Introduction and Specifications
AVADirect is a relatively unknown system builder in the boutique world and is a small company that has a lot to offer. For a much lower price than you can get comparatively fast Alienware or Voodoo systems, AVADirect can build you a top-of-the-line gaming PC for a reasonable cost while also offering the tech support that many gamers really want.
You may not have heard of AVADirect as they are a medium-sized custom PC builder based out of a little town known as Cleveland, Ohio. Compared to a company like Alienware or Voodoo, AVADirect is much more centered on using off-the-shelf parts and designs to build reasonably priced alternatives that don’t use custom expensive cases and other components. That means that, yes, you could buy this exact system yourself with a trip to your favorite e-tailer but with a pre-built system you get a guarantee and some piece of mind with already-tested components and a warrantee to boot.
AVADirect Custom Gaming System Specifications
AVADirect sent us a custom built system to some specifications we asked for including an overclocked processor, RAID array configured and a base software installation. Let’s see the full hardware layout:
| AVADirect System Specifications
|Case||Cooler Master Cosmos S Chassis
| Power Supply
||Thermaltake Toughpower 850 watt approved
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.40 GHz|
|Motherboard||XFX NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
|Memory||4GB OCZ Platinum EB Edition PC3-12800
| Hard Drives
||1 x 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor in RAID 0
2 x 500GB Western Digital 7200 RPM SATA
| Optical Drives
||2 x Samsung Super-WriteMaster DVD+R/RW
| Video Cards
||BFG Tech GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB @ 760 MHz / 2250 MHz
| Sound Card
| CPU Cooling
||Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Heatsink
|Operating System||Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
|Software||System recovery on secure HDD partition
|Warranty||3 year limited parts, 3 year labor
The specifications are definitely impressive – an overclocked Q9450 processor (from 2.66 GHz to 3.40 GHz), 4GB of DDR3 memory running at 1700 MHz, BFG 9800 GTX+ graphics card and Thermalright CPU cooler round out the list.
The Cooler Master Cosmos S case has its own review on our site, so you if are really interested in the details of the chassis, be sure to check it out. We’ll go over the external and internal features in the next two pages.