Any decent 'pre-built' gaming PC brands around thesedays?

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  • Pirotic Moderator 11 Nov 2011 23:05:30 20,647 posts
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    I've been a Mac user for, god.. 7 years now - but this damn long console life cycle is pretty much forcing me to buy a spanking new gaming PC so I can play Skyrim, Diablo 3, PSO2 next year etc.

    I used to build my own, but it was quite stressful. Spending weeks reading up on hardware, Being paranoid I was either pushing it too hard or not hard enough in the Bios. But like a white and danny glover - I'm too old for that shit - I'm happy paying a bit of a premium just to have something I can plug and play without the stress.

    Which brands would you guys recommend?

    DinoPC were recommended, then I read the thread on here which has put me right off.

    Alienware looks like your paying silly money for an ugly case.

    Overclockers.co.uk have some nice looking systems but can't find any reviews other than the ones on their website which are suspiciously never negative.

    Help me enjoy 1080p gaming chaps and make me some recommendations please. I was probably going to spend about 1100. A run of the mill i5/580GTX combination should be miles ahead of ye old 2009 iMac with a mobility GPU ;)

    Edited by Pirotic at 23:09:52 11-11-2011
  • Andee 12 Nov 2011 02:49:10 715 posts
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    Chillblast have some well priced systems. Indeed this was working out cheaper than parts cost when I checked couple of weeks back, although it's gone up 60 quid since then due to the hdd situation.

    But 1060 for an i7-2600k/z68/ssd/hd6970 plus a decent screen is rather good.

    Edit: should add a friend bought that exact system recently and having had a look can vouch for it being well put together too.

    Edited by Andee at 02:52:42 12-11-2011
  • ilmaestro 12 Nov 2011 04:19:49 32,534 posts
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    I bought my new PC from DinoPC just recently. Only problem I had with them was long delivery time and having to kick them up the arse about it myself a couple of times, the machine itself has been great.

    4235

  • Tabasco 12 Nov 2011 07:08:58 5,780 posts
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    Got my last system from http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

    Very tightly controlled build using great components and loads of communication. They might not be the cheapest but the system they built is rock solid. Not had one issue for nearly a year and a half.
  • bad09 12 Nov 2011 08:23:47 6,254 posts
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    Based on my own recent experience I would certainly avoid DinoPC, at the very best they seem really hit and miss with some doing alright with their builds and others (myself included sadly) having a right nightmare.

    I have heard some good things about a company called Novatech, they might be worth a look.
  • Deleted user 12 November 2011 09:26:32
    Novatech are also good; my custom build arrived the next day but you can go for off the shelf too.

    Edited by Aargh. at 09:26:54 12-11-2011
  • Carlo 12 Nov 2011 09:32:41 18,213 posts
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    You looked at ebuyer? Never had a problem withthem

    PSN ID: Djini

  • bluenose 12 Nov 2011 09:41:56 40 posts
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    Just had a pc built by Aria, they do custom builds for 49

    www.aria.co.uk

    Very tidy pc, love it.

    Edited by bluenose at 09:42:35 12-11-2011
  • Deleted user 12 November 2011 11:54:41
    1100!?!?! Half that dude
  • Mekanik 12 Nov 2011 12:03:54 3,734 posts
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    Pirotic wrote:

    Which brands would you guys recommend?


    Overclockers.co.uk have some nice looking systems but can't find any reviews other than the ones on their website which are suspiciously never negative.
    I bought my current pc from http://www.easypc-uk.com

    A similar pc from overclockers was a couple hundred quid more expensive.

    easypc were recommended by dirtbox and i must say its been great, price was good and when i had a minor issue with a faulty RAM module a replacement was sent to me without any hassle`s at all. Phone calls about the problem were answered by a human (yay) and help was given. Overall very satsified with them.

    Cant recommend them highly enough.

    Edit: website fail.

    Edited by Mekanik at 12:07:35 12-11-2011
  • Fake_Blood 12 Nov 2011 13:17:33 4,442 posts
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    It has to be said that building your own pc is lot easier these days, but I can understand not wanting to bother if you've got the money.
  • Errol 12 Nov 2011 13:23:36 12,553 posts
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    Avoid overclockers.co.uk. Had a really bad experience with them and a custom-build PC recently. Their customer service is virtually non-existant in my experience.
  • Pirotic Moderator 12 Nov 2011 15:21:59 20,647 posts
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    Thanks for the suggestions/warnings so far. Shame there isn't a general consensus, most companies sound hit and miss. Will take a mosey at easypc later on... Failing that I may just have to build one afterall..

