Once a quintessential 'next big thing' technology, always on the horizon but never today, affordable 4K gaming is still one of the major challenges in the PC retail space. However, with good quality 4K displays now available below the £400 mark, trying to bring about this 'next big thing' has ceased to be a merely academic concern; instead is has become a concern that system builders are wrestling with daily. UK retailers Overclockers UK however now feel that they finally have a solution in the form of a new special edition system, bringing high-resolution gaming to consumers priced from an attractive £799.95.
Introducing the Marvel 4K, part of the new Special Edition Marvel AMD Gaming PC range. Designed to deliver 4K gaming at a very wallet friendly price point, using high-grade components, the graphics horsepower comes from an ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 390X 8GB with upgrade options including the Radeon Fury and Fury X 4GB HBM. A Marvel 4K PC is powered by a Super Flower PSU, a renowned and award winning brand providing reliable, stable power and high efficiency throughout the system. Available upon purchase is an interesting range of compact Micro-ATX chassis from Aerocool, Cougar and Bitfenix, giving the user a selection of styles and colours to choose from.
Standard configurations for the Marvel 4K system are an Intel 4th Generation Core i5 CPU (AKA Haswell) and ASUS H81 mATX motherboard. Upgradable specs include 8GB DDR3 RAM and 1TB Seagate Solid State/Mechanical HDD, both of which provide excellent performance for the price. Naturally you can push the spec higher with a dedicated SSD, storage driver and optical drive, or add your own at a later date.
Released alongside the Marvel 4K's is the Marvel 1080p, a system designed to act as a console alternative at a very affordable price point. For a limited time the Marvel 1080p is available for £329.95, a £70 saving over its usual price of £399.95.
The Marvel 1080p is a fully AMD APU-based system, configured to bring PC gaming to as wide a range of gamers as possible rather than hitting the bleeding edge (that so often implies with eye-watering pricing). Despite eschewing a dedicated GPU, a Marvel 1080p system will hit excellent frame rates in today's most popular online games such as League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. As a result the Marvel 1080p seems ideal if you're gaming on a budget and want to throw yourself into some of the most competitive titles around.
In addition to being equipped with an AMD A8-7670K APU, 8GB DRR3 RAM and Seagate SSHD hybrid drive, OCUK have also kitted them out with a Super Flower 350W 80PLUS Bronze PSU. Often the downfall of many a budget system, it's great to see that this critical component hasn't been overlooked and that a high-quality option has been picked. Note however that an OS isn't included in the overall cost, so you may want to consider reusing an older Windows 7/8.1 licence if you have a spare.
Both Marvel 4K and 1080p systems have some element of aesthetic customisation, from a selection of cases to internal lighting. Each PC is assembled, configured, overclocked and tested by Overclockers UKs experienced system builders, supported by a standard 3 year warranty and labour-free upgrade service. All of these systems are available to purchase through finance, allowing you to buy now and pay in 6 or 12 months, or pay over monthly payment for 36 or 48 months.
For more information visit the Marvel systems product page at https://www.overclockers.co.uk/LP/ocuk-marvel.php, and don't overlook the rest of their comprehensive range of pre-built systems if your tastes are a little more exotic.