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Old 06-07-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
Vladimir Venkov
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Workstation from Arbico - has anyone used them?

Hi Guys
I am planing to buy a workstation. I know the mostly widely used ones are from HP, Dell, Boxx and I have checked them out. The problem is that they are a bit too expensive for me . The other thing is that I wan to buy it on a monthly payment plan as well.
I did a search for cheaper alternative and found They offer custom build workstations that are alot cheaper than HP and Dell and on a payment plan as well.
Has anyone used them and what is your opinion about it?
Also if you have any other recommendation for cheaper place to buy workstation I will be happy to hear from you.

Thank you in advance!

p.s. I just want to say that I don't work for Arbico and I dont have any connection with them. : )
Old 06-07-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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In all honesty it looks just like any other shop that will do assembly for you.
If you have any well clued colleagues that owe you a beer it's only an hour to spec out a box and an evening worth of work to put it together these days.

Workstations like HP, Dell etc get bought because they come with services, stock guarantees for N years and so on, but hardware wise they are nothing special. Even their Q/A is actually not that good these days for some brands/lines.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
Vladimir Venkov
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Thanks for the reply Raffaele. Very helpful as always.
I've thought about building my own workstation as well. I've built my own pcs before .
The thing is that I dont think they are alot cheaper . For example a system worth 1650 in Arbico is with 150 more expensive than if I buy all parts from . And Arbico offers 2 Years Return To Base (1st yr. Parts & Labour, 2nd yr. Labour) Warranty on top of that.
I dont know if it's worth the hassle.
Old 06-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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Have you looked at scan computers ( They do custom built as well if you are after that. I don't know if they are cheaper than the other shop you mentioned, but scan offer 3 year warranty (1st year onsite, 2 & 3rd year return to base parts & labour).

They also have finance options as well.
Old 06-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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Thanks very much Hiroshi. Will have a look.
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