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What better way to usher in the Spring season, and all of the great weather that comes along with it, than to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside as long as possible? We have teamed up with our friends at AMD and put together a fantastic gaming system giveaway, complete with an AOC FreeSync display and AMD’s fastest APU yet!This time around you've all a chance to win an AMD A10-7890K-infused, custom-built rig complete with 16GB of RAM, a Patriot SSD, a MSI gaming mobo and a Corsair PSU, all wrapped up in a slick, DIYPC Cuboid-R case.The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom gaming rig are listed below:APU: AMD A10-7890K w/ Wraith CoolerMotherboard: MSI A88X-XM... Read more...
It took a lot longer than I had originally planned, but I was finally able to assemble and ship off the rig we gave away during our Summer Gaming System Giveaway. If you recall, we teamed up with the good folks at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to build a powerful gaming PC featuring an Intel Core i7-4960X processor, an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 770, fast SSD, a 1000 watt PSU, and much more. The complete parts list and breakdown for the rig was as follows: CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Motherboard: EVGA X79 Dark PSU: EVGA 1000W Case: Thermaltake Core V71 Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Memory: 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury Storage: 240GB Kingston... Read more...
Our Summer Gaming System Giveaway with has come to a close and we’re ready to announce the winner! If you recall, HotHardware teamed up with our friends at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to offer you all the chance to win a powerful gaming PC featuring an Intel Core i7-4960X processor, an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 770, a fast SSD, a 1000 watt PSU and much more—built by yours truly! The complete parts list and breakdown for the rig was as follows: CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Motherboard: EVGA X79 Dark PSU: EVGA 1000W Case: Thermaltake Core V71 Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Memory: 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury Storage:... Read more...
What better way to usher in the summer season than to give away an absolutely awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside, fragging away when you need a break from those long, hot summer days?! HotHardware has teamed up with our friends at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to offer you all the chance to win a powerful gaming PC featuring an Intel Core i7-4960X processor, an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 770, fast SSD, a 1000 watt PSU and much more—built by yours truly! The complete parts list and breakdown for the rig is listed below: CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Motherboard: EVGA X79 Dark PSU: EVGA 1000W Case: Thermaltake Core... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the iPad 2, Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor for notebooks, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU powerhouse graphics card, see through LCD prototypes from Samsung, and we discuss details of our latest amazing contest in which someone can win an awesome new 3D Gaming PC, built by MAINGEAR... Show Notes: 00:47 - Core i5-2520M Sandy Bridge-based Asus K53E notebook 03:55 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Review 06:40 - Apple iPad 2 Review 10:02 - Samsung See-Through LCD Prototypes 12:09 - HotHardware's Killer 3D Gaming Rig Spring Fling Sweepstakes... Read more...
MAINGEAR had a hit with the F131 hot rod gaming PC, so the company decided to bring it back. The latest F131 is better than ever with up to three ATI 4890 graphics cards in CrossFireX and up to 8TB of hard drive space with modular, hot-swappable SATA connectors. You’ll also find advanced liquid cooling with the Domino ALC from CoolIT Systems in this machine. The base price for the F131 is $1,299. The full press release is below. MAINGEAR Re-launches F131 Gaming PC The Award-Winning F131 is back and better than ever with all new high performance technology, M.A.R.C custom laser etching and advanced liquid cooling from CoolIT MAINGEAR Computers, award-winning builders of high performance custom... Read more...
Synopsis:  Intel's Core i7 processor offers a significant performance increase over previous generation Core 2 processors.  In addition, like the legacy Core 2 architecture, the new Core i7 also has a bunch more headroom for wringing upside performance out of the chip, maximizing value, power and return on your investment with overclocking.  In fact, Intel actually built-in a predefined overclocking feature called "Turbo Mode".  We explain how not only Core i7 Turbo Mode works but also how to manually overclock the Core i7 in the BIOS as well as give you strategies on maintaining stability of the system as you ramp up the Core i7 core frequency for even larger gains in performance.Test... Read more...
