PC Specialist Rutilus AMD Budget Gaming System
Published: 16th June 2015 | Source: PC Specialist | Price: £549 |
If you're one of those snooty people who demand everyone sell their vital organs for the ultimate system and wouldn't get out of bed for a 3D Mark score below 50000, this obviously isn't the system for you. In fact this isn't the website for you.
There is much discussion and lies propagated on gaming forums about the price of a PC compared to a console and the need to upgrade it every two minutes. Of course this is absolute rubbish, especially given the trend in the market towards games developed for consoles. The lifespan of a console is lengthy and the performance inside them is mainly as good as it is because of the singularity of purpose. If Windows was as light on the hardware as a console is we'd annihilate their performance even more than we already do. Couple that to the fact that a console is unchanging in its hardware and thus the games cannot require ever more demanding selection of parts to run smoothly, and you can understand why the idea of a PC that needs a new GPU every three months is as foolish as it sounds.
The Rutilus is phenomenally affordable considering what lies beneath. AMD has always been known for its affordable hardware so it was a no-brainer to underpin the system with it. The 860K CPU, ASUS A88X motherboard and 8GB of Kingston Memory come out to the same price as the CPU alone does in our Minerva build. There isn't a compromise to be found. With a full version of Windows 8.1, and thus a free upgrade to Windows 10 in a couple of months time, it even includes an OS. The lack of OS is something which many lower-priced systems hide away in the small print, but this comes ready to run. The Samsung 850 is one of the fastest SATA SSD's on the market as well, and is paired up to a hefty data drive should you require yet further space. The star has to be the R9 270X though. The settings we use for our benchmarks absolutely punish it, but it never got flustered or ground to a halt. With a more judicious choice of image quality settings you can be certain that there is plenty of performance to be extracted too. Because we run everything at maximum our results are a relative worst-case-scenario.
For £549 we think it's impossible to attain a more complete system that will provide more joy. Combine the excellent hardware with the always brilliant build quality and customer service that you get from PC Specialist and the Rutilus deserves nothing less than our Gamers Choice and OC3D Gold Awards.