Mesh vs PC Specialist

  dave84 00:17 02 Aug 2006
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looking to get a new pc which one of these is better:-

Elite² D940 from mesh


Key Features:

Intel® Pentium® D Processor 940 Dual Core
HT Tech.(3.2GHz ,2x 2MB Cache, 800MHz)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center
ASUS P5LD2-SE Mainboard
1024MB DDR2 Memory 533MHz
300GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
512MB nVIDIA Geforce 7300GS Graphics
19" TFT LCD Display with
DVI, 8ms response time + Speakers
Sony 16x Dual Layer DVD Writer
5.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio
Logitech Cordless KB & Optical Mouse
Advantage Warranty-2Yrs Onsite + 1Yr BTB Gr. Icon
£ 859.12 inc VAT



CPU


INTEL® CORE® 2 DUO E6400 (2 X 2.13GHZ) 1066mhz FSB/2MB Cache

Memory


2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2-533 PC4200 - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)

Motherboard


ASUS® P5NSLI: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, 2 x16 VGA, (Due in Aug 06)

USB Options


SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)

Hard Drive


SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache

Second Hard Drive


SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache

RAID


NONE

DVD ROM/Combi Drive


16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM

CD/DVD Writer


16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£23)

Graphics Card 1


256MB GEFORCE 7600GS PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Graphics Card 2


NONE

Sound Card


HIGH END ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)

Modem


NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities


10/100/1000 NETWORK CARD FOR BROADBAND

Floppy Drive/Card Reader


1.44MB FLOPPY DISK DRIVE

Case


Stylish Silver/Black Sigma case + 2 front USB

Power Supply & Cooling


500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU with 120mm fan (£25)

Operating System required


MICROSOFT® WINDOWS® XP HOME (inc. Genuine CD & licence) (£59)

Firewire & Video Editing


1 x FIREWIRE PORT ONBOARD (P5N32-SLI DELUXE ONLY)

Monitor


17 INCH TFT SILVER/BLACK 1280 X 1024 RES: 12MS + DVI (£98)

Keyboard


Logitech® Cordless Internet Pro Desktop Keyboard + Mouse (Black) (£17)

Mouse


NONE

Speakers


NONE

Printer


NONE

Anti-Virus


NONE

Office Software


NONE

TV Card


NONE

Warranty


1 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 1 Month Free Collect & Return


pcspecialist - 876 inc del

cheers for advice,
noted that a fair few people have had problems with MESh, anyone had any with pcspecialist at all?

  kiddgame2000 08:52 02 Aug 2006

I would go for pcspecialist. I bought of them in november and have had no problems to date. Its also a much better computer.

  dontmeshwithme 09:04 02 Aug 2006

I have dealt with both, and had to have after sales contact with both companies. From this point of view I cannot recommend Mesh at all. Pcspecialist on the other hand was very patient and very helpful with quick replies to my emails.
In terms of pure value for money Mesh is normally cheaper as they have better buying power I assume.
As for what you get, the Mesh I ordered looked as though the quality was decent enough (in the end it was returned due to a faulty graphics card), and they tend to use branded components. The pcspecialist machine was very good, unlike the Mesh I got all the driver discs for the various components and manuals for everything including the power supply. I even got 2 free games (which was a surprise) that had been shipped with the graphics card. My only moan is that the case looked crap.

In summary, if I had not had to deal with the mesh after sales service, I would have purchased another machine from them and wholeheartedly recommended them. However I cannot recommend following the after sales service I rec'd. Follwoing the return of the machine and requesting a full refund under my statutory rights it still took another 5 weeks to get my money back, in the end resorting to calling he MD at home. I then purchased from PCspecialist. The machine arrived as promised. The order system and order tracking was excellent (you can see what stage of production your machine is in), and I got exactly the system I wanted, but had to pay that little extra for it.

NOTE: You have not selected an operating system with the pcspecialist machine. This will add another £60 or so.

  freaky 10:40 02 Aug 2006

I note from the above that the Mesh includes a 19" TFT monitor with 8ms response time, whereas the PC Specialist is a 17" with 12ms response time.

The Mesh TFT is therefore far superior - larger screen and better response time !

You should bear this in mind before making a final decision.

  lovingit 16:22 02 Aug 2006

I know some of you reference that Mesh get some criticism on various forums. But no-one ever sings praises around here. I'm on my second Mesh. First one was a dream. No problems at all and still functioning for my Mum. My 2 nd one had a few issues. All got sorted by Mesh unbelievably quickly and with no problems. I can't recommend them enough. Great systems, great price and they tend to be as good a PC as you can get £ for £

  dave84 16:42 02 Aug 2006

cheers for the help guys, think i'll probs go for pcspecialist - sorry lovingit!
might have to pay a bit more but if i do have any probs with the system, i want to be safe in the knowledge they have good cust. services.

  stressed 18:12 02 Aug 2006

Certainly in my experience with Mesh I could not suggest you go with them

  Deb-232479 20:08 02 Aug 2006

My dad just spent £1800 on a gaming computer from Mesh. From first switching on, he's had serious hardware problems. After 5 days he sent it back for repair. They said the RAM was faulty. They replaced the RAM and sent it back but the same error occured. Now they think it's a faulty graphics card. He's waiting for an engineer. If I'd spent £1800 I'd expect the computer to work. And the customer service has not been the best!

  dontmeshwithme 21:39 02 Aug 2006

Good choice dave, have fun with the new computer!

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