You know, all-in-one PCs don’t get nearly enough love. While ultrabooks are stealing the spotlight with their ever-improving performance and portability, AIOs have been quietly getting sleeker and more powerful. A lot more powerful, in fact. This morning, Maingear announced the Alpha 24 Super Stock AIO
, which boasts some solid desktop components. You might not need that big box of a computer on your desk, after all.
At minimum specs, the Alpha 24 Super Stock matches an Intel Core i3-3240 CPU with 8GB of DDR-1333 memory, and an Nvidia
GeForce GTX 650. A DVD burner comes standard, as does Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The system at these specs rings in at $1,349.
You can upgrade the components yourself, thanks to the Alpha 24’s thin-mini ITX chassis. But should you want to pump up the volume on the specs before it’s built and shipped, you can select an Intel Core i7-3770K processor, increase the memory to 16GB, pick up a 256GB Crucial M4 SSD
and a 3TB hard drive, add Bigfoot
Killer Wireless technology, and swap the GeForce GTX 650 for a 680. Now we’re talking, eh?
Whatever guts you choose for the system, the screen will be the same: a 1920 x 1080 glossy touchscreen. And your OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Maingear is targeting the system at gamers who want the sleek look of an AIO as well as customers who want an HTPC (and Maingear offers a CableCARD tuner and a built-in HDMI-in port for that purpose). The system is available now.