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Valve’s New Steam Machines: Prices, Hardware Specs, and Photos [UPDATE]

[UPDATE: a few more of the Machines have surfaced, and we’ve added them below.]

If you head on over to Steam, and type “Steam Machine” in the search box, you’ll notice that the new line of Steam Machines Valve announced at GDC 2015 are available to peruse through the digital distribution platform.

Steam confirms these PCs will be available in November, 2015, and prices range from USD$459.99 to USD$4,999.99. Some of the companies offer one specific build, others offer a range of builds at specific price points, and yet others have a more customizable offering. All will come with SteamOS, Valve’s own OS based on the Linux kernel, and with a Steam Controller.

We’ve collected all of the hardware specifications available for the faux consoles below, for ease of comparison.

Tell us in the comments which, if any, appeal to you.

 

ibuypower sbx steam machine 2015-03-08

iBuyPower SBX—USD$459.99+

  • CPU: AMD Athlon™ X4 840
  • GPU: ATI Radeon™ R7 250X 1GB GDDR5
  • RAM: 4GB Ram (Up to 8GB Ram)
  • Storage: 500GB HDD (Up to 1TB HDD)

 

alienware steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Alienware Steam Machine A / B / C / D—USD$479.99+

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 Dual-Core processor / Intel® Core™ i3 Dual-Core processor / Intel® Core™ i5 Quad-Core processor / Intel® Core™ i7 Quad-Core processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX – 2GB GDDR5
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz / 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz / ” / “
  • Storage: 500GB Hard Drive / 1TB Hard Drive / 1TB Hard Drive / 2TB Hard Drive

 

syber steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Syber Steam Machine A / I / X—USD$499.99 / USD$599.99 / USD$1,399.99

  • CPU: AMD Athlon X4 840 / Intel® Core™ i3 4150 / Intel® Core™ i7-4790K
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB / NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 750Ti 2GB / NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 980 4GB
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz / 8GB DDR3 1600MHz / “
  • Storage: 500GB 7200 RPM HDD / 1TB 7200 RPM HDD / “

 

gigabyte brix pro steam machine 2015-03-08

Gigabyte Brix Pro—USD$599.99+

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4770R
  • GPU: Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics 5200
  • Memory: 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots 1600 MHz
  • Storage: Supports 2.5” SSD/HDD (1 x 6Gbps SATA3)

 

asus rog gr8s steam machine 2015-03-08

Asus ROG GR8S—USD$699.99

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processors
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9-series graphics
  • Memory: DDR3 4GB ~ 16GB
  • Storage: 500GB/1TB 7200rpm HDD, or 128GB ~ 512GB SSD
  • Audio: ROG SupremeFX 5.1 HD audio
  • Network: Intel Gb LAN with 802.11 ac Wi-Fi

 

digital storm eclipse steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Digital Storm Eclipse Steam Machine—USD$699.99

  • CPU: Intel® Pentium® G3220
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 960 2GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Storage: 1TB 7200RPM Machnical

 

nextbox steam machine 2015-03-08

Nextbox Steam Machine—USD$799.99 / TBD / USD$1,299

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 4160 / i3 4160 / i5 4460
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 750 / GTX 960 / GTX 970
  • Memory: 8Gb DDR3
  • Storage: 1TB / 1TB / 512GB SSD

 

maingear drift steam machine 2015-03-08

Maingear Drift—USD$849.99+

  • CPU: Up to Intel® Core™ 4790K
  • GPU: Up to NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 980 and AMD R9 290X
  • Storage: Up to 2x 1TB SSD and 1x 6TB 3.5’ HDD
  • RAM: Up to 16GB of DDR 3 Memory
  • Other: Epic 120 Liquid Cooling

 

materiel net steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Materiel.net Steam Machine—USD$899.99

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ 4440
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 960 OC
  • Memory: TBD
  • Storage: SSHD – 1TB To (8GB Nand)

 

origin omega steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Origin Omega Steam Machine—USD$899.99 to USD$4,999.99

  • CPU: Up to an Intel® Core™ i7 4770k
  • GPU: Up to 3-WAY NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 980
  • Memory: Up to 32GB of 1866Mhz
  • Storage: Up to 14TB

