Which company to buy from?

  Anuil 20:38 02 Oct 2007

Time has come for me to buy a new PC. A rig that will be able to cope with my gaming needs and professional needs of website design, video editing and art.

Companies I will most definatly be avoiding are:-

PC World - They just do not have the rig that I am after, also the rig I requie will need to be a custome build.
PC Nextday - I have had a nighmare of an experience with them and would never use them again.
Dell UK - prices are over the top for what you can get elsewhere.

Companies that I am tempted by

Cyberpower UK - have all he requirments that I need. Just a question about there custom support. Been some bad press about there parent company the US based Cyberpower.
Mesh - also have most of the components that I require. Though been alot of bad reports about there customer support.
PC Specialist - Have some of the components I require. Not much of a background.
Cube 247 - Some very nice rigs, don't have the complete customization that I require though and know nothing of there customer support.
PC Option - price wise beats Cyberpower, up there with Mesh. Though I have read alot of posts by disgruntled customers about rude and incompetent customer service.

The build that I would be after would be something similar to

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Extreme QX6850 Quad Core Processor(3.0GHz,8MB Cache,1333MHz)
Genuine Windows Vistaâ„¢ Ultimate Edition
Digital & Analogue TV Tuner PCI Card + Vista Remote
Aluminium ATX Midi Tower + 1000W PSU - Black
PCI-Express Mainboard - SLI nForce 680i SLI(C55XE) - Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad-Core - ATX
4GB DDR2 667MHz Memory -( 2x 2GB )
1TB (2x 500GB) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
LightScribe Super Format 18x Dual Layer DVD Writer +R/-R/RW/RAM
768MB nVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra
24" LCD Widescreen TFT Monitor + built in speakers Iiyama B2403WS
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Sound Card (oem)
Logitech S500 - 5.1 Speakers with Subwoofer
Logitech G15 Programmable Gaming Keyboard
Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Rechargeable Laser Mouse
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2007 (oem)
Creative Labs HN-700 noise-cancelling Headphones
6-Socket SurgeMaster® Superior Series with Telephone Protection
6x USB 2.0 Ports (8x possible on motherboard)
2x IEEE1394 Firewire (onboard)
2x Gigabit LAN (onboard)
Belkin Wireless G USB Network Adapter - External (F5D7050UK)
Multi-format Memory Card Reader
Platinum - 3 Years On site Service - UK Mainland Only (Home Service)

Would people plese either recomend or advise to stay away from any of the listed companies above. My bad experience with PC Nextday has made me an overly cautious consumer when it comes to buying items over the internet that cost more than £500.

  citadel 21:08 02 Oct 2007

I would get faster memory to go with that cpu.

  Forum Editor 00:18 03 Oct 2007

that advise others to 'stay away' from a particular company. The reason is that one person's bad experience is not a justification for telling others to avoid a company.

  jakimo 00:48 03 Oct 2007

To be quite honest I would recommend all the companies you list to stay away from you

  Strawballs 01:09 03 Oct 2007

I would add Novatech.co.uk to the list to look at.

  Anuil 08:17 03 Oct 2007

Sorry ifI was not ment to post on here my comments about a bad experience with a particular company. Even though I have seen numerous other posts doing the same.

Jakimo -- please justify your comment that all the companies should stay away from me. Do I not have the right to buy a PC, expect it to be of a quality build and have customer support of a good standard?

  Anuil 08:20 03 Oct 2007

Strawballs -- did not add Novatech as they definatly do not have the customization options that I require. Though when it comes to buying my sons first PC that is a place I will be looking at.

  spuds 09:51 03 Oct 2007

If you want such an high specification computer to meet your needs, then why not do what other forum members do, get someone local to build you a customised product.

You also mention Platinum-3 year on site service-UK mainland only (Home Service), so by that I can assume you already have a product and supplier in mind. Care to tell us who it is?.

  The Kestrel 10:18 03 Oct 2007

Cougar Extreme click here will build a top end system to your specifications. They are happy to discuss your requirements by 'phone or email. I and a number of other forum members have PCs built by this company and recommend them.

  Anuil 11:21 03 Oct 2007

So far I have narrowed it down to 3 possabilities. Eveham Micro's, Cougar Extreme and Mesh. Even though there seems to be a high number of Mesh complaints I weighed in the factor that they have a large client base.

So will either go for the Evesham Cosmos, PC frome Cougar Extreme or a modified Elite Ultima Quad from Mesh.

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