When you think of the UK, you probably think of cars driving on the other side of the road. But it is also the land of customization: ‘bespoke’ as they call it there. Just look at the luxury cars from Rolls Royce or the beautiful tailor-made suits for men.
For PC users, there is the option of buying a computer that has been put together with the same amount of time and attention as such a luxury car. You actually buy a tailor-made suit for PC users, and that is exactly what the builders of the English PCSpecialist offer: a custom computer, built with care and equipped with the best hardware.
When you think of a complete PC, you might feel shivers running through your body. It conjures up phantoms: motherboards that are barely fit to carry the configuration and offer no room for expansion or advancement, cabinets that aren’t much thicker than a soda can, and cabling that’s a mess. This British company tries to prevent such things by building systems as traditionally as possible and selecting the best parts for them.
The systems are built on the other side of the Channel and then shipped. Where many manufacturers forget that good packaging is necessary for the transport of a computer system, PCSpecialist has paid a lot of attention to this. You may have heard about people who bought a system where, for example, the cooler fell off the processor on the way. You do not run that risk with this company; before turning on the system, you must first remove a pad. This cushion ensures that the important parts of your PC stay in place during transport. In all your enthusiasm you should therefore not connect the PC directly to the socket; this cushion must first be removed.
You can see that PCSpecialist knows its target group by the fact that a large piece of paper has been pasted on the side of the system to point out how to remove the fender. After this is done, you can almost get started, because the glass side panel is equipped with protection. Of course you can let it sit for a while before showing your new acquisition to everyone.
For this article, PCSpecialist supplied two models: a variant with a price of about a thousand euros and another that costs about five hundred euros more. The first system is based on Intel, for the second system the company has chosen AMD. Where the first system is mainly intended for casual gamers, the second has the specs to achieve somewhat higher performance.
You can immediately see that time and attention has been paid to putting together the systems when you look at the inside. Some of the cables are neatly hidden at the back of the motherboard and the rest of the cables disappear neatly into the space near the power supply.
The question arises as to which company is behind these systems. PCSpecialist is a market-leading system integrator, or PC builder. The company builds PCs, laptops, all-in-one computers and servers. It has a focus on building systems for enthusiasts, gamers and professionals. PCSpecialist was founded in 2003 in the United Kingdom. The products are sold in thirty countries and the company complies with various ISO certifications.
To support users, PCSpecialist can be reached in the Netherlands and Belgium via local telephone numbers and email addresses. This allows you to reach the company for help, both with the purchase of a system and after purchase. By default, a system is delivered within two to six days; at an additional cost, it can also be delivered the next day.
In this video you get an impression of the production process.
PCSpecialist Prism Pro AMD system for 1800 euros
As mentioned, PCSpecialist sent two systems. As the basis for the AMD system, the company has chosen an AMD 5600X, a processor that is currently one of the best options for gamers. Despite the fact that this chip has ‘only’ six cores, it is a very interesting choice for those who want to game. Games generally hardly use multiple cores; a good clock frequency and high single-core performance are more important requirements for this target group. The 5600X certainly meets that, with its 3.7/4.6GHz clock frequency. In contrast to many ready-made systems, a real 5600X has been chosen here instead of a non-overclockable 5600 intended for the OEM market. So if you own this system, you can try to get some extra performance out of it by overclocking the processor. You have plenty of options for that, because no fewer than six 12 cm fans are built into the Prism-X housing. That means that the system will keep the parts in your housing cool.
Six is already a lot, but there is even one other fan, namely the cooler of the proprietary FrostFlow 240 water cooler mounted on the processor. The 5600X works together with a video card that is finished in white. This Zotac card uses an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU and has 8GB of onboard memory. That offers a lot of potential, also for playing the latest games.
The processor is water cooled.
One of the parts that always seem to lose out when a complete system is offered is the motherboard. PCSpecialist has opted for an ASUS TUF Gaming B550-Plus for this system. This motherboard provides the basics for a modern system, such as a 2.5 gigabit network connection. As a gamer you naturally prefer a fixed connection, but in case that is not possible, PCSpecialist has inserted a WiFi 6 card based on the Intel AX200 chip into the system.
The finish is neat.
Furthermore, PCSpecialist has opted for a 512GB large NVMe SSD, combined with a 1TB large 3.5-inch HDD from Seagate that is screwed into the housing. This way you can ensure that your downloads and other space hogs end up on the hdd and that you use the ssd as much as possible for your games.
At the top you will find three extra RGB fans.
