SkyTech Archangel, now that’s an interesting name for a desktop. Skytech’s actually a company that sells electronics and has decided to assemble a computer for the gaming folk. It surely looks good, with AMD FX processor and GeForce graphics card, but are there reasons why it would be a bad choice…?
Does it really work for gaming?
There’s nothing wrong with the gaming performance of SkyTech Archangel if you don’t require very high settings on every single game. Graphics processor is the dedicated GeForce GTX 750 Ti with 2GB memory. For example, you could fire up the popular Grand Theft Auto 5 and get over 30 frames per second on high/very high details and Full HD. Lesser games such as Minecraft and Counter-Strike: Go (& other Steam titles) work fine no matter what settings you use.
If you don’t want to use the installed card, you can upgrade it to a new one, for example GeForce GTX 960.
It’s a rather high-end processor here: AMD FX-6300 with six scores and 3.5GHz clock frequency that increases to 4.1GHz with turbo. It does a great job in benchmark tests too; CPU Mark gives it ~6300 points. It’s sufficient for hardcore gaming as well as for more demanding software, such as Adobe Illustrator. Also installed memory is fine, which is 8GB, and the maximum RAM is 32GB DDR3 (with four 8GB sticks).
Hard drive isn’t anything fancy, just a good old one-terabyte 7200RPM drive. If you want a smoother user experience, installing a solid-state drive here is a good idea! There is free slot for that inside, at least with a help of 3.5″ to 2.5″ adapter.
Ports and connections?
SkyTech Archangel includes in total eight USB ports, of those six are USB 2.0 and two are USB 3.0. Plenty for your peripherals I’d say. A maximum of 3 simultaneous monitors are supported: the desktop has HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort ports for them.
There is RJ-45 for connecting to Internet via cable. USB to WiFi adapter (dongle) is included, too. Bluetooth isn’t supported, but with USB adapter that would work as well.
The desktop features a DVD burner.
Other important things
Keyboard and mouse are included (monitor is not). Operating system is Windows 10 Professional 64-bit. The PSU is rated at 500W.
SkyTech Archangel is a low-cost gaming desktop and should be treated as such. It does not have the best graphics engine in the world, but for the money, it’s quite good – playing many games on Full HD and high settings will result in rather smooth FPS. Programs will run without any issues whatsoever. Just pair this desktop with a nice monitor and you should have a decent gaming desktop on budget!