Everyone old enough remembers Commodore 64. For many, it was their first computer. It was among the first computers aimed for home use and its unique form factor was unforgettable. Simply put, Commodore 64 had everything inside a keyboard-like chassis. The original Commodore 64 was made by Commodore International, which defuncted in 1994. Last year, a company called Commodore USA bought branding rights for Commodore brand. 

Commodore USA launched C64x Ultimate in 2010, which was a direct copy of the classical Commodore 64 with new internals. It featured a dual core Atom CPU and NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics, so not exactly top-notch hardware, considering that it was priced at $999. The company has now announced C64x Extreme with Core i7-2720QM. The complete specs are below. 

Commodore C64x Extreme Specifications
Processor Intel Core i7-2720QM (4/8, 2.2GHz, 6MB)
Chipset Intel HM67
Graphics Intel HD 3000
Memory 8GB DDR3
Storage 2TB 7200rpm hard drive
Ports 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, LAN, HDMI, DVI, VGA, PS/2, audio-in, audio-out, mic
OS Mint 11
Price $1499

Due to the price, C64x will most likely attract mainly Commodore enthusiasts. There isn't even a discrete GPU or Windows included. C64x comes with pre-installed Mint 11, which is a Linux distribution. There is a Linux based Commodore Vision OS coming from Commodore USA later on, though, for ultimate retro experience. 

C64x uses regular mini-ITX motherboards and Commodore USA also sells a barebone model without any innards priced at $349. Not cheap, but it might be a good alternative in case you are not pleased with the configurations provided by Commodore USA. However, the form factor limits your components a lot so fitting a desktop CPU and GPU without modding is likely impossible.

C64x Extreme will start shipping on December 15th and can be ordered from Commdore USA's website.  

Source: Commodore USA

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  • softdrinkviking - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    too expensive to buy on a whim.

    and no good as a HTPC

    It's too small inside, and requires a wireless keyboard to use on a couch, and would be awkward to fit in a stereo cabinet.

    the only use for this that makes sense to me is a dorm-room / bedroom PC that is used from a desk. for someone who really, really loves C64.
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  • ol1bit - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    On Ebay!

    Much cheaper:

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Commodore-/74945/i.html?_n...
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  • HollyDOL - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    Hmm, was there more various models of C=64? As far as I remember mine it was all gray and keyboard layout was different too.. Reply
  • tja790 - Sunday, November 13, 2011 - link

    What a great idea. Why didn't I think of that (repeated by a multitude of others) myself. Just for the fun of if. An Atari 800 with a I7 brain. Make it happen! Where is Nolan K. Bushnell? ;-) Reply

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