In this article I will provide my December 2023 review of the Skytech Archangel 4 (ST-ARCH4-0740-W-SK) and will also talk about some of the games you can play with this prebuilt PC. I will analyze the following:
- Overview of the entire build
- Processor used for Skytech Archangel 4 (ST-ARCH4-0740-W-SK)
- Graphics Card (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti)
- Hard Drive
Overview of the Skytech Archangel 4
The Skytech Archangel 4 (ST-ARCH4-0740-W-SK) is a well-balanced, mid-tier gaming PC in my opinion. It will play modern AAA games on 1080P and 1440P but you may need to adjust the graphics settings in some games for optimal performance. It should handle games like COD MW2, Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, RoboCop: Rogue City, Apex: Legends, Fortnite, and other games quite well.
Quick Notes on the Skytech Archangel 4
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-12400F – This is a mid-range CPU that performs well in gaming and general computing tasks. This may be a bottleneck if you decide to upgrade graphics cards in the future.
Cooling: 4 Fans – Having multiple fans can help with better airflow and heat dissipation, crucial for maintaining optimal temperatures during intense gaming sessions.
Motherboard: B660 – This is a mid-tier motherboard providing good support for the processor and other components.
Memory (RAM): 16GB DDR4 3200MHz – Adequate for gaming and most multitasking needs, though some games might benefit from higher RAM capacities. Hogwarts, for example has been reported to need upwards of 20-25GB RAM! RAM is easy to upgrade, so just add another couple of sticks when needed.
Hard Drive: 1TB NVME hard drive – NVME is the standard and up to 6x faster than older SATA connections. 1TB should be enough for a lot of game installations.
Graphics Card (GPU): NVIDIA RTX 4060 Ti 8GB VRAM – A powerful GPU capable of handling modern AAA games at high settings and resolutions at 1080P and 1440P.
Power Supply Unit (PSU): 600W GOLD – Sufficient power for the listed components and some room for future upgrades.
Wireless Connectivity: 802.11ac – Provides Wi-Fi connectivity, which is convenient for wireless internet access.
Processor used for Skytech Archangel 4
The Intel Core i5-12400F is a 12th generation (Alder Lake) desktop CPU released in late 2021. It’s part of Intel’s Alder Lake lineup, which introduced a new hybrid architecture combining high-performance cores (P-cores) with high-efficiency cores (E-cores).
The 12400F, however, is not a CPU that you will be able to overclock. Intel CPUs that are capable of overclocking are denoted by the letter K after their numbers. Additionally, this processor will be two generations behind as Intel has announced its 14th generation of processors. This processor will be able to keep up with gaming demands of new AAA games for the next couple years with performance degrading each year as gaming requirements increase.
The Intel Core i5-12400F is a capable processor that provides strong gaming performance and multitasking capabilities, especially when paired with a powerful GPU like the NVIDIA RTX 4060 Ti. Its hybrid architecture and efficiency make it a good choice for mid-tier gaming PCs. But, do know that as new games are released in 2027 and beyond, this PC will struggle to keep up.
Graphics Card Overview
The Archangel 4 comes with the NVIDIA RTX 4060 Ti. This is a new generation, albeit lower-end model of NVIDIA’s graphics card lineup. Don’t let that get you worried however, because the 4060 Ti is still a powerhouse compared to previous generations of graphics cards and will still play modern AAA games at max graphics settings on 1080P resolution. You should also be able to push 1440P resolution at higher graphics settings as well for some games. There should be no problem with playing games like COD MW2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Forza Horizon 5, The Witcher 3, Diablo 4, and many other games.
Hard Drive Overview
Most of the prebuilt gaming PCs these days are coming with at least 1TB NVMe hard drive storage. This is the most modern hard drive and has enough capacity to install 10-20 games with enough storage left over for some media files. That being said, if you’re into your second or third PC, you may want to consider getting an external hard drive for backup storage and more capacity. I recommend the Buffalo LinkStation shown below, which provides 4TB of capacity (2TB after mirroring/RAID 1), serving as a reliable backup destination.
16GB of RAM is widely considered as the standard for modern PCs. Anything less than that is not sufficient. This build is pretty well-balanced and upgrading memory may not be something where you would maximize your performance or investment. The Intel 12400F processor with the RTX 4060 Ti is only going to be able to tax the memory by so much before you might need to consider upgrading for more. That being said, if you game while having multiple browser sessions opened, streaming music in the background, and doing other things, this might be something you want to consider upgrading.
The Skytech Archangel 4 is great prebuilt PC for the type of gamer who needs something on a budget and doesn’t really care about high-performance or immersive graphics but rather just wants to get the job done well and have fun. It will play all the modern AAA games released in 2023 and prior on 1080P resolution. It’s probably not going to go much farther into the future of games that will be released in 2025 and beyond but it’s a solid short-term bet.
For a PC with slightly better performance, I would recommend looking at the Skytech Nebula. The Skytech Nebula is almost the exact same build as the Archangel except it comes with the NVIDIA RTX 4070 graphics card, which has more VRAM than the 4060 Ti. This would be pushing a gamer into 1440P resolutions.
If you’re also looking for monitors to pair with the Archangel 4, I recommend the below from Amazon. You can have two of these 24″ monitors paired together on the Archangel 4 for dual screen activity at 1080P resolution.