Computer Retailers Rated and Reviewed

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a hobbyist when it comes to PCs, it helps to know where are the best places to shop. You'll need to avoid box-shifting companies if you need that bit of extra advice or confirmation before ordering, or maybe you just want the best prices?

There are a great many suppliers of PCs and discrete computer components, and they naturally vary in terms of quality of service and product range. We can only gauge how well a supplier performs by our individual experiences, so what better way to do that than to have a place to submit your views on a supplier? Anything you post here is of course moderated, and may be edited or removed with no warning; I shall always try to maintain editorial quality, however, and I am completely unaffiliated to any PC/Hardware supplier.

A2Z Computers
http://www.a2zcomputers.com
Cost-conscious box shifter, but sells the right stuff.
Latest comment: "They've gone out of the PC business." on Apr 28 2011
Arbico Computers
http://www.arbico.co.uk/

Latest comment: "" on May 09 2012
CCL Online
http://www.cclonline.com/
Dabs
http://dabs.com/
Excellent store, although getting an problem resolved can be hard work (email only for small users), and for some reason they don't sell generic notebook hard drives!
Eclipse Computers
http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/
They sell all manner of off-the-shelf PC hardware and software, plus networking and surveillance equipment.
Latest comment: "Placed a small order and it arrived a day and a ha ... " on Feb 01 2006
EuroPC
http://www.europc.co.uk/
LowestOnWeb
http://www.lowestonweb.com/
Otherwise known as the excellent Evesham Micros
Mesh Computers
http://www.meshcomputers.com
They build and supply complete systems, ranging from student setups, through Gamer PCs, to notebooks. They also have customisation options.
Latest comment: "Been waiting a couple of weeks now for a notebook ... " on Nov 22 2004
Micro Direct
http://www.microdirect.co.uk
Good prices on an easy to navigate site. Lots of product information too.
Latest comment: "It took ages for them to send a replacement hard d ... " on Feb 13 2005
NovaTech
http://www.novatech.co.uk/

Latest comment: "Their filtering options made it very easy to find ... " on Dec 29 2011
Overclockers
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/
Aimed at the performance end of the market
PCSpecialist.co.uk
http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk
They promise to build desktop or laptop computers to your desired specification. They don't sell components. They are based in Huddersfield.
Latest comment: "" on Apr 28 2011
Pentathlon Direct
http://www.pentathlondirect.co.uk
Supplier of custom PCs and components. They have a pretty good system configurator. Components are easy to navigate too.
Latest comment: "pentathalon are no longer trading this is on there ... " on Nov 12 2005
Scan
http://www.scan.co.uk/
Excellent across-the-board sales, with many hard-to-find items too
Latest comment: "Watch out if you sign up to Scan's Finance package ... " on Jan 26 2005
Simply
http://www.simply.co.uk/
Special Reserve
http://www.specialreserve.net/
Mainly clearance items

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