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  # 2205518 27-Mar-2019 10:25
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Just my 5 cents worth,  buy all the components from the one place.  Either a local store or repair vendor.  Reason, if something goes wrong then they will sort it for you.

 

My Son and his mate were after a pc they were going to build themselves, and had used price spy to ID all the components from all over the place.  I convinced them that although it may be cheaper that should something go wrong, 1, your are buying the components from everywhere, 2 you are assembling the pc yourselves, 3 if something goes wrong then all the places you purchased from are going to blame you the other place/part etc etc.  Essentially you wont have a leg to stand on CGA wise.

 

PS:  I used to operate my own pc repair/support business.


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  # 2205556 27-Mar-2019 11:42
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Just my 5 cents worth,  buy all the components from the one place.  Either a local store or repair vendor.  Reason, if something goes wrong then they will sort it for you.


My Son and his mate were after a pc they were going to build themselves, and had used price spy to ID all the components from all over the place.  I convinced them that although it may be cheaper that should something go wrong, 1, your are buying the components from everywhere, 2 you are assembling the pc yourselves, 3 if something goes wrong then all the places you purchased from are going to blame you the other place/part etc etc.  Essentially you wont have a leg to stand on CGA wise.


PS:  I used to operate my own pc repair/support business.



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  # 2205598 27-Mar-2019 12:35
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If this is your first or maybe only machine and you have no spare parts or kit to diagnose faults yourself then yes get most things from one shop.

 

 

If you have the know-how then just buy from where ever is convienient/cheaper. For example buying RAM from Amazon, if it ever gets a fault do memtest on each stick and state you have other sticks that work fine on all slots on your mobo. Returns won't question you if you do proper fault finding.

 

 

Only downside is it takes two weeks+ for it to come back.

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  # 2267060 29-Jun-2019 22:59
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I ended up buying the entire thing fully assembled from PBTech. Might have cost 1 or 200 bucks more than getting all the components from the cheapest source, but it was completely hassle-free and works like a charm!


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  # 2267085 30-Jun-2019 06:43
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I ended up buying the entire thing fully assembled from PBTech. Might have cost 1 or 200 bucks more than getting all the components from the cheapest source, but it was completely hassle-free and works like a charm!

 

 

Don't expect it to be hassle free if anything goes wrong with it.. PBTech warranty / after market service is pretty hit and miss, but usually a miss.





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  # 2267808 1-Jul-2019 15:29
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I predominantly order PC parts from Ascent. Some of the time PB Tech is cheaper but not always and I get free shipping with Ascent.

 

I would second not skimping too much on the case. I'm looking ahead to a new build myself and I've been digging into case choices, in my situation one of the deciding factors is how well the case supports installation, how good the cable management is etc. The last couple of systems I built 'sorta' allowed for cabling to run along the backside of the motherboard but the relevant side panel was still a tight fit. I've gone almost completely NVME, there's still a SATA optical drive but I recently ditched the remaining SATA 2.5" SSD I had so my cabling has steadily reduced.

 

So yeah, I think it's important to find a case that suits your needs that presents the minimum of fuss when actually doing the build.

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  # 2267873 1-Jul-2019 17:12
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Computer Lounge but more often PB these days. 😉

 

Depends on price really.


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