Zoostorm Phantom i7-6700K GTX 980 SSD Windows 10 Gaming PC £1070.00 delivered @ dabs
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Zoostorm Phantom i7-6700K GTX 980 SSD Windows 10 Gaming PC £1070.00 delivered @ dabs

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Found 4th Mar 2016
Was 1122.58 now 1070 +3% quidco = 1037.90

Best price skylake overclockable PC with GTX 980 for ultimate gaming. I can't see anything near this price for the similar spec. Build your own may come close but graphics card and CPU alone are £700+

Full spec from Zoostorm sales support:

500w FSP PSU
3TB SATA3 HDD
Intel Core i7-6700K CPU
Asrock Z170 Pro4S motherboard
Samsung DVDRW
8GB DDR4 2400mhz RAM
KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 graphics card
128GB SSD (SanDisk or Samsung)
Windows 10 home
Thermaltake watercooling

Also should be suitable for Oculus VR.

Recommend a RAM upgrade but this is easy to do and cheap.
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At that price I would of expected a Blu-ray player and DVD writer and perhaps a bigger SSD.
Still its about an average price if you built it yourself but it's already pre-built.

Always better to build it yourself. Individual warranties per part (and longer warranties at that), you'll choose better quality components, and it will just work better. You'll likely save some money too.

Also, that case is atrocious

Update
Although I've just built a new vr capable pc for about 650 (specs below), this post inspired me to look for even newer skylake components, and I found them. Feel free to copy my parts list on your own builds - it's the result of weeks of planning and reviews read.

CPU Intel i7-4790 (4th gen, as 5th gen is crazy expensive and 6th gen performs worse except at the highest end) 170 from ebay new in oem packaging without heatsink
Arctic Cooling i32 cooler/heatsink with 2 fans 28 from amazon
GA-H97N-WIFI itx board 90 from amazon
8GB (2x 4GB Kingston DDR3-1600) 25 from amazon
Samsung 850 Evo 256GB SSD 63 from amazon
Antec Truepower classic 750W PSU 75 from ariapc
Antec ISK600 ITX case 30 from Amazon
Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 170 from ebay (used)
and a bunch of extra fans to keep everything extra cool. The system idles below 30c and has pushed 45c in gaming on ultra high settings fallout, Aliens etc
Got Windows 10 free for being a student, but you can pick up a win7 license fit 10 and then upgrade to win10 free

Decided to go for skylake instead for m.2 slot for an ssd upgrade in the next 12 months, usb 3.1, and ddr4.
New cpu i7-6700 206 new in oem packaging from ebay
New motherboard Asus Z170i Pro from amazon 120
Assuming I can return the motherboard I already have and sell the cpu again for 170, which shouldn't be a problem, the cost difference will be around 50, bringing the pc cost to about 700.

If anyone is looking for a board+cpu+ram it looks like I'm selling haha! Or you can just buy the whole computer from me for the 650 I paid for it. Pm me

Overall my point is that this "deal" is horrible. kthxbai


Edited by: "robodan918" 5th Mar 2016
robodan918

Always better to build it yourself. Individual warranties per part (and … Always better to build it yourself. Individual warranties per part (and longer warranties at that), you'll choose better quality components, and it will just work better. You'll likely save some money too.Also, that case is atrocious



Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account the average person can't just build a pc , not only that if they could a lot would be too busy . Heat added thanks to robodan918
Build it yourself blahdy blahdy blah.. As if that is what every one wants or can do.. Bores!
People would be surprised how easy it is to build their own pc. I agree with building it yourself. Heatsinks and fans are nearly always poor in pre built pcs. And the thermal paste isn't always the best...
thermomonkey

People would be surprised how easy it is to build their own pc. I agree … People would be surprised how easy it is to build their own pc. I agree with building it yourself. Heatsinks and fans are nearly always poor in pre built pcs. And the thermal paste isn't always the best...



