Boutique system builders have been pushing Intel's Core i7 3930K and 3960X processors pretty hard, and they're both high potency options if you're cruising the pre-built scene for a Sandy Bridge-E system. They're also a bit pricey. Enter iBuyPower, which has now begun offering a less expensive Sandy Bridge-E option for gamers who want to invest in an Intel X79 foundation without overspending on a CPU.
iBuyPower now offers an Intel Core i7 3820 processor option on its X79 systems. The 3820 is a quad-core processor clocked at 3.6GHz with 10MB of L3 cache, whereas the 3930K (3.2GHz, 12MB L3 cache) and 3960X (3.3GHz, 15MB L3 cache) are both six-core CPUs.
"We are excited to offer these speedy new CPUs that are faster than the previous generation but more efficient," said Darren Su , Vice President of iBuyPower. "Best of all the Intel Core i7 3820 is priced similarly to the slower previous generation, allowing us to pass that savings on to our customers."
iBuyPower offers a range of X79 systems starting at $1.289 (Gamer Paladin F760). The boutique builder also has a number of Valentine's Day specials, which you can view here .