Boutique system builders tend to fall into three categories, there are the more custom or high-end offerings from some of the larger names like Dell/Alienware or HP/Voodoo (though you may or may not classify them as "boutique"), there are offerings from large e-tailers like Tiger Direct's SystemMax, and then there are independent companies as well, obviously.  A few of the major names in this third category are MainGear, Velocity Micro and the company whose product we have on the bench for you today--Digital Storm. Digital Storm as a company has been around since 2001. It has become fairly well known in the community for building solid computer... Read more...
Since you are here, reading this and potentially some other articles and news about PC hardware, you've probably attended or at least heard of LAN parties. The main point of LAN parties is, of course, to play video games with your peers on networked PCs. Another fun aspect of LAN parties, especially big events like QuakeCon, is that you get to see all the cool, unique hardware that party goers bring. We're sure some people really get a kick out of showing up the competition with awesome mods and paint jobs. Not everyone has the desire to mod or paint their own systems, though. That's where a company like Smooth Creations comes in to help you impress everyone who lays eyes upon your rig. Smooth... Read more...
We evaluated the original Dell XPS 730 in early May, shortly after its initial release. At the time, it was Dell's latest high-end gaming machine and the word on the street was that it would be the last to carry the XPS badge. Moving forward, Dell was to concentrate on their Alienware gaming brand and the XPS brand would lose its gaming focus to embrace multimedia and content creation. Naturally, we checked with Dell directly and while they did confirm the rumor, they also assured us that the XPS 730's life wouldn't be cut short and it would go on to live through a full product cycle. It seems they weren't bluffing, not that we doubted them in the first place. Shortly after Intel released... Read more...
Like many enthusiast system manufacturers, Velocity Micro makes hand-built, high-end gaming rigs using the latest components, such as Intel’s Core i7 processors. Velocity Micro claims that they pride themselves on their extensive customization options, meticulous assembly procedures, a technically trained staff, and in-house US-based support.Velocity Micro offers two series of gaming rigs—the Raptor and Edge series. The Raptor is “the best of the best” with more customization and tweaking options along with higher-end specs. The Raptor line offers two models: the Raptor Signature Edition (starting at $5,499) and the Raptor Z90 (starting at $3,599). The Edge series is also geared... Read more...
Whenever AMD or Intel release a new processor and chipset platform, you can bet there’s going to be a good amount of excitement surrounding the release, along with anticipation as we eagerly await the arrival of systems that incorporate the new technologies. Velocity Micro’s new Edge Z55 Intel Core i7 Gaming System is out and we’ve had the chance to run it through our tests to see just how it stacks up. As you’ll see, the new Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset enables the Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Gaming System to hold its own against the elite PCs of just a few months ago.The new Core i7 brings with it new chipsets, motherboards, and a new LGA1366 processor socket. What sets the Core i7 processor... Read more...
Here at Hot Hardware, we are big fans of the XPS 700 series of gaming desktops. Over the last two years, they have consistently earned our coveted Editor's Choice award time and again. We thought the last incarnation of the 700-series, the XPS 730 H2C, was the best yet in the series. It seems Dell isn't quite done with the XPS 730. Today Dell is announcing a new update to the line-up in the form of the XPS 730x. The extra letter in the model number means an entirely updated platform from Core 2 to the new Core i7 series as well as updated video card options and some new additions to the chassis. The XPS 730x will be available with all three currently available Core i7 models, complete with a... Read more...
Unlike the enthusiast system manufacturers, Alienware and VoodooPC, Richmond, Virginia-based Velocity Micro is still an independent, privately held company. In fact, Velocity Micro is doing well enough on its own to have even purchased the enthusiast, boutique system maker, Overdrive PC last year. On top of that, Velocity Micro is one of the few (if only) independently owned, U.S.-based, high-end gaming systems manufacturers that--in addition to selling direct--also sells its systems at Best Buy and Circuit City. That's a claim that even Velocity Micro's competitors, Oregon-based Falcon Northwest, New Jersey-based Maingear, and California-based Vigor Gaming, can't make. As do most enthusiast... Read more...
