Intel Core X-Series Processors – Now Available!

By now you may have heard – a new generation of Intel processors is on the way. You’ll see these referred to as Basin Falls, X299, Core i9, Skylake-X, or Kaby Lake-X but in short, they’re all different ways of talking about Core X-Series. But what does this mean for your next custom gaming or workstation PC build exactly? Should you wait for these new processors before buying your next PC? We’ll break down everything we know (or at least as much as we can reveal) in the following post. The new Core X-Series chipset – X299/Basin Falls First, let’s…

Geforce vs Quadro – What’s the Difference?

  Another of the frequently asked questions we get when custom configuring a PC or workstation for a customer is which NVIDIA GPU option is best – Geforce vs Quadro. Which GPU is the best value? And which option is best suited for what applications? Let’s go over some of the differences, Pros, and Cons of both Geforce and Quadro. Geforce Pros Faster clock speeds – Dollar for dollar, Geforce cards generally offer faster GPU clock speeds in the 10-20% range. For example, the Geforce GTX 1070 features a boost clock speed of 1683 MHz while the more expensive Quadro…

Ryzen 7 vs. Intel Benchmarks – Welcome Back, AMD!

You don’t have to go too far back in the annals of CPU history to remember when AMD was a major challenger to the performance crown and the choice of many a savvy gamer. But over the past few years, the gap between AMD and Intel has grown wider, with AMD relegated almost exclusively to budget PC builds and consoles like the PS4. With Ryzen 7’s release, that all changes. Based on AMD’s hugely hyped “Zen” architecture, the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 is the first round of a whole new processor family with intentions of shaking up the industry and finally…

Best Computers and Worth It

Best Computers and Worth It When shopping for a PC, many people compare us to Alienware (Dell) and HP, and when you first think about this comparison, it seems like Apples to Apples. After all we both make computers. Not everything is always as it seems, though. While we both make computers, we are very different. Much like comparing Porsche to Kia. Both are vehicle manufacturers, both travel from point A to B most days and they both have 4 wheels but they aren’t the same quality, nor are they the same price. In this instance, we would be the…

Announcing the RennSeat Pro Driving Simulator

  At CES in January, we announced one of our most ambitious projects yet – the RennSeat Pro, a custom driving simulator for ultimate gaming and iRacing. Now, we’re just as excited to announce it’s officially available for purchase. Fully configurable with surround sound, a selection of premium peripherals ,and powered by a custom Velocity Micro desktop, the RennSeat Pro is perfect for extreme gaming, racing sim enthusiasts, or those serious about iRacing. Check out some live gameplay from our offices: Learn more about the RennSeat Pro and configure yours here.

Computers Becoming Obsolete Quickly Is Passé

  Hello PC shopper land, I am Dave, your friendly neighborhood PC sales exec. I wanted to quickly go over a common misconception (or rather, common knowledge turned myth) when buying a PC from a high end builder like us. My fellow sales execs and I often hear “I don’t want my PC to be obsolete in 2 years” or even the self-defeating “I know this will be obsolete 6 months from now” when talking to customers. While this was true about a decade ago, here in 2017 it couldn’t be further from the truth. While new tech is often…

Why the Vector 14 may be the best Macbook Pro Alternative

Apple recently announced its latest iteration of their Macbook Pro laptop to their typical level of hype and fanfare, but for some power users, this particular Apple felt a little rotten, especially given the pricepoint. But what are there Macbook Pro alternatives? Allow me to present the case for why the Vector 14 may be just what you’ve been searching for. Video Connectivity Unfortunately for potential buyers of the new Macbook Pro, using an external display of any type requires a dongle or adapter that will connect via one of the two available Thunderbolt ports. This is not only a…

What you need for the best CAD workstation PC

Few software applications are more hardware intensive than CAD. But investing in the right components for the ultimate CAD workstation can be a tricky and rather daunting task, even for experts. Here then are our recommendations for building the best CAD workstation PC. What is CAD CAD stands for “Computer Aided Design” and is generally used synonymously for any computer application that creates or drafts 3D or 2D designs, usually for architecture, structural engineering, or interior design. Ever see a mock up of a new skyscraper, ballpark, or house remodel? That was probably done with a CAD software. Autodesk makes…

Desktop vs Mobile Processors – What’s the Difference?

Like most compute tech, processors come in essentially two classes – mobile and desktop. Mobile processors, whether they be for laptops, smartphones, or IOT devices, are generally designed for efficiency first and performance second. Desktop processors being less limited by thermals and not at all by potential battery life, are by far the performance champs and will on average have more cache, higher stock and Turbo speeds, and higher TDP (Thermal Design Power). So is a mobile i7 not the same as a desktop i7? No, not really. Even though both desktop and mobile processors can share the same i7…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

Last year, we wrote a post about what parts and components to look for in the best gaming laptop. But in our industry, things change so quickly that we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic and discuss some of the latest advancements in mobile gaming tech. Here then are some updated tips and things to look for when shopping for the best gaming laptop. Graphics Just like with a gaming desktop, the graphics card (aka video card or GPU) is of critical importance if you want the best gaming experience. But until recently, there was…