No Compromise Gaming Review, A Legitimate Way To Rent A PC?

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Let’s review the No Compromise Gaming website and find out if it’s worth your time to rent a gaming PC and whether or not they’re a legit service. No Compromise Gaming is all about being able to set up a monthly payment structure to get a gaming PC build shipped to you without the expensive upfront cost.

When I first came across No Compromise Gaming I saw that there were plenty of good customer reviews and the website was easy enough to use, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea – especially for those that are low on credit.

My biggest concern is how much power you’re getting per dollar spent which will be the main point we go over.

With that, let’s get to the review.

 

 

No Compromise Gaming’s Mission


The overall premise of No Compromise Gaming is that no matter what your credit score is, you can get a rent-to-own gaming rig. Sure, if your credit is absolutely horrible then just like any other rent-to-own business out there you shouldn’t expect to get approved. They use credit reporting information during the application process and accept most applications.

This is actually a pretty cool idea for those that don’t have the upfront money for a nice build and would rather do monthly installments to pay for it and have it right away.

You can either pay a rental fee for an 18-month period and then own the PC 100% or you can buy it out early on to save a little bit. You can return the PC whenever you want only after the initial 5-month term is complete. If you want to read up more about how they do things you can visit their FAQ page for more details.

The builds might be built with quality in mind and having the option of paying monthly is nice for those looking to do that but how many others have tried to use the service?

What kind of power can you expect per dollar spent? I feel like those are the more important aspects to consider before jumping into a contract here so let’s take a look at what the builds look like performance-wise as well as their reputation with real customers.

 

No Compromise Gaming PC Builds


It doesn’t make sense to overpay a crazy amount when getting a PC but that’s to be expected when you bind yourself to a contract for monthly payments. The company obviously needs to make money in order to keep providing the service.

Right away they give you the option of going with an Intel Skylake processor or an AMD Ryzen processor for the build. From there you’re able to customize the rest of the build piece by piece.

no compromise gaming customization

Choosing your preferred processor type is a good starting point when customizing a PC the way you want it.

For the sake of simply looking at what kind of builds they have to offer we’ll go through and look at some of the levels for an Intel based computer.

no compromise gaming level 1 desktop

For over $1,000 you could put together something with almost double the amount of performance.

The base level, the Level 1 Gaming Desktop, includes an i3-6100, 8GB of RAM, a 2gb GTX 1050, a 500W power supply, 500GB of HDD space and Windows 10 pre-installed. 

The “buy it now” price comes to around ~$1,080. The monthly payment is around ~$120 for 18 months where you’d be paying around ~$2,100.

For these types of specs inside of the PC, you’re going to be paying more than triple, almost quadruple the price if you went ahead and built it yourself…

You can see for yourself if you’d like, check out this $500 build – take a look at the specs. They are actually much better specs compared to this PC that you’d get for over $1,000.

If you did a $1,000 PC build on your own then you’d have a much higher level of performance overall.

With this Level 1 desktop you could expect to game at a tweaked medium setting at 1080p with most titles today.

I understand that the whole premise of No Compromise Gaming is that you don’t have to pay the upfront costs of an expensive gaming PC but this price point is outrageous…

A custom PC that you’d put together yourself that costs $500 has a higher level of performance compared to this $2,000 PC once the payments are all set and done.

You should also take a look at a bunch of the pre-built PCs on the market which are also marked up in price compared to what it’d be with a custom build but it’s not nearly as high of a markup compared to this. Pre-built PCs on the market today are usually priced ~$300-$400 more than what it’d cost to build it yourself.

Maybe the higher level desktops make more sense so let’s go ahead and take a look at the Level 5 Gaming Desktop within the Intel customization.

Spending ~$230 a month for an 18-month period puts the final price at over $4,000… That’s an insane price for a PC with this kind of hardware.

Level 5 uses an i7-8700, a 6GB GTX 1060, still 8GB of RAM, a 600W power supply, 500GB of HDD space again as well as Windows 10 being pre-installed.

Taking a look at the price… the “buy it now” price for the base configuration is around $~2,060… or you’d be paying around ~$230 for 18 months where you’ll be paying over $4,000 total.

This configuration is no different than the Level 1 Gaming Desktop in terms of how high the markup is for what you get.

Sure, an i7-8700 is a top-of-the-line processor right now and if you’re spending around $2k on an Intel system then you should expect to have that high level of processing power.

But taking a look at everything else, there’s still only 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a GTX 1060…

If you were to put together a $2,000 PC build today you’d be able to have double the amount of RAM, a GTX 1080, a 1TB hard drive with a nice solid state drive in as well.

A PC with a GTX 1060 is ideal for high quality 1080p gaming whereas something like a GTX 1080 could handle all levels of virtual reality gaming as well as higher resolution gaming at 4K.

When you compare these builds to how much the actual hardware costs to put it together you’re paying an extremely high premium to get it done.

