Similar SPEC & which company to buy from help?

  Julian-205848 16:04 21 Feb 2005

I have been looking at these threads a little while, to decide on the configuration and spec I wanted and also the company.

It is safe to say there has been much debate on: -
a) Product spec, b)Company/supplier c)Customer service when things go wrong.

In view of above I need some help.

I like the DELL 8400 series upgrading this to 400GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ Cache, 1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 400MHz [2x512].

But I have also seen two/three other companies offering a competitive spec: -

click here offering an intel pentium prescott 3.2ghz, with same or similar spec to DEll but at £1050

The other company is pentahlon which also offers a similar spec.

The best sepc I have seen thus far seems to be from MESH

Elite A6 (0405)
(Base Price: £ 765.11 ex VAT)
Case: Micro ATX Mini-Tower with tool free access
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Motherboard Features: ASUS P5GD1-VM PCI Express Mainboard
Processor: Intel ® Pentium ® 4 - 550+ with Hyper Threading (3.4GHz Prescott, 1MB L2 Cache, 800FSB)
Memory: 1024MB PC3200 DDR Memory 400MHz
Hard Drives: Upgrade to 2x 250GB Serial ATA (150MB/s) Ultra Fast Hard Drives at £110
Video Card: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (224MB Max SMA)
Monitor 1: 19' TFT Flat Panel Monitor - DVI & Analogue (DVI cable sold separately)
Optical Drives: Upgrade to 16x DVD-ROM + SONY 16x Dual Layer DVD-Re-Writable +R/-R/RW (2 Drives) at £20
Sound: Onboard 5.1 Surround Sound 6 Channel Audio
Modem: 56kbps V92 Modem, featuring data and fax.
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech Cordless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse
Video Editing: Pinnacle Studio 9 SE (OEM)
Software: Microsoft® Works® 8.0
Warranty: 3 Years - Parts & Labour - Back-to-Base Warranty (Mainland UK only - Terms Apply)
Delivery: Insured Del within Mainland UK (+ £39) at £39
Price Excluding VAT: £ 934.11

Price Including VAT + DEL: £ 1097.58

From the above what do users suggest? I know that MESH appears to have problems, but their sopec and price are good. I like the spec from pcspecialist but do not know much about them or their reliability etc etc so wopuld love any help possible please....

Thanks, a confused, frazzled computer buyer...

  Diodorus Siculus 17:10 21 Feb 2005

pcspecialist - there are a couple of threads on them at the moment - they don't accept Credit Cards so general advice is to be wary of them - any outlay of £1000 or so should have the protection offered by a credit card.

Dell - good, but beware of limitations in future upgrades.

Mesh - well, you have seen for yourself the good and the bad. At least they have a fairly active presence on there pages.

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