PC Specialist Rutilus AMD Budget Gaming System
Published: 16th June 2015 | Source: PC Specialist | Price: £549 |
Because OC3D get to play with all the latest hardware, and because we know that our readers love to see, as indeed do we, what is possible when money is no object, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that for the majority of us the concept of a years salary on a system just isn't something that's doable. Yes the GTX980Ti might be a bargain relative to the price of the GTX Titan X, but it still doesn't make it affordable.
So if you find yourself sitting amongst those of us for whom playing GTA:V at 4K is about as realistic as being handed the keys to a Ferrari by our crush of choice, then this review is for you.
The key question is : how little can you spend and still find yourself with a full system capable of playing the latest titles at the most popular resolution (1080P) without having to live on Ramen noodles? With the help of PC Specialist and our vast knowledge we have put together a system that costs less than a GTX980Ti but has surprising levels of gaming performance.
AMD X4 860K
Corsair Spec 03 Case
8GB Kingston HyperX FURY
2GB VTX3D R9 270X
120GB Samsung 850 EVO
Corsair VS450 PSU
Win 8.1 64bit (with free Win 10 upgrade)
When the budget is so tight the majority of performance gains, or the best place to spend the majority of your budget, is the graphics card. However, we didn't want to leave everything else as a struggle - no SSD for example - and made it as well rounded as possible. Regardless of what might top the tables at the high-end of performance graphs, there is no denying that in terms of bang-for-buck the AMD range is still the place to go. We've combined the 3.7GHz X4 860K with the R9 270X to form the basis of our gaming beast. Add to that a decent splodge of memory and the very fast Samsung 850 Evo, alongside a full version of Windows, and we think that for the money we have left no stone unturned.