Alienware 17 R4 2017 review
looking to get a new pc which one of these is better:-
Elite² D940 from mesh
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
INTEL® CORE® 2 DUO E6400 (2 X 2.13GHZ) 1066mhz FSB/2MB Cache
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2-533 PC4200 - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)
ASUS® P5NSLI: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, 2 x16 VGA, (Due in Aug 06)
SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)
SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache
Second Hard Drive
SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache
DVD ROM/Combi Drive
16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM
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
HIGH END ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND
10/100/1000 NETWORK CARD FOR BROADBAND
Floppy Drive/Card Reader
1.44MB FLOPPY DISK DRIVE
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)
17 INCH TFT SILVER/BLACK 1280 X 1024 RES: 12MS + DVI (£98)
Logitech® Cordless Internet Pro Desktop Keyboard + Mouse (Black) (£17)
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?
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.
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.
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 £
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.
Certainly in my experience with Mesh I could not suggest you go with them
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!
Good choice dave, have fun with the new computer!
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