Fight Club Forum Index
RegisterSearchFAQMemberlistUsergroupsLog in
My new system

 
Reply to topic    Fight Club Forum Index » Technical Support View previous topic
View next topic
My new system
Author Message
Fooicus
BR (Barrel Rank) 4
BR (Barrel Rank) 4


Joined: 16 Aug 2007
Posts: 656
Location: Leamington Spa, UK

Post My new system Reply with quote
Hello chaps, as I mentioned in my coming-back post (think i just invented a phrase), I've recently purchased a brand new PC.

Now, if you're in the situation that I was in, which is basically:
1. Want a new PC
2. Previously built your own PCs, can't be arsed nowadays.
3. Want an overclocked PC, can't be arsed to learn how to do it, want the security of knowing you're not going to blow up.

Then you'd be left with looking at people who build overclocked systems for you. After some initial research and asking around, the 3 sites that I considered buying from were:
1. http://www.chillblast.com/ (I had heard nothing but good reviews regarding these chaps, though I had heard that they struggled to stick to their quoted build time)
2. http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/ (A mate had just bought an off-the-shelf system from these chaps and was very happy with it, although he's not much of a techy)
3. http://3xs.scan.co.uk (Can't remember who recommended them to me, but the website was very professional).

My rather vague expectations were:
Intel i5 4670k CPU, overclocked to around 4-4.2ghz but not fully balls out.
Liquid cooling for the above mentioned CPU (cos it's sexy)
A quiet PC (not necessarily silent)
A semi-decent GFX card, I didn't mind having to upgrade this in a couple of years time if it under-perfoms compared to the CPU
A 120gb SSD to run my favourite games from - cos I likes it.
Budget approximately 1100 - 1200

Now I spent many months playing round with all 3 sites, trying to built the system for my budget that I'd most likely be happy with. In the end I went for a 3xs/scan system because:
1. Scan just seemed to give me the best value for money, I could get exactly what I wanted by customising one of their systems. I felt the (probably false) security of buying from a big company and the express built time option wasn't too expensive.
2. Chillblast customisation options were brilliant but I really felt like I was trying to hard to get the system I wanted, I also felt that they were charging you more for customisation than scan were (probably just in my head though) and I was put off by the reports of slow build time.
3. Cybepowersystem website didn't feel professional, it was such a big mess I never knew which system to start with. Additionally the costs really seemed to rack up when I started customising and I didn't feel much value for money.

So, in the end this is the system I bought:
http://3xs.scan.co.uk/configurator/performancegtx
Customisations were:
Case - http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-r4-black-pearl (it's a bit of a fatty).
Graphics card - Downgraded to http://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-2765-KR (Geforce GTX 760 SC) to keep it in my budget
Mobo - upgraded to Asus Z87-A (no brainer for me)
CPU - As described but overclocked only to 4.2GHz for noise and stability reasons (rightly or wrongly)
RAM - upgraded to the 8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2133Mhz - I've heard 8GB is more than enough for now, I've got space for an extra 8GB on the mobo if the need arises.
Hard drives - downgraded to 120GB SSD (Samsung evo) and 1TB WD Caviar HD for budget reasons.
Soundcard removed - onboard sound does my headphones just fine thanks.

Paid extra for the 4day build time, as I wanted to make sure it arrived when somebody was in (during xmas hols)

Anywho, it arrived last Monday and I've got to say, it's one quiet, well built, powerful, sexy beast. I'm very happy with what I got for the money and the build quality is top dollar, scan tucked the cables away really nicely, no chance of any damage during transit due to their careful anti-static packing. Did I mention that it's a sexy beast? Everything just felt perfect from first boot (still gotta get used to 8.1, but I felt that in the long term choosing that over spending extra for 7 pro was the best choice for me).

I really can't recommend these guys enough, thoroughly happy with the product received, I've only managed to play it for 3-4 hours due to work and family commitments (on call over christmas and won't be home until new years day now) but I'm itching to getting back and busting out some high quality PS2 on it.

Now all I need to do is get a monitor worthy of it...

That done I now hand it over to you guys, what would you have done differently? If you were in my position do you think you'd go with Scan? Do you think overall it's a good idea to pay some other bugger to make my system for me?

Cheers

Foo

_________________


Quote:
"The only thing you can do with a rowntree's fruit pastille is chew."

I resent that comment, I can think of many other things to do with a fruit pastille
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:43 pm View user's profile Send private message
Kirbs
BR (Barrel Rank) 5
BR (Barrel Rank) 5


Joined: 21 Feb 2004
Posts: 1563
Location: Herts, UK

Post Reply with quote
Liquid cooling for a 4.2 overclock? I really don't see the point.

Also check out www.overclockers.co.uk. Still a great company despite being purchased by Dell. A friend bought a full system from there this christmas period and I looked at it last week (despite telling him I could build it for him). I have to say they did a far better job than I could do, super tidy.
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:09 pm View user's profile Send private message
OmegrAve
BR (Barrel Rank) 3
BR (Barrel Rank) 3


Joined: 28 Dec 2012
Posts: 387
Location: Netherlands & Germany

Post Reply with quote
I salute your choice of case. I half expected a spaceship looking bronycase (because those are around so much), but this is classy.

_________________
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:58 pm View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
OmegrAve
BR (Barrel Rank) 3
BR (Barrel Rank) 3


Joined: 28 Dec 2012
Posts: 387
Location: Netherlands & Germany

Post Reply with quote
Faithless wrote:
Liquid cooling for a 4.2 overclock? I really don't see the point.

