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    Recommend A Cheap Built PC

    Right, this isn't one for the builders, but rather for people who are buying made PCs. What is a good cheap gaming PC?

    Quite a few friends of mine have been going for custom PCs from http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ But that doesn't seem particularly cheap to me. Anyone got any better options for pre-built?

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    If you're looking for a cheap PC that doesn't come in parts, then buying the parts online from say, Scan.co.uk, and then having it assembled for you. It'll cost around 10-20 I think, but would offset the increase in price that prebuilt computers seem to possess. That wouldn't alleviate the 'What components do I get?' problem, however. But this handy guide does!

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    The problem is there's always something that little bit better for a fraction more money. Whenever I see a decent pre-built I can't help but go throught he list of components and tweak a little there, and increment a little there, and maybe get a different case that is simultaneously cool, well-built, and doesn't look like it was designed by someone with a vaxual corsa with a dustbin-sized exhaust pipe and LEDs underneath it, and suddenly the reasonably-priced PC costs 200 more.

    Anyways Jom, how much is cheap, ballparkularly speaking?

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    Wasn't there a BBC report a few weeks back that said even highstreet stockists are now doing prebuilt, overclocked systems?

    Scan's 3XS systems generlaly include an 80-120 fee for assembly, but the parts offered are sometimes cheaper than the store listings so you can actually save money as well as having 'guarenteed' overclocking. OCUK's service looks less flexible at first glance, but defaults to parts I'd generally prefer. PCSpecialist configurator actually seems fairly competetive. It rated my system at around 1400 inc. monitor and peripherals, which is about right given brand differences.

    There's no longer any major incentive to do custom builds yourself unless you're really pushing the price/performance curve at either end, and even then most retailers will do unlisted parts combinations for you if you ask nicely. Certainly, between having to be off work for the delivery, spending a day on the floor with screwdrivers and the threat of losing hundreds of pounds if something goes horribly wrong (yet to actually happen to me), I no longer feel the need to self build.

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    No reason, apart from it being fun :D I just have stuff delivered to my workplace and then I don't have to be at home :p

    But, as noted, a self-built system, built by some store, is very likely much better than one of those prebuilts that will ALWAYS have some stupid caveat that makes a really nice system totally unattractive. I've yet to see one that didn't, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoulWrist View Post
    No reason, apart from it being fun :D I just have stuff delivered to my workplace and then I don't have to be at home :p

    But, as noted, a self-built system, built by some store, is very likely much better than one of those prebuilts that will ALWAYS have some stupid caveat that makes a really nice system totally unattractive. I've yet to see one that didn't, anyway.
    Definitely. It gets so annoying to find a nice build, only to have it include Norton Anti-Virus, etc.

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    I was thinking more along the lines of totally unbalanced builds, or ridiculous cost-increasing things that you don't want. Or sitting just below the threshhold of really nice for the price. Poor software you can just uninstall.

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