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Nvidia Branded PC: GeForce PC Kit is for DIY'ers

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Nvidia's put its name on a DIY kit for those looking to build a modest PC.

Nvidia typically provides the underlying technology for systems makers and enthusiasts to integrate into computers, but the graphics company has unveiled a DIY barebones PC kit for beginner hobbyists.

The GeForce PC kit is an Nvidia-branded computer kit that sets itself apart with a CoolerMaster Elite 334 Nvidia Edition case with a green-tinted window. That part aside, the rest of the system is mostly off-the-shelf items with an Intel Pentium E5300, GeForce 9800 GT, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 500W PSU, 250GB HDD.

Here are the full specs:

The whole package retails for just under $500 from CompUSA or TigerDirect. Interestingly, Nvidia's support page for technical Support, RMA requests, replacements and warranty issues for the GeForce PC Kit directs users to TigerDirect, signaling it as the manufacturer.

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    flyinfinni , February 22, 2010 8:49 PM
    Thats a pretty weak PC for today's gaming/DIY types... A 9800GT when they are about to release Fermi, and a Pentium E5300 with all the new semi-budget i3/i5 type chips? only 10/100 ethernet? All of this for almost $500? It wouldn't be too hard to build a better PC for that price- with an OS.
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    enderwiggen , February 22, 2010 8:45 PM
    Discovery! This is whats causing Fermi to take so long. Nvidia hard at work.
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    Marco925 , February 22, 2010 8:41 PM
    ATI also had a branded PC that I saw as well.
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    enderwiggen , February 22, 2010 8:45 PM
    Discovery! This is whats causing Fermi to take so long. Nvidia hard at work.
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    Boxa786 , February 22, 2010 8:45 PM
    ATI have been doing branded PC's for a very long time and this Nvidia entry looks very basic with old gen tech, still no sign of Fermi, no wonder its using a 9800 card...

    ATI just taken their prices, again, spose its because of Fermi not arriving, again!

    by the time Fermi releases, ATI will be on 6 series cards.
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    babybeluga , February 22, 2010 8:46 PM
    Put that at $250 and people may buy it...
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    flyinfinni , February 22, 2010 8:49 PM
    Thats a pretty weak PC for today's gaming/DIY types... A 9800GT when they are about to release Fermi, and a Pentium E5300 with all the new semi-budget i3/i5 type chips? only 10/100 ethernet? All of this for almost $500? It wouldn't be too hard to build a better PC for that price- with an OS.
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    deadlockedworld , February 22, 2010 8:52 PM
    This is a mediocre deal. You could build a much better system off for that much off newegg.

    E5300: $67
    Ram: $40 est.
    9800GT: $85 est.
    Motherboard: $44
    PSU $30 est.
    Cooler $15-20 est.
    HD-$59

    Where did $500 come from? they keyboard and mouse?
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    gekko668 , February 22, 2010 9:05 PM
    what's my Fermi at?

    Release Fermi and i'll might consider.
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    brendano257 , February 22, 2010 9:06 PM
    deadlockedworldThis is a mediocre deal. You could build a much better system off for that much off newegg. E5300: $67Ram: $40 est. 9800GT: $85 est. Motherboard: $44PSU $30 est. Cooler $15-20 est. HD-$59Where did $500 come from? they keyboard and mouse?


    Your total is $340. You forgot the case at ~$40, and optical drive at ~$20, and keyboard/mouse at ~20-30$. That's only 80$ "profit", that's not as outrageous. It's just about half of what you thought it was. Think it thought at first. And newsflash: Companies sell stuff for more they cost to manufacture, this is called a "business."
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    cobra5000 , February 22, 2010 9:08 PM
    The Nvidia case, THATS where the price premium comes from!
    Thats got too be it!
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    rooket , February 22, 2010 9:12 PM
    Wow...that is a low end system.
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    cryogenic , February 22, 2010 9:17 PM

    Wow, no Fermi and now nVidia is focusing it's marketing effort into the low end segment, with a two generations old chip. Something is definitely wrong at nVidia.


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    footsoldier , February 22, 2010 9:18 PM
    This shows how desperate Nvidia is getting.
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    Bolbi , February 22, 2010 9:25 PM
    An Nvidia system would seem to appeal to gamers, but not with these specs! 2GB of DDR2 RAM? Pentium E5300? Only fast ethernet, not gigabit? Only a 250GB hard drive? Only a VGA video output? No eSATA or firewire? It actually has a serial port?
    This system sounds like it's from 5 years ago. If they're targeting gamers, it fails on the specs. If they're targeting first-time DIY's, it fails on its modernity and cost (a little).
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    False_Dmitry_II , February 22, 2010 9:26 PM
    brendano257Your total is $340. You forgot the case at ~$40, and optical drive at ~$20, and keyboard/mouse at ~20-30$. That's only 80$ "profit", that's not as outrageous. It's just about half of what you thought it was. Think it thought at first. And newsflash: Companies sell stuff for more they cost to manufacture, this is called a "business."


    First off you can get both a keyboard and mouse for like $10. Also, this is a barebones kit. This means that you get to build it yourself.
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    Bolbi , February 22, 2010 9:29 PM
    Argh... Where's the edit button? I forgot to mention that the product pages say it comes with a Seagate Momentus 2.5" HDD, while the case specs say 1 internal 3.5" bay. So which is it, 2.5" or 3.5"? Pretty pitiful if they're sticking a 2.5" mechanical HDD in a desktop...
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    tethoma , February 22, 2010 9:29 PM
    Quoting GSP, "I am not impressed"

    The components by themselves don't add up to $500 and you can buy the nvidia case already anyway.
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2010 9:32 PM
    "Companies sell stuff for more they cost to manufacture, this is called a business."

    Dude, its a DIY. YOU manufacture it. Also, the retail prices we pay have profits built in. nVidia pays a lot less than we do and gets a volume discount to boot.

    The point is you can pay nVidia to package stuff for you to build or you can buy the exact same parts for you to build. Why would you pay more for nVidia's package? Its called "economics 101" or "common sense."
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , February 22, 2010 9:40 PM
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    Discovery! This is whats causing Fermi to take so long. Nvidia hard at work.


    lol enderwiggen, that made my day.
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    matthroswell , February 22, 2010 10:00 PM
    brendano257 02/23/2010 12:06 PM
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    deadlockedworld :

    This is a mediocre deal. You could build a much better system off for that much off newegg. E5300: $67Ram: $40 est. 9800GT: $85 est. Motherboard: $44PSU $30 est. Cooler $15-20 est. HD-$59Where did $500 come from? they keyboard and mouse?



    Your total is $340. You forgot the case at ~$40, and optical drive at ~$20, and keyboard/mouse at ~20-30$. That's only 80$ "profit", that's not as outrageous. It's just about half of what you thought it was. Think it thought at first. And newsflash: Companies sell stuff for more they cost to manufacture, this is called a "business."


    First of all- Tiger Direct does not pay retail for these components. I bought my e5200 from them for $39 shipped months ago. I doubt they are putting more than $50 into the bulk & branded 9800GT cards either.

    This thing is just plain lame. A little bird said Fermi chips runs way too hot and ATI is not even remotely afraid...
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    jerreece , February 22, 2010 10:17 PM
    Shoot, for $500 these days you can get a laptop that performs almost on par.... and that's portable!!

    Really need to start putting better stuff in these things. I mean, for a basic DIY kit it should have something like the GTX 260 in it to be a smooth performer. Not to mention an i3/i5.
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