PCSpecialist Velocity R1 System Review
Published: 11th February 2019 | Source: PC Specialist | Price: £3,849 |
We don't think it's giving away any secrets to say that the vast majority of us brought a system a long time ago, and since then have been gradually improving it as funds allow. It's one of the great lies of the console generation that PCs are hugely expensive and need totally replacing on a yearly basis. Such is the modular nature of hardware you can usually get away with buying bits here and there without needing a whole rejig.
However, some times hardware makes massive leaps forwards to such a degree that your whole rig feels underpowered and in need of a refresh. That has happened in recent times with the Ryzen launch from AMD and the 9th Generation of Intel CPUs. Add to that the launch of the Nvidia RTX graphics cards and the total market domination of NVMe storage and those of us with quad-cores and SSDs are suddenly left miles behind the rest.
Perhaps then it's time to start afresh. Instead of attempting to patch up your current system, scrap it all and get bang up to date with a single purchase. Enter PC Specialist, a company which has a system to suit every pocket and a whole host of customisation options so that you're not stuck paying for hardware you don't want, nor left with a build that would be great except for part x or y.
Their latest system is one which ticks all of my personal wish list items, coming in the gorgeous Cosmos C700P case, with hardline full EK water-cooling, the extraordinary i9-9900K and the flagship RTX 2080Ti graphics card. After a good lie down in a darkened room to recover we had to put it through its paces and see what you can get if you choose to refresh your whole gaming experience in one fell swoop.
Custom Liquid Cooling Kit
Liquid Series RGB High Kit - EK
COOLERMASTER COSMOS C700P TOWER GAMING CASE
Clear Hardline Acrylic Tubing - 12/16mm (Bent/Black Fittings)
Graphics Card Cooling
EK FC Nickel & Backplate - For One Graphics Card!
Mayhems Pastel Ice White
2x 50cm RGB LED Strip
Overclocked Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Eight Core (3.60GHz @ up to 5.0GHz)
ASUS® ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO: ATX, LGA1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs - RGB Ready
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 3000MHz (4 x 8GB)
11GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti - HDMI, 3x DP GeForce - RTX VR Ready!
1st Storage Drive
4TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA PRO 3.5", 7200 RPM 128MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB INTEL® 760p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (upto 3230MB/sR | 1625MB/sW)
Intel Optane Memory
64GB INTEL® M10 OPTANE MEMORY - USE WITH MECHANICAL HDD
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Braided Power Supply Cables
CORSAIR Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cable Kit Pro - White
COOLER MASTER MASTERGEL MAKER THERMAL COMPOUND
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)