The XOTIC Executioner makes even the newest everyday PCs look like dinosaurs, it's that's powerful. Not only can you customize the processors, graphics cards and hard drives, you can turn the outside into a masterpiece. With about 20 different chassis options, fancy interior and exterior lighting and see-through cooling systems, you can polish and tailor this machine to match your taste perfectly. This sophisticated gaming PC earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for customizable excellence of only the best features. Very few of the best gaming PCs have each and every component available in abundance within the Executioner.
With every new game release, the graphics get more and more brilliant, stunning and complex. Don't miss out on those superb 3D visuals by sticking with a run-of-the-mill graphics card. For starters, the AMD Radeon HD 7850 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory is included in the base model. The ultimate graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan, is an upgradeable option if you want the best animation display possible. Many different cards are offered, so if you have a price roof or a favorite brand, there's something for everyone.
The best gaming computers are, first and foremost, customizable according to your gaming habits and computing needs. You can select from three operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Linux. If you're most excited about or more comfortable with any particular system, it's easy and inexpensive to switch from the Windows 7 default.
If you're going to make the leap to a great gaming PC, don't skimp on the processor. You'll need something fast and powerful to run intensive games without lag or loading times. The best gaming desktops have the latest processors and as much speed as possible. An AMD FD-8350 is the default option in the base model and has 4.0GHz of speed. The upgradeable AMD FX-9370 runs at 4.4GHz and the Intel i7-4770K at 3.9GHz, both incredible options. If you want a budget gaming PC, downgrading is an option as well, and there are plenty of cheaper processors to choose from.
Hard drives are not all created equal. Hard disk drives, 500GB to 4TB depending on the Executioner model, have moving parts that make them slower and more susceptible to damage. They are, however, cheaper and have much higher capacities than their solid-state counterparts. Solid-state drives, from 120-960GB in the Executioner, are solid, with no moving parts. They're much more reliable and faster, but have less storage room for a higher price. You do have the freedom to install one, two or three hard drives in any combination and size, which is a marvelous bonus in the Executioner series.
No matter which of the various chassis you prefer, each design is very nearly flawless. On the base model you can expect at least eight 2.0 and two 3.0 USB ports, HDMI and DVI ports, and a memory card reader. Some models are only fan cooled, but adding liquid cooling during the customization process is easy to do, and many liquid-cooling systems are inexpensive.
Good gaming computers like the Executioner need massive amounts of power to handle upgrades and other juice-hungry components. 600 watts is the included power supply, but 1,500 is also an option if you need more power for your unit. When you're not gaming, use the Executioner to watch movies on Blu-ray or DVD. On the base model, the included optical drive is DVD, but each model has a Blu-ray upgrade or dual optical drive options. It's even standard on select units.
If the inside of your gaming PC looks this amazing, you'll definitely want to show it off. With internal lighting, LED-lighted fans and an easy-access side-opening door, this gaming system excels in being both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
For a lifetime of support, XOTIC has you covered. Not only is there a three-year warranty included, you can also upgrade to a full six years of coverage, the most we've seen for a gaming PC during our review process. XOTIC provides lifetime labor and lifetime technical support. You can even contact XOTIC 24/7 via live chat, email or by phone. There are also FAQs, an excellent user forum and driver downloads to keep you and your gaming desktop up on the latest technology and running smoothly. Although XOTIC is smaller than some of the other top producing manufacturers, representatives are quick to respond, extra helpful and very knowledgeable.
Even though the Executioner is a budget gaming PC, at heart it's really a high-end gaming PC. All of the components work seamlessly well together, whether you stick with the stock options or upgrade to more powerful features. Also, as impressive as this machine is on the inside, the outside is nothing to scoff at – this is one sexy machine.
Bigger is better, and the hard drives, solid-state drives, graphics cards and processors are all beefy, powerful contributors to the success of this gaming system.
Liquid cooling isn't a standard feature on any model, so you'll have to upgrade if you want to keep your processor cool.
The Executioner slaughters the competition. No other gaming PC can compare to the number of upgrades, options and specs available.