*New pc needed, can anyone recommend website*

SGCMav

Active Member
Hi

Am in need of a new pc, can anyone recommend a custome build website for pc's

Never tried buildin my own as I will probably do something wrong

cheers
 

Jim_b0b

Active Member
Hi,

I always build my own, and always use scan as they always offer good prices and usually have everything in stock ready to go. Also, if you are a member of this site you get free delivery!

Anyway, they offer a building service, but I have never used it myself so cannot vouch for the quality etc..., but I would imagine it would be good.

http://3xs.scan.co.uk/
 

SGCMav

Active Member
hi
cheers for getting back to me.
How easy is it really to build your own ??
Once all the parts are in place is it just a matter of bootin it up with the xp disc in ???
Sorry am a noob to buildin pc's have only ever boiught them complete :thumbsup:
 

Jim_b0b

Active Member
hi
cheers for getting back to me.
How easy is it really to build your own ??
Once all the parts are in place is it just a matter of bootin it up with the xp disc in ???
Sorry am a noob to buildin pc's have only ever boiught them complete :thumbsup:

Just to clarify, how do you mean by "building your own" ? do you mean by going to the website and selecting the parts or buying them individually and assembling yourself ?

If you mean by going through the website :
Choose a base system, go to "Configure", choose all parts you want for your budget, buy it, plug it in and use! lol

If you mean build it yourself, then it is easy to do when you know what you are doing, it's pretty much just a case of plugging cables into the correct places etc..., however, I personally wouldnt recommend you doing this on your own the first time as there is the potential of you damaging some of your new equipment if you do something wrong, which will probablly end in tears!

The best advice I can give if you wanted to go along this route is find a friend who has some experience in building machines, then buy all your components and build it together so he can guide you as you go and dont make any potential costly mistakes.

Hope that helps!
 

SGCMav

Active Member
cheers

lol by building your own i mean buy all the parts and do it at home :smashin:

Cheers for your help
 

CP-PC

Active Member
scan are a good site, usualy one of the cheepest too. delivery is brilliant and as said before free postage if your a member of this site. i use overclockers.co.uk quite alot aswell quite alot of people dont like overclockers.co.uk but i have not had any problems with them yet *touch wood*
dabs.com are good but there prices are a little on the high side.
building a pc isnt that hard (all the bits generaly only fit in one place in one orrientation) its choosing the bits and fault diagnosis thats the hardest bits
 

SGCMav

Active Member
thanks for the responses, am going yo go for a web site that custom builds pc's

dont fancy stuffin up my first build :thumbsup:

just been lookin at this site www.pcspecialist.co.uk and got this quote:

Is that any good ??

Processor (CPU)

Intel® Core™2 Duo E4700 (2 X 2.60GHz) 800MHz FSB/2MB L2 Cache

Memory (RAM)

2GB CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)

Motherboard

ASUS® P5N-MX: DDR2, S-ATA II, 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 PCI, etc

Operating System

WINDOWS® XP HOME SP2 (inc CD & Licence) (£49)

USB Options

6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk

250GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

1st CD/DVD Drive

20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM

2nd CD/DVD Drive

20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM

Graphics Card

512MB GEFORCE 8500GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card

6 Channel Onboard High Definition Audio (As standard)

Network Facilities

ONBOARD 10/100 LAN PORT

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

500W (Peak) Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£22)

Processor Cooling

SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£14)

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)

£408.51

Price

£480.00

I am not a big gamer, this is mainly for me office, is there anything else I should order for this pc ???

Thanks in advance :thumbsup:
 

CP-PC

Active Member
what will you be doing on your office pc? do you need a graphics card will onboard do? could you drop down to the E4600? do you need dual dvd burners? do you need a 52in 1 card reader? i hate those things lol and i would also consider getting vista if you are getting a direct x 10 graphics card (no point getting DX10 card if you havent got a DX10 operating system.
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
i would also consider getting vista if you are getting a direct x 10 graphics card (no point getting DX10 card if you havent got a DX10 operating system.

The 8500GT is bottom of the first range to support DX10, this usually means that it's going to be terribly slow if you actually try to run any DX10 stuff on it so I wouldn't worry about that.