 

webhallen s15-01 steam machine 2015-03-08

Webhallen S15-01 Steam Machine—USD$949.99

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4460
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 960 2GB
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSHD

 

zotac steam machine sn970 cap 2015-03-06

ZOTAC Steam Machine SN970—USD$999.99

  • CPU: Intel® 6th Gen Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 SODIMM bundled
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 1 2.5″ slot for upgrade

 

scan 3xs st steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Scan 3XS ST Steam Machine—USD$999.99 / USD$1159.99 / USD$1,299.99

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 / i5 / i5
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 750 Ti / GTX 960 / GTX 970
  • Memory: 8GB of Corsair DDR3 as standard, with 16GB available
  • Storage: 120GB SSD as standard, with larger options available

 

alternate steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Alternate Steam Machine Standard / Advanced / Power / Ultra—USD$1,099.99 / USD$1,299.99 / USD$1,499.99 / USD$1,899.99

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-4130 / i5-4570 / i5-4570 / i5-4670K
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 750Ti / GTX 960 / GTX 970 / GTX 980
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600MHz
  • Storage: 500GB SSHD / 1TB SSHD / 1TB SSHD / 2TB SSHD

 

falcon northwest tiki steam machine cap 2015-03-06

Falcon Northwest Tiki Steam Machine—USD$1,999.99 to $4,999.99

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ up to i7-4790K
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 900 series, including Titan and Titan-Z class
  • Memory: Up to 16GB of DDR3-1866 MHz
  • Storage: Up to 8 TB of SSD or SSDs and a standard HDD
  • Completely customizable configurations
  • Liquid cooled CPU
  • Overclocking available
  • 4 inches wide
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69 comments
  1. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Sigh. This really helps combat the myth you need to be Mr/Ms moneybays to get into PC Gaming

    ^^Sarcasm^^

  2. oraoraikuze
    oraoraikuze
    March 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    im a pc gamer, and its true, it does seems like a lot of money, but a good PC gets build gradually, not instantly, i remember buying each month a part for my PC, and it pays off in long term.

  3. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    PC Gaming is actually cheaper than Console gaming. The price of admission is just a bit higher

  4. Bananalint
    Bananalint
    March 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    It’s not a good idea to buy parts like that. If you happen to have a defective part, you have to wait till the build is complete. By that time the window of getting a replacement fast and easy is gone.

  5. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Right, that’s just what I was about to write.

    The savings on games makes it worthwhile. That aside, a decent PC for, say, $1,500 will last you at least five years, it’s easily modifiable, and you can use it for other stuff, too. Perfectly sensible investment.

  6. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Spend £500/$700 on a phone & no one cares. Spend £700/$1000 on a Gaming PC and everyone loses their minds. Least that’s how it was with me

  7. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Ok… but why would I be a moron to buy those things if I can just order all those components for much much much much much much much cheaper price and assemble those at home.

    And no… it’s not hard to do. You can find even videos directed to biggest morons showing what to do step by step.

    Or is it about custom casing?

  8. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Some people just like the piece of mind that buying a complete build brings. To be fair these prices are RRP and you never pay RRP for anything

  9. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 5, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Aye, good computer is needed when you work with AutoCad, Photoshop or Blender. It is just must have for work. Games are just a cherry at the top.

  10. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve been rambling about the Materiel.net model to the rest of the Niche Gamer team. I have no idea why I want a PC/console that looks like a microwave, but I do.

  11. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    But come on, wouldn’t you want to save your money if you can do it? If you can do something yourself, than it is a sin not to do it. It’s better to spend all that money you save on dunno wife or kids.

    Sorry but I really do believe that people who buy way way way overpirced things to be morons. Those are not worth the money you are hard working for. Such a waste of money.

    Look…
    i7-4790K – 430$
    GTX Titan Z – 1800$
    16 GB DDR3-1866 -150$
    Seagate 4TB SSHD – 170$
    That’s only 2550$

    Not fucking $4,999.99
    You have 2450$ left for casing, cooling and rest of details.

    Really… there is just no point in buying those machines. The whole idea was stupid to begin with. Valve clearly think that people buy consoles because they are morons who can assemble PC.

