Maingear Shift Gaming PC with Super Stock Options Review

By Julio Franco · 36 replies
Nov 10, 2010
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  1. 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.

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  2. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

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

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 104   +14

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

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    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?
  5. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    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.
  6. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    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.
  7. FLHR

    FLHR TS Rookie Posts: 17

    I like the case as well !!!
  8. Bluemagma

    Bluemagma TS Rookie

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

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    This system is hot! I didn'r know it was possible to run crysis at such high framerates. WOW!
  10. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    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.
  11. shortie

    shortie TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Me thinks that this should be a give away by you guys :D
  12. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    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...
  13. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    Just what I was thinking, shortie. :) Comment stealer. ;)

    grvalderrama, Crysis is already 3 years old (well, in a few days).
  14. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    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!
  15. Demons

    Demons TS Enthusiast Posts: 54

    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. ;)
  16. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Booster Posts: 163

    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.
  17. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Booster Posts: 163

    Oh oh oh, Could you guys do Arma 2 benchmark on it? That game is a power hog as well...
  18. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    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
  19. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Also, where is the Metro 2033 benchmark?
  20. 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.
  21. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    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.
  22. mikeusru

    mikeusru TS Rookie Posts: 48

    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.
  23. "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?
  24. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

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

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    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!)

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