We are no strangers to boutique PC makers here at AnandTech, having reviewed systems from AVADirect, iBUYPOWER and Puget Systems regularly. Most of these boutique PCs are targeted exclusively towards gamers, while a few cater to the small form factor space. We rarely see boutique PC makers target the HTPC market. Low Carbon PC is one of the boutique PC makers making an effort to serve the HTPC / gaming crowd. Earlier this month, Steiger Dynamics entered the fray with a luxury gaming HTPC lineup, the LEET series. The LEET series has three models, the LEET Pure, LEET Core and LEET Reference. 

Steiger Dynamics uses components from Intel, NVIDIA, Asus, Corsair, EVGA, Seasonic and Western Digital (amongst others) in the lineup. The HTPC credentials are strengthened by the option to add the Asus Xonar Essence STX (for the audiophiles who don't need bitstreaming) and the Ceton InfiniTV 4 quad-channel cable HD TV tuner card.

Steiger Dynamics aims at consolidating the various devices in the living room with the LEET series. By integrating the functionality of a desktop PC, gaming console, cable TV STB, Blu-ray player and NAS into one unit, they are implementing device convergence of a different kind. The LEET series is quite high end, with the premium being justified by an exclusive custom chassis and liquid cooling solution. The low-end LEET Pure series starts at $1798, while one could splurge more than $10000 on the highest-end LEET Reference with maxed out specs. The table below presents the hardware specifications of the various models in the LEET lineup.

Steigler Dynamics LEET Configurations
  LEET Pure LEET Core LEET Reference
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V (LX) Asus P8Z77-V / Asus Maximus V Formula / Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Rampage IV Formula / Extreme X79
Processor Core i3-3220 / i5-3570K Core i7-3770 / i7-3770K Core i7-3930K / i7-3970X
DRAM Corsair Vengeance Blue / Black (8 - 16 GB), Corsair Dominator (32 GB) Corsair Vengeance Black (8 / 16 GB), Corsair Vengeance Red (32 GB), Corsair Dominator Platinum (16 / 32 GB) Corsair Vengeance Red (16 / 32 GB), Corsair Vengeance Black (64 GB), Corsair Dominator Platonum (16 - 64 GB)
GPU Intel HD Graphics / EVGA GTX 650Ti - 670 EVGA GTX 660 - 2x GTX 690 EVGA GTX 660 - 2x GTX 690
Audio Bitstreaming / Asus Xonar Essence STX Bitstreaming / Asus Xonar Essence STX Bitstreaming / Asus Xonar Essence STX
System Drives Corsair Neutron GTX (120 GB to 2x480 GB) Corsair Neutron GTX (120 GB to 2x480 GB) Corsair Neutron GTX (120 GB to 2x480 GB)
Storage Drives None / WD Red (1 TB to 4x3 TB) None / WD Red (1 TB to 4x3 TB) None / WD Red (1 TB to 4x3 TB)
PSU Seasonic G-Series (360 / 450 W), X-Series (660W), Platinum Series (860 / 1000W) Seasonic G-Series (360 / 450 W), X-Series (660 / 1250 W), Platinum Series (860 / 1000W) Seasonic X-Series (660 / 1250 W), Platinum Series (860 / 1000 W)

We will be meeting up with Steiger Dynamics at CES. If you have any questions for them, feel free to sound off in the comments.

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  • mcnabney - Friday, December 14, 2012 - link

    It has enough height for a little ventilation underneath it, the motherboard + MB tray, the GPU + bridges, and enough clearance for electrical connections and the water tubes. I use a Norco 4U case ($79.99!) and it is 7.5" tall, only 1.2" shorter than this thing.
  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - link

    But you won't have the LCD on the front with its amazing lack of glare or reflection of any kind!

    They kept this stunning technical achievement to themselves. A secret that no one else can know. The knowledge is too much for mortal men to handle!
  • headbox - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - link

    Wow, 11 years later, a PC approaching the internal design of a Mac Pro / Power Mac G5. I bet they will sell dozens of these!
  • EnzoFX - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - link

    With this hardware, and this size of a case, how about just putting your desktop on it's side? You'd get similar acoustics as well probably.

  • stalkerte - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - link

    Expensive, albeit off the shelf - http://www.shop.perfecthometheater.com/HTPC-alumin...
  • SetiroN - Friday, December 14, 2012 - link

    You took the one with an integrated fullHD integrated LCD as an example...
    their cases aren't excessively and quite beautiful, thank you for the link :)
  • mcnabney - Friday, December 14, 2012 - link

    A better option is to make a thin HTPC with a nice CPU and GPU - which is put to sleep when not in use. Then make a server/NAS to do the tuning, storage, remote access... in a nice low-power profile since it will be on 24/7. I have a colossal WHS setup in the basement with 12 HDD and a low-power AMD processor. It backs everything in the house up and holds all the media, all while only eating 45 watts.
  • DarkUltra - Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - link

    But that case is not prepared for serious watercooling.
  • InterClaw - Friday, December 14, 2012 - link

    The spec sheet says up to 2x480GB system drives, but the pictures of that drive cage shows three drives. How come?
  • ShieTar - Friday, December 14, 2012 - link

    Those look like three of the 4x3GB storage drives rather than the 2SSD drives.

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