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    Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    Hello

    I am a previous Scan 3XS customer - I last purchased a gaming PC in 2012. I am considering a purchase this year. I have a few questions.

    1) I specced out a 3XS Game 21i PC in September using the Scan 3xs website (the spec is listed below). It came to £2185.96.
    A couple of days ago I tried to spec the same system again - and it cost £2409.58. Is there a reason for this price increase? - have the prices of a particular component increased dramatically recently (e.g. the GPU)?

    2) The Corsair Carbide 600Q Quiet Full Tower PC Case comes with 3 140mm fans. For a PC containing the components listed below, are 3 fans enough? Should I consider getting extra fans?

    Thank you for your time.

    The spec I am thinking of is noted below:

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    Re: Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    I'll reply to this briefly, if nothing else it should get you a bump and SCAN may see it.

    1) I've noticed this too and doubtlessly it is down to the £/$ exchange rate hitting UK prices.

    2) Three 140mm fans looks sufficient to cool the above.

    I'm getting ready to order something very similar, probably in January.

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    Re: Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy14 View Post
    I'll reply to this briefly, if nothing else it should get you a bump and SCAN may see it.

    1) I've noticed this too and doubtlessly it is down to the £/$ exchange rate hitting UK prices.

    2) Three 140mm fans looks sufficient to cool the above.

    I'm getting ready to order something very similar, probably in January.
    Thanks for the reply. The Pound has been recovering the last few days - so hopefully that will help prices...

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    Re: Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    The price thing as said is down to pound vs. dollar, but also at what price point the current stock would have been bought in at or if it was done with pre-brought dollars.

    Basically what I'm getting at is that if the stock was bought in advance and when the pound was poor against the dollar, it might take a little longer for the prices to reflect normal exchange rates otherwise companies like Scan will make a loss on the stock they've bought in.

    Sucks, but hey... that's what we get for voting to leave the EU!

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    Re: Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by cactusjack22 View Post
    Hello

    I am a previous Scan 3XS customer - I last purchased a gaming PC in 2012. I am considering a purchase this year. I have a few questions.

    1) I specced out a 3XS Game 21i PC in September using the Scan 3xs website (the spec is listed below). It came to £2185.96.
    A couple of days ago I tried to spec the same system again - and it cost £2409.58. Is there a reason for this price increase? - have the prices of a particular component increased dramatically recently (e.g. the GPU)?

    2) The Corsair Carbide 600Q Quiet Full Tower PC Case comes with 3 140mm fans. For a PC containing the components listed below, are 3 fans enough? Should I consider getting extra fans?

    Thank you for your time.

    The spec I am thinking of is noted below:

    LN72084 3XS Gamer 21i
    LN73008 *** 3XS *** 8GB EVGA GTX1080 SC GAMING
    LN68995 2 x *3XS Only* Corsair 8GB Module DDR4 3000Mhz C15 Veng LPX Black
    LN46168 2 x 3TB WD Red WD30EFRX 24x7 with NASware 3.0 SATA 6Gb/sec, 64MB Cache, IntelliPower 8ms NCQ OEM
    LN71280 3XS B150M PRO GAMING
    LN67760 3XS Only RMX650 650W 80PLUS Gold Fully-Modular PSU
    LN67618 512GB Samsung 950 PRO, M.2 (22x80) PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe 1.1 SSD, UBX, 3D V-NAND, Read 2500MB/s, Write 1500MB/s, 300k IOPS
    LN65565 Intel Core i7 6700, S 1151, Skylake, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 4.0GHz Turbo, 8MB Cache, 1150MHz GPU, 34x Ratio, 65W, CPU Retail
    LN51414 Noctua NH-U14S Ultra-Quiet Slim CPU Cooler with 140mm NF-A15 fan for All Intel & AMD CPU's
    LN68703 Corsair Carbide 600Q Inverse Full Tower Computer Chassis with Quiet Design, EATX/ATX/Micro ATX/Mini ITX, Black
    LN71726 Samsung SH-224GB DVD Re-writer x24, DVD±RW, CD/DVD Read/Write, 5.25", SATA, Black, OEM
    LN45708 Scan 3XS System - 3 Year Warranty (Mainland UK) - 1st Year Onsite, 2nd & 3rd Year Return to Base (Parts & Labour)
    LN22307 Upgrade 2nd & 3rd Year Warranty to Onsite (System Price £2001 - £3000)
    LN66205 Windows 10 Home High End DPK KK3-00002
    LN64660 *3XS LOGO* 16GB Kingston USB3 Pendrive for Windows Recovery Media
    LN48272 3XS Estimated Build - 5 Working Days
    LN61909 2 x 3XS System Build
    LN71540 3XS Systems 7 Day Technical Support
    LN57605 3XS Upgrade Premium
    LN72886 intel Game Bundle Q2 2016 Desktop
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    Hi cactusjack22,

    The exchange rate has forced our prices up dramatically, were making the same margin simply increasing Retail prices according to the increase to our purchasing costs. Its not ideal for anyone, but an unavoidable consequence.

    This increase does seem high, are you sure exaclty the same specification was selected the first time around?

    Best Regards
    Last edited by Chris P; 09-11-2016 at 10:55 AM.

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    Re: Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    Intel Kaby lake is coming out in Jan 2017 - Why not wait and get that instead ?

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    Re: Some questions before buying a gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jace007 View Post
    Intel Kaby lake is coming out in Jan 2017 - Why not wait and get that instead ?
    There's always a next-gen technology waiting around the corner, the Intel upgrades in particular are relatively slow and tend to be focussed on low TDP rather than outright power, think when it came to nvidia 10xxs a few months ago they were worth waiting for but this definitely isn't - current 6th gen more than good enough for your purposes.

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