It's quiet, and it's nice to have, silly.

_________________
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:59 pm View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Fooicus
BR (Barrel Rank) 4
BR (Barrel Rank) 4


Joined: 16 Aug 2007
Posts: 656
Location: Leamington Spa, UK

Post Reply with quote
Faithless wrote:
Liquid cooling for a 4.2 overclock? I really don't see the point.

Also check out www.overclockers.co.uk. Still a great company despite being purchased by Dell. A friend bought a full system from there this christmas period and I looked at it last week (despite telling him I could build it for him). I have to say they did a far better job than I could do, super tidy.


A fair point but the advantages to me were:
Noise
Sexiness
Banter

In that order. Plus I only had one option for air cooled and that looked ugly .



Regarding the case, I really loved how understated the whole thing was. The power button is on top so it will spend the most of its life as a super sleek tower.

Not keen on overclockers as I have had a bad experience ordering a replacement graphics card in the past. Also is the whole order system through Dell? I didn't like it as it took ages to go back and forwards through customisation (it was on separate pages when I last tried it, when living alienware dreams) All that aside I'm sure they do a sterling job building rigs. But mine is also super tidy, literally not a cable in sight unless required. They used the punch through holes (not sure if that is the correct term) on the case rack really well.

_________________


Quote:
"The only thing you can do with a rowntree's fruit pastille is chew."

I resent that comment, I can think of many other things to do with a fruit pastille
Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:24 pm View user's profile Send private message
Kirbs
BR (Barrel Rank) 5
BR (Barrel Rank) 5


Joined: 21 Feb 2004
Posts: 1563
Location: Herts, UK

Post Reply with quote
Well as long as you are happy with it that's great, and the water cooling will be awesome in the summer when your room is super sticky and hot.
Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:53 pm View user's profile Send private message
Fooicus
BR (Barrel Rank) 4
BR (Barrel Rank) 4


Joined: 16 Aug 2007
Posts: 656
Location: Leamington Spa, UK

Post Reply with quote
Oh man tell me about it. We have an indoor cat so can't open the bloody windows proper!

_________________


Quote:
"The only thing you can do with a rowntree's fruit pastille is chew."

I resent that comment, I can think of many other things to do with a fruit pastille
Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:09 pm View user's profile Send private message
Tenz
BR (Barrel Rank) 5
BR (Barrel Rank) 5


Joined: 30 Jun 2005
Posts: 2482
Location: Kent, UK

Post Reply with quote
Before Alienware sold out to Dell and lost the plot completely I would get a spec from them and order the parts elsewhere then build it myself

Like you I reached the point where I couldn't be arsed and my last two systems I had built by Cyberpower and have been extremely happy with both. Scan and Overclockers are what we use for parts at work and both are very good as well.

My PC is in a loft conversion so heat was a real issue in the summers. Watercooling plus a Coolermaster HAF case has solved that problem. The case is a beast but well worth it

http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=6637

_________________
It's 106 miles to Naum, we've got a Skyguard, a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and the gunner's wearing sunglasses
Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:56 am View user's profile Send private message
BuggerLugs
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 22 Nov 2003
Posts: 18738
Location: not L**ds

Post Reply with quote
I got my custom PC from Vibox in Bolton or somewhere the wrong side of the pennines

why self build when you can get a specialist to do a nice tidy job eh ?

_________________
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:14 am View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Fooicus
BR (Barrel Rank) 4
BR (Barrel Rank) 4


Joined: 16 Aug 2007
Posts: 656
Location: Leamington Spa, UK

Post Reply with quote
Tenz wrote:
Before Alienware sold out to Dell and lost the plot completely I would get a spec from them and order the parts elsewhere then build it myself

Like you I reached the point where I couldn't be arsed and my last two systems I had built by Cyberpower and have been extremely happy with both. Scan and Overclockers are what we use for parts at work and both are very good as well.

My PC is in a loft conversion so heat was a real issue in the summers. Watercooling plus a Coolermaster HAF case has solved that problem. The case is a beast but well worth it

http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=6637


I like the coolermaster case but it's a bit overstated for me, for some reason all those flashy cases don't appeal to me too much.

BuggerLugs wrote:
I got my custom PC from Vibox in Bolton or somewhere the wrong side of the pennines

why self build when you can get a specialist to do a nice tidy job eh ?


Precisely my thinking

_________________


Quote:
"The only thing you can do with a rowntree's fruit pastille is chew."

I resent that comment, I can think of many other things to do with a fruit pastille
Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:22 pm View user's profile Send private message
Neonin
BR (Barrel Rank) 5
BR (Barrel Rank) 5


Joined: 15 Nov 2006
Posts: 2339
Location: Dudley, UK

Post Reply with quote
I buy parts from Scan too, them or eBuyer but lately Scan have been coming out on top with regards to price. I usually build my own but to be honest when the time comes to replace this current one (can't really upgrade it much more without replacing basically everything anyway) I will most likely look at saving up and buying something like that too. Building PCs is a young nerds game, I'm an old nerd I don't have the patience and I'd rather be playing the games

_________________
Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:40 pm View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:    
Reply to topic    Fight Club Forum Index » Technical Support All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to: 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
Design by Vjacheslav Trushkin / Easy Tutorials (Photoshop Tutorials).