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YOYOTech Announces 4GHz £699 Gaming Rig

Gordon Kelly


YOYOTech Announces 4GHz £699 Gaming Rig

Looking to secure the local bragging rights on a budget?

Those crazy kids over at London-based YOYOTech have blown our minds this week having announced the 'Warbird '650' - the first desktop PC we've seen to ship with a Core i5 stably clocked at four gigahertz! What's more, it's yours for £699.99 with a bundled 22in LG flat panel display.

Yep, our eyebrows were raised to and while there are some compromises like a smallish 500GB Samsung HDD and no Blu-ray drive (you'll get a Samsung DVD burner instead), there is still 4GB of G.Skill DDR3 RAM, a DirectX 11 capable 1GB ATI Radeon 5750 graphics card, Akasa X4 cooler and 500 watt PSU all plugged into an Asus P7P55D-LE mobo (we loved the P7P55D). It's all housed in a YOYOTech X7 enthusiast case and ships with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit edition.

For those with a touch more cash, YOYOTech has also announced a £799 'Warbird 750x' which sticks to the main spec of the 650, but swaps in a 4GHz Core i5 750 CPU, Radeon 5850 graphics card and a Silverstone PS02 chassis.

Yep, we're at a loss to see why anyone would still build their own systems either...




January 15, 2010, 11:39 am

for the first time in ages i can agree with that last comment


January 15, 2010, 2:28 pm

I wouldn't build my own system but if I was buying a new PC, I would strip out all the 99p fans and replace them with quiet versions that push just as much air.


January 15, 2010, 2:30 pm

Speak for yourself, Gordon. ;)


January 15, 2010, 2:52 pm

Wow, that is a good deal indeed. The shop is only a 5 mins walk from work and the chaps in there are awfully nice too.


January 15, 2010, 4:47 pm

Its a good deal, although i think the £799 with a 5850 is a much better option because you are wasting a load of CPU power with the 5750 imo. Without the bundled monitor this would be average I think, but with it its definitely good. Of course I'd still build my own, but thats because I love doing it, and know exactly what every part is right down to the case fans etc. Still a great deal, Windows + Monitor would set a self builder back 200-250.


January 15, 2010, 4:50 pm

nowadays I prefer machines with Small Form Factor... still need a monitor but less bulky than the full chasis.

Recession you see.


January 15, 2010, 5:08 pm

Yep, just sent the link round to a few people. This is the only prebuilt PC i have seriously considered for a long time. Think you'll do a review of it? Would like to know what the cooling and noise is like.

Julian MacDonald

January 15, 2010, 5:12 pm

Anybody know how reliable a company YOYOTech are ? Seems almost too good to be true.


January 15, 2010, 6:11 pm

Nope, I still can't agree with the last comment, although I will admit this is very good value having specced something very similar for a friend recently.

Again though, it's another example of a company marketing a gaming system by the speed of the CPU and putting in a craptactular 5750. If you've only got £700 to spend and need something to use only for gaming, this won't be the best you can get for the money.

It's also slightly worrying they advertise it on their site as using the nonexistent X55 chipset :/


January 15, 2010, 6:22 pm

I have a long list for why I wouldn't buy it. Like Ed said, speak for yourself Gordon.


January 15, 2010, 6:26 pm

What can I say? That is amazingly good value for money, especially with the monitor and everything.

I built my system from scratch and it came to more than that, for a less powerfull setup. It can still push polygons well enough for the latest games, so this thing is going to kick some serious backside. Impressive.


January 15, 2010, 6:28 pm

for some the appeal of building their own system isn't down to cost. It's the fun of putting it all together in the exact way you want with the exact components you want and the feeling of accomplishment when it boots up successfully for the first time! Granted things like cable routing can be a pain for some, but it can be a "fun" challenge in a similar way that people enjoy hard logic puzzles ;-)

anyway, that is a stonkingly good value system there for what you get!


January 15, 2010, 6:28 pm

TR - Are you sure you got the prices right? It seems from their site the price is £799 including VAT and does not include an OS or screen...


