Extreme PCs Popular With Modders

Posted on February 28, 2005

Gamers who are also modders like to personalize their machines with dramatic designs and souped-up components. The Chicago Tribune reports that the modding fad "began as a way for computer gamers to one-up each other at gaming parties--gatherings where gamers would connect their computers to play against one another -- but has grown into a half-billion-dollar-a-year industry, according to IDC Research in Framingham, Mass."

Ready-built extreme PCs like Alienware's Area-51m 5500 ( 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 processor with 512 MB of memory) are also popular at LAN parties, Ric Manning of the Courier-News reports. Gamers also like expressive and sharp designs on their laptops and PCs -- just like surfers and skaters like to personalize their boards. Custom PCs can increase the price tag but gamers usually find the extra costs worth the performance boost.

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