This system is more than just a pretty case. Smooth Creations has a well designed, high performing, custom machine here, and there's not much to complain about. While the $3150 price tag might at first seem a bit steep, if you add up the cost of the hardware, it's actually quite reasonable. Combine this with the fact that Smooth Creations will apply a high-quality custom paintjob of whatever artwork you can dream up at no additional charge, and the system starts to look like a bargain. The chassis has plenty of room for future upgrades, and we really like Smooth Creations' offer to build a new system in the existing chassis when the time comes.
The only ding we can find with this system (and it's a relatively minor one, all things considered) is the AMD processor. Even overclocked and with two extra cores, it didn't perform as well in our benchmarks as the stock Intel Core i7 930 we had in the iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior II. But in terms of real-world usage, most users will find the difference negligible.
The system did great in our gaming tests, delivering smooth framerates at maximum settings in all our test titles. It has all the features we've come to expect in custom systems, including the SSD/platter drive configuration and meaningful overclocking.
If you want a well-built computer in a custom chassis that's sure to impress your gaming buddies, we recommend Smooth Creations without any reservations.
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