PC Specialist Minerva System Review
Published: 10th November 2014 | Source: PC Specialist | Price: £999 |
Reviewing hardware is our passion. Unquestionably this is the kind of job that you can't do unless you have a love for it. A large part of the reason that desire to do it is important is because we need consistent testing methodologies to ensure that results of each item of hardware are comparable. It's very clinical, as it has to be.
With that said, we know we can't be the only people who spend a lot of our free time in the pub talking about what hardware would be form our dream builds. Other people might argue about whether you want a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, some might discuss if that Messi or the diving pouting Portuguese guy is the best footballer and still more discussion can be had on the make up of your "five freebies" list. For Tom and me the hours are spent wondering not only what we'd build if money was no object, but the far harder task of what we'd build given a strict budget.
The amount of performance available from hardware at affordable pricing is simply staggering and has, in conjunction with the excellent fellows at PC Specialist, led to today's review. A system build we're calling Minerva. Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom, seems like the perfect appellation for a massive specification coming in at under a thousand pounds. Yes you can spend 5 grand on a system, but how much will you get from something infinitely more affordable?
So without further ado, let's introduce you.
Our time spend running gaming benchmarks on various systems led us to a few easy conclusions. Firstly, the CPU doesn't make that much difference in gaming, so we want enough to be decent in other tasks without encountering the crippling expenditure necessary for massive CPU benchmark scores. Secondly, the GPU gives a bigger performance increase per pound spent than any other piece of hardware you can buy. Lastly, the outstanding stability of Intel's Z97 chipset means we don't have to break the bank on anything with bells and whistles you'll never need.
So we have a GTX970, an Intel i5-4690K Quad Core CPU, 16GB of Kingston RAM backed up by a Kingston SSD and a beefy data drive. This is all plugged into an ASUS Maximus VII Ranger, cooled by a Corsair H60 and powered by a Corsair CS750M. Put all this into the excellent Corsair 230T case and there is a massive amount of performance for the paltry sum of £999. No need to worry about building it either and PC Specialist provide an outstanding warranty.