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Erebus - i7 Gaming PC
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£1,299.99
by Laurence de Mendes Harris Date Added: Monday 21 May, 2012
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Just want to say how pleased I am with my new computer, happy doesn't even begin to describe it. I was worried at first as it was such a large purchase for me, my anxiety was lessened greatly by the brilliant staff at UKGC who sent out frequent updates on the build progress of my computer and were able to answer any questions I had very, very quickly.

The computer arrived bang on 9:30 the day after testing completed and was extremely well packaged.

As for the computer itself I can't describe how much I love it. I added a few upgrades including:

[Corsair Obsidian 650D] case

[Moderate Overclocking] with [Arctic Silver 5] thermal compound and a [Xigmatek Gaia] cooler to keep it nice and cool

[8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3] RAM

[Nvidia GTX 680 2GB] Graphics Card

[Creative SoundBlaster Recon 3D] Sound Card

[Asus N15 300MBPS] Wireless Card

When the PC had arrived and after I had let it stand for an hour to make sure all moisture had cleared from the interior I set about setting it up.

The first thing that struck me was the size, the Obsidian 650D is massive (20.5" High x 9" Wide x 21.5" Deep) and heavy to boot, so it might be worth considering this if you are strapped for space. The fans are also rather loud but as I have closed back headphones this doesn't bother me (I'd rather have a cool audible system than a hot quiet one).

The case is very aesthetically pleasing. It's black brushed metal exterior and minimal design (not to mention it's impressive size) make it look like a PC that can get the job done without resorting to bright lights or a flashy, over the top chassis.

Looking through the side window everything is very neatly installed and all the cables are very well organised. Having such a big case means there is plenty of room for airflow which helps keep everything cool and the well organised cables help with this too.

I had a few problems when starting my computer up, but a quick chat with UKGC on their 'live support' application revealed that I had plugged the screen into the wrong socket. Now I was able to see what I was doing another problem came up, I had no wireless signal. Another quick live chat and this problem was fixed as well (I had forgotten to attach the antennae to the wireless card).

With my computer up and running and now fully functional (no thanks to me) I sat down to try it out. It's fast... both my (wireless) internet connection and the speed it accessed files surprised me. I installed Steam and started downloading Skyrim to test it out. The download was very fast peaking at 2.5mb/s (fast compared to my old computer at least which only manages 1mp/s on a good day) and the hard drive was whisper quiet through the entire process.

Once Skyrim had downloaded I launched it and settled down for a good session. I was (and still am) extremely impressed by how well it ran, even on max settings it was silky smooth, and the sound quality (From the sound card combined with my AKG K550 reference headphones) was brilliant, highlighting every little detail and giving VERY convincing surround sound and distance emulation (Especially impressive considering I have stereo headphones).

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and I am still loving my new PC. I have since loaded Skyrim with a huge amount of mods including a few graphical enhancing ones and it STILL runs like a dream, I haven't noticed a single drop in fps so far. I have also started playing Tribes: Ascend and Diablo III and it runs them with ease.

I'll be really interested to see what it takes to make my system truly sweat as I haven't found it so far.

I want to thank the entire UKGC team for making both the ordering process easy and painless, as well as building such a superb machine. I will definitely be getting back in contact when it's time to upgrade and will be recommending you to all of my friends if and when they decide to buy new computers.

Many thanks for the great service and keep on being awesome!

Laurence

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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