All-round Deluxe PC - September 2018

By Hardware.Info

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.

Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Boxed

Processor - AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Boxed

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.

Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 kit

Memory module - Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 kit

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.

Gelid Tranquillo Rev. 4 B

CPU cooler - Gelid Tranquillo Rev. 4 B

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.

Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Motherboard - Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming

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.

Asus Radeon RX 580 Strix OC 8GB

Graphics card - Asus Radeon RX 580 Strix OC 8GB

Gaming is not the main use case of this PC, but you have to be able to play a game from time to time. With the AMD Radeon RX 580, which is now finally available again, you can play most of the games on high settings. We choose the more expensive 8GB version, which is a bit more future-proof.

Since the RX 580 is not known for its low power consumption, we are investing in the Asus Strix version with a very powerful cooler. This way you will never be disturbed by loud fan noise while using this All-round Deluxe PC.

Crucial MX500 500GB (M.2)

Hard disk/SSD - Crucial MX500 500GB (M.2)

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. We choose the M.2 version so you can place it nicely on your motherboard.

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.

Western Digital Blue 4TB

Hard disk/SSD - Western Digital Blue 4TB

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 BH16NS55
External DVD burner: LG GP70NS50
External Blu-ray burner: ASUS SBW-06D2X-U
Card reader: Kingston FCR-HS4

Fractal Design Define R6 Black

Case - Fractal Design Define R6 Black

The Define series from Fractal Design are famous for their high-quality finished and whisper quiet cases. The new Define R6 is no exception and has an up-to-date interior compared to the popular R5. There is less space for 3.5" hard disks, at least without buying additional accessories, but it now comes included with a PSU shroud and a fan controller for up to 9 casefans. Three 14cm fans are pre-installed in the case.

For this build, we choose the most affordable and quiet version with a closed side panel, but there are also various other versions available. The Window has a glass side panel, the Blackout comes without the typical white accents and the Gun Metal and White editions are simply different color variants of this chassis.

Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550W

Power supply - Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550W

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.

Corsair K70 LUX Cherry MX Red

Keyboard - Corsair K70 LUX Cherry MX Red

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.

Logitech MX Master 2S Blue

Mouse - Logitech MX Master 2S Blue

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.

Edifier Studio R1280T Brown/Black

PC speaker set - Edifier Studio R1280T Brown/Black

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.


Monitor - AOC Q2790PQU

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.

Configuration overview

Components Price
Processors AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Boxed £199.97
Memory modules Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 kit £136.98
CPU coolers Gelid Tranquillo Rev. 4 B
Motherboards Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming £144.34
Graphics cards Asus Radeon RX 580 Strix OC 8GB £329.99
Hard disks/SSDs Crucial MX500 500GB (M.2) £75.92
Hard disks/SSDs Western Digital Blue 4TB £99.95
Optical drives
Cases Fractal Design Define R6 Black £119.99
Power supplies Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550W £82.99
  Subtotaal: £1,190.13
Randapparatuur Price
Keyboards Corsair K70 LUX Cherry MX Red £154.87
Mice Logitech MX Master 2S Blue £102.46
PC speaker sets Edifier Studio R1280T Brown/Black
Monitors AOC Q2790PQU £313.98
  Subtotaal: £571.31
Total Price
Save as your own wish list Average total price: £1,761.44

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