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LAN Warrior

LAN Warrior

Their first SFF rig, iBuyPower’s LAN Warrior is a beast: it maxes out with a 1000W PSU, 5 fans, liquid cooling, Core i7, 4-way SLI/Crossfire, two Blu-ray writers, and 24GB RAM.

HP Pavilion m9600

HP Pavilion m9600

HP’s new Pavilion m9600 series provides Core i7 power for under $1,000; the base model includes 4GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GS and DVD burner.

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Panzerbox Case

Panzerbox Case

Ideal for LAN parties thanks to its light welded aluminum chassis, Panzerbox also sports three fans good for 300 CFM, dual radiator support, oversized heatsinks and a mobo tray.

Shuttle X50

Shuttle X50

Hang it on a wall, carry it around with its handle or prop it up like other all-in-one PCs: the Shuttle X50’s chief strength is its versatility, aided by a 15.6″ touchscreen and 36mm thickness.

Dell Studio One 19

Dell Studio One 19

Coming to the US later this spring, the Dell Studio One 19 is an all-in-one with an 18.5″ multi-touch display; it’ll top out with a Blu-ray drive, GeForce 9400, 4GB RAM and Core 2 Quad CPU.

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).

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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