Next Wednesday, Aldi is selling a gaming PC. Yeah, Aldi. And it’s not the no-brand junk that you’d expect to get at your local big-box electronics retailer, either. It’s a fire-breathing quad-core Core i7 with a solid-state drive, 16GB of RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.
This article was originally published at 8:30AM on 28 October.
Going on sale for $1999 on Wednesday 2 November, the Medion Gaming PC is specced pretty damn identically to the mid- to high-end gaming PC that I’d build if I was putting one together right about now.
With a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700 that can run at up to 4.0GHz running the show, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 2TB hard drive and 256GB M.2 solid-state drive, you’ve got a solid foundation for a fast and powerful PC for a bunch of different productivity tasks.
The inclusion of that 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card changes the game entirely. Well, it changes the game in that it means the Medion Gaming PC can actually play games. The GTX 1070, paired with a good CPU and enough RAM like this Medion has, is more than capable of 1080p60 gameplay in modern titles and should even handle 1440p60 as long as you’re not playing everything on Ultra.
Of course, you’re not getting a brand name motherboard or GPU from a reputable tier one manufacturer like Asus or MSI or Gigabyte. And your non-K Intel CPU won’t be any good for overclocking. They’re really the only shortcomings of the Medion Gaming PC, to be honest. We can’t speak to the quality of the CPU or GPU cooling or case fans, but what you do get is warranty.
For shits and giggles, I priced up an equivalent PC from my local store, IJK. With a Cooler-Master case and no-brand 420W PSU, the i7-6700, 16GB of RAM, hard drive and SSD and the cheapest GTX 1070, a motherboard with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a DVD/CD writer, I got to about $1750. With the annoyance of putting it together, guaranteed compatibility and so on, the Medion is actually pretty decent value.
It even comes with a keyboard and mouse. And USB 3.0, “the data turbo”. My computer doesn’t even have the data turbo. [Aldi]