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.
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