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Hardware Cube Gaming PCs: An Introduction

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Combatus, 6 Apr 2016.

  1. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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  2. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    I saw the post on the forum and was expecting a review/preview of an Intel NUC footprint sized CUBE PC with a graphics card in it :(

    As you state in the article, building it yourself is kind of the point for enthusiasts.. Isn't this an enthusiast site, if so why the focus on pre-build services of late?
     
  3. Hustler

    Hustler Well-Known Member

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    I for one welcome these articles introducing some of the lesser known system builders that are out there, seeing the setup like this gives you more confidence in actually placing an order and isn't the 'leap of faith' that first time orders from an unknown source on the internet feels like sometimes.

    More please.
     
  4. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    Don't get me wrong, they are informative and as you say, do give a bit of confidence when looking for new tech across the interwebs. Was just wondering if there was a reason why we've seen quite a few recently...
     
  5. Dogbert666

    Dogbert666 *Fewer Staff Administrator

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    We did a mini tour of a few of them all at once, but having three or four intros go up at once is in no-one's interest so we space them apart a little bit.

    I think there are still some valid reasons why enthusiasts would want to go the pre-built route. Plus, enthusiasts come in different flavours, some more advanced than others, especially as PC gaming grows continually. Features/reviews on pre-built PCs cater to less advanced users and could introduce them to the more advanced community. Also, there just isn't a whole lot of exciting stuff going on in the enthusiast space at the moment, so we're using the quiet time to broaden our horizons a little. Plus, something awesome has come out of it which will probably interest just about everyone on this site so stay tuned ;)
     
  6. noizdaemon666

    noizdaemon666 I'm Od, Therefore I Pwn

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    I feel pretty meh about most of the recent pre-built PCs/companies that have been reviewed. Apart form the 8pack systems none of them offer anything special and all are relatively large companies. I'd much rather buy from a small local firm where I can go shout at someone discuss options, have quicker turn around times, likely better after sales etc etc.

    But then I'm biased as I work in a small local firm :D
     
  7. andrew8200m

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    Box are a little different to be honest though.. Large company with that special, warm and welcome service that you may get from your local PC builder/repairs shop. Great bunch of guys over there too with plenty to sit down and mooch over in the shop. What's not to like? :)
     
  8. Xir

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    I too was expecting an article about cube style cases....not cases from "cube".

    ah well.

    WeÄve had one of the larger online stores here offering "assembly-and-test" for all the parts bought from them.
    So for a tenner (and promational for free) you'd select freely from their stock, and they'd deliver assembled and tested.

    I suspect these guys do something similar?
     
  9. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    Makes sense :)
    Thanks for the response.

    Oooh wonder what it is? Free custom built VR-ready Water-cooled Monster PCs for every forum member with >1000 posts? :naughty:
     
  10. Vault-Tec

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    I've ordered from Box a few times on Ebay. Despite the reviews on Google (that I didn't check first) I've had no problems.
     
  11. greigaitken

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    The main thing I'd appreciate from a pre-built system is nice tidy cables, my systems never seem to end up that neat :(
     
  12. Star*Dagger

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    Good on you, helping this small business.
     
  13. SexyHyde

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    I agree with your stance, but having used my local firm they are beyond rubbish. Higher prices for going to their showroom and massive delays and trouble if there is an issue. I stopped using them a long time ago and when I check the reviews it appears nothing has changed.
     
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