The Making of a Boutique Gaming PC (Part 6 of 6): V3 Gaming PC
Q: The new X79 platform has caused quite a stir for high-end system builders. Tell us about what you've been able to achieve with this new platform.
A: With X79 we can once again offer customers all of the latest and greatest technologies in a system without restrictions. We are able to configure systems based on X79 for customers of all different kinds, from gamers to engineers. Beyond that, the performance is pretty amazing. We have an Avenger 3DS in the office with 3 GTX 580’s, 32GB of memory, two SandForce SSD’s in RAID 0, and an i7-3960X overclocked to about 4.9GHz that we use for demo purposes. Some of us take turns during lunch playing Battlefield 3 on it.
Q: Almost all of your X79 systems are built with two or more GeForce graphics cards in SLI. Why is this? How do these two technologies complement each other?
A: When you start to get into the performance realm that X79 offers, it is important to round-out the rest of the components in such a way that minimizes bottlenecks. That’s where SLI delivers the graphics muscle necessary to complement the hex core processors and quad channel memory used with the X79 chipset. The default graphics configuration on Avenger, our X79 machine, is actually dual GTX 580s.
Q: Of all your gaming PCs, which model are you most proud of? Please give us a rundown of how it's built, from the component selection, construction, to testing.
A: I would say we’re most proud of our Convoy model. Convoy really put us on the map as a system builder that offers a boutique product and customer experience at an affordable price. The P67 platform is flexible and affordable enough to support configurations for just about every purpose, so naturally it has been our best selling model.
Q: When people buy a multi-GPU PC from you, what percentage choose SLI? What are the main reasons why people go with SLI?
A: Over 95% of multi-GPU PCs from V3 are using SLI. Our default configurations are mostly SLI, and we typically encourage gamers to go with NVIDIA cards due to PhysX and 3D Vision support. We make sure customers know exactly what they’re getting, which includes educating them on the capabilities of each card and the pros and cons of different graphics configurations.
Q: Many of our readers are avid system builders themselves. What are your top three tips for someone looking to build a high-end gaming PC?
A: The first tip would be to start off with good components. Do the necessary research to make sure you’re choosing things that work together and have the features that you want, and don’t forget cooling! The next tip would be to take your time building. When you rush a system build you can end up with accidentally damaged parts and loose connections. The last tip would be to keep it clean! Good cable management not only makes your system look nice if you want to show it off, but it helps maintain optimal airflow so your NVIDIA cards (and other components) stay cool.
Q: Finally, there are quite a few vendors building high-end gaming PCs. What makes you special? What's your philosophy when it comes to building systems and taking care of customers?
A: At V3 we make it a point to offer quality on all fronts. This means selecting quality components to build with so nothing goes wrong down the road. It means delivering a quality product to satisfy the customer. It also means providing a quality customer experience from pre-sales to technical support. You talk to a knowledgeable human being every time you call V3, no matter what you’re calling for. We encourage customers to give us feedback so we can constantly tweak our methods to improve the way we operate. Without our customers we wouldn’t exist!