By, Brett Bergan
Linus, Gamer Nexus, and the BitWit all did a recent unboxing of the Walmart branded gaming PC known as “OverPowered.” The OP gamer was moderately substantial with a GTX 1070 and a non-K i7–8700 with 16GB DDR4–2400. List Price:$1400
On paper these PCs look impressive but one quick glance under the hood shows every possible corner being cut.
- The Gigabyte H310M motherboard cheaper than the cheapest possible consumer motherboard you can buy (no M.2, VGA only)
- Single 16GB DDR4-DIMM module severely impairs game bandwidth
- Ultra-cheap CPU cooler with adequate but marginal cooling capacity.
- Glass-front case with extremely poor ventilation.
- Weak SSD performance with equally low-grade hard drive.
All of those things do not necessarily make for a terrible product—if it were $1000, but the component grouping does not reflect the price-point of $1400.
You could build a better PC yourself for about $400 less.
- Gigabyte H310M–A motherboard (w/M.2) $ 58
- Intel i7–8700 processor $310
- Raijintek RHEA 92mm CPU cooler $ 13
- HP EX900 256GB NVMe 3.0×4 M.2 SSD $ 47
- 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4–2666 (2x8GB) $ 99
- 2TB WD 7200rpm HDD 64MB cache $ 49
- Gigabyte GTX 1070 WindForce OC $335
- CoolerMaster MB511–RGB case $ 66
- EVGA 450BT all–black power supply unit $ 30
- TOTAL SYSTEM COST $ 1007
This build landed almost exactly at $1000 without Windows installed. With dual-channel 2666MT/s RAM, NVMe SSD, and a much better case for airflow, this would be a far superior build to to the Walmart model for about $400 less.