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PC Specialist Vanquish GT1 review: great balance of performance and features

£1279 inc VAT & Delivery

Manufacturer: PC Specialist

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Vanquish GT1 offers a great balance of performance and features at a sensible price. Read our PC Specialist Vanquish GT1 review to find out more.

PC Specialist Vanquish GT1

PC Specialist’s mid-priced Vanquish GT1 is the result of a sensible, measured approach to PC design with a strong selection of components designed to give a great all-round-gaming experience rather than throwing in expensive high-end parts in order to edge ahead in the benchmarks. See all gaming PCs.

The PC features an Intel Core i5-4670K processor pushed to a more conservative 4.2 GHz, where others tend to opt for 4.4 GHz. This results in a – still very fast – PCMark 7 score of 6763 points which is a couple of hundred points behind some of the competition. However, it features the same Corsair H60 liquid-cooling unit found in many of these faster PCs and comes with a 650W Corsair power supply which should easily provide enough juice to push it a little further if you fancy a little DIY tuning. See also: What's the best gaming PC?

A Palit-branded GeForce GTX 770 graphics card is installed which runs at stock speeds. It’s therefore a little slower than factory overclocked models found elsewhere, but unless you’re running benchmarks tests, the results are close enough for you not to notice any real difference.

It comes with a 120 GB Kingston SSD and 2 TB of main hard-disk storage, together with 16 GB of system memory. Additionally, an Asus Xonar DG sound card has been installed which features a built-in headphone amp, Dolby headphone support and 3D audio effects. The Isku keyboard and Kova mouse from Roccat are dedicated gaming devices, the former featuring blue illuminated keys and programmable macros, while the latter offers accurate 3200 dpi resolution and multi-coloured lighting effects.

The PC is housed in a saucy see-through system case, allowing you to gaze proudly upon the tidy cable management, modular power supply connections and slide-out drive caddies.

The top of the case features a handy SATA dock where you can temporarily slide in a bare hard drive for bulk copying or backups. There’s also a two-position switch where you can choose between ultra-quiet or super-loud fan operation depending on the prevailing cooling requirements.

PC Specialist has opted for a delicious-looking 23.6-inch AOC monitor, featuring a high-quality IPS panel with great colour reproduction, wide viewing angles and a total of four video inputs. There’s no Blu-ray drive included, but you do get a standard DVD burner combo drive. The system is backed by an excellent three-year collect-and-return warranty.

PC Specialist Vanquish GT1 Expert Verdict »

Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4670K (OC 4.2GHz), 4 cores, 4 threads
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 liquid cooler
Installed memory: 16 GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 MHz
Storage: "120 GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 2 TB Seagate HDD"
Power supply: 650W Corsair TX650M Modular
Motherboard: Asus Z87-K
External USB ports: 3x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
Display: 23.6in, Acer i2369vm IPS
Graphics card: Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 770 with 2GB
Sound: Asus Xonar DG
Networking: gigabit ethernet
Other ports: 2x PS/2
Case: InWin GT1
Keyboard & Mouse: Roccat Isku, Roccat Kova
Optical drive: LiteOn DVD-RW
Operating system: Windows 8 64bit
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 9 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Vanquish GT1 offers a great balance of performance and features at a sensible price. It doesn’t go all out to achieve the very highest benchmark scores, although we’re confident you would be able to push performance further yourself if you know what you’re doing. It comes with gaming peripherals and is the only system here to incorporate a gaming sound card.

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