At $1699, it seems like a pretty damn good deal. I've priced the parts separately on Newegg and it came to $1,670. So it's like paying $20 for assembly, and lifetime tech support (however inept). And going through Newegg seems like a plus -- aside from their customer service reputation, I can't help but think that iBuypower takes some extra care with the merchandise it sells through an influential reseller like Newegg.
Any thoughts on the bang/buck ratio (self-built rigs aside for the moment)?
That's a good question, and I don't have an answer for it. In fact, that's really the only thing left that bothers me about the deal. Some of the PSUs on their site are simply labeled iBuypower. They charge $30 something more, if I recall, for a 750W Corsair.
It bothers me, but I don't think it's a dealbreaker at all.