Pros Booted right out of the box. Build Quality is excellent. The SSD is very fast, and the 1 TB HDD 7200 RPM is more than ample storage. Relatively quiet. Very responsive Customer Service and Technical Support departments Overall Win 7 Experience is 7.7.At th
Cons The handsome case is wider than most and will not fit the space where I had the previous computer.
Summary I am glad that I responded to CNet / Digital Storm's excellent offer.
Pros Clean cable management make it nice to look at through the window. The easily removable side panel makes for easy upgrades (not like many games will stutter at a system like this). Dust filters for front fan and power supply fan make less cleaning inside.
Cons Case seems unnecessarily wide. The USB 3.0 in the back isn't the greatest, but it'll do since most cases with USB 3.0 on the front have that design. Airflow isn't the greatest, doesn't affect the CPU as much, but the GPUs seem to run hotter in this case.
Summary While Rich mentioned the USB 3.0 front panel design as a flaw, I don't see many ways around it. Most boards don't have USB 3.0 headers on the board itself, and even if they did most case manufacturers are still using the plug into the back style.
Pros Same as above
Cons It would be difficult (but not impossible) to lug around to LAN parties
Summary I have to agree with DamageIncM
If at anytime you want to upgrade a piece of your desktop PC; whether it be to go from the stock liquid cooler to full-blown custom loop, to upgrading from the GTX570's to newer (faster) NVidia or AMD GPU's, adding more RAM (up to 32GB), or going RAID on the SSD's...this can be done on a desktop.
Other than RAM or another HDD, what can be upgraded on a laptop?
Another issue concerning laptops is heat (the more powerful the laptop, the greater the heat output); sure you could get a laptop cooler, but it's not the same as installing better fans in the desktop.
Pros The company has chosen some high-quality, excellent performance parts for this computer.
They have overclocked the system for you, so it's easy to deal with.
Cons Everything except for the plastic cover over the motherboard is just a set of parts that can be found in many online stores. For the exact build as seen in this video, go to http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rdq .
There are better motherboards available today
Summary This is a strong build, but very pricey. You can shave about $200-300 off the price by building it yourself.