The Bottom Line
- Fast Core i7 Processor
- Extremely Well Priced
- Highly Customizable
- Base Components Vary Based on Availability
- Some Base Components Should Really Be Upgraded
- Customization Options Can Be Overwhelming
- Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 3GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 20x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card with 512MB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio with 2.1 Speakers
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- Ten USB 2.0, Two FireWire, eSATA
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works
Guide Review - iBUYPOWER Intel Core i7 RTG Mainstream Gaming Desktop PC
Feb 11 2009 - Buying a customized PC can be a major waiting game as the system has to be put together, tested and shipped. iBUYPOWER promises to ship out their Intel Core i7 RTG systems by the next business day. This allows someone looking to get a fast gaming PC quick and at affordable prices.
Since the system is built around the Intel Core i7 920 processor, performance is quite strong and outpaces the majority of the Intel Core 2 processors. It also features the built-in memory controller when combined with the triple channel 3GB DDR3 memory give it some unparalleled memory performance that can't be beat. This makes the system great for those looking at a gaming PC or even a high performance general purpose system.
The base system comes with a fairly small 320GB hard drive that is the size more commonly found on laptop PCs. Thankfully, iBUYPOWER offers a wide range of upgrades and with the low price, this is something that is highly recommended to be upgraded. The dual layer DVD burner is probably fine for the majority of users who need to either record or play CD and DVD media.
Since their primary focus is on those looking to get a fast system for gaming, graphics are important. The base NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics card is somewhat meager in terms of performance. Those really interested in using the system for gaming will probably want to upgrade to a 9800 series card or a Radeon HD 4800 series card. The system is capable of handling multiple graphics cards but the base power supply will need to be upgraded.
One issue that consumers may have with the system is that the base configuration may vary in both price and components depending upon what parts are available for shipping by the next business day.