Gaming PC’s – first look at PC builders

Afternoon readers!

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. 

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So it’s been a while since I last posted and there were a couple of reasons!

I was very close to finishing my first year at college and had to focus on my last few assignments! I finished with full distinctions on my course so the hard work paid off 😀 I’m now finished for the summer and will start back at University in September!

The other reason was I did hit a bit of a lull with the blog – it is hard to keep positivity strong on here when I feel like I’m getting no where with it – I worry that I don’t have the time to really commit to trying to build a social media profile as I can’t be on my phone all day long or the laptop. I also cannot compete with some of the gorgeous Instagram gaming accounts I see! So I was feeling a little bummed out but I’m picking myself up and carrying on. I will have to see what happens in the future as when University starts I will need to give that my absolute full attention so I’m not sure what will happen to the blog but lets wait and see! 🙂

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So what’s new? Well, I created a new banner for the site so it actually feels more like a gaming site 😀 yay! Let me know what you think of it!

The second is about my PC building aspect of this blog – I’ve decided to change the way I’m doing it a little bit.

Originally I was planning to teach myself how to build a PC from scratch and learn about all the different components however after doing a bit of research I have decided this route isn’t for me regardless of how easy people say it is – for me it doesn’t feel like the way I want to go about acquiring a gaming PC 🙂

So my plan from here on out is to use websites that help you put together your ideal gaming PC! I will link the ones I use and show you what I have put together! I will also look for all the extra bits I need such as a mouse/keyboard/monitor and streaming equipment like a capture card and add all that into the mix!

I do feel kinda bummed that it hasn’t worked out the way I wanted it to but I wasn’t enjoying learning it as much as I hoped and I would rather just have the experts help me and focus on creating a really nice setup that I know will work!! 🙂

So next post is about websites that help you create your perfect PC!

Until next time

Arty x

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I absolutely love going onto Pinterest and finding inspiration for gaming PC setups! Some of the setups I’ve seen are incredible! I’ve shared a few on this post that I think are cool 😀 Below is a link to my Pinterest where you can find my gaming PC board and have a little look through! (There are a lot of different boards on there as I also use it for personal pinning but plenty of gaming related stuff!)

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