AVADirect wasn’t really a systems builder on our radar until late last year when we reviewed their Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC. After extensive testing, we found that the system was well configured, well built, and well priced, quickly propelling AVADirect to the top as one of our favorite custom PC builders.
Recently, AVADirect sent us another one of the systems in their lineup, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC, which as its name implies is AVADirect’s quiet gaming PC offering based on AMD’s X370 Ryzen platform.AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Specs Desktop AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC Case Phanteks Eclipse [...]
Dell announced a massive refresh of its Precision line of workstations at SIGGRAPH 2017, marking the first refresh of the Precision lineup in five years.
Since it’s the 20 year anniversary for Dell’s workstation business, it’s only fitting to talk about Dell’s first workstation and to see how far they’ve come in the 20 years. Dell’s first workstation was the WorkStation 400, which came in a beige box packed with either one or two Intel Penium II processors running at either 266 MHz, 300 MHz or 333 MHz. The system took as much as 512 MB of RAM and ran Windows NT. In 1997, this was absolutely cutting edge [...]
Welcome to our Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $2,000 build guide! In this article, we’ll be showing you all the components you’ll need to put together a workstation that can not only handle serious work, but also play as well.
The gaming workstation build today will be focused building an excellent gaming PC that can handle games on large, high resolution monitors such as 1440p, 1600p and 4K as well as handle workstation productivity applications such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, CADD, and more. This build today will have a budget of $2,000 and have a focus of creating a top notch gaming workstation build [...]
Corsair recently updated their budget case lineup with the new Carbide SPEC-04, the successor to the Carbide SPEC-03. The Carbide SPEC-04 brings an overhauled design and some extra features yet maintain its budget price point.
For our review today, we received the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 in black however, it will also come in red and yellow as well. Corsair’s Carbide SPEC case series has always had the design language that screamed gaming, but the fourth iteration of the series, the SPEC-04, is quite a bit different. Whereas previous generation SPEC series cases featured an ultra-aggressive design, the new SPEC-04 features a design that’s a bit [...]
Welcome to Custom PC Review’s Best Gaming PC Builds! If you’re looking to build a new computer to play all the latest games, but you’re unsure of what parts to buy to create the optimal build at a certain price-point, we’re here to help.
Below you’ll find four builds sorted by budget of what we think will help create the best and most powerful gaming PCs for the price. Each piece of hardware in each build is hand-picked by our staff through consideration of a multitude of criteria such as price, performance, reliability, and cost. Furthermore, hardware recommend for our builds all have either been reviewed by us or is well known and [...]
Several years ago, Phanteks launched the Enthoo Luxe case which was and still continues to be an excellent full tower case. While I didn’t get a chance to review it at the time, it was easily one of the best reviewed cases on the market with a full tower form factor, sandblasted aluminum exterior, completely tool-less design, great cable management options, and beautiful LED accents that made it well worth its $150 pricetag.
That said, there’s really no case that can’t be made better with a tempered glass sidepanel which is exactly what Phanteks recently added to their Enthoo Luxe. While I can resist reviewing a [...]
Cooler Master recently announced their most ambitious power supply ever, the Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ.
Designed in cooperation with Japanese electronics manufacturer, Murata, the Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ is a 1200W power supply featuring better than 80+ Titanium efficiency. In order to meet these demands, components used within the power supply is the absolute highest quality with 80% of the components used made in Japan. Further, at least 20 of the components are custom designed including the Murata planar transformer, custom power conversion circuits, and a custom circuit board layout. Backing up the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ is [...]
When it comes to power supplies, everyone who’s ever seriously worked with computers knows that Seasonic’ power supplies are the gold standard. There’s really no question about it. When you buy a Seasonic power supply, you know it’s going to last a long time.
As a show of confidence in their ultra high reliability, most Seasonic power supplies are warranted for at least 5 years, 7 years, or some even 10 years, but Seasonic is taking those standards even higher in their PRIME series power supplies, increasing the warranty period to an industry leading 12 years. Considering 12 years is approximately 14% of the average US person’s [...]
Welcome to our Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $1,500 build guide! In this article, we’ll be showing you all the components you’ll need to put together a workstation that can not only handle serious work, but also play as well.
This gaming workstation build today will be focused on building a PC that can comfortably handle games at 1080p or 1440p as well as handle workstation duties such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, CADD and more. For this build, we’ve set a budget of $1,500 to create an excellent gaming workstation build that’s not only fast, powerful and quiet, but also within budget as [...]
Welcome to Custom PC Review’s Best Video Editing Computer Builds! Here’s where you’ll find PC hardware recommendations for putting together a video editing build that will help you render faster, create special effects, improve preview speed/quality, and more!
Below is a list of what we think are the best purpose built video editing computer builds by budget category. These video editing builds are based on the components we’ve recommended for our best workstation computer builds, but we’ve modified them in key areas to optimize the builds specifically for video editing.
As always, each piece of hardware is debated and picked [...]