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Computer Upgrade Time – Locals? Market?

By Mothy - 12 August 2010 21

Having seen warnings of scams on All Classifieds on RA before, I thought I’d ask if any of the readers had ever dealt with a seller I have found on there. They list their company name as A.I.Trilogy. I am looking at a Computer upgrade and a couple of theirs look appealing. Not encouraged, however, by the fact their own website isn’t up and running.

Any RA readers a past A.I.Trilogy customer? Or alternatively, can the hive mind recommend a good local retailer of an upgrade box that’ll stand by their work and not rip me off? Have had a couple of friends offer to do upgrades to my current box after a trip to one of the Computer Fairs/Markets, but worry that makes taking back defective components that much harder.

What’s Your opinion?


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Computer Upgrade Time – Locals? Market?
basketcase 4:25 pm 12 Aug 10

This guy was as cheap as the markets

Onward Technology Pty Ltd
Address: 5/74-76 Townsville St, Fyshwick, ACT, 2609
Phone number: (02) 62807519

Built me one to spec, took it back with one problem, fixed on the spot, and been trouble free for the last 20 months.

ATM Belconnen (Oatley and Nettlefold St) are OK also. Bought a computer from them in 2004. One small problem they fixed without question.

You can also check whirlpool

deye 4:15 pm 12 Aug 10

I got my latest computer from Best Price Computers in Civic (Petrie Plaza across from Ted’s) and I’ve been very happy with it.

Holden Caulfield 2:56 pm 12 Aug 10

Look, I’m not a tech head, I just want one that go faster than 12.

Dome 2:43 pm 12 Aug 10

troll-sniffer said :

Dells are good as well but you’ll be paying about 30% more than AI trilogy and your computers won’t be as flexible for future upgrades etc.

As I said – look for the “TV” specials – usually (much) higher specced than the brochures, and usually quite a bit cheaper.

T1G3R 2:28 pm 12 Aug 10

T1G3R said :

Local computer stores are overpriced unfortunately but the service is somewhat worth it. Don’t get dell’s as they may be “impressive” they use cheap parts within the machines/laptops. If you want that you can buy at any retailer but I recommend HP, they are affordable and seem to never break down for me. If its laptops go for Toshiba and Asus.

The computer markets fellows HATE MSY but they are great, I always get my parts from them from either Melbourne or Sydney and build my own PC. If you really like them you can also get your gear couriered.

Another geek favourite if you want to do some online shopping is http://www.scorptec.com.au/

My mistake, the sellers at the computer markets don’t like MSY because they cannot compete and match their prices, not that the products sold are bad 😛

T1G3R 2:24 pm 12 Aug 10

Local computer stores are overpriced unfortunately but the service is somewhat worth it. Don’t get dell’s as they may be “impressive” they use cheap parts within the machines/laptops. If you want that you can buy at any retailer but I recommend HP, they are affordable and seem to never break down for me. If its laptops go for Toshiba and Asus.

The computer markets fellows HATE MSY but they are great, I always get my parts from them from either Melbourne or Sydney and build my own PC. If you really like them you can also get your gear couriered.

Another geek favourite if you want to do some online shopping is http://www.scorptec.com.au/

grump 1:34 pm 12 Aug 10

I’ll thow a word in for ATM computers at belconnen – bought there first in 2002 and have purchased another 4 there over the years since – always found Eva and staff very helpful

harvyk1 1:17 pm 12 Aug 10

I often purchase equipment from the computer markets, however I know hardware quite well and I know what works and what doesn’t.

If you know what you’re doing the computer markets can be a great way to get hold of really cheap hardware, but do your research first, otherwise you’ll end up with overpriced crap and \ or the “really fast card” won’t be as fast as the salesperson says it should be.

As for warranty, I’ve only ever had to replace one thing under warranty, yes I did have to wait a week until the next fair, however the person had a working replacement for me. Keep in mind that if vendors don’t honour warranties you can complain to the markets themselves. Furthermore a computer store having a Canberra shopfront is no guarantee that they don’t sell dodge equipment, there are at least 2 such stores which I can think of which have come and gone.

nicnacvb 1:05 pm 12 Aug 10

My partner and I bought a PC from this guy several years ago. I think we got the basic home/ office pack with a few specific upgrades (you can mix and match). Its just a young computer geek type guy running his own business, but he seems to know his stuff.

We had a few issues with the PC not being ready on time and the original motherboard blowing up within a day or 2 (replaced and given an upgrade as an apology). But were happy in the end and at least 3 years later (can’t remember exactly how long) its still going fine. We had to get the power supply replaced last year, but for a budget job its pretty good.

I think we got what we paid for here.

2.0 11:57 am 12 Aug 10

I buy all my computer stuff at the computer markets, all the stands at the markets are acctual computer shops with their stores being located interstate (so provide warranty and contact details). I have never had a problem with anything I have bought there.

bean 11:28 am 12 Aug 10

OA Computers in Belconnen did a good job for me, and they’re responsive to whether you want cheap or high-end. They would be good to talk to if you want to ask about a piece by piece upgrade.

and +1 for Dell too.

troll-sniffer 11:17 am 12 Aug 10

I forgot to mention that Elemax in Fyshwick are well known as computer suppliers with prices only a bit above the markets…

troll-sniffer 11:16 am 12 Aug 10

AI Trilogy ads look ridgey didge and the specs are good. Seems to me if you can pick up the computer, confirming that the thing works, loads up Windows 7 as the operating system, and the CPU and RAM are correct in the My Computer details, there’s no reason to think it’s not a kosher deal.

For basic home computing, internet and watching a few youtube clips etc the $580 package would be fine IMHO but if you have the funds the $1490 one quoted loks like excellent long term value.

Dells are good as well but you’ll be paying about 30% more than AI trilogy and your computers won’t be as flexible for future upgrades etc.

I nearly bought one of his computers but found a second-hand one that suited me better the same week, but otherwise I would have bought one of the top of the line ones.

Davo111 10:54 am 12 Aug 10

Are you just looking for parts? or a ready made box?

IJK has an affiliate store in Fyshwick – http://ijk.com.au/branch/canberra/ I haven’t bought from them personally, but have told you can save instead of shipping from interstate.

I went to the computer fair and didnt have much success tbh. I found it interesting to look at overweight smelly computer nerds haggling over $1 as per this post. http://the-riotact.com/?p=1961

Dome 10:49 am 12 Aug 10

In the past I’d always used a local shop to build my PCs, and last year organised a “quote” from the usual place, but coincidentally saw a Dell ad on the telly that day. The Dell machine was massively over specced compared with the quote I had, and was roughly $500 cheaper.

Ordered it, got it a week later and its a beauty. The flat panel 24″ monitor didn’t work out of the box (BTW was not included in my local quote either), but one phone call had a new one delivered the next morning. Never thought I’d be recommending Dell having had 3 work laptops go U/S on me – but there you go. Watch out for “TV” specials.

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