Intel Quad Core Gaming Desktop PC
The Punch Quad Core series provides a chance to turn up the settings for a smooth, vibrant 1080p gaming experience. The two additional cores in Intel’s Core i5 & i7 offerings drive a step-up in higher average Frame Rate and raises the Frame Rate floor for consistently satisfying gameplay at 1080p. Benchmarks are seeing a 2x FPS performance increase on Grand Theft Auto and a 2x video rendering speed performance increase in the i5-7400 over the i3-7100 in our i3 series. House this with a choice of dedicated graphics cards in our high sheen black or cool white cases, etched with either blue or red LEDs to showcase your component choice through the smoked glass side window.
Customise your PC for improved performance by adding an SSD as the primary drive. This will improve the user experience in all applications by making the PC feel a lot more responsive.
Try customising the graphics card too as far better frame rates can be achieved by the use of the Nvidia Geforce GTX1060 or Radeon RX570 or above. An upgrade to the graphics card is a sure fire way to achieve blisteringly fast frame rates in the latest games and in the highest resolution and detail.
Interprocess Communication (IPC) is the programming interface that allows game developers to make use of multiple cores concurrently. At present most game titles only make use of 4 cores, hence why quad core gaming is seen as the value sweet spot for many gamers. In order to clarify the relationship between cores and clock speed we have featured a great piece of research by OzTalksHW below.
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Your choice of storage is important to overall system performance as well as defining the amount of local storage space available on your PC. Windows will read and write many files to your storage drive both during boot up and during the normal course of operation. Using a slow storage drive will make your PC feel sluggish and can be frustrating to use.
Solid state drives (SSD) are far faster than traditional hard disk drives but they don’t usually have as high a capacity and they tend to cost more. Most customers would be advised to specify an SSD of at least 120GB as the primary storage drive as this will contain the OS and will be used to boot the PC. This will give the greatest benefit to how fast the PC feels in normal use and how quickly it boots up or resumes from sleep. If you can afford it, we would recommend specifying an SSD of 256GB or 512GB as you will tend to prefer to store some frequently used data and application files on the SSD due to its high performance.
SSD come in a variety of types and performance. The leap in performance from a HDD to an SSD is massive but performance gains can also be had by moving from a traditional SSD to an M.2 NVMe SSD.
Most customers will also wish to specify a second storage drive and we recommend specifying a traditional HDD for the secondary drive. This will enable the use of high capacity storage drives which will offer adequate performance for photos, videos and applications used less often or data which is not so performance critical.
Hit the customise button to add an SSD drive to this PC.
Your choice of graphics card will have the highest influence on game frame rates of any of your PC components. That’s why its important to choose carefully when configuring your PC system.
If you intend to use your PC mainly for playing the latest game titles then you will benefit from upgrading the graphics card to a GTX1060 or above. If you are not playing the latest games or can play with lower resolutions and frame rates, the supplied GTX1050 will be adequate.
High performance graphic cards are also compatible with virtual reality and can display smooth stereoscopic video in high resolution. We recommend a minimum of a GTX1060 or Radeon RX570 graphics card for a smooth VR experience.
Please note that not all graphics card options are available when PSU rated below 650w has been chosen.