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The Highest and Lowest Spec Steam Machines

By Leon Hurley on at

£3300 anyone? The new Steam machine page features some pricey rigs, although around £700-£800 seems about the norm, with two options dipping as low as £300. As previously reported, all are currently marked down for a November release date 

First up the big hitters: the Falcon Northwest Tiki Steam Machine and ORIGIN OMEGA Steam Machine are both offering $5,000 (£3300) configurations. However, at the other end of the market there's the Alienware Steam Machine (£316) and iBuyPower SBX at $459.99 (approx £300).

All the machines are promoting themselves as highly customisable and are offering a range of options, but the first two seem to be clearly targeting the high end market, while the latter are aiming for affordability. In most cases each machine is promoting what appears to be its 'ideal' config with no further details on any other options mentioned. Of these four only the Alien machine outlines all four available choices. 

Here's the highest and lowest ends of the spectrum (all UK prices in brackets and elsewhere are conversions from the US price as guidance, and do not represent the final UK RRP):

High End

Falcon Northwest Tiki Steam Machine £3,300

The Tiki Steam Machines cover a range of $1,999.99 USD to $4,999.99

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  • Price: $1,999 - $4,999 USD
  • 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 HD
  • Completely customisable configurations
  • Liquid-cooled CPU
  • Overclocking available
  • Only 4 inches wide - 40 per cent smaller than our “FragBox” Small Form Factor PC!

ORIGIN OMEGA Steam Machine £3,300

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  • Price: $899 - $4,999+ USD
  • 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

 

Low End

Alienware Steam Machine A £316

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  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 Dual-Core processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX - 2GB GDDR5
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz
  • Storage: 500GB Hard Drive

iBuyPower SBX £302

 

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  • 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)

There are 15 machine in total and $800-1200, or £520-800, seems to be the broad middle bracket. What are people's thoughts? Anyone considering one of these over a new PC next time? Or maybe as an entry in PC gaming?

[Steam Machines - Steam]