UK system builder launches "No GPU" range of gaming PCs

Armenius

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With even system integrators having trouble obtaining video cards, one company selling pre-builts has begun to offer systems lacking the most critical component of a gaming PC. Overclock3d reports on Fierce PC launching a new range of PCs to buy lacking this critical piece of hardware.

The UK systems builder Fierce PC has just launched a new range of gaming-oriented systems, none of which feature a GPU. This is Fierce PC's "No GPU" range of systems, and they "will not boot up" without a graphics card.

The PC market currently faces a GPU shortage, with GPU demand being sky-high from gamers and cryptocurrency miners alike. While Fierce PC has not revealed why they have created a GPU-less range of gaming PCs, today's GPU shortage has probably prompted the creation of this new product lineup.

In today's PC market, one of the primary draws of pre-built PCs is that they typically ship with a graphics card. When standalone graphics cards are often selling for 2x their MSRP on eBay, pre-built PCs have quickly become a valuable option for PC upgraders.

Fierce PC has marketed its new range of "No GPU" systems at those who already own a graphics card. This marketing makes sense given the current state of the market, as gamers cannot buy a new graphics card today without paying an insane premium.

The launch of these "No GPU" gaming systems implies that System Integrators (SIs) are struggling to get access to enough new graphics cards. Access to graphics cards is a major selling point for pre-built PCs in today's hardware market, and that factor makes the appeal of these "No GPU" PCs limited.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/systems/uk_system_builder_launches_no_gpu_range_of_gaming_pcs/1

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wonder how the warranties on systems like this work. does the warranty run from delivery, or from when you turn it on with graphics card?
 

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Almost $1300 for $800 worth of meh hardware! Yay, sign me up!
 

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This is just my wild assumption, but I would think that large companies like Dell, HP & Lenovo can put in orders of like10,000 units at a time, so they get direct allocation from the manufacturer. They don’t pay the markup. Where as these small boutique builders may only order 10’s or a hundred units at a time, so they have to go through the same channels that consumers do (like ordering from Newegg). So they either have no stock or pay similar markup as us plebes.
 

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This is just my wild assumption, but I would think that large companies like Dell, HP & Lenovo can put in orders of like10,000 units at a time, so they get direct allocation from the manufacturer. They don’t pay the markup. Where as these small boutique builders may only order 10’s or a hundred units at a time, so they have to go through the same channels that consumers do (like ordering from Newegg). So they either have no stock or pay similar markup as us plebes.
They get some bonuses from being SI, they generally get to order directly from the importers just like NewEgg and such do, as they don't directly deal with the AIB's either. But yes the big OEM's get to deal with NVidia directly can buy the bare chips then assemble them on their own cards from the board manufacturer of their choosing.

Which gets them things like this guy here which is Lenovo's RTX3080 for their Thinkstation lineup.

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They should have done a gimmick like reproduced the front panel of an Altair 8800 with blinkenlights and switches to a custom interface card and said "game like it's 1974! program your own games and programs with our extensive 5,000 page book of guides and program listings!"
 

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With even system integrators having trouble obtaining video cards, one company selling pre-builts has begun to offer systems lacking the most critical component of a gaming PC. Overclock3d reports on Fierce PC launching a new range of PCs to buy lacking this critical piece of hardware.

The UK systems builder Fierce PC has just launched a new range of gaming-oriented systems, none of which feature a GPU. This is Fierce PC's "No GPU" range of systems, and they "will not boot up" without a graphics card.

The PC market currently faces a GPU shortage, with GPU demand being sky-high from gamers and cryptocurrency miners alike. While Fierce PC has not revealed why they have created a GPU-less range of gaming PCs, today's GPU shortage has probably prompted the creation of this new product lineup.

In today's PC market, one of the primary draws of pre-built PCs is that they typically ship with a graphics card. When standalone graphics cards are often selling for 2x their MSRP on eBay, pre-built PCs have quickly become a valuable option for PC upgraders.

Fierce PC has marketed its new range of "No GPU" systems at those who already own a graphics card. This marketing makes sense given the current state of the market, as gamers cannot buy a new graphics card today without paying an insane premium.

The launch of these "No GPU" gaming systems implies that System Integrators (SIs) are struggling to get access to enough new graphics cards. Access to graphics cards is a major selling point for pre-built PCs in today's hardware market, and that factor makes the appeal of these "No GPU" PCs limited.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/systems/uk_system_builder_launches_no_gpu_range_of_gaming_pcs/1

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A couple days early yeah?
 

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They should have done a gimmick like reproduced the front panel of an Altair 8800 with blinkenlights and switches to a custom interface card and said "game like it's 1974! program your own games and programs with our extensive 5,000 page book of guides and program listings!"
"Here's a copy of an Atari 800 emulator and a stack of Antic magazines!"
 

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I can't think of a single reason to buy one of these. I would love to see the reasoning of a person that buys one... if anyone actually does.
 

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Who would buy something like this?

Anyone who has a decent GPU already is going to have either access to at least more than one of the necessary parts: monitor, motherboard, CPU, RAM, case and a power supply. And unless you are completely disabled, putting a motherboard into a case takes only a few minutes of screws. Most of the work involved in building a brand new system is assembling the case, mounts and cages and whatever attaches to the case. And people who look for prebuilts are usually buyers new to the scene. Would a new buyer really buy a GPU randomly from a scalp site first, and then buy a prebuilt after? Why not just buy the rest of the parts and choose some high quality components? You can even hire someone to put it together for you.
 
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Newegg already makes a caseless, gpu-less pc at a discount. They call it "The Bundle." I would get that instead.
 

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they need to start making MXM adapters and cramming old GPU's into "no GPU" systems like these.
the miners beat us to it

I'm actually tempted to get one... I would have loved to have cheap MXM carriers a few years ago when I was getting thwarted in my laptop GPU upgrade attempts by inability to flash VBIOS. PCIe 1x and no display output isn't much good for actually using the card for anything but mining or bios flashing though
 
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