Micro Express isn?t as well-known as some of the other boutique gaming-PC builders, but the company?s MicroFlex 97B mid-tower blows other two-grand-or-less rigs right off the test bench, and it snaps at the heels of systems costing two or three times more.
So why does it earn only four stars? Micro Express cut a number of corners to hit a $2017 price tag. You?ll need a beefier power supply if you plan to add much to it (say, a second video card, or more storage). The 650-watt unit that ships with this machine will top out quickly. The video card inside the box is an AMD Radeon R9 290X, which can?t keep up with Nvidia?s best GPUs. The Cooler Master Storm Scout has plenty of room for additional storage, but it won?t win any beauty contests. And then there?s the name: MicroFlex 97B sounds more like an electric shaver than the benchmark-busting beast that it is.