iBuyPower's new X51 rival can be outfitted with i7-3770K and GTX 680By Matthew DeCarlo
Hoping to "break the standard" of your typical boxy, bulky gaming rigs, iBuyPower has opened preorders for a new small form factor system that's a bit larger than Alienware's X51 and offers a greater selection of hardware. The Revolt measures 16" x 16.2" x 4.6" and comes in three fully customizable base models.
The series starts out at $499 with the Revolt R320, which offers an Intel Core i3-3220, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, and an Asrock Mini-ITX motherboard. For another $150, the Revolt R550 upgrades that to an i5-3350P and sidesteps the IGP with a GeForce GTX 650 1GB.
At $899, the Revolt starts looking like a more respectable gaming machine with an i5-3570K and a GTX 660 2GB. Of course, if you have extra cash to spare, these specs can be increased to an i7-3770K and a factory-overclocked GTX 680. You can also request up to 16GB of RAM, custom air or liquid cooling, and choose from many storage options including 1TB to 3TB hard drives, and SSDs spanning from 30GB to 480GB.
When configured with the i7-3770K, a GTX 680, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB Intel 520 Series SSD and a 3TB HDD, the machine runs $1,767, which seems fairly priced considering the fact that we're talking about a boutique builder and that components with those specifications alone cost about $1,400 at retail. That sum doesn't include the Revolt's case, motherboard, power supply and so on, which obviously don't come free.
It's worth noting that certain configurations come with freebies. If you spend over $1,399 you'll get a free Creative Labs Fatal1ty headset. Spend more than $1,599 and you'll get a Razer Arctosa keyboard. Buy an Nvidia GPU and you'll get Assassin's Creed III, while AMD-powered setups can expect Dirt Showdown, Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution and/or 20% off MoH: Warhammer depending on the GPU.