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    Any companies build exactly to your spec?

    Hey,

    Does anyone know of any decent companies that will build a PC exactly to your spec? Like, you buy the pieces and they have a set "build cost"?

    I'm in need of a new PC, I really don't want to buy "pre-built"... but I'm also not sure if I want to build it myself because firstly, the most I've ever done to a PC was put in a PCI WiFi card and secondly knowing my luck at least 1 thing would go wrong which I wouldn't have a clue how to fix. Which is why I was hoping to buy the components and have some company build it for me.

    The general spec I'm looking for:


    ...I tried Scans 3XS but with similar components the total came to £1600

    Any ideas, or should I just attempt to build it myself, and when it goes wrong come back here?

    EDIT: I might have posted this in the wrong section, not quite sure where it should have gone, sorry!

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    Build yourself - Thats what we are here for

    The learning experience is invaluable. Fitting a PCI card like you have already done is about as complicated as it gets. Just think of it as a big (more expensive ) jigsaw.
    If it wont go in with a gentle push, it doesn't go there.

    Just allocate plenty of time, take your time and you'll be fine

    edit - add your location to your profile, its been known that local people have offered 1 to 1 support on here
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    Do it yourself it really is simple. The hardest part these days is fitting the CPU & heatsink due to the size of them.

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    Building it yourself is easy - but remember that support is down to you if you have problems with component integration/software compatability.

    However.that sort of problem only really happens if you are using bleeding edge technology, and the spec/components that you have listed look pretty mainstream. Therefore it is pretty unlikely that you will have problems - and if you do, there are a wealth of support available on these fora.

    So go on - give it a go!
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    I agree, build it yourself, the experience is invaluable and it is cheaper then buying it from a company. I just recently built a pc (rig 2) for my father, and the experience was very useful. The only hiccup I had was that I bought a cheap psu and it blew up, (luckily my components survived ), but I see you have chosen a very good psu.

    As agent said allocate plenty of time for building it, about 1 to 2 hours to build it. Make sure also no one disturbs you. Theres nothing worse then kids jumping on your back while you trying to fit in a motherboard.

    And if you cock it up, you can always come back here for help.

    good luck

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    Another recommendation to build it yourself.

    Take it slow and be carefull.... it is not a race - it does not matter if someone else can build it in 4 hours and you take 15 hours over 3 days..... I spend a long time with the wiring, but with that set of components you can assemble a really nice system. It will give you great satisfaction and confidence in future adding to or troubleshooting the system. Most probably it will POST and boot up first try - and if it doesn't it will probably be something simple.

    I would use a different HSF..... Tuniq Tower 120 or ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extream (you will have to check the latter fits OK - the TT 120 will - I have one in my P180).
    Try to make each and every day the best it can be.

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    CCL do.
    http://www.cclonline.com/product-cat...category_id=81

    Would do it yourself though, if I can manage it then anyone can

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    It may be worth speaking to our sales team about assembly, as the parts you have chosen are a pretty good mix

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    Another vote for DIY. I built my first (and only, so far) PC a couple of years ago, and it was well worth it. I did come unstuck a couple of times, but a quick question on here and I was usually up and running again within a few hours.

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    Thanks for the replies, Look like I'll be giving it a go myself

    I had a bad experience with CCLOnline when I bought from them last so I don't think I'd trust them, and I'll email Scan sales.

    Thanks again! No doubt I'll be back in a few days with questions/problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS View Post
    Thanks for the replies, Look like I'll be giving it a go myself

    I had a bad experience with CCLOnline when I bought from them last so I don't think I'd trust them, and I'll email Scan sales.

    Thanks again! No doubt I'll be back in a few days with questions/problems
    Or a very big smiley face!

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    Can I just second choosing a new HSF, in addition to the rather poor thermal results on the hexus review it is an absolute nightmare to install. I did one with my first build a few months ago and it took me an age to get it in properly and it was very difficult to screw down and I cut myself fairly badly in doing so.

    I'd get an SATA DVD drive as well, those big ide cables don't do any good for the airflow and the jmicron ide controller on the p5k isn't supposed to be too good.

    Build it yourself and good luck. I'm glad I did, despite my mortal wounding from the NH-U12

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    Quote Originally Posted by d032sh View Post
    Build it yourself and good luck. I'm glad I did, despite my mortal wounding from the NH-U12
    Haha yeah my fingers are coated in scratches and cuts from installing HSFs But dont let that put u off

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    Opinions noted on the HSF, I'll probably go for the Tuniq Tower 120 or ThermalRight Ultra 120 mentioned above, I only chose the Noctua because it was supposedly the quietest... but I don't want something that's going to be very difficult to fit.

    About the SATA DVD Drive, on Scan it says some of the SATA ports get blocked (or are hard to get to) on the P5K Deluxe if you have an 8800GTX that's why I went with an IDE one, I wasn't sure I'd have one over after the hard drives? If somebody can confirm it will be fine I'll get a SATA DVD Drive.

    Thanks!

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    there are plenty of ports on that board, you will be fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS View Post
    Opinions noted on the HSF, I'll probably go for the Tuniq Tower 120 or ThermalRight Ultra 120 mentioned above, I only chose the Noctua because it was supposedly the quietest... but I don't want something that's going to be very difficult to fit.

    About the SATA DVD Drive, on Scan it says some of the SATA ports get blocked (or are hard to get to) on the P5K Deluxe if you have an 8800GTX that's why I went with an IDE one, I wasn't sure I'd have one over after the hard drives? If somebody can confirm it will be fine I'll get a SATA DVD Drive.

    Thanks!
    Its in one of the Hexus reviews, and iirc its only 2 of the ports that get slightly blocked but they should still be accessible with angled sata connectors (which come with that mobo)

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