Digital Storm Unveils Its Most Affordable Gaming PCs Yet

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When I think about boutique gaming PC maker Digital Storm, the first image that pops into my head is large stacks of money. Having reported on machines that can run upwards of $8,000, I never thought I'd see the day when a Digital Storm machine was priced at under $1,000.

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Enter the Marauder line, the least expensive gaming rigs Digital Storm has ever produced. Set to ship in mid-May, the Marauder line starts at just $799 and tops off at $1,299. In the world of boutique gaming PCs, that's ridiculously inexpensive.

They're also kinda sexy, in a utilitarian sort of way. The Marauder line is the first built around Corsair's Vengeance C70 chassis, a rugged all-steel enclosure fitted with built-in handles for easy transport to LAN parties. It reminds me of a military Jeep, only much smaller and without wheels and it's not a Jeep at all.

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What kind of power does $799 buy? Well, it's not going to be top-of-the-line obviously, but these configurations should get the job done.

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"With this new line, we've set a new standard for the price versus performance ratio. Our engineers have always wanted to create a line of powerful gaming PCs that are within reach of every gamer," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's director of product development via press release. "With complete systems starting at $799, this is the very first time Digital Storm has offered such an affordable gaming PC."

It's also the very first time I've looked at a Digital Storm price without wincing. There's something to be said for that.

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I'm currently in the market for a new gaming rig myself, but will probably go with something a little more powerful. I might hold out until June, when the Vengeance C70 case hits retail.

Digital Storm Marauder [Official Website]

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DISCUSSION

Personally, I think people who don't build their own PC's fall into several categories:

1) Willfully ignorant, don't want to look anything up, don't want to try, just don't want to care. Just want to pay some money, and be done with it.

2) The lazy. Kind of obvious.

3) People whom have more money than sense, and just will throw down any amount without blinking an eye (That's what one of the editors here at Kotaku did with that Origin PC, and defended it with "not having the time for a custom build". More like you're richer than the rest of us, so you don't have to care when you throw a few thousand down the drain!

4) People who want customer support/service plans.

I'm not particularly judging anyone, it's your money, and your time. But hey! It's not like it's all that much work, and it beats getting viciously raped with the prices. Even the $800 one here is a jip. Not as much of a jip as other places, but a jip.

Hell, buying an really cheap non-gaming prebuilt and just replacing the videocard and power supply is usually a better option if you want to play PC games, and don't want to be really violated. Only slightly. They'll only stick the tip in.