Is it worth it, Final Thoughts

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We have gone throughout all the parts in the system, though I have not mentioned the price, I know it sounds like it will be expensive.  The system with all of these parts is $1599.99 so I will itemize each piece with its cost on Amazon below finding its closest match keeping quality in mind.

  • Video Card

MSI Geforce RTX 2070 Ventus 8G: $499.99

  • CPU

Intel Core i7-9700K: $409.99

  • Memory

16GB (2x8GB) XPG Z1 DDR4 3000MHz (AX4U300038G16-DSZ1): $109.99

  • Liquid Cooling

EVGA CLC 120 Liquid (Not the exact one, but this was the closest I could find) $84.99

  • Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 600W 80+: $44.99

  • SSD

240 GB Western Digital Green SSD: $40.50

  • Mechanical Hard Drive

WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM: $47.79

  • Communications

Intel 3160 Dual Band Wireless AC + Bluetooth: $29.99

fenvi Desktop Wireless Network M.2(NGFF) Wireless Card to PCI-e 1X: $15.99

  • Operating System

Windows 10 Home: 119.00

  • Motherboard

MSI Z390-A PRO: $129.99

  • Case

Thermaltake View 21: $69.99

  • Case Lighting

RGB LED Light Strip $29.99

  • Mouse

iBuyPower Zeus E2 3200 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse: $35.00

  • Keyboard

iBuyPower Ares E1 Gaming Keyboard: $14.99

Recalculating it a bit after the videos were filmed, it did come out cheaper, it came out to $1,683.18 and being that the system is $1599.99, it’s a deal.  It is a bargain because someone is building it for you, some don’t either have the time or the knowledge to build them.  Not to mention, you don’t have to pay shipping for each individual item, as well as have to deal with separately warranties.  Working previously for 2 boutique builders and then the largest OEM as a Product Development engineer I have heard it all, I helped the Salesguys as well.

Lawyers, Doctors then people that are handicapped or elderly that cannot actually move the components around.  On the other side, there are those that don’t know how to build them and maybe intimidated in building them, this is the perfect system for them.

Ontop of having someone else build it for you, you have to think that these guys are paying mortgage for the building they do business is in which factors itself into the cost of the machine.  Above all else, this machine has life time phone support and includes 3 years of support for the system overall, these are costs that many times are not factored in.  If you build it yourself, you have to know how to fix it yourself too or spend countless hours googling or asking in public forums for help, and that can be murder.

In my opinion, this system is totally worth it, factoring all the costs, they are giving this away.

Now, this system did not come at all without any flaws, I found a few that I mentioned above I would get back to, here’s the place.

When I first received the system, I did not look in the BIOS at all, I thought it would be perfect, so I started testing.  After a while I decided, “You know what, I think I should look in the BIOS” and that’s where it all fell apart, well kind of at least.

I found that XMP had not been enabled, which potentially robs the system of performance, but I also had issues with booting the system up when I had a mouse and keyboard attached, you know,.. non-essentials.  I decided to check on MSI’s website and found that the BIOS that the system had, was the initial BIOS, there had been about 3 newer BIOS’ which actually addressed USB issues when booting up,… go figure.  So I flashed the BIOS, enabled XMP and started testing, providing you with all of the benchmarks you saw above.

Being that this is not a Custom system, that you would build through their online configurator or something you called in to build, it had been sitting on the shelf for a while.  I found that the video drivers were older and Windows needed to be updated to support RTX. I completely understand all of this since I had come from this environment, this is a very common thing for a pre-built system.  Drivers and software get updated all the time, and as a system builder, you just can’t throw a new driver, BIOS, software in a machine without testing it, it takes time so they can usually be a revision or 2 behind.

Testing all of the USB ports, I found the USB type C connection was bad.  After talking with iBUYPOWER’s support we came to the conclusion that the motherboard was bad, so they sent me a new one, which is where another issue came to light.

Disassembling the system to replace the board, I found the liquid cooling units cold plate had 1 of the screws that was pretty loose, another one that was a little loose but the other 2 were fine so I had to find out what was happening, it wasn’t just 1 issue.  I decided to contact iBUYPOWER’s PR firm to see why I had all of these issues, if this was common and what they would do to address them.

I spoke to the Product Marketing Manager and gave him all of the feedback and things I found with the system and I was a bit surprised by the response.

The Marketing Manager stated that overall, they have done a lot of retraining on the systems quality control in the last couple of months, after the machine was already built.  Issues like XMP and MCE as well as the older BIOS versions had been addressed and mistakes like these are surely to be stopped if not minimized on future systems.  A newer type of automated benchmark/QC is being implemented which will catch a lot of these issues, aside from human eyes.

He went on to take the blame and say that the liquid cooling unit not being seated properly was something that had no excuse.  That missed the QC process and has been addressed.  It speaks volumes when a company fesses up to their own issues and doesn’t try to BS with you, that means a lot.

Like you, I have gone through process of receiving a machine, going through support and receiving bad product’s so I am reviewing this machine with all this in mind.  So lets see the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Fast system
  • Affordable
  • Very quiet for the performance it packs
  • Being a machine built with off of the shelf products, you can easily update it if you wanted too.
  • Nothing proprietary
  • Friendly Support
  • Comes with a Wi-Fi Adapter
  • Price includes and SSD and a Storage Drive

Cons

  • Cabling management is not pretty, more like non existent.

Nope, I did not mention the issues I had, because support helped me through all of them, these things happen, I can tell you first hand.  Though, I am grading the issues, I cannot count them as con’s, from a $500 PC up to a $10,000  PC, any and all can have issues, it’s all in how the issues are handled that make a PC and its experience.

If you have not seen it before, check out the overview of this system and we will go over more below it.

 

That video showed you all of the benchmarks you have already seen, as well as all of the components and features, I wanted to get that across.

So with all that said and done, I bring you my final score on this machine.

Congratulations iBUYPOWER, the RDY VIGB202 scored a 9.0 Editors Choice.  The machine was going to get a bit higher since it is such a great value and performed so well but the QC issues brought the score down a bit.  While they said it would be corrected, I can only speak for the system I reviewed.  The drop in ease of use, is for having to replace the motherboard, I could have shipped the system back, but that would have taken a lot longer and thankfully I know how to replace a board, so easy enough and it was great I was given the option.

iBUYPOWER RDY VIBG202

$1599.99
9

Ease of use

8.0/10

Accessories

9.5/10

Performance

9.8/10

Aesthetics

9.0/10

Price Point

10.0/10

Quality Control

7.5/10

 

 

 

Iggy Castillo

Iggy Castillo

Senior Editor an Reviewer at Dragonblogger.com
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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