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If you are considering jumping into serious pc gaming, chances are you’re gonna get quite a lot of advice online to build your own desktop gaming rig. Though this can be a great adventure, it’s also quite intimidating for non-PC hardware enthusiasts and can also lead to costly mistakes along the way. Not everyone interested in pc gaming is a hardcore pc building enthusiast and has the skills to actually put together a great gaming rig without breaking the bank and possibly “frying” some electronics along the way. This is where companies like iBUYPOWER and CyberPowerPC come in. For a fraction of the cost you would incur sourcing for your own components and build a gaming pc, iBUYPOWER offers you a powerful and solidly built gaming rig so you can dive into hardcore pc gaming right away.
The iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z is one such offering from ibuypower. It packs premium and powerful components like Intel’s Kabylake flagship CPU-the Intel i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor as well as the highly capable and versatile NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dedicated Graphics Card.
This particular model has actually captured a lot of attention and was Amazon’s (ultra-gaming tower) recommendation of the best gaming desktop at the time of writing this iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z review.
- Unique design-beautiful multi-color RGB Lighting
- Powerful processor
- Reasonable price
- Has both Ethernet and inbuilt Wi-Fi
- Great port selection-has 6 USB 3.1 ports!
- Premium case with a tempered glass side panel
- Has ample SSD and HDD storage
- Included gaming mouse feels a bit cheap
- Overclocking is risky due to lack of liquid cooling but normal clock speeds are sufficient anyway.
The iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z packs all the power you need to jump into serious gaming at an affordable and attractive package. Besides being Amazon’s recommended gaming rig, a lot of customers have given it good reviews and rate it highly. We concur with them after having used it for a couple of weeks.
iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z SPECS
|Processor||7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700K | 4.2 – 4.5GHz|
|Processor cores & Threads||4 Cores | 8 Threads|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2400 MHz Quad Channel RAM|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Card with 8GB Dedicated Memory|
|Internal Storage||1TB HD 7200 RPM + 240GB SSD|
|Peripherals||7 Colors Gaming Keyboard | USB Gaming Mouse|
|Optical drive||24X DVDRW Dual-Layer Drive|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Dimensions||12.5 x 25 x 21.4 in | 31.8 x 63.5 x 54.3 cm|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts & Labor + Free Lifetime Tech Support|
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DESIGN AND FEATURES
One of the most striking and attractive features of this iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z is the RGB lit tower case. This pc features a uniquely designed metallic case with a tempered glass side panel to show off both the multi-color RGB lighting on the inside as well as the various premium components installed on the inside like the GTX 1070 and the insanely popular ASRock B250M Pro4 LGA 1151 motherboard. Cable management on this pc is done to perfection-a feat that you cannot easily achieve on a personal build.
The custom RGB lighting on the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z is very bright and features 16 different color variations that can be controlled using the RGB remote that comes with this PC. This pc also has RGB fans installed and to crown the whole lighting game, there is an epic diagonal strip across the front that also changes color depending on your choices.
The included gaming keyboard and mouse also feature their own gamer centered design touches. The keyboard has an aggressive and eye-catching design with sharp corners and wedges as well as red WASD keys, media buttons, and arrow keys. It has a decently sized palm rest and to top it all off, a bright light strip on both sides that matches the lighting on the main rig.
The mouse feels a bit cheap but has all the design elements of a typical gaming mouse especially the backlit ibuypower logo at the top that changes color depending on that chosen on the main pc.
As mentioned this gaming rig comes with a plethora of ports to accommodate every possible peripheral we may want to hook up. It has 6 USB 3.1 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports (2 of these USB ports are conveniently located at the top for easy access). There are also audio input and mic ports at the top which is really nice since headphones can be conveniently connected and removed without accessing the back. As you probably guessed by now the NVidia video card has all the necessary ports for display output i.e. 1DVI port,1 HDMI port, and a single Display Port. There is also a Gigabit Ethernet port as well as a 7.1 Channel audio jack which I used to hook up my Audioengine A2 Black 2-way Powered Speaker System.
Not only does the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z have gigabit Ethernet connectivity as is standard with most desktop PC’s but also comes with an 802.11AC Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter (This is great).
The gaming keyboard that comes with the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z looks cool and performs well. The keys are quite snappy and comfortable to game on for extended periods of time. We also like the fact that the WASD and arrow keys are highlighted in bright red as these are the keys gamers interact with most of the time while gaming. The dedicated media buttons at the top are a nice addition as they leave the rest of the function keys available for various gaming inputs like weapon swapping. The mouse is a decent performer but feels a bit cheap in my opinion.
We put the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z through a number of in-house tests and practical gaming sessions to find out whether it has the performance to match its epic looks.
This gaming rig is powered by the 7th Gen Intel i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor with 4.2 GHz base clock speeds and 4.5 GHz on Max Turbo. This CPU is among Intel’s Kabylake flagship chips that feature hyperthreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and improved hardware encoding of HD 4k content. This means that this CPU is an absolute beast when it comes to 3D gaming and media processing. It integrates an Intel HD 630 graphics card which in this case is unnecessary anyway since the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z has a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dedicated Graphics Card.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dedicated Graphics Card is one of the most capable high-end graphics units from NVidia. It’s currently ranked 12th on the 3DMark Ranking and has a solid 18000 3DMark GPU Score plus a 7-star rating. The only card that beats this GPU currently in terms of performance is the GTX1080 but considering the cost, this one is great as gaming performance is really close on these two cards.Other performance components include and insanely fast 256GB SSD, 6GB DDR4 2400 MHz Quad Channel RAM and a 1TB HD 7200 RPM Storage disk.
We had the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z hooked up to the VIOTEK GN32Q 144hz FreeSync monitor we were also reviewing.
As expected gaming on this rig is an experience best described in frames per second or fps as most gamers like to call it. Modern AAA titles like Rise of the tomb raider, Witcher3, Ashes of singularity and The Division ran at over 80 fps on very high settings and 1440p resolution and over 120fps at 1080p resolution. Mid-tier open-world and FPS titles like Overwatch and Prey ran at over 100fps at 1440p resolution on ultra-settings.
When it comes to media streaming and content creation, the iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z is no slouch as it plows through premiere 4k renders and other heavy graphics software like child’s play. Also to mention is the fact that this is a VR ready gaming pc, therefore, VR enthusiasts with all the peripherals from companies like HTC will just plug and play.
The iBUYPOWER Ultra Gaming PC Desktop AM900Z is a solidly built gaming rig with premium components and stellar performance. It’s Amazon’s choice of the best pre-built pc and has great reviews from current users. At just over $1200 on Amazon, this gaming pc is a huge bargain and in all honesty a cheaper and better alternative to a personal build.
It also has the looks to match!
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