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

The other two tiers in the LEET line up are Core and Reference. The Core is the middle spec’d system with the Reference being the top dog sporting an X79 motherboard and socket 2011 CPUs.

Focusing on the Core system, you are looking at a base price of $2498. The added cost over the Pure system gets you the ASUS P8Z77-V to start, with upgrades available to the ASUS Maximus V Formula ($99) or the ASUS Maximus V Extreme ($199). Your processor selections are the i7 3770 standard or upgrade to the i7 3770K for $49. Again, overclocking can only be done by Steiger Dynamics on the i7 3770K paired, this time, with Corsair’s H100i ($26) liquid cooling solution. You do have an option to go with their custom liquid cooling with the Core series, as well as the Reference and as long as prerequisites are met.

The RAM for the Core system starts with an 8GB Corsair Vengeance Black 1600MHz kit, a step up from the Pure’s Blue series DDR3. You can top out at 32GB of Corsair’s Dominator Platinum RAM running at 2133MHz for an additional $389. With a step up in RAM, you also get a step up in graphics. The Core system starts out with an EVGA GTX 660 2GB GPU. Upgrades in this area include the EVGA GTX 660 Ti, 670, 680 and 690. You can choose between dual GTX 680’s or GTX 690’s. The GTX 680 and 690 (single or dual combinations) can be custom cooled with Steiger Dynamic’s water cooling solution. The added custom cooling solution is available for the LEET Reference system as well, with the same stipulations. The custom water cooling for the LEET Core unit starts at $335 which includes a water block for the CPU only and a dual radiator, both provided by Swiftech. Of course, tubing is included in the price with three choices of coloring: white, black or silver UV tubing. Three Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans are included in all cooling solutions. With the custom liquid cooling solution, you get Swiftech compression fittings and a choice between black or chrome. If you chose to go with a single GTX 680 or 690, the cost of adding a water block to either one increases to $535, while a dual GPU cooling solution goes up to $750. Again, those prices are for the LEET Core series only.

Audio and SSD/HDD options remain identical to the Pure and Reference solutions. The LEET Core starts out with a 450 watt Seasonic G-Series power supply and tops out with the 1250 watt X-Series Gold, fully modular PSU by Seasonic. This is a step up from the 1000 watt Platinum-Series in terms of power, while the lesser watt PSU provides better efficiency.

Interior cabling is offered provided you choose a fully modular power supply. It is recommended that you also go with the acrylic glass lid ($99) so you can see the amazing custom cabling. There is a $99 fee to get the custom cabling, but we think it is well worth it.

Our last tier to go over is the LEET Reference. Starting price here is $3198. The base motherboard is the ASUS Rampage IV Formula with an optional upgrade of $59 to the Rampage IV Extreme. The starting CPU is the i7 3930K with a bump up to the i7 3970X for $569. Standard memory configuration is 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Red while you can top out at 64GB of Corsair’s Dominator Platinum 2133MHz RAM for $799. The GPU selection is the same as the LEET Core as well as audio, storage configurations, optical drives and the Ceton cable tuner card. The LEET Reference system comes standard with a Seasonic 660 watt X-Series Gold power supply that is fully modular.

You can top out with the 1250 watt X-Series for another $130. All PSUs offered in this tier are fully modular. Interior cabling is the same cost as is with the LEET Core. The custom liquid cooling solutions start at $299 for CPU only, bump up to $499 for CPU plus one GPU and top out at $639 for CPU and dual GPU configurations. Pricing for all liquid cooling solutions, custom and standard, fall in line with what you would see if you were purchasing the gear yourself.

The pricing for upgrades from Steiger Dynamics is absolutely reasonable. The starting prices may have some people gawking and complaining that they are ridiculous, but we need to factor in the cost of the case as well. Since the custom case is the center piece of Steiger Dynamics, there could be no LEET without it. The downfall, considering price only, is that this chassis adds $800-900 to the cost of these systems. That is an expensive case. It may also be a reason that you would just say no to buying an HTPC from this company. However, we have to say that this case is worth every penny and the additional cost it adds to the starting price of the Pure, Core and Reference systems is justifiable. The all aluminum case is a master piece of technology and worthy of being mentioned along with exotic supercars like Lamborghini and Ferrari.


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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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