When people say that we're living in a post PC era, they're typically only looking at sales of mainstream, prebuilt systems -- the HP, Dell and Lenovo "PCs in a box" that grace the shelves of your local retailers. Those numbers, however, fail to take component sales and custom builds into consideration. (Sacrilege!) Now, a new report highlights just what we're missing by omitting component sales: Jon Peddie Research, a prominent research firm, says that PC gaming hardware sales will hit $23.6 billion -- that's "billion," with a "B" -- in sales by the end of the year.
Having a computer powerful enough to play Battlefield 3 is awesome. But sometimes, power isn’t enough; sometimes, you want to get your frag on and look damn stylish doing it. Enter iBuyPower’s new Chimera 4 line of overclocked gaming desktops; the internals may vary, but they all come housed in the company’s new Chimera Inferno 4 Gaming Case, an eye-catching chassis that features a fiery, flaming profile of a lion or chimera or something.
Digital Storm launched their latest line-up of gaming desktops, the BlackOPS series. It offers a good amount of options in a pre-built performance desktop featuring Core i5 or i7 processors, and ATI or nVidia graphics solutions. You can start with a 2.66GHz Core i5 or blow your mind (and your budget) with the 3.2GHz Core i7.
Prices start at $1,709 for the Performance level and $3,102 for the Extreme. All models (there is a mid-line “Enthusiast” model as well) come with Digital Storm’s liquid cooling system with an optional noise-reduction package. You can also specify your machine to be overclocked and stress-tested (72 hours) before leaving the production line.
Gateway computer introduced some new models into three of its desktop computer lines. The upgraded machines feature more power, capacity, and performance while maintaining Gateway’s trademark low price tag.
In the FX line, revamped machines sport Intel Core i7 processors, Radeon HD5850, at least 8GB of DDR3 memory and Blu-ray/DVD or DVD-RW drive and numerous improvements to its chassis design. The highest priced FX unit runs at $1699.99. The DX line runs Intel Core i5 processors and various nVidia graphics and Blu-ray options depending on your configuration maintaining a midline pricing of about $849.99 (Nvidia GT220, 4x Blu-Ray). Lastly, the SX series of small-form-factor desktops gets Core i3 processors, GMA X4500HD graphics, 6GB DDR3 memory retailing at $599.99 and handles HDMI out of the box for HTPC builders.
You can check out Gateway’s latest improvements at the Gateway store.