Again, most pre-built PCs on the market markup the desktops a few hundred dollars up to compensate for the time put in to put the build together, marketing costs etc.

After your monthly payments are finished you’re putting in a lot more money than what the PC is worth which is the whole purpose of rent-to-own but does it make sense to spend that much?

There are plenty of people who have pulled the trigger and gone ahead with their services and for the most part, there are good things said about the service behind No Compromise Gaming.

 

No Compromise Gaming Customer Reviews


Before making any purchase, a customer wants to know about other’s experiences with a service and that’s where these real customer reviews come in.

no compromise gaming facebook reviews

It’s nice to see that, for those that went through the process, customers are extremely happy with NCG.

As far as quality and ease of service, No Compromise Gaming seems to keep their customers happy. You can take a look at the reviews yourself right here if you’d like.

I went through and read a bunch of the reviews. I went through the most recent, the 5 star reviews, the 3 star reviews and the few 1 star reviews to get an idea of what types of experiences have been going on.

Almost all of the reviews are rated at 5 stars. Most people seem to get their PC faster than they expected, customer service was on point with any issues that would pop up and the PCs themselves work flawlessly.

Most of the lower ratings come from those with concerns on the price and a couple mentioned that the PC didn’t get shipped out when it was supposed to. 

Overall, almost everyone that went through the process of renting a PC through No Compromise Gaming had an awesome experience with delivery, quality of the build and being helped over the phone with any issues that would come up.

 

Should You Rent-To-Own A PC?


I love the idea behind No Compromise Gaming. There are plenty of people who don’t have the money upfront for a high quality gaming rig so the idea of being able to pay monthly to own a build down the road can be appealing.

But I just can’t recommend going through NCG for this type of process. The customer service is very well done and the PCs aren’t bad quality, they’re put together nicely!

But having to pay over $4,000 after your payment contract is up for a PC that should only cost a bit over $1,000 for the hardware… that’s a hard pill to swallow.

If you don’t mind paying that high of a price in the end and you want to rent-to-own a PC then No Compromise Gaming seems like a very viable option. I’m not sure of other companies that do something similar, there might be a company that does it for a lower cost…

If you do go with NCG just be sure that leasing a PC through them is allowed in your state, some states don’t allow this process.

I highly encourage you to look into building a PC of your own if optimizing your power per dollar spent is important to you. Sure, you’d have to pay a higher upfront cost but you’d be getting a lot more power for what you’re spending overall.

So, are you going to lease a computer through No Compromise Gaming?

Or are you going to be looking into putting a build of your own together? If so, I’m more than happy to help you out here on the site!

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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15 Responses to No Compromise Gaming Review, A Legitimate Way To Rent A PC?

  1. Labman says:

    After reading through your post, I’m more than ready to build my own PC. It sounds like the No Compromise Gaming system does have a few compromises.

    If I were going to spend that kind of scratch for a computer, I’d definitely go with your $2000 build and take the time to pull together the right hardware and build it myself.

    Even the $1000 build that you outline sound like a better machine for the money.
    While the No Compromise Gaming product will make it easier to pay off the machine, I’m thinking that a short-term financing through a bank or credit union would be more cost-effective in the long run.

    • Colton P says:

      Exactly and I’ve seen others have a payment plan through Amazon even just for hardware before so it’s not like there aren’t other options for doing a monthly payment structure to get a decent build.

      The power per dollar simply doesn’t make any sense when you rent these PCs!

  2. Javier Salas says:

    I’m thinking about making my own computer gaming system, at least eventually. I’ve never seen this before and it’s pretty cool. I guess wouldn’t have to if I can just rent one. Didn’t know you could do these things until now. But how many things could you rent at a time??

    • Colton P says:

      They offer being able to rent a few computers at a time but it’s based on a “case-by-case” basis. If you want to build your own PC then I suggest following the guides that are here, you’ll be paying over double the price of what it costs to build one by renting-to-own one through here.

  3. Wesley Hess says:

    So when it comes to building a pc. I need a laptop, I’m always changing location and streaming games and making videos all the time and well honestly any laptop would be better then my current at this point ive built pc’s in the past but never a laptop, thats why I was just going to use them and pay the first 2-3 months then pay the rest in one shot

    • Colton P says:

      That’s the thing though, once you get to the point of paying the rest in one shot you’re going to be paying a hefty premium. You’d get a lot more value for the money you’re spending by saving the amount you need for the PC upfront rather than paying a bunch of interest on top.

  4. Briana says:

    I’m thinking about trying to see if I can get approved–because my monthly income is not enough to get a good computer. The last one I bought I broke the screen, and hp wants to charge me more to fix it than I paid for the computer.

    • Colton P says:

      The only downfall with No Compromise Gaming is that you’re going to be paying triple or even quadruple the price once you’re done paying for the PC. There is a huge markup with their plans hence why I recommend either building your own where you can buy each piece when you’re able to afford them or to try and save up until you’re able to afford a pre-built all together.

