Build or buy?
Why do we build our own computers? As gaming enthusiasts, we know what hardware will provide us with the most performance and we are able to customize a system based on our budgets. We can take a relatively inexpensive processor, a flexible motherboard, and overclock the pair to attain phenomenal frame rates. Using tools like www.pricewatch.com and www.pricegrabber.com, we can find the best prices to maximize our spending dollar. Never mind the fact that building a new PC is downright enjoyable (or is that just for me?).
Without naming manufacturer names, many of the pre-built systems Iíve used have been colossal disappointments. The most common faux pas made is to match a powerful processor to an outdated graphics card. However, it isnít uncommon to run across insufficient RAM, proprietary power supplies, and motherboards that donít offer any level of upgradeability. Most homes and businesses are fine with these systems because the cases will never be cracked open. Gamers are more discriminating, though.
But what if a system builder used the components we would buy anyway if we were piecing our own machine together? For those who may not have the time to research, buy, and then build, purchasing such a PC is a very viable option. ABS has been in business since 1990, focusing mainly on desktop PC manufacturing. Like any other business, it started as a small outfit and has expanded. It may not be the size of Dell or Gateway, but it rivals many other manufacturers more commonly associated with high-end gaming systems. ABS recently decided to leverage its relationships with top-tier hardware manufacturers to begin designing PCs that cater to hardware enthusiasts. The Ultimate M1 is the product of this effort.
Specifications and the System
Of course, one of the most important considerations in buying a new PC is its specification list and the 1220ís breakdown reads like a ďWhoís whoĒ in the gaming enthusiast market. AMDís Athlon XP 2800+ may be hard to come by on retail shelves, but many of the larger manufacturers are already offering complete systems based on AMDís current flagship processor. ABS is no exception; the Ultimate M1 includes a 2800+ in all of its 2.25GHz, 333MHz front side bus glory.