    But hell… drop another 100$ and shop clerk will be more than willing to do all the job for you.

  12. Phelan
  13. Lucas Osse
    Lucas Osse
    March 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Honestly? Some people wouldn’t, they’d rather have convenience over saving money, especially if they’re rich. Hence why consoles still sell.

  14. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    March 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Visually, the ZOTAC looks the best in my opinion.
    Specwise I’d still rather stick with building my own machine.

    And I’m honestly disappointed in the lineup’s lack of a low price alternative, there are some really powerful machines for the high end but nothing really stands out as a good option for the low end which is a real shame.
    There’s a group of people who could have been interested in playing some of the less spec intensive games on the PC in their living room and a Steam Machine that offered that at a low price would have been a good way to get some of those consumers into the PC.

    I’m talking something cheap enough for a gift to a kid or a casual, that could play the popular low spec indie games out there or TF2 and that sort of thing.

  15. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Not true, if you are really rich than you will throw into your computer all best parts you can find. Steam machines as pricey as they are do not grant you the best parts. Simply because new parts are showing up every month… and pre-design machines needs to be mass produced so yeah.. .they never are the newiest piece of hardware

    About consoles… consoles sells because they are consoles, not because people don’t know how to assemble computer.

    I have both… and always had both since the times of SNES. And probably majority of people who own console own also PCs. (better or worse) but everyone need one for work.

  16. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    You could apply that logic to just about anything. Why get a painter and decorator? Do it yourself. Why get a gardener? Do it yourself. Why get a Manual Labourer? Do it yourself. Why get a …….. you see where I’m going with this?

  17. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Those cases don’t look enough like a microwave. ;D

  18. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 5, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    The Alienware would have looked really nice if not for the Alienware logo.

    I can understand your thinking, but they seem to want some kind of baseline that will play most anything that’s on Steam. You don’t want to confuse your consumer by giving them a machine that has half the games locked out. What if people buy games they can’t play? That creates an image problem for the Steam Machines.

    Valve should have long ago implemented a system that checks your hardware and advises you which games are appropriate. Now, lacking that, they’re exercising control in the only other logical place: the hardware.

  19. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Not really.

    Look, don’t compare assembling stupid PC to painting, this require skills.

    Manual Labourer? It is simple, because his job is cheaper than yours. Instead of spending time on doing X thing, you better spend that X ammount of time in work to earn money to pay someone else who will do it for cheaper. (your time is simply more valuable)

    Assembling PC takes max 1 h.

  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    March 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    That sounds like a plausible reason, I’m actually curious now about it, what Valve’s standing on minimum specs is, how low they’d be willing to let a Steam Machine be.
    There are certainly demogrpahics that would benefit of a low level machine, but that does have the potential to cause confusion.
    But even without low spec machines there is still confusion on the matter of which games can be played and under which settings with any given machine, the specs and settings are still something that can confuse some people in the potential audience and that’s a whole new can of worms for Valve and a big opportunity where they could rethink things and provide a solution to the issue. For veteran PC players it’s all intuitive but if Valve wants to expand the market for their services they’ll need to simplify this aspect as well.
    I do wonder if Valve has something in mind to tackle that like some sort of community crowdsourced best settings manager for the steam machines so every game can be easily set to its ideal settings by future players, they sure love coming up with self powered solutions like that.

  21. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    March 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Plus online costs 50 a year, which can add up to 300 in a 6 year cycle. And it’s free on PC.

  22. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    What I’m saying is people aren’t confident enough in their own ability or they just get overwhelmed easily and/or don’t wanna do research. When it comes to parts worth hundreds of £££/$$$/€€€ some people will just be too scared

  23. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    March 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Free on the Wii U as well. The perfect partner for a Gaming PC

  24. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    March 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    It works fine though if you already have a low end PC that you want to upgrade into a gaming rig by gradually switching the parts.

  25. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    March 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    The third one looks kind of like a microwave to me. The last looks like an oversized toaster.

    I want that last one now.

  26. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    March 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Some people just like the convenience of having it already assembled to be worth the price or are too scared about accidentally destroying something when they’re trying to assemble it.

