Can't decide where to buy from... HELP!

  PC User 18:00 20 Jan 08
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Ok, I have been looking, googling, researching and reading and my head is now the size of a giant pumpkin.

But I am back to square one (well two actually as I know what I want to buy). I still can;t decide where to order my custom build pc.

Choices are:

Cougar Extreme
Desktoption
Chillblast
Pcspecialist
Arbico
Dino pc

I know this question has been asked a zillion times, but can someone just advise me against any of the above.

Many thanks

  lisa02 18:01 20 Jan 08

Cougar Extreme seem to be getting the best reviews recently.

  Fingees 18:49 20 Jan 08

It depends what you want.

Games machine .yes cougar..

Anything else Novatech. I always use them

  iscanut 20:21 20 Jan 08

Not against, but for Cougar, games machine or non games machine. Worth a look.Also Novatech very highly thought of.

  pchelper001 21:36 20 Jan 08

arbico are very good, or my experience of them is!

  ronalddonald 19:15 22 Feb 08

dino pc was mentioned on another thread and it seems they are no a very reliable company look for apost called Dino PC has anyone used them before

  PC User 21:31 22 Feb 08

Hi

Finally went for the Dell XPS 420 with quadcore processor, 3 GB RAM and 8800gt

  pchelper001 11:30 23 Feb 08

good choice!

  lisa02 15:03 23 Feb 08

I agree it's what I have!

What's your opinion on it? Noise levels?

  Robbed 15:46 23 Feb 08

@lisa02

I was looking at the XPS earlier, is it noisy ?

  lisa02 16:22 23 Feb 08

Yes and no.

It's cooled by 2 intake fans located right at the front of the tower. A 120mm one which incoporates the cooling for the CPU and directly below it there's a smaller fan for blowing over the HDDs and PCI cards. The air vents for the fans are quite large, two holes at either of the front of the tower with an inner grill in front of the fan. It looks quite good actually :D but if you touch the tower or even the desk you can feel vibrations from the fans spinning.

No exhaust fans but there is a big grill that you could theoretically fit one. It is very effectively cooled as temp monitors even after gaming have never shown the Q6600 above 50degrees and it idles at less than 30.

So it's not as loud as some machines, even lower spec ones I've had but I'd have liked it quieter and was hoping someone could sort of comment as I seem to be the only one that dislikes the noise of the fans. LOL.

Robbed I'd recommend you phone up and make sure they aren't samsung spinpoint hard drives as I had an engineer out replacing mine and he says he's been busy replacing them in others. Mine where extremely loud and causing crashes.

I got them replaced with Seagate Baraccudas and I have yet to hear hard drive seek noise even if I have the cover off and kneel down to listen.

Lisa.

Not intending to hijack the thread and I appologise even though it is ticked as resolved.

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