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iBUYPOWER Gaming Desktops - Your Choice
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both of these units look seriously underpowered.

Hey dogcats, the power supplies have a ~20% buffer over the max load system power consumption.

So for example, if a system requires 400W, we’ll give it a 500W power supply. Hope that gives you a peace of mind!

I don’t think he meant electrical power.

Considering that it comes with a case, it doesn’t seem like such a bad deal (though I haven’t priced out the individual components). You might pay a little more for the convenience of not having to build it yourself. They just need more memory. I can’t imagine needing more than 16GB for most games anyway (that’s the max for the cheaper option).

Yes, DC meant the PSU. Per iBP’s response, the PSU might not allow for much expansion, i.e. additional video card. All-in-all, specs for both look good. The AMD processor is power hungry, that’s the reason for the extra 100 watts.

It should be noted that the Video Card in the more expensive model is not, strictly speaking, a true 4 Gig card. And Nvidia has had to come clean about it. Read HERE.

Or for the more tech savvy, take a look at this article from Tom’s Hardware

It’s not a terrible card, but it is misleading. Rather, it is STILL misleading.

Woot people might want to make a note on the product page that some of the info is not entirely accurate.

It’s worth noting, if I had the cash to spare right now, I would probably buy this computer, complete with the video card shenanigans.

Any possibility of replacing the 8.1 with Win 7 Pro?

That’s good info and it’s great that you’re sharing it with other wooters.

We’re calling out the hardware based on the manufacturer’s information and they still refer to it as a 4GB card. NVIDIA site

To quote Lisa Simpson “Asterisk! Asterisk!”

But seriously, we go by the manufacturer’s specs. If you can find an asterisk on the NVIDIA site, I’ll go to bat for you.

I have poked around Nvidia site, and they still make no distinction. I would make the note on the page just to cover Woot’s butt. If people order a 4 Gig card and only get a 3.5 Gig card (plus the 512 MB occasionally used bit) they could be miffed. It’s a bit fraudulent.

Nvidia has known about this ‘feature’ now since last year. And you could probably pass that claim back to Nvidia, but wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to?

And I’m done now. I will stop beating this horse.
It is an EX-HORSE!

quietly tucks his dork away

In terms of gaming power, they’re actually not bad. You’re paying a bit of a premium, you could probably shave $200-ish if you parted it out yourself and they don’t list which PSU’s are used (could be a nice full modular Corsair or EVGA, could be a non-modular Chinese knockoff firestarter), but the actual parts are fairly balanced. These are actually pretty excellent gaming PC’s, much better and more fairly priced than the Alienware crap.

So, what do these have for Power Supplies? Can I see the specs somewhere?

I’m so sorry if this has already been asked, but since there’s a keyboard and monitor in the picture, do these builds come with either? I would expect for the price of the maxed out one, they would.

Thanks for all your help on my first potential woot!

In the box:

iBUYPOWER WT-A01 Gaming Desktop, AMD FX-8320 8-Core 3.5GHz, AMD Radeon R9-280X 3GB, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, 8GB DDR3, 802.11ac, Win 8.1

Power Cable
USB Keyboard & Mouse
Owner’s Manual

It says right on the photo with the monitor that it isn’t included. Keyboard and Mouse are included per the Specs tab.

Not for this event, but we’ll see if we can do it for the next event!

Just to reconfirm with you, the computer comes with a keyboard and mouse. The monitor is up to you!