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Arbico Elite OC3556 CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £999
inc VAT

This is an eminently capable Ivy Bridge PC, but most of its rivals have better graphics cards


4.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 16GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


The system has just eight USB ports in total: two on the front panel and six at the back. Two of the rear ports are USB3. There’s also a PS/2 port, an optical S/PDIF output, three 3.5mm stereo outputs for analogue surround sound and a Gigabit Ethernet port. On the front, are 3.5mm microphone and headphone ports.

Arbico Elite OC3556 CS

The system comes with a Logitech MK260 wireless keyboard and mouse set. We’ve seen a lot of these from OEMs and they’re certainly an inoffensive choice. The keyboard is slightly spongy and the ambidextrous mouse is a bit small, but it’s a good set. The monitor is an AOC E2450SWDA. It’s a matt 23.6in widescreen display with DVI and VGA inputs and a Full HD resolution. Its controls are fiddly and options are few, but we were pleased with its even backlighting and natural, balanced colours.

Although the Elite OC3556 CS uses the same components as many similarly priced systems on the market, the GTX 560 Ti graphics card is a little underpowered. Gamers will be better off with the Wired2Fire Diablo GTX or the excellent Chillblast Fusion Vantage.

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Basic Specifications

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Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x44
Processor clock speed 4.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 16
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX
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) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD + Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS
Interface SATA3 + SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,128GB


Graphics card(s) 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, mini HDMI


Sound Realtek ALC889
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 23.6 in
Screen model AOC E2450SWDA
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K260
Mouse Logitech M210


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £999

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