Pre-built Gaming Desktop 'Minerva' PC (GeForce GTX 970, overclocked i5-4690k,16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, 120GB SSD, Windows 8.1) £999 delivered @ pcspecialist (with 3 years warranty and cheaper than buying all the exact same parts to build yourself)
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Pre-built Gaming Desktop 'Minerva' PC (GeForce GTX 970, overclocked i5-4690k,16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, 120GB SSD, Windows 8.1) £999 delivered @ pcspecialist (with 3 years warranty and cheaper than buying all the exact same parts to build yourself)

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Found 24th Nov 2014
Click on link to then choose the model on the top of the page called Minerva.

Cheaper than building yourself. PC Specialist systems seem to review well too.

I did a check on pcpartpicker and the individual parts came together as £1031.69 (see link in 1st post).

So you get it all pre-built for you as well as 3 years warranty to boot in case there's any problems.

Case
CORSAIR 230T COMPACT GAMING CASE - BLUE LED

Overclocked CPU
Overclocked Intel® Core™i5-4690k Quad Core (3.50GHz @ upto 4.60GHz)

Motherboard
ASUS® MAXIMUS VII RANGER: PCI-e 3.0, SATA 3.0, USB3.0

Free Item: FAST TRACK 5 WORKING DAY DISPATCH (£39)

Memory (RAM)
16GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 970 - 1 DVI, 1 mHDMI, 3 mDP - 3D Vision Ready

1st Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)

2nd Hard Disk
2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 64MB CACHE

Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W CS SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET (£79)

Processor Cooling
Corsair H60 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£59)

Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)

Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)

USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS

Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)

Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)

Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365

Anti-Virus
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days

175 Comments

Original Poster

pcpartpicker price breakdown:

uk.pcpartpicker.com/use…qqs

I tried to match all the exact parts and I think I managed that mostly (with the exception of the GTX 970 where I just picked the cheapest retail version for now). Also note that the prices on pcpartpicker often don't include the delivery charges so the £1031 price is a conservative estimation.

Edited by: "greysquaill" 24th Nov 2014

I like PC specialist, I have 2 criticisms

first was one of my USB 3 ports was not working, and that should of been spotted in the 'test' phase, and second the box they send it in states you must keep it and use the box for all warranty issues, and the box is the size of a small house!
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 24th Nov 2014

Do you have a link to it on PC Specialist?

Deal link is just taking me to the configurator, which ends up costing more.

Original Poster

kingchris

Do you have a link to it on PC Specialist?Deal link is just taking me to … Do you have a link to it on PC Specialist?Deal link is just taking me to the configurator, which ends up costing more.



pcspecialist.co.uk/rev…ws/

Choose the "Minerva" model which is at the top of the page.

Thanks will amend the link...

Banned

Aeschylus

I like PC specialist, I have 2 criticismsfirst was one of my USB 3 ports … I like PC specialist, I have 2 criticismsfirst was one of my USB 3 ports was not working, and that should of been spotted in the 'teat' phase, and second the box they send it in states you must keep it and use the box for all warranty issues, and the box is the size of a small house!



The keeping the box bit is pretty standard anywhere. Its because it's the only box they can insure the pc for damage if you need to return it. Just flat pack it for now.

I am looking for a gaming computer but have no idea what I am looking at.

What does the HUKD PC knowledgeable think of this deal?

Happy to spend more if I am getting better quality.

Any advice appreciated.

@donalduck

Really not bad for a prebuilt with 3 years warranty for that specs, especially since you don't know what you are looking for. Lol

not that I'm a massive expert but it seems decent enough.

The CPU is the latest. the PSU is not the usual OEM pre-built crap. decent GPU.

However the RAM is pretty crappy @1600mhz. i would of expected higher speeds for the setup and IMHO there will be no USB 3 on the front?

Saying that i would not spend £1k on a gaming PC but if you were going to then this seems worthy. it sill be future proof for about 2 years on decent settings

Original Poster

Personally think this is a good deal as all the parts are good quality branded. However I just couldn't find out which brand the GTX 970 is.The GTX 970 is one of the best cards for performance and value at the moment.

I think you'll it difficult to find as much in the same price bracket.
Edited by: "greysquaill" 24th Nov 2014

greysquaill

Personally think this is a good deal as all the parts are good quality … Personally think this is a good deal as all the parts are good quality branded. However I just couldn't find out which brand the GTX 970 is.The GTX 970 is one of the best cards for performance and value at the moment.This is a very good spec and build in my opinion and I think you'll it difficult to find as much in the same price bracket.



If you click on Reviews and then scroll through the pages it shows this for the GTX 970.
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09154855278l.jpg

Original Poster

donaldduck2

If you click on Reviews and then scroll through the pages it shows this … If you click on Reviews and then scroll through the pages it shows this for the GTX 970.



Thanks - never saw that.

Not bad , good spec pc for about the same price as the parts ,so if you don't build your own then this would be a good option . However if you do build your own then you could probably save money in some places ,the psu as with a gtx970 you probably wouldn't need more than a 550w and unless your planning to overclock over 4ghz then a cheap aftermarket air cooler will be fine,+a 2gb drive is more than I would ever use and there is probably very littl difference (in real fps) between this mobo and a lower spec but still decent one. Then you'd have some money left
And the 1600 ram is fine as there isn't a massive difference when gaming

Pretty nice deal for a prebuilt

Not bad spec for the money, But for the price personally I would go for an XPS from the dell outlet for a similar price and spec.

Why an i5 processor and not the i7?

