UK Gaming Computers Kratos
Published: 13th August 2016 | Source: UK Gaming Computers | Price: |
Once upon a time the enthusiast end of the PC market was dominated by the "build your own" brigade, amongst which we absolutely counted ourselves. This was largely because the benefits of overclocking were enormous, and any system that remotely could be realistically categorised as "for gamers" came with a price tag high enough to make King Midas blanch. Building it yourself was the only way you stood a chance of coming in below the budget of a small house.
Time has rapidly moved the goalposts though. Whether it's the raw performance of the hardware, or manufacturers built in overclocking tools such as the Intel Turbo or nVidia GPU Boost, you can plug and play a lot of your components without needing to fettle them to achieve the highest performance. Equally companies that build PCs have stopped applying such horrific markups to the hardware so you can get a gaming PC for a sensible amount of money. It's the perfect storm of high-performance hardware and high-quality builders providing true gaming computers to the masses.
One such company is UK Gaming Computers - a name that does exactly what it says on the tin if ever there was one - and we've reviewed some of their products before. With the recent introduction of the Pascal architecture we know that many of you will be itching to get an upgrade, and maybe refresh your whole system at once. Welcome then, to the UKGC Kratos.
There is no denying that graphics cards have become far more expensive than they used to be. The thought of spending £300 on a GPU was almost unthinkable just a few generations ago, and yet now we're at the point when the second placed card in the nVidia range is well north of £400. That makes squeezing a build in beneath the grand mark something that's extremely difficult, yet UKGC have filled the Kratos up with plenty of tasty hardware. Sure the GPU dominates affairs like a bulb of garlic in a panna cotta, but it's been surrounded by excellent choices from the heavily overclocked i5-6600K to the Samsung 850 Evo. Let's take a look shall we.
Corsair Spec-Alpha Case
Corsair CX500 PSU
Intel Core i5 6600K Overclocked to 4.7Ghz
Corsair H45 CPU Cooler
Asus Z170-P Motherboard
ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Strix Graphics card
16Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400Mhz RAM
250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM HDD
6 year Warranty
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