Question (UK) Can anyone help me find a decent pre-built PC?

Feb 15, 2020
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I've been looking for a PC for about 8 hours today and I'm no further forward. Can anyone help me?

So far I have found this - https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-gaming-citizen-gaming-pc-amd-ryzen-5-2600-rx-590-8gb-graphics-fs-1aq-og.html#t=a1c0f3
It seems to be fine in terms of specs but I think it may have temperature issues as there are no front fans and I can't see any on the top.

I have also created a few, but I'm not sure which parts are considered "good/decent" so they are likely complete rubbish. The case is just the default one and I would like to change it if it is not very good.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-tech-labs-amd-ryzen-midi-tower-gaming-pc-configurator-fs-1aj-og.html#p=RgO3!w!RgP2W;URgS2.*xRhe1w),Rhi1w)4Rhj31/*Rhl1w;8SEH3_zxTDL1Z*yTDN1Z*UTGN1ZVxTHf1#0/TPF1#z+baGi22*WbaGG2-z*baGH22.@bidi2X(~bidj2$_!bDTn3!3xbGRK3,X;bGSd3,U@bHqg3+/zbHsr3+XWbHss3+Y;bKDM3!8XbMFP3.@w


I also looked on CyberPower and there are a few, but again I'm not sure if they would be any good.

http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/saved/1963154

http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/saved/1963115

ANY and ALL help is appreciated.
 

Wolfshadw

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1) Avoid CyberPowerPC and IBuyPowerPC like the plague. Too many horror stories about people who've used them.

2) The Gaming Citizen system you linked isn't terrible, but you don't need a No-Name 1000watt PSU. All you really need is a quality 650 watt unit and the fact that they're including a 1000watt PSU tells me they have an overstock of them and need to get rid of them.
a) It always worries me when they don't specify an exact model number. While the power supply is a Kolink 1000watt unit, all they say about the motherboard is that it's a Gigabyte B450. The case has space for up to 6 120mm fans, but without knowing the exact motherboard, there's no way of knowing how many CHA_FAN connectors it has.

3) With some minor changes, I don't see any significant issues with either of your builds.
a) I'd probably make sure to get at least a 250GB SSD (500GB preferred).
b) Maybe look at the Seasonic Focus Gold 650watt power supply.
c) Make sure that if you're going with a 3rd generation Ryzen Processor and a B450 motherboard that they are doing the necessary BIOS update for you.

4) Honestly, the only reason to go with a prebuilt is if you're dead set against building your own. Even then, most people would try to convince you otherwise.

-Wolf sends
 
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1) Avoid CyberPowerPC and IBuyPowerPC like the plague. Too many horror stories about people who've used them.

2) The Gaming Citizen system you linked isn't terrible, but you don't need a No-Name 1000watt PSU. All you really need is a quality 650 watt unit and the fact that they're including a 1000watt PSU tells me they have an overstock of them and need to get rid of them.
a) It always worries me when they don't specify an exact model number. While the power supply is a Kolink 1000watt unit, all they say about the motherboard is that it's a Gigabyte B450. The case has space for up to 6 120mm fans, but without knowing the exact motherboard, there's no way of knowing how many CHA_FAN connectors it has.

3) With some minor changes, I don't see any significant issues with either of your builds.
a) I'd probably make sure to get at least a 250GB SSD (500GB preferred).
b) Maybe look at the Seasonic Focus Gold 650watt power supply.
c) Make sure that if you're going with a 3rd generation Ryzen Processor and a B450 motherboard that they are doing the necessary BIOS update for you.

4) Honestly, the only reason to go with a prebuilt is if you're dead set against building your own. Even then, most people would try to convince you otherwise.

-Wolf sends
I'm not dead set against it and know someone who builds PCs for a job. I have a huge fear of spending money so I'd be happier with a company warranty.

My friend recommended me this - https://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-ryzen-5-3600-radeon-5600xt-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-240gb-ssd-desktop-pc-for-gaming.html

It seems a bit better. I would upgrade to a 2tb HDD, and the 3600x CPU for 1p. I looked into the 5700x they're offering for £20 more but it's a blower fan which I'm nervous about.

Thank you for taking the time to reply.
 

DSzymborski

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I'm not dead set against it and know someone who builds PCs for a job. I have a huge fear of spending money so I'd be happier with a company warranty.

My friend recommended me this - https://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-ryzen-5-3600-radeon-5600xt-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-240gb-ssd-desktop-pc-for-gaming.html

It seems a bit better. I would upgrade to a 2tb HDD, and the 3600x CPU for 1p. I looked into the 5700x they're offering for £20 more but it's a blower fan which I'm nervous about.

Thank you for taking the time to reply.
The warranties on a pre-built are typically much worse than the warranties you get on the parts.
 

Wolfshadw

Titan
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I'm not dead set against it and know someone who builds PCs for a job. I have a huge fear of spending money so I'd be happier with a company warranty.

My friend recommended me this - https://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-ryzen-5-3600-radeon-5600xt-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-240gb-ssd-desktop-pc-for-gaming.html

It seems a bit better. I would upgrade to a 2tb HDD, and the 3600x CPU for 1p. I looked into the 5700x they're offering for £20 more but it's a blower fan which I'm nervous about.

Thank you for taking the time to reply.
And as with many of these pre-build sites, you do not get options on the most important component of the PC; the Power Supply. Overall, that's not a bad system and you're not going to beat that price by building it yourself (with those components). Using those components, you're saving a little over £100 by letting them build it, but you generally don't see that kind of savings without there being some sort of catch and that's what bothers me.

If I were to get that system, the first thing I would want to do is swap out that power supply, but if I did, that would probably void my warranty.
If I didn't swap out the power supply, how many times am I going to have to ship it back (under warranty) because something failed (because of the power supply) and how long am I going to be without my computer while they fix it?

Ultimately, it's up to you. Again, it's not a bad system, but even with the savings, it's not something I'd build for myself.

-Wolf sends
 

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