    Makes no sense to me either. Building things is fun.

  27. Taiga Gao
    Taiga Gao
    March 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I think the only one that is not retardedly overpriced is the Syber one.
    I’m currently saving up some money to get one with almost the same parts, except that instead of a 980 a 970 and 16GBRAM instead of 8 just because it cost only $100 more, and the total for everything is around $1.2k, so the Syber is basically only $100/$200 extra than building it yourself (and maybe not even that if we count the shipment and so depending on where you live).

  28. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Indeed. Consider how stagnated processor tech has been, and how slow to adapt to newer tech games have been – hell, a good portion of games still only make full use of 2 cores!

    Those who bought a 2500K way back in Jan-2011 on release and overclocked the little guy could still be gaming with it perfectly well! Also, when your GPU starts to show its age, you can do a simply bump by purchasing a second set of an identical GPU and link it (maybe even used for maximum budgeting). This will only become more pronounced with the (rumored?) full use of the second GPU with directx 12.

    Also, a lot of people factor monitor costs in those, but do you also buy a new TV whenever you buy a new console? Sounds silly to me. Then you have cheaper games on PC, more sales, free online… But no, its supah expensive, guise!

  29. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    How much of a bump in cost are those when compared to a PC of the same specs? Asking this because american prices mean nothing to me.

  30. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Perhaps part of the SteamOS will be to hide games you can’t play as a default by detecting which steam machine you have, or show warnings or something when you are dangerously close to the min. specs.

  31. Siveon
    Siveon
    March 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    If you would kindly look below you would see Phelan has already answered your question. Not for all the products, mind, but you get the gist of it.

    Essentially there was about a 50% bump, at least for the $5000 dollar Falcon. So one would be paying twice as much if they bought that product.

  32. Lucas Osse
    Lucas Osse
    March 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I disagree.

  33. Laivasse
    Laivasse
    March 6, 2015 at 8:57 am

    This all seems like such a bizarrely pointless endeavour on Valve’s part. When rumours of SteamBoxes/Steam Machines/whatever were floated round, I reached the obvious conclusion that Valve were trying to tap into a new market of potential PC gamers – people who might happily game on PC but were turned off by the triple apocryphal bogeymen of price, inconvenience and unsuitability for the living room. I figured they wanted to market gaming PCs to the console crowd, essentially. As such, I assumed Steam machines would incorporate a few elements to appeal to these people: unified aesthetic, limited number of standardised configurations, simple choice of specifications, small physical footprint, and lower price than a pre-built gaming PC.

    I’m kind of baffled what Valve expect to accomplish by putting out a product that has none of these things. They’re not cheaper than other PC options. They’re barely standardised at all (and combined with a new OS, you can bet that driver and hardware compatibility issues are going to pop up). Many aren’t small. These are just essentially Valve-brand gaming PC OEMs… ok, which is fine, Valve is welcome to try and become business partners with Alienware if they want – but this isn’t going to tap into some rich new market of console DOTA players. These products already exist, and these companies already sell them without Valve’s help. The ASUS model doesn’t even have a Steam logo nor does it mention ‘Steam Machine’ or even ‘SteamOS’ anywhere on the store preview page…!

    I’m kind of confused as to what kind of business arrangement this represents for Valve or the companies selling these. I wanted them to make a big impact, because it would have been an interesting industry shake up. Unfortunately I can’t see that happening, and that means that other hardware which depends on the success of these machines, such as the Steam controller, is also likely to bomb.

  34. Bananalint
    Bananalint
    March 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I agree with that. Just not completely from scratch.

  35. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 6, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I wanted to know if all of them are overpriced. For example, I kind of expect Alienware to have overpriced goods, but are all of them unfairly priced?

  36. Siveon
    Siveon
    March 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Depends on what you mean by “unfairly priced”. All of these builds would be cheaper custom-made, it’s always been like that.

    If you’re wanting exact details for every single steam machine, well, I’m sure the steam forums will accommodate you.

  37. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 6, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    More than a 25% increase in price would seem unfair to me.

  38. Siveon
    Siveon
    March 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Pretty much all of them have that, I can tell just by taking a minor amazon-parts-search comparison.

