The SkyTech Archangel Gaming Computer, Is It Worth Picking Up?

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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.

skytech archangel gaming computer


Product:  SkyTech Archangel Gaming Computer

Price: $649.99

Cheapest Place To Buy:

Warranty: 1 Year

My Rating: 4 out of 10


The Graphics Card Is Most Important

skytech archangel gaming computer hardwareWhen 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

skytech archangel gaming computer cpu

The FX-6300 isn’t a bad CPU, but is it worth having from spending over $600?

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.


Check Out My Guide On Building A $500 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. 😉

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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30 Responses to The SkyTech Archangel Gaming Computer, Is It Worth Picking Up?

  1. Horacio says:

    You are not counting the cost of Windows OS and labor in your comparison. So this is not an apples to apples.

    • Colton P says:

      Still Horacio, a lot more performance on a build of your own. A significant amount at that in comparison. For $650, you’ll easily get double the performance.

      You can find an OS for super cheap if you really wanted to, there are all sorts of keys that run for $20-$30 for Windows 7 and then the free upgrade to Windows 10 comes with. Ever heard of Kinguin?

      And for “labor”, it’s really not that hard at all to put a PC together. I know it sounds crazy to people that have never done it, but with the right guide and the will to want to learn something new it can be done. For me, it’s a super fun experience to learn and to actually build one!

      It just makes a lot more sense to build your own. Sure, this PC is “OK” but it’s just not up to par with how much power you get per dollar spent.

      • Sean says:

        There is another version of this pc that come with 1050ti instead of 750ti. Is this much an improvement or should I go with another pc? I will want to play games like battlefield, csgo, overwatch, and pubg. Im not looking for crazy fps but I would like to get better than my xbox. Any info helps.

  2. richard says:

    Right about the computer being overpriced. I just coustom built a gaming rig with comparable parts all from ebay and a solid state drive+ 1 T.B. storage drive and a seasonic 650W 80+ bronze PSU and the same video card for under $400.

  3. Mark Rinehart says:

    I’m looking for a new or build my own computer to run all my old xp games, any advice would be appreciated

    • Colton P says:

      For the most part, Mark, you’ll be able to run older games in Windows XP compatibility mode on Windows 10.

      This link should also help more in-depth to give you other solutions for games/programs that don’t work with the compatibility mode that is in Windows 10!

  4. Arthur Smith says:

    Colton P
    Glad I ran across this website “On a”
    I think I’m a little like you. I love building my own puters (probably built 8 maybe 10 puters) but I guess I don’t put enough time in shopping and\or looking for sales because by the time I find all the parts to do it (usually Newegg) I find I could have bought one of the same or even better quality for cheaper. But I just had back surgery so nothing but time I’ll give it another whirl. Starting with downloading your instructions for the $500.00 build. If there are any other dollar amount builds I would like to see them please.
    Thanks for the help already Colton P. see you’ve helped already and weren’t even aware.

    Thanks again

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Artty,

      Awesome, yeah the market goes all over the place especially these days but with the new hardware finally getting to an acceptable price point it makes sense to be looking into getting parts. It’s going to be a bit yet before graphics cards will be getting changed up for optimal levels.

      I have guides for other budgets as well, check out the top navigation on the site here and highlight “PC Builds” you’ll be able to navigate to the other guides from there!

  5. Juts says:

    Hey I was thinking about getting this computer for casual gaming, I only play 2 games for PC, WoW and SWTOR. Can this computer run them on high/med graphics? Do you recommend a cheaper one that can? I’d really prefer a prebuilt one but I’ll take anything into consideration.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Juts,

      I personally wouldn’t recommend this one. It’s a bit outdated. It’ll handle WoW just fine but I wouldn’t say the same for other games, WoW’s requirements are a lot less demanding.

      I would instead recommend this pre-built if you really must go with a pre-built. I highly recommend doing a build of your own but when it comes to a pre-built that makes sense – the one I just linked above is what I’d go with! It’s going to run WoW and SWTOR at max settings no problems at all.

    • Juts says:

      Update: I ended up buying this pc for WoW and SWTOR, it runs both on max settings with about 60 on Star Wars, and 60-90 on WoW. I agree that this is NOT the absolute best PC for the price, but it gets the job done. I was lucky and got mine on sale, so for the price I got it at it’s 10/10

      • Colton P says:

        Right on, it’ll get the job done for older games. It doesn’t really meet a good level of performance for what you pay but on a sale I could see how it’d be a viable option.

        I’m glad it’s working well for the games you planned on playing with it!

  6. Colin says:

    I was thinking about buying this pre built pc and putting either a gtx 970 or a gtx 1050 ti in it. Would that make the pc worth while? I intend on playing,crysis 3 gears of war 4 gta5 gmod LoL etc on it.

    • Colton P says:

      Not really Colin.

      The processor would bottleneck a bit with a 970 or a 1050 Ti. You’d be much better off spending this much on a build of your own to maximize the performance.

      • Colin says:

        How would it bottleneck? I’ve a lot of gtx 970 in this particular build. Seems to run just fine, I don’t plan on running this same build forever just a year or so then gradually upgrade

        • Colton P says:

          It’ll definitely be an improvement on performance but there is a bit of performance room left out. Meaning that the FX-6300 ran at stock settings isn’t fully up to par with the performance of a 970.

          Again, it’s still a great card to go with and it’s not like it wouldn’t work. But it’d work even better with a slight overclocking to the CPU.

  7. None of your business. says:

    I bought this hell no way I was building this.

    • Colton P says:

      Hope you upgrade the video card in the near future if you’re wanting to run games at better settings, did you just not trust yourself to put your own PC together?

      Are you happy with the Archangel?

  8. zane says:

    actually the pc comes with a gtx 1050ti and comes with mouse and keyboard if you look closely \.

  9. Brad says:

    Can it play bo3

  10. Ary says:

    Hey thanks so much for this guide this will help a ton! Do you know if any of these specific parts go on sale from time to time?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ary! You’re welcome 🙂

      For sure some parts will go on sale during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales at the end of this month, I’ll be writing new posts on the deals that I come across to share with everyone here. Otherwise not really, most prices are predicated on the overall supply/demand with the market.

      Always here if you need help with a build, let me know!

  11. Jeff says:

    Can it run pubg on decent settings?

    • Colton P says:

      Make sure you go with the 1050 Ti version(s) if you’re wanting to and you’ll run PUBG at a tweaked medium setting with higher FPS. Otherwise a build of your own would be more powerful and cheaper.

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