We’re all for constructing your personal pc. We’ve shown you how and given you some builds. However, when you’re searching for a rig that is high-end but in addition comes with perks like assist, a guaranty, and your supervision however not your time and troubleshooting, we have now 5 customized PC builders that’ll construct that rig for you—based mostly in your nominations.
Earlier within the week we asked you to tell us which custom PC builders do it right—high-end parts, nice buyer assist, nice construct choices and customization selections, and naturally, choices for varied budgets. You weighed in with some nice solutions, and now, in no specific order, are your prime 5.
Puget Systems has been round since 2000, constructing customized high-end desktops and laptops for individuals who need to have their say in how their system is constructed and designed, but in addition wished the posh of burn-in testing, a guaranty, buyer assist, and different options PC builder can supply. Additionally, Puget Systems places a particular give attention to ensuring their rigs are as quiet as completely potential, so your pc would not sound like a jet engine each time you fireplace it up. The firm is understood for providing methods with high-quality followers and soundproofing to maintain noise down. While historically PC players are those individuals assume want these sorts of rigs, Puget additionally makes methods for video editors, graphic or 3D designers, and different skilled customers with high-end spec necessities. In addition to utterly customized PCs, Puget additionally gives pre-built computer systems and base methods you may tweak and customise to your coronary heart’s content material.
In the nomination thread for Puget, you praised the corporate for its concierge service, which helps you thru the customization and construct course of from begin to end, together with the time required on your pc to be benchmarked, examined, and shipped to you to arrange. You talked about that they ask detailed inquiries to just remember to get precisely what you want, and the standard of their builds is unbelievable, from high-end elements and a clear case to wonderful cable administration. You even get photographs and video of your construct because it’s constructed and earlier than it ships out to you, which is a pleasant contact. You can learn extra reward for the corporate and its customer support in its nomination thread here.
Falcon Northwest was based in 1992, and has been churning out customized desktops and laptops since then, aimed proper at individuals who need highly effective PCs however do not have the time or the inclination to construct them on their very own. They’re one of many oldest customized builders round, nonetheless making utterly customized methods for lovers—particularly PC players searching for nice efficiency. The firm prides itself on its lengthy historical past and the truth that all they do is make customized PCs (not like a few of their opponents) with distinctive designs, types, and configurations for essentially the most demanding shoppers. They additionally delight themselves on their distinctive case designs, which use customized machined instances versus off-the-shelf parts you would use by yourself. The firm gives desktops in a number of sizes and kind components, and laptops for energy customers on the go. Each system additionally comes with a extremely optimized BIOS, distinctive pre-ship testing and benchmarking, and a customized “rescue” USB drive you should utilize to revive your PC to your personal most well-liked state if one thing goes improper.
In its nomination thread, Falcon Northwest earned your reward for its buyer assist, burn-in testing, utterly customized builds from parts to design to color job, and their configuration device that makes it straightforward to personalize even certainly one of their starter builds that you should utilize to get began designing the system of your goals. You famous that they are not the most cost effective present on the town, so finances consumers might not look to them first, however their construct high quality is on the mark. You can learn extra in the Falcon Northwest nomination thread here.
Digital Storm has been constructing customized gaming PCs, laptops, and workstations for lovers since 2002, and likewise sells parts and peripherals like gaming headsets, keyboards, and mice. They additionally publish their very own articles outlining how the parts they promote (and use of their customized PCs) benchmark and carry out in real-world checks and widespread video games. Digital Storm builds methods with customized machined instances and utterly distinctive copper piped watercooling loops—a few of that are so intricate and sophisticated that they are troublesome for somebody with out the instruments and workspace that Digital Storm has to do very well. The firm additionally gives laser etching on your customized desktop or laptop computer, overclocking earlier than it ships to you, stress testing, and naturally, their stunning liquid cooling choices. While most of Digital Storm’s methods are extraordinarily distinctive and tailor-made to PC players, anybody who will get one can take pleasure in each the craftsmanship and the facility that is below the hood of these methods. The firm can be pleased with its customer support and workmanship, saying that not like many customized PC builders that simply slap off-the-shelf parts collectively, they put a whole lot of effort and care into ensuring your PC is not simply good, nevertheless it works flawlessly when it will get to you.
In its nomination thread, lots of you highlighted these superb watercooling loops that Digital Storm is understood for, and their very own customized chips, controllers, and different parts that make Digital Storm really a customized PC builder, able to placing collectively a system that is simply best for you, with the parts you want within the dimension and kind issue that you simply want as effectively. You additionally talked about their Hydrolux cooling system, which is superior even when you do not need the copper setup, designed to maintain your whole parts good and funky with a customized setup on your particular pc and the gear you place in it. Read extra in their nomination thread here.
