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Pe-Built PC's advice please.

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by daveh48, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. daveh48

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    Any recommendations for the best place to buy a pre-built gaming PC - not the knowledge to self build.

    Found a few sites, Chillblast, PCspecialists, Scan, UKgaming etc.

    All offer a good range and configure options but who have a reliable reliable service with good customer support?

    Budget £1500 - £2000.
     
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    Hi bud I was in the same boat as you this time last year but with the fantastic help from this forum I built my own rig,
    I was coming from 20 years of console gaming and was a complete noob but the guys on here listed the the parts I needed and head over to YouTube to follow some builds from the case you would have and it was a great time,
    I'm already thinking of upgrading my case and cpu cooler already,
    It would save you a few pennies if you can build yourself
     
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    Thanks and I'd love to give it a go but I'm so cack handed I fear it would be a complete disaster.

    I have compared parts only and parts + build and it generally works out about £200 or so and for peace of mind knowing all will work okay I'm happy to pay that. Besides I migrated to Apple many years ago and the PC world has moved on considerably.

    I've have been checking out some YouTube build your own video's but still find it rather daunting.
     
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    Self-build really isn't difficult these days. It's all about plugging A into B :). The most hassle I've had is installing third party air coolers with their "fit any CPU" adapters, there's usually a fair amount of swearing involved - but you can easily avoid.

    My advice - have a look at the sticky thread for your budget (does this include a display?) and do a little bit of additional research yourself on sites like ebuyer, scan and amazon for prices. Put a shopping list together that's within your budget, post it here and then see if there's a pre-built that matches what you want for a similar price.

    Generally speaking, you're looking at months of faffing with shopping lists, then 30 - 60 mins of actually building the thing.
     
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    I have had 2 pre-built PC's from Overclockers in the past, and have been very happy with the results.
     
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    @richardb70 - Thanks, but the reason I want to go down the pre-built route is so there are no compatibility problems or other issues that may crop up.

    As I said the PC world (Not the shop) has moved on considerably but the trouble I have is not plugging A into B but finding out where the hell does D go! ;)

    I know what roughly what components I'm looking for in a build and have priced it out via a couple of websites but I was just wanting some feedback or suggestions on who to look at.
     
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    OK cool, no worries. You could post your list up here too, you might get some useful feedback?

    A friend of mine got a Scan pre-built a couple of years back, seemed pretty decent.
     
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    Regarding the pre-builds, the only gotchas I've found on the cheaper ones is that the case and PSU aren't fantastic (the rest of the components are fine). As long as they specify (or allow you to choose) a decent PSU brand then great. This hopefully wouldn't be a factor with the generous price range you have :).

    Also, the "Custom PC" magazine has the odd couple of prebuilt systems reviewed every month.
     
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    I've checked 'Scan' and have saved a quote - very easy to configure your own spec from a suggested build but can be limited.

    'PCspecialists' offer a similar service and you can check online to see if components are compatible before placing an order.

    'Chillblast' seem to be the front runner with a comprehensive range you can configure to your own needs and a large choice of components - there are also quite a few YouTube video's featuring happy owners.
     

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