Aldi's $2000 Medion Gaming PC Is Actually Pretty Good Value

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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]

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    I saw this in the catalog earlier in the week. For the average punter who wants a pretty decent rig without the hassle of sourcing parts and building your own, this is a good buy.

    I'd be interested in how upgradable the parts are inside, unlike DELL that have a number of proprietary bits that can't be swapped out.

    Wow that is pretty good if you're not someone who wants to build a PC

    if I weren't just replacing the guts of my current set up this would be a relatively hassle-free option!

    Also saw this in the catalog and thought it seemed like quite a beast.

    Did your DIY build quote include cost of Windows?

      Eh, it's only around $40 for an OEM license from a software site like kinguin. I've used them in the past, most recently bought a Win 10 Pro license for my HTPC, no issues so far.

    The "annoyance" of building a PC, entails about 20 screws and plugging in 5 peripherals plus cooling. Not such a biggie, but then $1999 and it's all done for you.

      For some people it's a bit more intimidating than an annoyance (You and I are not those people :p). Sure some of us could build a PC in our sleep. For others they only know plug and play, and will buy a whole new machine. When for only a few dollars, all they needed was a new graphics card.

      You must be way more decisive than I. All the comparing specs, finding just the right mobo, processor, ram, etc. I can burn at least 4 hours deciding on a build.
      But, I'm guessing alot of people here would still be builders.

      Origin pc is far more better

    Strange that a PC of this spec doesn't have USB-C. But a pretty cool rig.

    I so wanted to bag this, I simply just cant , bravo !
    now Im gonna have to search harder to get my troll fix damn.

    Probably loaded with pre installed spyware.

    Would this be suitable for a VR rig with a HTC Vive???

    The 420w Power supply is a bit of a worry but if it works it works I guess

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