  39. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 6, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Well, there goes my editorial … ;) I agree with you. I expected them to do something a lot closer to Apple’s model, which would have made sense. This doesn’t. But we’ll see how they fare …

  40. patyos
    patyos
    March 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Still much cheaper to build your own PC

  41. patyos
    patyos
    March 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    There are no prices announced yet though for the Alienware B C and D models though ?

  42. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Well, that answers it.

  43. Vyse_the_Stampede
    Vyse_the_Stampede
    March 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I can’t exactly agree with you on the easiness of assembling a PC, it is not easy, much less quickly done, if it’s the first time you are doing it/have not done it for a very long while and/or you have no/little knowledge of PC hardware, and how it all fits together.

    It might take you max 1h, hell it might even take me max 1h, and I’m a very slow-paced person when it comes to non-work related things, who have ever only assembled one desktop PC in my entire life(… maybe)… but I’m not confident I will have it up and running in less than 1h with my OS of choice, anti-virus of choice, internet configured (you could probably easily find someone in your contacts that would do this for “free” if you just bought the already assembled PC and know nothing of it)… and some other functionalities that come ready available on already assembled PCs, but will not on clean OS installations.

    The main problem though, it is not the time that it takes to assemble it, it’s the time it takes people with no knowledge of PC hardware at all (or their minimum knowledge is very outdated), to gather that minimum information to be able to decide what to buy, as in, what do I need? Where can I get it for the lower price? Would it be more future-proof if I go I bit higher on my spendings in this part? How higher? Is this part compatible with all the others?… and do that for every component that they consider buying… and that’s all to be able to have it assembled, now having it up and running and well configured, might a complete different headache, especially if for some reason the PC does not power up properly.

    That’s a hell lot more than 1h, or 1 day or even 1 week if you don’t have a lot of free time for research, or someone to walk you through. It might take much more skill to paint, but sure as hell there isn’t as much information (and misinformation) and knowledge to be acquired, especially considering that this kind of information grows, and is updated, every month, if not every day.

    I’ve seen people learn how to paint a room in pretty much one day, by having someone that knew what they were doing by their side, true, you could do the same assembling a PC, and it’s true that some problems might arise that you will not know what to do (both in painting and assembling a PC), but I’m pretty sure it will be much easier to find out what to do, to solve the problem, while painting than assembling the PC (and even though you might need skills to solve it, a mistake will cost you much, much less than breaking or bending something while assembling a PC, which is certainly possible). Also, 5 years after they have done it the first and only time, ask the same persons to try and paint a room and the other to try and assemble a PC, and see which one does a better job by themselves.

    For a comparison, I work with 25 people, there are, I believe, no more than 3 people that are able to properly assemble a PC (me included) (note that 6 of us work in front of PCs all day, and that 7 of us are under 30 years of age). The ones that would assemble the PC are the only three men under 30 years of age. So yes, you could argue it’s a much older sample than the ones expected to assemble PCs, but they are the fathers and mothers that go to the closer store to buy a PC to their still too young to know wth a PC/laptop is, but “needs” it for internet and school related assignments (and really, to just get accustomed to something they will, most likely, work their entire life around, and depending on it). From those 25 people at least 5 know how/have painted at least one room of their house… and if you ask those 25 what would they prefer to do/try, painting a room or assembling a PC… I’m sure painting will be the answer of pretty much everyone other than those 3 (be it for the prices at stake, or just because they would have no idea in hell where to start).

    (this is just the personal experience of someone that works in a very small city, so take it for what it’s worth).

    Concerning the stupidly high prices listed here, there really is no discussion, it’s a very inefficient way to spend money. For me, only someone that has a lot of money laying around and wants to acquire one of these for bragging rights, or someone who is a hardcore Valve fan, would spend their money on this/these… and I don’t see that many that would make this a smart business decision. If one (or maybe two) models are able to survive over all others, and make it somehow to a place where it’s able to gather interest of some console, and PC players, might make this feasible, but even then, I still think these prices had to be worked on… a lot. Honestly, Valve is involved (even if only somewhat involved), so there might be more to this (even though it feels like they are more interested in making SteamOS work than anything else), let’s just wait and see.

