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Apple Mac mini

Apple Mac mini

Apple’s Mac mini gets a long-overdue refresh; nothing too revolutionary, but the extra 5th USB port, FireWire 800, GeForce 9400M and 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo keep the tiniest Mac relevant.

Apple Mac Pro

Apple Mac Pro

Apple’s Mac Pro gets a $300 price drop and the Nehalem CPU, available in 4-core or 8-core flavors; both models come with the NVIDIA GT 120 (dual ATI Radeon HD 4870s are optional).

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Apple iMac

Apple iMac

A concession towards bargain hunters, the 24″ iMac now starts at $1,499, although the 20″ can be had for $1,199; all iMacs get NVIDIA graphics, from the GT 130 down to the 9400M.

Asus Marine Cool Mobo

Asus Marine Cool Mobo

Asus’ Marine Cool is a concept motherboard with two key innovations: a micro-porous ceramic backplate designed to dissipate heat and SO-DIMM slots in place of DIMMs.

Dell XPS 435

Dell XPS 435

Billed as their flagship multimedia desktop, the Dell XPS 435 comes with a Core i7 965 running at 3.2GHz, up to 24GB of RAM, 7.1 channel audio and a spiffy crimson trim.

Shuttle SDXi Carbon

Shuttle SDXi Carbon

Shuttle squeezes a gaming rig into its signature small form factor cases with the SDXi Carbon; a QX9770 CPU, dual-slot GTX 280 and 16GB RAM are kept cool with Liquid I.C.E. tech.

iBuypower Dragon PCs

iBuypower Dragon PCs

iBuypower has added two relatively affordable gaming PCs running AMD’s Dragon platform; both use AMD Phenom II CPUs, AMD 790GX chipsets and Radeon HD 4000 series cards.

Concept: Recompute

Concept: Recompute

Made from cardboard, Recompute houses a working computer and is an exercise in sustainability; it ventilates thanks to corrugation and is both easy to disassemble and recycle.

Concept: Asus Stealth

Concept: Asus Stealth

While Patrick Dotimas’ gaming tablet/desktop Asus Stealth doesn’t exactly seem stealthy, his concept presents an interesting form factor: a keyboard that is stowed away when not in use.

Maingear Remix

Maingear Remix

Maingear’s Remix workstation is their first for creative professionals; powered by Nehalem/Core i7, buyers can choose between the Quadro FX or the CUDA-enabled CX.

Dell XPS 625

Dell XPS 625

Powered by AMD’s Black Edition processors, the Dell XPS 625 is a boon to AMD loyalists; max things out with a 3.0 GHz Phenom II, dual Radeon HD 4850s and up to 8 GB RAM.

HP Firebird

HP Firebird

HP’s Firebird desktop arrives 1/9 with two Nvidia 9800s cards in SLI, an integrated GPU for Windows, a Core 2 Quad CPU, liquid cooling system and external PSU to keep things quiet.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600

Lenovo isn’t known for its desktops, but their all-in-one IdeaCentre A600 makes a splash with a 21.5″ frameless screen a-la iMac, Blu-ray drive and remote that doubles as a VOIP handset.

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Beijing Digital Case

Beijing Digital Case

The 2008 Olympics may be long over, but we’re loving this sweet case mod based off the Beijing Digital building; it’s made with aluminum, wood, UV blue acrylic and UV CCFLs.

Black Label Limited Ed.

Black Label Limited Ed.

Cooler Master’s limited edition Black Label includes one laser-etched Cosmos chassis, a Hyper Z600 cooler and your choice of 700W or 850W PSU; all colored black, of course.

Pano Zero Client

Pano Zero Client

The ultimate thin client, Pano is a “zero client” with no CPU, no memory, and no software; everything is streamed from a server, resulting in a tiny box that consumes only 5 watts.

Helghan Case Mod

Helghan Case Mod

Made by a 17 year-old Belgian case modder using Google Sketchup, this Helghan Case is inspired by architecture from Killzone 2; it’s basically MDF with a cheapy case underneath.

NZXT Zero 2 Case

NZXT Zero 2 Case

NZXT’s popular Zero cases are getting upgraded to Zero 2; these tool-less steel full towers sport 13 bays, top mounted ports and are virtually silent, despite packing up to 10 fans.

Onkyo HDC-1L

Onkyo HDC-1L

Onkyo’s HDC-1L is a barebones version of their HDC-1A PC; this mini-desktop is powered like a netbook, with an Atom 230 CPU, 1GB RAM, 6 USB ports and a 160GB HDD.

Dell Studio XPS Core i7

Dell Studio XPS Core i7

DesktopReview.com is gushing over Dell’s Core i7 Studio XPS; it’s the cheapest Nehalem desktop thus far, coming in at under $1k even with 4GB RAM and an ATI Radeon HD 3450.

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CoolerMaster Black

CoolerMaster Black

CoolerMaster is banking on the collectibles market with their limited “Black” edition Cosmos cases, due out on 12/11 with a black paint job, tinted side panel and improved cooling.

Falcon NW Core i7

Falcon NW Core i7

CNET has finally found a rig that can hit 60 FPS with Crysis maxed out: Falcon Northwest’s Mach V is loaded with a 3.79GHz Core i7, 12 GB of RAM and 2 x 1GB Radeon 4870s.

Abarth Powerplay Extreme

Abarth Powerplay Extreme

No, you’re not seeing double: Abarth’s Powerplay Extreme is from the same company that brought us today’s FZ1 naked bike; similarly, it uses an Antec Skeleton case with an i7 Core CPU.

Gateway/Dell Core i7s

Gateway/Dell Core i7s

Both Gateway and Dell are dropping Core i7s into their desktops, and at relatively low price points: Dell’s Studio XPS starts at $999, while Gateway’s FX 6800-01e starts at $1,249.

Alienware Area-51 750i

Alienware Area-51 750i

Although rather cheap at just over $1K, Alienware’s Area-51 750i gaming desktop is a good value: you’ll get a 3GHz Core 2 Duo, 512MB 9800GT, 2GB of RAM and a beefy 750W PSU.

YOYOtech MLK1610

YOYOtech MLK1610

YOYOtech’s MLK1610 is an uber rig that runs Intel’s brand new Core i7 (Nehalem) CPU on an X58 chipset; it also packs in 9GB of DDR3 RAM, an 80GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD.

Asus Eee Top

Asus Eee Top

Like their Eee notebooks and PCs, Asus’ Atom powered Eee Top is not a powerful system. However, its clean, all-in-one form factor and touchscreen LCD make it an ideal second PC.

Dell XPS One 24

Dell XPS One 24

If Dell’s XPS One left you wanting for power, the XPS One 24 answers with a 1080p 24″ screen, Q8200 quad core CPU, 4GB RAM standard and optional GeForce 9600M GT video card.

Dell Optiplex 960

Dell Optiplex 960

Despite its humble workhorse purposes, we’re actually liking the industrial design of Dell’s new OptiPlex 960 series; they’ll come in three sizes which are designed to be power efficient.

Mac-O-Lanterns

Mac-O-Lanterns

We kinda wish we had some Mac Classics lying around, because these custom Mac-O-Lanterns are pretty easy to make: just some epoxy, spray paint and a JPEG jackolantern face.

Asus CG6155

Asus CG6155

Asus’ liquid-cooled CG6155 desktop has a pretty tight case, but it’s the nForce 790i mobo that takes the cake, with 3-Way SLI and up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM. It even packs a fingerprint scanner.

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