Maingear debuts home theater, gaming PC hybrid

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Maingear is adding some gaming capabilities to its Axess line of home theater systems with the introduction of the Axess HD Gamer. Just like its HD and HD PRO siblings, the new system combines a low profile design with aluminum case and optional OLED front panel display that is meant to blend in with other audio and video components in your living room; all while boasting some serious horse power under the hood.


Built around an Intel Core i7 processor and X58 chipset, the system can handle up to 12GB of DDR3 memory and dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics cards in SLI configuration. The HD Gamer also ships with 500GB to 4TB of hard drive storage (high speed drives and SSDs are available as options), gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel HD audio, optional Blu-ray drive and HDTV tuner, and Windows Vista Home Premium with its media center UI. It is also the first PC to ship with the Phantom Lapboard, a combination wireless keyboard, laser mouse and hard surface that makes it easy for users to work or play games from the comfort of their couch.

The Axess HD Gamer is available at www.maingear.com with a starting price of $1,799. However, ordering one with all the bells and whistles can set you back well over $5,000.

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