Hi folks! I was in the process of buying an Alienware PC, but the rather annoying v12finance company are giving me a hard time. In light of this, I've decided to just buy a PC outright, but I've also decided I should seek some advice before I do. I think I rushed into the Alienware one anyway, so please can I have some constructive advice. My budget is anywhere from around £1000 to no more than £1500. I'm willing to go that extra few pounds if it will make my setup much more future proof. I already have a PC which I use for work purposes, so this PC is pretty much only going to be for gaming. This is the PC I was just about to get:  Area-51 750i Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 6MB Cache 1333MHz FSB Alienware P2 Chassis : Alienware® P2 Chassis - Saucer Silver System Lighting: Alienware® Standard System Lighting - Astral Blue Processor Cooling : Alienware® Standard System Cooling Acoustic Dampening: None Power Supply: 750 Watt Alienware® Approved Multi-GPU Power Supply Graphics Processor : 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 280 Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 2048MB Motherboard: Alienware® Approved ASUS P5N-D nForce 750i SLI Motherboard Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1 - English System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM Optical Drives: Single Drive Configuration - 20X Dual Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Writer Enthusiast Essentials: Single High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Port Sound Hardware: Integrated 7.1 High-Definition Audio It came to a total, including VAT and shipping, of £1250. Now, I thought it was a good thing that the motherboard was capable of taking on another graphics card, you know, future proofing and all, but according to Alienware's site, I couldn't run another GTX280 without moving up to 1000w PSU! So not much help there really... For the price, I thought the E8500 was a good choice of CPU, as most games still do not use the potential of the quad processors. If I was to get a quad CPU, according to Tomshardware, I would have to spend a fair amount more than the cost of the dual E8500 to match it for gameplay. Anyway, I haven't written quads altogether, as I know there are some very tasty ones out there. I've been looking at a few web sites that allow you to spec your own PC, and I've found some potentially better deals than the Alienware PC above. Please can you have a look through them and tell me what you think? My knowledge on this matter really isn't great. Please bare in mind that I'm unlikely to overclock my PC unless it's just a straightforward method, and I'm not building a PC myself. I put this PC together from Scan.co.uk. It's a 3xs system, but seems rather cheap for the spec. Am I missing something? Case: Asus V3-P5G31 S775 iG31 DDR2 667 800 MHz PCI-E (x16) SATA II On Board VGA Black Silver CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16 GHz 1333MHz FSB 6MB Cache Retail Memory: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2 DDR2 PC2-6400 (800) CAS 5-5-5-18 NVIDIA Graphics - The Way It's Meant To Be Played: 1GB XFX GTX 280 XT 640MHz GPU 240 Cores 2400MHz GDDR3 System Drives: 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 7200 rpm 16MB Cache Storage Hard drives: *Hard Drive Not Required* Floppy Drive Flash - Card Readers & Writers: Akasa Multi Memory Card Reader & USB 2.0 Port DVD Writer: Pioneer DVR-216DBK 20x DVD±R 12x DVD±DL DVD+RW x8 -RW x6 SATA Black Blu Ray Reader Writer: *Blu Ray Not Required* Sound Card: *Sound Card Not Required Use On Board Sound* This comes to a total of £950 including VAT. Not sure about delivery. Still, seems rather cheap compared to the Alienware PC... Why? I'm really tempted by this one from Overclockers.co.uk! Instead of the E8500, they offer an E8600 overclocked to 4Ghz!! Here's the spec: - Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 LGA775 'Wolfdale' "Overclocking E0 Stepping" 3.33GHz Overclocked to 4.00GHz! - Asus P5E-VM HDMI Intel G35 Micro-ATX (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard - Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-8500C5 TwinX (2x2GB) - nVidia GeForce GTX 280 1024MB - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - Corsair TX 650W ATX2.2 SLi Compliant PSU - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Arctic Silver 5 Heatsink compound professionally hand installed by our technicians - 1yr Onsite Collect & Return Warranty (Can collect from any address (UK Mainland ONLY) and same day collection possible if requested before 11am) This comes to a total of £1216 including VAT. Notice that the motherboard is small and won't support a second graphics card. But to be honest, rather than spend money on bigger power supplies, I think it would be smarter to just buy a newer card when the time comes, as surely for the moment, the PCs here will be pretty good for most games. Well, that's about it. If anyone can offer me some advice, I'd really appreciate it! I don't have to pick one of these PCs, so if you know of any better deals / specs etc, please let me know.