Boutique system builder iBuyPower is launching its own line of signature series gaming laptops called Valkyrie. The first in the new series is the Valkyrie CZ-17, a 17-inch notebook with a Full HD 1080p display driven by 3rd Generation Intel Core processor (Ivy Bridge) options and Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 series (GTX 670 or GTX 675) discrete graphics, along with up to 32GB of DDR3 memory (8GB comes standard).
iBuyPower claims its Valkyrie line combines a "unique design with full configurability and maximum price-performance value." Cost of entry is $1,300, which gets you:
Intel Core i7 3610QM processor
8GB of DDR3-1333 memory
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M graphics
500GB 5400 RPM hard drive
8X DVD burner
4-in-1 media card reader
Killer E2200 NIC
THX TrueStudio Pro sound
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combo
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Upgrade options abound, including meatier (and faster) storage solutions, the sore thumb in an otherwise well spec'd machine. As for the chassis, it boasts USB 3.0 support, a DisplayPort, HDMI output, fingerprint reader, and backlit keyboard.