Build a Custom iBuyPower Gaming Rig at Wally World

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An oversized jar of pickles. Undergarments. Flat screen TV. Toilet paper. Motor oil for your 2011 Dodge Charger. Know what these all have in common? You can buy all of them at Walmart, along with almost everything else you can think of. What's that you say, what about custom gaming PCs? Turns out you can buy those at Wally World, too, at least if we're counting Walmart.com.

We just got word that boutique system vendor iBuyPower has partnered with Walmart to launch the retailer's first custom configurator on Walmart.com, allowing shoppers to configure an entry-level or decked out desktop, or something in between.


"There are few brands in the world that are as recognizable as Walmart," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBuyPower. "It is an honor to be chosen to join forces with them to offer custom built PCs, and will introduct the iBuyPower brand to an entirely new segment of gamers."

It's a logical choice, and a potential win-win situation. Like Walmart, iBuyPower puts a lot of focus on low prices, offering bang-for-the buck systems and configuration options. Joining forces gives iBuyPower a ton of exposure, and likewise, Walmart can now cater to gamers with real PCs made from off-the-shelf parts as opposed to budget boxes saddled with proprietary components.


Pricing starts at $578 and includes a modest selection of parts, including:
  • NZXT Gamma gaming case
  • AMD Athlon II X4 645 processor
  • 2GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • 500GB 7200RPM HDD
  • Nvidia GeForce GT430 graphics
  • 24X DVD writer
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
All of these can be upgraded as your budget allows, up to a certain point. You can't configure a $3,000 dream machine build, though you can put together the following for around $1,650:
  • Antec DF-35 gaming case
  • Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600K (3.4GHz)
  • 8GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • 2TB 7200RPM HDD
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 graphics
  • Blu-ray writer
  • 12-in-1 media card reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
You don't have nearly the same number or variety of components to choose from as you do by surfing over to iBuyPower's homepage, but there are several from each category, and enough to build a respectable gaming PC without breaking the bank.
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CDeeter replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 4:44 PM

Wow, now they really do have everything. lol

Seriously though, it's cool that you can now get a system that you would actually want instead of some left over bargain bin tower.

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Wow that is amazing for iBuyPower the hope of course is that Walmart shoppers will be willing to spend a little more for a much better system.

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LBowen replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 5:22 PM

Is it me or is that smiley face just a little bit more sinister than usual?

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So does this mean the peopleofwalmart.com people are going to start gaming?

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Inspector replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 5:46 PM

Why not just order directly from iBuyPower??? Im sure they will do alot better job then walmart... That is if they assemble them there and not just order it from iBuyPower and sell it.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 6:43 PM

It's a nice step forward for customizable gaming PC's with off-the-shelf components but is there really a difference if you do it from Walmart.com when you could do it from iBuyPower.com?

 

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rrplay replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 6:54 PM

Looks like a savvy move for both some walmart customers make feel a bit more comfy having walmart behind it .cause they may be unfamiliar with the name brand are likely to have it shipped to store. or maybe just want to ask one the salesclerks about some config options ? or use the walmart plastic.

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LBowen replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 7:15 PM

I went through the process and the pricing was around the same $1115 for ibuypower and $1048 for walmart. Taking into account ship to store like rrplay mentioned and wlamart would seem like the better deal for the average consumer.

Ibuypower of course offering more customization options would be best so it would more better fit one's needs. Some consumers don't know the lingo and lack the patience to learn the various options available to them online. So good for your average consumer but techies like us know better.

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Haha yes it is a bit more sinister than normal :)

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fat78 replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 7:44 PM

My problem with this is that the average consumer may buy a computer unkowning of what they are buying, and just because a computer is made by a certain brand or is a high price doesnt mean its good. Not saying ibuypower isnt a good company, but i think some people should ask some one who maybe more familiar with computers when buying one.

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LBowen replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 7:58 PM

I agree completely fat78 which is why at my job I don't like to pressure customers into purchases. I would rather they make their own decisions and I am just available to answer any questions even if it leads to a competitor getting the sale.

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does this take out the shipping and allow for in store pickup?

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realneil replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 8:41 PM

^yes. Wally world opens up a new path to buyers. Many people will see this online at WalMart.com and buy them too.

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pjnissim replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 10:00 PM

i think that is pretty great. i never expected anything like it from walmart but it allows them to expand their horizons a little bit and reach for a more power hungry pc demographic.

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HHGrrl replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 11:35 PM

Sounds like a great way for iBuyPower to get more exposure. I just hope Walmart doesn't pressure them to somehow cut corners to save money.

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Atticus14 replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 2:29 AM

true, but the brand name of walmart will go along way with selling to people unsure about ibuypower.com. I know i would trust walmart to take the computer back if i had major problems with it, ibuypower....not so much.

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deadmanet replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 9:37 AM

Wow, I can't believe I missed this one yesterday. Or even know about it before. I work for Wal-Mart....gonna have to see if I get my employee discount, I'll let ya know.

 

 

*edit*  Sweet!  Just did a test on Walmart.com.  Did the very basic options for $578.  And I can use my discount to bring it down to $520.20. 
This is good/bad.  Good b/c I just might finally be able to justify spending the money to upgrade my current rig.  Bad  b/c now that I know, I really want to. :-P

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jonation replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 12:27 PM

i could go for a latte

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WKaye replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 1:03 PM

personally i think walmart is getting out of control. If you can find products that low good job. some people dont care about the product...expensive product is to complicating for an average person. so they go with a cheap and simple. and this is a step forward for walmart consumers, they need a way to upgrade their Windows 98. seriously I have seen that computer still around.

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CDeeter replied on Sun, May 1 2011 11:36 AM

lol yeah sportin' a whole new 'tude

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i guess if you were going to build one from ibuypower thats one way to do it (wally world got about every thing else)

i can think of allot of things i wished they carried in store for computers 

soon you will be able to buy a dodge charger there to 

i would have to say i would buy a maingear  sys. if it was just ordered through walmart.com and MG built it and shipped it but why give the extra $ to wally unless it was cheaper 

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