Without posting two dozen different builds of what I've made up this past week or two of potential desktops, I'm after for a "in general" opinion on how I should proceed for my next desktop. Spending up to £900 for mainly gaming but a bit of video and photo editing. Want to run Win7, but will also be installing Ubuntu for every day computing.
My current desktop is from 2004 - mainly scan parts and everything but the mobo has been replaced, but I would be upgrading all if I custom built except the DVD Drive & Case and maybe keep the same PSU. And I can get exactly what I want for about £800. But its not a massive saving considering I already have some parts and ball ache it'd be if there is a problem makes the saving is less attractive. I have to buy Win7 which is included in price above.
Bang for buck, Dell win it on pre-built. But there customer service suck - I clicked their chat thing yesterday to ask a pretty simple question about one of their motherboards on the XPS 7100 and they said "ring 0844 ... blah blah" and I hate ringing Dell as they are no fun and have no real technical knowledge at first point contact. Talking about £880 for something with a 10% discount voucher already taken off plus the possibility of quidco at 7%. It makes it pretty attractive. Basically that deal that was posted about a month ago with a couple of tweaks.
3XS (Scan) - I really do like their brand but its not as cheap as what I can build a Dell for. I've never had a problem with scan and although never any real cause to use their customer service, I know its there and their rep speaks for itself, I trust them if there is a problem and I can get it overclocked without the potential of it burning my flat down. Gonna end up spending about £910 for their equivalent of the above.
Alienware - have they improved yet? I always feel like I am paying for a badge but they seem to offer a little different . Yet being under that Dell umbrella is not a good thing - but 10% quidco . I kinda discounted alienware from the start but you have to include them just to compare.
Anyone else I should be considering?