Attack of the Fermi desktops: More gaming PC builders announce systems with new Nvidia graphics cards

Summary:Seemingly minutes after I posted about CyberPower announcing gaming computers with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 DirectX 11 cards—part of the so-called Fermi platform—a slew of other system builders announced their own Fermi desktops. Though these are pretty much existing lines that just have the new cards as upgrade options, in sum they represent a range of prices.

Seemingly minutes after I posted about CyberPower announcing gaming computers with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 DirectX 11 cards—part of the so-called Fermi platform—a slew of other system builders announced their own Fermi desktops. Though these are pretty much existing lines that just have the new cards as upgrade options, in sum they represent a range of prices. Of course, that range starts at about $2,000 and can quickly escalate from there.

At that "low" end, you can get a Falcon Northwest Talon with a GTX 470 for as little as $1,851.77, a Maingear Shift with a GTX 470 for $2,099 or a Velocity Micro Edge Z55 with a GTX 470 for $2,114. You can tack on another couple hundred dollars to move up to the GTX 480. With deeper pockets comes the opportunity to added two or even three of the new boards in an SLI configuration. You can still stay under $3,000 with a Shift with two GTX 470s ($2,519) or a Falcon NW Mach V with a pair of GTX 470s ($2,900.71).

But what fun is just a dual-SLI setup? If price is no option, you can get three Fermi cards and choose the latest top-end processor, the six-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, at the same time. For $5,864 Origin PC will overclock the i7-980X to 4.4GHz and liquid-cool a trio of GTX 480Xs.

One notable omission from the Fermi list is Alienware, though you know it's just a matter of time before that gaming PC leader will make its own announcement.

Topics: Hardware, Security

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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