Where should I get my next Gaming PC in the UK from?

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  1. Spud_Launcer

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    Hey I’m looking for some advise on getting a new Gaming PC in the UK.
    I cant really build my own, I know a bit but I don’t want to break something.
    I saw few I liked the look of and came recommended, I have £3,000 to play with:
    The Monkey System for £2695: http://www.monkeyware.co.uk/shop/howler.php

    Or the alienware for £3388
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    Or are there better places?

    Thanks
     
  2. booyaka

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    £3k is total overkill for a gaming PC

    half of that is way enough for a top end pc.

    I would stear clear of Alienware etc as they are way way way to expensive. £3k for an AMD cpu !!!!:eek: :eek:

    If you have a litte bit of knowledge about computers - it's very simple to build your own pc. I would suggest this is a great route to go down and also you would be able to select all the components you wish to have not just a prebuilt system with anything in it.

    if not check out this system

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-032-OK&groupid=43&catid=781&subcat=

    £1700 cheaper and and also a miles better CPU.
    2gb of ram is plently for gaming.
     
  3. Mojo-Filter

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    If you don't want to build it yourself...

    http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/

    Don't bother with a physics card though, waste of time. And Intel chips are the way to go at the mo. :smashin:
     
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    I'd say that most of the components are a complete waste of time in the original configuration.

    No point getting a dx10 gfx card at the moment, upgrade later on when the radeon dx10 come out and the prices start dropping.

    Again 4GB ram is total overkill, 2GB is the ceiling at the moment.

    Physics card is a waste of money as has been mentioned as is a 1kW psu.

    Even a dedicated sound card is a waste of money. My motherboard outputs 7.1 and has an optical out, so just make sure you get a high end motherboard.
     
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    Spending 3K on a gaming PC is a bit like buying a brand new car. As soon as you drive it off the forecourt it has lost 25% of it's value. Same with a top end gaming PC. Within a month or so you could probably get the same thing for a grand less. But if you have money to burn then the choice is yours.
     
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    if you dont want to build it yourself and want good backup, dont bother with Alienware as they are now owned by Dell, just go for the Dell XPS machines.....components will be the same, just in a Dell case which means the cost should be around 25% cheaper....

    backup is better too on the XPS machines than with Dells cheap machines....like any company there is the chance of hiccups, but given the sheer volume Dell ship in they have a pretty good level of quality...

    otherwise consider overclockers.co.uk, i buy individual components from them and so far no problems......
     
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    Alienware is a complete rip off. It's just for people to go "I've got an alienware pc" kinda like buying something big and expensive to over compensate for something else in life :cool:

    IMO only a pure idiot buys alienware, >£1000 is too much money for a pc unless you're using it to do extremely complicated calculations or cure AIDS
     
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    No offence but I personally dont like this site because of the lack of customization but I will say one thing about this site that kicks ass.

    They have made a selection of skins available that they will put on the case which really kicks arse.
     
  12. Tejstar

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    Yep, their choice of skins is really cool. They've only just setup shop so I'm sure they'll allow customisation soon enough!
     
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    im still trying to figure out why that should cost 3 grand. my pc cost just over half that, and its better. well apart from a 2nd gtx lol.
     
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    Who knows, maybe customer service or quality of parts?
     
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    i think the price comes down to them making sure the components all work in harmony in the system......if you build your own you dont know that for sure, lets face it, im sure most folks on here who have built a PC have found their RAM doesnt suit the mobo too well or similar such problems.....
    but, Dell/Alienware/etc pick some components, make sure they work together and then buy the job lot.....saves you spending weeks testing the system....
     
  16. Tejstar

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    Good point Knyght_byte and it's one of the main reasons I would unlikely build my own system. Prices are so competitive out there that there is not so much differential between sourcing the parts yourself and custom build.

    As well as the price, I just don't have the time to do all the testing to make sure it all works.
     
  17. Razor

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    I actually enjoy building pc's. Maybe I am just a bit strange. :oops: :D
     
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    are you seriously telling me it would cost nearly 3.5k to build that alienware pc?

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-018-OK&groupid=43&catid=781&subcat=

    id rather have that, for a fair chunk less, and its far better spec'd.
     
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    I would love to do it one day. But right now, with work and a three-month old son, I just couldn't bear the extra headache if things went wrong!
     
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    Fair enough mate. So far no issues with my builds but, never say never. :smashin:

    I think I just like tinkering with my pc and picking all my parts. I used to buy from Mesh pc's before I started building my own. They always did good pc. I would definitely recommend them.
     
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    Yep, owned two Mesh's myself and never had any problems (despite what many say).

    This is the first time I've gone for Dell, I needed a budget solution, and so far so good. Not as customisable as I'd like, but can't complain for the price!
     
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    Dells are cheap but very restrictive. Not the best if you want to upgrade or get extra performance. Great for a budget web surfer though.
     
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    We have two PC's in our house, one gaming and one surfer/general use one for the wife. Tbh they both need changing but I'm not looking to upgrade the gaming one until quad core chips are more commonplace (and utilised).

    This Dell will keep things going until then. I'll add a HD 2600 gfx card and Samsung 22" monitor and then I'll be happy (for now)!
     
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    I have just upgraded this system from Scan in bolton, it has had a great review in computeractive and I think its great value for a water cooled system with all the tasty trimmings! I have spoken to scan and they will swap out the XFX 8800GTX XXX for the newer "ultra" model for a tenner less!?!?! and will change vista 32bit for the 64bit edition so that 4gb ram is usable and also they overclock it as standard... I think its a red hot machine for the money imo?? what do you think?

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    Looks good but I would avoid Scan at the minute. Seem to have gone down hill since I last used them.

    Nothing seems to be instock, takes years to reply to emails and lots of bad posts about them on forums.

    Was trying to spec a system up on there website but its an extremely hard affair. Especially if you don't want water-cooling but want an 8800GTX!
     
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    What case do you choose? Any pics?

    Cheers
     
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    I know what you mean, I only live down the road from them and there queing system isn't much better!! They have however confirmed that al the system parts are in stock and can be built whenever?! I did look at the comparable priced machine at http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk but it doesnt pack nowere near the same spec... I may have to melt the plastic once again and go scan :suicide: just got to get me a 24" dell flat screen and that should be me done for another 4 years...? :thumbsup:
     
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    Not too many cases to choose from. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php?page=imagesindex Have just read in the testimonials that some guy supplied his own case for his build. Think I will do that when I order my next one.
     
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    Don't choose aria.co.uk whoever you do decide to buy from. I had the enjoyment of a 3 1/2 month clawing my money back through my credit card ordeal that was nice.
     

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