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[AnandTech] iBUYPOWER: 4.0GHz QX9650 and 3-way SLI 8800 Ultras

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Before examining the pricing, we were ready to rate iBUYPOWER down considerably. It was frustrating to have such a seemingly capable system with all-around high-end hardware be so constrained by small problems and annoyances. Instead of being able to relax and stretch the system's limits, it was an exercise in patience to constantly overcome one problem or another.

However, their price point is extremely competitive within the marketplace. The hardware present in the review configuration carries a small premium for system assembly, OS installation, and 3-year warranty coverage. This is a strong point in their favor for "power users" who have the knowledge to tweak their system after delivery.

For a system at this price point ($5,000+), we suspect most buyers are looking to be coddled more than iBUYPOWER can offer. This includes all of the "extras" that most boutiques can offer (OS optimization, performance testing, system binders, pre-installation of games, mouse pads, etc.), as well as a solid out-of-box experience largely free of problems. If that's what you're after, we cannot recommend this particular system. Honestly, we're really hesitant to recommend 3-way SLI systems to all but the most demanding users, as they truly are on the bleeding edge.

However, iBUYPOWER has numerous offerings, and many are better overall than the system reviewed here. If you are a gamer or power user looking for a company that offers system assembly and warranty coverage at a small price premium (and we think this particularly applies in the entry/midrange segment), iBUYPOWER is worth a look. Even enthusiasts can appreciate the time and effort saved by letting someone else do the initial assembly, testing, and OS installation. With the huge selection of components and an extensive online configurator, those who understand hardware can custom-build a system and let someone else do the dirty work.
I think this is interesting since this is being brought up on OCN.
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iBuypower has terrible customer reviews. They're even worse than CyberpowerPC, and that's saying something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tehpwnerofn00bs View Post
iBuypower has terrible customer reviews. They're even worse than CyberpowerPC, and that's saying something.
My friends iBuypower computer arrived 2 weeks ago perfectly fine. I opened it up and everything was plugged in and looked ok. Booted it up and checked to see what was installed. The ONLY thing besides the Vista installation on the PC was a 3DMark06 installation (which I would have ended up downloading and installing anyway; thanks iBuypower!). Experience is much better than some random person's review, so don't formulate opinions on them.
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My little cousin bought an iBuyPower pc, they didn't send him his speakers. After multiple attempts to get the speakers his father reported them to the bbb, sued them, and got all his money back all while keeping the pc.

Their customer service is trash.
    
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If I was gonna dump that much into a PC and not build it myself, I'd go with something like a Falcon. At least they have cool paint jobs.

Edit - or a Cyberdruid special. His stuff is pretty sweet too.
     
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How much? 9 grand?
    
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iBuypower has terrible customer reviews. They're even worse than CyberpowerPC, and that's saying something.
I think they're fine. I ordered my custom PC from them two years ago and everything was as I had asked for.
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I bought my first gaming computer from Ibuypower and I decided to pick the thing up and they forgot so many things like My second storage drive $150.00, a SB Audigy card $99.00 and they where still going to charge me a shipping fee of $120.00. So I showed them my copy of my online invoice and then they said it was wrong. Bla Bla So I said I will see you in court.. They tried there best to try to mess with me over and over.. The place where they build the computers was so dirty and stinky I decided to just cancel my order after all of the B.S. The owner ran outside and kissed my ass and gave me what I wanted and another $100.00 credit back to my CC.
The system work good with no problems.. but now if I HAD to buy a PC online it would be from VoodooPC (why I got into building and modding computers) and my second would be Digital Storm..
    
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My friends dad bought a rig from them and the mobo crapped out just after a month of use. As well as selling cheap @ss plastic cases the case had cables all over the place. They did not even attempt to do some zip tie work.

and in that review why did they not use GX2's?
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Ordered.
    
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