Subject: General Tech, Systems | January 9, 2014 - 03:10 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: xidax, gaming pc, bitcoin
Xidax Performance PC, a new boutique PC vendor founded in early 2013 has announced that it is now accepting Bitcoin for payment of its custom-built gaming computers. Reportedly in response to customer demand, Xidax has added bitcoin to its payment options, which are available upon configuring a PC on the website.
Xidax Executive Operations Officer Zack Shutt has stated the following in a press release:
“We will do whatever it takes to make custom PC buying easier and give Xidax customers more options,” said Shutt. “We’re intrigued by the growing bitcoin phenomenon and we are happy to provide bitcoin users an easy, secure way to order a custom built PC.”
The bitcoins are handled through a bitcoin payment processor where it can then be converted back to USD (as Xidax is a US-based company). It is interesting to see a PC vendor accepting Bitcoin as it is now possible to purchase an entire, custom built, PC from a major company using funds gathered from mining on a PC (albeit alt-coins converted to BTC or a stockpile of BTC from when GPU mining was still effective). More options are nice, and bitcoin does offer a secure way to pay free of high fees from the likes of Paypal and credit card processors.
What do you think about Xidax accepting bitcoin? Will it add more credibility and/or usefulness to the digital cryptocurrency?
Read more about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining @ PC Perspective.
Subject: Systems | January 10, 2013 - 05:52 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: CES, SFF, revolt, ibuypower, gaming pc, ces 2013
The boutique PC vendor iBUYPOWER announced a new small form factor gaming computer at CES 2013. The new Revolt gaming PC features a custom white and black chassis with tweaked ventilation and a customizable lighting system. The Revolt comes in one of three base flavors, upon which you can customize to add a better GPU, more memory, additional storage or a caching SSD, a faster processor, and a closed loop liquid cooling system (the top-end option is the NZXT Kraken with 140mm radiator) for the CPU. iBUYPOWER will even overclock the system for you up to 20% for a fee ($49).
The systems come with a plethora of USB ports, two USB 3.0 ports, dual DVI outputs, analog audio jacks, S/PDIF, SD card slot, and PS/2 port. In that respect, it is definitely more PC than the console that the small form factor case would leave admirers of your AV setup to believe. You can add up to 1TB of mechanical storage, an Intel Core i7-3770K processor, and a single GTX 680 4GB graphics card on the top end with all customizations.
While the system uses mini-ITX motherboards, users are able to otherwise use full size components which does leave room for upgrades. The one big compromise is the power supply in that the upper limit from iBUYPOWER is a 500W “server class” unit that is smaller than traditional ATX power supplies that enthusiasts are used to. And that generally means smaller fans that can be noisy.
The table below details the base specifications of the three Revolt gaming PC SKUs. Each build can be customized from there.
|Revolt R320||Revolt R550||Revolt R570|
|Processor||Core i3-3220||Core i5-3550P||Core i5-3570K|
|RAM||4GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz||4GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz||4GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD 2500||NVIDIA GTX 650 1GB||NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB|
|Motherboard||ASRock B75M-ITX||IBP-Z77E/S||ASRock B75M-ITX|
|Optical||Sony slot loading DVD||Sony slot loading DVD||Sony slot loading DVD|
The Revolt is up for pre-order now and is expected to ship sometime in February 2013. The Revolt R320, R550, and R570 gaming computers start at $499, $649, and $899 respectively.
You can find more photos and specifications on the Revolt product page.
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Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2012 - 03:48 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: valve, steam, gaming pc, gaming, games
Valve recently released a beta update for its Steam client that allows users to remotely install games to their local machine using the steampowered.com website.
After installing the beta update to the local Steam client (Steam > Settings > Beta Participation), just leave the client logged in on your machine. Then navigate to Community page of the Steam website. After that, click on the Games category where the website will then list all the games tied to your Steam account. If you have a game you want to download and install while you are away, just hit the install button to the right of the game’s name.
This is certainly an interesting feature for some, especially if you happen to be on vacation during a Steam Holiday Sale! (hehe). More details on the process can be found here. Is this a feature you’ll be using?
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