      If you’re interested in doing a build yourself you can check out some of the build guides here!

  5. JB says:

    I was thinking about using their service until they sent a contract that has a clause stating they install a remote lockdown feature on your computer, and if you for any reason miss a payment, they have the right to remotely lock down your unit and disable your ability to use it until you get caught up.

    There is also a clause stating that you agree not to remove the unit from your own home without permission. There is also a clause saying they will put electronic tracking on the device.

    Those are insane things to agree to.

    • Colton P says:

      Are you serious? I never knew about that… That’s crazy!

      Not only are you paying a lot more for what they offer but you’re also agreeing to not really even “own” the PC in the first place… It’s still theirs even when it’s in your home.

  6. Kevin M says:

    I was between a rock and a hard place. My son needed a PC and I did not have the time or the money up front to get the parts to build him one. So we compromised and went with this worthless company to get him into a system. This company needs to change their name and delete the word “NO” from their name and then it would fit them more accurately!

    Compromise 1: It took nearly two months before we got the computer.

    Compromise 2: Going in and doing a discovery to see what it was we paid for it became immediately clear almost every single component was a compromise. Short of the motherboard we ordered and the case, every other component (ram, power supply, video card, hard drive and CD drive) were clearly as budget of a part as you could get. Even the CPU fan looked like it had been rummaged from a garage sale, even the factory fans are better than the one we got.

    Compromise 3: We had it for 3 months when the shit Seagate hard drive crashed (no surprise there) and after a half dozen emails to them it became clear I was on my own to get a hard drive. I was basically talking to myself because I only got one email from them telling me I had to talk to support. I did not quite know what to do there since the email I contacted them through was support@nocompromisegaming.com and it’s the only email I was given for support.

    Compromise 4: At the four month mark we started experiencing shutdowns and blue screens, after some basic benchmarking and testing we discovered the CPU was overheating. I took to pulling the CPU fan and discovered only about half of the CPU had thermal paste on it. It was clearly applied by someone that did not have a clue what they was doing and because of their ignorance the CPU was beginning to overheat. Applying some quality thermal paste the system became stable and no more shutdowns.

    Compromise 5: Within 6 months the video card went out and I had the exact same experience with their so called support for that and ended up just buying one from Frys. Really was no surprise here either since the video card they put into it was as budget as they could get for a Nvidia 1050.

    Compromise 6: Against my better judgement we kept the computer for the duration of the agreement only to have the excitement of one problem right after another within days of making the final payment. Literally on the third day after the last payment was done and the computer was ours, the system started to crash with blue screen errors. Being a 40 year veteran of PC building its not like I don’t know how to troubleshoot a computer. So we went to work trying to figure out what was going on. The only thing we can conclude is the motherboard RAM slot 1 is out but nothing definitive is rearing its head to tell us what is wrong? At this stage my knowledge is telling me to just junk the piece of crap and do what I should have done in the first place, buy the parts and build it myself.

    So as you can see from the above compromises made, No Compromise Gaming is in fact, in and of itself a compromise should you choose to go this route. If you need a computer your better bet is to get a basic system which are very cheap on any of the PC websites and then save your case and piece together a system and build it yourself vs wasting your money on some team of uneducated, unknowledgeable losers like No Compromise Gaming. Trust me when I tell you that while you may get lucky, odds are you are going to have a similar experience to the one I had and I can say for a matter of fact if something does go south you are on your own because they DO NOT have support and that is likely because this is a team of average people with little to NO experience building computers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

  7. F says:

    Been going through them for 2 years not, about to pay off my laptop. Called then a while ago and was told that I had 3 payments left to make. Then a month later, after making 2 more payments, I called and was told I still had 3 payments left, plus they upped the payments an extra 4 bucks every 2 weeks

    • Colton P says:

      Unbelievable… You’re definitely not the first one with these sorts of issues as well… Seems like they don’t have an organized structure to their payment plans.

  8. Kyle P says:

    I tried to get a gaming laptop with them. My plan was to pay for several months then buy it outright. However, when they called to go over the agreement I asked them to send it to my address at college. This address differs from my billing address. This completely confused the guy on the phone. He checked with his supervisor and told me the billing and shipping addresses must match. I then asked if I could change my billing address and send them my Discover card statement. He responded, “That’s not going to work and there’s nothing we can do for you.” Well it turned out to be a good thing. I was able to get six month interest free financing through PayPal and ended up with a better computer that I now own outright. I’ve never had any issue before with having something sent to a different address. I was just shocked how inflexible they were about it. Oh well, their loss my gain.

    • Colton P says:

      Good on you for finding different financing options. PayPal definitely works and I’ve had friends do a financing plan through Amazon before when they were buying all of the parts for a build they were doing.

      Very odd that they were so shocked that they couldn’t follow through because of the shipping and billing not being matched… Oh well. Maybe it had something to do with the way they’ve structured their plans and it’s maybe a state thing? Hard to tell. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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