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Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC

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In this article we'll be taking a look at gaming rig from Systemax dubbed the "Wildcat".  Actually, its full name is the Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC, but for the sake of brevity and our sanity we will refer to the system as the "Wildcat" for the remainder of this article.  Some of you may remember Systemax as a budget and workstation-class PC builder, but rest assured, times have definitely changed.  Currently, Systemax boasts a complete line-up of workstation and gaming PCs designed to fit virtually any budget.  Furthermore, most models can be custom configured to suit each buyer's individual needs.  As you can see in the specifications below, the "Wildcat" comes equipped with serious high-end components for the equally serious gamer.  The Wildcat is loaded to the gills with performance equipment that's designed to deliver a solid gaming experience.  In the pages ahead, we'll assess the "Wildcat" from an "Out-of-Box" perspective and compare it to a slew of comparable systems to see if it truly is as wild as its name implies. 

Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC
Specifications
Processor
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 @ 2.6GHz
Socket 939


GPUs
2 X BFG GeForce 7900GTX 512MB PCIe - SLI Enabled
1 X Ageia PhysX 128MB GDDR3 Physics Accelerator Card


Memory
2GB Corsair TWINX PC3200 XMS Pro
Supports maximum memory capacity up to 4GB

Chipset/Mainboard
NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16
Asus A8N32-SLI Gaming Edition Motherboard

Expansion Slots
2 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x4
3 x PCI

LAN
Marvell 88E8053 PCIe Gbit LAN, featuring AI NET2
NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Southbridge built-in Gigabit MAC with external Marvell 88E1111 PHY

Audio:
Realtek ALC850 8-channel CODEC
Universal Audio Jack
Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports on back I/O


Storage
300GB RAID 0 (2x150GB SATA 10K)

400GB SATA 7200RPM 8MB Cache (JBOD)
NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Southbridge supports
- 2 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 / 33
- 4 x Serial ATA 3 Gb/s
- NV RAID: RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD on Serial ATA drives Silicon Image 3132 SATA controller supports
- 1 x Internal Serial ATA 3 Gb/s hard disk
- 1 x External Serial ATA hard disk (SATA On-the-Go)
- Support RAID 0, 1
Installed Drives:
2 X WD Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM SATA
1 X Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200.8 NCQ RPM SATA
1 X Sony DW-Q120A 16X Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW
1 X Sony CRX320EE 52x32x52/16X Combo

1394

2 x 1394a ports

Chassis
Systemax ATX Blue/Silver Gaming Case

Power Supply
Ultra X2-Connect 550 Watt PSU

ASUS Motherboard Features
ASUS PEG Link
ASUS Precision Tweaker
AI NOS
AI Overclocking
Asus Booster Utility
ASUS C.P.R.
Stack Cool 2
ASUS Q-Fan2
ASUS Sata On-The-Go

Asus Motherboard Extras
WinDVDCreator 2 Platinum
InterVideo PhotoAlbum Platinum
Disc Master 2.5 Platinum
DVD Copy 2.5 Platinum


Systemax Extras
WindowsXP Pro CD
Ahead Nero OEM Suite
Driver Resource, Diagnostic Tools CD
Cyberlink PowerDVD (Preinstalled)
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard
Razer Copperhead Mouse

Warranty And Support
1 year Limited Warranty
1 year On-Site Service Agreement
Support Line - Call free: 1-800-262-6622

  

When reviewing the specs above, you'll see that the "Wildcat" comes fully-loaded.  Sporting 2GB of PC-3200 DDR memory, a dual-core Athlon 64 FX-60 processor, dual 512MB GeForce 7900GTX graphics cards in SLI mode, and a pair of 150GB Western Digital Raptors configured in RAID 0, this gaming PC has all the makings of a speed demon.  Topping off the specifications is an Ageia PhysX Accelerator for enhanced physics effects in supported titles, while a Saitek Eclipse Illuminated Keyboard and Razer Copperhead mouse are included for better visibility and control.

Please note that the Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC comes with a One Year Limited Warranty and a One Year On-Site Service Agreement.  Additionally, Systemax offers a Toll Free support line with free support for in-warranty items.  For out-of-warranty products a per incident charge of $39.95 per 30 minutes is offered.  Gaining access to a support representative takes a bit of navigation through a call center menu, but each time we tried, a support agent picked up in approximately 4 minutes or less.

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