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Build a Gaming PC in the US and ship it to the UK or build in the UK?

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July 15, 2013 12:11:42 PM

Im going overseas for grad school and I wanted to build an gaming desktop and I have been doing my research for a while and I am just wondering is it cheaper to build the desktop in the US and just ship it to the UK? or wait and buy the parts in the UK? the build will not have water cooling or anything and I have seen people just ship an built computer back in the box the case came with foam and all. Any opinions?
July 15, 2013 12:16:52 PM

Wherever is cheaper. :)  Have you done any quick check on prices?
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July 15, 2013 12:24:14 PM

Stuff is more expensive in the UK. So I'd say build in US. Depends how much it would cost to ship though.

You pay up to 20% more in the UK, as a result of both exchange rates and VAT.
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July 15, 2013 12:26:00 PM

pc parts tend to be cheaper in the us than in the uk (dam tax man :'(  ).
but saying that i would say build it in the uk just for rma and support reasons. unless you want to use it over in the US.
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July 15, 2013 12:35:27 PM

I did some basic research on the USPS site I might have done th emath wrong but it said its gonna be $300 for shipping? from Washington D.C. (home) to London, UK. I might be wrong because that seems weirdly high
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July 15, 2013 12:38:32 PM

that might be about right when you take in the weight of the pc and import tax
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July 16, 2013 3:09:10 PM

I hope thats not right I think I will be building it i guess in the UK. I got an bigger question now: since this is an gaming desktop whats an good graphics card that could last for a while. I know I did ask before and alot of people offered the 690 in SLI what about the 7990 crossfire? I like that it supports more than 3 displays any suggestions?
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July 16, 2013 11:33:43 PM

Noah3210 said:
I hope thats not right I think I will be building it i guess in the UK. I got an bigger question now: since this is an gaming desktop whats an good graphics card that could last for a while. I know I did ask before and alot of people offered the 690 in SLI what about the 7990 crossfire? I like that it supports more than 3 displays any suggestions?


If money is not an issue for you, I suggest SLI'ing a pair of TITANS it's more stable than 690 in SLI. 7990 is so problematic right now because of frame-related issues that is bugging that card and it runs too hot especially in Crossfire mode so I don't recommend getting the 7990.
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