Origin PC has made headlines repeatedly because it was based in 2009 by the unique crew behind Alienware (which on the time had been snapped up a couple of years earlier by its present proprietor, Dell), partially for its high-end gaming computer systems, but in addition as a result of the corporate commonly pushes the boundaries of what you may slot in a PC. They have been one of many first corporations to sign on with Valve to build Steam Boxes operating Steam OS, and shortly thereafter released one. They have been the oldsters who managed to cram an Xbox 360 into the same chassis as a gaming PC, in spite of everything. They’re well-known for his or her utterly customized rigs, with instances and chassis you will solely discover on Origin PCs, and skinny, built-to-demand gaming laptops you should utilize as desktop replacements or take wherever. When you purchase from Origin, you may construct with a starter system in thoughts and customise from there, or you may go full customized and construct one thing only for you. Origin additionally sells their very own traces of gaming peripherals, like keyboards and mice, to each go together with their methods, or simply to anybody who needs them. They might not be the most cost effective on the block, however they provide some actually particular methods, from workstation and comparatively budget-friendly machines to rigs able to 4K gaming out of the field.
In Origin’s nomination thread, lots of you praised them for being the corporate that made Alienware nice earlier than it acquired bought to Dell, and others of you talked about their distinctive customer support, their rock-solid guarantee and quick, skilled assist, and a customer support crew that is prepared to go the additional mile for his or her clients. Many of you additionally highlighted Origin’s common gross sales and reductions, which may take the sting out of spending all that cash on a customized high-end machine. You can learn extra in their nomination thread here.
eCollegePC was a little bit of a darkish horse nominee, nevertheless it picked up simply sufficient steam to make it to the highest 5, even over another, larger names. Why? The firm gives distinctive buyer assist, nice technicians, a killer collection of parts and instances to construct your system with, and above all, budget-friendly costs for these high-end rigs. You might not get fancy utterly custom-made machined right here, however you’ll find individuals who know what they’re doing, are prepared that can assist you get the most effective bang on your buck, and do all of it proper with out robbing you blind within the course of. The firm has been round since 2000, making well-priced customized desktops for designers, players, college students, and anybody else who needs one since then. Their customized builder will guarantee that the parts you need work collectively and also you get the facility you want, and it is simple to make use of. Their buyer assist is lightning fast, with assist techs out there across the clock and even on the weekends (with some turnaround time.) They’re additionally one of many few customized builders within the subject to supply a three yr elements and labor guarantee in your complete machine.
Those of you who nominated eCollegePC famous that they are a smaller firm, but in addition praised them as providing customer support and assist that the larger names might be taught from. You highlighted their distinctive construct and delivery pace, to not point out their inexpensive pricing that did not break your finances. You can learn extra in their nomination thread here.
Now that you have seen the highest 5, it is time to vote for the all-out group favourite:
This week’s honorable point out goes out to DogHouse Systems, who missed the highest 5 by only one vote. DogHouse Systems has a historical past of supporting geek and gamer-friendly podcasts and webcomics, and gives nice customized desktops and laptops for those self same podcasts, webcomics, favourite video games, and extra. You have the choice of customizing your personal system utilizing their base builds, tweaking it to your hearts content material, after which including issues like customized case designs, water cooling, and extra. They’re well-known for his or her World of Warcraft particular methods, and their present partnership with Scott Kurtz’ superior webcomic, PVP. You can learn extra in its nomination thread here.
We also needs to give a shout to Velocity Micro, who, regardless that they did not make it within the nominations spherical, are typically thought of a critical competitor to the names above, so when you’re searching for another choice, they’re value trying out, together with a few of our different nominees from the decision for contenders thread.
Finally, we should always give a hearty honorable point out to the do it your self (DIY) possibility, since in spite of everything, that is the one we encourage you to comply with each time potential. We’ve talked about why it’s important to try, how to determine if your needs make it cheaper to build or buy, and even how to save money when you do and where you should get your parts when you build. We’ve even supplied up a guide to doing it and some PC builds for any price point. If you are able to do it your self, you actually ought to—however we utterly perceive that the DIY strategy comes with its personal advantages—and its personal drawbacks. Still, we encourage you to provide it a strive!
Want to make the case on your private favourite, even when it wasn’t included within the record? Remember, the highest 5 are based mostly on your most popular nominations from the call for contenders thread earlier in the week. Don’t simply complain concerning the prime 5, tell us what your most well-liked various is—and make your case for it—within the discussions under.
The Hive Five relies on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, in case your favourite was not noted, it did not get the nominations required within the name for contenders submit to make the highest 5. We perceive it is a bit of a reputation contest. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an e mail at [email protected]!
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