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April 8, 2006 7:24:58 AM

Hello everone, i have been checking tom's hardware out for sometime and decided to make a name...

I have been researching for 2 weeks now and was wondering if any of you could name some other custom pc builders..

IbuyPower
CyberPower
XiComputers
addict
digitalstormonline
vigorgaming
MonarchComputers
Falcon nw
Alienware
Abs
Hypersonic
Puget
Vicious
Voodoo

Has anybody had any dealings with any of these companys?

I will spend up to $2550 for a PC, i want SLI and AMD 57fx and up i play alot of older games and i have read where people have had trouble with older games while using the duel CPU's...

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April 8, 2006 8:12:40 AM

Hi ddgnclg

Here's my personal opinion on Puget Systems, based on one of my friend's experiences with them. These guys are the best in the business.

My friend has been going to their website for over a year now, and building machines that could cost 10K elsewhere.

Here's the background on one of the machines my friend wanted to build: He wanted to use the PC for video editing. Puget systems recommended an upgrade to the CPU based on the possibility of video editing in the future, and suggested a trade off in hard disk configuration to make it cost about the same (actually slightly less.)

Throughout the building process, my friend emailed Puget and their response was very fast. Those guys also modified the standard system testing to include the VIVO of the graphics card.

And there was this 2:00 AM email my friend sent - which was answered in less than 15 minutes! I guess your mileage may vary :) 

My friend was overjoyed when the system arrived in a very sturdy package that protected it perfectly.

So far, the new system has not had any issues with the build or hardware.

My friend could have built the system himself (or asked me) but the standard one year of full warranty INCLUDING SHIPPING was worth the slight amount I could have saved.

All of the accessories from the RETAIL version of the components (not the OEM) were shipped in a box clearly labled "What's all this stuff?"

I've heard a lot of good feedback on Puget from other friends in the US as well. Keep up this level of service and quality, and they will be getting more and more customers.
April 8, 2006 9:15:09 AM

from the reviews I have seen in computing magazines I would say that if you can afford it - go voodoo.

Think voodoo have the edge as they machine EVERY case and custom route all the water tubing and cables to make some of the cleanest PC's ever.

Check this (slightly old) review out to see what I mean: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/custompc/reviews/71452/voodoo-pc-rage-f5.html.

Matt

P.S. Savrow are also supposed to be extremely good and a little cheaper than voodoo, unless u want to spend 10K+ then they can go silly with their Diamond range!
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April 8, 2006 9:20:14 AM

Thanks
April 8, 2006 9:21:09 AM

I would love to have a VooDoo, but $2500 won't get you much LOL...
April 8, 2006 6:15:05 PM

I just priced systems from Falcon NW, Pudget, and Alienware, and you are not going to get what you want at $2550.

Build your own and you might be able to pull it off. Lets see:
It comes to around $2636 but this includes 20.1" Widescren LCD.

CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A - OEM
Model #: ND-3550A BK OEM
Item #: N82E16827152058

$37.99 $37.99


ATX Computer Cases
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Antec Performance I P180 Silver 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis, 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: P180
Item #: N82E16811129154

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

$124.99 $124.99


Internal Hard Drives
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD2500KS
Item #: N82E16822144701

$93.00 $93.00


Monitors - LCD
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 BenQ FP202W Black 20.1" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: FP202W
Item #: N82E16824014105

$399.95 $399.95


AMD-compatible Motherboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: LP UT nF4 SLI-DR
Item #: N82E16813136157

$168.00 $168.00


Video Cards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
2 eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N553-AX
Item #: N82E16814130283

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate

$189.00 $378.00


Sound Cards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Model #: 70SB046000007
Item #: N82E16829102188

$121.99 $121.99


Power Supplies
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: TPII-550
Item #: N82E16817103931

$89.99 $89.99


Keyboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail
Model #: 967559-0403
Item #: N82E16823126178

$5.00 Mail-in Rebate

$26.98 $26.98


Mouse
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Logitech G5 Laser 931376-0403 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1x Wheel USB Laser Mouse - Retail
Model #: 931376-0403
Item #: N82E16826104191

$51.89 -$5.00 Instant
$46.89


CPU Thermal Paste / Grease
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Model #: ARCTIC SILVER 5

$5.99 $5.99


Memory - System
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model Twinx2048-3200c2pt - Retail
Model #: Twinx2048-3200c2pt
Item #: N82E16820145575

