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IBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme 903i Desktop PC... is it worth it?

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May 28, 2012 4:00:50 AM

Hello,
I am looking to make my first purchase of a gaming PC. I want to get anyone's opinion on this build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz
Hard drive: 1 TB
Video card: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
RAM: 8 GB
Power supply: 700 w
motherboard: ASROCK P67 PRO3 SE
price: $1000

After all my research and all the computers I've looked at, I keep coming back to this one. I just wanted to know if there's anything "bad" about it or if the build is worth the price.
May 28, 2012 6:45:32 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Pyree
May 28, 2012 7:08:28 AM

It's not a bad build, however you can build the same thing for less, and get to hand pick your parts. Sometimes you'll get slapped with an unknown brand for a power supply, ram, etc. by these companies. It can be a gamble, from time to time.

I feel you should atleast be getting a 6950 2gb with the money spent on your machine. I didn't see it mention what CPU cooler it has, either. Considering it's an unlocked i7, you wont really be able to get the full potential out of your pc. Although an aftermarket cooling solution can be had for cheap, it's something to consider.
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May 28, 2012 7:20:07 AM

In my opinion, you could do better for less.

In terms of gaming, there is absolutely no advantage of the more expensive 2600k over the 2500k. And with the money you save on that you could buy a stronger graphics card than a 6850. Graphics cards are where it really counts in a gaming rig anyway, not so much the CPU. Also, it doesn't mention what power supply its using, its probably junk, and you certainly don't need 700 watts for those components.

I'll price one in that range that would outperform it although again, you'd be building it yourself:

CPU- $220 i-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- 1TB- $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card- Gigabyte 7850- $260 (much more powerful video card than a 6850)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- 8GB- $43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- Asrock Z68 Gen 3 -$122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply- Corsair CX600v2- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows7 64 bit SP1- $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard & Mouse Combo- $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Burner-$18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- CM HAF 912- $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1023 and a much more powerful gamer than the iBuypower.
June 29, 2012 3:32:45 AM

Im looking to buy hte EXACT same computer. My friend knows quit a bit about computers and he said its a very good buy. Having a 700 watt power supply is pretty good because depending on the type of upgrade you want to do, you wouldnt have to buy a new power supply. So in my opinion, go for it, Sound good :) .


and to nekulturny, the CPU is one of the important parts in a gaming rig. So i dont know what your talking about when you say its not. and if your going to be recording it requires quite a good CPU.
July 5, 2012 12:20:24 AM

true if you build yourself you will get a better value, but i got this rig and i must say am very satisfied for the price. its the best price for a pre built out there. dont listen to the guy who said the power supply is garbage, its actually incredibly good, its thermaltake which is an amazing brand.

dont listen to that guy if you dont want to buy everything hand picked. this way you get better warranty coverage and dont need to figure out which part broke if something in ur pc breaks

also the case is a better value than anything for 60 bucks, incredibly sturdy and large, plenty of room for fans. it is a VERY good case.

if you really want more power slap in 1 more 6850 and boom 1130 and you have a better machine than that guy suggested

sorry to bring up a dead thread but i thought this might help you out
July 5, 2012 12:24:17 AM

also in regards to the processor being overkill, that depends. if you do video editing it is not overkill at all. plus, over the years it will hold up better than a 2500k just overclock it eventually, they do use a good aftermarket cooler on the cpu. when more cores cpus are made a 2600k is the closest thing since it has hyperthreading
July 6, 2012 7:18:04 PM

ilikesoldat said:
true if you build yourself you will get a better value, but i got this rig and i must say am very satisfied for the price. its the best price for a pre built out there. dont listen to the guy who said the power supply is garbage, its actually incredibly good, its thermaltake which is an amazing brand.

dont listen to that guy if you dont want to buy everything hand picked. this way you get better warranty coverage and dont need to figure out which part broke if something in ur pc breaks

also the case is a better value than anything for 60 bucks, incredibly sturdy and large, plenty of room for fans. it is a VERY good case.

if you really want more power slap in 1 more 6850 and boom 1130 and you have a better machine than that guy suggested

sorry to bring up a dead thread but i thought this might help you out


Thermaltake makes some of the worst power supplies you can buy unless they are the really expensive good ones.

For $850, I can make something that slaps a dual 6850 combo in the face, hard. Thats just way too much to spend.

Also the 2600K has no advantage in gaming situations.
August 16, 2012 6:45:02 PM

Also the 2600K has no advantage in gaming situations.

sorry that just made me laugh out loud. i love those 2500k fanboys that think DAM BRO IM GETTIN THE BEST BANG FOR MY BUCK WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

very similar to the idiots that think theres no difference between 120hz monitors at 120fps and 60hz at 60fps (i wouldnt be surprised if youve recommended 60hz over 120hz to people buying monitors)

sorry, newsflash: battlefield 3, multiplayer, utilizes all 8 threads. the extremely sad part is freaking fx-8150 consistently BEATS 2500k in multiplayer battlefield 3. sorry but im gonna have to break it to you, 2500k times are over, 8 threads is needed for future proofng and several games atm

im too lazy to search the thread with the benchmark, but there was a whole thread on overclock where all the 2500k extremists were let down.

fyi. just because you see it on best cpus for the money on toms hardware doesnt mean everything

and what i have to say for the desktop you are complaining about: please straighten out your brain and acknowledge the fact that no desktop beats it at that price if you count out the value of the components
August 16, 2012 9:08:22 PM

We're not saying that the 2600K is worse than the 2500K, its just that at the price, the 2500K and the 3570K are much better options because both the 2600K and 2500K offer very similar performance.

Personally, I'd rather have a 2500K because the price/performance ratio is better than the 2600K, and the money saved can be put into the graphics budget. In a gaming situation, the 2600K and 2500K are not going to be that far apart. The extra few frames does not justify the extra $100 that the i7's have over the i5's.



Of course, in video rendering and other CPU intensive programs, the 8 threads help much more:

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