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Ditch Your Commodore 64 for a Commodore Core i7

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Commodore Gaming has announced new high-end gaming desktops that feature Intel Core i7 processors, a customizable painted chassis and a preloaded C64 emulator for retro compatibility.

Competing with the offerings of Falcon Northwest and Alienware, Commodore Gaming’s new desktop PCs deliver unrestrained gaming performance for those with deep pockets. The new Commodore XX and Commodore GX systems feature Intel’s Core i7 platform, a stylish painted chassis and a pre-loaded C64 emulator with fifty classic C64 games. While some may of have thought that the Commodore brand had long since died, it turns out that the brand had re-launched in 2007 as Commodore Gaming.

Offering top-notch performance, the new Commodore XX features an Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition processor (3.2 GHz | 8 MB L3 Cache | 6.4 GT/s QPI), an EVGA X58 SLI motherboard, 6 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 Patriot memory and dual ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. The system also includes dual WD Raptor 150 GB hard drives, a 1 TB 7200 RPM drive for extra storage, a Killer NIC M1 high-performance network card, a 1000-watt OCZ power supply, a 6x Blu-ray drive, a DVD burner, a media card reader and Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. For an added touch, acoustic dampening is added is to reduce system noise and the system chassis comes painted with a choice of design. The system configuration can be partially modified, but the described standard configuration will run you a whopping $5,999.00.

For those still looking for a stylish high-performance gaming PC, but find the Commodore XX slightly out of their league, the Commodore GX is another option that is a little easier on the wallet. The system features an Intel Core i7 940 processor (2.93 GHz | 8 MB L3 Cache | 4.8 GT/s QPI), an EVGA X58 SLI motherboard, 3 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 OCZ memory and dual ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards. Also included is a 150 GB WD Raptor hard drive, a 640 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, a Killer NIC K1 high-performance network card, a 750-watt power supply, a 6x Blu-ray drive, a media card reader and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. The Commodore GX also includes acoustic dampening and a choice of painted chassis designs. This standard configuration for this system costs $3,399.00, which is still not exactly cheap.

For those unable to afford the newly announced Intel Core i7 systems, Commodore Gaming does also offer performance systems built on the older Intel Core 2 platform with prices starting around $1,250. If you just want a taste of that retro C64 gaming action though, head on over to the Commodore Gaming website where dozens of C64 games are playable online.

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    joebob2000 , November 19, 2008 12:54 PM
    Wow, $5,999... the C on the side of the chassis isn't for "Commodore", it's for "Conspicuous Consumption"...
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    hannibal , November 19, 2008 3:25 PM
    Nice! I always have wanted to play C64 DigDug with $6000 computer. Och and how well does this play GiJoy and Rambo the First Blood! Have to get this so I can play all those good ole games again ;-)
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    blackwidow_rsa , November 19, 2008 3:35 PM
    Remove the killer nics and raptors, cheaper by a bunch i suppose
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    captaincharisma , November 19, 2008 4:03 PM
    my god! i know that retro is in but computer beige boxes should stay in the past. that box is just horrid
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    zak_mckraken , November 19, 2008 5:29 PM
    captaincharismamy god! i know that retro is in but computer beige boxes should stay in the past. that box is just horrid


    Look at the their website. This C-Kin technology allows customers to "print" virtually anything on their cases. Some suggested models are awesome. I agree that beige cases belomgs to the past but some people are just nostalgic. It's also a bit funny to see something so performing in an old school design. Like stripping apart a Wii and fitting it in a NES.
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    Squonk06 , November 19, 2008 6:12 PM
    Whenever I see anything from Commodore Gaming these days, it makes me think of this article.
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    neiroatopelcc , November 20, 2008 7:00 AM
    I would love one of those beige chassis! not because it's good looking, but because it reminds me of my childhood! I just can't convince myself to pay over 3k for a system I can build myself.
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    belardo , February 24, 2009 8:10 AM
    Wow... Commodore was known for its low-cost computers back in its day. With the original C=64 costing about $500.

    Not a single Amiga computer (16/32PC with multi-tasking since 1985) every cost $5000!