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    best place to buy pre-built system?

    hi guys,

    my cousin is on the lookout for a new PC, he has had his current one for about 7-8 years

    anyhow, he wants a pre-built system and is leaning towards dell because they do nice packages although if it was me I would put the money into some parts and build it myself, but where else is there that do good pre-built systems?

    budget is ~£550 for the tower.

    monitor budget ~£150 for a 22/24"

    keyboard/mouse/speakers not needed!

    any help much appreciated!


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    http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Gaming...roductId=33217

    £574.94 inc. VAT
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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    so we have £700 for a decent pre-built system with a 22/24" monitor..
    i'll see what i can find

    what does he want to use the computer for?


    got one here http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...=D01X303&s=dhs
    it's £800 with a 4850 and a 22" monitor (you have to change those 2 things yourself)
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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    so we have £700 for a decent pre-built system with a 22/24" monitor..
    i'll see what i can find
    That is correct appreciate you having a look, aria and microdirect were the obvious first 2 choices because they are just around the corner. MD didn't appear to have much to offer in terms of pre-built but aria did, around that price range.

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    what does he want to use the computer for?
    Mainly browsing the internet, watching films and playing games.

    Because he upgrades so rarely, like I said hes still using his PC from YEARS ago, this one will most likely be around for the next 5 years at least, therefore quad core, 4gb ram, and a good gfx card are all essential I reckon. Let me know what you can find
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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    what about that Dell i recommended in my previous post?
    or is that a little expensive for only 2gb RAM?

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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    You'd be better if you can

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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    what about that Dell i recommended in my previous post?
    or is that a little expensive for only 2gb RAM?
    Didn't notice that I think you edited it in your post later, but yeah thats too expensive, £700 is an absolute max really.
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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    Can't blame the fellow for having a 7+ year old system, I have one I still use frequently that is a pre-built Medion, coming onto 7 years of use. Funnily, it has not been upgraded once apart from the DVD Writer, if you can call that an upgrade.

    Will have to upgrade/scrap it soon, you can blatantly tell it's age now, especially having another system.

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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    Quote Originally Posted by e36Adz View Post
    hi guys,

    my cousin is on the lookout for a new PC, he has had his current one for about 7-8 years

    anyhow, he wants a pre-built system and is leaning towards dell because they do nice packages although if it was me I would put the money into some parts and build it myself, but where else is there that do good pre-built systems?

    budget is ~£550 for the tower.

    monitor budget ~£150 for a 22/24"

    keyboard/mouse/speakers not needed!

    any help much appreciated!


    Just to start things off, so far I have found this...

    Gladiator Trident Performer

    Features
    # AMD Phenom Quad 9850 2.5GHz
    # 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
    # 750GB Serial ATA II Hard Drive
    # nVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB
    # 22x DVD-RW
    # Hiper 580w PSU (630w Peak)
    # AMD 770 Motherboard
    # High Definition 8 Channel 7.1 Sound
    # 1000MBps LAN
    # Gigabyte Triton Chassis with 2 x 120mm Fans


    http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Gaming...roductId=33217

    £574.94 inc. VAT
    That one looks pretty good to me except for the PSU, Hiper are pants.

    Have a look at what Novatech have to offer, I've found them to be reasonably priced and a good company to deal with.

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    Re: best place to buy pre-built system?

    Try this, see if it appeals to him, http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...212&lid=122756

    It has the Q6600, ATI HD4850, 3GB DDR3 RAM, I had to add the 23" S2309 Monitor to come to the price of £769 inc. of VAT & Shipping.

    Giving Dell a ring in the past has helped me to lower the price slightly, you could try the same, you would obviously need the code D01X302 for the above system, adding the monitor to it if ringing up to get that price.

    I used dmxdimension.com for that system build/pricing, it was the sites recommendation, specifically this link: http://www.dmxdimension.com/recommend/D01X302

    From the looks of it on dmxdimension, there's a Dell coupon for 10% discount on this page:
    http://www.dmxdimension.com/dell-uk/...codes-coupons/, incidently it also has the above Dell recommendation. As the system above is over £699 with the monitor it might be applicable making it within your friend's budget?

    The coupon is valid to midnight 31st December 2008 apparently.

    Edit: The monitor seems to be VGA only, so it would be best to look a different monitor on the site or to add the 21.5" S2209W monitor, bringing total cost down to £758.99 inc. of VAT & Shipping. I can't also comment on the monitors as I don't have either.

    S2209W specs at: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...9&sku=320-7438
    Last edited by UseItNow; 30-12-2008 at 09:42 PM.

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