$50.00 Mail-in Rebate

$192.00 $192.00


Processors
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 San Diego 1GHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX57BNBOX - Retail
Model #: ADAFX57BNBOX
Item #: N82E16819103558


$811.00 $811.00

Operating Systems
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Model #: E85-04026
Item #: N82E16837102062


$139.95 $139.95
Subtotal: $2,636.72

Shipping: $81.14

Total: $2,717.86
April 8, 2006 6:26:27 PM

Thanks for that setup, however i have a NEC1770gx already...
April 8, 2006 6:30:48 PM

Anybody ever heard anything on Vigorgaming? I have tested alot of these companys by asking questions and seeing the wait time by email and phone..

Vigorgaming has responded very quick on both the phone and email and they have a very high resseller rating...
April 8, 2006 6:45:26 PM

Quote:
Thanks for that setup, however i have a NEC1770gx already...


Well there you go. Drop $400 and it comes it nicely under your price target.
April 8, 2006 7:49:43 PM

I should have stated that i already have a mouse and keyboard, plus my NEC 1770GX moniter i just need the box with the goodies in it LOL...

I have my eye set on atleast one 7900GTX and upgrading to another later..
April 8, 2006 10:13:23 PM

Quote:
I should have stated that i already have a mouse and keyboard, plus my NEC 1770GX moniter i just need the box with the goodies in it LOL...

I have my eye set on atleast one 7900GTX and upgrading to another later..


Unless you plan on doing that within 90 days, thats not really worth it, plus 2 GTXs will cost you 50% of your budget to start with.
April 8, 2006 10:16:33 PM

get the non sli asus mobo, a8e-n or something, 93 dollars plus a 7900 gtx, 2 gigs of corsair xms or ocz gold / platinum, and whatever processor you prefer be it single or dual, probably dual in this budget, so you could get a 4400+ or something higher.
April 8, 2006 11:01:52 PM

Vigor Gaming and ABS are also very good. My friend got a PC from ABS... oh what was it... Christmas 2001... PIII 1.0 GHz, 256 mb Ram, GeForce 2 TNT gpu... and it still works (slightly slower than when he got it), and he hasn't really had any problems with it.
April 8, 2006 11:04:16 PM

The way i look at it, since i play older games and if i get the 7900GTX that will spend alot of the 2500 right there, so i came up with this setup and if i want to upgrade later to the bigboys i can, plus i want a really nice case..

See what you think of this setup..

80870 Monarch Nemesis Custom Modded Desktop (PCI-E w/SLI) 1 $99.00 $99.00
Cases: 100171 - No PS - Lian-Li PC-V1200B Plus Aluminum Q $225.86 $225.86
Power Supply: 100996 - PS 650W - Silverstone SLI ATX 2.01/EPS Po $162.62 $162.62
Case Fan: None
Motherboard: 110707 - Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI Audio/G $199.89 $199.89
Processor: 120243 - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual-Core 1MB Per $632.00 $632.00
Thermal Grease: 800018 - Shin-Etsu G675 Thermal Grease (Cools CPU $14.99 $14.99
Heat Sink Fan: 800083 - None - Fan REQUIRED - except with RETAIL
Memory: 140178 - DDR (400) 3200 - 1 GB (2 pcs 512) Corsair $87.55 $87.55
2nd Memory: None
Hard Drive: 150351 - SATA - Western Digital 150 GB 16 MB Cache $283.76 $283.76
2nd Hard Drive: None
3rd Hard Drive: 150360 - IDE - Western Digital WD3200JB 320GB/8MB- $110.99 $110.99
4th Hard Drive: None
RAID Controller: None
RAID Setup: None
CD/DVD-ROM/CD-RW: 160800 - CD-ROM - Lite On LTN-527 52X CD-ROM (Blac $19.00 $19.00
CD-RW/DVD-RW: 160022 - Combo - Lite-On SHW-160P6S-05 16x8x8x/16x $46.51 $46.51
2nd CD-RW/DVD-RW: None
CD-RW Software: None
DVD-ROM Software: None
Floppy Drive: None
Sounds Card: None
Video Card: 190818-2 EVGA GeForce 6800 XT 256MB DDR/PCI-E/HDTV $271.38 $271.38
Video Capture: None
TV Tuner: None
Modems: None
Network Card: None
Wireless Network Card: None
Mod Kits: None
Round Cable: 270152 - Round Cables Kit 2-24" IDE 1-18" FDD 1-18 $23.95 $23.95
Case Light: None
Case Function Add On: None
Operating System: 210111 - Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/Servi $165.72 $165.72
Additional Software: None
Antivirus: None
Warranty: 800094 - 24/7 Tech Support, 2 Year $149.00 $149.00
Hot Rush: None - Standard Order ( ships within 10-15 busines
Nero 7 Promotion: None
Lance Armstrong: 270447 - Lance Armstrong LIVE STRONG wristband
Free Giveaway: None
Monarch Logo Stickers: 800058 - Nemesis Logo (pictured above)
Lance Armstrong Jersey Contest: None - Do not enter me in the giveaway
Monarch Visor: None
Subtotal for 80870 with your selected options: $2,492.22
Order Total: $2,492.22
April 8, 2006 11:11:35 PM

