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Acer wants to take a big bite out of the gaming PC business with its new system, Predator, part of its Aspire line.

Actually, it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie too. But the spec's right down to Earth, with a choice of Intel Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad processors, Nvidia's nForce 780i chipset, up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR 2 memory and three Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards in Tri-SLI mode.

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Had enough of gaming? Then Acer said it'll offer the beast with an optional TV tuner card. And the machine's twin optical drive bays can be kitted out with a Blu-ray Disc player too.

Storage should be no problem: the Predator has four 3.5in drive slots, that can be configured in a variety of RAID hot-swappable set-ups.

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The entire front panel swings up to reveal said drive bays and the machine's front-facing multi-format memory card reader, 3.5mm audio sockets, and quartet of USB 2.0 ports. There are four more USB ports round the back, along with a six-pin Firewire connector, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, six more audio jacks and a button that allows you to zap the Bios settings should the system's overclocking utility push the processor too far.

Speaking of audio, the Predator incorporates 7.1-channel HD audio with EAX 4.0 support. Want EAX 5.0? Add the optional Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi card.

The whole shebang's driven by a 1kW power supply and prevented from melting by a liquid cooling system, Acer said.

What it didn't reveal was how much this metal monster will cost, or precisely when it'll go on sale.

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