Buying from PCSpecialist & Spec comments

  TDCAM 13:38 27 Apr 06
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Hi,

Firstly, I'm thinking of buying from pcspecialist and wanted to know if anyone had good/bad experiences they could share? I’ve searched here and have found some positive comments (although not many recently) and the only negative comments seemed to be based around them not accepting credit card payments – seems they have rectified that now.

Secondly, I was hoping someone could look over the spec I’m thinking of and let me know whether they think it’s a good buy?

AMD® ATHLON® 64BIT 3700 (San Diego) 1MB
1024 MB DDR400 PC3200
ASUS® A8N-E: DUAL DDR, S-ATA, x16 slot, 3 PCI etc
SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache
16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW)
256MB GEFORCE 7900GT PCI Express + DVI + DVI + TV-OUT
Silent 400W PSU + 120mm internal Fan

Any comments would be appreciated.

Cheers!

  TDCAM 13:55 27 Apr 06

Sorry, forgot to add that it's £750!

  Totally-braindead 14:43 27 Apr 06

Are these parts you are buying or a spec of a computer? It looks good but I would up the power supply and get a higher rated one and buy memory from Crucial, 2 x 512mb or 2 x 1gig so you can use dual channel memory. If its a ready built PC then I presume it has memory.

Never used this company so can't comment. I bought all the parts for my PC which is similar to yours, same motherboard etc from Novatech and bought my memory from Crucial.

  TDCAM 15:07 27 Apr 06

Thanks T-B

This is the spec of the pc I was planning to buy from pcspecialist. It's a build your own so there is a little flexibility, although I don't think I can choose different RAM. Can choose to get only 512MB though and buy some additional RAM from crucial. Can also up the PSU to 500W if you think that would be advisable.

I was also toying with buying a Zalman Cross platform cooling fan to replace the one they supply.

Does the price look ok though? Also, will it do what I want it too?!!

  GaT7 15:47 27 Apr 06

I'd tend to agree with Tb regarding the PSU as well, but make sure they install a quality brand. I rather have a quality brand 450W than a generic/acceptable 600W one.

Check the manual about the memory - dual-channel may only run in a certain configuration (PDF manual click here), & it may not be a good idea to mix 'generic' ram with Crucial's (though I've 2 sets of different ram in mine!). Crucial's memory doesn't have to be 'matched' - 2x 512Mb of the same part number should do (spend the money saved for a better/more powerful PSU).

I also notice you're getting a DVI-DVI graphics card, so you do have a DVI TFT monitor, don't you? Please also let us know what PC case you're getting.

The PC will handle pretty much anything, but to answer your question - "Also, will it do what I want it too?!!" - you'll have to tell us what you're going to mainly use the PC for! G

  TDCAM 08:01 28 Apr 06

That's embarrassing - was sure I had mentioned what I would be usiing it for!!!

To be honest, it will mainly be gaming (Oblivion/Far-Cry/FM2006 etc) as most work is done on the laptop, however some MS Office work and internet browsing too.

I do have a DVI TFT monitor already, so that should be fine.

Thanks for the advice re PSU and RAM. Think I'll get a matched pair of 512MB with the pc and upgrade to 2GB with another 2x512MB from Crucial at a later date. Re PSU, I'll ge the details of the silent 500W they provide, and if I can't find anything positive about it, I'll upgrade ASAP.

  kiddgame2000 08:22 28 Apr 06

I bought my gaming pc from them at christmas and have no problems whatsoever. It arrived 2 days earlier than i expected which was a nice surprise and they even send you a text message telling you it is built and dispatched.

If its a gaming pc then i would agree with what the others have said about the power supply, also i went for an SLI motherboard. Sli is where you can run 2 graphics card together which in theory doubles the performance of your computer in games.
Perhaps that is a SLI motherboard you have selected, im not sure.
They are not much more expensive and well worth the money as you can add a second graphics card in a year or so when your computer starts to struggle with the latest games.

  TDCAM 08:29 28 Apr 06

Thanks kiddgame2000 - your comments re pcspecialist were exactly what I wanted to hear!! So far, I haven't had any negative comments other than the now rectified credit card issue.

I may take your advice and go with the ASUS® A8N-SLI DELUXE instead. Adds about £40 to the price, which isn't terrible.

  Grima_Wormtongue 11:07 28 Apr 06

Hi TDCAM

I brought my PCSpecialist computer back in October, and I have had no problems with the system.

When I did get it out of the box, I did have a 'dead' SATA drive, which I was dissapointed with, but I have learnt that this is a common fault than I thought. To PCSpecialist's credit they did replace it the very next day via CityLink next day service and everything was fine. Although I had to spend several hours installing the OS and motherboard disks, but if I can do it anyone can ;)

The memory they used for my spec was generic Samsung memory, and used 2 sticks of 1 gig, if this helps.

I opted for the Silent 500W PSU, sorry I do not know the make but my system has never gone over 40 degrees, even whilst playing Battlefield 2, and considering I opted for the AMD 4800+ and 7800 gt graphics card, I am very pleased; although I am by no means an expert on such things.

If you are as cautious as I am, you may want to add £5 for the 1 year collect and return service, 'just-in-case' because as I have previously stated the next-day service of CityLink is excellent; everything arrived before 10am.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to ask, and enjoy your system I don't believe you will regret it, I tried to build similar spec machine on other sites and the nearest they came was £200 more expensive.

Hope this helps!

  TDCAM 11:57 28 Apr 06

Hi Grima_Wormtongue - yes, that helps enormously!

That’s made up my mind re pcspecialist for a start. Sounds like the 500W PSU is worth going for so I’ll add that to my system. Yep, I’m just as cautious as you and had already decided on the optional CAR service!!

Thanks

  martytoon 17:51 29 Apr 06

My PC from them was supplied with an Atrix PSU.According to the specs it delivers 460w continuous and 550w peak. Not sure if that helps at all.

Have had the PC for a couple of months now and am very pleased with it. Delivered as promised and working well. I would certainly buy from PC Specialist again.

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