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RobDickson
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New desktop supplier

I want a new desktop PC, but want one without any OS installed on it. I haven't got time to buy the bits myself, so want to buy one ready-made. My local PC shop has just closed down, so I wondered whether anybody knows of anywhere to buy a new PC without any OS installed on it (or with an open-source OS installed on it, so I can install WinXP instead).
I've tried Dell. It sells laptops with Linux installed, but it doesn't sell desktops without Windows. I would try Watford Electronics, but it's messed me around a lot in the past.
Thanks in advance.
Rob
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Re: New desktop supplier

have a look at http://www.micom.co.uk
I have had 3 PC's from here configured without an OS and haven't had any issues.

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Re: New desktop supplier

http://www.computerplanet.co.uk/custom/
Seems to be quite good at first glance. Lets you choose the full specs, including OS and other software.
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Re: New desktop supplier

I don't use them as I build my own but a couple of friends are very happy with.
Perhaps the fact that if anything goes wrong it is only a short drive to them.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/
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Re: New desktop supplier

I got mine from http://www.arbico.co.uk/ - they seem to have expanded since then.
Some PC's are offered with a choice of Windows Vista or XP, but some are offered with no OS. Smiley
Who wants Windoze anyway?
The website allows you to customise and they will help on the phone if you want to add some different/extra options.

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Re: New desktop supplier

I've bought a few desktops and laptops for myself and others through Novatech, as well as numerous parts. Their PC/laptop basic price is without any OS. Not had any problems with them (so far Smiley ).
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Re: New desktop supplier

Or you could source all the parts you want online and get a local, reputable, PC shop to build it. I think a reasonable charge for this is around £35.
When I've been stuck for time/inclination I have got my local dealer to do upgrades for me even though I have bought the parts elsewhere. Very friendly help and support as well if needed.

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Re: New desktop supplier

Quote from: Mav
Or you could source all the parts you want online and get a local, reputable, PC shop to build it. I think a reasonable charge for this is around £35.

You'd have to be lucky?  The going rate to keep your head profitably in the black is around £40 per hour?  If all goes well, you might do it in an hour - but s$d does have a habit of dropping in with one or more component failing.  What happens then - you get your part assembled machine back, plus the bill for work done so far.  There's no margin in it for the PC Shop? Crazy
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Re: New desktop supplier

You could try PowerC
Your choice of bits and the level of assembly and testing you want, with or without O/S.
I've used them for two personal Machines and an LCD over the last few years and also for around 20 PC's for a local charity I help - three batches over 5 years.
Had the occasional early life failed H/W problem, but very rapid resolution with no fuss.  Delivery is fast, and is included in the price above £50.
EXAMPLE:  Ordered 19" LCD monitor at around 14:00 and paid by Credit Card - delivered next day at 10:15.  Up and running on system by 10:45!
Just a satisfied customer. Cheesy
Rich
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Re: New desktop supplier

I've had no problems with barebones units from Novatech, and can also recommend http://www.cclonline.co.uk.
RobDickson
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Re: New desktop supplier

Thanks everybody for all your replies. I had a good feeling about Micom when I called up and spoke to somebody, so ordered from it yesterday.
I prefer the idea of getting my local PC shop to make the PC, but it's just closed down and I don't think there are any others near me.