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Polk
21-06-2003, 03:56 PM
Hello

Im thinking of buying a PC from the PC company and Im wondering what everyones thoughts are on them.

Im looking at this PC:
Processor
AMD Athlon XP 2200+ with 200MHz FSB (FREE UPGRADE to 2400+)

Memory
256MB SD Ram (FREE UPGRADE to 512MB)

Storage
40GB 5400rpm ATA 100

Media Drives
52x CD Writer
3.5" 1.44MB Panasonic Diskette Drive

Graphics & Monitor
On-board Graphics
PC Company 17 inch Beige CRT (16.1 inch viewable)

Audio & Speakers
On-board audio
120 watt PMPO speakers

Modem & Network Adaptor
56k Modem
10/100 Integrated Ethernet

Keyboard & Mouse
PC Company Beige Keyboard
2 Button Mouse

Limited Warranty
1 Year Parts & Labour Return To Base

Thanks A lot!

Adrian

Graham L
21-06-2003, 04:01 PM
They sell more computers than any other NZ assembler. Some people have problems. Some people even have problems with their computers. :D

PC Company are still in business. They must do some things right.

metla
21-06-2003, 04:02 PM
Your best bet is to do a search of the forums....

Iain Walmsley
21-06-2003, 04:22 PM
My first computer was from the PCCompany, and while my first recommendation is always to build it yourself if you can - around $1500 for the specs listed but that would have no software - I have found PCCompany to offer excellent service.

The only problem I had with my machine, was when the ejector spring in the floppy drive bust, and they didnt even bother wasting my time by looking at it, they just replaced the drive, and it was even just outside of warranty period. They were also not bothered in the slightest with case fiddlers, no disclaimers regarding changing the system yourself in the warranty.

Things could have changed since then, this was in 2000... but thats my 2c worth.

Iain

Polk
21-06-2003, 04:45 PM
Aye aye aye...

just searched forum, all i can say now is.........damn i wont be buying a pc company
one now!

hazza
21-06-2003, 05:40 PM
how much was the pc you were planning to buy cost?

Neil McC
21-06-2003, 06:06 PM
Bought this one,my first,off of them.And have been pleased with their backup.
I'll still check out what they can supply,when I go to upgrade.They have a tower only option,which is probably what I'll be doing next,to keep costs down. Going to wait for LFT (?) prices to drop.And DVD recorders!
What price, as hazza asked?

Neil McC
21-06-2003, 06:10 PM
PS. Like the option for free upgrades! :-)

Polk
21-06-2003, 06:10 PM
$1500 ish.

Worth it? I think so.

Worth the risk? I think not.

beetle
21-06-2003, 06:14 PM
so it is worth walking across the street tomorow and getting run over?

theres risks in life all over, its up to you to make the decision.

i am very happy with my PC comp puter that came from hamilton,
best investment eva.

well worth the hassle and wait to get it.

wouldnt be parted from my babe now eva either. (horror at the thought :o)

beetle

Southern_Man
21-06-2003, 07:12 PM
Hi Polk,

I don't own a PC Company computer, but I know several people who do, and they have found them to be extremely reliable and trouble free. If there has been a problem it has been repaired/replaced with no problem at all.

Just as an aside, you will find any amount of PC Company knockers on this forum. Not because ALL PC Company computers are bad, but because they came here for advise on how to fix the computer. They could just as easily have owned a Dell, HP. TPC, IBM. I own a HP computer, but because I request help on this forum dosen't mean that all HP's are bad.

Not to buy a particular brand, because 10 or so people on a PC help forum may of have had a bad run, is downright silly. As one of the other replies on this thread said, the PC Company is still in business. Probably because they have sold thousands of reliable, extremely good value computers.

Thats my two bobs worth anyway

Southern_Man
21-06-2003, 07:16 PM
Hi Polk,

I don't own a PC Company computer, but I know several people who do, and they have found them to be extremely reliable and trouble free. If there has been a problem it has been repaired/replaced with no problem at all.

Just as an aside, you will find any amount of PC Company knockers on this forum. Not because ALL PC Company computers are bad, but because they came here for advise on how to fix the computer. They could just as easily have owned a Dell, HP. TPC, IBM. I own a HP computer, but because I request help on this forum dosen't mean that all HP's are bad.

Not to buy a particular brand, because 10 or so people on a PC help forum may of have had a bad run, is downright silly. As one of the other replies on this thread said, the PC Company is still in business. Probably because they have sold thousands of reliable, extremely good value computers.

