Suddenly An All-In-One Gaming PC Doesn't Seem Like Such A Bad Idea

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I’ve never been keen on the idea of abandoning my tower case for a system with all the gaming guts piggy-backing a monitor, but when the monitor in question is a 34 inch curved ultra HD affair and the guts are full-sized and water-cooled I start feeling a bit swayed.

That’s Maingear’s newly-announced Alpha 34, an all-in-one gaming PC that doesn’t mess about when it comes to the question of future-proofing. Long-gone are the days when buying a monitor-contained system meant working with what you purchased until it all goes obsolete. Users can swap out their video card, upgrade their ram and replace their processor to their hearts’ content.

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They probably won’t need to for quite some time though. The Alpha 34 comes standard with a combination of Intel 5960X processors, NVIDIA 980Ti, Titan X or AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics and 32GB of Kingston memory, which is basically everything you need at this moment, unless you’re keen on multiple graphics cards.

So it’s a powerful system with a monitor pumping out 3840 x 1440 resolution, all done quietly thanks to a closed-loop liquid cooling system. Oh, and it has an upgradeable webcam, in case you were worried about clipping a thing to the top.

Basically the only thing you’d wind up saddled with is the monitor, and if you’re going to be saddled with a monitor it might as well be a 34 inch ultra HD curved monitor.

The Alpha 34 is available for customization and purchase right now starting at $1,999.

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That’s hot.

We got ourselves the new Alienware 17 R3 with the Nvidia 980m, Skylake and 16gb DDR 4 with the 4K screen as a second system for the wife, to travel with and in case the desktop breaks down. Which it now has, ironically. This thing can play anything at 2048x1152 at 60fps and that’s without the graphics accelerator which is coming today for one of my 980ti’s.

It also is able to play games on our 3440x1440 widescreen monitor with no problem.

And after having a 17” 4K screen and for the first time in my life actually not seeing the difference in resolution as claimed between 4K and 3440x1440, (I can always tell between 720p and 1080p for example) I’m more convinced than ever that that monitor ratio is the current sweet spot for high end gaming that won’t kill your system.