Here's the scenario: you get bored of surfing the internet one night and decide to go for a mock build of your dream PC. Whether by your favorite e-tailer or a boutique systems manufacturer, you find that you are putting together the ultimate powerhouse. Price doesn't matter – you want the worst possible system your (imaginary) money can buy.
Once you're done, you'll be amazed at the monstrosity that results, and then come back to reality when you see the price tag. We'd all "been there, done that". Today we're looking at that dream PC, the Maingear Shift with Super Stock options.
The Shift is Maingear's most powerful desktop system to date for end users and has a specially made housing from SilverStone. Prices start at a little over $ 2,300. Depending on the options you choose, you can pay nearly 30 grand for a fully pimped-up system.
While our review unit doesn't nearly hit the $ 30,000 mark, it is sure to make any hardware enthusiast foam. Inside is an Intel Core i7-980X Extreme CPU with six cores that is overclocked to 4.33 GHz and on an Asus Rampage III Extreme X58 motherboard, 6 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 MHz memory, three EVGA GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards and a 1.5 kW SilverStone Strider modular power supply, two 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 solid-state drives in RAID0, a 2 TB Western Digital Caviar Black storage drive, a 24-fold dual-layer DVD -RW drive, a 10x LG Blu-ray burner and integrated Bluetooth, all under Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 -bit. Our tested price is $ 7,046.
The Maingear Shift chassis has a steel frame with aluminum outer parts. Steel keeps the system stiff, while aluminum keeps the weight at a respectable level. Even so, the system has a shipping weight of 70 pounds.
The case is based on Maingear's "Advanced Vertical Head Dissipation" philosophy, which directs cool air from the bottom of the system to the three graphics cards and the top of the case. Basic research dictates that hot air rises. Because of this design element, the hardware in the system was rotated 90 degrees. The I / O shield for the system is on top of the case and not on the back as we usually see.
The system came in a large main gear box that makes it very easy to remove the computer. After unpacking, we find the Shift PC tower, modular power supply cables, additional system cables, three HDMI cables, a Maingear mouse pad and a power cable. There's also a folder that details everything about your new system, including a 55-point checklist, benchmark results, and even a signature from the person who built your computer.