  44. BlueLight
    BlueLight
    March 7, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Strangely enough we can’t calculate the cost of the Alienware computer because it’s GPU is ” NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX – 2GB GDDR5″….. like what the fuck is this? Is that a GTX 750? or is like other Alienware computers and has a GTX 745?

    Strangely enough, their steam machine does seem like a better value than other computers. I mean you’re only paying $500 for a I3. Normally they’d charge you $700+ to have the basic right of owning a I3.

  45. Guest
    Guest
    March 7, 2015 at 12:39 am

    PCMasterRace here. Here are

  46. BlueLight
    BlueLight
    March 7, 2015 at 1:52 am

    PCMasterRace here. I made some simple comparison on the basic builds for price comparison. These are not exact duplications but best estimations. I do not endures the builds i provided, they are again just comparisons. I will quote the exact price for the computers, but i will round upwards for my builds. I was not able to find a price/part for AMD Athlon​ X4 840 so i made a guess based on other parts.

    iBuyPower SBX $459.99 VS http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JordanCDraffin/saved/kYfG3C $305

    Alienware Steam Machine A $479.99 VS http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JordanCDraffin/saved/8DnCmG $400

    Syber Steam Machine A $499.99 VS http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JordanCDraffin/saved/4cB9TW $370
    [Would like to note that the Syber Steam Machine X ‘might’ be worth the price part wise. I don’t suggest getting a I7, but the parts might be equal to the PC cost. ]

    Gigabyte Brix Pro …. intel graphics? Not even going to touch that!

    Asus ROG GR8S $799.99 VS http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JordanCDraffin/saved/HCCKHx
    $550
    [Asus, protip. Provide the GPU model so people don’t assume it’s the cheapest damn thing in the 900 series.]

  47. BlueLight
    BlueLight
    March 7, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I would tear them a part for such bull shit. People already get pissed at Call of duty wont allow a I3 to play the game or requires 16 GB for a game that takes up 2GB. If this was a optional feature than sure go for it! This is in the end a PC. There are going be people who push the hardware well beyond anything you’d expect possible. This system is constantly going to need updating. For instance i’m playing skyrim on ultra with FPS unlocked (Need to fix that!) and i’m getting 200+ fps (As i said i need to fix that!) and the game things i should be playing on high.

  48. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    March 7, 2015 at 4:44 am

    These came out way too late, the Nvidia Shield console makes more sense to buy then these things.

  49. Jon Snow
    Jon Snow
    March 7, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I got all the parts for my pc around the time the 3dfx voodoo 2 was on the market. I’ve been incrementally upgrading it since then. No original parts left of course, but I’ve never strained playing any pc game.

  50. Siveon
    Siveon
    March 7, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Isn’t that an Android console? Why would that make more sense to buy than pre-built PCs?

  51. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    March 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

    “If this was a optional feature than sure go for it!”

    This is what I meant. Steam machines are primarily meant for people that believe PC is an arcane tech and know very little beyond booting it and opening a web browser. Someone like you, who knows his way around, could just go to the settings and enable the “see all games” from there.

  52. gusroar
    gusroar
    March 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

    The Nvidia Shield looks like Vaporware to me. What would be the benefits of an android based console?

  53. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 7, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Sweet. :D Seems like a bit too much work, though. Maybe I’ll just construct something out of sheet metal.

  54. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Wow wow wow… that’s a long wall of text.

    Frankly speaking… I’d rather not read it… but after you wrote so long text I feel rather obligated to read and reply.

    You know what… I feel like that people who didn’t assemble their own computer even once.. are the one who try to make it look like very hard task.

    It’s not. It is like playing with LEGO, all parts match perfectly. And there are countless videos on youtube that can help a lot.

    But those parts are there, you can just copy paste list from steam machines :P if you are not sure, than go to any forum about gaming and people will be more than happy to help. And there are many sites comparing prices, so once you know which part you want to buy… it is quite easy to find where you can buy it cheapest.

