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I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a company to go to for a custom PC in the UK (or at the least in Europe)? I am planning a new PC, and have pretty much nailed down what I want out of it (specs at the end of the post in case it changes your recommendation), but I'm not sure where to go to actually buy it. My current top choices are wired2fire.co.uk and cyberpowersystem.co.uk - the former because I've heard good things about Beast Computers, and they're effectively the same company now, and the latter because it had some PC games mags' recommendations. I have used Alienware before and had a bad experience, so I'm not in a hurry to try them again.

Thanks in advance.

Specs:
PSU: 600W
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
GPU: nVidia GeForce 560 Ti 1GB
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz (Side question: is 8GB pointless? Should I just get 4GB and worry about extra memory years down the line?)
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 (Pro if possible)
Hard Drive: 1TB
Optical: DVD-RW
OS: None (I have my own copy of Windows 7, Wired2Fire said if I gave them my code they could install it for me without charge - some companies don't have this option on their website but might do it if asked specifically, basically it knocks about £60 off the price if looking at Home Premium, £70-80 for Professional)

Estimated cost: £750
post #2 of 14
is 8GB pointless? Should I just get 4GB and worry about extra memory years down the line?)

That ^^

and what case are you going to use?

also aria.co.uk offer pc building for a decent price and i would recommend them. But if you can be arsed then I recommend doing it yourself and asking for help on here

Also get a quality Powersupply not just some 600w thing.

Something like a corsair or silverstone..
post #3 of 14
I would build it from scratch. Get the parts from scan.co.uk and out stramonium. It will work out cheaper and you will feel better about it. Honestly it's like lego to put together.
Also get the 8gb memory now prices are rock bottom.
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post #4 of 14
build it yourself and then you have a free upgrade in the not paying someone elses labour.
plus you have an understanding of whats in your case and maintenance etc.
Edited by MightyMission - 8/13/11 at 3:01am
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post #5 of 14
It does support that much ram if you use 64 bit.
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post #6 of 14
i ran some research to be sure After i posted,dohh
i have read about it not being supported several times for x64 though
in fact on ms website it says support for more memory but doesnt tell you that the support is tied to the license not the hardware.
8gb is excessive anyway unless your heavily into video editing or music production
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post #7 of 14
Ram limits can be found here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...(v=vs.85).aspx
I would still get 8gb just because it is do cheap at the moment.
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post #8 of 14
As stated before, just get the parts from scan and put it together yourself it's a doddle should take no longer that 3/4 of an hour, + bit for sortng wiring out neatly. So glad I went down the self build road, build them now for mates AMD platform only and sell the odd one on fleabay.

Look on scans day only page http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/index.aspx

They have most of what you need for the weekend on there, and 4gb ram is plenty.
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post #9 of 14
Get parts and build it.

If you still don't want to do that; I've heart a lot of good things about cyberpower. So I would go for that (although I don't live in the UK so...).

And get a Corsair HX 850W+. Also, get 8 gigs while you're at it, it's pretty cheap now.

Btw regarding the 560ti, what brand are you going for?
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post #10 of 14
i second building from scratch. its might seem a little difficult at the beginning but if you just have a bit of computer know-how and just watch some youtube vids on how to build it you should be fine to build it.
    
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