The Bottom Line
Jun 8 2011 - The iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 922SLCK is a gaming desktop that offers high performance components at a midrange price of $1,600. The NVIDIA GTX 580 1.5GB graphics card, once known as the fastest GPU, offers phenomenal gameplay. The quad-core Intel Core i7-2600K is fully unlocked for vast overclocking potential, and the Gamer Supreme's 8GB of memory provides smooth performance while running multiple applications.
- Good Overall Value
- Fast Quad-Core Processor
- Excellent Video Card
- Not Customizable
- Lack of a Blu-ray Drive
- Intel Core i7-2600K Quad Core Processor
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory (4 2GB DIMMS)
- NVIDIA GTX 580 1.5GB Graphics Card
- 12-in-1 Media Reader
- 800 Watt Power Supply
- Six USB 2.0, Two USB 3.0 Ports
- Mid Tower Chassis
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Review - iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 922SLCK Gaming Desktop PC
There are a variety of circumstances that warrant purchasing a pre-configured desktop computer. Perhaps the PC is meant for a graduation gift or your previous PC ran out of steam, and you need a replacement quick. It used to be that these non-customizable models were either slow or extremely expensive. Luckily, iBUYPOWER is changing the way you look at pre-configured desktop computers with the launch of the Gamer Supreme 922SLCK, which is exclusive to TigerDirect.com. This system retails for just under $1,600, and it features a variety of high performance components that are great for gaming.
The iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme is a mid-tower desktop that sports the typical black chassis with red lights for a gaming feel. The system is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7-2600K processor, which is great for overclocking thanks to the fully unlocked CPU and GPU. At this time, the Core i7-2600K is one of the best chips on the market for the price due to its fast performance and overclocking potential.
For $1,600, the iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme features 8GB of 1333MHz memory, which is perfect for loading a variety of applications simultaneously. The desktop has four memory slots (2GB sticks are in each slot when the system arrives), but the computer can be upgraded with up to 32GB of RAM.
Often a system in this price range will have a midrange video card. This isn't so with the iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 922SLCK. This gaming desktop is equipped with an NVIDIA GTX 580 1.5GB graphics card, which is still a very high end card despite the release of the AMD Radeon HD 6990 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590. And even in today's gaming world, the GTX 580's 1.5GB of video RAM is more than enough for even hard core gamers. This is especially true if you're running a single display. The NVIDIA GTX 580 is a great card for running DirectX 11 titles at maximum settings.
If you're looking to install oodles of games and store HD video on your hard drive, the iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 922SLCK has an abundance of space via a 1TB hard drive. The Gamer Supreme also has two USB 3.0 ports for a faster connection to USB 3.0 devices, along with six USB 2.0 ports that offer a multitude of options for attaching peripherals.
Unfortunately, the iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 922SLCK doesn't include a Blu-ray drive, but if you have your heart set on watching HD movies on your PC, you can always add one later. The system sports an 800 watt power supply, which gives you some flexibility in the future even though the GTX 580 is more of a power hog than other video cards. You'll also find the Gamer Supreme 922SLCK to include other basic features and software, such as a 12-in-1 media reader and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit operating system.
If building your own desktop doesn't sound appealing (but you still want high performance parts at a decent price), the iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 922SLCK is a great value overall. The quad-core processor is fast and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 is a top performer even in demanding games. Combine these components with 8GB of memory and you have a gaming desktop computer that is very smooth even in intensive tasks.