It's supposed to be common knowledge that all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems are ill equipped for heavy duty gaming, but if that's the case, good luck explaining Maingear's new Alpha 24 Super Stock. The Alpha 24 SS is truly the alpha of AIO systems, or at least it can be when going all-out during the configuration stage with large size solid state drive (SSD) storage and even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card.
Pricing starts at $1,349 and includes the following:
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM hard drive (64MB cache)
8X DVD burner
Memory card reader
802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; GbE LAN
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
That's not a bad setup, especially in an AIO form factor, but it's also just the tip of the configuration iceberg. Depending on how many bills you're willing to throw at this thing, you can opt for up to an Intel Core i7 3770K processor (add $254), 16GB of RAM (add $77), up to 256GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD (add $245), up to 600GB Intel 320 Series SSD (add $960) or 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD (add $50), 6X Blu-ray burner (add $220), up to a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card (add $508), and various other odds and ends. Fully loaded, you're looking at spending anywhere from $2,400 to over $3,000, dependent upon your SSD options.
You don't have to do everything at once. Maingear claims the Alpha 24 SS is fully upgradeable, something that's still a rarity in the AIO space.
"In this day and age, there shouldn’t be a reason anyone would need to compromise for an all-in-one performance PC," says Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of Maingear. "Other all-in-one PC solutions pale in comparison to the Alpha 24 and can be summed up with just a few words: 1080p gaming set to Ultra, maxed anti-aliasing and tessellation."
You can configure an Alpha 24 Super Stock starting today and it will ship on or around October 10, 2012.