Originally Posted by Artev
i would definitely not recommend this machine. I would ask why they insisted on a smaller size (i highly doubt the target audience knows ATX vs ITX) and then would probably tell them they could buy any quad core mini tower at best buy and throw in a $200 gfx card and have a considerably better machine than this piece of junk... for much less. Its not just about playing games at the highest settings, its about handling games in the future. The 699 version of this machine would run modern games like BF3 VERY POORLY, even on low and it certainly will not be viable even a couple of years from now. "Cheap" this machine is not. the fully upgraded version in 1700 bucks and has a GTX 555 in it... TERRIBLE DEAL. At every price point, there's considerably better bang for your buck options.
How many people really come up to you and say "i want a computer that can kind of play modern games with the graphics turned way down and i want to spend close to 1000 on it, oh and the case has to look EFFIN' sweet to trick people into thinking the hardware inside is decent!"
Nobody has ever said that to me. But I could imagine there are people who wouldn't mind putting this thing in their living room, bed room or home theater set up who might otherwise rather not if it were a full size computer case. The general public doesn't have to know the difference between ATX and ITX, you can tell just by looking at them. Btw, BF3 looks playable on a 545 in this guy's video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35FkMBTT_Xk
I get why most here wouldn't buy this thing. I probably wouldn't either, but that's because I'm not part of the market this thing is targeting (neither are most here). A gaming PC with a small form factor that's appealing for use anywhere in the house isn't exactly common, honestly I don't know of anything that really markets itself like this and if the best competition you can come up with is some regular old best buy PC with a GPU upgrade, I get the feeling it might not be just me. Whether there's a market big enough for this type of thing to be successful, I have no idea, but if there really is an audience big enough to make it successful, it'll probably sell pretty well considering the alternatives people bring up here tend to be quite a bit different, at times aimed at different markets altogether.