Not everyone has the time or know-how to build their own PC. I know, it’s shocking, but for those who aren ’t interested in Frankensteining their rig together but still want the awesome power and aesthetics of a sweet gaming build, pre-built PCs like this SkyTech Legacy are a tempting proposition.
Sky High Design
Aesthetically, the SkyTech Legacy is a showpiece, with an aggressive red and black theme offset by a hint of color from the case. The black In Win 303 with a tempered glass side panel gives unobstructed view to the red and black internals lighted by seven Thermaltake RIING fans, LEDs on the GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming motherboard, and some red LED striping to add more body to the lighting. That side panel can be opened easily, no thumb screws necessary, if you want to swap out components.
There’s plenty of room to expand, and the Thermaltake 750W 80 Plus Gold power supply should be able to handle extra hardware if you’re looking to upgrade to custom cooling or a dual GPU configuration.
There are no RGB options here, so you’d better be set on the red and black motif. Anything other than red would clash with the red heatsinks on the DIMMs and on the cabling. The only other color is from the front panel of the In Win 303 case, which features periwinkle blue lighting behind the logo, USB ports, and audio jacks. The power button is backlit in pearl white.
It may not be RGB crazy, but the red looks great, and the 303 case is always a classic.
The Tech Inside
As you’d expect with customized PCs you can spend as much or as little as you want. The build we have here is packing a serious punch.
On GPU duty is the top-of-the-line Zotac Nvidia 1080 Ti with a single blower fan, good for running pretty much anything you throw at it. For memory we’re looking at 16GB of G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 memory, but the motherboard can support up to 64GB in dual channel, which is more than enough for modern games. The brain of the system is a Kaby Lake i7-7700K 4.2 GHz CPU, with a Thermaltake Water 3.0 AIO liquid cooler on temp duty. You should be able to get this build with an 8th gen CPU and board soon.
If that’s not enough for you, there’s plenty of room to expand, and the Thermaltake 750W 80 Plus Gold power supply should be able to handle extra hardware if you’re looking to upgrade to custom cooling or a dual GPU configuration. The In Win 303 features mounts for traditional 2.5 inch SATA SSDs as well if you want to upgrade your storage game. The case also supports long graphics cards, and accommodates a support arm to keep heavier cards from bending.
We tested some games, and were getting the high frames we were expecting at 2560x1440, and respectable and playable 4K. The Legacy pulled in a very respectable TimeSpy score of 8,386. It’s clear the GPU is not messing around.
Pre-Built, or Not Pre-Built, That’s The Question
The SkyTech Legacy is a pretty, powerful rig. The fact it comes all put together eliminates any concern about conflicting parts, and you know it’s going to boot up.
If one were to buy the components separately, the total already comes close to its listing at the time of this writing. Perhaps there’s some wiggle room in sourcing deals from around the internet, but the time spent doing that is not without value. Then once the parts are gathered they still have to be assembled, and the system has to be tested and troubleshot.
For those of you who love to build PCs buying a pre-built system might never seem like the right call. But for those who want the luxury of a high-end gaming rig with good looks but don’t have the luxury of time, pre-built PCs like the SkyTech Legacy make a heck of a lotta sense.