Configure a custom mini ITX system with a full size videocard
It's often said that big things come in small packages, and to prove it, CyberPowerPC is encouraging consumers to try out its new custom SFF Configurator. This allows customers to choose from what CyberPowerPC claims is a "carefully selected menu of high-end components" to piece together the ultimate mini-ITX gaming machine. And with the back-to-school season not too far off in the future, these space saving systems would fit nicely in a dorm room.
Yes, we used "Vizio" and "premium" in the same sentence.
Who would have thought that Vizio would make a splash in the PC market, and do so at a time when tablets and smartphones are all the rage? Vizio made its move into PC territory last June by introducing a line of all-in-one systems and Ultrabooks with unibody designs similar in style to Apple's MacBook Air (but at a fraction of the cost), and now it's refreshing its lineup with upgraded features, including touchscreen panels for Windows 8.
Microsoft evidently wants to prove that it has game, and what better way to do that than by teaming with a respected boutique system builder to sell a somewhat compact gaming machine in its retail stores? Effective immediately, you can purchase Maingear's Potenza Super Stock gaming system at Microsoft's retail stores or online. The obvious downside is the lack of customization options, though you can still configure and purchase the same machine on Maingear's website, too.
There was a time when all-in-one (AIO) systems carried a hefty pricing premium. Some still do, but if your Google-fu is strong, you can find affordable AIOs that won't put you in the poor house. Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Edge 62z is one such example, falling into the affordable category with a starting price of $549, which is cheaper than most Ultrabooks. Is it as powerful?
Give us a full tower PC loaded to the top with high-end hardware any day of the week, though we'll concede there are viable applications for small form factor (SFF) mini PCs that are tiny enough to hold comfortably in your hand. Intel made us a believer with its Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a surprisingly powerful pint-sized PC, and now Stealth has announced a potent and portable system of its own.
Pricing starts at $2,762 for a Hailstorm II system.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm claims it's the first system integrator to build a gaming PC line -- Hailstorm II -- inside Corsair's Obsidian Series 900D chassis. Digital Storm chose Corsair's case with good reason. It offers space for up to four radiators ranging from 140mm to 480mm, and can accommodate up to four graphics cards, as well as multiple processors, depending on your budget.
Nickel plated copper piping is a key feature in the Aventum II's cooling schematics.
Boutique builder Digital Storm just took its Aventum system to another level. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, out in the desert, Digital Storm unboxed its new Aventum II with a custom designed cooling solution and chassis that features copper piping and room for nearly two dozen fans (22, to be exact). If you've been damned to hell and can only take one item with you, this might be the only logical option.
MSI's 'Gamer's Choice Edition GTX 680 Norris Edition' is a high-end gaming PC, but it's not an official Chuck Norris system, because a gaming PC implies eventual obsolescence and Chuck Norris would never allow that to happen. There are millions of PC gamers in the wild, because Chuck Norris allows there to be, and as far as we know, there's only one Norris Edition system, an obvious reference to the martial arts master and Internet sensation.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm has just introduced a new line of Marauder gaming PCs that attack the pre-built market with a Vengeance. Specifically, the Marauder line marches onto the battlefield in a suit of armor provided by Corsair's Vengeance C70 computer case, a gnarly looking enclosure that happens to be the first chassis in Corsair's lineup to sport the Vengeance moniker.
If you've been reading Maximum PC for any length of time, then you're probably familiar with Digital Storm, one of a handful of remaining boutique system builders that hasn't been gobbled up by a bulk OEM. Just don't tell the folks at Digital Storm they're simply a bunch of system builders, it turns out they have a knack for designing computer cases, too. Meet the Aventum, a new system housed inside a patent pending chassis "designed by Digital Storm engineers from the inside out."