    If not… than you can go to computer shop, they will assemble it and help you for lil fee. (still it will be cheaper than steam machine)

    But look… you still need to spend at least 1 week to look for the machines that you exactly need. Nobody spend on whim 2-5k.$

    Oh painting a room… I thought that he meant painter like a one who makes paitings (art). Sure I paint by myself. Even moron can do that. No point in paying someone to paint 50-80m2 flat. But if you have like 200m2 than better to hire team.

  55. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    March 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Nvidia is putting resources to port games over to Android and exclusively to there hardware. Steam OS on the other hand is based off of pure linux, which means that Gabe and company have to work hard and convince more developers to jump on board. Both Linux and Android OS’s may come from the same umbrella family, however one of them is making headway in consumer hardware and the other is doing it in bussiness servers.

  56. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    March 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Because there are way to many designs and pricepoints for those pre-built PC’s, were as with the one Shield design, there is uniformity and optimization for the ecosystem. In short Shield is more of a console than the Steam machines, and considering its capabilities, should offer more bang for you buck.

  57. gusroar
    gusroar
    March 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Looking at its specs it will have about a third of the performance of a PS4, and is just a little more powerful than a xbox 360. So it doesn’t have anywhere near the performance of even the cheapest steam machine. As far as games are concerned Linux already has over 1000 games on steam. It’s cheap but how much will the games cost. Will we get sales like on Steam. It wouldn’t make since to buy this and then have to spend a fortune on games. When you could just buy a much more powerful steam machine, and have access to many games that regularly go on sale. It has streaming features, but so does steam, and steams new link. It seems like it might make a decent HTPC if you could install Kodi, and don’t already have something performing that role, but I would never get one of these for gaming.

  58. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    March 8, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Are you kidding me? In this world you get what you pay for, if you pay a premium you get a premium, if you pay fair you get fair. The value of the 199.99 microconsole is what makes it more practical and realistic as a purchase, compared
    too the Steam Machines whose prices are all over the place. Yes the Steam machines are more powerful, but if game streaming takes off like Nvidia is banking on, then that extra horsepower will be irrelevant!

  59. gusroar
    gusroar
    March 8, 2015 at 11:28 am

    No I’m not kidding. I would rather pay more for a steam machine and save money in the long run with steam sales(plus the over 50 games that I own that already run on Linux will not need to be purchased again). I don’t see what is so hard to understand about that. I also wouldn’t want to pay for an inferior product. Steam machines are much much much more capable graphically than a Nvidia Shield or any other console. I’m also like the fact that the Steam machine already have a huge library of games to choose from(over 1000 as I’ve mentioned). I also like the fact that a steam machine is completely open and I can install whatever version of Linux I desire on it if I choose to in the future.

  60. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    March 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    You do realize that Steam OS is based off of Linux right? That means that the majority of Steam’s library wont be compatible, unless you dual boot a second OS. Besides I don’t think enough people are going to buy Steam Machines, which is why as much as I hate it, Nvidia’s approach might actually work; and Im stating that as someone who prefers buying games than streaming them :(

  61. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Gusroar wrote about Linux games being compatible with the Steam Machines, so he probably knows that. :D Valve currently has 980+ games that work with Linux. That’s pretty impressive. When you factor in the fact that the majority of crappy games are Windows only, that narrows the gap considerably. Obviously, there are still plenty more games on Windows right now, but it’s not like there’s nothing to play on Linux. Most, probably 75%, of my Steam library’s Linux compatible, in fact.

  62. lordloss217
    lordloss217
    March 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    its just an alienware alpha with has a gtx 860m on steroids so there you go… start pricing

  63. gusroar
    gusroar
    March 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Yes I know I’ve been using Linux for the past 6 months now as my main OS. I’ve not had to install windows since I switched, and I love it so far. As I stated twice before there are currently 1000+ Linux native games currently on steam not to mention the AAA games that have been announced in just the last couple months (Bioshock Infinite, The Witcher 3, Payday 2, Darksiders 1 & 2, Shadow of Mordor, Arkham Knight to name a few). So it looks like large publishers and developer think differently.

  64. BlueLight
    BlueLight
    March 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Man…. now i have to figure out the pricing of the 800 series cards and likely manually put in the values.

  65. Iulius
    Iulius
    March 2, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Yeah, the Steam Machine was interesting but still… it can’t compete with a good gaming laptop.

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