My last post touched on the plan for my gaming PC in that instead of building it myself I was going to use PC builder websites to create my ideal PC.
So I started looking at various websites and began with www.computerplanet.co.uk. A nice website with an eye-catching homepage and a professional look about it which was comforting! The last thing I wanted was to spend money on something that would break within 5 minutes through a dodgy site!
The website allows you to buy ready-made ready to ship PC’s, custom built pre-designed gaming PC’s by computerplanet or to build your own with full customisation available. These decisions can be helped with their chat facility, telephone or email availability.
Choosing the option to buy a ready made PC takes you across to what I assume is their other site nextdaypc.co.uk which was again a good website however I did find that the filter bar was hit and miss on whether it showed up!
I selected the option to customise and create my own PC which aside from the tower, also gave you the option to pick software, keyboards, mouse etc! It was at the start of this that I realised – whether I liked it or not, some knowledge would still be required as to what was good or not in the PC software world!
You could pick budgets from low to high starting with the CPU (choices between AMD and Intel at different levels) ensuring that everything you picked was compatible. The amount of content they have for you to choose from is excellent but as I said – I had no idea what aaany of it meant so I finally decided to bite the bullet and start learning!
Once I actually had some brands and options in front of me, it was much easier to research I discovered and amazingly I started enjoying reading reviews on different products, looking at things like overclocking and the great AMD vs Intel debate!
Computerplanet takes you through a simple 6 step process to create your perfect PC. I found the site easy to navigate and use and the ability to see photos of what you were choosing was a nice bonus too! The information button didn’t seem to bring up any extra information however.
You could choose extra accessories as mentioned like a keyboard or mouse however I discovered that these were more expensive than if you were to buy them on amazon – it is possible the mark-up is taking into account the build of the PC however I wasn’t 100% sure on this.
For example a powercool GM002 mouse was £10.80 on computerplanet and only £8.49 on amazon. The razer blackwidow chroma X keyboard was £180 on computerplanet and £150 on amazon. There is a definite difference in prices which made me wonder whether the computer parts themselves were more expensive than other website – as a newbie to this I don’t know what is a good deal or not and as the first site I looked at there is nothing to compare it to.
After a lot of researching and playing about I finally settled on the following setup:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100X (Advanced Liquid Cooling)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Power Supply: Corsair RMx 750W
8GB Memory and a 1TB SSD
The rest is listed below in the screenshot and my final total came to
£1650.10 inc. VAT.
The nice thing is that the website does all a finance option however I don’t know the criteria for this.
For a first attempt on ‘building’ a PC online, I was pretty pleased with what I selected! It came in slightly over budget and that was without any accessories added on so I think it’s on to the next website and honestly I may end up changing my mind a few more times before I settle on what I want (and I’ll probably end up building it myself!)
In conclusion I think computerplanet.co.uk is a solid website with fantastic options however I do think it’s suited to someone who has a little knowledge about PC parts as the choices can get confusing with so many options and similar names! I also think it pays to look around as I did discover some things cheaper elsewhere -I didn’t look at any of the actual PC components elsewhere but for what I did find, computerplanet was the more expensive option.
I have also recently revamped my Instagram and am feeling a lot more positive about blogging! Discovered some beautiful Instagram accounts that I will do a post on soon with some fantastic PC build inspiration! Can’t wait to share them with you ^_^
So until next time my friends!
Love from Arty x
Disclaimer – I wasn’t asked by computerplanet to review their website, it was just the first I chose out of a list and all views are my own.