Check the PCA reviews for good machines and compare similar spec'd machines from other suppliers. I did this and ended up buying from a local company called Novatech. One piece of advice is probably to make sure your PC is built from industry standard components (unlike Dell and Packard Bell to give just two examples) which ensures when you need to replace or upgrade components you will not be restricted for choice and charged high prices. Look at the forum and you will see most manufacturers get the occasional swipe from unhappy customers - just look at how (if?)matters are resolved for a guide to the good ones. One thing I would say is that Microland Technologies seem to be getting a lot of unfavourable posts at the moment - so tread carefully.
Checked out TomJerry's recommendation at ToysRUs this evening - spec looks excellent for the price, and the machine seemed OK, though maybe a bit fragile around the drive covers. However, the sales rep there wasn't sure what the warrenty & support package was - definitely 1 month return to shop, then 6 or maybe 12 months further support. Anyone know what the package actually is? Anyone have experience of the brand's reliability or otherwise?
Evolution Blue Lightning XP home Intel P4 3Ghz supports hyperthreading 512mb ddr memory 160 gb hard drive ATI 9800 PRO - VERY GOOD for games 19inch CRT Monitor DVD rom and CD-RW drives (although you could probably upgrade to dvd-rw for not much more) 6.1 surround speakers Audigy 2 sound card Cordless keyboard and mouse
Pretty top spec PC for under £1000 You may want to consider this, seems like a good buy, and VERY good for gaming