Dino PC’s system tames its Intel Core i5-3570K with a large Xigmatek Prime SD1484 cooler fitted with a pair of fans in a push-pull configuration, enabling the chip to be overclocked from its stock 3.4GHz up to 4.4GHz. This processor speed combined with 16GB of DDR3 RAM is proven to work very well in the WorldBench 6 benchmark and in this case yields a score of 213 points which is close enough to the Arbico Elite 5357 OCX to make no practical difference. It should be noted that this high score is affected greatly by the amount of system RAM which is overshadowing the differences in processor speed and enabling it to beat the 4.5GHz systems. See also Group test: what's the best desktop PC?

Unlike Arbico, Dino PC has gone for an nVidia GeForce GTX 670 rather than a GTX 680. Gaming performance is very close between the two cards, but the less expensive model allows more money to be spent elsewhere. Visit Group test: what's the best graphics card?

The Maxosaurus 3570K is the first PC we’ve reviewed for some time to include a plug-in soundcard rather than simply relying on the audio capabilities of the motherboard.

The Asus Xonar DGX isn’t an expensive addition; they retail for around £25, but this card adds a useful headphone amplifier specifically aimed at gamers who want to hear every shell-casing hit the ground and know precisely where it lands.

You also get a 23.6in Asus VS247H full-HD monitor and a decent keyboard and mouse – both of which are proper gaming models with editable function buttons and fast, accurate action.

Corsair’s Carbide 300R system case holds everything together. It’s designed specifically with gaming PCs in mind and incorporates plenty of fan mounting points, removable dust filters and cable management.

It’s not quite as large or as feature-rich as CyberPower’s system but it offers everything you need for a great all-round gaming PC.

Dino PC Maxosaurus 3570K: Specs

  • Model name: Maxosaurus 3570K
  • Processor(overclocked): 3.4GHz (4.4GHz) Intel Core i5 3570K
  • CPU cooler: Xigmatek Prime SD1484
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SATA HDD + 60GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
  • Power suppply: Xigmatek 700W
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V
  • USB ports: 6x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • Screen: 23.6in Asus VS247H (1920x1080)
  • Graphics, VRAM, core/memory/shader speeds: Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 670, 2GB VRAM, 915/1502/ns MHz
  • Sound: Asus Xonar DGX PCIe
  • Connectivity: Gigabit ethernet, 802.11n
  • VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort (on graphics card): N2YY
  • FireWire/eSATA: NN
  • Case: Corsair Carbide 300R
  • Keyboard & mouse: Razer Arctosa keyboard, Gigabyte M8000X mouse
  • Optical drive: BD-ROM/DVD±RW
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • WorldBench 6 score: 213
  • Gaming performance (fps): 102/67/52/110
  • MediaEspresso time: 4min 13sec
  • Power consumption (Idle/Max): 83W/194W
  • Warranty: 2 year return-to-base
  • Model name: Maxosaurus 3570K
  • Processor(overclocked): 3.4GHz (4.4GHz) Intel Core i5 3570K
  • CPU cooler: Xigmatek Prime SD1484
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SATA HDD + 60GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
  • Power suppply: Xigmatek 700W
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V
  • USB ports: 6x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • Screen: 23.6in Asus VS247H (1920x1080)
  • Graphics, VRAM, core/memory/shader speeds: Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 670, 2GB VRAM, 915/1502/ns MHz
  • Sound: Asus Xonar DGX PCIe
  • Connectivity: Gigabit ethernet, 802.11n
  • VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort (on graphics card): N2YY
  • FireWire/eSATA: NN
  • Case: Corsair Carbide 300R
  • Keyboard & mouse: Razer Arctosa keyboard, Gigabyte M8000X mouse
  • Optical drive: BD-ROM/DVD±RW
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • WorldBench 6 score: 213
  • Gaming performance (fps): 102/67/52/110
  • MediaEspresso time: 4min 13sec
  • Power consumption (Idle/Max): 83W/194W
  • Warranty: 2 year return-to-base

OUR VERDICT

The Maxosaurus 3570K is a mid-priced PC with a well-rounded selection of components, forming a complete system straight out of the box. It’s well-built, very fast and designed from the ground-up as a gaming PC with a great price/performance ratio.

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