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    need a gaming pc

    is there a reputable company that allows u to configure a pc from components.

    i have excluded evesham, mesh from past bad experiences.

    now looking at vadim, pcnextday, chillblast and cyberpowersystems.

    r there any other good companies that i need to be looking ?

    thanks in advance

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    If you don't mind me asking what's your budget?

    have a look here [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url] they have sum good ones

    Dell.

    Original Poster

    kinetic

    If you don't mind me asking what's your budget?



    around £1800.00

    Take a look at MikeT's post on quad core dell xps.. customise it to see if they will do what you want spec wise.. n call up to haggle. If you can't get 20% off hang up try again.

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    pavilion

    have a look here [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url] they have sum good ones



    they have preconfigured system.

    prefer to customise mobo, psu, hd, cooler components.

    check these builds :

    vadim.co.uk/Cus…628

    vadim.co.uk/Cus…630

    prices are ex vat

    Original Poster

    pavilion

    have a look here [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url] they have sum good ones



    can't configure on aria..

    Original Poster

    seancampbell

    Take a look at MikeT's post on quad core dell xps.. customise it to see … Take a look at MikeT's post on quad core dell xps.. customise it to see if they will do what you want spec wise.. n call up to haggle. If you can't get 20% off hang up try again.



    sean, i am aware of dell and Mike's threads, just that i want to pick good components in my build

    how does these 2 builds sound ?

    vadim.co.uk/Cus…628

    vadim.co.uk/Cus…630

    prices are ex. vat

    Original Poster

    seancampbell

    Take a look at MikeT's post on quad core dell xps.. customise it to see … Take a look at MikeT's post on quad core dell xps.. customise it to see if they will do what you want spec wise.. n call up to haggle. If you can't get 20% off hang up try again.



    will try but not too keen on dell.

    Original Poster

    pavilion

    have a look here [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url] they have sum good ones



    no configurator on aria..

    Banned

    p3x289

    around £1800.00



    your spending 1800 and u wanna buy PRE BULIT?!?!?

    If you were to build it yourself then you serously would have like the most immense computer ever.

    I would definitely build it yourself. I just built a £600 PC that would've probably cost over £1000 if I didn't build it myself.

    EDIT: just looking on Dell's site, the one I built is almost identical to the XPS 710, which costs £1149, and the one I built has an unnecessarily expensive case and power supply, so could've got it even cheaper...

    Original Poster

    i am aware of self build and savings you can make, but have never built one before puts me off. also don't want the hassle of returning faulty parts, etc.

    just want to know any good reliable company that does builds.

    Try Scan :thumbsup:

    got to someone like overclockers or even novatech. they build machines purely for gaming and for that money, you would easily get want you want.
    and in case some one else tells you different, do not go to mesh!

    Overclockers do make some good pre-built systems I agree, not sure if they're configurable though.:?

    - Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.40GHz Dual Core CPU Overclocked too a minimum of 2.93GHz and beyond. (9 x 333MHz - 1333MHz FSB)
    - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Intel approved cooler
    - Arctic Silver 5 Heatsink compound professionally hand installed by our technicians
    - Intel P35 Asus P5K Deluxe (Socket LGA775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    - Award winning OCZ Reaper 2GB Ultra PC2-9200 (2x1GB) Dual Channel Kit (Overclocked at 1100MHz+)
    - 500GB Western Digital 16MB Cache SATA-2 Hard Drive
    - 2 x ATI Radeon HD 2900 512MB GDDR3 VIVO HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) DirectX 10 Graphics Card (Configured in Crossfire 2)
    - Asus 18x DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black)
    - Black Sony Floppy Drive
    - Antec NINE HUNDRED Gamers ATX Case
    - Enermax Galaxy 850W Next Generation Power Supply
    - Microsoft Vista Premium 32-Bit pre-installed with License and CD supplied (64-Bit version available upon request when ordering)

    Note - All Ultima systems are built and installed on demand, during busy periods this may cause a delay of between 24 and 48 hours in despatching your order. The Ultima can be supplied assembled with or without your choice of installed operating system but is supplied without keyboard, mouse, speakers or monitor (all of which are available elsewhere in this on-line store).

    £1,643.83 inc VAT

    your not going to need much morer than that, plus you got change for monitor etc....
    personally though, i would go for a slightly cheaper system with just one card, you can always change it later when there is actually a game that puts it under stress!!

