Getting a custom built PC

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by John, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I am looking at getting a PC box built up , probably at around $1500
    excluding the monitor. Can anyone recommend a good company. I have sofar
    come across two PC building websites,, and
    which look good, but where do most people buy their PCs from these days.
    John, Aug 16, 2007
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    RL Guest

    For in-store purchases, including custom built systems, PB Tech
    ( is the one I recommend. Been buying from them since
    1994. Their prices are usually fairly good, not usually as cheap as the
    lowest-priced stores on Pricespy, but they do have physical stores, and
    do provide service. Certainly they should be able to beat the price of
    Ascent, as Ascent includes delivery in their prices. Remember, Ascent
    lists GST-inclusive prices by default, most other stores are exclusing GST.

    RL, Aug 16, 2007
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  3. I got both my Shuttle boxes through Recycled Technology
    <>. The first one they put together for
    me, the second one I assembled myself. They've been very good with me

    They have shops in Hamilton and Rotorua.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 16, 2007
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    Nik Coughlin Guest

    True. But... recently my brother bought a $580 PC from PBTech, nothing
    special but not a terrible machine either, an Athlon X2 3600, 1GB ram, 160gb
    hdd, dvd re-writer, on-board nvidia gfx, cheapest case possible etc., no
    keyboard, mouse, monitor or OS.

    Every single component on the machine could be had for cheaper from someone
    else on PriceSpy, however no single vendor on PriceSpy could match the price
    of the whole system. I think we worked out that we could have build it for
    about $75 less by buying each component from the cheapest vendor selling
    that particular item, but the shipping costs of buying all parts seperately
    far outweighed that $75ish saving.
    Nik Coughlin, Aug 16, 2007
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    Craig Sutton Guest

    try you even chat with them on icq
    Craig Sutton, Aug 16, 2007
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    Sleuth Guest

    Try Eden Computers - highly recommend. Been using their services for about 5
    years or so.
    Sleuth, Aug 16, 2007
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    Greg House Guest

    Also good prices..
    Greg House, Aug 16, 2007
  8. John

    Greg House Guest

    And also the Famous Quay Computers, been around longer than most, like also Ascent, Problem with PB
    Tech is the prices are different from store to store..
    Greg House, Aug 16, 2007
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    E. Scrooge Guest

    Keep rubbing your lucky rabbit's foot after whoever you choose to do the
    job, and don't get built on a Friday in the North Island at least.

    E. Scrooge
    E. Scrooge, Aug 16, 2007
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    EMB Guest

    I'll never make another purchase from them after the warranty and
    communication hassles I have had.
    EMB, Aug 16, 2007
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    RL Guest

    I've had similar bad experiences when work used to buy through them. I
    also won't buy from them. They used to have a Web site which included
    pricing trends on items (not sure if they still do), so their Web site
    was useful, but I'd always buy elsewhere (PB Tech).

    RL, Aug 16, 2007
  12. John

    Ross Guest in Dunedin have good prices.
    Have bought 2 'Black Beauty' systems from them over the past couple of
    Ross, Aug 16, 2007
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    Tony Guest

    Ascent is excellent.
    Tony, Aug 16, 2007
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    E. Scrooge Guest

    I bought a good graphics card from him not long before he opened his shop in
    Dunedin - if he's still the same guy running it.
    Seems to be a good honest guy.

    A place in Dunedin to avoid are the idiots at PC Source.

    E. Scrooge
    E. Scrooge, Aug 16, 2007
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    thingy Guest


    (not in any particular order) will probably be the best priced....I think they charge $65 to
    assemble on top of what they list the parts for. So for that sort of
    cost you get to pick precisely the bits you want...Ascent will probably
    be similar. Quay and Cyclone used to offer a base machine and then the
    bits you wanted to upgrade to were a bit over priced....but I have not
    dealt with them in a while so check.


    thingy, Aug 17, 2007
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    neutrino Guest

    Visit pick and customise your pc,
    then compare specs, with same or similar from anywhere else,
    and compare cost. I can definetely recommend them for Pc's and their
    friendly assistance/service.
    neutrino, Aug 17, 2007
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    Jasen Betts Guest

    $75 labour to build (and presumably test) a pc is a good price.

    Jasen Betts, Sep 11, 2007
  18. Paradigm do it for $65.


    .... If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is
    it considered a hostage situation?
    Nicolaas Hawkins, Sep 11, 2007
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    Hmm, yeah. However their individual prices, while they can be good, aren't
    the cheapest on the NZ PC store scene (which was the point of the previous
    ~misfit~, Sep 12, 2007
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