Steiger Dynamics LEET Core Water Cooled Gaming HTPC

9.9 Overall Score
Build Quality: 10/10
Cost Analysis: 10/10
Quiet Operation: 10/10

Best build quality available, Superior quiet operation, Lives up to 1337 name

Price puts it out of reach for some

FedEx delivered a gargantuan box that weighed in at 75lbs. Our reviewer had to help the delivery guy get it out of his truck and up a flight of stairs. A 5mm thick aluminum case packed with high end computer gear tends to do add poundage to a computer system. As you can see below, the LEET arrived in a big brown box that seemed to be lacking any real physical damage. That is a good thing.

As we jumped around like kids on Christmas, we grabbed our knife and started cutting our way into the box. Inside the FedEx box was another box, wrapped in plastic wrap and protected by cardboard supports. This one was marked SD and plain white all around. Finally, we thought, this is the last box!

After cutting open the white SD box, we were greeted with yet another SD box. This one was black. Of course, at this point, we were expecting more and more boxes until we were left with a tiny little box and a note saying April Fools! That wasn’t the case, and to be honest, we were thankful that Steiger Dynamics took extra care packaging up such a heavy computer.

Excitement building, forehead sweating and palms clammy, we opened the black SD box and the accessories greeted us. Pulling the foam accessories packaging out of the way the LEET HTPC sat staring back at us from the confines of its cardboard box. Using extreme care, we pulled the magnificent machine out and set her gently on the ground. Phew! There it was. A master piece in all its glory! The case was still cold from its travels and we had a plastic instruction sheet stuck to the top. But that did not matter because the LEET was absolutely impressive at first glance. The soft lines of the all aluminum chassis curved around in one continuous sheet of metal. It was like touching an insanely expensive supercar, a Lamborghini Aventador, perhaps. Hopefully, unlike the loud beast that the Lambo is, this one was quiet but powerful. We will get to the pictures of this HTPC on the next page…

After swooning for some time, we decided to get back to business. This is a review, after all, and not some science fiction journey to a far distant planet! So, back to the plastic instruction sheet so rudely, but necessarily, blocking our view inside the LEET. In large plain letters, ‘ATTENTION’ does just what it is intended to do. Grabs yours. Following the instructions is easy and painless. One additional step we might like to see is to include something about making sure the graphics card, cable card and memory are firmly seated in their slots and all cables were attached properly. We did this anyway because it has been in our experience that even though all precautions were taken, something might come loose during transportation.

So, we followed the instructions, removed the instapak, added in our additional step and kept the lid off for some pictures of the beasts innards.

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3 Comments on "Steiger Dynamics LEET Core Water Cooled Gaming HTPC"

  1. Peter January 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Very very nice system!

  2. Lee January 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    These are sweeeeeet! Getting a Leet next month!

  3. Ilian April 1, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I bought the Reference system and stated in the review, this is a great product…probably presently best on the market. What they did not mention is the quality of the service. These guys will meet all your requirements to keep you on board. Don’t doubt it..if you have the money go for it!

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