    That's a great system Bluntslide and I'm an ATI fan myself. However, I do think Nvidia have the edge at the moment so I'd be tempted to go for the 8800 GTX or GTS as an alternative to the ATI HD 2900.:thumbsup:

    At that price quad core is viable as well.

    kinetic

    That's a great system Bluntslide and I'm an ATI fan myself. However, I do … That's a great system Bluntslide and I'm an ATI fan myself. However, I do think Nvidia have the edge at the moment so I'd be tempted to go for the 8800 GTX or GTS as an alternative to the ATI HD 2900.:thumbsup:


    the system i quoted has 2900 in crossfire, just one of those has the potential to be better than a gtx!!:w00t:

    ]PC Specialist looks quite good, might want to check them out. Just choose your option then hit 'Configure This PC' near the bottom. :thumbsup:

    matt1

    ]PC Specialist looks quite good, might want to check them out. Just … ]PC Specialist looks quite good, might want to check them out. Just choose your option then hit 'Configure This PC' near the bottom. :thumbsup:



    I take that back.. ]bad reviews :-(

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    bluntslide

    - Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.40GHz Dual Core CPU Overclocked too a minimum … - Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.40GHz Dual Core CPU Overclocked too a minimum of 2.93GHz and beyond. (9 x 333MHz - 1333MHz FSB)- Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Intel approved cooler- Arctic Silver 5 Heatsink compound professionally hand installed by our technicians- Intel P35 Asus P5K Deluxe (Socket LGA775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard- Award winning OCZ Reaper 2GB Ultra PC2-9200 (2x1GB) Dual Channel Kit (Overclocked at 1100MHz+) - 500GB Western Digital 16MB Cache SATA-2 Hard Drive - 2 x ATI Radeon HD 2900 512MB GDDR3 VIVO HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) DirectX 10 Graphics Card (Configured in Crossfire 2)- Asus 18x DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black)- Black Sony Floppy Drive- Antec NINE HUNDRED Gamers ATX Case- Enermax Galaxy 850W Next Generation Power Supply- Microsoft Vista Premium 32-Bit pre-installed with License and CD supplied (64-Bit version available upon request when ordering)Note - All Ultima systems are built and installed on demand, during busy periods this may cause a delay of between 24 and 48 hours in despatching your order. The Ultima can be supplied assembled with or without your choice of installed operating system but is supplied without keyboard, mouse, speakers or monitor (all of which are available elsewhere in this on-line store). £1,643.83 inc VATyour not going to need much morer than that, plus you got change for monitor etc....personally though, i would go for a slightly cheaper system with just one card, you can always change it later when there is actually a game that puts it under stress!!



    seen this but oc doesn't have a good sound card. check with them, they don't allow customisation. must say the other components are good quality.

    ps. i will check out novatech tonight.

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    kinetic

    Try Scan :thumbsup:



    thanks - scan are on my list, they seem to have a good following.

    Have used PCSPECIALIST myself and can certainly vouch for the great service they offer, the only downside is the time it take's them to build your PC but you can have it fast tracked for a price. Have a look at the ]testimonials:thumbsup:
    I know you can build a PC cheaper, but peace of mind is worth a lot as well.

    Original Poster

    thanks richard. will check pcspecialist, they do have a configurator.

    went to novatech website but the preconfigured system
    novatech.co.uk/nov…ANN
    is expensive due to dual 8800gtx cards and quad core. again no dedicated sound card.

    matt1

    I take that back.. ]bad reviews :-(


    The bad review was not about the PC but the fact the the reviewer did not go into enough detail about why he gave it 5***** so his critic's gave him a poor review see ]here

    Let us know how you get on ]p3x289

    Original Poster

    matt1

    I take that back.. ]bad reviews :-(



    just checked out this company. does allow configuration but choices are so minimum :-( . cases look a bit old, none of any good brands. although price in the end came to about 1350inc vat. i would rather spend more and get quality components.

    Original Poster

    a list at last :thumbsup:

    vadim, scan are in the running

    alienware, commodore are out -- too expensive for what its worth

    will check the remaining two l8r..

    If you do use Scan, you can contact them for any queries here.

    Original Poster

    just checked out wire2fire for this build :

    Case: Thermaltake Armor
    Power Supply: Tagan Turbojet 900W
    Processor: Core 2 Duo E6700 4MB cache
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Golden Orb Cooler
    Graphics Card 1: BFG GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB PCI Express (Check Case Dimensions)
    Graphics Card 2: None
    Memory: 2GB Corsair DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX
    Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus Socket 775
    Hard Disk Drive One: 500GB Caviar SE16 SATA 300
    Hard Disk Drive Two: None
    Optical Drive One: BTC DVD-Rom x16
    Optical Drive Two: NEC 4570A DVD-RW
    Removable Storage: 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
    Speakers and Headsets: None
    Monitor: None
    Keyboard: None
    Mouse: None
    Miscellaneous Adapters (may require free PCI slots): None
    Software: None
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
    Warranty: Collect and Return Warranty (full parts and labour - 3 years)

    £1609.99

    will need to weigh between this and vadim(see below) which is 150.00 more.

