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iBUYPOWER Desktop PC Gamer Extreme 968i Intel Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz) 3 GB DDR3 500 GB HDD Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

  • Intel Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz)
  • 3 GB DDR3 500 GB HDD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Richard S.
  • 2/18/2011 7:20:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat machine

Pros: Great hardware for the price.

Cons: Graphics is a little weak, but does the trick just fine. Plays everything I throw at it. I'm not much of a gamer, so this would really only be a con for hardcore gaming fanatics.

Other Thoughts: For every experiencing blue screens. The case this computer originally came in is not designed for this CPU. The heat buildup inside the case was awful. Removing the side panel helped a little, but I suggest an Antec 900 or equivalent paired with a much better CPU fan. I did that, without liquid cooling, and I get very nice temps.

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  • Bill A.
  • 6/25/2009 3:50:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Value Out There

Pros: I too couldn't build this thing myself for the price it is at now. This is a steal and really fast. I didn't have any issues that a handful of others have written about. The Vista registration code is on the side. I don't have any lose or flaky switches. It powered up right out of the box. I immediately loaded Service Pak 2 for it and it's been running games great ever since. With the rebate savings I got I went ahead and ordered some Patriot 2gb 7 latency memory sticks so I would have 6gb of memory instead of just 3.
I ran Rome Total War and Medieval 2 Total War with 10000 units on the map and it ran flawlessly without lag.

Don't know why some think the 9800GT video card is slow or something this thing blazes away all games I toss at it without graphics lag or chop. I think some people just think it has to be the latest card there just isn't anything out there that the $500 or $250 cards run any better than this 9800GT in EYE resolution.

Cons: Because the video card and the hard drive are across to one another the cables for the hard drive won't plug in very easily. What this builder of this one did was put the hard drive in SIDEWAYS lol and bent the drive holder tray in doing so. I just took it out and dropped the hard drive down one tray and the power cables and sata cables fit just fine.

Other Thoughts: If you want a high end system without the high end price this is the computer you want. Also, Gigabyte has a pdf download on how to overclock this puppy and it's so easy a caveman could do it. I'm already running at 4ghz.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/21/2009 2:31:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent

Pros: i7 cpu, DDR3, 64 bit OS...I couldn't build this machine for this price & it worked right out of the box with no problems whatsoever... Use the Vista key on the side of the case to activate (change CD key option) & you're good to go...

Cons: 9800GT, I wish it came with 6 gigs of ram instead of 3...but what do expect at this price point.

Other Thoughts: I swapped it out right away & put in two ATI 4850's in Crossfire & it plays anything at high settings! I put the 9800 GT into a different rig with an E8400 worked out great.

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  • George L.
  • 6/21/2009 10:18:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, cheapy frame

Pros: Good power on it, handles everything I throw at it. Its easily upgradeable as far as throwing some more memory or dual video cards.

Cons: You gotta call up microsoft to get a windows key the product version youre given. The ugly halo2 paneling, I removed the side. Also the on off switch as is cheapy and broke from very minimal use. I mostly keep it in sleep mode.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/26/2009 6:05:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCheap HP

Pros: Ground pounding power on the cheap!

Cons: No frills...really none whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: The Start button is a strange backlit plastic triangle on the front door, don't look for an actual start button.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 5/24/2009 8:03:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows Partitions

Pros: Intel i7, MB Intelligent Tweaker, Raid hardrives!!!! I like def. worth the money! Blazing Fast

Cons: Windows installed to only recoginize 37.3 gigs of hardrive space had to reallocate the rest might be confusing to some but vista made it easy enough.(Right click-my computer-manage-disk storage-extend storage or add another dirve whichever) For those that encounter the same problem. No need to reformat.
Also Windows came unactivated I just upgraded to Ultimate and upgraded my XP pro to vista home

Other Thoughts: Purchase 6 gigs of OCZ triple memory 3 gigs really why what a I have paper wieghts.

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  • Erica V.
  • 5/19/2009 8:19:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggssome issues

Pros: Very fast so far with no major problems.

Cons: I did not get the hard drive that was supposed to come with this puter. I was sent a 40 GB hard drive instead of the 500 that it is supposed to come with. I have only had the computer a week so i just found that one out when i tried to load a game and it told me i was out of space. At this point I am working with newegg to see how long it would take to send a replacement computer but they were kind enough to send me an email letting me know that they will replace it due to the problems with the wrong hard drive.

Other Thoughts: Once the issue with the hard drive is worked out I will prob be adding in some ram to this computer but am happy i have not had the crashing probs or the blue screen probs like some of you have.

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  • Greg M.
  • 5/17/2009 9:07:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIs blue your favorite color?

Pros: Runs great when it runs! Blue crash screen seems to be free of typos.

Cons: Crash, crash, crash, crash... The color blue is practically burned into my monitor by now. I'm not sure I can even make it through writing this review without it crashi

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  • Stephen D.
  • 5/13/2009 3:06:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great computer...Very fast it so far

Cons: The front of it came with a 7inch crack down the front...and the dvd burner drive was and is still not connected.
at first the computer crashed on me unexpectedly but not it runs great

Other Thoughts: Great buy for about 970$

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  • Brian H.
  • 5/1/2009 9:09:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWhat a headache

Pros: It showed up quickly as promised. I have worked out most of the bugs but still dont have it completely fixed. Computer arrived March 11. Today is May 1st. Wanted to wait on reviewing to see if I could fix the computer on my own. When it's through it's first blue screen crash it stabilizes and runs great after.

Cons: I have been getting blue screens of dead from the first 10 minutes of having it turned on. They occur at random times and actions. Most of the errors say 'page fault in non paged area' or 'irql not less or equal'. I was eventually successful at completing all available updates to vista and nvidia video drivers. The realtek driver update was optional through microsoft but I updated it anyway. Then my internet would not connect to the computer so I rolled that driver back and it works now. I spent two different sessions with microsoft technical support trying to figure out why the blue screens continue to happen randomly. They were very helpful actually. Unfortunately all the tests they ran revealed nothing wrong with the operating system. They suggested I uninstall and reinstall the operating system and then update again. After that the blue screens continued. I updated all motherboard chipset drivers, I ran memory diagnostics through vista, a checkdisk and repair,....

Other Thoughts: and also downloaded memtest and ran it 3 different times overnight with no errors listed. Still the blue screens continue. Finally I called gigabyte and they suggested flashing the bios and manually inputing the timing for the RAM. I did. Since then I get one blue screen about 5-10 minutes after start up each day and then once I restart after it runs fine. Gigabyte technical support said the error messages indicate a problem with the RAM. A-data is the manufacturer and gigabyte suggested going with a better brand. I looked on gigabytes RAM compatibility list for this MOBO and the model number on the A-data RAM is not listed, though 2 other types of A-data are. My next plan is to try to reset the bios to safe defaults like the previous reviewer did; then I will probably wind up having to buy new RAM from off the gigabyte MOBO compatibility list. My guess is that the RAM is not damaged but instead is only partially compatible, which gives the random blue screens.

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