There'll always be a market for pre-built things for many reasons. Nothing wrong with suggesting to custom build though. It hasn't gone down well here
its actually very easy to build a PC but do understand that some wouldnt want to
Wow - over a grand for a PC - I've suddenly come over all 1990s...
RudiBryson

Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account … Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account the average person can't just build a pc , not only that if they could a lot would be too busy . Heat added thanks to robodan918


It takes like 40 minutes. And its like building blocks, really not difficult.

However that doesn't mean to say that if you dont want to build one, that this is cold. Heat
Edited by: "----" 4th Mar 2016
Is an i7 overkill? I thought i5 was good enough for all modern games
m1chaels

Wow - over a grand for a PC - I've suddenly come over all 1990s...



You can pay much, much more for a PC. This is pretty good for the price tbh. Though as some have said, its definitely better to build it yourself if you can.
JTW8W

Is an i7 overkill? I thought i5 was good enough for all modern games



You thought right.
I built my own a couple of weeks ago for about £1.2k with the following specs:

I7-6700k
MSI M5 motherboard + CM V8 GTS cpu cooler
Cooler Master master Case Pro 5
16GB corsair vengeance 3000mhz ddr4 RAM
Gigabyte Windforce 980ti 6Gb OC extreme gaming
2x 120gb SSD Sandisk ultra II
Corsair 850w RMi series (gold)
Dvd-rw
Two corsair SP 140mm fans and various other things like Led strips.

This price is very average.
JimBobJr

It takes like 40 minutes. And its like building blocks, really not … It takes like 40 minutes. And its like building blocks, really not difficult.However that doesn't mean to say that if you dont want to build one, that this is cold. Heat



40 minutes to build then numerous hours working out which part is DOA or why your constantly getting BSOD.
Bubba Ho-Tep

40 minutes to build then numerous hours working out which part is DOA or … 40 minutes to build then numerous hours working out which part is DOA or why your constantly getting BSOD.



It's all part of the fun
this is a lovely price. missing a few little things but at this price its a very good deal

RudiBryson

Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account … Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account the average person can't just build a pc , not only that if they could a lot would be too busy . Heat added thanks to robodan918



I've seen children build a PC.

It's really not hard. A motherboard has writing on it that tells you where everything goes.

"CPU Fan", is remarkably for the CPU fan, which will have instructions on how to install it.
The CPU slot is, again pretty surprisingly, for the CPU
The DIMM slot is lego-like
etc etc

Also - Poor deal.
1) Why would anyone buy a 980. Either gget a 970 for a 10% drop in performance or get the 980Ti
2) No PSU listed, probably awful
3) No cooler listed, probably awful
4) Hard drive is simply too big, I don't think anyone needs 3 TB, and SSD is simply too small
5) If you don't know what hyper threading is, you don't need it.
JTW8W

Is an i7 overkill? I thought i5 was good enough for all modern games



You can get a CPU from 2-3 generations ago and it will still run every single modern game. No one needs a top end CPU unless they know they need it, which is very, very few people.
Salfordgirl1

I've seen children build a PC.It's really not hard. A motherboard has … I've seen children build a PC.It's really not hard. A motherboard has writing on it that tells you where everything goes."CPU Fan", is remarkably for the CPU fan, which will have instructions on how to install it.The CPU slot is, again pretty surprisingly, for the CPUThe DIMM slot is lego-likeetc etcAlso - Poor deal.1) Why would anyone buy a 980. Either gget a 970 for a 10% drop in performance or get the 980Ti 2) No PSU listed, probably awful3) No cooler listed, probably awful4) Hard drive is simply too big, I don't think anyone needs 3 TB, and SSD is simply too small5) If you don't know what hyper threading is, you don't need it.



Hard drive is too big oO
Very good price for what you pay, this is about the right price for a prebuilt imo. Yes it would be better to build yourself, but not everyone is willing to educate themselves I can understand that, sometimes you just want something to work 'out of the box'. That said the 980 is always an odd choice for me, given the performance gap between the R9 390 (significantly cheaper, not the biggest drop in performance) and the 980ti (slightly more money, better price/performance. Like having a Titan X but cheaper). Heated regardless

But then what do I know? Everyone attacks me for using my 280X to push 4k.
Everyone bitching about it being beyond some people to do a decent build hah! You should try building a 386/486 era PC then manually setting IRQ's & DMA & Base addresses, put an ISA add in card in and play the whole game again to find a combination that works and then you get to the wonders of freeing Base memory, loading drivers with Himem etc etc

Honestly today you could build a PC having never even looked at the bits before by just looking carefully where each bit might go.

