Commodore USA Puts C64x Extreme On Sale

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Commodore. It's a name that aged gamers will never forget. And hopefully, it's a name that even new-age gamers will recall and respect. Somehow or another, Commodore USA is still kicking, and they announced today that they're now shipping production orders for the new Commodore 64 Extreme model (C64x-EX). The C64x Extreme is the most powerful Commodore computer ever produced, running at a whopping 3.3Ghz with Intel's Turbo Boost Technology. Featuring a 2nd generation Sandy Bridge 2.2Ghz 64-bit Intel core i7 (Quad Core/Eight Threads CPU [i7-2720QM]) the C64x Extreme runs fast and cool while providing a massive amount of storage, RAM and I/O options. This includes a 2 TB Hard Drive, 8 Gigabytes of RAM, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 5 USB 2.0 ports, 1 e-SATA port, SPDIF, HDMI, DVI and VGA display connections, a slot loaded R/W DVD drive, built in Ethernet and Wireless.

The C64x-EX has a high end mechanical keyboard, incorporating genuine Cherry brand "Blue" switches and is built and assembled entirely in the USA. Available in a single configuration priced at $1499, the new C64x Extreme is guaranteed to ship by Dec 15th if ordered before Nov 25th. Recently produced C64x-EX units are in stock and ship within one business day while supplies last. The C64x-EXTREME comes pre-imaged with Mint 11 and will dual boot with the retro inspired Commodore OS Vision when released.


Gotta say, there's something drop-dead sexy about retro. Mmm. $1499 well spent...
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Good looking Keyboard. has everything built under the keyboard.Just hook up to TV or wide screen monitor. Very simple.

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Hummm, I think I should buy one of these and set it up next to my original Commodore 64.

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Hummm, I think I should buy one of these and set it up next to my original Commodore 64.

"I used to own a couple of Commodore 64 myself, It was actually my first computer experience at home. I got em via my moms thrift shop, mint condition too, we use to get lots of them along with many Atari systems."

 

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Marco C replied on Fri, Nov 4 2011 12:18 PM

I'd much rather mod and original, dead C64. $1500 is WAY too pricey.

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That thing is Butt-Ugly!

It's costs too much, and you can build a 'big-boy' PC for far less.

What marketers will come up with just to get your money never ceases to amaze me.

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It's pretty cool. But I agree, way to pricey.

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PMalloy replied on Fri, Nov 4 2011 6:49 PM

the price isnt really that bad for a pre built machine, sure i could build one for less, but if you look at a dell or acer or whoever for a similar speced machine you will see the price is fairly decent.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Nov 4 2011 9:36 PM

I remember this getting flack back then for being underpowered and somewhat of a waste of money...

Still, people could buy this for other purposes, such as modding or for the retro chic look they're trying to get... It's not a bad pre-built PC but there are better out there.

 

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MCook replied on Sat, Nov 5 2011 3:03 AM

I want one! However, at 1500 bucks a pop I will wait a while :)

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realneil replied on Sat, Nov 5 2011 10:44 AM

PMalloy:
the price isnt really that bad for a pre built machine, sure i could build one for less, but if you look at a dell or acer or whoever for a similar speced machine you will see the price is fairly decent.

It's totally ugly. They're trying to get sales with a "retro-hook" and they're gonna sink that hook into as many mooks as they can find. How many of you feel something tugging at you? LOL!

This PC's looks, translated into a car, would look like this:

 

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WOrsler replied on Sun, Nov 6 2011 8:38 PM

$1500!?!?!?!?!?! They're freakin JOKING right?...........the c64 sucked ass 25 years ago, and that was at a fraction of the price.....

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RSmith replied on Mon, Nov 7 2011 1:55 AM

I actually loved playing the C64 back in the day, it didn't suck at all imho.  There's one thing that is also missing from this article, and that the fact that they're also giving you a crap-ton of C64 games from back then as well.  Whilst some may not be all "SCHWEET!!!" over it, there are others, myself included, that would really enjoy that opportunity for legal retro gaming.  $1500 is a lot of money, especially for it not coming with a Windows OS, a monitor, etc., but once someone actually looks at how it is under the hood, there's a chance they might miraculously understand it.  Sure one can mod an original, but it would (I guarantee this) end up looking even uglier than these, and additionally there are those who'd love to be able to do so and just don't have the time, skill or patience to dedicate to the task.

 

After all of this, however, there's just one thing I have to ask... does it play Lemmings?  lol

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antfreq replied on Mon, Nov 7 2011 7:10 PM

The price is subjective. $1500 is a lot of money if you don't have the money. If you do, it's a unique PC and that's part of the cost. As with everything else, if it doesn't sell, the price will go down. I for one want one badly.

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Include Paradroid, Bard's Tale, and the Ultimas and I'm so buying it.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Nov 8 2011 10:36 AM

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Include Paradroid, Bard's Tale, and the Ultimas and I'm so buying it.

Get an emulator and have a ball instead its cheaper.

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