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Comparing iBuypower's Phenom 9600 + 3870X2 vs Dell's E8200 + 8800GT 512. Price of both is around the same $1499 to $1468 [iBuypower and Dell respectively].

Dell's build wins in the gaming benchmarks in the lower resolutions...why didn't iBuypower use a higher clocked Intel CPU???

The article was interesting because that nearly exact build on Newegg costs $1534.91 without shipping, and they're selling it for $1499. Maybe iBuypower did a good job on this one?

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We’ve taken a look at iBuypower’s Gamer Mage 855 system and put it through its paces. The Gamer Mage 855 is a bit of an odd duck for a gaming system, with a quad-core CPU not really ideal for that specific task, but a Radeon 3870 X2 really suited for high-resolution gaming goodness.

No matter how you slice it, the system’s appeal is undeniable at the $1,499 price point complete with a 20.1†monitor. The only thing that detracts from its luster is the competing Dell XPS 630, which offers similar performance at a similar price; while the iBuypower has a quad-core CPU and dual-GPU setup, the dual-core CPU single-GPU Dell is a very close match. In certain benchmarks and situations, either will show their strengths.

We think that there’s definitely room for both of these types of systems in the marketplace, and that both offer good value for the consumer. While it’s true that the Dell performed a little better in some games in our benchmarks, we do feel that the iBuypower system might have suffered from some specific RTS titles in our benchmark suite and that many other games might show the Gamer Mage 855 system in a stronger light. Indeed, the Radeon 3870 X2 gives the iBuypower system some real gaming credibility for its attractive price.

In the end, we’re curious as to how much the Gamer Mage 855 was held back by the Phenom’s TLB Erratum, but we don’t think it was held back so much that the system is a bad choice. Regardless, the Gamer Mage 855 is a strong performer for the price, and offers some unique strengths compared to its contemporaries.
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/ibuypowe...view-1069.html
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