PC Specialist Obsidian Zen Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PC Specialist Obsidian Zen Review

Introduction

The word gaming used to come with such heavy connotations. For a long time if a manufacturer put the word gaming on something then you could pretty much guarantee the price would sky-rocket. We all understand that you need a certain level of outlay to achieve gaming performance in comparison to a 'office' PC, but the insane improvements in the capabilities of even cheap hardware has meant that decent gaming abilities have never been within the grasp of more people.

Of course if you ever spend your life on internet forums then you could be forgiven for thinking that anything less that dual GTX 1080 Ti's on a custom watercooled X299 rig is utterly worthless. Pish. As high end hardware gets ever more powerful, so hardware a little further down the range does too, which means you get maximum bang for your buck.

We recently looked at a PC Specialist system that was based around the Ryzen 7 1800X and a GTX 1080 Ti. Pretty much the high end of things. Today we have the opposite end of the spectrum, a system designed around bringing you 1080P gaming goodness without the hefty price tag. 

Let's see how it stacks up.

Technical Specifications

In keeping with our comments above about the eternal increase in performance having a trickle down effect, the Obsidian Zen is equipped with the most affordable of the Ryzen range, the Ryzen 3 1200, yet it is still a 3.4 GHz quad core CPU. Likewise we have an ASUS Strix motherboard in B350-F trim, a GTX 1060 for good 1080P gaming and a hybrid Seagate Firecuda SSHD for all your storage needs. It is precisely enough PC. Nowhere are there excessive elements that bump up the price without adding performance, but neither have any shortcuts been taken to squeeze it in under a price point.

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Most Recent Comments

18-08-2017, 06:32:53

AlienALX
Hmm. Not sure £750 is affordable really. Well, not for the spec. It looks cheap too, something you wouldn't expect it to for that much money. If it were £600 or maybe even £500 it would be better.

Let's face it, this is entry level. Soaring hardware costs have pushed that price up like crazy.Quote

18-08-2017, 06:38:54

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Hmm. Not sure £750 is affordable really. Well, not for the spec. It looks cheap too, something you wouldn't expect it to for that much money. If it were £600 or maybe even £500 it would be better.

Let's face it, this is entry level. Soaring hardware costs have pushed that price up like crazy.
Thats a very well spec'd rig for 750. Most of it going on the GPU clearly but the only thing its 'lacking' as Bry said is an SSD.Quote

19-08-2017, 03:59:20

GrahamC
Can't say I'm impressed. The look is poor, cheep and plasticy, cabling every colour of the rainbow. Hardware price are at a high just now but the lack of effort by PC Specialist in presentation is a shame. Over priced by £100 IMO.Quote

19-08-2017, 06:08:58

Wraith
As a plug and play unit its a nice middle of the road budget gamer build for the consumer who cares not for building their own system, as far as games go it'll be ok for low to mid settings and should keep the owner happy. Obvs we are all modders, builders, enthusiasts here and its not really our up our streets and yes we've all probably hit pcpartpicker already to try building our own. But when you factor in the average joe who just wants a system now and has no interest in building their own I think it's a pretty tidy system and let's not forget the upgrade possibilities later. As for prices its about fair when you factor in shipping, warranty, labour costs.

Let's not forget not everyone is an enthusiast and prebuilt systems have a place.Quote

19-08-2017, 06:57:02

AlienALX
The warranty is crap. 1 yr parts when you get two or three buying parts.Quote
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