Here are some more performance results from the review section-
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09154313443l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09154855106l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09154855848l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155103826l.jpg

skrimp3r

Not bad spec for the money, But for the price personally I would go for … Not bad spec for the money, But for the price personally I would go for an XPS from the dell outlet for a similar price and spec. Why an i5 processor and not the i7?



Dell do rubbish prebuilds for people who can't be bothered to research any better deals. They don't even do a XPS system that comes with a Geforce 970. Any XPS system you get will come with their own ****y OEM PSU & case which will intentionally hinder any attempt at upgrading. Probably will use an OEM motherboard too. Whereas this is a real gaming desktop.

Not withstanding the better quality parts of this deal, they're all retail too.

Take your point about it being i5, and not i7 but the real world difference atm is only about 5%. Vast majority of programs don't really take advantage of it's capabilities right now. Still good for 3 years at least.



Edited by: "plath" 24th Nov 2014

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155159995l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155231132l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155231380l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155248844l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155404705l.jpg
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155419403l.jpg

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/11/09155419403l.jpg

Would this work with two 24" monitors at the same time and would I be able to connect my 40" Sony TV to it to play movies from an external hard drive?

seems to be a palit GTX 970
recently built a similar PC for my brother with that video card

think it had 1x mini HDMI
1x DVI
3x mini display ports

won't have problems with 2 monitors if you have the right connecters
or easily using converters

this is a very good gaming PC
and should will run any current games on max setting
even on higher resolution monitors

not bothering with checking the item prices myself
and take greysquaill word for it
Edited by: "Evilcell" 24th Nov 2014

looks alright, heated

Original Poster

Evilcell

seems to be a palit GTX 970recently built a similar PC for my brother … seems to be a palit GTX 970recently built a similar PC for my brother with that video cardthink it had 1x mini HDMI1x DVI3x mini display portswon't have problems with 2 monitors if you have the right connectersor easily using converters this is a very good gaming PCand should will run any current games on max settingeven on higher resolution monitorsnot bothering with checking the item prices myselfand take greysquaill word for it



Taking my word for it is very dangerous.. but in this instance I think the Palit 970s cost more than the Zotac 970 I selected in the build for pricing on pcpartpicker.

I think I matched all the other components though.

Good build tbh. I've got a Palit GTX 970 - they're a cheap brand but I've had no problems so far. Great card too.

Heat

greysquaill

Taking my word for it is very dangerous.. but in this instance I think … Taking my word for it is very dangerous.. but in this instance I think the Palit 970s cost more than the Zotac 970 I selected in the build for pricing on pcpartpicker.I think I matched all the other components though.



my comp from pc specialist had a palit 780ti so its a reasonable assumption, i think i remember them saying they only stock 1 or 2 brands per card.

anyway this is a very nice build for £1k, with the SSD it will be rapid

donaldduck2

Would this work with two 24" monitors at the same time and would I be … Would this work with two 24" monitors at the same time and would I be able to connect my 40" Sony TV to it to play movies from an external hard drive?



yup no problem. The card has inputs up to 4 monitors i think. i have my comp going into my surround sound then into my tv and smaller 23inch monitor attached at the same time. Sound comes through the sound system and i play games on my tv so its like having a super powerful console

£999?! You can get a brand new PS4 for £299!

Looks like a good deal and decent hardware

drummerdickens

£999?! You can get a brand new PS4 for £299!



Pfff! Why not downgrade further? I can get a brand new PS3 for less than £199!

I think the main question that is on everyone's mind is will this play minecraft and FM?

Seems a fair price, have some heat.

Thank you for all the advise it is much appreciated.

This certainly seems to be ticking all the boxes for what I need but if I spent another £600 and instead purchased the Vortex 440 which is the 2nd computer on the page what significant difference am I going to get?

Vortex 440

It's not cheaper than buying all the parts yourself. Buying in all the parts in this machine - maybe. But what system builder does that? Re-use case, re-use PSU, re-use dvd-rom drives - that will not cost you £1000.

Absolute beast of a rig. And cheaper than putting it together yourself. Have some heat.

and yet it will still have frame rate issues playing lemmings...

u can build for cheaper

I bought a PC Specialist system just over a year ago. No problems with it at all so far - it was a mid-range machine (Irefuse to call a PC sometihing as ridiculous as a 'Rig') and still plays everything I throw at it at pretty much max settings

Although as mentioned above, they do ask you to keep the box in case you need to return the system and the box is huge..

lLunchb0x

u can build for cheaper



Please provide proof for this as the OP has already provided proof that you're talking ****

Will I see much difference from my Sinclair 128K ZX Spectrum +2? It still plays Jet Set Willy on ultra settings.

lLunchb0x

u can build for cheaper



OK thanks for that

donaldduck2

Thank you for all the advise it is much appreciated.This certainly seems … Thank you for all the advise it is much appreciated.This certainly seems to be ticking all the boxes for what I need but if I spent another £600 and instead purchased the Vortex 440 which is the 2nd computer on the page what significant difference am I going to get?Vortex 440



Totally depends on your intended usage but for an extra £600 I wouldn't of said it was worth it for most people. You get a faster processor, gpu and memory along with a larger ssd. The memory will make next to no percievable difference, the processor might if you are looking at doing video editing or something similar and the graphics card is about 15% faster from benchmarks I've seen. Getting a bigger SSD seperately if you wanted one would be less than £100 though you would have to re-install the operating system.

Completely up to you if it's worth spending the extra of course though.
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