(DX10 is just image processing - gaming etc.)
 

SGCMav

Active Member
what will you be doing on your office pc? do you need a graphics card will onboard do? could you drop down to the E4600? do you need dual dvd burners? do you need a 52in 1 card reader? i hate those things lol and i would also consider getting vista if you are getting a direct x 10 graphics card (no point getting DX10 card if you havent got a DX10 operating system.

Hi

That is the only mobo i can select, I am mainly usin it as an office pc and for some gamin. I just want a fast silent pc :smashin:

I use the card reader for my mem cards on my cameras.

I prefer XP my mates at work hate there vista so i want to stay on xp for now.

As far as dual burners go, i would prefer two as they get used quite a bit.

Would this sprc be ok or should i change some more stuff on it ??

Thanks for all your help :clap:
 

SGCMav

Active Member
The 8500GT is bottom of the first range to support DX10, this usually means that it's going to be terribly slow if you actually try to run any DX10 stuff on it so I wouldn't worry about that.

(DX10 is just image processing - gaming etc.)

Hi

Thanks for the advice, I dont game that much so should i just choose a less priced card or stick with the onboard one its a Geforce 7050 or go for Geforce 8400GS ??

Thanks
 

tinners

Well-known Member
I'd get a spec sorted and then get CCL to build and warranty it for £70. That way you get exactly the right bits you want and also the warranty if youre not comfortable building it yourself
If you post what you want to spend I'm sure people will post up the parts list for you.
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the advice, I dont game that much so should i just choose a less priced card or stick with the onboard one its a Geforce 7050 or go for Geforce 8400GS ??

Looking at that motherboard in a bit more depth is appears it only properly supports DDR2 667 and the onboard graphics only has a VGA port and no DVI port.

Going through the top-spec computer screen instead will get you a motherboard that does add £20 more to the total price but seems to be much more up to date - it supports memory up to 1066mhz, Gigabit Ethernet and eSATA for fast external hard drives.

If you do go that way I would also consider upgrading the memory to 800Mhz. The performance difference won't be that big, but neither is the price difference at £9.
 

SGCMav

Active Member
cheers thanks, just lookin at cougar extreme website
 

SGCMav

Active Member
Going through the top-spec computer screen instead will get you a motherboard that does add £20 more to the total price but seems to be much more up to date - it supports memory up to 1066mhz, Gigabit Ethernet and eSATA for fast external hard drives.

If you do go that way I would also consider upgrading the memory to 800Mhz. The performance difference won't be that big, but neither is the price difference at £9.

Did you click the top spec computer on the website for the different mobo ??
 
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example of spec u could get from cclonline.com for around £500 ( target price from other suggested build)

CPU - Quad Core Q6600 £145
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L - £45
Memory - 2GB Corsair 800Mhz Ram £30
Graphics - 512mb 8600GT £40
Hard Drive - 500GB Samsung £45
PSU - OCZ 500W StealthXStream £40
Case - Antec 300 - £35
OS - Windows XP £50
2 x Pioneer CD/DVD Writer £35
Memory card reader £5
Cost to Build £70

Total Cost £540 inc VAT and u get 1 year warranty.

if u want to get under £500 - cheaper cpu, 1 OD instead of 2, cheaper case, onboard graphics etc.
 

SGCMav

Active Member
Thanks very much for your time
I will take a look, I like the idea of the Lightscribe drives


CPU - Quad Core Q6600 £145
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L - £45
Memory - 2GB Corsair 800Mhz Ram £30
Graphics - 512mb 8600GT £40
Hard Drive - 500GB Samsung £45
PSU - OCZ 500W StealthXStream £40
Case - Coolermaster Elite 330 - £23
OS - Windows XP £50
LiteOn LH-20A1L-14C 20x DVDRW LightScribe SATA £20
Pioneer DVR-215DBK DVDRW Black £17.50
Memory card reader £5
Build Gold Cover £60

Total inc delivery £542.45

Would this be a good spec pc with a reasonable price, would anyone add anymore or change anything ??????
 

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