Micro-Tower Review Roundup

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meh

Kinda misleading. All the other computers' CPU are listed as i7. Alienware X51 can have i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, an SSD with a HDD with gtx 760ti, with a BR player all for under $2k. With at least these specs (not all of them), it can be competitive with the other machines... Just saying...

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ksc11011

little bit expensive http://www.asiansinkuwait.com/Digital-World-2

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whizkid

Console: low price but little or no customization, great experience, lots of games, solid online (not free)

bonus: controllers (kinect...?)

PC: custom built to fit your budget, best experience (potentially), lots of games, solid online (free, mostly)

bonus: emulators, STEAM!!!

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burntham77

These are all nice options. I am a fan of the smaller cases these days. I would love to see any of these cases, or something similar available as a "barebones" setup.

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thetinean

I love how so many people think that Steam boxes are the next best thing and many times better than the xbox one and the ps4. Computers and video game consoles are two completely different worlds that should not be mixed.

Video game consoles have games that computers don't have (For example, good sports games or racing games), and computers have games that consoles don't have (Like RTSs or MMORPGs).

Most importantly, specs don't matter in a console as much as in a computer. For example, The last of us looks much better than most games on the computer, with only a fraction of what a computer's specs are. Why? Because the developers know the consoles inside out like the palm of their hand and know how to optimize games for it. With computers, it's completely different. Developers don't develop their games with a specific system in mind, that's why pc games tend to be much more buggy and glitchy than their console counterparts since they can't account for every system configuration.

So what would I do? Instead of paying around $2000 dollars like most PCs in this list just to get more FPS, I would buy a $1500 computer and spend the other $500 and buy a console too. We shouldn't be choosing either or, we should be choosing both.

Go Console and PC gaming!

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Obsidian

This is WAY off in crazy-field ... but hear me out ...

I always thought that Microsoft could really add something to the console war if they offered a single PCI-E card that held the guts of an XBox on it. All Windows boxes would be able to have a software package that boots the console-on-a-card and then you could play your console games on the computer.

Sure, video-out or pass through will have to be considered as well as sound and other things, optical drive specifications, but those are becoming less important with more and more online purchases of game titles. So there would probably be some stability or glitch issues as the card interfaced with some of those components.

My point is that Microsoft is in the position to actually attempt this, and then differentiate themselves from Sony all that much more.

Admittedly virtualization and software emulation has improved since I thought of this idea 10 years ago so that might be a better route to go.

My point is to not only support your statements, but integrate them even further. For GAMERS!!! ;)

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thetinean

Considering the xbone is already running a strange form of windows 8, it wouldn't be impossible. However, "Possible" and "Probable" are very different statements. I mean, why would they need to create the xbox in PCIe version if they could just make the games for the computer instead? The xbox is basically already like a computer except it doesn't have dozens of services and programs running in the background, making it more efficient for gaming.

Although it's a very interesting idea, it would just sound like a new kind of graphics card to the world and won't pick up much steam. As interesting as it sounds, making the user pay $500 for a console is much more profitable for Microsoft.

However, if someone were to take this pipedream and start it as an indie company...

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balindos

I agree but this time around things could be a bit different considering consoles are on x86. Steambox is a new console for console lovers not current PC gamers. I hope it helps bring the good sports games over because Fifa and Nba2k need to be better than what it is now on PC. I still think today if you love playing games you should buy both a PC and a PS4, mostly because a lot of the xbox games come to PC. Only problem I have with that is that I love the xbox controller especially the new one. By the way VAMOS ARGENTINA!!

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thetinean

Oh my goodness yes, sports games in the PC are the absolute worst. In fact, Fifa should have been on "The 10 Worst PC Ports". The lack of dedication to making quality sports games for PC is one of the main reasons I still stick to console gaming along with PCs.

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West996

Does the Falcon really only have a 450 Watt PSU?

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kixofmyg0t

Yes it does. Valve is also convinced that a Steam Machine with a GTX Titan only needs 450 watts.

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Nixon

From the thumbnail image of this article, I thought that the Tiki had a polished wood finish. Upon closer inspection, sadly it was not. :(

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phoenixsuns

if the best PCs add a cool beats by dre, more perfect. drebeathome.com is best choose

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don2041

Looks to me that cooling might be an issue with these boxes.

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vrmlbasic

Cool article. I'd like to have a smaller-than-midtower case but this article has made me aware that an Xbox 360-sized PC is something that I'm not yet ready for. BTW, what's a VCR? ;)

A _corsair_ SSD?!

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Obsidian

Excellent article. Looking forward to more of these smaller and more powerful systems. Ouch on the Falcon price tag though!