18: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - MainGear Tour!

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17: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 8, 2011This week on Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco visit the worldwide headquarters of MainGear Computers for a really cool factory tour and a look at how the company builds its ultra cool SHIFT gaming and other desktop PCs. MainGear is the top sponsor and manufacturer for HotHardware's 3D Killer Gaming Rig Spring Fling Sweepstakes, where you could win one of these awesome systems loaded with parts from other great sponsors which include NVIDIA, Asus, Patriot Memory, Intel and others...


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omegadraco replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 12:31 PM

Yeah! tour... I have been waiting for this since the contest was announced :) I need to get me one of those Maingear shirts :)

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"Hey, we're in Jersey" MainGear; it's a jersey thing. Forget about it! That citrus fire shift is beyond sexy, I can't believe the cable management they have going on in the systems. It's neat that they have custom radiators and thermal paste for their systems. Great company and great webcast, i was looking forward to this one.

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LBowen replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 1:37 PM

Once again thanks to the sponsors I appreciate the chance to win this amazing computer. The video was awesome getting to see the dedication put into each rig. That red case is pretty and I like the idea about having fewer exposed wires.

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Very Impressive build quality. Gave me some ideas for my next build.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 2:34 PM

LOL Chicks dig tech guys in general... :P

About the design of the shift, not only does it look nicer not being all in the back, its easier to get to them in tight spaces as well :)

I wanted to see them build the contest rig :P Great VIDEO!

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deadmanet replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 2:36 PM

Sounds like my kind of job! When ya hiring? LoL...I 'm glad to see a company show that much dedication to their customers. Thanks for the tour.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 2:49 PM

Wow very nice. The attention to detail in there system construction is awesome. The wiring looked immaculate as did every system I saw past the initial startup, those system on the back wall ready for benching were beautiful. Thanks for taking us on the tour guys. It makes winning a system from them as well as buying a system from them look that much better to me. It also makes me want to win the contest/giveaway system even more.

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Great episode. Im impressed with Maingear after watching that. That row of shift's all had perfect cable management. Wont be for a while, But I could definitely go for one of these for a future upgrade. The case would be worth it.

And the custom radiator was cool as well.

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coolice replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 6:10 PM

Woah.. Awesome!!! kinda makes me wish i didnt win the last sweepstakes. I'd take the gamble with this one hahah.

and Attention to detail.... Holy smokes!! Even the back panel/gehind the mobo was intense!! Awesome video guys! its always cool to learn new things!

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great interview Dave and Marco you may have what it takes to be on TV (anchor men) all you need is someone willing to pay you and cool goats. scruffy weather men

oh yeah thanks to Wallace for letting HH look around that a nice shop and the detail was killer

have been waiting on that for a while

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jonation replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 6:21 PM

wow. i want to work there.

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rrplay replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 6:48 PM

My anticipation and expectations about HH visiting MainGear have been delivered in this episode. YEAH ! they were exceeded as well !

just absolutely amazed & in  awe over the shop layout with the pros building each one and all the little details as well as secrets mentioned in such a professional manner that is sure to be the buzz for quite some time and referred to often. If anyone asks about how much personal detail goes into a rig from MainGear have look at this video.I am definitely changed forever in what details to improve and work on my next builds if possible.

Since I like to stop by the MainGear config from time to time and dream about what may be possible and get my fix .it was pretty much all over when I saw that carbon fiber overlay  ....oooohhhhh yeeeeaaaahhh  that's for me .

Thanks for the great MainGear Tour ..HH always delivers and so does MainGear

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AValde replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 7:00 PM

Nice episode guys, Maingear's factory looks so cool!

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Marco C replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 7:20 PM

You know, we should point out there were two sections of the building we didn't feature--the stock room and lab (and the coference rooms, etc.).

We're told the lab was filled with your typical geeky-craziness. Use your imagination. :) But we did poke around the stock room, and let me say it is as clean and neat as a SHIFT. Everything is orderly and lined up perfectly. There really is no detail these guys don't take seriously.

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Marco C replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 7:21 PM

I'm building a system this weekend just to practive my wiring!

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To give away when you are finished? Just kidding, lets see some pics when you are finished so we can compare your skills to the maingear techs.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 7:50 PM

"Scenic New Jersey"... Now there are words I never thought I'd hear consecutively. :) Great episode, as usual.

*Love* the way they let you know the original technician on the build sheets. People never take personal responsibility anymore; They must have a lot of confidence in their work. Their workspace is so clean, it makes my office look like a junkyard.

It's odd to see a CEO who is in touch with the grunt work, and knows all his employees personally. +1 respect to that guy - wish him nothing but success.

How's the carbon-fiber with heat dissipation? Also, next time I wouldn't mind hearing something about what they do, and what's included in, their default software build.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:11 PM

This was a very nice tour you gave on Maingear facilities. It's amazing how they focus on every little detail. From the inspections to the cabling to even the CD's in the packet.

Whoever wins the computer should definitely respect Maingear for their attention to detail on every part of the computer. Thank you so much Dave and Marco for giving a tour of the Maingear facilities, greatly appreciated.

 

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FreeJet replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:48 PM

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everdark44 replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 10:46 PM

that shift... sure looked sexxy! I like how each PC built by maingear is done by a single tech to minimize errors.

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eunoia replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 1:12 AM

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 7:07 AM

Yeah baby! We loved seeing the paezans working there, being a touch Italian ourselves. :)

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OSunday replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 2:28 PM

Precise Cable Management, Automotive Quality Paint Jobs, Hand assembeled Computers, a high attention to detail and Italian Craftsmanship, Maingear really is like the Ferrari of Enthusiast PC Builders aha.

Thanks for the awesome webcast HH, I've been curious about how enthusiast PC boutiques assemble and make their computer for a while and this webcast was really enlightening

This all just has me hoping harder for the Spring Fling Sweepstakes after seeing the fine craftsmanship and quality products made by maingear! :D

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realneil replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 8:23 PM

Excellent presentation of MainGear's Assembly Facility. It's obvious that they know exactly what they're doing, and that they care enough about their work to do it as well as they can. Not only is the shop really dialed-in, but their build process is tailored towards customer satisfaction. Looks like a whole lot of thinking goes into the design of their PC's too.

I really enjoyed this one guys.

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Did you notice even the HVAC vents were painted with an automotive finish. Attention to detail is definitely their forte.

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pjnissim replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 9:43 PM

The C.E. OOOO YEAAHHH

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pjnissim replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 9:46 PM

This is hilarious!-

do chicks dig you because you have a name like "wallace"? is that how you got so upwardly mobile?? wallace?

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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 1:54 AM

I won't quit my day job, pj but glad you liked that! :)

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jonation replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 11:48 AM

that notebook checklist is all I needed to see. wow.

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FreeJet replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 11:39 PM

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Inspector replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 12:10 AM

Should of stopped at "PCs built for a Man but sexy enough for a Women" :)

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oowsoows replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 5:12 PM

Not quite what I expected. As mentioned, it does look more like an automotive shop than a computer shop.

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