iBUYPOWER: 4.0GHz QX9650 and 3-way SLI 8800 Ultrasby Matt Campbell on April 10, 2008 9:00 AM EST
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There are quite a few manufacturers on the market selling "gaming" PCs. In our last system review, we looked at a midrange gaming option. This time, we are using a fully decked-out solution from iBUYPOWER. iBUYPOWER.com is a California based company that offers a large variety of systems, including notebooks and liquid-cooled desktops. Let's look at the company and the ordering experience first, and then we will examine one of the fastest systems they offer.
iBUYPOWER - Overview
We have reviewed iBUYPOWER systems in the past. They've been in business since 1996, and you can find their systems sold at third parties such as Newegg, Circuit City, and yes, even Wal-Mart. Their PR blurb is as follows:
iBUYPOWER is a growing force in the gaming system builder market and is dedicated to making the best systems for gamers and power users. In the year 2007 Intel awarded iBUYPOWER with the "Most Innovative Solution for Consumer of the year". Also in the spring of 2007, AMD announced iBUYPOWER as the "4X4 Launch Partner of the year". The biggest advantage iBUYPOWER has against the major OEMs is the balance of performance and value, our enormous amount of designs and customization also make our systems stand out in retail channels. Today, iBUYPOWER gaming computers are offered at Wal-mart.com, Newegg.com, Costco.com, and Microcenter stores.
iBUYPOWER states their advantage lies in a blend of performance and value, the amount of customization, and offerings geared towards gamers and power users. With those claims in mind, let's review the website and ordering process.