    Was pretty close to getting an overclockers build tbh
  • Dougs 12 Nov 2011 15:24:37 69,467 posts
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    Easy-PC were great for me too. All the rigs are very customisable, and the use good quality components.
  • Cadence 12 Nov 2011 15:25:34 1,696 posts
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    Tabasco wrote:
    Got my last system from http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

    Very tightly controlled build using great components and loads of communication. They might not be the cheapest but the system they built is rock solid. Not had one issue for nearly a year and a half.
    Absolutely this. They are a brilliant company, their customer service is absolutely superb. I can only find one fault with them though - they use Yodel as the delivery company and if you're unlucky enough to have any issues with delivery (as I did) then god help you when have communicate with Yodel. As was said above PCS are a little pricey, but the build quality is fantastic, can't fault it.

    Edited by Cadence at 15:26:24 12-11-2011
  • Dirtbox 12 Nov 2011 15:28:01 79,167 posts
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    Easy-PC for me too. Great communication and support and they will swap out any hardware in a prebuild to whatever you want.

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  • Cadence 12 Nov 2011 15:32:10 1,696 posts
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    Like your avatar pic Dirtbox, where's that from?
  • Dirtbox 12 Nov 2011 15:34:10 79,167 posts
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    I made it, it's me.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 15:34:23 12-11-2011

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  • Cadence 12 Nov 2011 15:35:36 1,696 posts
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    Impressive.

    Most impressive.
  • Dirtbox 12 Nov 2011 15:38:26 79,167 posts
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    Panx.

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  • Sharzam 12 Nov 2011 16:02:32 3,350 posts
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    If your not worried about customising every part i reccommed Ebuyer. Most of there business is selling components, but they also sell pre built systems (and barebones).

    I bought a Zoomstorm system from them a few years ago and it formed the foundation for numerous upgrades over the years. Also i reccommed Novatech maybe not as cheap as Ebuyer but they do some great systems.

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • Pirotic Moderator 12 Nov 2011 17:54:11 20,647 posts
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    Easy-PC seem pretty decent, haven't heard of them before to be honest

    What do you guys make of:

    http://www.easypc-uk.com/10-true-extreme-gaming-computer-domino-alc-asus-p6t-nzxt.html

    Never had a water-cooled system before, do they need maintenance or any extra care? The guy seems to also have an ebay store - which means nectar points, did you chaps buy direct via the website or go the ebay route?

    Thanks again.

    Edited by Pirotic at 18:03:19 12-11-2011
  • Deleted user 12 November 2011 18:36:42
    Looks overpriced. There's no way you need water cooling.

    Ed: Oh, it's the CPU that you're paying for there. You're probably better off with a bit less CPU and a better GPU.

    Edited by Aargh. at 18:37:46 12-11-2011
  • Deleted user 12 November 2011 18:37:20
    Overpriced, don't need an i7 either.
  • Dougs 12 Nov 2011 18:46:22 69,467 posts
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    I ended up ordering direct, but used one of the ebay advertised systems as a basis. Upgraded the gpu and psu from advertised.
  • Dougs 12 Nov 2011 18:48:51 69,467 posts
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    Interesting comment re hdd prices at the end if that ad
  • Deleted user 12 November 2011 18:56:43
    About 30% of all hard drives are made in Thailand.
  • Cosquae 12 Nov 2011 19:00:58 1,242 posts
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    bluenose wrote:
    Just had a pc built by Aria, they do custom builds for 49

    www.aria.co.uk

    Very tidy pc, love it.
    Can't find on their website where they do custom builds?

    Liked the look of Easy-PC but wanted to have MSI/Asus aftermarket GPU instead of stock.
    Been looking at one of their systems but wanted to add/modify a few things.

    Edited by Cosquae at 19:03:38 12-11-2011
  • HoriZon 12 Nov 2011 19:02:26 13,596 posts
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    PCLOL


    I heard Dell are great.

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

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