Where should I get a custom high end pc?

  maxxeh 10:52 22 Jun 07
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I have looked on pc specialist and the setup I was looking to buy was this:

Processor (CPU)


INTEL® Core 2 Extreme QX6800 (4 X 2.93GHz) 1066MHz FSB/2x4MB Cache

Memory (RAM)


4096 MB CORSAIR DDR2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (4x1GB)

Motherboard


ASUS® STRIKER EXTREME: The ultimate gaming motherboard

Operating System


WINDOWS® VISTA Home Premium (inc Genuine CD & License) (£59)

USB Options


6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk


36GB WD RAPTOR SATA 16MB CACHE (10000rpm)

2nd Hard Disk


500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)

3rd Hard Disk


500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)

RAID (HDD 1 & 2)


NONE

1st CD/DVD Drive


20x DVD±RW/RAM/Dual Layer + Lightscribe (48 x CD-RW) (£16)

2nd CD/DVD Drive


16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM

Graphics Card


768MB GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

2nd Graphics Card


768MB GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card


Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeMusic 7.1: £49

Modem


NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities


ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (ETHERNET)

Floppy Disk Drive


NONE

Memory Card Reader


INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)

Case


Stylish Black Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB

Power Supply & Case Cooling


1000W Quiet Five Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£175)

Processor Cooling


ZALMAN CNPS9700 NT TRITIUM SUPER AERO COOLER (£44)

etc...


Now after looking around, I have found that PC specialist seem very unreliable, So I'm not sure that I want to deal with them, and receive a shoddy PC.

I have looked on ebuyer, and I can get the same setup for around the Same Price, although in a case of my choice! The only downside here is I am faced With the task of building it myself! Although I have managed this before with a little help, I find it daunting and I'm Sure I'll buy parts that don't go together! Or more than likely, forget parts! (cooling,wires,etc...)

So I was wondering if anyone could help me out, if they know any other Companies that can offer the same system or better for a Similar price!

If Worse comes to worst I might Just need a hand buying and connecting components!

  I am Spartacus 11:15 22 Jun 07

I'm still recommending Komplett click here


See also this thread click here

  cena87 13:53 22 Jun 07

well if you ring most companies they will be able to get you a price on a custom build! try ebuyer or zebra computers or scan?

  jack 14:16 22 Jun 07

Buying components and assembling is possibly the best way if you are up to it- you will get exactly what you think you want- but it will be the dearest way.
So go to a firm that sells bare bones and then add on the xtra's like -click here

Is there not near you Computer build specialist?
It may the the high street individual Computer stop.
or it may be a commercial system builder[ for corporation/schools ]and the like tucked away on a trading estate who would like a little extra business- that is how I got my first custom machine made up- and I went to them for bits there after.

  BioBob 15:56 22 Jun 07

I know NSYSonline (click here) will build any spec you want; just e-mail them the spec and see what they come up with.

I have no experience of PC Specialist, but you are right, there seem to be a lot of problems.

Komplett kept sending me the wrong stuff (shipped all the way from Holland each time!!) and the only other companys i have experience of went bust years ago!

  maxxeh 16:13 22 Jun 07

Oh i forgot to even mention the price! sorry! pc specialist were offering £2710.00 including VAT and delivery and £2306.38 excluding both, for the system listed above. However, with a better case and tiny changes (such as a fan controller ^_^) ebuyer found me the same system at £2754.68 including delivery and VAT! £2344.34 excluing both.

  fillythebish 17:52 22 Jun 07

I think its luck of the draw realy. I've searched every name I've seen on this forum for where to buy a custom PC and all have 50/50 good/bad reviews.

Even PCoption, overclockers, evesham and other ones often given praise on this forum have horror stories on review websites. There is no perfect pc builder.

I have taken the plunge with pcspecialist after seeing this topic click here

I have 3 things I always do
1. Find the site that offers exactly what I want and atleast 3 years warranty (Im worried of any company that wont offer 3 years)
2. phone them and speak to an adviser and ask as many questions as I can think of to see how knowledgeable they are and how helpfull
3. check for customer reviews on google

  maxxeh 19:32 22 Jun 07

Wow, tons of ideas! thanks guys!

Hmmm, Komplett don't seem to offer the freedom I need..I couldnt get a striker mobo, and I couldnt find out how to get 8800 ultra sli's or 3 hdds..And the thought of waiting for missing parts from Holland doesn't sound great!

Then on the high street subject, I can't really find any that I know of in my area... I dont live very close to a town, and the biggest one nearby only has a pc world! *shudders*

I'm Looking into NSYSonline right now!

I really would like to build my own, but I fear i'll buy in compatible parts! I could even upgrade my current system, but i'm not sure if it's worth it! I think that area probably belongs in a different part of the forum though. :( Can anyone see any improvements I can make to my spec?

  maxxeh 19:35 22 Jun 07

Ok, NSYS online don't even seem to have the QX6800 in their range..

  fillythebish 19:54 22 Jun 07

Is there any point in having 2 8800's? I would of thought by the time any games come out that could even come close to putting those 2 under stress there would already be new cards with extra bells and whistles that would be better than both of those anyway.

I would of thought 1 is ok and keep the change from the other as money to upgrade that card in a couple or 3 years.

From what I hear the 8800's arent all that great over 7900's except for the dx10 support, and being the first of dx10 cards they will probably be outclassed pretty soon when companies get to grips with what dx10 can realy do.

  wee eddie 20:02 22 Jun 07

I've heard well spoken of them.

click here

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