Unlike the enthusiast system manufacturers, Alienware and VoodooPC, Richmond, Virginia-based Velocity Micro is still an independent, privately held company. In fact, Velocity Micro is doing well enough on its own to have even purchased the enthusiast, boutique system maker, Overdrive PC last year. On top of that, Velocity Micro is one of the few (if only) independently owned, U.S.-based, high-end gaming systems manufacturers that--in addition to selling direct--also sells its systems at Best Buy and Circuit City. That's a claim that even Velocity Micro's competitors, Oregon-based Falcon Northwest, New Jersey-based Maingear, and California-based Vigor Gaming, can't make.As do most enthusiast system... Read more...
Dell's XPS branded products have come a long way since they first appeared in 1993. Starting life as a performance trim for the Dimension product line, Dell has nurtured XPS into a well-known and respected premium performance brand. While not all XPS branded products are specifically targeted at gamers, gaming has always been at the core of the product line-up. The XPS brand's flagship desktop and notebook products have always been heavily gaming oriented, but it looks like that is set to change.The XPS 730 is Dell's latest XPS flagship desktop product, the fourth generation of the XPS 700 series, and it may be the last. Or at least the last XPS flagship product as we currently know them; large,... Read more...
Dell's XPS branded products have come a long way since they first appeared in 1993. Starting life as a performance trim for the Dimension product line, Dell has nurtured XPS into a well-known and respected premium performance brand. While not all XPS branded products are specifically targeted at gamers, gaming has always been at the core of the product line-up. The XPS brand's flagship desktop and notebook products have always been heavily gaming oriented, but it looks like that is set to change.The XPS 730 is Dell's latest XPS flagship desktop product, the fourth generation of the XPS 700 series, and it may be the last. Or at least the last XPS flagship product as we currently know them;... Read more...
Enthusiasts are familiar with the Smooth Creations team as the artists behind the airbrushed gaming rigs from the likes of Falcon Northwest, Alienware, and Maingear. Not as many may be aware, however, that Smooth Creations has recently expanded from the realm of painting cases to that of building and selling painted, customizable systems and laptops as well. These are not your grandfather's systems--they are all high-end gaming rigs with the specs and price tags to prove it. For HotHarware's April sweepstakes, we partnered with Smooth Creations and Diamond Multimedia to create a truly intimidating system; and they delivered. In the pages ahead we'll take a peek at the system's design... Read more...
We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the design, build quality and performance of Maingear's Ephex high performance gaming system configured with 3-Way SLI technology from NVIDIA.  We were introduced to Maingear in the process of NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI launch, when NVIDIA had the company configure us a system to test and evaluate 3-Way SLI technology in general.  Obviously, NVIDIA felt Maingear's Ephex system build was high quality enough to send out to the press on behalf of their new 3-Way SLI technology.  So the question is, beyond 3-Way SLI, does Maingear's Ephex live up to customer expectations of a super high-end gaming system as whole? ... Read more...
For many of you, Maingear Computer may not be a household name and that would probably be just fine with the folks out at the shop in Union New Jersey.  Loosely classified as a specialty high performance system builder and retailer, Maingear's mission statement on style, performance and quality claims that they strive to not just provide customers with a computer but rather with a "way of life".  That's certainly fitting because the target demographic for the type of machines Maingear builds, probably sees high performance computing as a way of life as well.  In short, Maingear has a tall order to fill catering to the computing enthusiast, but you all knew that we suspect. ... Read more...
A short while after Dell purchased Alienware late last year, news broke that Hewlett Packard had acquired boutique system vendor Voodoo PC.  Voodoo PC is best known for their high performance gaming PC's that feature custom cases, some with lavish paint jobs, unique cooling solutions, and impeccable wiring jobs. We evaluated a Voodoo Omen some time back and found it to be an excellent product.  If you check out the Omen, you'll see why HP was interested in Voodoo. After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent.  After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo, right?  But since then, not much has... Read more...
If you are a regular here at HotHardware.com, you have most likely heard of Alienware, one of the companies that helped establish the market for high-performance, gaming PCs. Since hitting the scene in 1996, Alienware has become a leader not only in gaming PCs but also in high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems. Alienware's refreshing philosophy emphasizes building a system "as if it were your own." As most of you probably know, Dell acquired Alienware about a year ago in order to leverage Alienware's edgy brand. Some may fear that this means the worst for Alienware, but for now, Alienware still operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary... Read more...
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