Had you asked me a couple of years ago about buying prebuilt, I would never have even considered it. The cost was significantly higher than simply buying your own parts and building it yourself. But once I saw the specs of this machine, I couldn’t believe how well priced it was.
I went ahead and added to the best of my ability the same build onto pc part picker (case, keyboard and mouse are unique to iBuyPower, but there’s decent substitutes for them, e.g. NZXT S340) and as of today, it’s identical in price, if not in fact cheaper to buy this desktop. I have no idea how these guys turn a profit. In any case, I finally caved. I had to have this and I’m absolutely thrilled with what I got.
Here is what exactly included . What i was able to view from a quick glance over:
- OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
- CPU: Intel Core I7-7700k 4.2GHz Quad Processor
- CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX 300 R
- Motherboard: AsRock B250M Pro4-IB Micro-ATX LG1151
- RAM: ADATA XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400MHz
- GPU: Asus – GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card
- Western Digital – Green 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
- Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
- Wi-Fi Adapter: AC600 WLAN USB (Unsure of exact brand)
- Case: iBuyPower Slate Gaming Tower (2x Side Glass Panel)
- Mouse: iBuyPower GMS5001 Gaming Mouse
- Keyboard: iBuyPower Ares E1 Membrane Gaming Keyboard
Power supply is the one thing. I haven’t attempted to verify as it concealed quite well by the case covering and wires, but I can assume based on the power consumption of the build and other reviews that it’s some generic brand PSU, anywhere between 350W-600W. I’ll update if I ever decide to take a peek.
The case is really solid. Black with red LED lights on the fans and front panel of the case has 2 dark tinted glass panels. That are easy removed by hand and easy to access hardware. RGB case lighting with up to 16 colors that can be controlled via remote can illuminate the motherboard, giving you a great view of your PC in action, or just additional eye candy. It Can be turned off if not your thing.
On startup, SSD booted immediately to Windows 10. No issues experienced in comparison to other reviews. No bloatware of any kind aside from the usual Windows games and apps, so that’s very much appreciated. The few games I installed on the SSD as opposed to the HDD load incredibly fast. Multi-tasking is seamless with no hiccups. Can easily alt-tab in and out of games and browse the web/youtube without much slow down, if any.
Game performance is fantastic at 1080p. With some tweaking, RIse of the Tomb Raider, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, GTA V, and Witcher 3 all run flawlessly at 60 fps, all settings either Ultra or High. Any game you throw at this should run amazingly well and look good doing it. (Unless it’s poorly optimized like Ark: Survival Evolved). I do not own a 4K or 1440p monitor, so I can’t speak for performance at those resolutions.
Air flow is great due to nice open space. (Great cable management does wonders.) Fans are pretty quiet and never get too loud. CPU and GPU temps are pretty good for air cool. CPU idles at 37°C and typically stays around 45°C-60°C during play. GPU idles at 42°C and goes up to 65°C-70°C during intensive play.
Overall this is the PC I always wanted, but there are some issues. if you’re ever looking to upgrade or make tweaks. Without liquid cooling, you’re limited with how much you can overclock your CPU while maintaining decent temps (I personally wouldn’t touch it. Stock speed is more than adequate). As for any hardware changes or additions, the motherboard is an upgrade bottleneck.
There’s no room left on the motherboard to add a 2nd GPU from what I can tell, so don’t even think about SLI with this out of the box. The motherboard also only supports memory up to 2400 MHz, so you’d have to switch it out if you ever plan on upgrading and overclocking your RAM. One last personal gripe I have is that there’s no front bays of any kind to allow for CD or Bluray drives, so I won’t be able to add one like I initially planned.
So here’s a TL;DR list:
– Clean and open space, which means good air flow
– Fast boot and load times with SSD
– Plays all games on Ultra/High settings, 60 fps at 1080p
– Amazing price/performance ratio for a prebuilt gaming PC
– Limited overclock potential without liquid cooling
– No room for multi-GPU upgrade
– Motherboard memory capped at 2400MHz, so no RAM overclocking
– Motherboard is an upgrade bottleneck. So it must be replaced if you intend the address the previous 2 cons
– No front bays for an additional CD/Bluray drive
(Since I haven’t verified, I can’t claim whether or not you’ll need a new PSU if planning on GPU upgrades)
All in all this is probably the best pre built you can buy that doesn’t skimp on power, with a perfect price/performance ratio. Every other gaming PC i seen sacrifices either the CPU or the GPU to accommodate the other (Get an I7 but with a 1060, or get a 1080 but with an I5. Unless we see some huge changes in game development soon, this PC should last a long time playing games at 1080p before it needs an upgrade.