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New PC, off the shelf or build my own

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
6 Oct 2013 8:41PM
All my previous PC`s have been bought off the shelf however this time I`m thinking of building my own.

What do you all do, build your own or get something built by somebody else.

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KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 9:01PM
Did my own a 7 years ago, top end parts but still out of date same as any other, Next time I found it easier and just as cheap to buy off PC Specialist , Telephone support has been great even 3 years after, When one of my ram failed they even replaced that free of charge 3 years after supplying it
Obliviously 4 years old now so that recommendation was then, but will look at them again when I replace this one next year.
LesleyJ 11 236 England
6 Oct 2013 9:20PM
I bought off shelf - Gamer spec for processing power etc. I have upgraded a few bits, but love that it has drive trays that you can access from front panel. It wasn't too expensive either so if I had to replace it I think I would go down the same route
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
6 Oct 2013 9:38PM
I always buy here Paul
Never had any probs and very good price with up to date spec and good customer service
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
6 Oct 2013 9:42PM
I bought off the shelf and I'm happy with it, 3 years later. I added 2 external drives for back-up and extra storage, but I should have tried to get a better video card and processor at the time I bought, strictly for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, which is a poorly coded program that runs ok till you start using add-ons, of which I have many. The PC is perfect for everything else though, even 3 years after purchase at $600.00 tower only.
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
6 Oct 2013 9:58PM
I build my own for the fun of it. Specced solely to run PS well

It really all boils down to one [extended] question: Can you tell if it's the processor, the MoBo or the power supply if anything goes wrong on first start......... and are you capable of sorting out the problem without thinking "oh ****, I wish I'd never started this, I really don't have the time to do this!"

Builders just make an educated guess and swap out the bits until it works - you have to convince the vendor to RMA an item............. and if you're wrong..............

If I was going to buy off the shelf I'd probably use Scan [local to me] or Chillblast [good rep]
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
6 Oct 2013 10:08PM
So far I`ve built three units in the last three years, all for other people, all worked fine from first boot and as far as I know they still do.

My Dell is knocking on a bit now, whisper quite and still runs as good as it did when I first got it, but the up grade path is very limited for today's needs.

Quote:I build my own for the fun of it. Specced solely to run PS well

Yes that does play a big part, plus you can completely customize everything that goes into it including the case.
Dann 4 248
6 Oct 2013 10:28PM
Paul. Try these guys. Even now - F I VE years on - they respond instantly to any question I ask.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
6 Oct 2013 10:48PM
Thanks Mike, had a look, the extra cost involved is quite a slice.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 10:30AM
Give these people a try, Overclockers.co.uk . If you want a machine that will do what you want, they will help you all the way.
hollkj Plus
13 215 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 1:47PM
Mine was self built although the Motherboard, RAM, CPU and heat sink came as a bundle. I prefer self built as I can tune it for Photoshop & DxO (Windows 7 x64), reuse/upgrade equipment where it makes sense, and also target low noise. The way I went was:
- Intel i7 CPU (lots of cores for parallel processing RAW files),
- 32GB RAM (PS loves it),
- PCI-e SSD card for fast OS and application loading (plus I needed all my SATA connections for drives)
- a graphics card with good OpenCL performance and 10bit (30bit option CS6) output support for B&W editing.
-USB 3 for fast CF card reader (used to have a firewire 800 PCI card and card reader but was too temperamental).

I've been using scan.co.uk for a good number of years however not the cheapest for components. Worth keeping an eye on the "Today only" deals though.

lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 2:18PM
I buy from YoYoTech in London, mainly because I can go in and collect the computer as soon as it is ready. I costed out re-using parts of my old machine, the case for example, but in the end it was cheaper to pick a bacic machine and have it specced to my needs.

On of the main things is that the machine is tested before collection but in the event of a component being DOA you only have one supplier to deal with. I have put together my own in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it but practicality must rule in the end.
CaptivePhotons 14 1.7k 2 England
7 Oct 2013 8:35PM
Had mine built by DinoPc . Not had a problem with it yet.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
7 Oct 2013 9:56PM
Thanks all.

I`ve made my mind up, its going to be a self build this time.
RichardN00 Plus
12 432 1 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 9:59PM
Home building a PC is like home baking or home brewing, it's never going to be cheaper, but it can be a fun hobby in itself and an opportunity to get exactly what you want, and if you don't, you can't blame anyone else apart from yourself. Smile

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