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Rahul blogs all

Gaming PC manufacturer VoodooPC has been acquired by HP. VoodooPC founder and occasional DailyTech blogger Rahul Sood has confirmed the acquisition in his latest heartfelt blog post. HP was selected as an ideal strategic partner after Sood and his brother talked to various manufacturers and system OEMs including Dell. Talks of the acquisition began last July during the Tour de France in which Sood attended. The acquisition comes as a surprise as Sood never informed anyone that talks of the acquisition were taking place and remained secretive.

Sood states the reason for picking HP over other manufacturers as follows:

Even though you may not know it there is one thing about HP that makes them stand out among the rest: serious innovation. Backed by a $3.5+ billion dollar R&D budget, HP labs was generating an average of eleven unique patents a day. We’re not talking about “supply chain innovations” either; they are sitting on a treasure trove of product innovations with massive potential. For me, getting a ticket into HP Labs would be like Charlie getting a ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory. I was relentless... Yes, HP was/is the company that both my brother and I agreed is the perfect match for Voodoo.

After the acquisition is completed VoodooPC will remain the same. Its offices will remain in Calgary with the same primary focus on building customized gaming machines. As a result of the acquisition Sood will become the Chief Technologists while Ravi Sood takes a new position as Director of Strategy for HP’s gaming division.

There’s no mention on how much VoodooPC was acquired for or how this will change HP’s product portfolio. DailyTech was unable to reach Rahul Sood for comments. Alienware was acquired by Dell earlier this year as well.

A PDF of the acquisition details is available on HP's site.

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RE: Why?
By ATC on 9/28/2006 9:53:24 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with your statements. A lot of people want really high end/high quality products without the need to assemble them themselves. Enter VoodooPC, Alienware, Falcon etc...

It would be silly to think there's no market for that.

A friend of mine has a VoodooPC and the thing is just great looking and performs extremely well. The wiring job itself and the case innards are just jaw dropping gorgeous. Add to that a custom water cooling system and everything is pretty much OCed yet silent.

If I had the money to spend on a machine like that I would in a heart beat since there is nothing home-made or factory built that comes close.

RE: Why?
By Dactyl on 9/28/2006 11:33:58 PM , Rating: 2
The wiring job itself and the case innards are just jaw dropping gorgeous. Add to that a custom water cooling system and everything is pretty much OCed yet silent.

I could put together a high-end computer full of high-end parts, but I couldn't pull that off. And of course the case itself is really beautiful. There's no way in heck I could match a Voodoo in terms of beauty.

I'd still probably rather build it myself. It's too much fun to pass up!

RE: Why?
By rushfan2006 on 9/29/2006 5:03:02 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I am one of those who always builds his own...takes me a while to save up the money though. I don't like using cheap components.

I really enjoy putting a system together and I take great pride in the clean wiring too. If you saw the inside of my current box...not saying it is as good as a Voodoo (of course I'm not saying it is NOT either. ;))..but its extremely clean, great airflow, totally neat.

I'm very anal in details when I build a game box -- because its more than just building a rig to me ..its a hobby in itself and its fun.

RE: Why?
By Webgod on 10/2/2006 12:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
And believe me, Machine Check Exception BSOD's with non-stop beta BIOSes and 98% stability (stock speeds) are just tons of fun. Especially when you've paid for quality parts.

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