BFG Tech announces Phobos gaming PCs

A line of pricey pre-built PCs is hardly what you’d expect from a company that caters largely to enthusiasts. However, that’s just what BFG Technology has up its sleeve. New Phobos desktops will soon join the firm’s line of graphics cards, motherboards, and power supplies—and true to pre-built gaming PC tradition, they’ll be expensive. Prices will apparently start at $3,000 for the Phobos Performance configuration and range up to a mind-blowing $8,000 for the Phobos Elite.

That top config will incorporate one of Intel’s flagship Core i7-965 Extreme Edition processors, which it’ll couple with dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards, an auxiliary GeForce GTX 285 for PhysX processing, 6GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, quadruple Western Digital VelociRaptors (yes, four of ’em), a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, a 1.2kW power supply, liquid cooling from CoolIt, and an integrated dock for iPhones and iPods (still not kidding).

As if that weren’t enough, BFG also outfits the Phobos enclosure with an 8″ touch-screen LCD panel:

The panel provides users with a System Status Overview—a real time snapshot of the processor, memory, network, and storage data. Phobos owners can also make real-time performance adjustments based on desired use (Auto/Quiet/Max), monitor the capacity and health of internal storage devices, display and control audio and video files, and more.

Perhaps in a bid not to scare off non-geeks, BFG will offer each system with a complementary Concierge Service, which will entail “expert in-home installation and a six month follow up maintenance visit.” If you’re spending $8,000 on a gaming PC, you might as well hire a butler to point and laugh at console-owning commoners for you, too. BFG says prospective customers can hit after January 8 for all the details.

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    • PRIME1
    • 12 years ago

    I assume for $8000 a courtesy reach around is included.

    • alex666
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve always wondered what the demographic is for buyers of these super high-end systems, plus how many of these are sold per year. It’s gotta be people like the guy I used to work with who, back in 1995, had a 24 inch CRT monitor for his home computer so his then-3 year-old son could play games. Back in 1995, a monitor that size cost thousands of dollars. And think of the quality of games and video cards back then. This guy simply had money to blow, knew nothing about computers, but he went hog-wild nevertheless to give his son “the best”.

    • wingless
    • 12 years ago

    The touch-screen is sexy, but for $8000 I better get 12GB of ram. The concierge service is just jaw dropping. We have reached a new level of ridiculously luxurious coolness.

    • Clint Torres
    • 12 years ago

    “Phobos” as in “The Leather Goddesses of Phobos”?

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    Was UT the place where “Phobos” became a household name (well in the gamer community at least)?

      • Jon
      • 12 years ago


    • FireGryphon
    • 12 years ago

    They could just sell the case, mobo, and drive panel, and be done with it (assuming the mobo is needed to gather and send all that info to the drive panel). If you can buy the parts separately, that’d be cool. With the world economy the way it is now, I can’t even see rich kids buying these complete systems.

      • Skrying
      • 12 years ago

      Eh? Similar setups have been possible for years. A number of companys make LCD panels for 5.25″ drive bays.

      None of this is any new to be quite honest. The tech service is certainly going to be contracted out as well, so your luck may vary. Nothing but hot air to be honest. It doesn’t even look that good…

    • IntelMole
    • 12 years ago

    Their next machine will be called the “Remember Doom? WE REALLY LIKE DOOM 10000”

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      The next machine will come with a flashlight so you can see what’s inside.

    • adam1378
    • 12 years ago

    And who needs “expert in-home installation and six month follow up maintenace visit”? I mean if you know about the BFG and what is involved with a top notch system, you have to be missing something. I think setting it up is the second or third best part of a new system!~

      • Missile Maker
      • 12 years ago

      I agree. For me, researching the HW, buying the HW, building the HW, tuning the HW, then enjoying the fruits of that labor, e.g. gaming, encoding, working, etc. is what makes this hobby fun. I can understand BFG’s desire to move up market, and I appreciate that they are an enthusiast company. hard to believe there are so many that just ‘buy’ a prebuilt, and so many others who not only buy a pre-built, but have to jones what they buy to the tune of 5 to 10 grand. Wonder how many of them read
      4 raptors and no SDDs? Not quite SotA!

    • Farting Bob
    • 12 years ago

    $8k of overkill and they use 4 raptors and NO SSD’s???
    If im spending that much, id want 2 X-25E’s in RAID0 and then as many TB’s as i could fit in the case.

      • cygnus1
      • 12 years ago

      i think i agree with that. 4 raptors seems like a waste of drive bays

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago


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