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    Looking to get..

    ....a PC [ mainly for games, i5 will do and good GX card ] for number one son. [ Lets say £500 - £600 ] WITHOUT windows bundled as I can do that etc.
    Someone give me a few options in regards to companies etc. I've checked Dell but can't get a PC without Windows bundled.....Ggggrrrrr.

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    Normally worth a look at Overclockers.co.uk.

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    Computer Planet is also a good place for this kind of build. Custom Built Computers/Custom Build Gaming PCs - Computer Planet

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    Bought my current gaming rig from Novatech

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    I've always done self builds. Usually turns out ok if you can be bothered to select individual components.

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    Andy Millard [AMC Computer Supplies Limited] has just supplied us with 31 Dell Optiplex 790s without operating systems. We did make it clear that these were for the school [not for staff home use] but might be worth a look?

    Link: AMC Computer Supplies Limited

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    +1 for Novatech

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    Overclockers or Novatech.

    Used both in the past with no hassle.

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    Self build - lambadatech and a configurator which helps select compatible parts.

    Stone are also starting selling to the home market.

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    Self build and mostly aria.co.uk - though mine came to a bit more than £500, as will yours if you're not recycling cases, PSUs etc

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    Computer Hardware - Scan.co.uk. They do a 'Today only' section too, always worth a quick look incase there's something that takes your fancy!

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    Ebuyer have some good spec Zoostorm systems for low prices Desktop Computers | All In One Desktop PCs | Ebuyer.com We've had a couple here and the cases are cheap and the psu can be a bit noisy, but if you want a cheap machine that flies speed-wise these do the trick...

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    Build yourself... modern PCs take maybe a couple of hours to build tops, depending on the case, and are much more satisfying (and generally have much better PSUs in, as well). Plenty of good PC building guides out there to give you a solid spec, but I reckon that for gaming only, Core i3 will do you, AMD 6850/6870 cards are cheap at the moment as they're being phased out (and they are VERY quick for the money), gobs of RAM, 128gb Crucial m4 (about £90 on eBuyer atm) and a decent PSU about the 500W mark. Case is really personal preference but FWIW, this case is superb for the money - used it for three builds now and I'm still amazed at how quiet and nice it is for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    Computer Planet is also a good place for this kind of build.
    I got my current rig from Computer Planet, it took them 3 months to be fully usable though. They sent it out the first time and the PCIe slots were at a 45 degree angle and hanging off the motherboard. We honestly thought they'd gone Phil Collins drum solo on the 2 graphics cards to try to fit them in.

    Got to give it to them though, they sent a courier out to pick it up and resent the parts assembled once again (minus the graphics cards at our request).
    Worked fine that time, just not sure they liked fitting the crossfire configuration. Threw in a free surge protector too!



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