The power supply is a Corsair 550W TXM built-in. This is a partly modular power supply, so there are no unnecessary cables running through the cabinet. PCSpecialist supplies extra cables to make it possible to expand your system afterwards.
This lighting of this system is quite spectacular.
This system makes great use of RGB lighting. The two DDR4-3200 modules of 8GB from the Corsair Vengeance series are equipped with this and therefore color along with the rest of the illuminated parts in the housing.
PCSpecialist currently offers the Prism Pro for iets minder and 1800 euros. That is, considering that this price includes RTX3070, that is a very attractive price.
PCSpecialist Pyro Spark Intel Rocket Lake for 1200 euros
If you just want a good system and put less emphasis on gaming, you can also choose to take a step back with the video card. PCSpecialist has done this with this second system, which is therefore 500 euros cheaper than the AMD system. The difference between the two systems is difficult to see at first glance, but the smaller housing makes it clear that this is the cheaper of the two variants.
This system is based on a processor from Intel’s brand new Rocket Lake series, the eleventh generation that replaced Comet Lake earlier this year. Here too you can see that PCSpecialist has cleverly protected the interior by using a buffer. The housing is finished slightly differently than with the larger model. There, the window is held in place by hefty thumbscrews on the back. Here you will find four smaller screws on the front of the glass plate. That is a little less fine, which is why the larger Prism-X is a slightly better choice if you want to easily reach the inside of your PC. Under the pillow you will find an i5-11400. That is a processor with six cores, clocked at 2.6/4.4GHz.
The processor is air-cooled.
With this model, PCSpecialist has made a few different choices, but some things have remained the same, such as the brand of the motherboard, power supply and hard disk. Here too, a 1TB large hard disk from Seagate is mounted, which should relieve the 512GB large SATA SSD. The motherboard in this model is the TUF B560 from ASUS, where you also have the advantage of a 2.5 gigabit network connection. The motherboard is equipped with WiFi as standard.
For cooling, an air cooler from PCspecialist has been chosen for this system, with a nice, hefty 12 cm fan on top. This system is clearly designed for quiet operation, as the seven fans of the AMD system are much more audible. That larger system is admittedly not noisy, but it certainly cannot be called silent either. That is true for this Intel machine; you hardly hear it. That’s why this system is a slightly better choice if you’re looking for a fast work system with less emphasis on gaming.
The cabling is neatly arranged.
The latter is also reflected in the choice of video card. Unlike the AMD machine, the Intel system features a GTX 1660 Super from Zotac. That is – especially in this video card crisis – an excellent choice for those who do not necessarily want to game in the highest resolutions with ray tracing. For a good shooter or a race, this card doesn’t flip his hand; you can get started in full hd.
The power supply for this system is a 450W CV450 from Corsair. That is not oversized, but sufficient for this configuration. It is striking that the manufacturer has provided a very neat finish. The Intel system has 16GB of RAM, consisting of two 8GB DDR4-2400 Corsair Vengeance modules.
The PCSpecialist Pyro Spark Intel system is available for around 1200 euros through this link.
Below are the results of the two systems. Despite the fact that Intel has to make a lot of concessions in terms of graphics performance, the score of this system in Cinebench can be called quite good. This means that you can use this perfectly for a lot of office work. 3DMark shows that you can play games on Full HD with this Intel system. The more expensive AMD-based system obviously scores better.
|3DMark Time Spy||11914||5903|
|3DMark Time Spy Graphics Score||13102||5633|
|Battlefield V (1440p)||125+ fps||55+ fps|
|Cinebench R23 (Multi Core)||10581||9637|
|Cinebench R23 (Single Core)||1527||1311|
|PCMark 10 Essentials||10921||9823|
|PCMark 10 Productivity||9058||8558|
|PCMark 10 Digital Content Creation||11585||8617|
|PCMark 10 Gaming||23337||11570|
PCSpecialist is a company that builds systems like a tailor-made suit. The parts are carefully chosen and neatly assembled. As you can see in the photos accompanying this article, you don’t have to make any effort to neatly remove everything. This way you can easily get a system at home that you can show to friends and family thanks to the window on the side. Of the two systems you see in this article, the AMD system is clearly the fastest and aimed at gamers. The machine with an Intel chip is interesting if you occasionally play a game and also want a quiet system.
PCSpecalist is currently offering the Prism Pro for slightly less than 1800 euros, including RTX3070.
The PCSpecialist Pyro Spark with Rocket Lake currently costs about 1200 euro.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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