Award-Winning PC Builder MAINGEAR and Gaming Icon shroud Join Forces to Shake Up Gaming Hardware Industry

By | November 18, 2022

MAINGEAR Announces Next Stage of the Company; Updated Leadership Team Announces New, Customizable MG-1 Gaming Desktop and 3D System Configuration Experience

MAINGEAR — an award-winning PC systems integrator of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations — today made several exciting announcements in regards to the future of the New Jersey-based company. The next era for the company is marked by the addition of top gaming creator Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, who has joined MAINGEAR as a co-owner. MAINGEAR has additionally orchestrated a major brand refresh across its website and products. To commemorate the all-new MAINGEAR, MAINGEAR has launched the next generation MG-1 and MG-1: shroud Edition gaming desktops.
Shroud Brings New Blood to the Machine 

“I spent much of my professional career constantly hunting for the best hardware, looking for any performance advantage — first as a competitor, and now as a creator,” said shroud. “Since I bought my first system from them, MAINGEAR has been powering my gaming and streaming setups, and the craftsmanship and performance delivered are second to none.”

He continued, “I am joining MAINGEAR, because I truly believe that anyone who is serious about gaming owes it to themselves to invest in top-tier equipment. It’s one of the best purchases you can make. MAINGEAR has always been a leader in performance systems, and I’m excited to work with them to make products that are even better, stronger, and more accessible to gamers everywhere. It was already great, but I’m excited to show gamers what we’ve been working on.”

“I am so incredibly thankful to our customers who have supported MAINGEAR,” said Wallace Santos, MAINGEAR Founder and CEO. “As we continue to innovate our products and grow as a company, we have our sights set on the future. The MAINGEAR brand has been driving the industry forward through the efforts of our amazing team, and we’re thrilled to have found a creative collaborator and business partner in shroud.” 

Wallace continued, “Mike brings a unique perspective to the company as a professional gamer and influencer, knowing what matters most to consumers who either want to recreationally game, create content, or launch a career out of gaming.”

Joining MAINGEAR as a co-owner and advisor, shroud brings his unique experience set, both as a top-tier professional competitive gamer (CS:GO and VALORANT) and as one of the most successful content creators in the gaming and live streaming industries. Shroud’s experience enables him to provide key insight on strategic and business considerations such as component selection, marketing initiatives, community building, as well as retail and ecommerce experiences.

Over the past year, shroud and MAINGEAR have worked together behind the scenes to bring new experiences to life for PC gamers around the world, starting with the new MAINGEAR MG-1 desktop computer.

MG-1 & MG-1: shroud Edition

Designed in collaboration with shroud, the MAINGEAR brand refresh is celebrated with the launch of an all-new mid-tower gaming desktop, the MAINGEAR MG-1. MAINGEAR’s new desktop leverages the company’s years of award-winning product design to offer gamers unprecedented performance at competitive prices, with an easily upgradable desktop that supports the latest high-quality components and features an interchangeable magnetic front panel for maximum customization.

Through the new MAINGEAR Live 3D Configurator, MG-1 buyers can outfit their new system’s front panel with custom artwork or designs to make it one-of-a-kind. MG-1 front panels are magnetic and can be easily removed for further customization at-home by professional or amateur artists and hot-swapped. Additional MG-1 front panels can be purchased separately for those who want to personalize their desktop for any occasion.

“With the MG-1, we are providing buyers with a whole new level of customization and self-expression,” said Wallace Santos, MAINGEAR Founder and CEO. “Paired with our new Live Configurator, it’s easier than ever to create your dream machine! We can’t wait to see what people are able to build with it.”

The MG-1 supports incredible graphics options from NVIDIA® GeForce, to Intel®, and AMD®’s full line of desktop processors. It’s fully customizable, with top shelf components, including up to 64GB of DDR5-6000 memory, and a full range of ultra-fast Solidigm P44 Pro M.2 Gen4 NVMe SSDs.

“MAINGEAR is a trendsetter among system integrators, and where they lead many will follow,” said Avi Shetty, senior director of strategic planning and marketing at Solidigm. “Their choice to make the P41 Plus and P44 Pro SSDs the default options in their new builds speak to their commitment to an excellent user experience, and we look forward to accelerating our collaboration in the years to come.”

MG-1 desktops are crafted for advanced performance, unlimited customization, and pure simplicity. In short; it’s made for you. Pre-built MG-1 systems starting at $1,449, including the MG-1: shroud Edition and custom configurations, are available now for purchase from MAINGEAR at

World’s First Immersive 3D Product Configurator + Augmented Reality

With the new MAINGEAR Live 3D Configurator, buyers of the MAINGEAR MG-1 can design and customize their system in real time with fully realized, to-scale, 3D renders of each component. This new feature revolutionizes the PC customization experience and is the first of its kind on the market. 

With the Live 3D Configurator, personal expression has never been easier; users have complete control over internal components and aesthetic options, including RGB lighting, cable sleeving, custom artwork, and more. Once users have fine-tuned their ultimate MAINGEAR machine to their liking, they can switch on an immersive and 1:1 accurate AR mode to see their future system set up in real life.

A New Horizon

The MAINGEAR brand refresh bridges the gap between every generation of gamer. The logo and color scheme have been transformed, resulting in a simple, clean look that honors the company’s past but looks toward the future. Blending modern and retro gaming aesthetics, the new MAINGEAR branding stays true to the company’s roots as a business founded and operated by gamers. The revamped MAINGEAR branding will first appear on the new MAINGEAR MG-1 desktop system.