Sticky for the UK

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Post by Jordan » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:11 am

charlaph wrote:ebuyer have more 500W Antec Phantoms in stock. I've just ordered one and using super saver delivery and google checkout it came to £66.08 all in. Be fast though, they sold out very quickly last time they got stock.
Thanks for this! I can now finally go completely (semi-)passive!

There were 6 remaining before I ordered one earlier today...
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Post by unparagoned » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:27 am

Would it be possible to add a small comment on how good the retailer is? For example overclocker.co.uk is terrible and pretty much everyone would agree. But overclock.co.uk is an amazing site. It would be nice to be able to go through the list and know which sites are decent and worth buying from.

I'm thinking of getting stuff from techheads.co.uk, I've searched and found some good comments about them but that was from a while ago, how good are they atm?

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Supplier of motherboard USB/firewire and fan connectors

Post by blackworx » Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:39 am

Had a bit of a 'mare trying to find someone who could supply a small quantity of 2.54mm DIL housings and crimps to fit internal USB/firewire headers. Had the usual problems with RSWWW and Maplin - RS cost a fortune and want you to buy a truckload whereas Maplin just doesn't stock them.

After three hours searching I finally found these guys: http://www.toby.co.uk ... I placed an order on Monday and it arrived Saturday morning. Not the quickest, but absolutely no hassle for such a hard-to-find item. They also stock lots of other useful bits and pieces including fan connector housings and crimps, but no fancy colours for all you UV freaks out there (I know the spcr forums are full of them! :wink: ).

Their catalogue is a little hard to decipher, so here are the links for the USB/fan connectors:

10-pin USB Connector Housing (you want 1900-H10):
http://www.toby.co.uk/content/catalogue ... 1900%2DHxx
Crimps for the above (ignore the bit about them only mating with 1800 housings - they fit both 1800 and 1900):
http://www.toby.co.uk/content/catalogue ... s=1800%2DT

Fan Connector Housings (AM254-03H is 3 pin, AM254-04H is 4 pin):
http://www.toby.co.uk/content/catalogue ... M254%2DxxH
Crimps for the above:
http://www.toby.co.uk/content/catalogue ... AM254T%2DL

The crimps are the most expensive items, plus there's a minimum order quantity on those (100). The USB housings are side-by-side stackable, so you can glue them together to make a 20-pin front panel connector a-la Asus' Q-connect. Or you could just order a 20-pin housing 1900-H20.

Hope that helps any other frustrated cable-modders out there!

Anyone have any experience with http://www.bowood-electronics.co.uk or http://www.rapidonline.com?

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Post by blackworx » Wed May 07, 2008 5:01 am

The aforementioned Bowood Electronics and Rapid Online are both fine. Bowood especially so. Within 5 minutes of placing my order I got an email confirming my stuff would be dispatched by lunch time and it arrived the next morning. Not bad considering the postage was only £1.20 for about £40 worth of stuff. They are really cheap for heatshrink tubing, although be warned you do get what you pay for - it's shiny stuff that can split if overheated - but if you're careful it's absolutely fine for everyday use.

I also noticed recently that, despite their continuing slide towards being little more than a mobile disco supply shop, Maplin currently sell 8 silicon fan mounts (for open-corner fans) for £3 - quite a saving on some online prices if you have a local branch.

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Post by FartingBob » Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:37 pm

Just a quick heads up, overclockers are now selling 1TB WD GP drives for £77.54 after tax, making it the cheapest 1TB drive around right now.
I suppose now the WD10EADS is out (3 platters instead of 4) they've dropped the price of the WD10EACS. In fact, its only £3 more than newegg sells them for in the states, which is nice when we're used to paying 20-40% premiums..
Other sites havent dropped their pricing yet it seems, most are still at £85+ for the EACS version.
I feel a few early xmas presents for myself might be in order!
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Post by geester1 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:01 am

One of the best places is Micro Direct in Manchester, UK. http://www.microdirect.co.uk/They are solid on prices and the service is awesome. We've used them for 6 years with no problems and can highly recommend them.
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by Spoon Boy » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:34 pm

Anyone know if this sticky is still updated, The OP Bat hasn't logged on since 2010
A lot of the vendors listed seem to have gone the way of the Dodo :cry:
Is it still worth posting about what vendors are available in the UK?
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by peteamer » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:20 pm

Spoon Boy wrote:Is it still worth posting about what vendors are available in the UK?
I would guess so, as in, I got notification about this thread and looked, you had looked and posted,...

I also know that I have used this thread in the last year or so, (even though you have to sort the wheat from the chaff) I would guess other members do/would... and maybe non members do too?

If any non-members use this thread could you let us know... :mrgreen:


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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by edh » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:40 am

Not convinced this has too much relevance anymore. Nowadays it's easier to find silent products in mainstream e-tailers and then it comes down to price and service. For price Google Prouct search is much better than any price comparison site and for service, people will know more about those that are or aren't good from other sources. If you really do have a nightmare experience then posting a new topic in the vendors section to say that they're useless will do on it's own.
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by Spoon Boy » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:11 am

Seeing as the last update to this sticky was almost 2 years ago, and a few of these business are no longer around.
Thought i would update things a little.

