The new Viper case from Raidmax is awesome, jaw-dropping, and stunning. How do we know this? Raidmax told us so in a press release filled with more adjectives than a Mad Libs. And maybe it really is all those things and a giant bag of kettle-cooked sea salt and vinegar chips, but until we get one in the Maximum PC Lab, let's focus on the spec sheet.
We're willing to forgive NZXT's cheesy tagline describing itself as "a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide" so long as the case manufacturer keeps kicking out budget boxes with big boy features. On paper, NZXT's Tempest 210 appears to be another chassis that fits the budget bill.
The competition has been heating up in the budget PC case category, a point that's underscored by the number of name brand manufacturers entering the fray with budget boxes of their own. Count Corsair among them, which just announced worldwide retail availability of its Carbide Series 400R gaming PC case.
Thor had a hammer, and it was a hulking chunk of metal also known as Mjolnir that could only be wielded by those deemed worthy by Odin, ruler of the Norse gods. While no PC geek will ever get a chance to wield it, we can possess 'The Hammer,' the second name Lian Li has given its new PC-90 full tower chassis, which also happens to be a hulking chunk of metal.
It’s always with a little apprehension that we step into the sub-100-dollar case category; so we’re surprised and happy to report that the Fractal Design Core 3000 is a very solid contender for you budget builders.
BitFenix broke a fistful of rules when it designed its new Outlaw mid-tower gaming chassis. It starts with the motherboard tray, which has been flipped upside down so that the graphics card -- typically one of the hottest components in any gaming build -- sits close to the top in close proximity to the two top fan vents, and where there's more room for today's elongated graphics cards.
NZXT founder and chief designer Johnny Hou will tell you that "The original Tempest was the chassis that really put NZXT on the map for specializing in aggressive airflow." When we reviewed the Tempest, we told you it was a "carbon copy of Antec's Nine Hundred chassis," only it was $50 less expensive at the time and every bit as good, earning it a 9 verdict. Three years later, NZXT is bringing the Tempest back in the form of the 410 and 410 Elite, a pair of midtowers that retain the original's focus on air cooling with modern amenities thrown in.
Lian Li today launched a pair of pint sized cases, one of which is intended for your home theater. That's important to note, because at a glance, you might mistake the new HTPC PC-V353 as a NAS box. For whatever reason. Lian Li went with a square design instead of the more traditional rectangle shape, a fitting shape for Spongebob but one that isn't likely to fit into your HTPC rack.
Longtime Maximum PC readers might remember former Associate Editor David Murphy stuffing a shopping cart full of PC parts into a cardboard enclosure in order to save some nickels in our $500 PC Build Off challenge. Obvious safety hazards notwithstanding, Murphy's pauper path to PCtopia is still an option, or you could forgo a night at the movies and apply that money you would have spent on an ultra cheap chassis like BitFenix's new Merc series.
In case you didn't already get the memo, Dream Machine 2011 is going to be unleashed on the world at the beginning of next week. We've given you some hints so far about what you'll find in this years rig, but we haven't given out any specific spoilers so far. Well, since you've all been so patient, we'll give you the first one right now: Dream Machine 2011 has an unbelievably kick-ass custom paint job.
What's it look like? Who did it? You'll have to wait to find that out, but for now we're going to tease you with 30 amazing custom paint jobs we found around the web. One last thing: one of the paintshops whose work is featured in this gallery did Dream Machine 2011--can you guess which one?