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iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

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Posted September 21, 2017 by Josh Jackson in Cases & PSU

Overview

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Price at time of Review: ~$3600
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Balance of Quality to Cost Components, Excellent Performance, Good Assembly, Competitive Pricing for High-end, RGB Lighting looks Awesome!
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Azza Fans use 3-pin connectors, Windows wouldn't load into the desktop without a reformat
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you absolutely do not want to build your own system, but want desktop performance comparable to custom rigs, iBuyPower is one of the best places to shop.
by Josh Jackson
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Conculsion

Wrapping up isn’t quite as simple as other reviews I’ve done. The question isn’t about performance since iBuyPower is offering just about every level of performance you can imagine. Obviously, we got to experience one of the best of the best in this particular version of the Element. The 7900X and GTX 1080 Ti are a beast of a combination in gaming, but the professional nature of the features also gives you a beast of a workstation as well. The real question that we need to answer is one of value.

Let’s face it, if you build in a low to mid-range bracket, you’ll probably find it pretty easy to save cash by putting together your own components. Considering that a company like this has to include labor in their costs, that isn’t a surprise. On the other hand, I like what I see here. If you’re like me, you’ve learned how to balance cost and quality to find the perfect mid-range components. iBuyPower seems to have found this sweet spot in my opinion. I don’t see them cutting important corners, but I also see them being as wallet friendly as reasonably possible which makes me happy.

You noticed I left high-range out of my previous observation though. I pieced together my own components to see how the pricing would work out if I built a similar system myself. I was pretty quickly up to around $3500 and I hadn’t even gotten to cosmetic improvements like LED strips, cable extensions, RGB fans and some other things. iBuyPower gave me an approximate value of $3600 for the system I reviewed and even my own pricing on their website put me in that ballpark. The simple fact is if saving money is your end goal on high-end equipment, short of doing hardcore sales shopping, iBuyPower is actually the less expensive option than building it yourself! I’ll always recommend building a PC yourself for the experience, but the iBuyPower Element gets the Pureoverclock Editor’s Choice Award for being one of the best alternatives for the pre-assembled market.

https://www.ibuypower.com/

Check out the full video review below! Or if you want to. =)

Also, I want to give a quick mention to EpicGear for sponsoring The Hardware Hound channel and helping me continue to bring video content to the site. Check out our reviews of the Defiant and Morpha X if you want to learn more about their products.

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