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We've recently been looking at a number of circa £700 gaming PCs, including the Advent CBE140 and the Scan 3XS i3 OC, and the latest to pass through our office doors is the intriguingly titled OverclockersUK (OCUK) Titan Xenomorph AVP (Alien Versus Predator). Let's see how it fares.
Arriving in the usual padded cardboard box - though not as well padded as some - we were pleasantly surprised at the inclusion not only of the motherboard and graphics card retail boxes containing all the usual driver discs, but a retail version of BullGuard Internet Security 2010. On top of this there's also the eponymous copy of the new Alien Versus Predator game as well.
The PC itself is a relatively light affair, housed in the plain but not unattractive Antec Three Hundred, which we last encountered in our review of the Wired2Fire HellSpawn ALC. OCUK has decided to add a little unique visual appeal by giving the Titan Xenomorph's front and top fans "alien" green LEDs. It's certainly an unusual choice and I must admit I would prefer blue, especially since the case's power and activity LEDs still remain this colour.
Front connectivity is rather limited with just headphone and microphone jacks and two well-spaced USB ports, along with a large power button and recessed reset button. These sit above the simple OCUK-brand DVD-rewriter, which leaves two external 5.25in bays free.
There's plenty to get stuck into on the rear though, with a further six USB 2.0 ports (unfortunately no sign of USB 3.0, but that's hardly unexpected), FireWire, a PS2 port and eSATA for data, plus digital and analogue 7.1 surround sound outputs. Thanks to the motherboard being based on Intel's H55 chipset you'll also find a comprehensive selection of video outputs, but these are made obsolete by the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card, which has twin-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
Opening either side panel is simple, requiring removal of just two thumb screws. Inside, the build is reasonably neat but that's only because it's a simple configuration, since minimal effort has been made at cable tidying - this is definitely a point where most competitors do a better job. A particularly poor touch was that one loose cable was just about touching the top fan, which we luckily noticed before switching the machine on. Overall though there's no major complaint here and air-flow is certainly not impeded.
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