Maingear Vybe Review
If you're hungry for computing power, the Vybe is for you. This system comes with two video cards to keep up with your games' graphics, and the rest of the hardware also impresses. While this computer is pricier than our other picks, it can compete with PCs that cost well over $2,000.
Maingear Vybe reviews give this system kudos for skipping frivolous bells and whistles and focusing on performance. A Maingear Vybe review at Digital Trends calls the version it reviewed a "pragmatic" gaming system that delivers a lot of value for the money. In one review at PC Mag, an expert attributes the system's power in part to an overclocked Intel Core i7-2600 CPU. The Vybe turned in impressive scores in PC Mag's tests, which led the reviewer to declare the Vybe a "terrific choice" for those who want a gaming PC for less than $2,000. At PC World, an expert echoes those Maingear Vybe reviews, saying the version he tested offers a lot of gaming muscle for the money. It performed at least as well as, and often better than, similarly priced and more expensive gaming systems.
As reviewed, the Maingear Vybe (starting at $799; $1,849 as reviewed) is equipped with an overclocked Intel Core i7-2600 CPU and 8GB of RAM. For graphics power, the Vybe combines two Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 video cards -- part of the reason it costs more than our other picks. It has a 1TB, 7,200 rpm hard drive under the hood, as well as a DVD-RW optical drive. The system runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and a 660-watt power supply unit provides the necessary juice. Like most gaming systems, the Vybe does not include a keyboard or mouse. Should you desire those peripherals, Maingear offers several from which to choose, starting at $19 each.
Although it's the most expensive model on our list, in the greater scope of PC gaming rigs, the Maingear Vybe is a relatively cheap machine. One of its most outstanding features is the ability to use two linked video cards, so you can play games on high quality settings without sacrificing speed. An overclocked CPU also punches up this PC's performance. Of course, you can fiddle around with the configuration to lower the price or up the performance, but the Stock Intel Z68 QuikShip configuration provides a good balance of gaming power and cost.