iBuyPower Value Ultra review: iBuyPower Value Ultra

At the quoted price, the system includes Windows XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Works Suite 2006 software, a standard Internet keyboard and optical mouse, and some rather flimsy 2.1 speakers. You can save a couple of bucks by foregoing the neon light kit, which thankfully comes with a back-mounted on/off switch.

Interestingly, while you can configure your new Value Ultra to within an inch of its life, you can't do anything to the warranty. However, the warranty that isn't terrible to begin with: three years for labor and one year for parts protection and lifetime toll-free technical support. That's more than most vendors offer as a standard warranty, but iBuyPower doesn't allow you to upgrade the warranty to match the ironclad four- and five-year optional warranties some of the big guys offer. Moreover, phone support is available only during business hours, five days a week.

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System configurations:

Dell Dimension E510
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 3.0GHz Intel Pentium 4 531; Intel 945G chipset; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB ATI Radeon X300 SE (PCIe); Maxtor 6L160M0 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

eMachines T6532
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; Nvidia Nforce4 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Nvidia GeForce 6100 graphics chip using 256MB shared memory; Western Digital WD2000BB-22GUCO, 200GB, 7,200rpm, ATA/100

Gateway DX200X
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.06GHz Pentium 4 519; Intel 915G chipset; 5124MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Seagate ST3160023AS 160GB 7,200rpm SATA

iBuyPower Value Ultra
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; Nvidia Nforce4 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7600GT PCIe; Western Digital WD2000JS-00PDB0 200GB 7,200rpm SATA

Lenovo 3000 J105
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200+; VIA VT8237 chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated VIA S3 Unichrome Pro graphics chip using 64MB shared memory; Western Digital WD800JD 80GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

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