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Budget Gaming PCs, as an Alternative to Alienware

Highend gaming computers

Falcon NorthwestThe top block, the high end boutiques, are exactly that: Extremely high end builders who maximize on quality. They build like I would build for me. That labor isn’t cheap…. and it shows in their prices. So if you want more affordable, what do you do?

These are highend gaming computer brands with exceptional build quality.

  • Falcon Northwest
  • Digital Storm
  • Origin PC
  • Maingear

iBuypower and Cyberpower as affordable gaming PCs

iBuypower and Cyberpower are boutique builders who produce machines at near component pricing. However, many people think that feels “sketchy.” I imagine it could. In the end, where are they making their funds?


The thing about iBuypower and Cyberpower that sets them apart from your general boutique builder running close to component pricing is that they’ve managed to push their product lines to the mass market level.

You can get a Cyberpower PC from NewEgg, in, Amazon and Walmart and several other big box retail channels. Buying direct enables you to obtain the customized boutique result… but make no mistake, unlike the High End Boutiques, they are operating on economy of scale. That doesn’t mean they create bad products.

In reality, their products and services have rated well in professional reviews. But their website is gaudy and it’s natural to state something is too good to be real. Yet their products are well-reviewed at Amazon.

What about Lenovo, Acer or Alienware

People who fail at building gaming computers try Lenovo, Acer, or HP. Alienware is well known for gouging on upgrades over base models, they’re about as bad as Apple on some components and customarily not just a value for your dollar… but again, everyone knows that.

One other makers competing around the Global scale for mass market gaming PCs… they don’t specialize in gaming hardware. You wind up with supposed “high end” gaming PCs like Lenovo’s Erazer that top out with basic level enthusiast GPUs (you won’t find a GTX 980ti or perhaps a Titan X within a Lenovo gaming PC.) These products are more about having something to buy inside the gaming space than making a serious effort.

You’re left with a few options if none of that appeals:

1) Do-it-yourself

Seriously. If you want a gaming PC at component level pricing, build it yourself. Before if you never have, get help from a friend who’s built one. It’s easy. If you have a little experience to guide you through, even modest enthusiast building isn’t terribly hard.

2) Look locally for a boutique builder operating in your town.

There aren’t as many of them as there were in the late 90s, but you can still find several boutique builders that charge a modest premium for delivering your build.

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I roll my own, personal solutions because it’s cost effective to do this and furthermore, as I genuinely love quality building. Not everyone shares that passion and wants to build their own, and that’s fine… but if you don’t want to build your own, the market is very rarely going to deliver you a performance gaming PC at a price point that resembles what you could build it yourself for.

As always, I’m available for follow up questions… I don’t benefit any of these OEMs and my only desire for in seeing people get the best rig they could to enjoy gaming on for years to come.

iBuyPower Reviews – Chimera 4 SE, Valkyrie CZ-27, Revolt

When I first saw another site selling gaming computers, my first thought was to file iBuyPower away as just another computer manufacture. But as I read user testimonials and tech bloggers’ iBuyPower reviews, however, I was wrong. The computers are definitely nice, with some of the most competitive prices for desktop setups.

The cases are clean, sleek, and stunning. For buyers looking for some brighter aesthetic, it might be a tough find, however you’ll find computers such as the Chimera 4 SE offering plenty of flair (and with three fans, plus a pre-factory set 10% overclock, who could complain?).

iBuyPower reviews

The selection is definitely wide on the cases, ranging from the sharp, nearly-intimidating looks of the Professional Series, all the way to the futuristic looking Revolt, which offers a chassis that optimizes ambient air flow direction to sensitive parts which got great reviews in many places.

Chimera 4 SE : Affordable but powerful

These things are not only built for obvious style, but it’s the guts of these machines that are truly amazing. The cheapest Chimera 4 SE at the time of writing this is offered for a base price of $949.00; not a bad deal at all for the starting price of a good gaming rig.


The fact it comes with a 120mm liquid cooling system, and an AMD FX-6300 CPU. Now, personally I would drop in a NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black for $1153.00, which I’ve seen run for as much as $1400.00 else, and that’s factory set, no overclock.

Erebus GT-V3 : Premium iBuyPower computer

For the premium buyers, the Erebus GT-V3 is a must have, as it already comes with a 30% overclock rating. A nice bonus is no matter the price, all gaming computers through iBuyPower come with a Turtle Beach Z1 Headset, which is a must-have, whether gaming, and needing a mic for multiplayer, or simply wanting to listen to music on your laptop at school.

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Valkyrie CZ-27

Truth be told these machines are much more than just built for gaming. With the variety of CPUs and GPUs made available, iBuyPower offers plenty of setups for anything from research computers, art stations, gaming rigs, and Crypto miners. The Valkyrie CZ-27 alone seems to be the go-to for students and business people, with a near perfect mixture of quality, computing power, stylishness, and price.

The website boasts an easy-to-navigate webpage, and makes the process of customizing your perfect rig as easy as scrolling through the list and clicking: all the information is presented right in front of you for every option, ensuring you don’t have to remember each option to compare and decide what fits your lifestyle the best.

ibuypower revolt

The computers offered at iBuyPower are definitely not what you’d find from companies such as HP or Toshiba, and their cases are definitely on-par, if not better than Dell’s Alienware, due to their increased focus on functionality merged with style.

Professional Series : iBuyPower review

A bonus with iBuyPower is that there are options for the professional buyer, with the Professional Series looking perfect in any office building, with the computing power of a premium gaming machine. The last thing any business person wants is everyone focusing on a flashing case, full of lights, which makes the Professional Series a fantastic, low-tone choice.

All in all,  the machines are well built, and soundly designed. The website is a definite must-see, and the machines a must-use.