Yeah i really like ABS...
May 4, 2009 7:32:09 PM

Never ever buy anything from Cyberpower... it would be a big mistake!
a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2009 8:05:35 PM

I build the best systems for ME! If something breaks I send the part back RMA or under Warranty. It's ALL on me. I safe a bundle and get EXACTLY what I want.

Build you own, it's the best PC you can buy!
July 1, 2009 10:31:58 PM

try mwave.com

80$ assembly fee.

Prices are much much lower than any others.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2009 4:00:02 PM

I love Digital Storm - they build a wonderful PC!
a b B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2009 4:40:49 PM

the best custom pc builders are mrs palm and her 5 daughters
November 16, 2009 2:58:18 PM

I have gotten two machines from Talon Knight Enterprises now. They saved me quite a bit of money on both. And I had no problems with them. They answered all my questions again and again. Will definitely being buying from them again.
January 28, 2010 1:39:03 PM

I will build it for you with my students in A+ Class. We will only charge you for parts and software, no labor.

Jennifer Cohen
jcohen@swfc.edu
May 15, 2010 5:28:39 PM

iv seen many pc from ibuypower and i would highly reccomend them pretty good price 2 and if you use things like falcon and alienware yr not getting anything more for yr $$ then some fancy bells and whistles witch u could spend on ram,gc,cpu and make yr pc twice as fast....

a $4000 AW pc cane be self bit for $2000-$2500
August 29, 2010 11:18:24 AM

As this question has been here since 2006, I recommend researching such resellers at www.resellerratings.com.

Don't be fooled by those builders you see in the computer magazines and assume they're a "grade A" company just because they're in the magazine. Research customer experiences for any company you're considering at the above website...just enter the company name in the appropriate block.

You'll be able to view the total number of customer's rating the company, the companies lifetime rating, the companies' six-month rating, the customer reviews, and the companies' website. You can further break the ratings down to pricing, likelihood of future purchases, shipping/handling, customer service, and return/replacement issues.

After such research, I settled on Avadirect.com and am about to buy my second computer in two years from them. (My first was given to my younger brother and still works flawlessly.)

Here's a sample you'll find:

Cyberpower: lifetime: 7.74 (2924) 6-month: 8.94 (240)
Ibuypower: lifetime: 7.50 (1454) 6-month: 9.06 (104)
Vigor Gaming: lifetime: 9.07 (318) 6-month: 0.00 (5)
Puget: lifetime: 9.93 (858) 6-month: 10.00 (60)
Avadirect: lifetime: 9.56 (612) 6-month: 9.87 (38)




May 20, 2011 3:45:08 AM

I had a terrible experience with Cyberpower. The system came in a cheap beat up box even though I paid for the extra care plan, the monitor came in the same box you would pull off the self in a store. It was dead on arrival. Getting a refund was a nightmare. I could go on but you get the picture.
September 24, 2011 7:44:26 PM

For about 1500 at CyberPower or IBUYPower, you can get an amazing computer. I bought mine at CyberPower for 800 and can get around 100 FPS in Modern Warfare 2 and 150 on Minecraft. Trust me, they're great!
October 14, 2011 7:02:56 PM

I highly recommend AVADirect. Their prices are very reasonable, they're highly professional and responsive, and their builds are rock solid. When calling their customer service, a live human being answers the phone. Technical support is amazing.

I highly discourage you from buying from iBuyPower or CyberPower. They both have reputations for building junk and very poor support.

When your order from AVADirect, in the configurator, they literally show you the exact part number for every component. You know exactly what you're getting.

