This or That?

  Jyzo 22:13 17 May 10
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Hi there,

I'm currently looking to buy a new PC and have been doing a lot of research for the past few weeks.

Anyway, back to the point - I've been offered a quote by two companies (PC Specialist and Mesh) and I need some advice about which deal to go for.

Both companies have contacted me to offer me better prices, additional features etc and now I'm just a little stuck.

I aware of some of the obvious advantages between each system but overall what is the best quote to go for.


1. MESH

System Price Qty Total
XGS PII 965BE
System Base Price: £ 731.06
AMD Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Quad Core Processor AM3 (3.40GHz, 8MB Cache)
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium pre-installed
ThermalTake V5 BE Gaming Chassis + 700W PSU [upg £ 25.53]
Performance Pack - Akasa Freedom Tower quiet Heat pipe quiet cooling, Performance updates, specialist cabling [upg £ 41.70]
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 TurboV EVO Mainboard - AMD 890GX CrossFireX- AM3, DDR3 - ATX
8GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM - ( 4x2GB )
1TB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive with 32MB Buffer
22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM
1GB ATI Radeon HD5850 Graphics Accelerator [upg £ 119.15]
Multi-Format Memory Card Reader -(52-in-1 Internal) [upg £ 8.51]
Asus Xonar DX Dolby® Digital 7.1 PCIe Sound Card [upg £ 58.72]
Free Microsoft® Works 9
Free Cyberlink Video Editing Utility Suite - 7 titles (oem)
BullGuard Internet Security ver. 9 - 90 Day Trial - AntiVirus/Firewall/Backup/Spamfilter
Supports up to 12 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel) - M4A79XTD
2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel) - ASUS P6T / M4A79XTD
Network Ready PCIe Gigabit LAN
ASUS WL-138g V2 internal IEEE802.11b/g PCI adapter [upg £ 17.02]
2 Year Return to Base Hardware Warranty - inc 2 Years Free Collect & Return [upg £ 67.23]
£ 940.42 1 £ 940.42



Delivery Charge: (8am - 6pm) - Mainland UK (O Service) Standard £ 21.26
Order Value £ 0.00
Discount £ 128.50
Subtotal £ 961.68
VAT £ 168.29
Total £ 1129.97

2. PC Specialist

Case
ANTEC 900 BLACK GAMING CASE (£79)
Processor (CPU)
AMD PHENOM II X4 965 (3.40GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION
Motherboard
ASUS® M4A79XTD EVO: DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II, 2 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
Memory (RAM)
8GB CORSAIR DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY!
Graphics Card
1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 5830 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Power Supply & Case Cooling
CORSAIR 650W PSU (TX650) 80+ ULTRA QUIET (£75)
Processor Cooling
COOLIT ECO A.L.C (ADVANCED LIQUID COOLER) (£59)
Sound Card
Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio (£38)
Network Facilities
WIRELESS N 300Mbps PCI CARD (£16)
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Anti-Virus
KASPERSKY ANTI-VIRUS 2010 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC (£8)
DVI Cable
1 x 2 Metre DVI Cable (£5)
Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech® Cordless 1500 Keyboard & Rechargeable Mouse (£36)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, Lifetime Tech Support) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days

Price (excluding VAT)
£970.21

Price
£1,140.00

Order Quantity
1

Total order price (Ex VAT)
£970.21

Total order Price
£1,140.00


I really appraciate any advice you could give me!

=)

Matt

  Graham. 23:03 17 May 10

Matt, my advice is to scrap this, start a new one with a meaningful title and check your spelling.

  lotvic 23:50 17 May 10

Ouch, or should that be grouch? :))
agree title could be better though as it would generate more replies from them that know about specs for PC's

Jyzo: Sorry can't be of more help - get a bit lost on specs sometimes :@

  Jyzo 00:53 18 May 10

Hi Lotvic - no worries! Both PC's generally offer what I want/need but it's just the case of which would be the better 'buy'? Thanks anyway...

And yes Graham, I realise my title and spelling could've been a lot better, but this was just a quick post to try and get some advice from more knowledgable people. I didn't realise I'd be under grammatical scrutiny!

  Graham. 09:28 18 May 10

In that case, this.

  Woolwell 09:44 18 May 10

What do you want to use them for?
Have you tried other suppliers too?

  hinchie 10:33 18 May 10

im not been funny but you are been mega ripped off on both of these, can you build yourself? if u were in sheffield could advise a few places but try your local computer shops not big companies, write down the spedcs and ask them to price it for you.
what are you wanting to do with the pc is the best question? these could be way to powerful for what you need and could save you £££££

  Jyzo 11:11 18 May 10

Hi Hinchie,

No, I can't build them myself unfortunately - I wouldn't know where to start.

Generally, I want a pretty powerful computer, so it can handle most things. I'd be using it primarily for Graphics and film editing (Premiere Pro / Photoshop etc), web design, watching films and a bit of gaming (mainly Sims 3 + Age of Empires etc).

Is there somewhere you could suggest who would do a better deal for me?

Thanks

  Jyzo 11:11 18 May 10

Hi Hinchie,

No, I can't build them myself unfortunately - I wouldn't know where to start.

Generally, I want a pretty powerful computer, so it can handle most things. I'd be using it primarily for Graphics and film editing (Premiere Pro / Photoshop etc), web design, watching films and a bit of gaming (mainly Sims 3 + Age of Empires etc).

Is there somewhere you could suggest who would do a better deal for me?

Thanks

  Ibanez2010 12:45 18 May 10

You will be ripped off big style if you go for either of those 2 "deals".
Try Ebuyer, Novatech, Scan Computers for starters.

  retep888 14:56 18 May 10

<<I'd be using it primarily for Graphics and film editing (Premiere Pro / Photoshop etc), web design, watching films and a bit of gaming (mainly Sims 3 + Age of Empires etc).>>

I'd suggest this Intel i7 system from Mesh
click here ,an Intel CPU has a better overall performance than AMD.

You don't seem to be a serious gamer so an ATI 5770 is more than adequate.

You don't need to upgrade anything(IMHO),the onboard sound card is good enough. The only item concerned will be the CPU heatsink & cooler,try finding it out from Mesh,if it's the stock cooler then upgrade it to your choice.(It's crap & noisy)

Tried to reproduce the hardwares(all branded items such as Corsairs & Antec & ThermalTake) and see if I can beat both deals and save a few bob by building myself," NO",not worth doing it,don't understand why some people said "Rip off".

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