Velocity Micro Refreshes Overdrive PC Brand in a 'BigBlock.GTX' Way

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livebriand

1500W power supply? Man, does this need it's own circuit breaker? (if the circuit breaker is 15A, 120V, 1800W, you need 83% efficiency - and that's assuming nothing else is on that circuit) Also, only 2 240GB SSDs? I came up with a config yesterday with 3 512GB Samsung 830s, as well as 3 WD Black 2TBs, each in a RAID 5 set. AND 2 590s. (I would've put in 3 if newegg would let me.) Now if only I could afford it... :D

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Peanut Fox

There's a lot of extra "price cushion" in this build. I'm betting you could put this build together yourself and still haven enough left in the budget to add 3 27" TN panels with change left over to get a nice 2.1 speaker setup. Drop the 3960X down to the 3930K and things really open up.

I think the worst offence here is that for 8K you don't even get a liquid cooling option. Just one of those crappy all in one heat sinks on the CPU.

Still, it's rockin' nice hardware.

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livebriand

Also, notice how the RAM is only 1600MHz? Who actually needs 32GB? (unless you're using a ramdisk or something...) I also feel that the 3960X is a complete waste of money.

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whr4usa

1600MHz RAM just means that's the default/standard timing for those modules . . . obviously as a boutique builder with an overclocked processor they'll be using nicer modules which can go much faster
. . . afterall that's one of the only remaining decent reasons for overclocking processors - to get additional responsiveness out of main memory for databases, virtualization etc.
...and 32GB is very useful for heavy multitasking (I routinely have 260++ tabs open across multiple browser windows, sometimes of different browsers and often with multimedia content, that's usually just on half of 1 of my 3 monitors) virtualization (understatement) and I'm just a collegiate and proprietor . . . no enterprise apps here

we agree on the 3960x being a waste of money though
...why anybody would buy a 'disabled' Xeon intended for a dual-socket configuration is beyond me!! either do an 1155 box right, go AMD or build a dual-socket system

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Peanut Fox

I think the reason they've got 1600Mhz modules is because they are using 4 8GB sticks instead of 8 4GB sticks. Performance 8GB sticks are way more expensive so they just used a more common speed and populated half the slots allowing users to take the machine up to 64GB down the road and allowing them to keep the price of the machine down. Cause at 8k an extra few hundred makes a big difference.

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joeking

The sad thing about Velocity Micro is, their build quality and support has really diminished over the years. Anyone can confirm this by reading customer testimonials over at resellerratings. Astonishingly bad ratings for a boutique vendor. I hope they regain their footing because Velocity Micro used to be a great company (they're not anymore).

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LaughingGravy

My experience with them was not good. I bought a computer from them based on a glowing CNET review, and I liked the idea of going the small shop, anti-Dell route.

I got BSODs right out of the box. Tech support (I think it was just one guy) was sluggish to respond and only available to 8:00 pm my local time, and closed on weekends, so I actually had to take a day off work when I wanted to call them. Two years of grief.

I recently undid the overclocking and replaced the mobo, psu, and cpu cooler, and now it runs.

From now on, I'm building my own computers. I have Velocity Micro to thank for that, I guess.

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Biceps

That is really disappointing to hear. I purchased a computer from Velocity Micro YEARS ago, and the thing was bullet proof - I really beat it up. The build quality and the value were what set them apart from the big name and big box vendors at the time.

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zero_ken13

HOLY COW! in our country that is equal to PHP 335,958.00 excluding tax hahaha

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Budman_NC

Paul, looks like Velocity Micro has taken a shot across the bow of MaxPC to set the bar high for this years's Dream Machine. A single 3960 with tri-sli 680's ain't gonna cut it. Dual Xeons? Gordon and Nathan have their work cut out for them.

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Paul_Lilly

You're right, Velocity Micro certainly threw down the gauntlet with this relaunch. I haven't a clue what this year's Dream Machine will look like, but I have no doubt it will be up to the task.

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D1RTYD1Z619

WTF no multi-monitor purchase option? The thing comes standard with 3 way GTX 680 SLI

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