I've never been keen on the idea of abandoning my tower case for a system with all the gaming guts piggy-backing a monitor, but when the monitor in question is a 86cm curved ultra HD affair and the guts are full-sized and water-cooled I start feeling a bit swayed. That's Maingear's newly-announced Alpha 34, an all-in-one gaming PC that doesn't mess about when it comes to the question of future-proofing. Long-gone are the days when buying a monitor-contained system meant working with what you purchased until it all goes obsolete. Users can swap out their video card, upgrade their ram and replace their processor to their hearts' content.
They probably won't need to for quite some time though. The Alpha 34 comes standard with a combination of Intel 5960X processors, NVIDIA 980Ti, Titan X or AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics and 32GB of Kingston memory, which is basically everything you need at this moment, unless you're keen on multiple graphics cards.
So it's a powerful system with a monitor pumping out 3840 x 1440 resolution, all done quietly thanks to a closed-loop liquid cooling system. Oh, and it has an upgradeable webcam, in case you were worried about clipping a thing to the top.
Basically the only thing you'd wind up saddled with is the monitor, and if you're going to be saddled with a monitor it might as well be a 86cm ultra HD curved monitor.
The Alpha 34 is available for customisation and purchase right now starting at $US1999 ($2740).