Anyway seems a reasonable price but that case is ming, you'll always have people in both camps & that's fine because people wanting off the shelf keeps others in work, each to their own eh?
You should see some of the finished PCs built by people that were told it is easy. I've seen thermal paste applied to CPU sockets, CPU coolers attached to case vents, CPU coolers placed over the CPU without being secured, IO shields left in boxes, cable management that gives me nightmares, and many other things I've blanked from my memory.

That said, if spending over £1,000, I'd wait until Summer. Then get one built to order...

... or build your own, it's easy.
Bo0td

You should see some of the finished PCs built by people that were told it … You should see some of the finished PCs built by people that were told it is easy. I've seen thermal paste applied to CPU sockets, CPU coolers attached to case vents, CPU coolers placed over the CPU without being secured, IO shields left in boxes, cable management that gives me nightmares, and many other things I've blanked from my memory.That said, if spending over £1,000, I'd wait until Summer. Then get one built to order...... or build your own, it's easy.



What a mess
Original Poster
alternative here... hotukdeals.com/dea…570

Not an overclockable processor, no SSD but includes DVD drive and 16GB.
oooooz

Build it yourself blahdy blahdy blah.. As if that is what every one wants … Build it yourself blahdy blahdy blah.. As if that is what every one wants or can do.. Bores!



​it's not bloody rocket science. as if there weren't a million vids to show you how. some knowledge would save you money too.
Lots of comments on here saying it's easy to build a pc, yes it's easy to put the pieces together. What's not easy is trawling through the swathes of information, statistics and various incremental performance increases of components and choosing the right parts that come out every 15 mins. Then the unrealistic views of all the "IT professionals" OMG you need DDR4 and at least 64gb of it and at least 2000w gold psu or you wont even be able to view the internet.... so no it's not so easy as people make out.
oohflamey

Lots of comments on here saying it's easy to build a pc, yes it's easy to … Lots of comments on here saying it's easy to build a pc, yes it's easy to put the pieces together. What's not easy is trawling through the swathes of information, statistics and various incremental performance increases of components and choosing the right parts that come out every 15 mins. Then the unrealistic views of all the "IT professionals" OMG you need DDR4 and at least 64gb of it and at least 2000w gold psu or you wont even be able to view the internet.... so no it's not so easy as people make out.



You over exaggerated at the end there a bit
rev6

You over exaggerated at the end there a bit



Yeah Silver would probably have been a better example
oohflamey

Lots of comments on here saying it's easy to build a pc, yes it's easy to … Lots of comments on here saying it's easy to build a pc, yes it's easy to put the pieces together. What's not easy is trawling through the swathes of information, statistics and various incremental performance increases of components and choosing the right parts that come out every 15 mins. Then the unrealistic views of all the "IT professionals" OMG you need DDR4 and at least 64gb of it and at least 2000w gold psu or you wont even be able to view the internet.... so no it's not so easy as people make out.



There's a huge amount of tools and people to help you out with that. All you have to do is ask, even on here or just on this thread.

rev6

Hard drive is too big oO



If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding them.

You can fit 2.5 million pictures on a 3TB hard drive.
600,000 songs
4500 movies

Most games are around 20-30 GB = You can install 800-1200 games.

So, aye, I think a hard drive can be too big to the point where it encourages you to just keep things lying around because you can, which will inevitably start causing speed issues later down the line.
Salfordgirl1

If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding … If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding them.You can fit 2.5 million pictures on a 3TB hard drive.600,000 songs4500 moviesMost games are around 20-30 GB = You can install 800-1200 games.So, aye, I think a hard drive can be too big to the point where it encourages you to just keep things lying around because you can, which will inevitably start causing speed issues later down the line.




