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I'M SHURELY NOT British, but even I can't ignore the impact that the pie-slice or pine tree shaped island had on the global personal computer (I'm not saying PC here!) industry - Sinclair, Acorn, Amstrad, Apricot are the names whose '80s systems surely looked more exciting than any IBM PC of the time.

However, all those vendors, or at least their computing efforts, are gone now - and it seems the bout of tough luck is continuing with anyone trying to provide premier computing stuff (t)here.

Vadim, a north London-based custom boutique high-end PC establishment designing and manufacturing Blighty's fastest and most expensive desktops, has called it quits today, according to its boss, Vadim Chobanu. To be more precise, it is V-Solutions Ltd., the official company behind Vadim Computers, that has gone into voluntary liquidation.

It's a sad, hopefully temporary, ending for a company which over the past four years won quite a few awards for its exotic water cooled, custom-built gaming and multimedia rigs. The part of the problem, according to Vadim, was that the company couldn't continue with the status quo: it was either expand the operation, or die out. Due to the current orchestrated credit crunch in the Western hemisphere, the potential investors bolted.

Just take a look at this fancy PC box that now - probably - won't see the light of the day:



Ragnarok, the three-loop water cooled monster symbolising Odin vs Loki water battle

Good news is that the Blastflow custom waterblock operation will continue as usual, according to Vadim. Its GTX280 waterblock for the newest Nvidia GPU did enable it to run at some 20 per cent GPU overclock (725MHz), and they have similar stuff for the HD4870 cards too. We'd want to see one for the HD4870X2 and, why not, Nvidia Quadros and Tesla 10 GPGPU cards - the real benefit would be there.
Affects UK folk but relevant for all of us. I believe Vadim was one of the bigger top tier OEMs. Shrinking margins and tier 1 OEM competition are killing all the small guys.

Oh well, UKers... enjoy the liquidation sales!
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Vadim always seemed very expensive to me, hopefully there will be some really good closing down deals though I can't believe the guy that wrote the article spelt 'surely' wrong haha
    
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Wow, CustomPC is always featuring Vadim computers. I guess the market turndown is doing hell to businesses.
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I want that case.
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Why is that case so ugly?
neon? no thanks...
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Vadim is a great guy. He not only responded to my emails immediately but offered me a substantial discount (something many other stateside suppliers have not) and was in the fore front of LC design IMO. The BlastFlow block that I receved is working perfectly. Now I am sad that I cannot get more from them.

Thanks for the heads up and I will contact him and see if I can get some blocks before they are all gone. Sigh...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OpTicaL View Post
Ugly case, too many fans, thank god they went out of business.
Wow, just wow. I am sad even though I did not know this business existed before it closed, but how can you say thank god they went out of business. I believe in entrepreneurs like Vadim, they try to make a quality product that people can enjoy, just by looking at the computer case I can tell they provide unique professional computers. These small businesses can sometimes become successful, which would mean they could provide jobs for the unemployed and balance out the economy. If there were no people like Vadim to take risks and start their own businesses, then we would have no jobs, basically no future. I praise people like Vadim and I hope he has more success in other endeavours.
Edited by CrackClocker - 7/7/08 at 2:40pm
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Damn it. I was planning on buying a nice case from them in September. D=
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post #10 of 12
cool looking case never heard of them though...
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