We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
PCs Reviews
15,669 Reviews

PC Specialist E840GT SLI power desktop PC review

£1125

Manufacturer: PC Specialist

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

This is a decent all-round system. But the PC Specialist E840GT SLI remains unremarkable.

This is a decent all-round system. It has the usual specs at this price: 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a pair of 8800 GT graphics cards and a 22in widescreen monitor. But the PC Specialist E840GT SLI remains unremarkable.

Beaten on performance by most of the competition, the PC Specialist E840GT SLI’s closest rival costs £50 less. It achieves a respectable, although not outstanding, WorldBench real-world speed score of 113. However, it’s also available with Intel’s E8500 chip.

The PC Specialist E840GT SLI's silver Trigon case looks and feels truly impressive. It’s solidly built – an all-metal affair with no plastic bits to be found, save for the discreet quick release clips which provide easy access to the internals.

The PC Specialist E840GT SLI is fitted with an attractive metal front door panel that, when closed, hides everything that makes it look like a PC from view. The components hidden within are colour-co-ordinated: a silver LG DVD burner and matching silver flash memory card reader blend in harmoniously. Four USB ports can be accessed while the door is closed.

The LG 22in screen is a former PC Advisor Gold award winner and an excellent complement to the PC Specialist E840GT SLI.

The Asus P5N-D motherboard, on the other hand, doesn’t have enough USB connectivity to allow all the external USB ports to be connected, leaving the PC Specialist E840GT SLI a pair of sockets that simply don’t work.

Looking at the numbers alone, the PC Specialist E840GT SLI doesn’t look particularly good value, despite its relatively low price-point. Its performance is adequate, yet unexciting, and nothing in the specification list leaps out and screams ‘buy me’.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (June 08 issue)


  1. Mesh Elite Storm HD
  2. Arbico HD8570 X2
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT
  4. Chillblast Fusion Firestorm
  5. PC Specialist E840GT SLI

Verdict

The PC Specialist E840GT SLI is a beautiful machine. Its good looks lift it out of the ordinary and its designer feel belies its asking price.

See also:

Buying advice: Power desktop PCs

PC Specialist E840GT SLI Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR RAM
500GB SATA
Asus P5N-D
7 x USB
22in LG L226WTQ (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 maximum resolution @ 75Hz)
2 x 512MB PCI Express Palette nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio
5 x Creative Inspire T6100
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/10x/10x/8x/6x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 113
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The PC Specialist E840GT SLI is a beautiful machine. Its good looks lift it out of the ordinary and its designer feel belies its asking price.

  • PC Specialist Apollo 880GT Sli power desktop PC review

    PC Specialist Apollo 880GT Sli power desktop PC

    When we first saw the specifications of the PC Specialist Apollo 880GT Sli, we felt it had a good chance of grabbing top spot in our £1,001+ desktop PCs chart. But we hadn’t reckoned on the success of the Penryn revolution.

  • Chillblast Fusion Firestorm power desktop PC review

    Chillblast Fusion Firestorm power desktop PC

    The Chillblast Fusion Firestorm is the least expensive PC in this category, yet it delivers excellent gaming performance.

  • CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT power desktop PC review

    CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT power desktop PC

    It’s big, it’s fast and it’s very impressive. The CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT is the most expensive but also by far the fastest gaming PC we tested this month.

  • Arbico HD8570 X2 power desktop PC review

    Arbico HD8570 X2 power desktop PC

    Arbico’s HD8570 X2 is a top performer across the board, using a 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and 4GB allocation of RAM to achieve an excellent WorldBench speed score of 123.

  • Mesh G92 Extreme Media power desktop PC review

    Mesh G92 Extreme Media power desktop PC

    Essentially an inferior reworking of the excellent PC Specialist Apollo 880GT Sli, the Mesh G92 Extreme Media needs to do better in a few areas to compete with the top machines in this price category.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Chromebooks: ready for the prime time (but not for everybody)

IDG UK Sites

Hands-on with Sony's latest smartglasses

IDG UK Sites

Apple TV expert tips: get US Apple TV content, watch Google Play, use multiple Apple IDs and more