Let’s face it; buying a gaming machine with today’s latest components is anything but inexpensive. iBuyPower’s Gamer Paladin F970, which is designed to make the most of its powerful Core i7 processor and other high-end components, is proof of that fact. When the Gamer Paladin F970 was first released, the standard configuration initially had a price tag of $3,799. Recently, iBuyPower dropped the price on the standard configuration of the Gamer Paladin F970 to $3,395. Even at that price, however, the Gamer Paladin F970 is still considerably more than its less expensive cousin, the F950, which has an MSRP of $2,319. Of course, the Gamer Paladin F950 also uses lower-end components throughout.
What’s important is that you get what you pay for--which is the overall value proposition of any product. With the iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970, you’ll get a 3.2GHz Intel Core-i7 965 Extreme processor, 12GB of DDR3-1333 memory, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295, a 128GB RiDATA SATA MLC SSD, and a 1TB SATA-II 7,200-rpm hard drive. If you’ve ever configured a system on iBuyPower's website, you know the company generally offers a boatload of configuration options which can increase or decrease the price accordingly. And this holds true with the Gamer Paladin F970, so you’re free to customize the system to your heart’s content. In the pages ahead, we’ll take a closer look at the iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970’s features and performance so you can be the judge of what this high-end system has to offer.
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Price: $3,111.00 USD (as configured)
Our test system varied slightly from iBuyPower’s standard configuration, as you can see from the detailed specs above. Even so, our Gamer Paladin F970 test system still featured an Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor 965 at 3.2GHz, 12GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, and was built upon Asus’ P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard. For graphics, the system was powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295. Finally, our system had both a 128GB SSD as well as a 1TB Serial-ATA-II (7200RPM) hard drive.
Housing the Gamer Paladin F970 was a Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Case. The case comes with a camouflage paint job but can be changed to other colors/schemes to reduce the price. You can also select other cases if you prefer.
iBuyPower's standard warranty includes a three year labor and one year parts warranty from the original date of invoice. After the one year parts warranty expires, the customer is responsible for shipping charges both ways, current labor (rate per hour; waived for 2nd and 3rd year of warranty), and the current price of part(s) used in repair. The company does not offer a warranty upgrade for the Gamer Paladin F970. iBuyPower's full published warranty can be found here.