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Does custom liquid cooling in a pre-built PC interest you? This should

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

For those who just want to have it all, Digital Storm has announced its AVENTUM 3 Gaming Desktop, complete with a custom made liquid cooling setup comprised of EK Water Block parts and plenty of love.




As explained by Harji Chana, Chief Operating Officer of Digital Storm, this model "is our declaration that a PC does not have to be just the sum of its parts. We designed the AVENTUM 3 from the ground up with a focus on unmatched accessibility and modularity that can't be found anywhere else." That alone is a big claim for sure, but the AVENTUM 3 does bring some big guns to the table.


Featuring a separated chamber design (think similar to the Thermaltake Level 10), this build houses the components within a special sealed chamber, completely separate from the chamber which houses the liquid cooling setup - meaning heat will not interfere across all your internals.

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Apple's iMac with Retina 5K destroyed by an anti-tank cannon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

What do you do when you drop a few thousand dollars on a high-end Apple iMac with Retina 5K display? You shoot it with an anti-tank cannon, right?



YouTuber 'FullMag' put an Apple iMac with Retina 5K display on the firing line of a T8 90mm AT (anti-tank) canon and blew it to smithereens. Better yet, there's some slow motion shots of it being blown to pieces, making it even better.

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The tiny ASUS ROG G20GB packs a GTX 980, i7 and DDR4 punch

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 1:12 am

If you're looking for something tiny yet mighty, ASUS' Republic of Gamers (ROG) division has just released a beastly compact desktop, naming it the G20CB. This "Mayan-inspired" small form factor system features 8 million color LED options for the exterior plus ASUS ROG's own Aegis II app in order to help you control everything within.




With plenty of different component choices available depending on your budget, ASUS ROG allows users to spec their mini-machine up to an Intel Skylake i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video card, 32GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM at 2133 MHz and a 256GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD.


Complete with Microsoft Windows 10, ASUS' poster-child small form factor system received a CES 2015 Best Innnovation Award, a 2015 iF design award plus the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. Designed to support up to three HD displays through the power the the GTX 980, this 9.5-liter desktop doesn't currently have a price tag attached.

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This custom mini-ITX gaming PC is powered by the new R9 Nano

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:31 pm

Renown custom PC maker DG Lee has created a custom mini-ITX build centered around AMD's new Radeon R9 Nano that hits an amazing 10TFlops of performance.




With AMD's Radeon R9 Nano small form-factor GPU releasing this week, the company has launched a promotional #MakeItNano campaign where enthusiasts compete by making their own custom chassis builds, with the winner snagging an R9 Nano. To inspire competitors and wow PC owners across the globe, AMD conscripted DG Lee to create a striking mini-ITX build to house AMD's mini powerhouse GPU. The results are nothing short of amazing.


The SFF PC is called the "Unprecedented High-Density Teraflops Machine", and packs a serious performance punch in a beautiful stylish design. The compact chassis measures 166mm x 244mm x 188mm size and houses a single 4GB R9 Nano GPU at 8.9 TFlops, which is combined with the monstrous 1.4 TFlops generated by Intel's 18-core Xeon E5-2699 V3 processor to hit a grand total of 10 TFlops in performance speeds. The team actually wanted to pack in two Radeon R9 Nanos and initially targeted a blistering 20 TFlops... but technical problems held them back and AMD only wanted to showcase a single-card build.

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ASUS announces the ROG G11 PC, powered by the new Intel Core i7-6700K

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 11:28 am

Pre-built computer systems are certainly gaining traction in this day and age, seeing companies like iBUYPOWER, CyberPower PC, Alienware, Origin PC and ASUS alike push some high-end products direct to customers, whether they are straight from the factory or out of a building workshop.




Adding to the plethora of recent releases is the ASUS ROG G11, offering up a powerful Intel Core i7-6700 processor, up to 32GB or DDR4 RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video card coming complete with Windows 10.


With storage space options that include a 3TB hard drive and 256GB PCIe SSD, these releases are certainly catered towards those with a little cash to spare and no time or knowledge about building a system for themselves. Saying that, buying pre-built certainly isn't a totally negative thing, just the same way people spend money on workshops to modify cars - it all depends what you want as a computer enthusiast!

Acer's new 10-core smartphone will 'dominate' Android gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 4, 2015 1:13 pm

Acer has gone all out by bringing enthusiast-grade gaming across the entire spectrum of devices, including a new decacore smartphone and beefy 8-inch tablet.




At IFA 2015, Acer announced its new Predator 6 performance smartphone that will reportedly "dominate any game you throw at it".


The Predator 6 runs Android (possibly 5.1), sports 4GB of RAM, a 10-core MediaTek processor (most likely the Helio X20 mobile SoC), and a 6-inch full HD display with haptic feedback that Acer says will "perform just like a controller". It also has a 21-megapixel back-facing camera and features a slim, lightweight feel modeled after the stylized metallic flair of Predator line. No pricing has been revealed so far.

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Apple's upcoming 21.5-inch iMac should feature a 4K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 4, 2015 5:47 am

While Apple might have its September 29 event to unveil the new iPhone, it looks like we can expect a new 21.5-inch iMac to be unveiled sometime in the near future, too.




9to5Mac is behind the report, saying that the new 21.5-inch iMac would feature a 4K display. The current 27-inch iMac features a 5K display, but the new 21.5-inch iMac will done down the pixel density to 4096x2304, up from the current 1920x1080 resolution on the 21.5-inch iMac. The new 21.5-inch iMac won't be announced until sometime next month.

Corsair announces new Bulldog that will ship in time for Christmas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 30, 2015 11:01 pm

Corsair announced the production version of its Bulldog DIY 4K gaming PC, with the first prototype shown off during Computex. The barebones system is designed to be a full PC that can be used in the living room, and leaves plenty of options for consumers to build a system as they see fit.



The Bulldog chassis is a "highly ventilated, stylish, compact console design" able to keep PC components cool, along with a 600-watt SFX power supply, and Hydro Series H5SF small form factor liquid CPU cooler. It's powered by a motherboard capable of supporting the Intel Z170 chipset, with a PCI Express 3.0 16x slot, two memory slots able to support 32GB of DD4 RAM, USB 3.0 and SATA ports, and Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and 7.1 channel audio.


Consumers must add their own Intel CUP, RAM, GPU, and storage - and can either run Microsoft Windows or SteamOS - to finalize the unit.

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Acer shows off Aspire Z3-710 All-in-One with Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 24, 2015 10:09 pm

Acer today announced the Aspire Z3-710 Series all-in-one desktop PC, running the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.




The AIO features a 23.8-inch display full HD (1920x1080) LED display, and is powered by an Intel Core Ci5-4590T CPU, up to 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and DVD super multi optical drive. The Aspire Z3-710 also has three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, with 802.11ac wireless capability.


The Acer Aspire Z3-710 starts at $749.99 with an Intel Core i3 4170T CPU, 6GB RAM, and 1TB HDD.

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ORIGIN one of the first to offer GeForce GTX 950 cards in its PCs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:29 pm

For those looking at pre-built computer systems, ORIGIN PC has been one of the first companies to announce full support of NVIDIA's latest video card release, the GeForce GTX 950.




This 2GB GDDR5 card has been heavily marketed towards 60FPS 1080p gaming, specifically in MOBA games such as League of Legends, SMITE and Dota 2. Further promoted on the ORIGIN PC landing page are games like Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm, Fable Legends and Project Cars for those looking at some variety.


Released for the ORIGIN PC line of desktops including the CHRONOS, MILLENNIUM and GENESIS, purchase information can be found here.

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