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Digital Storm targets high-end gamers with its first Steam Machine

Read our full Digital Storm Bolt II review.

Gaming PC manufacturer Digital Storm has its first Steam Machine offering ready for a look, and you’d best hang on tight to that wallet. It’s a pricey one. The Bolt II, described as a “hybrid Steam Machine gaming PC,” takes aim at serious power users with a starting price tag of $1,899.

“We are not looking to compete with console pricing,” Digital Storm Director of Product Development Rajeev Kuruppu said in a prepared statement. “We’re taking aim at the high end of the market, targeting consumers that demand the best possible gaming experience and who are looking for a PC capable of playing any title on their new 4K display.”

In addition to the high-end components, the Bolt II is also designed with an eye toward keeping the computer cool and stable during marathon gaming sessions. In addition to an airflow-friendly design and a 240mm radiator that keeps the overclocked CPU cooled, the Bolt II also features Digital Storm’s proprietary HydroLux technology, a control board that offers gamers customizable control over how the cooling system operates. The emphasis on cooling is important for a small form factor PC like this one; the Bolt II’s casing is only slightly larger than an Xbox One console.

Digital Storm isn’t ready to discuss the top-level Bolt II specs, but even a mid-range PC – “not top tier, but not entry level either” – packs some serious hardware. Here’s how Digital Storm says the specs break down on a build that would cost $2,584: Intel Core i7 4770K, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB, 16GB DDR3 1600 MHz, 120GB Corsair Neutron GTX solid-state drive, 1TB 7200RPM HDD (64MB cache), 240mm radiator liquid CPU cooler, ASUS H87I-PLUS PSU (500W), and an 8x DVD/CD multi-drive.

The Bolt II will available “later this month,” according to the press release. You can find more details on Digital Storm’s official website.

Keep it locked to Digital Trends for more on what’s new with Valve’s Steam Machines at CES 2014.

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