- Review Price: £4268.29
If you ask the average person on the street who they think makes the most desirable gaming computers on the planet, they’ll probably mention names like Voodoo PC and Alienware but that’s where they’d be oh-so wrong. That crown is firmly held by the little known system builder from Harrow, Vadim Computers.
You see, what makes something desirable is not just performance but exclusivity and character and that’s something that Alienware and Voodoo don’t have anymore – they’re just too prevalent. Let me give you an analogy:
The Porsche 911 is a superb piece of engineering and a stupendously good drive but they’re ten a penny nowadays and, as Jeremy Clarkson would put it, they have no soul. Morgan, on the other hand, only produce lovingly crafted hand-built works of art that still turn heads whether they’re sailing passed you in the fast lane or pootling along the high street on a rainy winters day. It’s this uniqueness and allure that a Vadim PC possesses and so raises it above the crowd and into super-PC status.
As with any system builder, you can specify what components you want in your PC but with Vadim that’s only the start of the process. First of all you can add in water cooling for your CPU, graphics cards, and motherboard chipset then, if that’s not enough, you can add some fancy side panels with dragons or flames cut into them or even have the case finished in a custom paint job. The best bit, though, is that the engineering wizards will overclock the whole thing to within an inch of its life to ensure you get the absolute maximum performance out of it. Of course, all these extras add to the cost of your system but if you have the money and don’t have the time then there is no easier way to get the best.
The PC I’m looking at today packs in every bit of performance hardware available and it’s quite a long list, so take a deep breath. It contains an Intel Core 2 QX6800 quad core CPU, 2GB of OCZ Reaper DDR-II memory, two ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTs running in Crossfire, two 150GB Western Digital Raptor hard drives in RAID 0, a 750GB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, a Creative X-Fi ExtremeGamer Fatal1ty sound card, a Dual layer rewritable DVD drive, a 1000Watt Enermax Galaxy modular power supply, an Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard, a full water cooling setup, and no less than 11 fans all housed in a Silverstone TJ07 aluminium case. This is one hell of a specification that will make mincemeat of anything you throw at it, all that’s missing are the custom paint job and custom-cut side panels.
Our particular sample had the CPU and graphics cards overclocked, as well. Standard speed for the QX6800 is 2.93GHz but ours was running at a blistering 3.5GHz. Also, the graphics cards had both their core and memory speeds increased from 742MHz and 828MHz to 858MHz and 900MHz, respectively. In all honesty this set-up was pushing the cooling system to its limits and the entire computer was constantly warm when under load, I personally would feel hesitant running a system at this level for prolonged periods. However, we experienced no stability problems during our testing and Vadim will gladly take the system back and reconfigure it for you if you do experience any issues.