It's been a solid tick since we've heard a peep from Maingear, but the firm is hitting back with an all new HTPC that's actually fairly affordable. Starting just shy of $1,400 with a Blu-ray player included, the Axess HD Home Theater is downright capable for the price. Internally you'll find a 2.5GHz AMD Athlon 4850e CPU (the Phenom 9500 is optional), an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, 500GB SATA II hard drive, 2GB of Corsair RAM and a Vista Media Center remote. For those who are looking to spice things up, you can add in another gig of RAM, a pair of Visiontek TV Wonder 650 HD PCI cards, a Blu-ray / HD DVD combo drive, a whole slew of internal storage and a 802.11n adapter for good measure. Hit up the read link to build your own -- it looks to be shipping right now.

[Via eHomeUpgrade]