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iBUYPOWER Gaming PC
- Great processor choice
- Large internal storage space
- Awesome design
- Comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse
- Fair priced
- Would do with a more powerful graphics chip
- Offers an above average gaming portfolio with modest gaming performance.
iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC SPECS
|Processor||AMD FX-8320 8-Core 3.5Ghz (4.0Ghz)|
|Internal Storage||2TB Serial ATA HDD 7200 RPM|
|Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Graphics||GeForce GT 730 2GB Dedicated Graphics Card|
|Display connectors||Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI, & VGA|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.0 | 4 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45|
|Connectivity||Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | WiFi 802.11ac Wireless Adapter|
|Audio||Audio: 7.1 Channel|
|Other||iBUYPOWER Gaming Keyboard & Mouse|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts & Labor + Warranty Free Lifetime Tech Support|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD-RW|
|Dimensions||25 x 12.5 x 21.38 inches|
|Item model number||Chimera AM005A|
The iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC runs on an AMD FX-8320 otherwise referred to as the AMD FX 8-Core processor. The most notable thing about it is that it has 8 cores. That’s a bit on the higher side to what we are used to, offering a significant edge in multitasking. The processor has an unlocked clock multiplier meaning that you can easily overclock it at your pleasure, of course, if you know how.
When it comes to performance, it performs a few points better than the Intel Core i3-4130, Intel Core i3-2100, and Intel Core i3-6100, meaning that its performance is better than a most Intel Core i3 processors. In addition to that, it showcases better performance than an Intel Core i5-4670K, Intel Core i7-3740QM, Intel Core i7-4710MQ but falling behind the Intel Core i7-3770 and Intel Core i7-3770K. By comparison to Intel processors, it would probably fit between an Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor, and that at an all amazing price.
So what’s all the fuss about? Well, its probably because this is best performing CPU you’re going to get on a budget (excluding the AMD FX-6300).
On the gaming front, the AMD FX-8320 shines, and that makes the iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC shine as well. Just as it comes, it performs quite well, but for even better performance, overclocking is a great option. AMD processors generally work better when overclocked. You can check out this link to for some useful information here.
Note however, if you take the overclocking path, go for a better cooling system like for instance the Cooler Master Hyper Evo. Note also that oveclocking has its risks. Finally, the AMD FX-8320 does better in newer games than in older games. This is of because older games are optimized for fewer cores, but they’re catching on quite fast.
The iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC’s graphics run on the GeForce GT 730 2GB Nvidia card. It is a Middle-Class Graphics Card whose architecture is based on the second Kepler revision.
The GPU gains access to a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz. With that said, also note that most games will run slightly above 30 fps at a resolution of 1680×1050. Best frame rates are achievable at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and requires only 4GB or RAM for best performance. The 8GB RAM that the iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC comes with is good but to an extent an overkill. Nonetheless, the extra RAM can come in handy at other places.
For most games, the 8GB DDR3-1600 advances itself sufficient for gaming. However, when the need arises, there’s an extra RAM slot that will come handy for upgrading to a maximum of 32 GB. That’ll be enough, unless you’re some sort of insane gamer – which some are:)
The iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC sports a 2 GB Hard disk drive that operates at 7200 RPM. The storage space is obviously magnificent, and the fetch speed equally wonderful. The down side is that it doesn’t come with an Solid state drive, which would be an added advantage.
It would definitely make the AMOO5A a speed whiz, cutting down on boot time and loading time. However, there’s room for upgrade in the future. All you need is a SATA port to plug into, and the AMOO5A has enough of those.
The iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC comes a gaming keyboard and mouse. There’s little ill to mention about them. In my view, they are quite alright.
The iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC is for the better part a stirring machine. Its combination of AMD FX-8320 and the GeForce GT 730 make for a great team with above average performance. In addition to performance, its looks are awe-inspiring and its lighting enticing, working you up for a serious gaming session. At such a price, it is definitely deserves a place in your short list.
There are other configurations of the iBUYPOWER Desktop Gaming PC. All other specifications are similar to the iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC reviewed above except the features highlighted.
- System: Intel i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz Max Turbo) | Intel B250 Chipset| 1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
- Graphics: AMD RX 460 2GB Dedicated Graphics Card
- System: AMD FX-4300 Quad Core 3.8Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset
- Graphics: GeForce GT 710 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card
- System: Intel Core i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz) | Intel B250 Chipset | 1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card | VR Ready Display Connectors
- System: Intel i7-7700 4-Core 3.60Ghz (4.20Ghz Max Turbo) | Intel B250 Chipset| 16GB DDR4-3000 | 1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
- Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Graphics Card