iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Gaming System Review

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So you’re in the market for a smoking fast system, and you have your heart set on a custom build. You can easily drop upwards of three (or four or five) grand on a completely tricked-out enthusiast-class rig that will leave your gamer friends standing in puddles of drool. If you’re on a stricter budget, you can also opt for something in the mainstream range that’s still pretty nice, yet costs closer to $1000-$1500; or, you can look for a sweet spot between the two, where shaking a little more out of the piggy bank gets you a system with all the performance you could ask for in a package that’s still guaranteed to elicit wolf whistles from your friends.

iBUYPOWER has a system for you it thinks hit the sweet spot for a high-end gaming PC, and it’s called the Erebus GT.

With the Erebus GT, iBUYPOWER set out to make a slightly smaller and less expensive line of systems to complement its Erebus custom gaming series, which is now renamed the Erebus XL series. There are actually three Erebus GTs in the new line, with configurations based on the AMD FX platform starting as low as $899, but the one iBUYPOWER sent us to test is an Intel Sandy Bridge-based version that costs $2499 (as configured).

Yes, that’s a lot of moola, but as you’ll see, you get a lot of bang for those bucks.

Monitor not included; not pictured: keyboard and mouse
iBUYPOWER Erebus GT
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Erebus GT

Intel Core i7-2700K (Sandy Bridge)
with water cooling

16GB DDR3-1600 (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance

HIS Radeon HD 7970

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

ADATA SSD S510 120GB (6Gbps)
Hitachi 1TB HDS721010DLE630 (7200RPM)

LG Super Multi Blue Lightscribe BD-ROM/DVD Rewriter (12x)

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

10/100/1000 Ethernet

2 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0; Memory card reader; headphone and mic

4 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x FireWire; 1 x eSATA 3Gbps; GbE LAN
DisplayPort, HDMI, optical S/PDIF, DVI-D, D-sub, PS/2; 6 x audio

Integrated 7.1 surround sound
850W Thermaltake TR2 RX
65 lbs

iBUYPOWER keyboard and mouse
22.5 x 24 x 9 inches (WxHxD)

3 years labor, 1 year parts

$2,499 MSRP (as configured)


iBUYPOWER started off with a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard and a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-2700K, and then they overclocked the bejesus out of the CPU, jacking it all the way up to 4.6GHz. The overclock comes courtesy of iBUYPOWER’s PowerDrive Overclocking Service, which consists of the company’s own pros juicing up your system before it ships--a service that is already included in the sticker price. The best part is that because iBUYPOWER is the one doing the overclocking, it’s covered by your 3 years labor/1 year parts warranty.

Instead of going with a multi-card graphics setup, which would have inflated the price of the system and added clutter to the interior of the case, iBUYPOWER kept it simple and went with a lone top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7970, liquid-cooled for your pleasure.

         

The drive configuration is a good example of where a little extra cost pays off, as iBUYPOWER opted for a 120GB ADATA S510 SSD boot drive paired with a spacious 1TB Hitachi HDD that offers solid 7200RPM performance on its own. They cut no corners with the memory either, equipping the Erebus GT with 16GB (4x4GB) of Corsair DDR3-1600 RAM.

Other components include an LG Super Multi Blue Lightscribe BD-ROM/DVD Rewriter (12x), front panel card reader, integrated 7.1 surround sound, and an 850W Thermaltake TR2 RX power supply.

Lest you start thinking that this is a rig you can just build yourself for less, let’s have a look at the custom case and liquid cooling setup.

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It looks like iBuyPower put out a very solid system. I love the custom water cooling loop that they put into that thing.

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Anyone interested in Ibuypower stay far away. They have the worst customer service. My brother purchased a fairly high-end gaming PC ($1500-ish) from iBuyPower with a Gigabyte motherboard. When he got it the on-board lan stopped working. It was in warranty, but they didn't offer to replace the motherboard. They did offer to send a lan card to plug into a slot, which he did. BIG MISTAKE. He should have pressed them for new motherboard immediately.

Couple months later the DVD-RW drive died. They sent a new one.

2 weeks after the 1-year warranty expired, the PC blue-screened and stopped being able to boot. It is obviously a hardware problem, and pretty clearly the motherboard. They agree with this.

They are no longer under any obligation to pay for a replacement part. All the same, he asked them to because the PC had the history of problems. They refused.

Of course, they are within their rights to refuse, but a GOOD company would recognize that the previous motherboard problem indicated he had been sold a faulty product, and they would stand behind what they sell.

My brother of course will not be buying from Ibuypower again.

I needed a computer shortly after he purchased his, and since he was having problems with his since he first received it, I opted not to buy from Ibuypower. So after looking for where to get a good gaming computer, I found out about Ironside Computers. Their prices are pretty good, and I couldn't find a negative feedback against them. So I decided to buy from them, and I'm happy I did. The computer arrived great, and it's been working flawlessly since the day I got it. Overall, it was a much better experience then what my brother went through with Ibuypower.

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