iBuyPower teams up with Walmart.com on "build your own" gaming desktop bundles

iBuyPower teams up with Walmart.com on "build your own" gaming desktop bundles

Summary: 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.

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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.

Topics: Mobility, CXO, Hardware

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  • RE: iBuyPower teams up with Walmart.com on

    That'd be nice; however, I'd rather have lots of choices on choosing hardware components, especially when it comes to getting a PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-IDH video card, but it looks likt it's out of stock for now:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131364

    It's nice having just a single slot instead of a dual-slot video card. :) Perhaps I could use this in a CrossFire configuration, even though I can hold on to my money in getting an AMD Radeon HD 7xxx video card with a 28nm die shrink this winter time.
    Grayson Peddie
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    HollywoodDog
    • RE: iBuyPower teams up with Walmart.com on

      @HollywoodDog You just described half the corporations in the U.S.
      statuskwo5
      • @HollywoodDog, I wish i could like your comment... *NT*

        NT
        OneTwoc21
  • Walmart Fan

    @HollywoodDog

    That's just liberal blather designed to inspire our sense of righteous indignation. The truth is that Walmart only enters markets were prices are high enough that profit exists for any store which can charge less for the same, or substitute goods. Walmart comes in, charges less, and consumers in the area benefit. Sure, maybe some small stores with great character go out of business, but by and large the availability of far more goods for far lower prices is a real boon--especially for the poor and middle class. Walmart has single handedly increased the welfare of the poor by offering them far more bang for their buck. It's only the wealthy who whine because they are rich enough to pay higher prices and they like the "character" of small communities with little specialty stores. As for your allegations of Chinese slaves...the truth is that those who work for the companies in China that supply Walmart with its products are doing so voluntarily. They might not make very much, but it's probably better than they could make doing anything else. Thus, even they are better off because of Walmart. You also allege that Walmart abuses their own employees: factually untrue. In most labor markets they offer better benefits and better pay than other competing retail jobs. Target, K-Mart, and all the local "character" stores you love so much all pay much much much worse wages and offer few if any benefits. Here were I live they pay nearly as much as Costco, and offer benefits for their employees. Everyone I've known who's worked for Walmart has no complaints and often speaks highly of them. Lastly, you allege that their money corrupts the political process. This too is untrue. Many studies have been conducted and none have found that corporate political donations have any significant effect on the outcome of campaigns or the political process.

    Simply put, you're just spreading the same unsubstantiated, dramatic lies that are so common from the political left these days. Next time bring some numbers and data to substantiate your arguments.

    As for me, I'm thrilled to see Walmart and iBuyPower teaming up. Maybe I'll buy my next system through them rather than building it myself!
    laughfactory
  • Price is King when you have the least amount of Money

    Walmart is all about price - and sometimes value. When you have the least amount of money to spend you look for PRICE of an item first - not long term value. Your value horizon is month to month and not 4 years down the road.

    People NEEDING to get a computer look at price and not the indivual components or CPU types - they want a commodity they can get at the lowest price.
    Walmart delivers on that goal again and again.

    Offering basic "okay" systems is what people want - Walmart will deliver.
    TAPhilo