Primo GTX 660 Windows 8 Edition - Deliciously Ironic

1/8/2013 3:13:38 PM

It’s deliciously ironic that our first gaming PC from Overclockers UK isn’t overclocked, nor is its 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 overclockable.

It is, however, by far the least expensive PC here, although you’ll still need to budget for a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

The CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card may be considerably slower than the competition, but this PC turned in some respectable performance scores. We recorded 5,507 points in PCMark 7, and gaming frame rates that are high enough to play most games at 1920x1080 pixels, albeit at lower quality settings. Only in Sniper Elite V2 at the game’s Ultra quality setting did the Overclockers system produce unplayable frame rates.

Overclockers UK Primo GTX 660 Windows 8 Edition

Overclockers UK Primo GTX 660 Windows 8 Edition

To put all this into perspective, you’ll get around 80 percent of the PCMark performance achieved by Computer Planet’s chart-leading i7 Extreme Gaming PC for a third of the price.

You do, however, miss out on some important features. A small and not particularly quick 60GB Intel 330 SSD is included, and the hard drive offers a relatively meagre 500GB capacity. You’re likely to run into disk space issues with this system, and should expect to have to carefully manage your use of the SSD.

the Intel SSD 330

the Intel SSD 330

The Gigabyte H61MA-D2V motherboard is less powerful than the Z77 Express based boards found in every other system. It also lacks many functions - not just in the realm of overclocking, but also in the terms of upgradability and built-in features. It’s a micro-ATX board with precious little room for expansion and no support for the 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA speeds offered by both the installed drives, although USB 3.0 is included.

The Intel Z77 Express chipset

The Intel Z77 Express chipset

The Xigmatek Asgard II midi tower case is small and rather basic. It looks somewhat unimpressive when stood next to the competition, but the case is appropriate for a system that doesn’t require any special cooling when operating at full speed.

The Xigmatek Asgard II midi tower case

The Xigmatek Asgard II midi tower case

Blu-ray support is another victim of cost-cutting, and has been bumped in favour of a cheaper DVD writer.


·         Price: $965

·         Contact:

·         Model: Primo GTX 660 Windows 8 Edition

·         Processor: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450K

·         CPU cooler: Standard Intel cooler

·         Memory: 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz

·         Storage: 60GB Intel SSD + 500GB Seagate HDD

·         Power supply: 400W PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III

·         Motherboard: Gigabyte H61MA-D2V

·         External USB ports: 2x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0

·         Display: Not supplied

·         Graphics card: Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Windforce 2X, 2GB VRAM

·         Sound: Onboard

·         Networking: Gigabit ethernet

·         Other ports: DVI, D-Sub

·         Case: Xigmatek Asgard II

·         Keyboard & mouse: Not supplied

·         Optical drive: Overclockers DVD ± RW

·         Operating system: Windows 8

·         Extras: None

·         Case dimensions: 185x475x408mm

·         Warranty: 2-year collect-and-return


·         PCMark 7 score: 5,507

·         Hard Reset: 108, 91

·         Lost Planet 2: 71, 56

·         Stalker CoP: 180, 84

·         Alien vs Predator: 82, 43

·         Sniper Elite V2: 62, 16

·         If you love games, but would rather not empty your bank account to buy a gaming PC, the Primo GTX 660 offers the best value for money in this round-up.

·         Build: 3.5/5

·         Features: 2/5

·         Performance: 3/5

·         Value: 4.5/5

·         Overall: 4/5


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