The Good Strong, affordable gaming configuration with overclocked CPU and GPU; accessible Web site makes shopping for a system easy; upgrade room thanks to SLI-capable motherboard.
The Bad Difficult to add second hard drive; clunky-looking case.
The Bottom Line Thanks to its overclocked CPU and 3D card, the Uberclok Ion delivers excellent performance for its price. It also offers a reliable upgrade path due to its SLI motherboard. We also like its Web site. We'd like to see more from Uberclok before we make too strong a recommendation, but this system makes a great first impression.
It seems like every day we get a pitch from a new desktop vendor wanting us to review their "fully customizable, blazing-fast gaming PC." Few of those vendors, however, seem to know how to make an accessible Web site from which to purchase their products. Uberclok is a pleasant exception. We are happy enough with the $1,999 Ion submitted to us, and if you're in the market for a midrange, overclocked gaming PC, we'd certainly recommend you include this one as you make your comparisons. We expect you'll also appreciate that Uberclok's Web site also makes it easy to know what you're buying.
The Ion is Uberclock's midrange gaming desktop, and you can't purchase it without both the CPU and the graphics card overclocked. The starting price for the Ion is $1,629, and with upgrades you can get it to over $4,000, but that's as high as you can go. Our review unit comes in at a reasonable $1,999 and includes upgrades to the processor and the hard drive. It is also a dual-boot system, with both Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista Home Premium installed.