Whenever I find myself venturing into a new area, I always find myself reviewing the best of the best kind of item as my first one, which sets the bar incredibly high. Here is no different with the Smooth Creation Asylum system today. This thing is a beast; there's no denying it. Accompany it with a 28" monitor that's out putting 1920 x 1200 and you have an absolute dream machine.
Don't even get me started on the paint job; I still find myself a week after receiving the system in awe of the quality and overall design. The only thing that had me worried about the whole system was the price. Since I didn't get one before receiving the sample, I had to e-mail Smooth Creations and ask. I was worried it was going to be one of those price tags where if you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.
Getting an e-mail back with a price tag of $3100US including the paint job and shipping was kind of shocking. Considering it's also packing a QX series processor under that custom painted chassis, there isn't a whole lot you could complain about. Throw the nicely overclocked Diamond HD 4870 XOC Black Edition into the mix and you've got a very mean gaming system that any gamer would be happy to have sitting on their desk.
So much detail has been put into the system, from component choice to paint job to cable management. When I first opened the system up, the only thing I didn't really agree with was the choice to use a Foxconn motherboard. While we've been happy with them in the past, I've never used one personally and tend to stick to companies like GIGABYTE or ASUS. Once discovering the processor was also of the QX variety, I thought that the board was going to limit some of the fun we could have. It didn't, though; it ran like an absolute dream at stock and overclocked settings while performing like we couldn't even imagine.
There aren't many companies I would trust building a system for myself. I could whole heartedly say, though, that Smooth Creations would be one of them. They have no doubt done a fantastic job and hopefully we'll be seeing more from them in the future.