[citation][nom]memadmax[/nom]sigh..."Gaming PC's" are like buying nike shoes... where the workers put in two layers of "comfort material" into the sole of the shoe, and got paid one and a half bags of rice, instead of one...What I'm trying to say is, I could build the same thing for cheaper, and without a stupid name that means nothing except in the fringe pc nostalgia world... which, by the way, does nothing to help me make top scores.....[/citation]
I challenge you to build something as small as the Falcon Northwest Tiki which performs as well or better for significantly less. Or match the Maingear Shift's vertical GPU liquid-cooling system. Raw performance per dollar is one thing, form-factor and style is another, and even if you could get both at the same time, there's also time to factor in. Time is money and not all people still have the time to be building their own custom PCs, which is where boutique PC shops come in.