I ordered my new PC on the same day so it will be interesting to see whose arrives first and how long it takes in the end...
My order has been stuck on 'Processing' since day one - I wonder if that ever changes!
Happy Birthday Frank
I was informed this morning that my PC has made it to Pre-Production but I see yours is already in Testing so it looks like you will win the virtual pint!
Be interesting to hear how it goes...
Crikey, so this is what it feels like to be 40 eh?
It's alot like being 16 again, except far, far worse, and with no prezzies of Lego or Action Man stuff.
Anyhoo, enough of my senile ramblings.
@edmfinch - Virtual pint? poo...
On a PC related note, my machine is a barebones unit, missing a lot of bits and bobs due to cash restraints, (for eg i'm going to use my ancient original Soundblaster Audigy Platinum from way back in 2001 as my sound card) so if yours is a fully fledged PC, one would assume that it'll take a bit longer to iron out any wrinkles.
@PCS, ta for the info. Being a sad old git, I check the status as soon as I wake up, so that's a nice bonus to me birthday.
@everyone else, have a piece of virtual cake one me.
The impression I get from the board is that the chaps here seem to be fairly busy with every day work and builds and so the turnaround time seems rather good imho.
I guess, we are all used to the instantaneousness of the internet and get over excited when an order takes more than a day or so to arrive.
This is the first time since around the early 90's that ive had a machine built to order rather than scratch built or just bought off Dell, so i'm actually looking forward to seeing the build quality/interior cable tidyness etc to compare.
Well packaged and although there was some damage to the bottom of the box the pc seemed fine.
I bought a very barebones system so there was very little in the way of extras in the box. Just a mobo manual, quite a swish (if a bit basic and for beginners) PC Specialist booklet and 2 install cd's (video/mobo).
PC packaging was adequate also. No packing on the inside of the actual pc case, but again, mine had very little in it to protect.
Even though I bought a cheapo case (SILVER/BLACK TRIDENT CASE), it's actually has quite a nice build quality to it. Nothing super amazing, but better than I had imagined.
On Opening up the machine, I saw that all the cables had been squared away with cable ties which is a nice and often overlooked touch and assists airflow. Although, to power my audigy I had to undo all of the ties to get to the mini power cable, but that's my problem tbh.
Installing my own DVD drive and HDD was simple and there was plenty of spare bays.
Nice big fans in the case too, one for the CPU (huge!) and one for heat extraction. YMMV depending on what you ordered.
It's a very reasonable machine, but I think it would have been a nice touch to include spare cables/dvi adapters etc as these are parts that are often needed and usually come bundled with drives and cards and are damn useful but arent included here.
You really do get exactly what you pay for.
On the other hand my DHL delivery was bumped up to next day delivery, which was a very nice touch and unexpected.
So, far I'm a happy bunny indeed. the only faults I have with the machine are down to me and my lack of funds and so apart from the mobo/ram/cpu most of the components are not that powerful (psu,gpu,sound etc) , but as and when I have the cash I can upgrade the bits I need to.
Also, feedback here in the forums is great, and the fact that diff chaps from PCS actually join in threads and answer questions/issues is a big plus.
As long as no issues crop up (and I doubt they will) I'll be recommending PCS to friends and contacts in the future.
Well, after a hard day installing and playing, Im still a happy happy bunny.
Although, turning off hyperthreading seems to have fubar'd windows, but no biggie.
I *could* post the specs, but you lot will probably laugh and tell me all my bits are cruddy for the mobo....
If you're nice I'll take pics the next day or so, once ive tided up a bit.
Here's the details, taken from my order.
Case STYLISH SILVER/BLACK TRIDENT CASE + 2 FRONT USB
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-930 (2.80GHz) 4.8GTs/8MB Cache
Motherboard ASUS® P6X58D-E: DDR3, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, 3-Way SLI
Memory (RAM) 4GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)
Graphics Card 1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT240 PCI EXPRESS
2nd Graphics Card NONE
3rd Graphics Card NONE
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
2nd Hard Disk NONE
RAID (HDD 1 & 2) NONE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive NONE
2nd DVD/BLU-RAY Drive NONE
Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Power Supply & Case Cooling 350W Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
Processor Cooling INTEL SOCKET LGA1366 STANDARD CPU COOLER
Sound Card ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Modem NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND
Floppy Disk Drive NONE
Firewire & Video Editing 1 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORT ONBOARD
TV Card NONE
Operating System NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Office Software NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
2nd Monitor NONE
DVI Cable NONE
GeForce 3D Vision NONE
Keyboard & Mouse NONE
Headsets (VOIP) NONE
Surge Protection NONE
External Hard Drive NONE
Home Installation NONE
Warranty 3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, Lifetime Tech Support) (£5)
PS, my GF has promised me 100 pound to spend on me PC as a late birthday prezzie, what do you recommend I upgrade or buy? I you say GPU, I shall cry.