- 87 months ago
I'm about to build/buy two new PCs - one mini ITX media PC and one bigger and more powerful all rounder. I'm about to do a different thread about the actual builds, but the specs are inconsequential when it comes to my query here.
So, I am quite busy. I have a full-time job, and another part-time job in the form of our lovely 9-month old daughter. I am busy, but YES I could find the time to make a new PC. Also though I would imagine (not tried before) that 9 month old daughters are not ideal to have around when you want to build a PC and also have to fulfil fatherly responsibilities of not shunning your family in deference to your new PC build!
This is why I am considering getting one of the decent name UK companies to build one, or more likely both, my builds for me. Obviously it's very important it's to a completely customised spec, it goes without saying I am still putting full effort into choosing the very specific parts.
This is what I know so far: CCL: add all the parts you want into a shopping basket on their site, and they charge £80+VAT to build them into a PC for you. Overclockers and Scan also do completely customised quotes, but I don't know how they work out the £££ or whether their markup would be as reasonable as CCL, which I think is very reasonable indeed.
Questions then: * have any of you ever bought a custom build from any of these companies? how would you rate their services?
do you know of any other reliable companies that offer this service?
I haven't got to the point of asking for quotes yet, but I'm guessing there would be little to no support involved afterwards - I'm assuming that if somehow the PC didn't function at all they would fix it, but what about something superficial like very disappointing cable management, where do I stand?
I built my current PC but a long time ago, I can barely even remember how complicated things like CPU->thermal paste->motherboard are (this bit probably the only bit that scares me)
Another part of me not having much time on my hands is that if I built myself I'd also be assuming everything works great first time... it might not.
any other brainstorming type discussion. Pretty interested in opinions here. And yes I ABSOLUTELY feel a fraud for considering not building my new toys from scratch!