Maingear Shift Gaming PC with Super Stock Options Review

By on November 10, 2010, 4:54 AM
Here's the scenario: You're bored one night surfing the Internet and you decide to do a mock build of your dream PC. Whether through your favorite e-tailer or a boutique system builder, you find yourself piecing together the ultimate powerhouse. Price is not a concern -- you want the baddest system your (imaginary) money can buy.

Once complete, you marvel at the resulting monstrosity and then come crashing back to reality when you see the price tag. We've all "been there, done that." Today we will be looking at that dream PC, the Maingear Shift with Super Stock options.


The Shift is Maingear's highest performing consumer desktop system to date, featuring a custom-built chassis from SilverStone. Pricing starts at just over $2,300 and depending on the options selected, you could shell out close to 30 grand for a fully pimped out system.

Read the complete review.




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skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I wish they would sell the case by itself. So much better than the Raven it's based from.

NeoFlux said:

We got THE answer to THE question - YES, it can run Crysis

vangrat said:

Dear god! It runs Crysis..IT REALLY REALLY RUNS CRYSIS...faints dead on the spot.

I have to say that the lack of the extra 6gb of RAM on the dream machine was a bit of a let down. Also, I wonder what this would look like with 3 GTX 580s running in it..can you say Crysis at 100+FPS stable XD.

You could probably loan the down time of the processors and the GPUs to every single process sharing organization on the net, and still have room to run Crysis at a stable 60-70FPS...Okay I am now done with the Crysis jokes.

So...does it play WoW very well?

grvalderrama said:

So, this is the first system that runs Crysis over 70 FPS...? This is a great computer, but hats off to Crysis, it's been like 2 years since it came out and just recent computers handle it well.

What I really loved about the Shift, it's the 90 degrees tweak, it's one of the most brilliant ideas I've seen around since I signed up to TS. And of course, impressive detailed review.

taea00 said:

This thing is a beast. For the price you'd really hope the custom paint job was spotless, but it's just going to sit under your desk, so I don't even know why you'd drop that much for a paint job. I can only imagine what your power bill would be like after a month of gaming on this thing. You'd have to warn the electric company when you were firing it up so they could shut off half your grid to sustain power.

FLHR said:

I like the case as well !!!

Bluemagma said:

bleh im only 19fps away on the crysis meter... lol mine pc was only 2g :P God i love Ibuypower

Uvindu said:

This system is hot! I didn'r know it was possible to run crysis at such high framerates. WOW!

sMILEY4ever said:

taea00 said:

This thing is a beast. For the price you'd really hope the custom paint job was spotless, but it's just going to sit under your desk, so I don't even know why you'd drop that much for a paint job. I can only imagine what your power bill would be like after a month of gaming on this thing. You'd have to warn the electric company when you were firing it up so they could shut off half your grid to sustain power.

I lold, but it's true. This rig is pretty power hungry and can run any game smooth at some 2560x1600, except metro 2033 that is.

shortie said:

Me thinks that this should be a give away by you guys

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

shortie said:

Me thinks that this should be a give away by you guys

Yes indeed! lol

For some reason I feel 6 gb's of ram is not enough. I mean sure it's enough to pretty much run anything but if I'm shelling out 7,000+ for a desktop I would expect more than 6 gb's of ram...

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Just what I was thinking, shortie. Comment stealer.

grvalderrama, Crysis is already 3 years old (well, in a few days).

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Man! Cryisis at over 70fps! Insane! one of the first computer setups you can truely answer the question

"Can it run Crysis?"

"Yes It Bloody Well Can"

Than again, for £7000 I would also expect it to, for that money you can buy a fairly decent second hand car!

Demons said:

Very nice system... Of course the cost to overall performance ratio is pretty high. I know there are a few out there that are made of money that might buy a system like this. For me though, half the fun is building it yourself.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

I agree with Demons. I would prefer to build it myself, it would just give me that much more satisfaction. The system is nice, and I love the case. I'm usually not a fan of windows in cases, and the reason for that being is that they're too big and expose the ugly drive mounts. The window in this case, however, is nice and small and only shows off the good parts of the interior. As far as everyone commenting on the RAM, yes, it's a $7000 PC, but as far as RAM goes, you only need so much. Even with 6Gb, you should still be able to flawlessly switch between Crysis, your Internet Browser, a Media Player and that video conversion software you have running in the background, whilst still having about a gig of free RAM left. Getting more is just plain silly, the money is better spend upgrading your CPU or getting a better video card.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

Oh oh oh, Could you guys do Arma 2 benchmark on it? That game is a power hog as well...

compu4 said:

Needless to say, this Maingear system isn't for everyone, but going back to our idea of a dream PC build, the Shift comes as close as you can actually get today.