Check resellerratings.com - you'll notice that the reviews for AVA are top notch.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 14, 2011 7:49:59 PM

If I could afford a Falcon-NW, Sager, or Origin, I'd go for it without batting an eye, but $2500 won't get you much, I agree.

I've been looking at Origin for my next laptop (full 1080p on a 15.6" screen + Radeon 6990 2GB = sweet!!!!) but the cheapest I could do is $2300.
November 8, 2011 2:22:26 AM

Hey i know this is self advertising but if you guys are looking for great custom builds go to www.hanhoffcustompcs.com . I will BEAT any prices and match or beat the warranty. Every day we have new and different builds so check it out. Also if we dont have what you want, get ahold of me. I can get you a quote :)  AGAIN... www.hanhoffcustompcs.com . Here is a coupon code : ce9406f2 . That will give you 5% off your order :)  have fun and really, dont be afraid to contact me. I can get you the best build for the best price.
December 20, 2011 4:44:24 PM

Hey ddgnclg, your budget gives you the ability to build a massively awesome gaming configuration, but one question...

Why AMD for gaming? Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset has proved to provide the best "bang for your buck" for gaming performance all accross the board.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3755/p67_sandy_bridge...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Since you have decided upon SLI, you may want to consider the X58 chipset, since the PCI-e lanes will offer more bandwidth per card, but if you only plan to use two cards in SLI (without the option to upgrade to tri or quad) then the Sandy Bridge will be perfect.
December 20, 2011 9:19:11 PM

This thread is from 2,006. :) 
December 22, 2011 9:52:40 PM

I don't know who the good computer builders are, but whatever you do stay away from AscendTech.us. They ripped-me off big time when I bought a bare-bones PC system from them. I ranted about it on my blog if you're interested in the details, and seeing the email log between me and what passes for Customer Service there: http://m1s.org/blog/?p=288
January 2, 2012 12:57:58 AM

I'd recommend building your own system
February 20, 2012 2:59:51 PM

He wasn't asking the poor people to post a bunch of long-winded spam on how to build a cheaper computer. He was simply asking for help with his list of companies that specialize in custom built computers. Here's my contender...

MAINGEAR
www.maingear.com

I'm not poor, so I can more than afford to piss money away on a sexy computer without having to spend all day at newegg.com pricing out a poor-mans loser computer that has no warranty, lmao. I company expensed a couple of brand new MAINGEAR computers with all the latest and best parts, ordered them within minutes and drove from over and picked them up 2 hours later in NJ. The drive took about 25 minutes from NY. The computer case came with a custom paint job - same paint they use to paint cars.

I was given a short tour while I was there and met some really cool guys. I've owned a few Alienware, Voodoo and Falcon NW computers in the past and I am much happier with MAINGEAR because they have a much more caring support team that is much better and faster than any team you will ever deal with. And honestly I think their computers are much sexier than anything else out there.

If your not some poor loser, then go check out www.maingear.com
July 9, 2012 5:19:39 AM

A-SUICIDAL or anyone else reading this, I am a custom computer builder and will build the best pc for no profit. I just need some people to try me out and give me rep points so i can start making some money. If interested contact me at blackice8888888@yahoo.com.
July 9, 2012 12:41:24 PM

Honestly build your own!!! You'll save hundreds.

If your wanting a gaming machine then you should get an intel i5 processor (sandybridge or ivybridge), you only need 8gb of ram.
September 13, 2012 3:41:50 PM

I am currently in the processes of finding a new vendor for servers, workstations. I don't have an opinion on who is good yet, but I can make the suggestion to stay away from Advantec Computer Systems out of Marlborough, MA. The hard drives of almost every system I have had built in the last year has failed. Some within weeks of deployment to the customer. If you ask them to refit a case with new MOBO, CPU, memory, it takes them 3 weeks to get you a quote and a month to do the work. If its not a straight up brand new purchase, they don't know what to do with themselves.

When I voiced a concern regarding slow support times recently, I was told that my account was to small for them to care. So here I am hunting for a new custom builder with a better customer service ethic. I guess my 30k-50k a year purchasing needs is not enough for them to provide anything but horrible customer service. Maybe if you didn't suck so much, I would have used you more.

