Maingear Unleashes Prelude 2 with GeForce 3D

Maingear Computers sent the good word that the new Prelude 2 system is now available for purchase, starting at $1999.99

Maingear's new Prelude 2 system isn't something to shake a stick at, especially when the rig comes packed with Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision, the new stereoscopic 3D technology. The Prelude 2 also features Intel's Core i7 and a 22" Samsung SynchMaster 223RZ display, making the somewhat hefty $2K pricetag not such a bad offer after all. Gamers looking to purchase the Prelude 2 can head to Maingear's website or order by phone at 888-MAINGEAR.

The Prelude 2's system specs offer a bit more of a glimpse under the hood, specifically revealing Intel's Core i7-920 processor running at 2.66GHz and the Intel X58 chipset. In the graphics department, Nvidia's GeForce 9800 GT card offers 512 MB GDDR3 with PhysX support; the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision comes bundled with the Samsung LCD. For storage, the Prelude 2 features the Western Digital Caviar SE16 250G B (16 MB Cache, SATA II). Audio is made possible by the on board ADI AD2000B 8-channel HD audio.

“We’re offering gamers the complete package to fully immerse themselves in the gaming arena of their choice,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear.  “With support for some of today’s hottest titles like Burnout Paradise, The Ultimate Box, or the Mirror’s Edge, Prelude 2 and Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision offers an unrivaled, unique gaming experience that is a phenomenal value at under $2,000.”

Additionally, Maingear announced that it partnered with Elemental to offer an easy way to convert video and audio files using the Badaboom software. According to the company, Badaboom transcodes by using the GPU instead of the CPU, thereby freeing up the processor and allowing for additional tasks. The single application enables users to switch formats of any video or audio file, whether it's converting HD movie down for the PSP or porting Media Center content to Apple TV. Consumers who purchase the Prelude 2 will have access to the Badaboom software.

Prelude 2 also comes with Maingear’s standard 14-month warranty and is backed by "the best in-house support team in the country," so claims the company.

Are you more into building a system from scratch yourself? Or do you think it's better to buy something from a company like Maingear, Shuttle, or others?

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  • jeverson
    I will always build my own. The price markup on parts with boutique PCs is ridiculous. Then they charge you extra for the warranty. For $2k I can either by an "eh" boutique gaming rig or a kick ass dual video card (SLI or CrossFire... whichever floats your boat) with more RAM CPU horse power and storage. In some cases close to twice as much bang for buck. Plus I've been building systems for over 14 years so I don't need to pay someone even more money to support a PC I am using. The only reason I would recommend a boutique system over one I build is if it is for someone that I don't want to be "on call" for. Long live the DIYs!!!
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  • toothchatter
    Not really close to a bargain, should really be in the $1500 range. But at the same time, a sucker is born every min.
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  • nubie
    How can a rig be "packed" with an external peripheral? The nVidia "3D" is just a USB dongle. For real 3D have a look to iZ3D software that runs on any video card.

    Second jeverson's comment.

    For $2k my first thought was "ok, it is probably overclocked with a factory warranty, or at least has a 2.8-3.0ghz chip", or "that's OK, as long as there are dual GTX200 series cards in it".

    But to saddle it with a card available readily for $150 (or was it not the 9800GTX+?). OK, a $110-125 card, the 9800GT, PITIFUL.

    2 large and they can't splurge the extra $54 for a decent 9800GTX or the $100 more for a GTX260 card?

    A "Geforce3D" bundle is retailing for $600 (3D kit and LCD). So just ask yourself if a 9800GT is worth $1,400. Hint: it isn't.

    If you want to double check the performance boost on this system vs a Core2 Q6600 for $500 ($100 case, $50 PSU, $160-170 CPU, $180 for a MB and RAM), with your choice of video card from $100 9800GT to the GTX260 for a paltry $215.

    The hard drive is a $52 unit.

    Add up the numbers and ask yourself what you are getting, The case is OK, but it isn't a $300 case. I would prefer a Lian-Li case at this price.


    Does anyone know of a PC maker with decent prices in the enthusiast market?

    (part of the problem may be the DDR3 and i7, this isn't the best time to upgrade to those, wait a bit for prices to fall, maybe 6 months to a year)
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