iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970 System

Introduction & Specifications

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.

 iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970
 System Specifications - As Tested

Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor 965 (4x 3.2GHz/8MB L3 Cache)

Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Intel X58 Chipset

Power Supply
NZXT PP800 800W ATX 12V 2.2V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

12GB (2GB X6) Corsair DDR3-1333

Graphics Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB

CPU Cooling
Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit

Onboard 3D Premium Surround Sound

Hard Drive 1
128GB RiDATA 2.5-inch SATA MLC Solid State Disk

Hard Drive 2
1TB Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache

Optical Drive 1
LG 22x DVD±RW Dual Layer Burner GH22NP20

Flash Card Reader
12-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer

Coolermaster HAF 932 Full-Tower Gaming Case w/420W Power Supply, Camouflage paint scheme

Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x16/x16/x1 or x16/x8/x8 mode)
1 x PCIe x4
2 x PCI

IO Ports
14 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/ Mouse combo port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x RJ45 port
8-channel Audio I/O

Bundled/Installed Software
Microsoft Office 2007 Trial
Far Cry 2
Halo 2

Warranty and Support
Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support

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.

The Warranty:
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.

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