Mention the idea of a gaming PC, and most consumers imagine monstrous rigs, with crazy, jagged lines, bright lights, and noisy, lumbering hardware. While that’s certainly the case for some systems, it couldn’t be further from the truth, as most gaming systems are unassuming, and more often than not, aren’t distinguishable from any other PC.
So it is with AVADirect’s Avant tower. This rig is custom-built, but not custom-designed, as it consists entirely of off-the-shelf components any enthusiast can buy. Our review system was powered by an overclocked Intel Core i7-6700K, 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 980 Ti, with a 500GB Samsung SSD and 2TB mechanical drive for storage.
That configuration rang up to a total of $2,270, which includes bells and whistles like sleeved power cables, multi-color LEDs, a high-end Corsair liquid CPU cooler, and overclocking. Clearly, AVADirect is targeting gamers looking for the best hardware value, but does it makes sense to buy a system you could easily build yourself?
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