Final Thoughts

 Final Thoughts

Our conclusion depends partly on pricing and partly on convenience.  Let’s look at today’s pricing of the individual components on Amazon and on Newegg.

  • 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700KF – $363.99 (The 12700 is $342.99 which is a more logical choice for a H670 motherboard.)
  • ASUS TUF GAMING H670-PRO WIFI D4 motherboard – $229.99
  • Trident Z 32GB 3600Mhz DDR4 with ARGB – $174.99
  • Lian-Li Galahad 360 AIO Cooler – $248.99
  • CoolerMaster TD500 Mesh White case – $123.99
  • EVGA 850W PSU (Bronze) – $99.99
  • Crucial P2 1TB NVMe SSD (2400MBps/1900MBps Read/Write) – $84.99
  • EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 12GB 1800 MHz Boost Clock/12GB 384 bit GDDR6X video card – $1199.99
  • Windows 10 Pro with optimizations – $129.00
  • Video screen – You’d have to source, custom build, and probably program it yourself.

If you want to save $150, PCGz’ Blue Elixir offers a EVGA RTX 3080 XC3 12GB (as pictured below) which comes without RGB and is slightly slower (-25MHz) than the FTW but still faster than BTR’s overclocked RTX 3080 Founders Edition.

The Blue Elixir comes in a Black or White case and now with an added custom programmed video screen

If you buy the individual parts and source them yourself, before tax and any shipping, it comes to $2655.92 – without any video screen.  It also means that when you build it yourself, you get all the joy and headaches that come with building a PC.  For BTR’s flagship build, it meant RMA’ing G.SKILL DDR5 6000 which took 10 days, and also replacing a MSI 360R cooler that was inadequate for cooling the 12900K.  It also took many hours of work to optimize the build for stability in benchmarking.  Any problems or issues that arise in the future are mine and will need to be researched and addressed.

For gamers that don’t have the time or the skill set to build a PC from parts, the PCGz Blue Elixir is a ready made $3500 top PC that you unbox and plug in – and it just works.  BTR spent nearly $4000 on its flagship PC and it is basically about as fast in gaming as the Blue Elixir at 1080P – where the 12900KF CPU makes the most difference over a 12700K.  Of course, we use it for more than gaming.

PC Gamerz high end Blue Elixir compares favoribly in pricing with the big box and boutique builders with the difference being that they offer a higher level of custom service with a completely tested PC that they will support – parts and labor – for two years plus lifetime tech support.

For example, Alienware offers a similar PC at a similar price to the Blue Elixir.  It offers a slightly faster 12900K CPU, but a slower RTX 3080 10GB (instead of 12GB).  It offers 64GB (that a gamer doesn’t need) of painfully slow DDR5 (4400MHz), and a very small 120mm AIO that is likely insufficient to properly cool the CPU in a stylish if cramped case that will be hard to upgrade.  Included support/warranty lasts for only 1 year which isn’t that great having experienced Dell’s service for a gaming laptop. I would pick PCGz if I didn’t build PCs.

One thing we love about the Blue Elixir – besides its outstanding cable management – is that they chose a decent 850W PSU that will probably power the next generation of video cards – a simple remove and replace will allow for an upgrade unlike many big box PC builders that require the PSU to be upgraded also.  Although we can nitpick ‘Bronze’, EVGA sells decent PSUs that deliver the wattage they specify.  We spent a ridiculous amount of money on a 1200W Platinum PSU.

PCGz also gives a 1TB NVMe SSD which is generally sufficient for most gamers, and it is very easy to install a second NVMe SSD in the top slot without removing the video card if a gamer decides to expand storage.  In addition, if Rocket Lake offers a solid upgrade over Alder Lake’s 12700 this year, it will be easy to drop in the new CPU with a BIOS flash as the Cooler Master case is large and easy to work in.  PCGz has left room for expansion and upgrades with minimal fuss.  All of the parts they chose are first class.

Let’s sum it up:

The Pros

  • The PCGz Blue Elite 12700KF/DDR4/EVGA RTX 3080 12GB PC is a solid PC that competes well in gaming with Intel’s top DDR5 PC
  • The case is large for expansion or upgrades and the fans are quiet
  • The PSU is of sufficiently high capacity to upgrade video cards
  • The cable management is exquisite
  • Each PC is individually tested and benchmarked before being shipped out
  • PCGz optimizes the BIOS and Win 10 for gamers
  •      Two years Parts & Labor Warranty and lifetime tech support
  •      New video screen adds extra value

Cons

  •        Pricing is high
  •        QC let the wrong CPU backplate slip by
  •        Mismatch of KF CPU with H670 MB.  Either a non-K CPU should be used with H670 or a Z690 MB should be offered for OC potential with K CPUs

The Verdict:

If a gamer is looking for a very well made, solid and handsome PC that will just work perfectly for gamers with great support, the PC Gamerz Hawaii Blue Elixir should be considered.  It is a solidly-built good-looking RGB desktop that trades blows with a top Intel DDR5 desktop in gaming.  PCGz support is awesome and they justify their repeat customers and good reviews.

We will not be surprised to see PCGz become popular outside of Hawaii in the months to come.

Stay tuned for Part 2.  We were somewhat surprised to see that PC GamerZ was still using Windows 10 so we decided to compare its performance with Win 11.  We will post this review next week and then follow it up with a SSD review and then a VR review featuring the Hellhound RX 6650 XT versus the RX 6700 XT and versus the RTX 3060 Ti by next weekend.

We hope to follow up with PC GamerZ Hawaii the next time we visit the Islands, but until then we will say aloha and a hui ho (until we meet again).

Aloha and Happy Gaming!