Desktop PC iBuyPower BB931

I went to Best Buy yesterday and saw a computer very near the specs I customized via iBuyPower.com so picked it up and canceled the build order.  This is the iBuyPower BB931.

The iBuyPower BB931
The iBuyPower BB931

The case looks very nice with red lighting accent on the front and clear tempered glass on both sides.  Very easy access via four thumb screws.

iBuyPower BB931 motherboard MSI Z270 PC Mate
A look at the motherboard

The motherboard is an MSI Z270 PC Mate.  It has the Intel Z270 chipset, great for those that like to overclock their system.  It has two slots for M.2 supporting Intel Optane and NVMe with RAID configurations 0, 1, 5, 10.  As for USB ports it has:

  • USB 3.1 ports (Front) – 4(Gen1, Type A)
  • USB 3.1 ports (Rear) – 1(Gen2, Type A),1(Gen2, Type C), 4(Gen1, Type A)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front) – 4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear) – 2
WD Green SSD
WD Green 240GB SSD

The iBuyPower BB931 came with two storage devices; one WD Green 240GB SSD and a WD Blue 1TB 7200 rpm 3.5″ HDD (mounted on the back side of the case) both using SATA3.

Samsung 960 EVO NVMe
Samsung 960 EVO NVMe

I added two Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 drives set in RAID 0 for added storage and performance.  The one was very easy to install, just below the graphics card.  The second, not so much.  It is in such a tight space between the CPU and GPU that it took a lot of patience (without having to take out components) to insert the M.2 card.

Intel i7-7700K CPU with liquid cooling
Intel i7-7700K CPU with liquid cooling

The BB931 comes with an Intel i7-7700K 4.2GHz processor with ASETEK 550LC liquid cooling.

ADATA XPG 16GB RAM
ADATA XPG 16GB RAM

Next to the CPU you have four slots for DDR4-2400 RAM supporting overclocking to 3800.  It came with two sticks of 8GB ADATA XPG RAM.

MSI NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Armour 8G OC
MSI NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Armour 8G OC

Speaking of the graphics card earlier, it has the standard integrated Intel graphics on the motherboard, but also came with a very nice MSI NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Armour 8G OC plugged into the PCIe x16 port.  I’ve played Titanfall 2 on here with zero issue holding strong at 144 frames per second (FPS) on an Asus VG248QE that supports 1ms response time and 144 hz refresh rate at 1080p connected through DisplayPort.  During the entire game play the GPU kept at a comfortable temp of around 58-62C.

The iBuyPower BB931 has two cooling fans in a push-pull setup. The white one is an NZXT 120mm fan, while the red one is an ARC 120mm red LED fan.  Both fans surround the ASETEK heat exchanger.

BB931 BIOS screen
BB931 BIOS screen
BIOS showing M.2

The BIOS is very user friendly and easy to work with.  It can tell you what is connected where on the motherboard, just by hovering your mouse over a motherboard “map”.  Shown here is the M.2 port mentioned above that was very difficult to access due to the GPU and CPU being right next to it. *Please forgive the BIOS images as I don’t know how to screenshot in the BIOS, so they were taken by camera and a little cropped.

So far I’m very impressed with this pre-built computer and would recommend it to those looking for a nice gaming system.

 

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