Please beware when purchasing "Ready to Go" systems from System Integrators, such as iBuypower, Cyberpower or what not.
Majority of OEM bulk pack
motherboards bios are locked. If you're not a tech savvy person, you're not going to over clock sh*t. I have heard ways of unlocking the BIOS restrictions, but won't go into details.
For those of us riding the short bus: "You won't be able to do Overclocking on your own, you'd have to pay the place you buy it from to do it for you for a small fee." On iBuypower, I think they charge you $40 or whatnot, can't remember the exact price for overclocking your system 10% or 20%.
The only System Builder, well, a reputable one that I recall
, who builds systems using "RETAIL" motherboards is AVA Direct, they are a customer of mine called FreedomUSA or you can just call them AVA Direct. WWW.AVADIRECT.COM.
I'm not advertising for them or anything, but out of a few System Integrators sites, like iBuy, Cyber, Digital Storm or whatnot, they seem to all use OEM boards. Just look at the description, if it doesn't say it's "RETAIL" then most likely it is OEM bulk. On AVA's site, you will see (Retail) labeled on the mobo descriptions.
Also, depending on where you live, you might want to think about where to buy your ready to go system. If you live in California, I don't think it's wise to buy pre-built systems from iBuy or Cyber. You have to pay for taxes, and possibly a high dollar amount freight charge.
Both iBuy and Cyber are headquartered here in SoCal. iBuy and Cyber's owners are a friend of ours, I really don't want to talk sh*t about them, but you won't get best bang for your buck buying their pre-builts, trust me.
Heck, if you really have the money to blow... like 5 grand or what not... why not go with this: http://www.hardcorecomputer.com/ProductConfigurator_productDetonator.aspx
I mean, what's cooler than a computer fully submerged in a Liquid Cooling chassis? Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 4:30pm by AliensAreHere