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the fun game of PC webstore 'hunt the spec'

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by richard plumb, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. richard plumb

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    I'm currently trying to find a new PC (off the shelf, building my own is something I don't have time for anymore). I'm roughly down to the spec I want, but the fun part is looking over the leading retail websites (mesh, carrera, JAL etc)

    There are a lot of review systems and special offers with about 1 million different combinations of bits. A bit of hunting will quite often find almost identical specs for £100 less on the same site.

    Anyone else find this a little off-putting?

    BTW, the spec I'm settling on is (A64 3000/3200, 1GB 3200 RAM, 160 SATA HDD with cache, DVD burner - dual layer, firewire, USB2, memory card reader) + Graphics card (TBD)

    I'm thinking to use an LCD TV/monitor with that, so base unit only. Seems to be about £750.
     
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    If you don't have time to build your own then you may find this site usefull. Click on the configure your own pc:) This allows you to pick the bits you want and they'll build it for you. Quite good prices too:-

    www.savastore.co.uk
     
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    If you after a good value base unit then have a look here

    Both my brother & a friend bought good spec'd machines here for not very much. Customer service was good - my friend complained about the keyboard and they sent a new one in the post that day.

    It's difficult to beat in the "bang for bucks" stake...
     
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    The other way of going about it if you don't have the time to build is
    decide on the spec you want and give it to a smaller retailer locally to you.

    Just my tuppence worth.
     
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    I'm doing the same thing at the moment. I would normally build a PC myself but this is going to my ex-wife (its complicated) so I really want something that comes with aftersales support/guarantee etc. and more importantly not a phone call to me to fix it. Anyway I've spent the last few days trawling and have decided to go with Mesh.

    They seem to have a good reputation and have been around forever. On their homepage if you go to home/student and select the matrix m64-754 you can configure exactly what you require. The specs you list come out at just under £690 for the A64 3000 and £30 +vat extra for the 3200. Their components are good aswell - Asus motherboard (personal favourite) Sony DVD and Logitech keyboard/mouse.

    Of course the spec for my ex is much lower ;)
     
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    try these guys in nottingham, give them the spec that you want and theyll ship it to your door.
    www.web-systems.co.uk
    might not be the cheapest though as ive not looked at the others, but worth a mention as ive always been happy using them.
    :)
     
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    You might want to have a look at these guys as well:

    http://www.nethighstreet.com/COMPUTERS/index.html

    Good prices and highly configurable. My brother just bought an AMD 64 system from them and he's very happy with it.
    I think they also won an award in last month's PC Pro.
     

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