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Drool: Maingear's New OC'd Core i7 Gaming Rigs

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Well, I'll be damned if Maingear hasn't just given me that Friday feeling on a damp and dreary, rainy Thursday.

Maingear yesterday announced that it has started shipping a bad-ass new line of gaming rigs that are enough to make your pulse quicken. Ranging from $2,249 to a dream crushing $5,149, the top of the line F1X packs an overclocked Core i7, maintenance free X20 watercooling, 12GB of triple–channel DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray burner, and last but certainly not least, an 80GB SSD to complement the 1.5TB of regular HDD storage.

Peep the specs below and if anyone happens to have a spare five grand lying around and is feeling philanthropic, you know where to find me.

And, if you're one of those harsh but realistic people who thinks believes knows it's not just what's on the inside that counts, these machines are also super sleek.

Oooh pretty!

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    winner4455 , January 21, 2010 7:24 PM
    vis inertiaeCan it play Hello Kitty???


    Yes it can.

    Spec requirements:

    Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP Pentium® II 350 MHz or faster 32 MB RAM 250 MB hard drive space 256 color display 640x480 resolution 8x CD-ROM drive DirectX® 9.0 or higher (included on CD) 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compliant video card DirectX compliant sound card Mouse
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    BoxBabaX , January 21, 2010 7:23 PM
    Are you kidding me? whats up with the super mild CPU overclocks? As if that x20 (probably some asetek LCLC variation/upgrade) couldn't handle a 975 to 4.0 easy, and the 950 to AT LEAST 3.6 easily.

    Blah.
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    banthracis , January 21, 2010 7:31 PM
    You could build a better performing Rig than that F1X750 for $2k...

    Even at lawyer rates, $3000 for a couple hrs of work is pushing it.

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    BoxBabaX , January 21, 2010 7:23 PM
    Are you kidding me? whats up with the super mild CPU overclocks? As if that x20 (probably some asetek LCLC variation/upgrade) couldn't handle a 975 to 4.0 easy, and the 950 to AT LEAST 3.6 easily.

    Blah.
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    frozenlead , January 21, 2010 7:23 PM
    Yawn. They could have at least overclocked it higher than that...

    On another note, why does the "zoom" link under the picture show a picture that's the same resolution?
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    winner4455 , January 21, 2010 7:24 PM
    vis inertiaeCan it play Hello Kitty???


    Yes it can.

    Spec requirements:

    Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP Pentium® II 350 MHz or faster 32 MB RAM 250 MB hard drive space 256 color display 640x480 resolution 8x CD-ROM drive DirectX® 9.0 or higher (included on CD) 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compliant video card DirectX compliant sound card Mouse
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    maximus20895 , January 21, 2010 7:24 PM
    This doesn't seem that impressive. Sure you have dual 5870's, SSD and an i7 975, but the top model is only running at 3.6 GHz. You could overclock a 920 to that with minimum effort.
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    zorky9 , January 21, 2010 7:28 PM
    With that price, why not a 256GB SSD? Or at least paint the interior black.
  • 12 Hide
    banthracis , January 21, 2010 7:31 PM
    You could build a better performing Rig than that F1X750 for $2k...

    Even at lawyer rates, $3000 for a couple hrs of work is pushing it.

  • 8 Hide
    CptTripps , January 21, 2010 7:39 PM
    Yeah, at that price where are the dual 5970 cards?
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    CptTripps , January 21, 2010 7:40 PM
    notty22Very Nice.Some will snub their noses. But everyone would like to have the niceextras. Blu Ray, SSD, over the top memory.


    I won't snub and could care less about the liquid cooling/overclock but... that is way too much money for those parts.

