The PCO Group Intel I7 Gaming PC

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
So its that time again where we draw conclusion on what we've seen over the last few pages. In terms of sheer power, there's no doubt that this machine is up there with the best of them. The results across all benchmarks show that even in areas where the hardware isn't best suited (ATI bias games and single thread apps for example) the build can still power though and put out competitive numbers. Looking at the 3DMark06 figures alone, any system with, what is really a mild overclock by a benchmarking standard, that can still crack 20k by a large gap is not to be sniffed at. The game tests re-enforce the enormity of this systems power, with not one of the three games tested falling below 80FPS. I really would have liked to extend the games testing to a few more titles just to get a wider picture, but alas time constraints wouldn't allow it.
 
The component choice certainly doesn't leave much to be desired. The I7 920 being the based on the current leading architecture, 6GB of RAM should be ample for any application at the time of writing (as discovered here), the GTX295 cranking out blistering FPS and the Cooler Master Realpower 1000w PSU providing clean voltages makes up for a all-round powerhouse of a PC. In my opinion, the cooler could have done with being a little bit more substantial. I felt something like the Thermaltake TRUE or even watercooling would have been more fitting for such a machine.
 
Now comes the stinger, the price of a pre-built machine of this level of power isn't anything to be laughed at. Weighing in at around £1500, this system certainly isn't for the person on a budget. Out of curiosity, I went ahead and put together a shopping list over at ebuyer.com for the same spec system and it came out at pretty much what the PCO Group had told us the price of this system was. So, although the unit definitely isn't cheap, your not paying through the nose to have the system assembled.
 
So to wrap up. If you want a money no object, screaming fast PC, and don't have the time or skills to build your own. It's worth shortlisting the PCO Group to get you a similar system to the one they sent us today. Just overclock it yourself!
 
Good
- Blistering Performance.
- Tidy Build.
- Quality parts.

Mediocre
- Price is steep but just.
 
Bad
- Unstable Clock on arrival.
 
 
Thanks go out to The PCO Group for sending us the review sample. Discuss in the forums
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18-04-2009, 13:38:05

JN
"No time to build your own high end rig? Check inside to see if The PCO Group can deliver what you need." - by Ham

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18-04-2009, 14:31:40

°TheMadDutchDude°
Nice review. Appauling that they leave all of the settings on auto and let that poor CPU hit 100°c!

Looks fairly tidy to me for a PC build from a company so, well done there!

18-04-2009, 14:35:52

Diablo
That 100C is criminal. The sort of people who buy a prebuilt computer generally won't know them back to front, so won't bother checking the bios or CPU temps, leaving them with a smoking pile of silicon in next to no time.

18-04-2009, 18:26:46

Sleekit
Looks great, if you know how to build your own tho you may aswell, more fun that way

18-04-2009, 18:43:44

°TheMadDutchDude°
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Diablo'
That 100C is criminal. The sort of people who buy a prebuilt computer generally won't know them back to front, so won't bother checking the bios or CPU temps, leaving them with a smoking pile of silicon in next to no time.
Fully agreed. It's shocking!

Yes, Sleekit, it is a lot more fun when you build it yourself! Although, unfortunately there are many people that do not have the confidence to do it as they're scared it won't work. Also, if they have limited knowledge, they will not be able to troubleshoot if it doesn't POST for example.

18-04-2009, 18:59:00

Diablo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='°TheMadDutchDude°'
Fully agreed. It's shocking!

Although, unfortunately there are many people that do not have the confidence to do it as they're scared it won't work. Also, if they have limited knowledge, they will not be able to troubleshoot if it doesn't POST for example.
I think there are also an increasing number of people who probably could (and did back in the late 90s) but now reckon that people like dell will give you something for the same money...this is very sad

21-04-2009, 14:54:06

Luigi
What i'd like to know is how asus manages to pull a 21x multi out of a 920... :S

21-04-2009, 15:05:33

PeterStoba
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
What i'd like to know is how asus manages to pull a 21x multi out of a 920... :S
turbo mode

21-04-2009, 15:09:53

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PeterStoba'
turbo mode
Nope, it's not single core, it's all the cores all the time, they must have found an overide...

Well, that's what I believe it to be, it was mentioned in another review I was reading the other day.

25-04-2009, 19:10:48

OmegaStalker
Tbh anyone that knows about an i7 and overclocking and so forth should just build it, its really not scary and it really doesn't take long i remember when i built mines from start to finish it took me about 2 1/2 hours if that and that was because i was actually reading manuals as i went through... i could probably disassmble this and and re do it now within an hour... The price is rather silly, the cooler is silly and the temps are just p*ss poor...

25-04-2009, 19:37:44

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
Nope, it's not single core, it's all the cores all the time, they must have found an overide...

Well, that's what I believe it to be, it was mentioned in another review I was reading the other day.
Turbo Mode adjusts the multi for all cores.

03-10-2010, 21:44:56

coyaks
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Originally Posted by Jim View Post

"No time to build your own high end rig? Check inside to see if The PCO Group can deliver what you need." - by Ham

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Hi

good reviews but i have ordered a Gaming pc from these guys and its been over 2 months i still haven't receive anything! I emailed the Marketing manager and even tried calling them no one is picking up leaved a voice mail havent got any reply. i am beginning to think that this guys pcogroup company is a fraud. ive already paid for the system. customer service is poor the manager does not reply from my emails at all, it like been two week ive emailed them and no replies. i am very sad and a bit annoyed at this company now. if i dont get my system this week or sonner i will report these guys to the police for fraud. hey you cant blame me i have been waiting for over 2 months and i tried to contact them trough phone and email no one seems to care. i get no replies at all. if you were in my situation right now you would be frustrated and feel someone just robbed you. Please if they were really a fraud how can i report them to the police? as this is e-commerce fraud im reporting and i don't know and meet these guys in person. thank you hope you could give me some advice here cos i dont wanna go to the police station like an idiot reporting someone i haven't meet and managed to robbed me a 700 quid.

04-10-2010, 01:47:41

JN
Sorry to hear of the problems you've had with your order coyaks. First things first I would contact your credit/debit card company and let them know what has happened. If they are also unable to contact PCO Group then they should be able to perform a charge back and return your money.

If you have trouble with this also look at the company who processed your card details when you made the order. Chances are it will either be a bank or a shopping cart company. Whoever they are contact them and let them know too.

Finally go to the police and let them know whats happened. They have specialist teams that deal with this kind of thing, but I wouldnt expect any immediate progress.
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