In recent years it seems PC gaming just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The most popular games Call of Duty, Battlefield, League of Legends, Dota 2, Dark Souls 2 all look, play, and feel better on PC, or are PC exclusives. This along with Steam and GeForce Experience making maintenance easier, it’s not really a surprise this is happening. That said there are still some major hurdles stopping a lot of people from PC gaming. Most big manufacturers don’t have a gaming brand, or their gaming brand is junk. Then you have Boutique brands such as Alienware, Origin, Razer, and Republic of Gamers by ASUS. Powerful PCs, but they save money where you might not look, and they mark the price up basically for aesthetics. Then there is building your own, but for many it can be too complicated and time consuming. Now, ACI-Moondog Computers is trying to compete is this very competitive, but lacking market. The question is how does their Signature Series Gaming Desktop stack up?
The build I looked at was The Gold Level. When it comes to performance in games, the Gold Level build I looked at is unmatched. An Intel Core i7-4770K, with two Nvidia GTX 780 Tis, 16 GB of 2333 MHZ RAM, and a 750 GB Samsung SSD, along with Cooler Master Hyper N520 for keeping the machine cool and quiet. With these specs it destroyed every game and benchmark test we tried on it. Battlefield 4 ran at max settings 60 frames per second even during the biggest battles, with tons of effects going on; the frame rate stayed at 60 or higher the entire time. Then we did the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn benchmark. My personal gaming PC scored 5000 running this game’s benchmark test. Moondog’s Ultimate Gaming Machine scored over 21,000. If you want to play games, you aren’t going to get better performance than that. The lack of liquid cooling could be an issue for some, but it was already so quiet that it didn’t bother me.
Now it may be a great gaming machine, it can also double as a great multimedia machine. The SSD and i7-4770K will make render times for audio or video super short. HD movies look great and load quickly straight off the SSD, and you can add a second HDD later for media storage if 750 Gigs isn’t enough. If I had one complaint from a media standpoint it is a lack of a Blu-Ray drive, but this is a small complaint, and if you prefer a focus on media, the team at Moondog will adjust your build accordingly.
Finally there is build quality, and this is probably the best part of the machine. It feels rock solid on the outside, and looks great, largely thanks to a great choice of case. It goes far beyond that though, because on the inside of the case is some of the best cable management you will ever find. Air flow is perfect and the machine is near silent, even when running games like Battlefield 4. The team at Moondog also stress-test the machine and check for any possible issues before it ships out, so you can be confident in the performance of your machine.
As whole, ACI-Moondog’s Signature Series Gold Level Desktop is a fantastic machine that easily stands up to and surpasses its competition. Most of my complaints were minor nitpicks that could be easily changed in a custom build. As far as value goes a build like this would come in around $4000, but that easily beats a lot of other Boutique gaming PC brands. It is more expensive than building on your own of course, but not by that much, and with this you get immaculate cable management, stress testing, and support if there are any issues with the machine. ACI-Moondog’s Signature Series Gold Level Desktop really is an Ultimate Gaming Machine.
Final Score: 9.5/10