pcspecialist or cyberpowersystems

  mir_srk 16:09 27 Aug 2008

hi guyzz
i m plannin to buy a custom desktop. i hav been googling abt it. i came across pcspecialist.co.uk and cyberpowersystems.co.uk as the best. i oso read lot of mixed reviews abt cyberpowersystems n pcspecialist sounds perfect. bt cyberpowersystems is very cheaper than pcspecialist. so has anyone got experience of buying custom pc from any one of them??

  version8 17:48 27 Aug 2008

I know this company have a good reputation click here

  GaT7 22:43 27 Aug 2008

I'd say neither - but if I had to choose, it would be Cyberpower.

What kind of system are you looking for (any high-end gaming?) & what's your budget?

Overclockers (see link in version8's post) do some very good pre-overclocked systems. There's Chillblast click here too, which I'd prefer over Cyberpower. G

  mir_srk 09:38 28 Aug 2008

thanxx for replies.
i m looking for a gaming pc. n my budget is £650. so crossbow7 have u (or ne of ur frnds) bought ne custom pc from cyberpowersystem or chillblast. if yes how wazz ur experience??. i mean abt customer service, technical support, build qaulity etc.

here is little more information abt my future pc and their prices.

CASE: NZXT Lexa Blackline

CPU: AMD Athlon™ X2 5200+ Dual-Core 2.7ghz

MOTHERBOARD: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe nForce 570 SLI MCP Chipset

MEMORY: 4GB (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express

VIDEO CARD 2: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express

LCD Monitor: 19 Wide TFT

Hard Drive: 160GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM HDD


the price of cyberpower systems is £550 and that of pcspecialist is £564.

suggestions are welcome about my pc config.

  GaT7 13:54 28 Aug 2008

A 8500GT, even in SLi, will be relatively poor in gaming. Get a SINGLE good graphics card instead - I'd recommend a HD 4850 or 9800GTX.

Also, get an Intel Core 2 Duo (C2D) or quad-core CPU as they're substantially better in gaming than their AMD counterparts.

An example of how much better you can do for your budget.....

A quad-core Dell Inspiron 530 for £299 click here (out of stock at the moment), & a few upgrades as follows:

+£103 for graphics to a HD 4850 click here
+39 for power supply to a Hiper 580W click here
+130 for a 22" Monitor click here
+£25 for RAM to 4Gb click here

Grand total = £596


  mir_srk 22:39 29 Aug 2008

thanxxx crossbow ur an excellent advisor.
after doin some research i finally came up with the following pc design. some of the components wud sound weird bt i choose them to keep the option of upgrade open(from single graphics to quad sli) i.e. 5 years from now....lol. here we go.


Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600) Processor - 2.4GHz

Corsair Value Select 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Graphics Card
XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card 1024MB PCI-E


Power Supply
Antec Quattro 1000 TruePower 1000 Watt (for future upgrade to quad sli)

Hard Disk

17IN LCD WIDE HW173A 1440X900.(is dis monitor ok if i upgrade my graphics card in future)

and the price is GBP 589. suggestions are most welcome especially for psu and monitor.

thanxxx once again

  DrATty 23:29 29 Aug 2008

That's a lot of computer for the money.
I'm not familiar with the components you have chosen, but, personally, I'd look for a bigger monitor with a higher resolution. It depends on how much space and money you have but I have 22" and 24" Samsung monitors at work and they are amazing next to a 17" monitor. You can upgrade later though, but SLI is going to be wasted on this monitor. I play games set to best quality at 1600x1200 with a single 8800GTX. The only game that stutters is Crysis but that's not my sort of game anyway. I'd definitely look for a bigger, higher resolution model.
I'd buy more storage too, but that's something you can look at later. You can never have too much disk space in my opinion.
If you're like most owners, you won't upgrade the components you have significantly. Technology moves so quickly that it's unlikely that what you get now will even be compatible with the gear in 2013. It is sensible to have power to spare and some free slots though. Multiple graphics cards in that case could lead to overheating which is worth noting.
You don't mention the operating system. I'd guess it's Vista Home Premium but I'd check to be sure. Don't forget a DVD drive either; I'm sure it's standard. I still use a floppy drive regularly but most people do just fine without one.
So, if there's one thing to change, it's the monitor. It's probably the most important component at the end of the day.

  GaT7 00:09 30 Aug 2008

A bit lopsided if I may say.

Motherboard: OK, but there are probably better ones for the price.

Processor: OK, especially if you overclock it (get a good cooler)

Memory: It's PC6400, right? You can get better quality memory for only a little more (better required if overclocking)

Graphics Card: This is a good one

Chassis: This is a poor choice - OK for a budget system

Power Supply: This is excellent

Monitor: Poor choice I feel. Minimum of a good quality 19" widescreen required.

Where are the components/PC from btw? Does the price include an optical drive & an OS? G

  mir_srk 15:08 01 Sep 2008

i got these set of items from lambdatek n the price includes dvd drive bt not keyboard n mouse. i already OS with me so wont bother abt buying a new one. the price is ex VAT and delivery (sorry abt dat, i came to know abt it after i posted the thread). the memory is PC6400(PNY manufacturer). i will probably buy 19" monitor.

can u plzzz suggest me any gud cpu cooler? there are about 3-4 fans in chassis, do i need nemore fans for dis custom built????

  GaT7 19:59 01 Sep 2008

OK, this is what I've chosen click here. But it's already at £575 excl VAT & delivery & I haven't included a monitor yet!

Opted for an Asus P5D-N 750I motherboard (click here) as it's the only one I could find for the money (£77 incl VAT) that did DDR2 RAM & PCI-E 2.0 Crossfire 16x in both channels.

Also changed the RAM (Corsair XMS2), case (Antec 900) & opted for a black DVD-rw optical drive. G

  GaT7 20:01 01 Sep 2008

Opted for an Asus P5D-N 750I motherboard (click here) as it's the only one I could find for the money (£77 incl VAT) that did DDR2 RAM & PCI-E 2.0 SLI 16x in both channels. G

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