iBuyPower Ignites Desktop Line with Fiery 'Chimera 4' Signature Series

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If a monstrous fire-breathing beast adorned on the side of an overclocked X79 system isn't the very definition of awesome, then we'll punch Merriam-Webster right in the suck hole until it is. It's also part of iBuyPower's Chimera 4, the fourth generation of the boutique system builder's signature gaming line. Each Chimera 4 system ships with a 10 percent overclock, and some configurations come with the option to up the ante to a 20 percent boost.

"The vibrant Chimera 4 is the best looking system we have ever designed and one of the most powerful." said Darren Su, Executive Vice President of iBuyPower. "“It combines performance and style in a unique offering sure turn heads and leave scorched earth in its wake."


No argument here. There are four baseline configurations to choose from, including the Chimera 4-FX ($799), Chimera 4-E1 ($869), Chimera 4-E2 ($1,219), and the flagship Chimera 4-V1 ($1,659). It's that last one that comes built around Intel's new X79 platform, and a baseline build includes:
  • Chimera Inferno 4 gaming case
  • Intel Core i7 3930K processor
  • Liquid cooling system
  • Gigabyte X79-UD3 motherboard
  • 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 graphics card
  • 64GB ADATA S596 Turbo Solid State Drive
  • 24X DVD burner
  • 800W power supply
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • 3-year warrany

That's not a bad collection of parts, and of course it's fully customizable. It also comes with some free goodies, depending on the final configuration. The above build, for example, has the option to add Battlefield 3 (free with purchase of Intel Core i7 3960X or 3930K processor) and Deus Ex (free with purchase of AMD Phenom II X6 processor or Radeon HD 6850 or higher videocard), so long as you remember to check the bolded boxes.

You can learn more about the Chimera 4 line here.

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LLeCompte replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 2:47 PM

Best part is the decal on the side the case

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lipe123 replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 3:44 PM

Is it just me or is the front of the case really BOOORING?

Also Intel's new lineup is fast but I'm really dissapointed that they still can't roll out more than 2 SATA-3 ports. Seriousley stupid if you ask me, AMD boards come with 6x Sata-3 ports on almost everything other than the absolute low end boards.

So you are forced to use a SSD instead of a 4drive raid 0 setup thats cheaper,larger and quite fast.

This has been said many times before but the new socket/chipset every 6 months is just to make people waste money. It's like they purposefully just release a TINY bit extra each time to stimulate sales.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 4:10 PM

lipe123:

Also Intel's new lineup is fast but I'm really dissapointed that they still can't roll out more than 2 SATA-3 ports. Seriousley stupid if you ask me, AMD boards come with 6x Sata-3 ports on almost everything other than the absolute low end boards.

I agree... It is really stupid, especially when Intel has the manpower to create a SATA 3/USB 3.0 chipset... I get that they have Light Peak (also known as Thunderbolt) and they want that succeed but why not support SATA 3/USB 3.0 further... You supported USB 2.0 in the past, have faith in your products...

Anyway, the Chimera 4 looks ordinary... It does have the power and if you can look past the bland looks then it's a good computer.

 

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"The previous Chimera with the NZXT Phantom looked so much better. There are way better looking cases than this to put that decal, but oh well."

"@lipe123 , There will be a new stepping of the Patsburg chipset (X79) rumored to be available either in December or sometime in early Q1 2012, according to VR-Zone, so yeah, it suck that these early X79 boards don't come with more than two native Sata III ports, but seeing how HD prices have gone up so much, we are lucky to have whatever  Sata II or III ports available, r0Fl."

http://vr-zone.com/articles/x79-to-have-10-sata-ports-after-all/13317.html

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lipe123 replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 6:27 PM

So true the current hdd prices are killer, I just bought a new SSD myself and have 4x 500gb drives. I need to sell those off for a small fortune now XD.

I guess my real beef with this is: Why would you jump on a new tech thats still got lots of shortcommings and will get way better next year?

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 6:44 PM

 

Freaking finally, took until the first quarter of 2012 to release the chipset capable of all SATA 3 ports... Now all we have to do is wait until Intel puts all USB 3.0 ports on their chipsets. Again, what's stopping them from doing so? They're freaking Intel...

 

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"You make a killing right now with those 4 Hard Drives, even more next month as I keep on hearing prices will keep going up. On the subject of the shortcomings , I agree, especially on this platform, Intel should have had more native Sata III to begin with, after all, it's a very expensive platform, I was in Shock to see the cost of several motherboards, with the exception of the Rampage IV Extreme."

"Still, I checked the Chimera 4 again, its ok. Maybe they should have added a two slot digital fan controller with a shiny blu ray drive like they always do. That would have looked so much better."

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jonation replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 11:11 PM

respectfully disagree good sir. i'm more of a fractal midi guy

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 11:23 AM

The components internally are nice but come on you can go on the website and pick from quite a few cases right that is the way iBuyPower and CyberPower as well as any other boutique builder I can think of has been for years.

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"@rapid1, the thing is that the Chimera decal is only offered on that particular case, that's the criticism it's receiving. Other than that, yeah, they have a great selection of cases to chose from."

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RSmith replied on Sat, Dec 3 2011 3:04 AM

I don't care for the cases they use, personally.  I actually think they're as dull as HP and Dell's cases.  I just simply don't like 'em.  The Chimera graphic is a cool touch, but nothing to "ooh" and "aah" over.

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