Mainstream vendors, Lenovo in particular, have attempted gaming-oriented all-in-one desktops. Maingear’s Alpha 24 Super stock is the first from a true boutique PC vendor.
For starters, here are the highlights of the Alpha’s spec sheet:
- Intel Core i3 3240 3.4GHz, upgradeable to Intel® Core i7 3770K
- Up to 256GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD
- Up to 3TB mechanical HDD
- Full-size, Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Graphics, up to GeForce GTX 680
- Expansion slots that include 2 mini PCIe slots and 1 PCIe x 16 slot
- Starting at $1,349
You don’t normally find full-sized graphics cards, and PCI-Express expansion slots in an all-in-one. HP’s workstation, the Z1 is the primary exception, but that system is aimed at professionals, not gamers.
For the display, Maingear has elected a 24-inch, 1,920×1,080 pixel touchscreen LCD. And as much as the graphics card defines the Alpha and its 3.75-inch thickness, Maingear has also wisely designed this PC so that you can upgrade or replace the 3D card and other components yourself.
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