Computex is proving -- again -- that PC gaming isn't dead yet. Already Nvidia has shown off its new GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, and now a new entrant has emerged in the ever-growing market for living room PCs, though its name should be familiar to enthusiasts.
Corsair has long been known for its computer chassis, cooling solutions, and other components, but it looks to make a bigger splash with its Bulldog barebones system, which promises 4K gaming capabilities. That claim is in contrast to many other low-cost mini PCs invading the living room, which will be limited to 1080p gaming.
The Bulldog may not be as petite as some of those devices, but that's because it houses items that normally inhabit a traditional gaming desktop, such as a 600-watt power supply and a built-in liquid cooling system for whichever CPU you choose to add to your build (via a mini-ITX motherboard). You can also purchase an optional liquid cooling kit for your graphics card for $99, or MSI has announced it will be releasing special editions of Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan X, the aforementioned GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980, and GTX 970 that will integrate Corsair's liquid cooling. You'll need that cooling if you want to make use of a card that can pump out 4K graphics for the quickly proliferating 4K HDTVs.
One thing that the Bulldog has in common with its living room competitors is that it's agnostic when it comes to operating systems. While many of these PCs are shipping with Windows, they will be ready for Valve's SteamOS when it finally appears (hopefully) later this year -- and the Bulldog is no exception, as you will be supplying the OS if you purchase the kit.
The Bulldog also isn't the only enthusiast-friendly Steam Box on the market. Asus has its Republic of Gamers GR8 -- which includes an Intel Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics card -- while CyberPowerPC's Syber Vapor Xtreme packs a GeForce GTX 980 and other high-end specs.
But those alternatives don't give you the choice of which processor, graphics card, and other components you can use to finish your system. As a result, Corsair hopes build-your-own types will appreciate that flexibility -- and a price that won't break the bank. It hopes to ship the Bulldog for $399 sometime in the fourth quarter, along with potential companion Lapdog, which combines mouse, large mat area, underside cushioning and optional keyboard into a giant control hub for your lap. The Lapdog costs $89 without keyboard or $199 with, but is a wired option either way.