Thats my two bobs worth anyway

Thomas
21-06-2003, 07:50 PM
Well I don't think they are that bad.My friend bought hers there and no probs.
When I went to buy my PC I got there specs (PC Company) and went to compu specialist and asked them if they could match there price,they did except a bit extra for 7200 HD and a three button mouse sans ball.
If something goes wrong I only have to walk in shop and they fix it on site,you can talk to tech if you want to.
Don't know iff they have chaged,but they didn't have usb port's on the front,which I find handy for camera.

the highlander
22-06-2003, 03:18 AM
Being blunt I despise PC company computers with a passion, I hate working on them, I dislike the poor build quality and el cheapo parts they place into an indifferent case rampant with razor sharp edges and their marginal power supplies. But that aside, I do know of people who have had a reasonable run out of them, not great but reasonable.
However that aside, the comp you are planning on buying does not represent good value for money, for 1500 ish dollars you could go to a reputable smaller firm and purchase the same spec system with brand name parts, a brand name monitor, a printer and scanner.
A case in point is PB Technologies they offer a similar package to the one above for $1461 and with it u get service like service used to be and they use quality componentry. No I don't work for them but I buy an awful lot from them and of the 17 systems I have purchased for myself and others over the last year and a half only one has developed a fault that required warranty service due to a blown capacitor. That was replaced while I waited approx (25 minutes). Compare this with a friend at work whose husband sent their 3 month old pc company comp in to have a noisy case fan replaced. This took TWO weeks, the reason they gave her------ it was a specialized part they had to order in. She gave up went and fetched it backed and I replaced this highly specialized part in under 5 minutes from my box of highly mundane case fans.
However, I am prejudiced against the pc companyand so my opinion should be viewed as such but is a prejudice born out of many bad dealings with them, hours spent working on the damm things, slicing my fingers to ribbons and just too many other bad experiences.
Do what others have suggested and do a search under pc company and reflect before buying.
Go well

Chris Randal
22-06-2003, 12:47 PM
Check out QMB computers (http://www.qmb.co.nz)

lyndak
22-06-2003, 01:48 PM
We have bought 2 computers from PC Company over the years, plus have 3 or 4 friends with computers from them. We're all happy! Good computers, ok service.

rsnic
24-06-2003, 01:35 PM
Never got anything from the pc company but my recommendation is to check out what motherboard they are going to put in. Its all good getting a really fast processor and heaps of memory only to find out you motherboard is crap. The motherboard is the most important part, I recommend getting one with the nforce2 chipset, but try find reviews for that mobo provided.

CYaBro
24-06-2003, 01:48 PM
Ditto on rsnics comments. Have looked at a PC Company PC for a friend and in the brochure / add it looked like a good deal BUT after I went to the PC Co web site and actually looked up the specs it was using old FSB (400MHz intel) and only had USB1.1 ports! You could get a similar PC from elsewhere but with better FSB (533MHz) and USB2 ports.

Misty
24-06-2003, 09:14 PM
I am happy with the PC I got from the PC Company and they were exceedingly helpful in trying to fit me with what I needed and the reasons for each choice I had to make.
:)

Poppa John
24-06-2003, 10:02 PM
Here is my Tuppenyworth.. I have, over a period of time, heard a lot against Dell computers. Maryann has a second hand Dell & it has not given us any trouble. When some one posts on F1 for Help with an "XYZ" computer, it does not follow that ALL that brand is no good. No one will ever convince me that the "BIG Other" brands have a "Perfect" product output. There will always be one "Dodgy" one of summat. be it Computer, Car, TV, or owt. We have all heard the Horror stories, but, surely, the measure of a companies worth is their "willingness" to "Fix" things. From what I have seen & heard there is no problem with the PC Co in that respect. Seeing that they sell so many in NZ they cannot be that bad. It would be interesting to hear from a lagre NZ wide computer repair company & get statistics of which brand of M/c needs repairing most often as compared with sales figures. ( no I don't work there).
Poppa John

beetle
24-06-2003, 10:33 PM
i think you hit the nail on the head there PJ

maybe that is what a lot of people think to but dont ever say anything.

well said.


i for one like pc comp, and if i ever get the chance id buy them again,
apparently not the work one though.

beetle

sian
24-06-2003, 11:09 PM
My first ever pc was from the pccompany- this has changed our lives- originally bought the pc for wordprocessing as my wife a writer and its being used 24/7 and we never experienced troubles with it. The warranty ran out after a free 3 yrs, 5 years on the memory/ harddrive broke down due to thunder and lightning, I took it back to the pcompany they replaced the faulty parts and increased the RAM to 128 for free. I couldn't believe the services, it was just amazing.

