With Christmas soon to be among us once again, I'm sure that many of you are in the process of setting aside funds for those all important gifts. Amongst the list of clothing, homeware and appliances, your attention then turns to your existing computer. While some might be pointing you towards high end offerings from Dell, HP and Acer you are left feeling as though you're paying a little too much for what you get and aside that, feel a tad uneasy about the quality of after sales support with large corporations that may also outsource their technical departments. On the other end of the spectrum, you may have been advised to embrace the “do it yourself” approach by ordering all of the individual components of a system and assembling it, yet all you want is a well built product that will offer competitive performance, works as stated straight out of the box, an enticing price tag and be backed by quality after sales support. This is by no means a particularly high set of expectations and are qualities that you would want to see from many of your purchases, be it a car, television, washing machine, or arm chair...
Overclockers UK is a well established e-tailer that have recently begun to offer wider ranges of prebuilt and also “built to order” systems, positioning their offerings squarely at the big guns of the industry from the entry level/business segment all the way to the niche gaming and home theatre computing segments. Boasting the use of purely “quality” parts, plenty of choice and an on-site technical support team, Overclockers UK believe they have exactly what it takes to establish a brand of high reputation. Today however, we have been given the opportunity to place one of their systems in the spotlight...it seems like a good'un...meet the OcUK Titan Goliath Core i7 Desktop Computer.
The Titan Goliath starts at £924.97 is specified without an operating system, a more modest nVidia GeForce GTS 250 1024mb GDDR3 graphics card and a rather basic Coolermaster Elite 335 chassis. Depending on what you are looking out for in your next desktop computer, you may add an Operating System, selecting from a variety of cases right up to and including the Antec 1200 and highly rated Coolermaster HAF932 and graphics cards including the HD 4800 series and all the way up to the range topping HD 5870 and GTX 295. Our particular sample was specified as follows:
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Processor @ 3.40GHz
Gigabyte EX58-UD3R LGA1366 Motherboard
6GB DDR3 PC3-12800 RAM
HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
Antec Nine Hundred “Two” ATX Case
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA II HDD
LG 22x DVD+/-RW
Corsair TX 650W Power Supply Unit
Windows Vista Home Premium
Priced in at a hefty £1300, the Titan Goliath sits in a price bracket with competition from a number of brands but isn't particularly aggressive segment as such due to it being somewhat niche. On paper, it certainly doesn't seem to be doing too badly, sporting an overclocked Core i7 920 processor, a proven (albeit near bottom of the pack price wise) LGA1366 motherboard, plenty of RAM and a robust 80PLUS certified Power Supply Unit. Alas, it is time to get testing. Armed with a camera, tripod and a full arsenal of games and applications ready to be shot at mighty Goliath, who shall be defeated? Let's find out...