All-round Deluxe PC - May 2018
The all-round Deluxe PC will last you a few years without requiring any upgrades. It is a bit more expensive, but is very complete as well. Using the internet, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing - all of these are possible on a good all-round PC, and you should never feel that you are lacking in performance for any of those activities.
This means a good processor and graphics card from the upper mid-range segment. Fast, yet affordable. You also need enough RAM and storage space, not to mention an attractive chassis and reliable power supply that can last several years. Of course you need a quality monitor, mouse and keyboard, as these are used very frequently.
This PC will cost more than the standard all-round PC, but it is also more powerful and has higher-end components. If this exceeds your budget somewhat, then you can have a look at out standard All-round PC instead.
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For a PC that doesn't have gaming as its primary use, but should be able to multitask perfectly, the AMD Ryzen 2 series is very compelling. The Ryzen 5 2600X is a fast 6-core processor that beats the more expensive Intel Core i5 8600K in virtually all multi-threaded tasks.
You can still save some money by buying the lower clocked Ryzen 5 2600 and clocking it over, but for this specific advice we prefer to choose a CPU that is fast out of the box.
In order to get the most out of an AMD Ryzen processor, high speed memory is required. We choose a relatively affordable 16GB kit from Corsair, which works at a speed of ddr4-3000. In our test, we verified that it works flawlessly on Ryzen - the AMD platform remains a bit more selective than Intel when it comes to high speed RAM.
It does not cost too much, but the Gelid Tranquillo Rev. 4 turns out to offer excellent cooling performance while generating little noise. The new B revision comes with the right mounting material for the AM4 socket, making it an excellent solution for this All-round Deluxe PC.
In our X470 motherboard review, one board really stood out in terms of price-performance. The Gigabyte Aorus X470 Ultra Gaming is a very complete motherboard with high quality network and audio chips, a very capable power circuit and still relatively modest pricing.
Does the Ultra Gaming have any downsides? There's not as much RGB lighting as on more expensive boards and it lacks integrated WiFi; if you don't care about that (like us), then it really is an excellent choice. Of course you can always add your own WiFi connection.
It goes without saying on occasion you'll want to play your games in Full HD. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is an excellent choice, which will enable you to play at high settings in almost every game. Unfortunately, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB has increased in price due to the mining craze. However, it's way more future proof than the 3GB version.
This particular model from MSI performs very well in all our tests. One could argue for an AMD Radeon RX 580, to benefit from a Freesync enabled monitor, but they're out of stock almost everywhere.
The Crucial MX500 is fast, although it certainly doesn't break the bank. The five years of warranty are a nice finishing touch. 500 GB should be enough for all your software.
If you don't need much storage or use a NAS for file storage, you could even consider to drop the harddisk from this system and go with an even bigger SSD.
The data disk doesn't need to be fast: quiet, efficient and affordable are key. Based on those criteria, Western Digital's Blue series is according to our latest comparison test the best choice. We opt for the 4TB version, which has plenty of space for the future. The new Blue series is the successor of the old WD Green.
Optical drive -
We don't recommend an optical drive anymore, but we tested a lot of DVD drives, Blu-ray burners and memory card readers in the past months. So if you wanna buy one of those devices, we have a list of best choices:
Internal DVD burner: LG GH24NSD1
Internal Blu-ray burner: LG BH16
External DVD burner: LG GP70NS50
External Blu-ray burner: ASUS SBW-06D2X-U
Card reader: Kingston FCR-HS4
The Define series from Fractal Design are famous for their high-quality finished and whisper quiet cases. The Define R5 is no exception and is able to accommodate up to eight 3.5" disks. In general, this case is a bit more solid than the Corsair 330R, by example.
At the time of writing, the new Define R6 is considerably more expensive - we don't think it is worth the extra cost at the moment.
We don't need many words to describe the performance of the Seasonic Focus Plus Gold: it's excellent. The voltage stability, efficiency, ripple and noise production are all very good. The ripple of the Focus Plus Gold is just a tad higher when compared to the Corsair RMx, but the difference is really small. However, Seasonics offering is considerably cheaper.
The K70 has been one of Corsair's most popular mechanical keyboards for quite a while. That's not without reason: the keyboard has a sturdy build, in terms of features the model is fully equipped, and although tastes differ, the keyboard also looks nice thanks to its floating keycaps design.
There are also more luxurious models with, for example, RGB lighting and quieter key switches, but they are considerably more expensive.
The MX Master 2S mouse from Logitech is a worthy flagship from this manufacturer. The unique features keep on coming: the ergonomical design, the flywheel mode, the horizontal scroll wheel, the possibility to switch between three wirelessly paired devices - via Bluetooth, by example. Its price has dropped a bit since its launch, and while it still is an expensive rodent, we think it's worth it.
In our recent test of PC speakersets, the Edifier Studio R1280T impressed us. The two solid bookshelf speakers produce an excellent stereo sound, virtually without distortion. For listening to music, this is one of the best choices for its price, but if you're looking for impressive, thunderous explosions you'll still have to choose for a 2.1 set with a subwoofer, such as the slightly more expensive Logitech Z623.
The AOC Q2790PQU is a 27" WQHD monitor with a high quality IPS panel. Its 2560x1440 resolution offers a lot of workspace, which will certainly help you to be more productive. Also, games and (4K) videos will be displayed way sharper than on a normal 1080p screen.
The excellent colour reproduction of this monitor really impressed us in our test. Unfortunately the AOC does not have Freesync support and has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz, but for all-round use that is fine as far as we are concerned. Moreover, the attractive price more than compensates for this lack.
|Processors||AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Boxed||£209.99|
|Memory modules||Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 kit||£151.71|
|CPU coolers||Gelid Tranquillo Rev. 4 B||–|
|Motherboards||Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming||£134.99|
|Graphics cards||MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB||£300.54|
|Hard disks/SSDs||Crucial MX500 500GB||£82.79|
|Hard disks/SSDs||Western Digital Blue 4TB||£99.95|
|Cases||Fractal Design Define R5 Black||£107.99|
|Power supplies||Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550W||£79.99|
|Keyboards||Corsair K70 LUX Cherry MX Red||£129.83|
|Mice||Logitech MX Master 2S Blue||£101.35|
|PC speaker sets||Edifier Studio R1280T Brown/Black||–|
|Save as your own wish list||Average total price:||£1,750.63|