Introduction

Our last look at iBUYPOWER was with a fully loaded quad-core system and Triple SLI 8800 Ultras. Today we're looking at a different tier system, a Gamer Paladin F860-a that falls into the upper midrange bracket.

iBUYPOWER - Overview

We spent some time looking into the company, website, ordering process, and so on in our previous review. Reseller Ratings has a score of 8.49/10 for the last six months, and 7.16/10 lifetime, which is reasonably good (but as we've said before, reading the actual customer comments is often more helpful than the raw scores).

We found that their profit margins were very low (i.e. good value for the consumer), but as is so common with suppliers of this sort, it's difficult to provide a high level of personal attention and uniqueness that high-end buyers often look for. However, for mid- and entry-level systems, value often takes the forefront, and in this arena we think that low-margin suppliers particularly shine.

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  • neogodless - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - link

    Noise... under "load" at 24" is 53.3 db? That doesn't seem "good" at all. Reply
  • Matt Campbell - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - link

    The results at idle are the lowest we've seen. I deliberately included the result under load so the impact of the stock Intel cooler on overall noise could be seen (and yes, it's loud). Reply

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