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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Gamers in need of a new gaming rig generally have two options: build their own or outlay a lot of cash to get one pre-assembled. Digital Storm looks to make it a little easier on gamers' skills and wallets with the Vanquish II, an affordable gaming rig that still leaves room for upgrades.

Despite its low price, the Vanquish II certainly doesn't look cheap. TechRadar says that "aesthetically, there's a lot to love," and PC World enjoyed its "attractive combination of gray with blue lighting" that HotHardware calls "simple but sharp." Size-wise it's not a behemoth, with TechRadar finding it "average size – neither too big for a local LAN, nor so small that it strays into mini-ITX territory."

While it's always nice to have a machine that looks good, a gaming rig needs to perform well, and though HotHardware says it "isn’t built to push the bleeding edge of performance," the Vanquish II "did post reasonably good scores in our benchmarks" and Forbes found that for some games, it offers "great performance under demanding conditions." While TweakTown notes "a more powerful CPU would help boost results," they still say the Vanquish II "proves itself as an all-around PC."

All that performance doesn't come without some cost, namely with TweakTown finding the power consumption "hungry" at heavy loads but dropping significantly during more idle moments, while HotHardware actually finds it "power-friendly." But whatever the load, Forbes says the fans "never rise above an urgent whisper" and HotHardware calls the machine "remarkably silent."

Gamers looking to upgrade their machine in the future might be frustrated, though, with a Micro ATX motherboard that Digital Trends says "limits the amount of extra drives and expansion cards you can add to the system," though TechRadar notes the case at least has room for "seven expansion slots and three optical drive bays for a Blu-ray or secondary DVD drives," and TweakTown says the case is large enough to "put in a larger motherboard."

Not every gamer will want to spend time and money on assembling the perfect machine; they just want to play games. And for that, the Vanquish II will do just fine.

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