When it comes to desktop gaming PCs, there are many possibilities. The mainstream route is going with something like the HP Omen 30L. It packs some serious hardware, looks fantastic, and is easy to upgrade. At the other end of the PC building spectrum is DIY — spending hours and days building your own custom platform.
In between those two extremes is CLX Gaming.
This article is the first part on the CLX Ra — arguably one of the most impressive and gorgeous-looking desktop PCs we have experienced. It weighs 55 pounds and costs over $7,300: a true monster.
Here is what it is like to order one and get it in the mail.
CLX Ra: Configuring and ordering
Who’s the big boi? You are.Source: CLX
You may need a Ph.D. in geek to get through the ordering process.
But today’s DIY PC scene is so much more complex. If you are new to it, you can spend weeks and months preparing for the right machine. It is exhausting, and frankly, mainly a young-persons hobby as putting time aside in your teens and 20s is much easier than in your 40s (speaking from experience). I also know nothing of setting up a water-cooled system or doing boutique cable management — it’s not simple stuff if you’re new to it.
The ordering process for a CLX PC is, likewise, reflective of today’s abundance of components. You could pick a pre-built system from them and call it a day. Or you could go down the route of choosing a case size and going through the insane à la carte menu to build your own.
One of what feels like 300 steps to picking your PC, not that we’re complaining.Source: CLX
The sheer number of options provided by CLX is almost overwhelming. After picking Ra, we had to choose either standard chassis or liquid cooling. We, of course, chose the latter. Between both categories, though, there was an astounding 19 options. We still had to pick exterior paint design (11 choices), finish (three choices), technique (four choices), fans (13), and lighting (three).
The sheer amount of component options is almost overwhelming — but also impressive.
Then it came to the “core components,” which includes CPU, motherboard, GPU, memory, power supply, cabling, storage, RAID, sound controller … this is absurdly awesome. You can’t complain that CLX doesn’t give you a choice.
CPU options range from Intel 11th Gen Core i7 and i9 (17 options) to Ryzen 7, 9, and even Threadripper (11 picks).
All of this is exhausting but also impressive. CLX is doing what most DIY builders do, except the labor and shipping are all done by them. Sure, you pay for that, but the system I ended up building was never one I could put together without extensive research (and maybe even practice), to wit:
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Case||Ra Evolve X Foundry II Edition
CLX Jasper technique
|Motherboard||ASRock Z590 Taichi Wi-Fi|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-11900K (3.5GHz)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB/GDDR6X|
|Memory||32GB Trident DDR4-3600|
|Ports||Rear: Four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, four USB 3.1 Gen 2 (three type A, one type C), two Ethernet, SPDIF, five audio jacks
Front: One USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, two USB 3.0 Type A, headphone jack, mic jack
|Storage||1 TB Seagate Firecuda 520 NVMe M.2 SSD
4 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
|Power supply||EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G3 80 Plus Gold|
|Chassis fans||7x CLX RGB fan|
|Cooling solution||CLX Temper Hardline Liquid Cooling|
|Dimensions||20.5 x 9.5 x 20.5 inches (520mm x 240mm x 520mm)|
|Pricing||From $2,128 (as configured: ~$7,400)|
But, which PSU defines who I am?Source: CLX
We also didn’t go for dual RTX 3090s as we didn’t feel like disrupting the quantum realm, but that, too, is possible.
Gonna need a bigger box
CLX Ra: Receiving
Umm, my pew pew pew computer is here.Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
“No one knows its secrets.”Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
Unboxing this beast of a PC felt like opening the Ark of the Covenant out of Indiana Jones. Fortunately, there were no beams of light, but the power within is just as remarkable. Inside the crate is a cardboard box that fits perfectly. Open the box, and the CLX Ra is also wrapped in a plastic wrap with 3-inch-thick air-sealed foam inserts on all four corners to absorb shocks during its journey. Within the computer tower, all the water-cooled piping, graphics card, and critical components were reinforced with Styrofoam inserts so nothing would shake loose during the passage. It’s all very professional and much better than my iBuyPower experience a few years ago.
Unboxing this beast of a PC felt like opening the Ark of the Covenant out of Indiana Jones.
The CLX Ra is packed to ensure nothing rattles apart during transit.Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
It’s now time to game.
CLX Ra: More to come
“My god, it’s full of stars.”Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
Have any questions you want answers for in that review? Leave them below and let me know what you think of this setup — what would you change or do differently?