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The Vanquish XT680 is a mid-priced gaming system with strong overall performance and a selection of premium peripherals which make it well worth considering. See Group test: What's the best gaming PC?
Based on a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K chip, overclocked to a whopping 4.6GHz, this PC is capable of some serious number crunching. PC Specialist has combined this chip with a powerful nVidia GeForce GTX680 graphics card, 16GB of RAM and a fast 120GB Kingston HyperX SSD, backed with a 1TB 7200rpm hard disk for storage. Take a look at Yoyotech Warbird 3570XTA too.
All of this is assembled inside a very rugged-looking Cooler Master HAF 912 system case. The HAF 912 is designed to maximise internal airflow, thereby keeping those overclocked internal components as cool as possible. The processor is cooled by a Corsair H60 sealed liquid cooler, it’s fitted with a single fan at the rear of the case. See all PC reviews.
Where PC Specialist has obviously gone to town is in the specification of the monitor. You get a huge 27in 1920x1080 display from Iiyama with a trio of inputs. The larger screen area makes a big difference when playing games or watching Blu-ray movies, but unfortunately the contrast levels seemed a bit wishy-washy compared to other displays offered by its competition. See also Arbico 5300-HD Media Centre.
A matching Arctosa keyboard and Deathadder mouse set from Razer is included, the former supporting programmable macro keys while the latter sports a 3500dpi infrared sensor – be sure to specify if a left-handed version is required.