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When my old PC finally gave up, I went to the Simply Computers website to check on prices (www.simply.co.uk). I'd been using Simply for a number of upgrades on previous PC's and had even built my previous PC using parts supplied by them. Their expertise had been well proven in the past. Building a PC from scratch is not really an option now, since system prices are so cheap now. I decided to check some of the computer superstores as well, but found that they were offering a lot of old stock at rather expensive prices.
Systemax was, to me, the obvious route , since they allowed me to specify exactly what I wanted from a huge range of components. They also have some suggested systems, if you don't want to spend the time choosing each individual component.
Being able to choose what parts of the PC I wanted allowed me to make use of some parts from my old PC such as the memory, monitor, modem and CD writer which had all been bought fairly recently. Not having these as part of the system allowed me to save a lot of money.
The purchase can be made online or over the phone. I chose to phone up as I was going to be near their Walthamstow base and wanted to collect it. They quoted up to seven working days to build my PC, but actually had it ready in three.
Everything I had ordered was ready and I collected it without any fuss. They supplied all of the manuals and disks for all of the software and hardware installed on the PC (not everyone does!). More importantly it was properly configured and worked perfectly (and still does).
The Systemax range from Simply offers high quality PC's at very reasonable prices. The telephone support they offer is of a very high standard if you should ever need it (not likely). The warranty is 1 year return to base for parts and 3 years labour. This could be a problem for some people who prefer on-site warranty, but you're not likely to ever need it.
Systemax is a good option for anyone who want's a PC that isn't standard spec, since you wont be paying for something you don't need. It also offers good value on it's standard pre-built systems and offers a better service than the 'box-shifting' computer superstores. Take a few minutes to compare them against what else is on offer.