Velocity Micro is known for making top end, expertly crafted, and pricey computer systems, and we've reviewed several of their offerings in the past. But the Richmond, VA based builder didn't start off making PCs. According to a report by the Chesterfield Observer, Randy Copeland, the owner of Velocity Micro, started off as a cabinet salesman. Even though he got a D in his mid 1980s computer class, Copeland started building his own PCs, and offered some of his IT expertise to customers to help boost his sales. After founding his own cabinet company, he started Velocity Micro as a "hobby" business, but went all in when Maximum PC reviewed one of his systems in 2002. The publication's review gave Copeland’s computer a 7 out of 10 rating. The magazine wrote that Copeland's machine didn’t have the latest and greatest prototype components, but was meticulously built with more craft and care than some of the other computers it had reviewed. Soon, other magazines started noticing Velocity Micro, including PC Gamer, Computer Shopper, PC World and Forbes. Copeland took the hint, and decided to focus his business on the high-end computer market. He began hiring employees and leasing space on Southlake Boulevard. At its production peak in 2007, the company had about 100 employees and built 5,000 to 10,000 machines a month, sold mostly through big-box stores like Best Buy and Circuit City. At the time, Velocity Micro distinguished itself from larger manufacturers like Dell and HP by building faster computers with the same parts.