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AVADirect Custom Overclocked Gaming System Review

Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: AVADirect

Introduction and Specifications


You may not have heard of AVADirect as they are a medium-sized custom PC builder based out of a little town known as Cleveland, Ohio.  Compared to a company like Alienware or Voodoo, AVADirect is much more centered on using off-the-shelf parts and designs to build reasonably priced alternatives that don't use custom expensive cases and other components.  That means that, yes, you could buy this exact system yourself with a trip to your favorite e-tailer but with a pre-built system you get a guarantee and some piece of mind with already-tested components and a warrantee to boot. 

AVADirect Custom Gaming System Specifications

AVADirect sent us a custom built system to some specifications we asked for including an overclocked processor, RAID array configured and a base software installation.  Let's see the full hardware layout:

  AVADirect System Specifications
 Case Cooler Master Cosmos S Chassis

 Power Supply

Thermaltake Toughpower 850 watt approved

 CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.40 GHz 
 Motherboard XFX NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI

 Memory 4GB OCZ Platinum EB Edition PC3-12800

 Hard Drives

1 x 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor in RAID 0

2 x 500GB Western Digital 7200 RPM SATA

 Optical Drives

2 x Samsung Super-WriteMaster DVD+R/RW

 Video Cards

BFG Tech GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB @ 760 MHz / 2250 MHz

 Sound Card


 CPU Cooling

Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Heatsink

 Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

 Software System recovery on secure HDD partition

 Warranty 3 year limited parts, 3 year labor

The specifications are definitely impressive - an overclocked Q9450 processor (from 2.66 GHz to 3.40 GHz), 4GB of DDR3 memory running at 1700 MHz, BFG 9800 GTX+ graphics card and Thermalright CPU cooler round out the list.

The Cooler Master Cosmos S case has its own review on our site, so you if are really interested in the details of the chassis, be sure to check it out.  We'll go over the external and internal features in the next two pages. 

August 3, 2011 | 11:45 AM - Posted by Gaming Desktops (not verified)

Thats a really sick build! AVA direct has some really good systems, plus that cooler master case is soo nice.

great review!

August 3, 2011 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Gaming Desktops (not verified)

You should also check out some of my custom desktops.

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