) Gigabyte H310M Micro ATX = $99
    MSI RTX 2070 AERO 8G, = $699
    (?) Intel 660P 512GB M.2 SSD = $95
    (?) WD 1TB Blue = $59
    (?) Corsair VS V2 550W 80Plus White = $69
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit = $164

    say throw in extra $150 for compensate for the price difference of the unpublished parts
    and 3 hours of labour @$30/hr

    Total comes to $1938, so it's about right at market value (there are other places cheaper than MWave)

    Last edited 15/10/19 4:40 pm

    I did a cost comparison on the individual hardware components alone and it came to approximately $1600. Given that it includes some peripherals as well as the OS, it's not a bad deal at all.

    I picked up an ALDI gaming laptop a few years back. Was a good, solid machine and I had no problems with it.

    My ALDI 40" screen has been working happily and well as my gaming monitor for about 5 years now. And was only $400. I trust ALDI implicitly.

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