Razer announces plans for completely modular PC: “Project Christine”

Razer Christine

By on January 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

A surprising amount of people want to get into PC gaming but are terrified of opening their cases and looking at all the things inside, and it seems these people are the target for Razer’s latest announcement: Project Christine.

Designed as a fully modular PC, Christine — presumably a working title — will allow you to plug-and-play components such as SSDs, power supplies, graphics cards and CPUs in any combination you desire, without any detailed tech knowledge.

There’s scant detail on it yet and certainly no pricing, but take a look below and see for yourself what you think. More details at the official site here.

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21 comments (Leave your own)

Awesome for people that are afraid to go into their PC to upgrade or move things…

Not awesome for the wallet: Razer + Modular PC = EXPENSIVE !!!

 

felixinside,

This will probably give more credence to console plebs about how it costs infinity billion dollars to upgrade your PC.

 
kinistoniscool

awesome i rather get this :D than steam machine :D

 

Russacky:
felixinside,

This will probably give more credence to console plebs about how it costs infinity billion dollars to upgrade your PC.

Yeah true.

I read an article once (I believe it was here) that calculated costs between a console and a PC, and it’s actually CHEAPER to have a PC for gaming than a console.

 

I’m thinking that Project Christine may be a prototype for a Razer Steam machine.

 

As PalZer0 said, this approach would be perfect to go hand in hand with a steambox

 

God I want them to go through with this, I want it. It’s all mineral oil cooled, which means no piss farting about with liquid cooling tubes etc. sure it’s gonna be a bit expensive, but damn it’s sexy. I’ve wanted to water cool for a while now, but I’m just not that confident.

 

Phonebloks: The PC!

 

Razor Level 10 Steam Box
Pop a whistle on top, and hey presto

 

They should just build a motherboard that comes with a case pre built around it and a new kind of CPU connection that is modular for thous who do not want to change thermal paste. Every thing els is already modular enough like GFX cards and Sound Cards that already come in protected cases. you could build the case around the motherboard so thous parts are exposed to the air and have easy to plug in screw less latches.

They could take it a step further and use new kinds of ports for connections like thunderbolt as a alternative to PCI-E like Viddoc already do but I don’t know if any latencies are involved with that?

the concept is cool but the reality is far too proprietary to be a success?

 

I love how the Steam Box idea has gotten so out of hand, they’ve turned it from “cheap competition for consoles” into “Hewlett Packard 2.0″ (not that I’ve ever seen a $6000 HP machine).

The hell is the point if they’re just all using publicly available parts and putting a $2000 sticker on?

 
James Pinnell

This will cost an absolute fortune.

 

I wish they had held back on the announcement until they were ready to give proper details. Anyone know how exactly this would work? I can’t tell whether we’re meant to put the GPU’s/SSD’s/etc into those modules or the modules themselves are custom built/fitted GPU’s/SSD’s/etc that you have to buy if you want this thing.

 

exe3:
I wish they had held back on the announcement until they were ready to give proper details. Anyone know how exactly this would work? I can’t tell whether we’re meant to put the GPU’s/SSD’s/etc into those modules or the modules themselves are custom built/fitted GPU’s/SSD’s/etc that you have to buy if you want this thing.

It sort of has been done before from a few different companies

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16648&cPath=547

 
jerichosainte

It’s cool but it’s not hard to put a PC together. The first PC I put together was a cake walk with just the mobo manual, no you tube or nothin.

Now days it’s a lot easier and with and endless supply of youtube tutorials I can’t really see this taking off. I’d imagine it will be pretty expensive so it will have to offer more than just a modular design.

 

nekosan:
I love how the Steam Box idea has gotten so out of hand, they’ve turned it from “cheap competition for consoles” into “Hewlett Packard 2.0″ (not that I’ve ever seen a $6000 HP machine).

I’ve seen workstations go for that much (and much more), but I spose that doesn’t really count.

 

Sounds like ridiculous money sink and the title (even if it is just a working title) is terrible.

 

What a gimmicky joke.

If you can’t take 2 minutes on google to see how simple a PC is to assemble then please never go to ikea.

 

jerichosainte:
It’s cool but it’s not hard to put a PC together. The first PC I put together was a cake walk with just the mobo manual, no you tube or nothin.

Now days it’s a lot easier and with and endless supply of youtube tutorials I can’t really see this taking off. I’d imagine it will be pretty expensive so it will have to offer more than just a modular design.

I’d believe it’s more to cater to those who are too afraid of building a PC or modifying it; or those who have money and have customized in the past (or built their own) and are just sick of it.

My friend for example has moved to Mac just because he’s sick of having to change parts, fix things, etc etc. He just wants one working thing, and if ever his Mac breaks he just sends it off to get fixed.
For the past 10 years he’s been working on PC’s, even help built my own when I was too afraid to build one (now I don’t mind, somewhat enjoyable *sometimes*); but eventually some people just get sick of it.

I think it’s neat, like someone said – Phone Bloks the PC – but I won’t be getting it because I know that it’ll cost a small fortune. One that’ll be more costly than the average PC part… but I have the knowledge to install said parts. I’d rather save myself the (assuming) 50$~200$+ with 10 minutes to an hour’s work.

 

A few photos here.
It will only work if the price is not ridiculously high.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/01/08/razer-ceo-hopes-project-christine-will-make-upgrades-easy-for-casual-gamers/

 
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