    Nice and clean inside though.
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    jellico , January 21, 2010 7:42 PM
    Those are some pretty weak over-clocks. If I'm shelling out that kind of money for a quasi-custom build, I sure as damn hell want to see some Tom's Hardware quality OCs.
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    chrismorley , January 21, 2010 7:57 PM
    Sure, with some TLC you can push these higher. But these are retail systems, and each and every one has to hit those numbers each time and make it out the door in 5 days. And then be supported for a year, with someone at the other end of the phone every day, 6 days a week. Different animal than building your own. And definitely costs more than the cost of the parts.
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    chrismorley , January 21, 2010 7:58 PM
    Sure, with some TLC you can push these higher. But these are retail systems, and each and every one has to hit those numbers each time and make it out the door in 5 days. And then be supported for a year, with someone at the other end of the phone every day, 6 days a week. Different animal than building your own. And definitely costs more than the cost of the parts.
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    yang , January 21, 2010 7:59 PM
    Really?!? if some body is willing, I'll make a custom open loop computer with higher overclock/better water cooling components for $1000 less.
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    Shadow703793 , January 21, 2010 8:03 PM
    Yawn.... I'v been building rigs like this for much less money. I bet my i7 920 @4Ghz was MUCH cheaper and can run around the i7 975 easily. The ONLY reason to have an unlocked "Extreme" edition Intel CPU is if you are planing to go for world records under DIce/LN2.
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    sublifer , January 21, 2010 8:04 PM
    These are retarded configs. First off, everyone knows you can OC an i-7 920 to ~4GHz. Everyone also knows you don't get much extra(if any) headroom on a 950 or 975. I'm not even going to go into the rest.
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    chrismorley , January 21, 2010 8:07 PM
    You guys do realize that playing at retail is a completely different ball game than building your own, one-off system?
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    banthracis , January 21, 2010 8:24 PM
    chrismorleySure, with some TLC you can push these higher. But these are retail systems, and each and every one has to hit those numbers each time and make it out the door in 5 days. And then be supported for a year, with someone at the other end of the phone every day, 6 days a week. Different animal than building your own. And definitely costs more than the cost of the parts.


    They can easily do much higher OC's.
    How to get 99% of i5-750's to 3.6
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/256144-29-lga1156-core-overclocking-guide

    Same for an i7-920
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253365-29-core-overclocking-guide

    No reason maingear can't do higher Overclocks. 3.6 is something 99% of i5/i7 chips can hit.

    Sure they need extra to pay for tech support, but those exact components come out to ~$3k on newegg.

    Charging over 2k to do an OC that barely beats turboboost and 1 year of support is a major rip off.

    Hell even Dell 3 year on site next day support and full accidental protection only costs $600 ...

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    chrismorley , January 21, 2010 8:38 PM
    banthracisThey can easily do much higher OC's. How to get 99% of i5-750's to 3.6 http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] king-guideSame for an i7-920http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] king-guideNo reason maingear can't do higher Overclocks. 3.6 is something 99% of i5/i7 chips can hit.Sure they need extra to pay for tech support, but those exact components come out to ~$3k on newegg. Charging over 2k to do an OC that barely beats turboboost and 1 year of support is a major rip off. Hell even Dell 3 year on site next day support and full accidental protection only costs $600 ...


    I know we can do higher - we do it all the time on our direct systems. But these are mild overclocks meant for mass-production retail systems. The F1X 500 is the #2 best selling Gaming PC on Tigerdirect.com right now. It's a completely different game than our BTO, direct systems. Different customers, different needs.

    As to overclocks, we've been overclocking systems since 2002. And we've had to SUPPORT them. We've seen overclocks fail in year 2 and 3. We stay conservative. There's no reason to eek out a few hundred more MHz except to win a benchmark.

    Yes, the F1X is tamer than we normally do. We take 960's to 3.86GHz and 975's to 4.0GHz. But we have much more time with those systems.

    With the F1X it's out the door within 5 days.

    As to "overpriced" - tell me what price is fair that will keep my employees around, pay taxes, insurance, packaging, marketing, etc. There's more to the cost of a system than the parts when you're talking about a whole company backing it up.
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