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    Im in the UK so will look at these guys, would have probably gone to newegg if they where in the UK but prices dont include the tax, so im struggling to compete with the price, thinking of buying this week too! any other UK suggestions?

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    scan do prebuilt computers as well, which you can tweak the specs on - check their 3xs systems pages

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    thanks applecup will do!

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    I've been building computers for friends and family since 99, my experiences are as follows:
    Overclockers: Not particularly cheap, fast and efficient, but can be an absolute bitch if anything goes wrong (I'm fighting them to refund me 20 I had to spend sending a faulty part back. This is 20 on the back of a 1,000 order. I've spent over 6,000 with them and they're fighting tooth and nail to not meet their legal obligations to refund me any/all costs incurred in sending a defective product back). I won't be ever using them again.
    Aria: Diabolically inept customer service. Will never use again.
    Scan: Never had anything go wrong, can't comment.
    Pixmania: Inept but well meaning customer service, you get the distinct idea that a different person answers every single e-mail to them - and that none of them speak English natively. Can (occasionally) be very cheap.
    Ebuyer: Never used, heard a huge amount of bad stories though.
    Amazon: Not always the cheapest, but by far the best service and support. If you ever have a problem, there will be no quibbles. Simply return it for a replacement or full refund.

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    Thanks Vicious, so your advice is - use scan? I think im going to buy via palicomp because i just cant match the parts on price so far and my lack of experience in building, think im going to get AC3!!

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    I bought a PC from PCSpecialist (big mistake) and then a few years later I bought a new one from CyberPower (slightly better).

    To be honest, if you have a brain it's pretty difficult to mess up building a PC. I was impatient and got the above companies to build mine and in both cases I wish I hadn't. I'm better than that, I've been working with PCs for 20 years and I could probably build one blind folded if I tried.

    When I ordered from PCSpecialist, to cut a long story short, the messed up my motherboard selection and put an inferior model in to that specified, this was close to christmas so I had to wait until new year before I could get it replaced. But this was not before the courier decided he couldnt find my place of work (where it was being delivered) and decided to put my new PC in the nearest skip. It was only a friendly janitor at the company of who the skipped belong to that spotted something odd, and decided to call me enquiring why a box with a computer insided it had been placed in their refuse area. I was fucking furious. Granted it was the courier that did this and not PCSpecialist staff, but they do have a duty of care until the item is signed and delivered to me. When I called and told them what had happend they basically couldnt give a crap all they cared about was that it had arrived. I asked for compensation but they refused. Then, after all this I inspected the PC to find that the wrong motherboard had been fitted. I had to send it back and then wait until new year for it to arrive. It then developed a fault with motherboard and wouldnt switch on properly. I gave up and bought a new motherboard and fitted it myself. I should of RMAd the board but instead in my fury I threw it across the room, leaving a dent in the wall and tiny bits of circuit board embedded in the plaster.

    So, my first experiece with PCSpecialist was tarnished somewhat.

    With Cyberpower (two years ago), service was fine, a bit slow perhaps but they didnt fit the correct graphics card (I ordered a 6970, the put in a 6790) and then half of the 8gb RAM would not register so I had to send it back to get a replacement card and have the RAM sorted.

    Now I've upgraded to parts I know and trust. I will never go to a PC supplier again knowing I can build the PC myself with next to zero fuss.

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    i have heard some horror stories about pc specialist so im not keen to use them plus they are very expensive. i find cyberpowers website so confusing its one massive info machine! i have made the order now so will review my experience with Palicomp but thanks for the feedback guys its massively appreciated - i will probably go to scan for upgrades!

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    I used Cyberpower, think they are based in Newcastle or nearby in 2008 to build the system Im using right now. Not the cheapest but was hassle free. Over the years have changed the graphics cards and OS and added HDD's.

    Getting to the point now where need a new mobo,cpu,ram. currently its an Asus striker extreme with a q6600 quadcore with 4 gig of ddr 2.

    For pure convenience I will buy from Amazon, they quite often have bundles of the aforementioned components and the price is usually fairly good.

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    yeh, i found cyberpowers website way too over confusing for what i wanted. got my new pc now, its awesomely fast! i will look at scan for upgrades :) :) :)

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    Has anyone used Scans finance service? Going to self build from there but will need help on the money front. They as evil as most finance companies or worse?

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    y2rich - it all falls down to the agency, most of them use equifax (cause its cheaper than experian or callcredit) so if in doubt get a credit report from equifax!

    Im a bit of a credit geek from learning from doing!

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    I've bought plenty of items on finance, I tend to use companies that use MoneyWay or V12Finance as in both cases they do the credit checks online and there is nothing to post/sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossi View Post
    I've bought plenty of items on finance, I tend to use companies that use MoneyWay or V12Finance as in both cases they do the credit checks online and there is nothing to post/sign.
    Yeh but they still have to use callcredit, experian or equifax if they are providing finance, they are the only 3 credit bodies in the UK.

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    I know. I was just mentioning the easy application process.

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