CCL Elite Raven II Gaming PC Review


CCL Elite Raven II Gaming PC  



Let's get a few things out of the way first. First of all, the system was a pleasant surprise - CCL have managed to build a PC that is very capable and versatile which is priced very competitively at £499 (inc VAT).  At that price point it's important to make the right choices in the right places. Cutting corners can prove costly for both the consumer and retailer themselves. This is where CCL have hit the nail on the head and done so with the force of Thor smiting one of his foes!

One of the things we feel have been achieved successfully is value for money. Whilst the Raven II is no heavyweight in the world of PC's, it's certainly a pound for pound contender that is punching several levels above its weight class - much of which is credited to choosing the right tools for the job. It would have been easy for CCL to have thrown together a much lesser spec'd system and priced it at the same price and some end users may have been satisfied with those results, however what they have managed to bring together is a well-planned, thought-out system which, combined with a bit of witchcraft - is something a little special.

Usually there is always a price to pay with a pre-built gaming system and for those looking for a powerhouse system delivered to their door that is readily built for them - It's hard to come across anything more impressive in the sub £500 price bracket. Add this together with a keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers of your choice - you will have a PC you will be happy with for quite some time.

Performance is something that the Raven II delivers in spades. The 7850 does the job nicely with almost all of the games we tested and it would continue to do so for a long time to come. It may not be able to run 'every' game maxed out with 8x AA and 16x AF but to be honest if you expected to achieve that with this system, then you might be missing the point a little. Whilst the Raven II is ultimately a 'Jack of all trades' it surpassed all expectations and delivered consistently good results throughout.

To end this review, the Raven II is a very well-rounded system for anyone who wants a system that will handle almost anything 'well'. Its value for money is something that is impossible to ignore for a system of this specification. It remains quiet when under the stress of gaming and synthetic benchmarks and it is put together with thought and attention to detail by the CCL team.

A well deserved Gold award.


Thanks to CCL for sending the system over for review, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.


CCL Elite Raven II Gaming PC  

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Most Recent Comments

05-02-2013, 05:44:45

That is an exceptional price, before looking at the price I was totting up the prices of all the components and then obviously adding in a bit for CCL and I was thinking this would be coming in at £600-£650 tbh

Good job CCLQuote

05-02-2013, 05:58:40

Amazing bit of kit for the price - I had alot of fun with it!Quote

05-02-2013, 05:58:44

for £500 cant go wrong this is an epic gaming bundle for that price Quote

05-02-2013, 23:40:07

Honestly I am glad that something like this got a review. Not everyone on these boards can afford the kind of stuff that typically goes up in the project builds section or even stacks up to most of the showcased builds, and to see something this simple, affordable, and decently powerful might just give the BROKE broke bunch hope. Plus this platform is pretty decently upgradeable: the form factor allows you to swap in something like a Maximus V Gene, move to a 7870 Tahiti LE card, a 3570K, and add a bit of decently clocked RAM, all at reasonable cost and all over time (PSU as well, of course). Anyone actually used this case in a build before? I have actually spec-d out a basic multi-monitor web-surfing home computer for someone based on this chassis and was wondering how this thing was to work with.Quote

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