The gluttonous system building gurus over at AVADirect just added a 48GB DDR3 RAM option to a handful of non-ECC setups, including two gaming machines, a recently launched silent PC, and a workstation system. Who in their right mind could possibly justify such a superfluous amount of system memory? The answer is not many, though it's nice to have the option, isn't it?
Whoa there fella, hold the boat, you mean AVADirect deals in hard drives too? It's not incredibly unusual for system builders to sell standalone hardware, and like its bulk OEM brethren, AVADirect wheels and deals a whole host of PC parts, from cases to KVM switches, and just about everything else you can think of. Getting back to the storage side, AVADirect tells us the company just expanded its HDD lineup to include 1TB drives for notebooks.
If you've been primarily a Windows user all your life, you probably don't have much experience with Linux. Perhaps you've dabbled with Ubuntu, either out of sheer curiosity or because you were pissed off with Vista pre-SP1. But there are other, more advanced Linux distros out there, Debian being one of them. Debian is now available as a configuration option on nearly every machine in AVADirect's stable.
The first accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops from AMD became available in late June. The first installment of desktop APUs comprises two quad-core chips, the A6-3650 and A8-3850, both of which have garnered mixed reviews. PC manufacturers, too, haven’t quite warmed up to the new chips so far. Nonetheless, boutique system builder AVADirect has announced a couple of Llano-equipped PCs.
It's funny how as you get older your priorities begin to change. You may not have cared if your PC sounded like a jet engine as a teenager, and may have even reveled in the roar of the fans and shaking metal parts. And now? We appreciate a well constructed silent PC like a cranky librarian appreciates being able to hear a pin drop across the room, though for different reasons. What turns us on about a silent PC is the work involved to get there. It's no easy task, and boutique system builder AVADirect thinks it has the chops to do it right.
It didn't take long for boutique system builder AVADirect to start offering Nvidia's new flagship mobile GPU -- GeForce GTX 580M -- to select notebooks earmarked for gamers, including the 15.6-inch Clevo P150HM, 17.3-inch P170HM, and 17.3-inch X7200. AVADirect points out that since the GTX 580M is based off of the same MXM module as the previous 400M series, virtually any notebook that supported the last generation of mobile GPUs can be easily upgraded to Nvidia's new top-flight chip.
If you're into the server scene, and in particular have a fetish for Supermicro Superservers, go ahead and cue the Tim Allen man grunt now. AVADirect, custom builders of high-end gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, just "added a whole new animal" to its server lineup based on Intel's socket 1366 Xeon Westmere-EX processors. Monstrous specs after the break.
Clevo builds the kind of notebooks that, if you were to place one next to a bulk OEM laptop, a yellow puddle would form. AVADirect configures and sells them, and hardcore gamers who care more about framerates than mobility buy them and then proceed to frag their friends, even if it means heading across town to a LAN party to do so. Now gamers with deep wallets can do the same thing in 3D with the new Clevo P170HM-3DE gaming notebook.
By now, Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs need no introduction. Since their debut late last year, the procs have been on the hot list of every red-blooded power user. But getting at them hasn’t been easy. Particularly the mobile parts, which hadn’t even hit the market in new notebooks before the now-infamous SATA 3Gb/s port issue brought product flow to a grinding halt.
Custom system builder AVADirect this week announced new desktops and notebooks built around Intel's recently released Sandy Bridge platform, paving the way for more affordable configurations with increased performance.
"We always knew the day would come when hybrid solutions were much more affordable within the boundaries of bleeding-edge performance," said Misha Troshin, a broken hearted Cleveland Cavaliers fan and CMO and co-owner of AVADirect. "We offer products that catch the interest of any consumer: desktops, notebooks, workstations, servers, all-in-one, and small form factors that already have numerous prestige characteristics that cannot be found anywhere else; Sandy Bridge is simply the 'icing on the cake.'"
There are several customizable configurations to choose from, including an entry-level Sandy Bridge desktop that starts out at around $485. That gets you an Intel Core i5 2300 (2.8GHz) processor, Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2 motherboard, 2GB of Kingston DDR3-1066 RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, DVD burner, a basic case, and a 585W Orion power supply. Tack on another $100 for Windows 7 Home Premium, or rock out with Linux (various distros available ranging from $11 to $25).