While everyone else makes serious effort to create unique form factors for gaming PCs, sometimes, a monolithic old-school tower is really all you need. If you need a little sizzle, dress it up with some flashy green lighting at various parts, both inside and out. That’s, pretty much, the tried and true design language behind the Maingear R1 Razer Edition, the outfit’s newest gaming PC.
A special edition of Maingear’s R1 desktop, it comes with Razer-designed dressings, which should explain the green lighting scheme. Sadly, it’s not the outfit’s Chroma lighting, so your desktop won’t quite change colors in sync with your Razer gaming keyboard and mouse, but it’s still quite the nice-looking, albeit traditional, setup.
As with Maingear’s other releases, the R1 Razer Edition can be fully customized in terms of hardware, so you can throw in any motherboard, GPU, or cooling system, provided your wallet’s willing to open wide enough. For specs, you can go from Skylake Core i7 to Intel’s 10-core X99 CPU, as well as install up to two GPUs (Nvidia GeForce Titan X or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X at the high end), up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM (for the X99, 32GB otherwise), and up to two 1TB SSDs.
It comes with a basic air cooler as stock, although you can always upgrade to one of Maingear’s Epic liquid cooling setups, which matches the chassis’ green lighting. The case measures 20.2 x 18.9 x 8.7 inches.
Pricing for the Maingear R1 Razer Edition starts at $999.