When this thread was first started silent PC components where difficult to find, but just under 10 years on and as edh said
edh wrote:Nowadays it's easier to find silent products in mainstream e-tailers
This goes to show how much Mike Chin and everyone involved with Silent PC Review has changed the way the industry thinks
And to reflect that change this list is of more use when trying to find the best price as lots of E-tailers stock silent
related components now days.

http://www.scan.co.uk Good Range, Normally one of the first to get stock of newly released hardware.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk Good range, Forum if you need advise on non silent component purchases.

http://www.thecoolingshop.com Specializing in cooling from air to water all the way up to phase change.

http://www.quietpc.com Specializing in silent computing.

http://coolercases.co.uk Specializing in water cooling.

http://www.dabs.com Large range of stock, used to good on price but recently more expensive.

http://www.maplin.co.uk Computing to TV's, Sat Nav, etc. Best known for there electronics supliees

http://www.ebuyer.com Everything from PC stuff to TV's, Vacuums and more.

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk They sometimes stock items that cant be found at other E-tailers.

http://www.cclonline.com Wide range of stock, your standard E-tailer.

http://www.overclock.co.uk Wide range of stock, your standard E-tailer.

http://www.tekheads.co.uk Good range of stock, your standard E-tailer.

http://www.novatech.co.uk Good range of stock, your standard E-tailer.

http://www.saverstore.com Not a great range of stock, sometimes have older items if others don't stock what you need anymore.

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home Not a great range of stock, your standard E-tailer.

OP's List with the wheat sorted from the chaff :)

http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/ Water-based cooling. SilverStone TJ07 cases and TJ07 Modded Parts, Modding services Anodising And Chroming, Powdercoating, Case Modifications. Custom Fabrication Service, Fans include Yate Loon, Nexus, Noctua, etc. (2012-08-24)

http://www.over-clock.co.uk/acatalog/ All the usual, plus cases with watercooling pre-installed and lots of watercooling parts (Little outdated since OP's update)

Price comparison sites (not quiet-specific):
http://uk.kelkoo.com
http://www.google.co.uk/products

Original list from Mahkum2(dead links removed)

http://www.aria.co.uk

http://www.evercase.co.uk/

Assorted list from all the previous posters.

http://www.mini-itx.com

http://www.lightcomputers.com

http://www.xcase.co.uk

http://www.specialtech.co.uk

http://www.jab-tech.com

http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk

http://www.awd-it.co.uk
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by MikeC » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:44 am

Thank you for the thorough update, Spoon Boy!
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by peteamer » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:44 am

MikeC wrote:Thank you for the thorough update, Spoon Boy!
Absobloominlutely!!!!! :shock: 8)

Well done!!!


Mike, could the first post be edited to have the above in it? (with a well due credit to Spoon Boy! )

Or add:

viewtopic.php?p=564514#p564514

as a direct link to Spoon Boy's much more up to date post?


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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by psych » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:41 pm

surprised no one's mentioned the obvious - http://www.amazon.co.uk
Use them in conjunction with http://www.camelcamelcamel.com to notify you of price drops, and you should come out ahead of everyone else as long as you can afford to possibly wait a few days.

I'd like to support the independent shops but when a cpu & mobo come out £40 cheaper than the competition, it's hard to argue.

On another note, is there anyone like http://avadirect.com/ in the uk?
They seem to offer custom built pc's with a decent selection of parts at decent prices.

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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by lodestar » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:23 pm

psych wrote:On another note, is there anyone like http://avadirect.com/ in the uk? They seem to offer custom built pc's with a decent selection of parts at decent prices.
Scan have their custom built 3XS Systems that allow a degree of configuration, and include DAW and video-editing machines.

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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by Cistron » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:50 pm

Can I just not find decent offers or do most acceptable fans cost about £10 shipped nowadays?

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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by edh » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:10 am

Cistron wrote:Can I just not find decent offers or do most acceptable fans cost about £10 shipped nowadays?
P&P on a fan alone is going to be quite a chunk of that £10. Ebuyer it would be £2.99 on it's own. I really would find something else to buy at the same time if you're going to buy on the Internet and spread the delivery charge.
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by Spoon Boy » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:42 am

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nexus-120mm-Rea ... 600&sr=8-1
£9.25 it says free P&P but sometime you never know until checkout
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Re: Sticky for the UK

Post by Cistron » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:25 pm

Spoon Boy wrote:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nexus-120mm-Rea ... 600&sr=8-1
£9.25 it says free P&P but sometime you never know until checkout
edh wrote:
Cistron wrote:Can I just not find decent offers or do most acceptable fans cost about £10 shipped nowadays?
P&P on a fan alone is going to be quite a chunk of that £10. Ebuyer it would be £2.99 on it's own. I really would find something else to buy at the same time if you're going to buy on the Internet and spread the delivery charge.
I know. The postage charges are a little outrageous. For some companies they just scale linearly with the items. Well, gotta wait until some slipstreams pop up on ebay for a reasonable price. Alas, the classified section is a little dead here.

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