The PCO Group Intel I7 Gaming PC
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!
- Blistering Performance.
- Tidy Build.
- Quality parts.
- Price is steep but just.
- 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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