The Good The hand-assembled Falcon Northwest FragBox is highly customizable and aims for superior performance while keeping its physical footprint small.
The Bad The basic look of these smaller systems has changed little over the years, with few concessions made for newer developments, from Thunderbolt to Windows 8, and no matter what configuration you put together, it's going to be expensive.
The Bottom Line High-end, high-price gaming desktops are an even rarer beast than ever, but with the latest Intel and Nvidia parts inside, at least the significant money you'll put into a Falcon Northwest FragBox will be well-spent.
Big gaming in a (relatively) small package
Many years ago, I was one of those guys who would build my own gaming-oriented desktops from the chassis up (my first had a 3dfx Voodoo2 graphics card). But in recent times, I've been fairly satisfied by off-the-shelf gaming laptops, even with the compromises inherent in those systems.
With the component calendar page for both CPUs and GPUs flipping at about the same time, the introduction of new parts from Intel and Nvidia seems like an opportune moment to take another look at a dedicated gaming machine, in this case the FragBox from Falcon Northwest.
This is a small-chassis desktop, which means it's about the size of a bread box (to use a particularly dated reference). Full-tower desktops, gaming and otherwise, still exist, but I can't imagine carving out the space for one of those. This smaller size feels like the most appropriate compromise between power and semiportability.
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