    Case: Lian-Li PC-A10B Black CASE (NO PSU)
    Window: none selected
    Cabling: Premium Cable Management
    Cooling: Cool & Quiet Cooling System (2-3 Fans with controller)
    Airbrushing: none selected
    Fans type: Blue-LED fans
    PSU: Enermax Infiniti Modular 720W PSU
    Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (Nvidia 650i - 1333 FSB Conroe)
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Retail (2x1.86GHz 1066FSB 4Mb) **overclocked to over 3ghz **
    CPU Cooling: Scythe Infinity Heatpipe Cooler (all CPUs)
    Memory: A-Data DDR2-1066 2x1024MB Extreme Edition Dual Channel Kit
    Physics: none selected
    Graphics: BFG Nvidia 8800GTX OC 768Mb PCIe HDCP
    Hard Drive: 400Gb Samsung SpinPoint T133 HD403LJ 7200 16mb Cache SATA II
    Storage HD: none selected
    Optical Drive: SONY-NEC Optiarc AD-7170S SATA 18x DVDRW Black OEM
    Optical Drive 2: Pioneer 112DBK DVDRW Black OEM
    Floppy Drive: Sony 3.5" Floppy Drive - Black
    PCI card: none selected
    PCIe Device: none selected
    Sound Card: Creative 7.1 X-FI Extreme Music Gamer
    Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit DVD OEM
    Overclocking: Safe Stable Overclocking (3-40% - CPU/Memory/VGA)
    Building: Standard Build (5-15 working days)
    Warranty: Deluxe 1 Year Collect and Return-Onsite Warranty (+1 year RTB)
    £1760.00

    :? but inclined towards vadim.. 2 weeks to payday

    Self building isn't as hard as you would think. Its just getting things right, connected etc. Im pretty sure if you bought it in parts even people here would help you along. But if you want to buy pre-built try:

    [url]www.beastcomputers.co.uk[/url]

    Original Poster

    SK07

    [url]www.beastcomputers.co.uk[/url]



    what a website !!

    did check them, but didn't like the build components and i was after a p5n32-e sli+ mobo, they didn't seem to have it.

    Out of interest i priced up that 2nd system you have at £1760.00 elsewhere and got it specced for delivery around 1300 inc vat.You could then get a local pc tech to build it for you.Even if you factor in 100 for the build you`re still saving around 360! enough for more parts or for 440 delivered you could get a dell 2407 which i just got and its brill.
    I highly suggest you hang fire on buying one right now tho even tho you`re itching as intel are due for price cuts july 22nd and it looks like you`ll be able to get a q6600 quad core for about 160 quid!
    Till then you could research what parts you`d like for it,or you could buy now but get the cheapest core duo then get the quad later,that way you wouldn`t lose that much money.

    Original Poster

    luminous

    Even if you factor in 100 for the build you`re still saving around 360! … Even if you factor in 100 for the build you`re still saving around 360! enough for more parts or for 440 delivered you could get a dell 2407 which i just got and its brill..



    you do have a point. I am after that dell 2407 as well. need to look into this for a local pc bod prepared to build for me, anyone on these forums does this sort of work for a fee ? must be local though.

    there is cclonline as well they do this for 70 quid or so, worth speaking to them on phone as how they would do this - do they buy the parts (i pay for them) and they build it for 70.00 ?

    p3x289

    you do have a point. I am after that dell 2407 as well. need to look into … you do have a point. I am after that dell 2407 as well. need to look into this for a local pc bod prepared to build for me, anyone on these forums does this sort of work for a fee ? must be local though.there is cclonline as well they do this for 70 quid or so, worth speaking to them on phone as how they would do this - do they buy the parts (i pay for them) and they build it for 70.00 ?



    Ordering the parts is the hardest bit my friend... Once you have an idea of what can go with what (just copy the spec off one of your quoted pre-builds) Its a case of putting together lego. If you get stuck ask here and they'll be plenty of people to help (including me), as you could save a packet on this. I'd be at looking at a Quad core for that budget too, even though nothing makes use of them much yet.

    My recent Core2Duo HTPC media center build cost me just over £300, although not a high end gaming rig, it does everything I want from HD-DVD playback to being my cable PVR.

    Don't like the cases you pointed in your choices though, how about a system based on something like ]this?
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