Arbico Elite 7768 OCX - Great-Value Gaming Rig

1/8/2013 9:01:55 AM

At $1,700, the Arbico Elite 7768 OCX appears to be a great-value gaming rig, but that’s before you factor in the additional cost of a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and speakers or headphones. At least this way you get to choose peripherals that suit your needs.

The PC comes with a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K processor, which Arbico has overclocked to 4.4GHz. This modest increase allows for a decent boost in performance, without the demand for an overly expensive case and cooling system.

Tweakers will appreciate the MSI Z77A-G45 motherboard

Tweakers will appreciate the MSI Z77A-G45 motherboard

The Arbico’s 1TB Seagate hard drive is complemented by a 120GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, which offers good read/write speeds.

Arbico has selected a CIT Jupiter system case. It’s a snug fit for the many internal components, yet cable-management features help keep things tidy. The CPU Is fitted with a twin-fan Xigmatek Gaia cooler, and both storage drives are mounted in right-angle bays.

Arbico Elite 7768 OCX

Arbico Elite 7768 OCX

A generous 16GB of RAM Is supplied, along with a Blu-ray reader and Creative X-Fi Xtreme sound card. The latter offers up to 7.1 channel surround sound processing and support for OpenAL and EAX 4.0 gaming effects, as well as optical digital input and output connections. The Creative card lacks the hardware acceleration of the more advanced Recon 3D seen elsewhere, though.

Tweakers will appreciate the MSI Z77A-G45 motherboard. Its graphical UEFI is mirrored by its Windows-based counterpart, which has an identical user interface. This board supports easy one-click overclocking and nVidia SLI, should you want to add a second graphics card to boost gaming framerates.

Arbico Elite 7768 OCX

The supplied Gainward-branded nVidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card provides ample power for gaming, although this particular version isn’t as fast as some of the factory-overclocked models seen in other PCs in this group. In our tests this resulted in slightly less impressive framerates than other PCs based on the GTX 680.


·         Price: $1,700

·         Contact:

·         Model: Elite 7768 OCX

·         Processor: 3.4GHz (OC @4.4GHz) Intel Core i5-3570K

·         CPU cooler: Xigmatek Gaia

·         Memory: 16GB DDR3 1,600MHz

·         Storage: 120GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD + 1TB Seagate HDD

·         Power supply: 600W Xilence

·         Motherboard: MSI Z77 A-G45

·         External USB ports: 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0

·         Display: Not supplied

·         Graphics card: Gainward nVidia GeForce GTX 680, 2GB VRAM

·         Sound: Creative XtremeAudio

·         Networking: Gigabit ethernet

·         Other ports: HDMI, 2x DVI, optical digital input, audio ports

·         Case: CIT Jupiter Case

·         Keyboard & mouse: Not supplied

·         Optical drive: Samsung BD-ROM/DVD ± RW combo

·         Operating system: Windows 8

·         Extras: None

·         Case dimensions: 435x190x478mm

·         Warranty: 2-year return-to-base



·         PCMark 7 score: 6,239

·         Hard Reset: 129, 123

·         Lost Planet 2: 88, 74

·         Stalker CoP: 233, 117

·         Alien vs Predator: 107, 58

·         Sniper Elite V2: 90, 22

·         Arbico’s base-unit-only system is available with a low initial purchase price, and affords you full choice over the monitor and gaming peripherals you want to use.

·         It delivers more than adequate performance, but is outclassed by much of the more expensive and better-equipped competition in this round-up.

·         Build: 3.5/5

·         Features: 2.5/5

·         Performance: 4.5/5

·         Value: 3.5/5

·         Overall: 3.5/5


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