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Built to order PC recommendations?

By Swaggie 11 September 2007 26

The time is fast approaching when I need to upgrade the PC but increasingly I’m inclined to have one built to my own specs rather than cruising the shelves at retailers. Are there any Rioters able to suggest a local business offering good reliable advice and service at realistic prices for built to order systems?

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Pandy 8:22 am 16 Sep 07

Don’t get a Mac if you are a games player wanting to use a $900 games card.

Jonathon Reynolds 3:40 am 16 Sep 07

Get a Mac instead.
If you want Windows capability get Parallels or VMware Fusion and an OEM copy of XP Home (steer clear of Vista)
Buy off the Apple Store (online)

Swaggie 6:25 pm 12 Sep 07

Thanks for the posts guys, I’m not confident enough to scout round the computer fairs so I’ll go through one of the recommended outlets. I’ll be steering clear of Dell as well…

asp 3:54 pm 12 Sep 07

“Dell warranty is second-to-none, and their tech staff come to your house (or business), with parts, and are efficient.”

Your lucky. I have owned a number of Dell systems for home and my business. Recently, I bought a Dell laptop (M1210), had to return it because it was slow, heated up very quickly and eventually scalded my leg. Dell said they weren’t surprised and didn’t argue about giving me a refund.
I have an Inspiron, that’s being good and going strong.
The two Dell desktops I have had however have been huge problems. First one, a Dimension cooked itself after 3 years. The warranty and local support staff were a crock. They replaced parts with refurbished parts and it took 8 call outs to fix a video car and system board error. Then, further problems occured and they said it was because they left it running for two days straight to find the problem. When the techos (I dealt with four different ones) handles the system, they were all rough with it and even droped it on a desk. After one time when they took it way, it came back dented and chipped.
I replaced it with a “commercial grade” Dell Precision Workstation. Set me back a few grand and two years later, it is braking down. Faulty system board, faulty RAM, dodge fans,faulty case.
Also, in the US, Dell has had to replace several hundred thousand Optiplex system boards.
And now, the media reports that Dell was fudging their books for years.
The warranties by the way are a money making exercise. I payed over $300 for 3yr warranty on both systems, same as you got Dante. But if they use refurbished parts and require multiple callouts to fix the system and in some cases, replace the faulty refurbished replacement parts, then $300 would be better spent getting it fixed by local computer repairers.

nathan 2:30 pm 12 Sep 07

Talk to Ramy at Buzzbyte. He’s local, the price is right and delivers for free.

fnaah 1:32 pm 12 Sep 07

Dante, agreed. Dell warranty is second-to-none, and their tech staff come to your house (or business), with parts, and are efficient. My dell lappy has been going strong for two years, and the dell systems I look after at work are fantastic.

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