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Erebus gaming desktop  (Source: iBuyPower)
Gaming rig is packed with goodies

Boutique computer maker iBuyPower has announced the latest addition to its gaming desktop line. The new computer is called the Erebus and it is highly customizable with a variety of options for RAM, processor, and storage among other things.

The entry-level machine starts at $1,249, and has an Intel Core i5-2400 processor and a liquid cooling system inside. It also features 4GB of RAM, GTX 550Ti graphics, 500GB of storage, and Windows 7 Home Premium. The Erebus line gets much more expensive from that starting point, as most customizable gaming machines are prone to do.

The high end Erebus-V3 gaming desktop has an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme processor, a custom liquid cooling system with six 120mm fans. The mainboard is a liquid cooled Rampage III extreme from Asus and the PC has 12GB of RAM. Graphics is via a trio of GTX 580 Superclocked video cards. The rig also has dual 96GB SSDs for storage and a 2TB HDD for main storage. Rounding out the features is a Blu-ray drive. That high-end machine starts at $6,899.

“After two years of hard work and we are proud to unveil this ground breaking system.” said Darren Su, Executive Vice President of iBUYPOWER.  “Erebus’ custom built liquid cooling system will allow gamers to push the overclocking envelope, delivering unparalleled performance and creating the ultimate gaming experience.”
 

Erebus system are available now.



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RE: Sponsored news now?
By GaryJohnson on 5/18/2011 3:27:46 PM , Rating: 3
If it were "a bit more" it would be easy to agree with you. But it's not a bit. It's more like double.

And all the sub-components have their own warranties. So you would not be so much as paying more for a warranty as you would be paying more for someone else to handle your warranties.


RE: Sponsored news now?
By MrTeal on 5/18/2011 3:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's not that bad. I speced out one of the E3s to see what kind of premium they charge, and it's high but not any different than any boutique builder.
Erebus E3
Quad-Radiator Liquid Cooling
i5-2500k
2x4GB Corsair DDR3-1600
Liquid Cooled AMD 6990
Asus P8Z68V-Pro mobo
Corsair CMPSU-850AX
Corsair Force 120GB SS
2TB 64MB 7200RPM HDD
10x Blu Ray
Win7 Home Premium and Office Starter
Logitech KB and Mouse
At $3340 that's expensive, but something similar at Newegg isn't that much cheaper...
Antec 900 case
Swiftech Triple-Radiator, CPU block and Pump
i5-2500k
2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-1600
Liquid Cooled AMD 6990
Asus P8Z68V-Pro mobo
Corsair CMPSU-850AX
Corsair Force 120GB SS
Hitachi 2TB 64MB 7200RPM HDD
10x Blu Ray Drive
Win7 Home Premium
No KB/Mouse
That comes out to $2500, plus you'll still have to buy barbs, hose and coolant for all that. It's still at least a $700 premium, but it's not double as much.


RE: Sponsored news now?
By Alexvrb on 5/18/2011 9:31:17 PM , Rating: 3
"Not different than any boutique builder"

That more or less says to me that Gary is right. The entry-level "gaming" $1250 buildout has a GTX 550Ti. That's not acceptable in a "gaming" machine of that pricing. A warranty? Well that's fine for Billy's college gaming/porn machine, if he wasn't insisting on a laptop. But for geeks (as most people here are), are you going to call their tech support when you have a problem? Are you going to mail it off to them for repair work (hope you didn't need your PC this month)?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-OEM. The regular-joe OEM boxes (Dell, HP, Gateway) make a lot more sense to me. They're economical, they're good for your non-tech-inclined family members. I look forward to OEM Llano-based boxes, that way even entry-level laptops and desktops will be getting some halfway decent IGPs.

But boutique PCs? At those prices, you'd be better off finding a local brick and mortar builder. At least then if you have a problem, you can just carry it in.


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