Like the previous system, the iBuypower CrossFire Dream came inside a NZXT Lexa Gaming midtower chassis. The enthusiast-class case has a blue cold cathode to light up the large side panel window, and an on/off switch located on the back of the case. Both systems come with a sound sensor that allows the light to pulse to the beat of music, or along to the sounds of games.
The case was designed to stay cool and has many fans. A 120 mm fan is located in the bottom front of the case, which pushes air in over the four 3.5" dive bays. Both of our systems came with a pair of 150 GB Western Digital Raptors in a RAID 0 configuration. There is also space for an additional fan on the bottom of the case, but it was left open with a dust screen over it. To pull air in over the Radeon X1900XTX and CrossFire edition graphics cards, another 120 mm fan with blue LED lights is mounted on the door.
An 80 mm fan is located at the top of the case, and there is a place for an 80 mm or 120 mm fan on the back of the case to exhaust hot air out of the enclosure. A 120 mm blue LED fan normally comes standard on the case, but it was replaced with the radiator for a Cooler Master AQUAGATE Mini R80 water cooling system. This CPU cooler is a self-contained unit with the pump and heatsink located together on top of the processor.
The front right corner of the case has a port for audio in and out for a headset, as well as a Firewire port and two USB ports for gaming peripherals. The back of the case has a special cage design that keeps it free from obstructions ; this also helps keep the cables free and ensures that there is enough space for air to flow out of the back of the case.
The main system memory consists of a matching pair of Corsair Twin2X-1024-6400C5 modules, providing 2 GB of RAM ; it operates at a base frequency of 800 MHz with latency timings of 5-5-5-18-2T (CAS, RCD, RP, RAS, CMD). For multimedia reading and writing, an LG 16x DVD-ROM drive and a BenQ DW1650 dual layer DVD burner make sure that not only can you play movies, you can back them up as well. You can also use the 7-in-1 Flash memory reader in the floppy to take pictures from your camera and burn them to disk.
Most computer systems come with a warranty, but the run-of-the-mill variety has the annoying tendency of expiring just before the hardware breaks. While many people may choose not to pay attention to getting a a robust warranty when buying a new computer, this can actually be one of the most important features to look for in a purchase.
With iBuypower, if the customer is not satisfied with the system, it can be returned within 30 days for a refund, less any shipping and rush handling fees. Beyond that time period, iBuypower offers a 3-year warranty on all labor and 1 year on the parts on all systems.
|iBuyPower Dream 2006 CrossFire|
|Power Supply||Thermaltake Toughpower 750 W|
|Processor(s)||Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition
2.93 GHz @ 3.67 GHz, 1.066 GHz FSB, 4 MB L2 cache
|Motherboard||Intel (LGA 775) Intel Reference 975X ATX|
2 x 1 GB @ DDR2-800 (CL5.0-5-5-18)
|Hard Drive||2 x Western Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA150 (in RAID 0)
|Graphics Cards||ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512 MB
640 MHz Core
775 MHz Memory (1.55 GHz DDR)
ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition 512 MB
625 MHz Core
725 MHz Memory (1.45 GHz DDR)
|Sound Card||Onboard SigmaTel STAC9221 8 Channel Audio|
|Networking||On-Board Intel Gigabit Ethernet|
|Optical Drives||LG 16x DVD-ROM
BenQ DW1650 w/ Solid Burn 18X DVD±R, 8X -DL, 4X +DL
|Floppy Drive||Mitsumi 1.44 MB FA404M BLK with USB 2.0 7-1 Flash Reader|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master AQUAGATE Mini R80 - RL-MUA-E8U1|
Cooler Master AQUAGATE Mini R80 water cooling system for the CPU.