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Buying a New Computer at iBuyPower

Posted under News by Adam Bruno on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 -


So, money’s going to be tight for me for the next few weeks, and I wanted to share with you all the reason why: I bought a new gaming computer. This’ll make Chris very happy since I’ll be able to review PC games and I’ll finally get to replace my 7 year old desktop.

Did I mention I think I got a great deal? I’ll share the information with you below, and you can decide for yourself.

A friend told me about iBuyPower.com, and if all goes well with the delivery, you’ll see another ringing review and we’ll try to add them to our affiliates. As for the price, I went ahead and compared it to sites like Alienware, and it far outstripped them after just a couple of steps. This new computer certainly isn’t top of the line, but it’s up there.

Feel free to comment on this; I’m interested in hearing what you all think. Have you heard of this site before? Have you shopped there? Did you like your experience? What are your impressions?

Source: iBuyPower website, and my new computer (specs below)

Netbook / Notebook Bundle None
Case Thermaltake V9 Gaming Tower Case – Blue
iBUYPOWER Labs – Noise Reduction None
iBUYPOWER Labs – Internal Expansion None
Case Lighting None
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 960 Processor (4x 3.20GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive None
Processor Cooling CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooling Fan System
Memory 12 GB [2 GB X6] DDR3-1800 Triple Memory Module – Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card ATI Radeon HD 5870 – 1GB – Single Card
Video Card Brand Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA
Free Stuff [Free Game] – H.A.W.X – Free with purchase of Intel Core i7 Processor
Motherboard ASUS P6T SE — Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3 PCI-E MB
Motherboard Add-on ASUS U3S6 True USB 3.0 & SATA 3.0 PCI-E x4 Expansion card
Power Supply 850 Watt — CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850w Power Supply – SLI Ready
Primary Hard Drive 2 TB HARD DRIVE — 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s – Single Drive
Data Hard Drive None
Optical Drive [8X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Re-Writer, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive – Blue
2nd Optical Drive 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive – Blue
Flash Media Reader/Writer 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer – Blue
Meter Display None
Floppy Drive None
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Network Card Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ….) – 64-Bit
Keyboard iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard – Black
Mouse iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse – Black
Monitor 24″ Widescreen LCD 1920×1080 Sceptre X246W-1080P – Built-in Speaker, DVI & HDMI Input
2nd Monitor None
Speaker System iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System
External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] [USB 2.0 + eSATA] 3.5″ 500 GB External Storage – (SATA-II, 3.0Gb/s, 7200RPM Hard Drive)
USB Flash Drive Corsair 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Power Protection None
Headset None
MP3/MP4 Player None
Video Camera None
Advanced Build Options Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower – Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis
Advanced Build Options Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound – The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks
Warranty Standard Warranty Service – Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
Rush Service Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) – No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days
Subtotal : $3,164.00
Tax : $308.49
California State Electronic Waste Recycling Fee : $16.00
Ground Shipping : $44.00
Total : $3,532.49
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5 comments… read them below or add one

  1. hookyhook says:

    I was just looking at http://www.n4g.com and i stumbled on this article. Honestly, i was going to purchase from ibuypower.com until a very good friend of mines referred me over to http://www.phusionpc.com and i’ve never heard of them before. They had pre-set computers but I had to use the “CONTACT US” to let them know what i was looking for. And they responded to me really quickly and got me a better deal than that of ibuypower. It’s been working really well so far, and i just wanted to share that with you since you are in the market of a new pc.

  2. Meredith Sweet says:

    I want to say several things:
    (1) Congrats! Yay new sexy computer!
    (2) THE HECK!? That’s damned expensive, but you are getting a huge HD, a Blu-Ray player, and a decent processor. The fact that you only know whether your graphics card is NVIDIA or ATI is a bit iffy, but at least you’ll get a solid brand.
    (3) Customizing your PC is always better than trying to buy some stock thing–at least you know exactly what’s going in and hopefully what it’s capable of. But beyond the specs and the price, what about other details, like their customer service and return policy?

  3. Adam Bruno says:

    Actually, I’m getting the ATI Radeon 5870; it’s right above the thing that you saw, Meredith. And it’s very good, so here’s hoping it lasts a while.

    Also, hookyhook, not to be the cliche “my idea was better than yours” person, but something about your site gives me the willies. I have some ideas why, but I can’t be sure. Regardless, hopefully you did in fact get a better deal than I did.

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