January 15, 2010, 6:30 pm

Scrap that, was looking at the wrong offer. Seems to be out of stock now.


January 15, 2010, 6:55 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder I completely agree about the sense of achievement. I build my first ever PC about two years ago for the challenge and found it an immensely rewarding experience.


January 15, 2010, 7:42 pm

Anyone curious about YOYOTech quality:

I had a rig built for my cousin a few years ago, before I got into building myself. It mid-range system around £550. The wiring was excellent, all the extra cables were routed out the way and the ones in use were arranged to minimise obstruction to airflow etc. The price was only about £50 more than if I had built it myself and it was ready on time as you would expect. If I didn't build myself, I would happily buy from them again.


January 15, 2010, 7:49 pm

I ebayed most of the parts for my home pc and it's not cheap tbh. When they buy parts in bulk the price is much cheaper than retail. Less profit they make for the price they are selling compared to other firms but hey once you ship hundreds, f off those greedy big names.


January 15, 2010, 7:56 pm

Bunch of geeks! :-P

People still build their own PCs?


January 15, 2010, 8:22 pm

Unless I could find out the model of the sound card, PSU and quality of the monitor I'd still build it myself. Given that this so-called gaming system appears to have a wireless mouse I'd be dubious about the general quality of the other parts, I'd not be surprised if the unnamed components were just basic models and not at a similar level to the 4Ghz processor and mid-range graphics card.


January 15, 2010, 8:35 pm

@darkspark88: TR - Are you sure you got the prices right?

I'm seeing £699.13 here ->



January 15, 2010, 9:04 pm

@ Xiphias - PSU is by a company called Recom (not heard of them before, probably a rebranded unit), sound is onboard (typical at this price point, and fine if you don't have decent speakers to go with it), while the monitor is your typical TN affair. Not components I would choose myself, but like you say that's why I would build it myself and at this price you can't really complain as it's better value than a lot of other pre-builts out there.

@ xbrumster - Any savings made by bulk buying aren't reflected in the price - adding it up the system comes to around the same price as it would cost to build it yourself.

@ HK - Yes, they do. As strange as it may sound, some of us actually enjoy it ;)


January 15, 2010, 9:10 pm

Horses for courses, but I personally find building my own PC (and I've built my own for the last 10 years) to be about the most frustrating, hair pulling, teeth grinding experience in computing.

Getting a whole collection of super quality components together just to find out 'this' dard drive doesn't like 'that' motherboard or 'this' case align well with with 'that' wiring drives me crackers.

YOYOTech Staff

January 16, 2010, 1:20 am

Hi All,

First up, thanks for all the interest !

To give you a little background, YOYOTech has been operating in the UK for the past 10 years - and our HQ is just off Tottenham Couert Road in central London.

Our engineers have created systems that have won reviews in most of the mainstream press at one time or another, but we first 'came to fame' on a global scale when we smashed the SPEC World Performance Record in November 2008... besting the previous best score (by a Sun SPARC station) by more than 40%

All of our staff are hardcore enthusiasts themselves and, if you get a chance, try popping into 30 Windmill Street sometime to test our knowledge :~)

The system you see here is '100% complete' - including 64-bit Windows 7, wireless keyboard and mouse as well as the 22" LG screen.

Because we run a 'live stock system', systems will show as 'out of stock' if they are not on the shelves and waiting for you... so, if the Warbird i650 interests you (in its basic format - or as a starting point for your own choice of upgrades) - give us a shout on 0871 855 3380

We're open 7 days a week :~)


January 16, 2010, 5:30 am

Agree with Gordon on building your own PC. Also, I'm pretty cack-handed so doing all the fiddly bits like fan controllers, and connecting the HD/reset/power cables is beyond me. Although, I'm competent enough to fit simple upgrades like Graphics Cards/PSUs.

One thing I do like about building your own though, is the before and after pics on Forums, where you see the pile of boxes turned into a living, working PC. There's a certain amount of pride there, which I guess is why people do it.


January 16, 2010, 2:31 pm

YoyOtech staff has surfaced... a review is imminent...

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