I sent emails to a few places but they all failed to respond after a few business days (I didn't expect them to, really) so I called them up today.
The two companies below seemed to have the best constructed websites and the most amount of actual information available online. They both offer various services such as delivery and collection although this was of no particular value to me.
has a minimum 1 month rental duration, but otherwise I think prices per week remain about the same in line with those on their site.
offers rental durations as low as 1 week, which is quite nice.
Unfortunately, both of these companies were lacking hardware that met my requirements. To be specific they both had machines which were recent enough to meet my baseline requirements in terms of CPU/RAM, but which were unsuitable in the GPU department. The newest machines were laptops rather than desktops (which wasn't ideal to begin with) and the only laptops which came with decent graphics solutions were focused on the workstation market - IE, Quadro or other chips. They had some higher end workstation deskstops (multi CPU xeon boxes, etc) however neither company offered consumer grade graphics options for their machines.
Bit of a pity really, as if they'd just had a decent optional video card I could rent with the rest of the box, I would've been set. FWIW if I had a spare video card that was decent enough I might have still gone for a rental (assuming they'd let me install it).
Interestingly enough both companies indicated that my query about renting a gaming computer is something that seems to come up fairly often. So it appears that there is some market demand for this kind of arrangement, even if it isn't a market they are interested in right now.
By the way - to those who suggested I do something other than play games while in Brisbane, there's a few things you should know:
1. I was born in Brisbane. I moved to Sydney a few years ago for study/work purposes. Though I have no interest in tourist stuff in any case. I went to QGL lans back in the old days for whatever that's worth.
2.I was planning to fly up in order to play guild wars 2 at launch (along with some other games, later on) with one of my best friends. His parents are friends with mine as well - they're like an aunt an uncle to me. We've been mates for around 15 years now (have played a shitload of games together too). I haven't had a chance to catch up with him and his family in a couple of years so was gonna try and do a few things at once.
Not sure what I'm gonna do now. Things are getting a bit complicated and in the end I may have to cancel the trip, or postpone visiting for later. Perhaps what minimal information I gathered here will be useful for someone else.
Thanks for the replies everyone, and sorry for the wall of text.last edited by icewyrm at 19:30:47 21/Aug/12