The Beginning Experience
So, for this review we didn’t necessarily get to choose the components that went into the system, but the words that we told Maingear were to the effect of, “Build us a system that is going to be good enough to play all the latest games, and play them fast, period.” Once we got that ball rolling, Maingear built us our system and took a few days to burn in the system and kept us updated during the entire process from build, to completion, to burn in. We were also notified of exactly when it shipped and immediately supplied with a tracking number.
Chassis –Shift – Maingear Shift with advanced vertical heat dissipation
Exterior Finish – Brushed Black Aluminum with Acrylic and Black matte accents
Motherboard – Intel DP67GB Extreme Series Featuring USB 3.0 and SATA 6G (B3 Stepping)
Processor – Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz/3.8GHz Turbo 8MB L3 Cache
Processor Cooling – Maingear EPIC 180
Maingear REDLINE – Yes, Redline™ Overclock My System!
Memory – 8GB Patriot Division 2 G2 DDR3-1600 (2x4GB)
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator – 2x NVIDIA GeForce 560 Ti in SLI
Power Supply – 850 Watt Seasonic X-850 80+ Gold Certified Modular PSU
HDD 1 – 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (later replaced by 120GB Intel 510 SSD)
HDD 2 – 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6G and 7200RPM
ODD 1 – 8X LiteOn BluRay Reader and DVD Lightscribe Combo Drive
Memory Card Reader – All-in-one integrated USB 2.0 Flash Card Reader and Writer
Audio – Integrated Audio
Network Adapter – Onboard Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Network Adapter – Integrated 802.11 b/g/n @ 300Mbps
Bluetooth – Integrated Bluetooth Module
OS – Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
The Final Finesse – Design, Manufactured, and Supported in the USA – Flawless Craftsmanship and Wire Management
Angelic Service Warranty – Lifetime Angelice Service Labor and Phone Support with 2 year hardware warranty
Upon receiving this system, we were properly prompted by the FedEx delivery guy who made sure that someone was home to accept the package since it weighed a hefty 69lbs. Upon receiving the package we decided to do a little unboxing and see what was included with the Maingear system other than the computer itself.
On the outside of the packaging itself, you have two boxes. These consist of protective main box and the inner Maingear Box. Double boxing is definitely a great idea considering how often packages get manhandled during shipping and a full system is no different.
On the outside of the inner box, you see all of the awards that the Maingear Shift has won as well as a picture of the computer and the definition of a ‘Personal Super Computer’. There’s also their email address and phone number on the outside of the box, if you ever need help or lose any of the provided documentation.
Open popping open the box, you notice a few flaps that give you extensive information on how to help your system through its most traumatic experience of its life (shipment). They then instruct you on how to properly remove the system from the box without damaging the computer which involves understanding gravity and how it can help you. Side flaps aside, at the top of the box is the handy dandy binder. This binder is Maingear branded and contains all of the useful information about your system. We will go into more detail regarding what is included inside of it once we cover the accessories.
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