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ASUS ROG unveils Avalon, a hassle-free approach to a DIY PC

Just plug in your various components without all the messy cabling.
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If you're a serious enough gamer, you've likely looked into building your own PC for the ultimate gaming experience. But the process can be a little tedious, especially if you're new to figuring out where all the different components fit. ASUS's ROG (short for Republic of Gamers) division has unveiled a new product called the Avalon that's designed to alleviate exactly that concern. Think of it as a semi-homemade approach to DIY PC building.

Gallery: ASUS ROG Avalon DIY PC motherboard at Computex 2016 | 7 Photos

It's just a prototype at the moment, but the Avalon is essentially a motherboard and chassis hybrid that's designed as a single unit, so you don't need to buy the two parts separately. Because it's built as a single entity, this supposedly allows ASUS to optimize the layout of all your various internal hardware. The big thing here is that the Avalon features SSD, PSU and graphics-adapter boards so you can just plug those components right in without any cabling. Plus they're all located at the front for easier access.

On the rear of the machine is a modular rear input / output unit that lets you have whatever connectivity options you want. The concept reminds us a little of Razer's Project Christine, though the Avalon setup looks more traditional.

There's no word yet on the Avalon's price or when it'll be available, but we'll update this post if and when we learn anything more.

Mat Smith contributed to this report.

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Raised in the tropics of Malaysia, Nicole arrived in the United States in search of love, happiness and ubiquitous broadband. That last one is still a dream, but two out of three isn't bad. Her love for words and technology reached a fever pitch in San Francisco, where she learned you could make a living writing about gadgets, video games and the internet. Truly, a dream come true. Other interests include baseball, coffee, cooking and chasing after her precocious little cat.

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