Where to buy a new Computer from?

  ria 21:04 23 Jan 2008

I know this question has been asked very resonantly but there is a lot of money involved so forgive for asking again.
I am in the process of buying a new computer and have narrowed my search down to 4 companies.
They are: pcspecialist.co.uk
I am wondering if someone has had any positive or negative experiences with any of these on-line traders. I am particular interested in the after-sales service.
My previous Computer was purchased from Evesham and I have nothing but good things to say about that company.

Thank you for your help

PS: Is this a good price?

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX9650 (4 X 3 GHz) 1333MHz FSB/12MB L2 Cache
Motherboard ASUS® P5K3 DELUXE/WiFi: DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II,2 x x16 VGA, 3 x PCI
Operating System 64 BIT WINDOWS® VISTA Home Premium (inc CD & License) (£69)
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 400GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)
2nd Hard Disk 150GB WD Raptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10000rpm)
1st CD/DVD Drive 20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM
2nd CD/DVD Drive 16x DVD-ROM WITH 48x CD-ROM
Graphics Card 512MB GEFORCE 8800GTS PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
2nd Graphics Card 512MB GEFORCE 8800GTS PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
Sound Card Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio 7.1: £28
Network Facilities 2 x ONOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORTS
Floppy Disk Drive NONE
Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Case Stylish Silver Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB
Power Supply & Case Cooling 700W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£79)
Firewire & Video Editing 2 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORTS (1 onboard, 1 at back panel)
TV Card DIGITAL TV CARD (Dual Tuner!) (Watch/Record Freeview on PC) £28
Monitor NONE
2nd Monitor NONE
Keyboard & Mouse NONE
Mouse NONE
Speakers NONE
Printer NONE
Surge Protection NONE
Webcam & VoIP NONE
Media Center Kit NONE
Anti-Virus NONE
Office Software NONE
Warranty 1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return
Delivery Standard Insured Delivery to UK Mainland (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm)

Price (excluding VAT) £1866.38
Price £2193.00
Order Quantity 1
Bulk discount £0
Total order price (Ex VAT) £1866.38
Total order Price £2193.00

  Strawballs 22:16 23 Jan 2008
  ria 15:00 24 Jan 2008

not really, but there you go
thanks for the help

  keef66 15:23 24 Jan 2008

That's just a base unit with the OS. No extra software, monitor speakers etc etc. And it only has a 1 year RTB warranty.
That's about twice as much as you need to spend to get a decent pc, unless you have some very, very demanding work planned for it?

Invest in a copy of PC Advisor and look at the best buys to see what you get for around a grand these days.

  grumpygramp 17:33 26 Jan 2008

I would also recommend Novatech like Strawballs, first class service and products .

  ria 19:17 01 Feb 2008

I have been a subscriber to PC Advisor for the last 7 years and always read the recommendations, reviews or best buys. Trouble is… I only buy a new computer every 5/6 years and I expect it not to be outdated for a long time. So when I buy a new system (even so not being very technical minded) I try to go for the best in home computing. I have compared prizes with at Novatech and not found them very different. I am looking for a powerful System that can cope with demanding games and a lot of photo/video editing. It needs to be very quiet PC as it is situated in the lounge

  whippy 21:46 01 Feb 2008

Mesh have had a terrible reputation for some time and are well known to local trading standards, the twin evils of high thruput and low margins coupled with the sheersize of the op means its a real lottery, not the best specced for the dosh either. Cyberpower allow the greatest flexibility in build options along with good prices.
RL Supplies looks good and has some good reports with little negative comment, also well specced but lack the outright flexibility in the build options although this would certainly be better if you went to talk to them.

You pays yer money etc, bear in mind most people are only moved to post when they have a BAD experience.

  harps1h 07:54 02 Feb 2008

try cougar extreme. their star is in the ascendency and if as you say you follow the forum, you will know that their after sales is unsurpassed. take a look for yourself, but i would say going on the recent reputation of mesh and their customer service i would steer clear. novatech are aslo very good and their c/s is right up there.............but in the end it is your money. however you did ask.

  Patr100 09:17 02 Feb 2008

Your quote looks very very expensive. For a start Do you really need Quaud core? What are you actuallly going to use your PC for?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 12:07 02 Feb 2008

click here give cougar a ring. They are really knowledgeable and they could help you choose a better spec as yours seems a bit inconsistent with what you need it for.... and their prices are very good.


  silverous 14:13 02 Feb 2008

I've traditionally bought towards the top end of the market, but I've decided it is potentially a "mugs game". The problem is you are playing a long game there - 5 or 6 years, with something that quickly becomes bettered and gets cheaper.

Why pay top dollar for a machine that will be bettered in two or three years by something half the price?

I'd be tempted to spend a thousand now, including a monitor, and spend another thousand in two or three years time and get all new again. You would then be maximising your PC over the 5-6 years.

What is it you need such a high spec for today or even next year?

Looks like a quad processor - are you doing anything that require four processors to be active at a time? Dual core is nice because you can be doing something while something else is going on. How often are you doing something, while something else is going on times three?

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