If you're going to name a PC gaming line "Epic," you better back it up with some hardcore configuration options, lest you're willing to deduct 500 street cred points. Maingear need not worry about that. The boutique system builder today launches its Epic Force and Epic Rush desktops, both of which come chock full of high-end hardware options and offer more choices in liquid cooling and design options.
The bigger of the two is the Epic Force, an all-out gaming line built inside Corsair's Obsidian 900D chassis. Cost of entry is $3,973 for an AMD 990FX setup, $4,355 for Intel Z87, and $4,705 for Intel X79. In other words, you need four large just to get through the front door, and what you exit with depends on how much extra you brought with you.
An Intel Core i7 4770K (Haswell) comes standard with the Z87 setup, as does a Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 motherboard, EK Supremacy liquid cooling with 400mL reservoir, 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, 240GB Crucial M500 SSD, 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT hard drive, 24X DVD drive, 1200W Corsair Professional Digital Series power supply, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Upgrade options abound, including up to four GeForce GTX 780, GTX Titan, or AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards in SLI/CrossFire, and you can have them watercooled, too.
Cooling is the name of the game here.
"The Maingear Epic Force and Epic Rush sport a custom dual ‘BiTurbo’ pump design that ensures continuous cooling in the event of a single pump failure. In addition, this design allows Maingear to tune the Laing D5 Vario motors in order to increasing longevity, maintain constant flow, and minimize noise," Maingear explains. "On the Epic Force, there are up to 3 radiators to keep the system cool including a triple 140mm radiator, quad 120mm radiator, and one 140mm radiator that can be used simultaneously. These are premium, extra-thick copper-core radiators that are optimized for near-silent airflow. On the Epic Rush there are 2 radiators including a 240mm extra thick radiator and 120mm radiator, supported by dual 140mm exhaust. The premium EK waterblocks that are used are coupled with Maingear Epic T1000 liquid metal alloy thermal interface material is backed by oversized reservoirs to ensure stable liquid cooling. There is even a complimentary refill kit that comes with the system when you do need to top off."
Speaking of the Epic Rush, it's a smaller size system that's not quite as expensive as the Epic Force, though not by much. It's available in two different platform options, Intel Z87 starting at $3,275 and Intel X79 starting at $3,788. Similar hardware is available, though GPU options top out at two cards instead of four.
Both rigs are available to configure and order now.