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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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By deathwombat on 5/18/2011 5:11:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have to disagree with you. Anyone can build a computer, though it's harder when you have to screw around with water cooling, and even harder to produce a stable ridiculous overclock. But that's why you do it: to learn how.

Would you pay someone to restore a classic car for you? No, you do it yourself for the experience. It's a labor of love; the process is as rewarding as the result.

Building a machine like this one yourself is not only cheaper, it's more satisfying. You did the research, you picked the components, you put it together with your own hands. Your reward is the sense of achievement, and you can brag about the awesome machine that you designed and built yourself. You don't get that when you pay someone else to do it for you.

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By MrTeal on 5/18/2011 5:25:14 PM , Rating: 4
And I'll disagree with you. Disagreement: The circle of internet life. :)

For some people, you're definitely right. In the case you describe building and overclocking computers is a hobby and something that the person enjoys doing, just like restoring classic cars. However, iBuyPower and classic car restoration companies exist for a reason. There's a large number of people out there that just want a really powerful rig that's reasonably quiet, or want the 70s muscle car that they drooled over as a kid. They don't want to be go through all the learning and effort to set up that computer or fix up the car, they just want the end result. That doesn't make them bad or incompetent, it just means that they'd rather spend their time on other things.

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By dubldwn on 5/18/2011 5:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think restoring a car or plumbing a bathroom is comparable to putting together a computer.

Putting together the hardware is a joke. You plug stuff in. Not sure what the OP has a degree in or what he researches, but I would hope it is far more complicated than building a rig. It takes a few hours on a Saturday afternoon start to finish, and once you do it, I’d find it hard to believe anyone (male DailyTech reader) would buy a prebuilt one again.

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By ZmaxDP on 5/18/2011 7:13:19 PM , Rating: 3
Uhhh... Sexist much?

I'm unaware of any physical difference that prevents women from building computers, or restoring classic cars for that matter. Implying that women are somehow not idiots for not building their own computers while men are while all else is effectively equal... Now THAT is stupid.

Meanwhile, for those arguing for the "only idiots don't build their own computers" position... (Yes, I'm paraphrasing a bit, I know it wasn't worded exactly like that previously) make up your minds. Is it a financial issue, or is it a passion/pleasure/emotional issue? If people are idiots because they could save money, then I can clearly draw a line in the sand at a salary rate when it becomes stupid to build your own. (And that rate isn't as high as you think when you consider everything that goes into building your own rig.) If it is emotional, then guess what? Some people like what you like, and some people don't. I don't like artichokes. You might. Neither of us are wrong, or right for that matter. It's called personal preference.

For me, despite it not making economic sense to build my own rigs, I do it because I like it. For some even when it does make economic sense the emotional aspect might weight their decision against it. Trying to make this a right/wrong or smart/stupid issue is just close minded...

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By Iketh on 5/18/2011 8:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm unaware of any physical difference that prevents women from building computers, or restoring classic cars for that matter.

not physical, psychological... get it right

but i'm just playing on his attempt at humor; to me he was just being comical like most in this thread were... you should really lighten up

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By Flunk on 5/19/2011 9:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
Putting together a computer takes about 30 minutes (30 more to install windows but you don't actually need to be there past the first few), so if you're saving $700 like someone claims above (I know this is inflated) you would have to make $700 an hour for it not to be worth it.

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