City of Industry (CA) - Shuttle, the makers of toaster-sized barebones systems, is getting into the premium gaming market with its hand-painted Shuttle SDXi system. Striking red flames have been airbrushed on the chassis, along with the Razer Mouse and Saitek gaming keyboard. But the computer doesn't just have looks; the insides are powered by 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptor hard drives and at least 2GB of Crucial Ballistix RAM.
Buyers can upgrade the default Core 2 Duo E6600 processor to a quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 for $1200 more. Two ATI Radeon X1950s in Crossfire mode should provide enough graphics for the most intense games, while the CoolIT liquid-cooling system should keep temperatures low.
The SDXi comes with two fast-spinning Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM drives in 150 GB, 250 GB or 400 GB capacities. At least 2 GB of Crucial Ballistix memory is included, but users can customize the computer to have more.
Shuttle spearheaded the compact PC craze with its small-form factor barebones systems that let users customize drives, processors and memory. In recent years, however, the company has tried to branch out into pre-made systems and multimedia boxes.
Prices for the SDXi range from $3450 for the "basic" model to $6000 for a tricked-out version. The price does not include a monitor, but buyers do have an option to add a monitor for a slight discount.