You don't usually think of Walmart when you think of gaming PCs, but the retailing giant has partnered with system builder iBuyPower to create a build your own gaming desktop bundle page on Walmart.com.
Starting at $578, these bundles come with a handful of options for each major component. The NZXT Gamma Gaming Case is the default option, with three other NZXT choices or an Antec case option. You also start with an AMD Athlon II x4 645 CPU, or pay more for a Phenom II X4 840 or Phenom II x6 1075T or Intel Core i5-2500K or Core i7 Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K processor. (Both Intel processors are the overclock-friendly variety.)
Your RAM selections are more limited -- you start with 2GB, but you can double it or quadruple it to 8GB -- as are your hard drive options -- 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB. You do get nine choices for graphics card, ranging from the standard Nvidia GeForce GT430 to the more powerful AMD Radeon HD 6870 or GeForce GTX 570. Throw in an LCD monitor, and you can spend more than two grand on a new rig. At Walmart.
The agreement gives iBuyPower more visibility, and with its name power Walmart could make a dent in the gaming PC market via Google search results. Whether many gamers will choose Walmart's Web site as the next place to buy a new desktop remains to be seen. Would you? Let us know in the Comments section.