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Getting a computer in Switzerland

Well now that Fallout 4 has been announced, I reckon that it's time to upgrade my gaming system. I usually play older stuff, but I used Fallout NV/Skyrim to learn German (I played them in German).

Long story short I was thinking about getting one of the Alienware Alphas:

http://www.alienware.com/landings/alpha/

Because I could use it as a media center as well. What would be a good strategy for getting this? I don't mind paying a little extra, but I've heard that getting computer stuff in CH can be a huge pain in the ... wallet.

Any advice? If I were in the States/had more free time I'd build my own. I thought about maybe getting a new laptop as well, but I travel with it a lot, and I honestly don't need to haul it around.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

Prices for consumer electronics are usually very competitive with neighboring countries, even cheaper occasionally.

There's a country selector in the bottom of your link. Did you try? Otherwise, dell.ch has them, though I'd expect negligible price difference.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

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Prices for consumer electronics are usually very competitive with neighboring countries, even cheaper occasionally.

There's a country selector in the bottom of your link. Did you try? Otherwise, dell.ch has them, though I'd expect negligible price difference.
International selector has no Switzerland. I'll take a look at dell.ch, good call. Thanks.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

Yeah it's looking like it might be a bit more expensive. I'm going to start looking around for parts around here. Will probably save 300 francs.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

Indeed, CH isn't an option unless you browsed alienware.ch

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when in doubt always try .ch TLD.
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Indeed, CH isn't an option unless you browsed alienware.ch

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when in doubt always try .ch TLD.
You're on point today man. Thanks.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

Just make sure that you are okay with the CH style keyboard. I had my apple custom bto to make sure it has the US style kbd which I am accustomed to.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

build your own.
https://www.digitec.ch/en/
is where i built my own monster when i first came to zurich 3 months ago.
they are on point, and their prices are stable (compared to germany).
also they have specials all the time, so if you have a bit of time on your hands, you can get a really good deal (budget depending)
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

https://www.digitec.ch/en/Search?q=alienware
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

ChiliGreen offer pre-configured or tweekable configuration on gaming computers and lappys.

Site pages in German: https://www.chiligreen.com/shop/produkte.asp?typ=227

This one: https://www.chiligreen.com/shop/conf...e=362&id=14784
Seems to be slightly better spec for about the same money (€ vs. CHF), than the Alienware from Digitec (linked above)

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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

Also look at Top D and Steg.

https://www.topd.ch/

http://www.steg-electronics.ch/de/Default.aspx
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

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build your own.
https://www.digitec.ch/en/
is where i built my own monster when i first came to zurich 3 months ago.
they are on point, and their prices are stable (compared to germany).
also they have specials all the time, so if you have a bit of time on your hands, you can get a really good deal (budget depending)
They have good prices and easy delivery, but be aware they have legendarily bad customer service. I bought assbuckets of stuff from them (projector, consoles, tablets, laptops, navis, etc...) but when my NAS borked out they threw up their hands and said "Not our problem, it's the manufacturer's issue, we won't do anything."

This is something you hear in a fair number of threads on EF, so be aware.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

chiligreen.com:
Not sure if ordering from abroad is worth the hassle. Do you have experience with them?

Though the difference between foreign and swiss VAT should be 10-13% in your favor, you'll need to pay customs, handling, usually cash on delivery, pay for them having to collect the cash, and-what-not. These additional charges can easily be in the order of (or even higher than) the VAT difference, perhaps subject to delivery company (DHL and swiss Post seem to be customer friendly).

The forum abounds with threads complaining about such issues (use google search, ordinary search function is a joke).

And yes, digitech customer service sucks.
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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

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This one: https://www.chiligreen.com/shop/conf...e=362&id=14784
Seems to be slightly better spec for about the same money ( vs. CHF), than the Alienware from Digitec (linked above)
You forgot transportation fee and import duty.
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Not sure if ordering from abroad is worth the hassle. Do you have experience with them?
No direct experience yet, but looking at spec. vs. money, could well be a consideration for my next laptop.

Sometimes, I've seen the occasional product in stores here, but online would be the way to go.

They're in Austria, I believe, if VAT needs to be compared.

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You forgot transportation fee and import duty.
€15 for 2 day shipping. Austrian VAT is 20%, so when this is claimed back and Swiss VAT at 8% is paid, then charges, should equal out.

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Re: Getting a computer in Switzerland

i was kinda disappointed by the fallout4 trailer actually. looks like something from 2010. so maybe you dont need a beast of a pc to run it...

still excited though, perhaps more details (specs, date?) at E3 later this month
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