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: 6.5 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 more power… Though with today’s hardware market being as overpriced as it is, I can see why a pre-built would be on your radar.
The graphics card that comes with this PC is a 4GB GTX 1050 Ti. This card is pretty decent today when you’re trying to play at 1080p. There was an older version of the SkyTech Archangel that used a GTX 750 Ti and this card is more than double the performance of that type of card.
For any lower demanding indie title today you’ll be maxing it out at 1080p. When thinking more along the lines of AAA titles, you should expect to be able to run them on a tweaked high/med setting for sure.
The only downfall that I see with this PC is that it has a bit less power than the the power of a $500 build which isn’t necessarily bad – except when you’re paying $650 for $500 worth of power…
When it comes to a gaming computer, that margin of difference really does make all the difference. Sure, with today’s hardware being overpriced it makes more sense but that’d be up to you to decide if the price different is worth it or not.
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 previously recommended using on a $500 custom PC build.
But that’s just it… the FX-6300 was 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 Ryzen CPU paired with a GTX 1060 video card. That’s even better CPU performance and more video memory on the GPU.
So really, you don’t get much power per dollar spent here. The FX series CPUs are pretty old now and there isn’t much room for upgrading compared to Ryzen.
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!
A lot of good reviews are posted with this pre-built and for good reason – a 1050 Ti along with all of the other specs really isn’t bad at all when you’re looking for some entry-level gaming at 1080p. It would have been nice to see a Ryzen CPU instead of the old FX series for upgrades but I suppose that it’s there for cost.
I’d make sure to check out some of the reviews over on Amazon as well!
If you’re more so interested in doing a PC build of your own then you should follow a guide that has similar performance compared to this PC.
Again, a pre-built PC like this makes a lot more sense now that hardware is as overpriced as it is but there is still value in putting your own together and knowing that you’re getting exact what you want inside of the PC.
You should really consider checking out that guide, a $600 PC build has even more power than what the above PC provides and you’ll come out saving some money in the end.
So, are you still going to be picking up this PC? Plan on any upgrades for it?
Or are you willing to look at building your own PC? Trust me when I say that you definitely wouldn’t regret doing so. 😉