September 26, 2012 1:27:07 AM

Hello,
If I had to voice a opinion I would say go with IBuyPower as they have outstanding CS and build exceptional machines, weather it be 3D capable, gaming or for graphic design they can handle it and cover it very well. They build pretty much anything you ask for but are somewhat limited on completely liquid cooling when it comes to cases, and I say that only because they only carry one case that is compatible with a fully liquid system. I have a machine built by them and I must say I have had no problems with any software or hardware. I personally have recommended these guys to friends and they too have bought from them many PC's and none have had the slightest issue. So take this anyway you want im just saying they are cheap easy and have outstanding CS. The machine I had build cost me 5k but 3 hundred of that was shipping and thats due to where im located so.

thank

Cody
November 24, 2012 5:49:18 AM

timberwolf1 said:
Hi ddgnclg

Here's my personal opinion on Puget Systems, based on one of my friend's experiences with them. These guys are the best in the business.

My friend has been going to their website for over a year now, and building machines that could cost 10K elsewhere.

Here's the background on one of the machines my friend wanted to build: He wanted to use the PC for video editing. Puget systems recommended an upgrade to the CPU based on the possibility of video editing in the future, and suggested a trade off in hard disk configuration to make it cost about the same (actually slightly less.)

Throughout the building process, my friend emailed Puget and their response was very fast. Those guys also modified the standard system testing to include the VIVO of the graphics card.

And there was this 2:00 AM email my friend sent - which was answered in less than 15 minutes! I guess your mileage may vary :) 

My friend was overjoyed when the system arrived in a very sturdy package that protected it perfectly.

So far, the new system has not had any issues with the build or hardware.

My friend could have built the system himself (or asked me) but the standard one year of full warranty INCLUDING SHIPPING was worth the slight amount I could have saved.

All of the accessories from the RETAIL version of the components (not the OEM) were shipped in a box clearly labled "What's all this stuff?"

I've heard a lot of good feedback on Puget from other friends in the US as well. Keep up this level of service and quality, and they will be getting more and more customers.


Oh my god! Insanely over priced!
January 15, 2013 12:49:59 PM

ddgnclg said:
Hello everone, i have been checking tom's hardware out for sometime and decided to make a name...

I have been researching for 2 weeks now and was wondering if any of you could name some other custom pc builders..

IbuyPower
CyberPower
XiComputers
addict
digitalstormonline
vigorgaming
MonarchComputers
Falcon nw
Alienware
Abs
Hypersonic
Puget
Vicious
Voodoo

Has anybody had any dealings with any of these companys?

I will spend up to $2550 for a PC, i want SLI and AMD 57fx and up i play alot of older games and i have read where people have had trouble with older games while using the duel CPU's...


_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please Hear me out theres one opinion you HAVE to take my word for. NEVER give CyberPower your money. they are crooks putting out terrible poor quality systems and they know it.. your computer probably wont work from the start and it will be hell trying to get it to work. In fact if u mail it in to them for service it probably will come back worse than before.. They should be out of busniess, its a shame they are allowed to continue to operate. STAY AWAY.
March 31, 2013 10:52:55 AM

ddgnclg said:
Hello everone, i have been checking tom's hardware out for sometime and decided to make a name...

I have been researching for 2 weeks now and was wondering if any of you could name some other custom pc builders..

IbuyPower
CyberPower
XiComputers
addict
digitalstormonline
vigorgaming
MonarchComputers
Falcon nw
Alienware
Abs
Hypersonic
Puget
Vicious
Voodoo

Has anybody had any dealings with any of these companys?

I will spend up to $2550 for a PC, i want SLI and AMD 57fx and up i play alot of older games and i have read where people have had trouble with older games while using the duel CPU's...


Here is a Quality Custom Computer Builder.
April 27, 2013 8:33:27 PM

I've used resellerratings.com quite a bit the last several years and over all it's a pretty good site to get a feel for businesses as far as quality and customer service however there are some unscrupulous businesses that I'm convinced "pad" their ratings and write fake positive reviews for their companies to keep their rating from dropping through the floor. One such that I know does it for sure is a custom computer builder that has been mentioned several times in this forum for really bad quality computers and poor customer service so be careful and take some time to read reviews thoroughly before making a decision whom you want to spend good money with.
September 7, 2013 10:53:11 AM

TuxCustoms did a good job for me. They are a lot better priced than most sites and build really high quality computers. Me and 4 friends all had Tux build ours and they turned out beautiful and are super powerful. I had the same computer quoted by some other builders and they beat their price by $50-$80 on average and I just used that to get better parts. Good luck on the build!
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