All I can say the pccompany is the equivalent of the Warehouse (Tindall) I assume they try and give us a better price with alternative products to suit our budgets. I guess its like buying a Honda vs Toyota vs Hyndai - the road speed limit is 100km/per hr, how can you justify buying a V12 ferarri????? To summarise its not the size that matters its how you use it.

Poppa John
24-06-2003, 11:18 PM
sian. Your last sentence tickles my sense of humour !!! PJ

beetle, Your place wouldn't be on the cnr of Purnell & Hurworth would it? (Yellow Pages) PJ

beetle
24-06-2003, 11:27 PM
well depends on who wants to know PJ and wot is the price for a correct answer?



LOL

beetle

Poppa John
24-06-2003, 11:34 PM
beetle. No prizes for guessing. you post from the Raceway Place. you said you were a motelier, looks in yellow pages & guess what PJ

beetle
24-06-2003, 11:39 PM
chocolate fish for PJ

yep we here or their or somewhere about?

:p :D

somebody has to be i guess...?

(runs out to take sign down with that big hammer hubby promised me)

beetle

Thomas
25-06-2003, 12:41 AM
>(runs out to take sign down with that big hammer hubby promised me)>




Oh you are married ,well there goes my chance for happiness.

beetle
25-06-2003, 10:41 AM
shhh dont say that to loud.....

hwmbo will hear you and ill have to go do some work.....LOL


sorry Thomas,

:p :D

still we can be friends ?
?

beetle

beetle
25-06-2003, 10:45 AM
you know my son's name is Thomas, so shows how much i like that name..... he's 3

how old are you Thomas? LOL ?:|


obviuosly not 3, i dont think you would be on pf1 then.

beetle

Thomas
25-06-2003, 12:00 PM
I can only say my wife thinks I am to old for you;)

beetle
25-06-2003, 02:08 PM
LOL

does that mean you real old?

LOL

and well your wife would be the only one to know these things, say no more :p
no more riding off into the sunset with any tall dark handsomes huh?
oops im blonde so how does that work?


only as old as you feel..... and some days i feel pretty good LOL

beetle :)

sian
27-06-2003, 10:09 PM
To Beetle

Well my friend! I'm glad you liked my last line of defence! LOL

sian

sian
27-06-2003, 10:11 PM
Hi Poppa!!!!! Glad you enjoyed my writing!

sian
27-06-2003, 10:12 PM
Hi Poppa!!!!! Glad you enjoyed my writing!

Chris
28-06-2003, 10:24 AM
>Your best bet is to do a search of the forums....

I have to disagree with that metla.
People will usually post to the forums when they have a problem. It is extreemly unlikely to get a post saying "Hey i have a computer and it works fine!" The fact that PC Company computers enjoy flak on the forums, just shows that there are quite a few of them about.

.Chris

beetle
28-06-2003, 10:37 AM
im really not getting this bit sian i think ive missed something,

let me in on the joke?

?:|


should i know you ?

beetle

sinndisco
29-06-2003, 12:49 PM
My 2nd PC was from them, still running but only because I'm A+ and Net+ certified now. (Wasn't when I bought it.) Slow delivery, they missed a Christmas timed purchase. (Ordered -Dec 10, 2001 arrived Jan 4th 2002) Probably because they assemble in Hamilton and I'm a Jafa. All PCI cards failed to start, all needed to be reseated but only after confirmation I wouldn't risk my warranty doing it myself, and that took a week to get! Only three spare PCI expansion slots and they took 2 of them for the modem and sound card. (Does have motherboard sound, but I wanted a flash one. Audio freak here). Last one used for network card. Motherboard has on board LAN but the case doesn't have RJ-45 socket! Buying card cheaper than mucking around trying to install socket. Video card failed after 6 mnths. Replaced for free but took 4 weeks to get another card. (Ge-force II). Went to install additional hard-drive but no more molex power connectors on 200 watt power supply (It only had 3!) Had to replace with 300watt at my own expense since the 200w isn't really faulty - just useless! If you do buy from them, and if you're not a techo I recommend you accept and pay for an extended warranty - just in case because they do have cheap internals and an ugly case!