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If you’re looking for a gaming desktop while on a strict budget, you definitely need to have a look at the iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC. While it’s not a speed angel, it undoubtedly is a worthy choice of a budget machine that’s going to deliver well, both as a gaming machine and for home use.
iBUYPOWER AM007A Review
- Excellent design
- Splendid price – performance ratio
- Fairly unexceptional graphics and processor
- A sound gaming desktop with a striking price-performance balance. It runs better than most desktop and laptop computers but is rather on the lower end of the gaming spectrum.
So what is an iBUYPOWER Desktop Gaming PC
There are several variations of the iBUYPOWER Desktop Gaming PC with slight differences in specifications. In this review, we are majorly concerned with performance. For a quick preview of the sections we have not covered here, have a look at the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC review.
iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC SPECS
|Processor||AMD FX-4300 Quad Core 3.8Ghz (4.0Ghz)|
|Internal Storage||1TB Serial ATA HDD 7200 RPM|
|Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Graphics||GeForce GT 710 1GB 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 Keyboard and Mouse|
|Other||BUYPOWER 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 AM007A|
The iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC features the FX-4300 processor by AMD. It’s a middle-class CPU that’s based on 32nm Piledrive architecture. It does not integrate graphics and as such depends on a separate graphics chip. Its architecture includes 4 physical cores with a base clock of 3.8GHz and can turbo up to 4.0GHz. It further has 4GB of L3 Cache memory.
While it is an average processor and will likely lad behind in today’s demanding games, it can be easily overclocked. This is owing to the fact that its clock multiplier is unlatched and its Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated. Finally, its Thermal Design Power is 95W.
When compared to the Core i807700k processor in the iBUYPOWER AM009i Desktop Gaming PC, the AMD FX-4300 falls a far behind in terms of overall gaming performance. Nonetheless, both are exhibit powerful characteristics, as they are well suited to handling among the most taxing games at the highest settings. That is of course if they are tagged along with equivalently robust GPUs.
The GeForce GT 710 1GB is an entry-level graphics card, a few steps higher than an integrated graphics card. Nivida makes a bold claim that it’s 10 times better in performance than integrated graphics. While that may be true, it doesn’t get you fully geared for gaming.
Of course, there are lots of pros that come with this piece. For one, the GT 710 offers you HDMI, VGA and DVI-D ports, one each. It can also output on all three ports concurrently for multi-display setups at an output frequency of 60Hz. Its power requirements are low and its fanless design allows it to operate silently. With no moving parts, its life expectancy is splendidly high.
When it comes to performance, the GT 710 isn’t that great. It performs quite well on moderate to low settings, say 720p, but most current titles are almost completely unplayable at high settings. At 1080p resolution and ultra low settings, you can also achieve quite decent fps, but not as good as you will at 720p.
Internal storage and RAM
The iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC features a 1 TB hard disk drive operating at 7200RPM. The lack of a Solid state disk (SSD) to go with the HDD means boot up time will be lengthier and general speed somewhat slower. Nevertheless, it can serve quite well, and the storage space is quite ample for most users needs.
8 GB of RAM is plenty of real estate for gaming purposes. However, when the need arises to upgrade, you can make use of the extra slot made available for RAM upgrade to a maximum of 32GB.
The iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC comes with a keyboard and mouse in one package. They render quite a splendid user experience and thus seldom leave room for constructive criticism.
The iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC is a decent desktop with modest features and at a great price. While it may not offer the best gaming experience available, it does render quite a decent player. Moreover, it advances opportunity for the user to upgrade it when circumstances lend themselves to it. When performance is considered in comparison to other desktops, the iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC beats a majority of them, meaning you’re better off with it than an ordinary desktop PC.
There are other configurations of the iBUYPOWER Desktop Gaming PC. All other specifications are similar to the iBUYPOWER AM007A 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-8320 8-Core 3.5Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset | 2TB HDD
- Graphics: GeForce GT 730 2GB Dedicated Graphics
- 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