Salfordgirl1

If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding … If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding them.You can fit 2.5 million pictures on a 3TB hard drive.600,000 songs4500 moviesMost games are around 20-30 GB = You can install 800-1200 games.So, aye, I think a hard drive can be too big to the point where it encourages you to just keep things lying around because you can, which will inevitably start causing speed issues later down the line.



Surely all that is subjective.

Not all images, videos, music, are the same size. Storage is cheap. I don't see a problem with buying more storage instead of deleting things.
rev6

Surely all that is subjective. Not all images, videos, music, are the … Surely all that is subjective. Not all images, videos, music, are the same size. Storage is cheap. I don't see a problem with buying more storage instead of deleting things.



If it's a choice of 1TB hard drive for 30-40

Or using that 30-40 to buy a 500GB SSD...I know which I'd choose. It might be cheap, but it's extra cost for something you won't use.
Salfordgirl1

If it's a choice of 1TB hard drive for 30-40Or using that 30-40 to buy a … If it's a choice of 1TB hard drive for 30-40Or using that 30-40 to buy a 500GB SSD...I know which I'd choose. It might be cheap, but it's extra cost for something you won't use.



Yes. Subjective. Not everyone thinks like you here. Pre-built PC's cater for the majority. You could pick apart the build all day.
RudiBryson

Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account … Voted hot just because of this comment tbh . Fails to take into account the average person can't just build a pc , not only that if they could a lot would be too busy . Heat added thanks to robodan918



The average person can build a PC it's easy (I'm not having a go) honestly give it a go it's very easy and rewarding! I understand the fear aspect but just research a bit and watch some YouTube videos and I genuinely believe most people can build a PC without difficulty. Now troubleshooting PC problems that I think is beyond a lot of people as it is sometimes guesswork!
Most PCs are assembled in third world sweatshops by barely literate workers on low wages. It is not rocket science!
Love the HUKD community and their "knowledge" when it comes to building computers..

I've seen children build a PC.



Yeah, like I'd let children loose with over £1000 worth of parts to build a PC.

And that's what you forget - screw it all up, waste £1000 and then have to go and buy a pre-built for another £1000

PS I've been building my own since the 386 days but there is still that anticipation/dread when you turn the power on for the first time oO - will it all work?
Original Poster
3TB for music and this... hotukdeals.com/dea…514 (1 degree away from HOT
Edited by: "neil_hhh" 4th Mar 2016
Salfordgirl1

If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding … If you need 3TB of space, you're hoarding things for the sake of hoarding them.You can fit 2.5 million pictures on a 3TB hard drive.600,000 songs4500 moviesMost games are around 20-30 GB = You can install 800-1200 games.So, aye, I think a hard drive can be too big to the point where it encourages you to just keep things lying around because you can, which will inevitably start causing speed issues later down the line.



And what if the person needs (or prefers) to use virtual machines to run apps for different purposes? Such as trials or just sandboxing?
For someone who is shelling out £1k on a desktop PC, it's not just a gaming rig and 3TB of storage is not that excessive.
Edited by: "pothole" 4th Mar 2016
persianrug

I built my own a couple of weeks ago for about £1.2k with the following … I built my own a couple of weeks ago for about £1.2k with the following specs:I7-6700kMSI M5 motherboard + CM V8 GTS cpu coolerCooler Master master Case Pro 516GB corsair vengeance 3000mhz ddr4 RAMGigabyte Windforce 980ti 6Gb OC extreme gaming2x 120gb SSD Sandisk ultra IICorsair 850w RMi series (gold)Dvd-rwTwo corsair SP 140mm fans and various other things like Led strips. This price is very average.



I have recently built my own, didn't go with Skylake, went for 5820K instead, but I know how much of a lie your above statement is. Those parts do NOT add up to just £1.2k.

PCPartPicker price for the specs you state = £1446.....so don't lie boy. This IS a hot deal.

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