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Arbico Elite 3578 CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT

It can’t rival some of its competitors for outright value, but this is still a well-made PC with powerful components


3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8

Arbico typically makes high-quality PCs with great build quality, but the small firm often struggles to get the prices of its systems down far enough to match its rivals. However, the Elite 3578 CS is a bold attempt. The PC is equipped with an Intel Core i5-3570K processor, running at its native 3.4GHz. Even without any overclocking, it’s powerful enough for an overall score of 121 in our application benchmarks, can still cope with intensive tasks. Because this is an unlocked processor, you can overclock it yourself if you want to, although it would be a good idea to swap the stock Intel cooler for something a bit more chunky.

Arbico Elite 3578 CS

The MSI Z77A-G45 motherboard has a clear mouse-driven UEFI interface to help you change settings. It also has loads of upgrade potential. There aren’t any PCI slots – the standard is slowly being superseded by PCI-Express – but there are four PCI-E x1 slots (one of which is blocked by the graphics card) and three PCI-E x16 slots. One x16 slot is occupied by the graphics card, and the remaining two run at x16 and x4. The presence of a second full-speed PCI-E x16 slot makes this system a good choice if you want to experiment with dual-graphics-card setups – the board is certified for AMD’s CrossFire X, but not SLI.

Installed in the top PCI-E x16 slot is an AMD Radeon HD 7850 graphics card with 1GB of memory. It has plenty of gaming power, as shown by a smoothly playable average frame rate of 29.2fps when running Crysis 2 at 1,920×1,080 and Ultra quality. This card is powerful enough to keep gamers happy for a significant period of time. The graphics card has DVI, HDMI and two mini DisplayPort outputs, which you can use to connect up to three monitors.

Arbico Elite 3578 CS

The motherboard can handle up to 32GB of RAM. Currently, two 4GB modules are installed, running at 1,600MHz. 8GB is plenty for modern applications and typical for a PC in this price range. The board also has six SATA ports, two of which are SATA3. Both of these are in use, connected to an SSD system disk and a 1TB HDD for storage. The DVD-RW drive is connected to a SATA2 port.

Unfortunately, the SSD, although it means that you get incredibly fast boot and access speeds, has only 60GB capacity, and there’s only 20GB free. We’ve installed games – which would also benefit from the fast read/write speeds of an SSD – larger than this, so you’ll have to be prepared to change the default installation location of games and applications to your mechanical hard disk.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x34
Processor clock speed 3.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 4 (3)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) OCZ Agility 3 60GB + Seagate Barracuda ST3100524AS
Interface SATA3 + SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,060GB


Graphics card(s) 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7850
Graphics/video ports DVI, HDMI, 2x DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 21.5 in
Screen model Philips 226V3L
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K260
Mouse Logitech M210


Software included none
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £800

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