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The Battle of the Gaming PC Titans

Meet The Players

As a refresher, we first list the players and go through the pros and cons of their respective systems.

All American Computers Liquid XS

Kyle Felstein and his crew from All American Computers sent us their custom built liquid cooled acrylic marvel. The Liquid XS is the culmination of years of engineering and a drive to create the best PC on the planet. The case designs are one of the apparent byproducts of their aspirations. The case is made of UV reactive acrylic and has two separate compartments to keep, as McDonalds coined it years ago, "the hot side hot and the cold side cold."

The system came to us seriously overclocked, but was stable throughout all of our tests. While this system only used an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ - compared to the other systems in this review with AMD's Athlon 64 FX-57 - it came out near the top every time. Once again this shows that CPU horsepower is far less important for a gaming system than it was a few years ago.

The Benson Box - Shipping in style and heavy armor.

While we think the case looks awesome and is like nothing else on the market, not all consumers are into acrylic. You might argue that an acrylic case can take scratch damage unlike a painted case. That being said, we feel that it is not the case. A painted case can also show scratches. Depending on the paint job, the scratches might stand out more on a painted case than an acrylic one.

Overall, we feel that there weren't any negative comments to make about the AAC Liquid XS. It truly is a great system and on a final note, AAC was the only system builder to send us a rig built with retail graphics cards.

Pros:

  • Unique design and case
  • Water cooled
  • Worked right out of the box
  • Benson Box ($250 Shipping Box)
  • Overclocked
  • Good price for performance
  • Cabling
  • Customer Service
  • Hand-holding during the ordering Process

Cons:

  • None