HP’s new Omen gaming PCs feature a cube-shaped desktop

Gamers have many reasons to stay away from desktop PCs from popular brands, but one of the biggest is the weak expansion. You may have fewer upgrade slots (if any) than a white label or home platform, and you’ll often have to deal with non-standard parts. HP thinks it can reconsider. It refreshes Omen gaming PCs once again, and the highlight is the all-new Omen X Desktop that promises industrial design perks of a major corporation with the expansion it craves. This cubic look on its part is not only relatively unique in a sea of ​​generic constellations, but it is really effective. Its three-chamber chassis separates hot components while giving you room for expansion that includes dual graphics cards, four tool-free hard drive bays and an M.2 SSD. Also, this is an industry-standard chassis—HP will sell you the bare case if you prefer your own internals, and Maingear will also be building its gaming PC around the box this year.

Gallery: HP Omen X Desktop Live Photos | 7 photos


There’s one thing you won’t get away with from major brand gaming PCs: the price. The Omen X Desktop will be available on HP’s website on August 17, starting at $1,799, and this will give you a 4GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Radeon RX 480 graphics, a 256GB SSD, and a solid state drive. 2 TB hard disks. Massive 1300 watt power supply. This is definitely not the most powerful system you can get for the money, and its price will go up if you want perks like the GeForce GTX 1080 or 16GB of RAM (retail configuration scheduled for October 16 starts at $2100). What you’re really paying for is that weird coincidence. The case itself costs $600—potentially worth it if you want easy-to-access drives or a conversation piece, but overpay for everyone else.

Gallery: HP Omen X Desktop | 9 photos


And don’t worry if you’re not in the market for a bulky desktop machine, as there are more Omens in the pipeline. The updated Omen 17 laptop now packs NVIDIA’s portable version of the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 as well as a mini DisplayPort jack, making it suitable for both VR and dual external monitors. Starts at $1600. There’s also an Omen X Curved Display with support for NVIDIA’s ultra-smooth G-Sync (due in early 2017 at an undisclosed price) and a set of SteelSeries accessories that include a customizable mouse ($60), illuminated keyboard ($100) and a headset ($80). All SteelSeries additions should arrive in mid-September.

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Gallery: HP Omen 17 . laptop | 7 photos


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