I noticed that the SkyTech Archangel gaming computer on Amazon was selling pretty well so I figured it’d be a good idea to look it over and review it!
For the most part, pre-built PCs rip you off – especially when you don’t take a look on what’s in on the inside. It’s one thing to read the product reviews on Amazon itself but it’s a whole different story when you understand what’s really going on with the hardware of a pre-built.
With that, let’s get to the review.
Product: SkyTech Archangel Gaming Computer
Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
Warranty: 1 Year
My Rating: 4 out of 10
The Graphics Card Is Most Important
When you check out the Amazon product page is gives you details on what’s inside of this pre-built and all in all, SkyTech could do a better job.
I get that pre-built computers are a harder product to mass produce, they take a lot of money up front and the company has to pay their employees and what not. I get it, but that doesn’t mean that people should be getting “sorta” ripped off.
I say sorta because the hardware itself really isn’t that bad, it’s just that with $650 you could have a custom PC that has almost double the amount of power…
The graphics card that comes with this PC is a 2GB GTX 750 Ti. This card is pretty decent if all you’re looking to do is run games like League of Legends, CS:GO or Minecraft on higher settings with a very solid frame rate.
But if you’re into newer AAA titles on the PC then don’t be expecting to get your ideal PC gaming experience… You’ll be running the newest AAA titles on a tweaked medium/low setting with many of those settings on low.
That’s really the only thing I don’t like much about this PC, it has the power of a $400 build which isn’t necessarily bad – except when you’re paying $650 for $400 worth of power.
When it comes to a gaming computer, that margin of difference really does make all the difference.
Taking A Further Look At The Hardware
For the other parts that help with gaming performance – this PC also includes a FX-6300 for the CPU, Windows 10, a 1TB hard drive, built in wi-fi and it also comes with a keyboard and a mouse.
The FX-6300 is actually a pretty good processor, that’s the same processor that I recommend using on a $500 custom PC build.
But that’s just it… the FX-6300 is best used when looking at a $500 build and not a $650 build. On the $600 PC build that I have shared here I use a FX-8350 paired with a 4GB video card. That’s even better CPU performance and double the video memory on the GPU.
So really, you just don’t get your money’s worth with this pre-built and honestly, that’s with 99% of pre-built PCs. You almost never get your absolute money’s worth.
Some people say that they pay that extra bit for warranty, for someone else to build it for them or because they’re too lazy or they “don’t have enough time” to put one together. Or that it comes with a few extra things like the built in wi-fi or a HDMI cable…
But I mean come on, Amazon offers part warranties when you buy computer parts, it’s actually easier than you think to build your own PC and for those that think they don’t have enough time… they do.
Sure, it’d take a good bit to put one together for the first time but with the sheer amount of tutorials out there, it’s easy to learn how it’s done and it’s not going to take something like a full day just to get a PC build finished.
As far as coming with come extras, it literally costs a few dollars to get a good HDMI cable and it’s going to be roughly $30 to add a wi-fi connection solution to a custom build.
I hate to come off strong on this matter but there really aren’t any excuses as to why someone can’t build their own PC. You get so much more power per dollar spent, it’s an awesome learning experience and it sounds cool when you tell friends and family – “Yeah, I built my own computer from scratch.”
At Least SkyTech Is Honest
I do have to give it to this SkyTech company though, they really didn’t leave anything out when they listed this PC for sale on Amazon.
They have all of the pieces of hardware and they have a dedicated support team for the sales and what not as well. At least they aren’t like most pre-built gaming computer companies which have the illusion of having a cool looking computer on the outside when the inside of it is low quality – which is the most important part of a gaming computer in the first place!
Some of the reviews are kind of off, I saw that the top rated review talks about how “This computer will run pretty much everything you want to play.” which I guess in a way is true, but you’re not getting the exact type of experience that you’d expect from a gaming PC with this price point and the hardware included with said price point.
All in all, it’s not the absolute worst pre-built PC on the market. But if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, it isn’t with this PC. It isn’t with any pre-built PC.
You should really consider checking out that guide, a $500 PC build has even more power than what the above PC provides and you’ll come out saving about $100.
So, are you still going to be picking up this PC and adding upgrades to it down the road?
Or are you willing to look at building your own PC? Trust me when I say that you definitely wouldn’t regret doing so. 😉