Placing the Order
When creating the order, it's quite easy to use Ibuypower's Easy Builder to build a PC around a game or budget. But, if you are picky like me, you can also go to Gaming PCs, choose a pre-built rig, and customize! There are many customization options, though only a select few brands work with Ibuypower. For example, I couldn't choose the case I wanted as it was with a different brand, but they did have one I liked on my backup list so it worked out. The tool said to expect 6 weeks wait time for the graphics card, but the order arrived one month later. Considering the difficulty of acquiring graphics cards right now, waiting only one month was quite a surprise. In total, the build cost roughly $2900 after tax and such. I could have easily built this for cheaper in a DIY situation, but with part availability being how it is that wasn't an option. Overall, at the time of ordering (March 2021), the cost was acceptable. Aside the PC parts, I also ordered a few accessories, such as the cheap Ibuypower branded mouse and keyboard.
The parts I selected are...
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 9 5900x
Motherboard: AMD - MSI x570 Gaming Edge Wifi
CPU Cooler: Ibuypower White 240mm AIO
Ram: cheapest option, some random 8gb stick (I didn't use it. Note below!)
Graphics Card: Nvidia - MSI Gaming X Trio GeForce RTX 3080
Power Supply: High Power 80+ Gold 750w
Storage: Western Digital Blue sn550 (500 gigabyte M.2 Drive)
Case: bequiet Pure Base 500DX White
Other Parts I added after rebuilding the PC at home...
Additional Case Fan (reason below)
Motherboard Adapter for front USB-C port (reason below)
Note: I used ram I had on hand to save cost. Corsair Vengeance 8gb 3000mhz
Unboxing and Inspection
The PC arrived roughly one month after ordering, and I immediately set forth to unboxing and inspecting the goods. I choose the option to have extra packaging inside the system to keep the graphics card in place to prevent damage to either it or other components. Once the PC was unboxed, I removed the 8 gigabyte stick that came with it and replaced it with a 32 gigabyte kit (4x8) I had on hand. I also added the storage drive that contains my steam library.
First Impressions: Things I liked...
1. First boot was smooth
2. XMP was already enabled
3. Cable management was not bad
4. PC looked nice
First Impressions: Things I did not like...
1. The radiator for the AIO was mounted on the front instead of on the top.
2. The PC case is supposed to come with 3 fans, but it only came with 2.
3. PSU was not installed properly, specifically one of the anti-vibration pads was loose
4. The Motherboard was listed in Ibuypower's customizer as having support for a front USB C port, but it actually didn't. I had to buy an adaptor to connect the front USB C port on the case. That's on Ibuypower, not the motherboard itself.
Ultimately, the things I did not like weren't that bad. The radiator should have been mounted on the top with two case fans on the front and one on the rear. I had to order a third fan to complete the set. The PSU anti-vibration pad was an easy fix. There's no excuse for getting these things wrong, but at least these things aren't dangerous problems. XMP being already enabled and the somewhat neat cable management helped my opinion.
After the inspection and setup at my desk, I ran some benchmarks. I wanted to compare the AIO mount location (front vs top). A disclaimer up front: I am no benchmarking expert! However, all benchmarks were ran under the same conditions! After running the benchmarks with the AIO mounted to the front, I moved the AIO to the top, added the third fan at the rear, and reran the benchmarks. Fan speeds were left at default.
||AIO Top + 3rd Fan
|3D Mark Fire Strike
|3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme
|3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra
|3D Mark Port Royal
|3D Mark Time Spy
|3D Mark Time Spy Extreme
|Cinebench R23 Single Core
|Cinebench R23 Multi Core
|Superposition 1080p Extreme
|Superposition 4k Optimized
|Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
|2160p (4k) Maximum
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider
|1080p Highest Preset
|1080p +Ray Tracing
|1080p +DLSS & Ray Tracing
|1440p Highest Preset
|1440p +Ray Tracing
|1440p +DLSS & Ray Tracing
|2160p (4k) Highest Preset
|2160p (4k) +DLSS
|2160p (4k) +Ray Tracing
|2160p (4k) +DLSS & Ray Tracing
The performance difference between the two setups was so small that it was basically just margin of error, at least in my opinion. Again: I'm not a benchmarking expert.
Download Benchmark Results (Front)
Download Benchmark Results (Top + 3rd Fan)
In the process of writing this review, I re-ran some of the benchmarks to check thermals. Benchmarks were ran for 30 minutes to allow components to reach a stable temperature. FFXIV and Destiny 2 results are from gameplay.
|Cinebench R23 Multi-Core
|3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra Stres Test
|3D Mark Time Spy Extreme Stress Test
|3D Mark Port Royal Stress Test
|Final Fantasy XIV
The PC is powerful and I'm satisfied. I'm able play and record FFXIV in 4k on the same machine! No need for a 2 pc setup. My goal was to a reach stable 60+ framerate in 4k for recording with a 2 pc setup, and this build exceeded my expectations!
A note specifically on the Ibuypower branded AIO CPU cooler: I was not expecting much out of it, but I was pleasently surprised after running the thermal tests (these with the top mounted configuration). In typical use cases for me, it very rarely exceeded 60c under load and only exceeded 70c under the Cinebench test. This is with whatever thermal compound that was used in the initial build; I have not replaced it.
All in all, the out of box experience was acceptable. Based on my experience, would I recommend Ibuypower to others? Yes, however I must stress that there is a caveat. Not all prebuilt machines come with the same quality. I have heard of many prebuilt machines arriving in various states of disrepair, so your mileage may vary. Maybe I got lucky, maybe this is normal and others have been unlucky. I can't say for sure, but that's where I stand. If you go with Ibuypower, make sure to buy the extra packaging!
What about the individual parts, rather than the Ibuypower build? Well, here are my thoughts and links to the parts in my system. The GPU and RAM links aren't to a specific item since there's so many variations of those parts. For GPUs, good luck! For RAM, I have the 3000mhz kit, but I'd recommend the 3200mhz kit. As of writing this review, the 3200mhz kit is cheaper and better.
AMD Ryzen 5900x CPU
The 5900x is a 12 core 24 thread monster. I upgraded from a Ryzen 1700x to this, and the difference is night and day. You really can't go wrong with a Ryzen 5000 CPU!
MSI x570 Gaming Edge Wifi Motherboard
The x570 Gaming Edge Wifi is a great board. It supports everything I require without costing an arm and a leg. It has a multitude of USB ports, sufficient PCIE expansion, support for a Gen 4 M.2 drive, and the built in Wifi and Bluetooth is a nice extra.
Nvidia 3080 Graphics Card
The 3080 is a fantastic card. It is capable of so much more than I was expecting! The only downside is availability! As of writing this review, several months after receiving the PC, availability is STILL terrible and it seems it'll remain terrible for months to come. This was the driving reason why I went with a custom prebuilt PC in the first place! The phrase that comes to mind is "GPU in a box".
Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM
Corsair memory does the job. I've been using Corsair memory for over 10 years and I've never had any issues with it. As I stated above, I do suggest looking at the 3200mhz kit, rather than the 3000mhz kit!
Western Digital 500GB Blue SN550 M.2 Drive
This drive is excellent for either an OS drive or a gaming drive! I do recommend having separate drives for those two purposes, but you could still use this drive for both if you can only get one!
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White Case
I like white cases, and the fact that the 500DX has a white version was one of the selling points for me. The mesh front panel was another huge selling point for me. I recommend taking a look at Gamers Nexus's review for very detailed look at this case.