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Mesh Elite Gamer PCA review: gaming PC that oozes quality

£1499 Inc VAT & Delivery

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Mesh Elite Gamer PCA features a proper gaming-oriented motherboard and oozes quality, featuring a fast processor, running at a higher clock speed and offering double the number of computing threads. Read our Mesh Elite Gamer PCA review to find out more.

This imposing PC from Mesh comes in a rather expensive-looking, yet minimalist system case. Like the entry to an exclusive private club, its plain black door conceals well the coloured lights and mayhem within. As its name suggests, it’s the PC for Elite gamers with great taste in magazines. See all gaming PCs.

Just inside the door we find a Blu-ray player and a handy multi-format memory-card reader, but we need to delve deeper inside the case to find the real action. Here’s it’s all posh slide-out drive caddies, neat cable management and modular power supply connections. See also: What's the best gaming PC?

Taking pride of place atop the MSI Z870GD65 GAMING motherboard sits a factory overclocked nVidia GeForce GTX 770 graphics card – all of which is bathed in a soft blue glow when the PC is running. Which it does with the minimum of noise, thanks to the use of quiet fans throughout.

This PC is made from considerably higher-quality components than budget models and does therefore cost a little more. However, if you’re into upgrading and modifying your own PC, you will find this system much more to your liking, with plenty of room to work inside. The spec is already high though, featuring 16 GB of installed memory, a 2 TB hard drive and a large 250 GB Samsung 840 SSD.

Also adding to the cost is the only Core i7 processor to feature in this group test. The Intel Core i7-4770K offers a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i5-4760K, and also doubles the number of available processing threads from four to eight, improving its multitasking capability.

Furthermore, the chip has been overclocked to an impressive-sounding 4.6 GHz giving the system a noticeable boost in overall computing power. Although this is measurable in several subtests within the PCMark 7 suite, the overall score remains low due to an unexpectedly low Entertainment score, which we feel is probably anomalous.

However, do note that when it comes to gaming results, all that extra computing power offers no real advantage. Framerates were not significantly boosted in our tests.

The Elite Gamer PCA comes with a 24-inch monitor with plenty of inputs for multiple devices. Its TN panel is suited to fast-paced gaming, but lacks the colour fidelity and wide viewing angles of IPS displays, such as the one supplied by Chillblast.

Also supplied is a Microsoft Wireless Bluetrack Desktop 3000 keyboard and Mouse. Sadly, not a particularly gaming-friendly selection, but more than adequate for general use with a built-in wrist rest and a mouse which works on almost any surface.

Mesh Elite Gamer PCA Expert Verdict »

Processor: 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7-4770K (OC 4.6GHz), 4 cores, 8 threads
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 liquid cooler
Installed memory: 16 GB (2x 8 GB) 1866 MHz
Storage: "250 GB Samsung 840 SSD, 2 TB HDD"
Power supply: X-Viper Modular 850W 80+ Ultra Silent PSU
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING Intel Z87 ATX
External USB ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Display: 24in Iiyama ProLite E2473HS
Graphics card: MSI nVidia GeForce GTX 770 with 2GB (overclocked)
Sound: on-board
Networking: Killer Ethernet E2200
Other ports: PS/2, memory card reader
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Bluetrack Desktop 3000 Keyboard and Mouse
Optical drive: Pioneer BD-RE/DVD±RW
Operating system : Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

This PC is a little pricey, but comes with a proper gaming-oriented motherboard and oozes quality, featuring a fast processor, running at a higher clock speed and offering double the number of computing threads. While it offers plenty of raw computing power, its gaming results aren’t a noticeable step up from less expensive PCs.

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