In addition to offering the Avalanche and Omni game desktops, AVADirect has added another solution to its Signature Series: the AVA Sixense VR series. Currently, the company is offering this desktop in two configurable flavors -- the AVA Sixense VR and the AVA Sixense VR Ultimate -- with a starting price of $1,800 and $2,300, respectively. As the name indicates, this new series is compatible with the Sixense STEM System, a wireless motion tracking platform that is sold separately.
The AVA Sixense VR series was built from the ground up with virtual reality gamers in mind. The desktops are certified by Sixense, meaning customers should be good to go once they add the STEM System to these specific gaming PCs. This experience is backed by a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked GPU or an Nvidia GeForce Titan X GPU, depending on the Sixense VR configuration. Both cards can crank out a 1080p resolution at 75 fps.
The base specs show that both models feature the Hadron Air Black mini tower case with a Sixense etched side panel. They also include a Z97 Stinger motherboard, an ACX mITX CPU cooler, and a 1 TB Barracuda 7200 RPM hard drive with 64 MB of cache. They also have Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory installed by default.
As for additional similar features, both computers include a black slim slot DVD burner, two Quiet Case fans at 1800 RPM and custom 20-color LED lighting that can be configured using a special remote. Both are also sold with the company's Silver Warranty package, which provides three year limited parts, three year labor warranty and a lifetime of technical support.
The differences between the AVA Sixense VR desktop and the Ultimate models are rather small. The Ultimate model uses an Intel Core i7-4790 quad-core processor (3.6 GHz, 4.0 GHz), which adds the Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU into the mix. This model also uses 16 GB of HyperX Fury Black DDR3-1866 RAM and provides an extra 500 GB 850 EVO SSD in addition to the 1 TB hard drive. Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition is the operating system of choice.
For the cheaper non-Ultimate configuration, this base model uses Intel's Core i5-4460 quad-core processor (3.2 GHz, 3.4 GHz) and the Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU. There's only 8 GB of HyperX Fury Black DDR3-1866 memory, and there's no SSD installed. The system comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Want to upgrade the non-Ultimate base model? Customers have two additional options for the processor: the Intel Core i5-4690 (3.5 GHz, 3.9 GHz) for $40 extra or the Intel Core i7-4790 (3.6 GHz, 4.0 GHz) for $140 extra. Customers can also upgrade the GPU to an Nvidia GTX Titan X with 12 GB of DDR5 RAM for an additional $480 and cram up to 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) of HyperX Fury Black memory for an additional $60.
Let's not forget about the STEM System from Sixense, which will be an added expense with either of these builds. This system includes the STEM Base ($99), a STEM Controller ($119.99) and a STEM Pack ($99.99). The company also sells the system in a bundle such as the 2-Tracker STEM System bundle for $299.99. Currently, orders will take two to three months to ship from the time the order was placed.
Update, 4/22/15, 6:40am PT: Updated pricing info.