YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System

Introduction & Order Process

Introduction
 
YoYoTech Spartan 300PC Gaming and Budget are words that have rarely found themselves bundled together in the same sentence in recent years. After all, the cost of high-end graphics cards, CPUs and Memory can easily enter the thousands when pricing up "the ultimate gaming rig". But is there really any need for us to go spending several months wages on a pre-built system that gives no real-word visible advantage to one that's 1/2 the price? Would we honestly see the difference between 100FPS or 200FPS outside the realms of benchmarking? 
 
This is something that UK based component retailer YoYoTech have clearly given a lot of thought before putting together their latest range of Gaming PC's. With prices starting at £500 for the most basic model and going up to around  £700 for their top-end, it's clear to see that YoYoTech have avoided the usual slap-the-most-expensive-components-in mentality adopted by a lot of system integrators. But, are these systems actually any good for gaming? Can you spend £500 on a PC and not experience a slide-show when playing the latest games? Today we're going to be looking at YoYoTech's entry level Spartan 300 system complete with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (and a lot of overclocking) to see if gaming on a budget is really possible.
 
So, who are YoYoTech and why do they have a name reminiscent of a 1920's childrens toy? Well, while we can't answer the latter, YoYoTech have been in business for over 8 years and have run all operations from their Tottenham Court Road store in Central London. With a team of 10 staff, YoYoTech are one of the larger UK retailers and have the added advantage of an open store-front where shoppers can pop in and get a good look at the products before making a purchase. More information on YoYoTech can be found on their website - some of which is quoted below:
  
YoYoTech StoreService
We pride ourselves in being the Personal Touch computer and Accessories business for the enthusiast and beginners. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff we endeavour to offer complete satisfaction to all our customers. We are continually sourcing the latest and hottest products at competitive prices. With dedicated web developers and utilising the latest technology we continually update our website to bring you a secure and friendly environment to browse and purchase at your own convenience.

Products
We stock all major brands and leading components for gamers and overclockers. Our reputation and experience allows us to negotiate hard with manufacturers and bring you, our customers, the most competitive prices. Our customers are our bloodline and we listen to them to give them the products they need at prices they want.
  
 
 
Order Process
 
The YoYoTech system configuration page shown below may not be the most pretty thing we've ever seen, but with the entire configuration process split up into 5 separate sections, the number of configuration options and additional services is arranged in such a way that it you're not overwhelmed with hundreds of checkboxes all on one page. A running total of your system build along with a detailed breakdown of your chosen options is displayed in a black box at the right-side of the screen and follows you up and down the page as you scroll through the various options (slightly annoying).
 
Website Ordering
 
A good selection of alternate components is available, some of which are even cheaper than the default ones chosen by YoYoTech. If any component used in the system happens to be out of stock during the configuration of your order, the website will request that you choose an alternate product in order to avoid any delays to your order.
 
YoYoTech Spartan Memory
 
Unlike some of our previous system reviews, we didn't actually have any correspondance with YoYoTech during the system build (the machine simply arrived on our doorstep one day!). Therefore it is impossible for us to comment on subjects such as pre-sales service, the order process and whether or not we were kept in the loop during the system build. However, YoYoTech do assure us that customers are kept informed via email at all stages of the build from begining to end.
 
YoYoTech Spartan Packaging YoYoTech Spartan Box Open
 
On delivery of the system we were quite surprised to see that YoYoTech had shipped the unit in nothing more than the stock Antec Three Hundred box. While this is more than acceptable for an empty enclosure, the installation of components adds additional weight to the case, resulting in nastier knocks if the box is dropped by a courier during shipping. For this reason it would be quite good to see YoYoTech double boxing their systems, or at the very least protecting the vulnerable edges of the box with an additional layer of card.
 
Now let's move on to the system appearance and specifications...
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Most Recent Comments

30-07-2008, 16:25:31

JN
"How far can YoYoTech make 500 stretch into building a mid-range gaming rig? We find out as we review their latest Spartan 300 Gaming PC."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...183854708s.jpg

YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System

30-07-2008, 17:03:47

Rastalovich
I`ll open by being brutally honest in that I`ve never forgiven YoYoTech for advertizing the IX38-MAX, and it of course not making the shops

However, great review Jim, and I have equally be honest that if some1 came to me with the story we all get "can u build me a pc" - for 500, I`d point them at this. Jim had to technicalities.. but here`s the beauty about it - the person who bought it wouldn`t be on my phone all the time with an issue That my friends is priceless.

Once going and benching is pretty darn decent, and there`s a fair bit of expansion u can add to it in the future - which is the downfall of most pre-made systems.

Good stuff.

http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/demos/Imag...-animation.gif

30-07-2008, 17:04:31

FarFarAway
Cracking VFM, shame about the slight issues. Still, they've stretched 500 a long way

30-07-2008, 20:15:20

BUFF
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.

Rumour has it that P43 has been constrained to ~400fsb (way down on P45) for overclocking which I would love you to test if you still have the system.

30-07-2008, 21:52:31

WC Annihilus
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.
Fixed, good catch

31-07-2008, 01:10:02

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.

Rumour has it that P43 has been constrained to ~400fsb (way down on P45) for overclocking which I would love you to test if you still have the system.
From what I've been told the board that was used in that system is actually a P45 board and MSI have just changed the sticker on it to read P43 so that they can sell it at a lower price.

If you check the pics in the review, have a look at the model number printed on the PCB and punch it into Google.

Maybe MSI have done something to it...but to me it looked like a P45 with a sticker on it.

31-07-2008, 01:40:19

WC Annihilus
Out of curiosity I went to MSI's site and downloaded the manual for those board. By the looks of it, there are three different boards bearing the model number (P45, P43, and G45). From my reading, the P43 is essentially the same chip as the P45, just with a few features disabled (only 1 x16 PCI-E, weaker official memory support). Possibly low-binned P45's. The G45 is just a P45 with an integrated graphics solution. So I suppose you could look at this board as being a lower-binned, feature-capped P45 board

31-07-2008, 03:47:12

Luigi
Thats really strange how they gave you an ES chip :S

Pretty cool if they gave everyone one though

31-07-2008, 11:39:10

BUFF
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
From what I've been told the board that was used in that system is actually a P45 board and MSI have just changed the sticker on it to read P43 so that they can sell it at a lower price.

If you check the pics in the review, have a look at the model number printed on the PCB and punch it into Google.

Maybe MSI have done something to it...but to me it looked like a P45 with a sticker on it.
Oh, I'm sure that P43 & P45 are pin compatible allowing mobo manufacturers to re-use PCBs - afterall that's what many have done with IX38/IX48 mobos, Asus P5N32 uses a Striker PCB etc. etc.

05-08-2008, 08:08:19

cl0ck_ed
This is by far the best budget gaming setup someone possible could get right now. The arctic cooler is great. Very nice choice of components.

35 for them to build it, overclock and RTB warranty!!!! GREAT VFM!!!

1.445v Vcore !! ouch. I thought the 45nm chips were failing at voltage close to that. Seems a bit steep for Yoyotech to get stability?? Intel spec VID up to 1.365v. Very risky imo.

Great review. And hope this pc sells like hot cakes. It is miles infront of other system builders in terms of value!!
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