I think not. This PC is quite expensive, but it is nowhere near the most expensive or most powerful pcs. Many upper echelon pc makers now sell pcs that use the EVGA SR2 motherboard and have 2 Hexa Core Xenons, 4 GTX 480 Cards, and 32 gb of ram.

Example: The Origin Big O

http://www.originpc.com/thebigo-config.asp

compu4 said:

Also, where is the Metro 2033 benchmark?

Guest said:

LOL, that system looks like my high school lockers. An off the shelf mountain mods case and an XBOX 360 that doesn't even interface with the TV? That's ridiculous.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Well, if you have more money than you know what to do with it this is a fine example of modern hardware sweetness. It's really no different than a Porsche or Ferrari, most people can't afford it but plenty of people would love to own it.

mikeusru said:

I'd love to see some price depreciation graphs for the top models. How many years does it take for a $30,000 system to drop 10-fold in price? my guess is two. Granted the various uber-expensive cooling methods may have a longer half-life than the GPUs, for example.

Guest said:

"LOL, that system looks like my high school lockers. An off the shelf mountain mods case and an XBOX 360 that doesn't even interface with the TV? That's ridiculous."

What I meant to say was - an XBOX 360 that doesn't interface at all with the PC - who the heck would put that Big Zero in their living room?

Serag said:

A pleasurable to read review for a piece of beast, thanks TS!

Razerblade said:

Wow, just Wow! What an awesome machine that is. Very good read as well. If only I had endless amounts of cash! (Back to dream world I go!)

spyx said:

_----_ x_x WOW i taking my social security for this XD

zogo said:

This configuration is off limits for me, so I'll satisfy with the case only :P

I wonder if I can buy the case itself, it's gorgeous?!

ViNCiLiCiouS said:

very nice article. if this config is $7000, i am really interested to see the $30,000 build: what the hell is in it, 10x256GB SSDs or something? geez!

anyway. the thing weighs 70 lbs. poor delivery man!

UT66 said:

This config makes as much sense as killing an ant with a hellfire missile... scratch that, with a 50-megaton nuclear bomb, scratch that with 3 nuclear bombs, and a planet buster. not that there's anything wrong with that.

Guest said:

Maingear nukes games from orbit...it's the only way to be sure.

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

It's put together very well, but it's not my cup of tea. CM690 for me please.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

This is the first system I've used that could run Crysis with everything maxed out without dropping below 70 fps ...

Crysis (Very high graphics settings)

1920 x 1080, 16x AA 73.4 fps 38.5 fps 22.9 fps

So if I read this this correctly then, The 73.4 FPS is the Minimum FPS and not the average FPS?

mpribe said:

That power supply could probably run my fridge and vacuum cleaner at the same time!

One critique I have with this and other "gaming rig" machines is that they are too ostentatiously designed. It's more of a problem with Alienwares and such that have glowing LED''s and neon colors all over the place. I mean, by the time a gamer can afford to buy such a nice machine, it's likely that he will have outgrown the phase where everything he covets is flashy and loud. It's like putting a picnic table sized spoiler on a Ferarri.

Modena said:

Very nice. I love how they turned the components for top exhaust, heat does RISE after all. Cable management is beautifully done, but that's a given considering the price tag on this beast. I suppose the new question is will it run Crysis 2, haha and great review as always.

Jetatt23 said:

I remember looking at Alienware back in the day and looking at dream computers.This thing completely blows anything I even dreamed of out of the water. It's nice to think that one day this computer, at least without the custom case, will be affordable to me, but then again that will probably be as far removed as the days I first learned of alienware and now. *sigh*

fpsgamerJR62 said:

This Maingear gaming PC totally rocks. I only wonder what's in the $ 30,000 config. Techspot should include this PC as the main prize in the contest.

jsquirre said:

i'll take two please. one for work and one for home!

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