little man versus the big man

  the old man 19:40 04 Apr 2006

Can someone provide a recommendation in the Chester/North wales area for a reputable computer installer that I can approach for a new system. Have priced what I want on the web with MESH at £999.00 but same system and it is exactly same specs with Evesham is £330 more. WOW.
I have a couple of small shops near to me but one has changed owners at least 3 times and downsized their premises in the last 18 months. The other has now closed down but they have another branch about 15 miles away but when I used the closed one for a mobo, cpu and ram upgrade the AthlonXP cpu was not set up correctly and there were 3 leads left unconnected to the mobo. You can see where my apprehension with small dealers come from.

  the old man 19:56 04 Apr 2006

sorry, meant a computer retailer to build the system I would like, locally.

  the old man 11:09 06 Apr 2006

This is the spec. I have been looking at and can get it for £999.00.
Midi-Tower ATX Case +550W PSU -Black/Silver (460w)
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800
1024MB DDR400 Memory - PC3200
256MB nVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT
250/300GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music Sound Card
16x Dual Layer DVD-Re-Writable +R/-R/RW
16x DVD-ROM Drive
Windows® XP Home Edition SP2
19" Viewsonic VA1912W/VA1912 TFT Display
DVI connector Cable
Creative Labs T6060 - 5.1 Surround with Subwoofer
Desktop Keyboard & Mouse

Have just been quoted £1425.00 incl vat and 1year rtb warranty.

Someone please extol the virtues of the small supplier to me against places on the web.

  the old man 00:22 08 Apr 2006

The figures are the right way round, which I found astonishing. I appreciate what you are saying and that was my idea of the post in the first place. I would love to be able to build my own then only one person to blame. If the diffference had only been £50 then I would have gone with the small retailer, no doubt whatsoever. But with such a big difference in price then the big one get my vote this time.
was actually thinking of binning the 7900gt and getting 2 x 7600gt's for £45 more. Don't know if anyone has a view on that.

  Forum Editor 01:40 08 Apr 2006

that a large manufacturer will almost always be able to beat a small local supplier when it comes to the cost of a new machine - the economies of scale apply.

In addition, large manufacturers producing hundreds of thousands of machines have the experience and expertise to know precisely how to avoid hardware incompatibility problems - they know which components work best together. They'll also know exactly how to set up and configure a machine so that it will work perfectly, straight out of the box in the vast majority of cases. Of course there will be the occasional 'Dead on arrival' machine,but these instances are rare - despite what some people might think. No large manufacturer would survive in such a highly competitive market by making duff computers.

That isn't to say that a smaller builder can't compete; there are many ways in which such people can capture a share of the market, but it's very hard for them to do so purely on selling price.

  howard63 22:16 03 Jun 2006

not sure why you do not have a go and build it yourself. The first one I built was a few years ago but learning from this forum and reading all the manuals got me through it. Generally the barebones or motherboard bundles from the likes of Novatech take a lot of the worry out of the equation. A bare bones kit from the above is a case with the motherboard fitted into it with the processor/ram installed and tested. All you have to do is order the dvd drive, video card and hard drive and clip them in and connect the cables. Buy an oem copy of xp from them at the same time and it should be plain sailing.

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