CES 2013: iBuyPower Revolt: Looks Like a Console, Plays Like a PC

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JockoThomas

Revolt? What an unfortunate name.

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gothliciouz

yeah wth can the $500 one even play games at decent frame rates?..this is only for the looks!

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Cheeseiron

I think the fact that it probably has limited upgradability would be a major price drop factor. That's my guess...

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unclesam88

limited? The article says you can throw in a i7 and gtx 680. Seems like its very upgradable

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chriszele

Your point is valid about the i7 and GTX 680, but in such a small form factor adding both of those high end components probably would overheat in such a tiny chasis. The mini-box PC seems also like you can't upgrade it with PCI express cards like a sound card or Thunderbolt card.  

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unclesam88

If they offer liquid cooling and overclocking, I am sure they actually tried it and have considered proper cooling. As for extra PCI-E rails, I think you are right about that one.

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Sir Hobbes3

so how does the 500 dollar model actually preform? It'll be nice to find out eh?

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Arlips

It has an entry level i3 and Intel onboard graphics. It's no better than your average Walmart special or Dell barebones.

In fact $499 seems a bit high for the bare minimum performance you're getting. Seems like they're selling this more for its looks and size of a console rather than being a competitively priced gaming PC. I've built better gaming PCs for less (and that's with a graphics card).

Looks like the usual mediocrity from iBuypower.

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unclesam88

Actually sir if you price it out on newegg with identical specs, you cant beat ibuypowers price. Just dont forget the cost of OS and estimate the case to be at the very least $50 (should be more). Keep in mind this system is already built for you and there is a cost for that.

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Arlips

You're forgetting about the barebones PCs that Egg offers. If you price everything separately it comes out to about the same (and ymmv but I trust my building skill much more than iBuypower and the horror stories I've heard about their customer service, so I'd still build it myself for the same price); with barebones PCs you reduce the cost by quite a bit by buying the mobo+case+PSU together.

You can get a good barebones and a decent lower end CPU for less than $200 and after that you're just left with RAM, HDD and GPU which can be as low as another $120 and still net you better gaming performance than this rig with integrated video. So we're up to $320 tops before OS which still won't bring the price above $420 even if you include the cost of the OS, which can be much lower if you don't get it from Egg and find a deal (Egg is notorious for sticking to MSRP with OSes).

There will of course be shipping, but the same goes for iBuypower.

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