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iBUYPOWER - Snowblind Gaming Desktop-Intel Core i7-9700K - 16GB Memory- NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti- 1TB Hard Drive+ 240GB Solid State Drive - Black/White-Angle_Standard

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 56 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you really want the case its worth it.

    Posted
    CyciumX
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Note: I tried my best to not rate this product based off how badly Best Buy handled my replacement purchase (more on that later), but on the product itself. The first unit included a MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard, ADATA 2666 speed DDR4 (8gb x 2) and a triple fan Zotac AMP edition 2080 ti. Honestly the ram is usable and perfectly fine. That said its ugly with just an exposed green board (looks like its out of a PC from the 90s) so if you value aesthetics (which you should if you are spending some of you money on this case) you'll want to upgrade to something else. As stated the first unit I had included a Zotac triple fan AMP 2080 ti. Its long.... very long. About 12 inches. I never got to bench the unit because of another issue I'll mention later. The second unit I got and kept included an MSI dual fan Ventus. The Ventus is only 10 inches, but thicker as it has better heat pipes along with the fans. This is more of a problem than the Zotac because of one area, the location of the onboard SATA ports for 1 and 2. The Ventus actually blocks those ports. This unit was actually built with the SSD connected to port 1, effectively the Ventus was using the connector as support! Thats not good (see photo). I moved the SATA connectors to ports 3 and 4, but this was actually mandatory for another reason. The mobo disables SATA 1 if you use an M.2 drive for which I did upgrade as well to be my boot drive. So yes, its bad the Ventus blocks Sata port 1, but it doesn't matter if you install an M.2 based drive because it would have been disabled anyways. Just irritating they installed it there in the placed and put pressure on the mobo and GPU. Onto the mobo - The mobo is not horrible, its just bare-bones for gaming. So you can overclock the CPU. I was able to get 4.9-5.0ghz, but others seem to manage 5.1. But as-is you shouldn't use it for long periods at that speed. The stock CPU cooler is relatively large, but also relatively inefficient. Using the preloaded Genie 4 OC software brought it up to around 4.8ghz, but the temps were 75 Celsius while playing Overwatch. Acceptable technically, but not for me. Really the mobo is perfectly fine for being budget and won't hold you back in the most critical metric, gaming itself, but I'd have really loved an optical out on-board to keep me from having to buy a separate sound card. You'll find the included wifi adapter is routed internally via USB and just zip-tied to the case. Its also very basic and 600AC based. Something you wouldn't really want to play fast paced online games on, but it gets the job done (a running motto here). There is no Bluetooth adapter included, but that does free you to buy your own. The 1tb HHD and 240gb SSD (a WD Green drive) are passable, but with SSDs dropping you'll be upgrading the SSD sooner rather than later. Full disclosure: I upgraded the ram, the sound card, SSD and installed an NVME M.2 before I even set it up initially. Finally the case. Its pretty awesome and if you've never seen something similar, you'll think we're in the future. That said, my first unit had a bad screen with a blue line vertical line straight through (the monitor is installed sideways, thus why its horizontal in the photo). My second unit was perfect except for one glaring oversight mentioned in another review: The second unit came with the wrong patch cable. This computer requires a DVI to DisplayPort (or DVI to HDMI) cable, but they included a DVI to DVI one. Mind you the correct cable did come with my first unit that had a Zotac card, but the second unit with a Ventus did not. This brings up my gripe with Best Buy. When I came to pick up the second unit after returning the first I did so in-store at their Geek Squad testing center. When it was discovered the included cable was the wrong one and that I couldn't test the case display itself, I was offered to go to the cable section and find one off the shelf to test. Best Buy did not have a DVI to DP cable, but they did have a DVI to HDMI which was fine for testing (the side display only has DVI and VGA while the GPU has either). So we opened it up, plugged it in and everything was A-OK. I asked if I could keep the cable and was told no, "Contact iBuyPower to have them replace it". That obviously reasonable enough on paper if I was home, but I was in-store with a cable we already opened so it couldn't even be sold as new anymore. They didn't even offer to sell me the cable for a used price. Horrible service for dropping $2,500+ (after tax). I mean, I was a Best Buy Elite Plus member before this purchase so I obviously spend a lot here and they act like a cable to make my purchase whole is too much to ask? Thats seriously bad judgement and employees should be trained better on customer service or worse, Best Buy needs to empower them to make these calls without fearing their jobs. So TL : DR.... its a pretty awesome rig after you upgrade the ram, and SSDs, but that comes out to around $2800 after tax and even more if you need Bluetooth and better sound options. Thats not an exceptionally competitive price point at that level, but the case with its mighty fine display for me, make up for it. If you dont care for this case then do not bother with this system. You can find alternates that most likely won't need to be upgraded out of the box. Some last notes: While researching I found that the mobo BIOS needs to be updated to be able to use the included i7-9700K. I reason the fact others were having super bad experiences is they did not bother to flash the BIOS which is one of the first things you should always do. I did not dock the score because of this as its just best practices to always download the newest drivers when you have a new system - so make sure you do it! The description for this system is wrong on many areas, but I'll clarify somethings about I/O: Number of USB Ports (Total) 6 (actually its 8) Number of USB 2.0 Type A Ports 2 Number of USB 3.0 Type A Ports 4 (actually its 6, 4 in the rear and 2 in the front) Number of HDMI Outputs (Total) 1 (on the GPU) Number Of DVI Ports 1 (Zero. The only DVI port is for the side panel monitor and is an input not an output. The GPU does not have DVI) Number of DisplayPort Outputs (Total) 2 (3, one of which will be taken by the side panel display leaving 2 for external displays) There is also a USB-C display port on the GPU. This is NOT Thunderbolt 3. It outputs as another display using USB ALT modes for Display ports or HDMI. So you can use it as a monitor out with the appropriate cable, but its not for other data! That said, none are 3.1 spec and you'll have to buy another expansion PCIe card if you need those.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    SO much potential, SO many problems

    Posted
    30ANerds
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Where do I start. Okay, first some info. I am an MCP, and MCSE, and have owned a computer business for nearly 20 years. I have wanted a Snowblind since it was announce, but have never pulled the trigger because I always build my own systems. When this system went on sale with a 2080Ti I had to go for it. I drove 3 hours to a store and bought the system. I had read that the cable to connect the side panel to the graphics card was the wrong one, so I opened the computer at the store. It was damaged. The side panel was bent out about an inch at the bottom. So they gave me another one. It looked good. I brought it home, fired it up and the side panel was covered in what looked like oil. During shipping the panel was pressed against the packing material and it damaged the side window. Problem one, but understandable. Once booted, I decided to install my programs and data. Nope. Nothing would download from any website. I looked and realized that the wrong drivers were installed for the system. Example, it had programs and drivers for an Asus motherboard, but it had an MSI motherboard. Not GPU drivers at all, no tuning software, nothing. Called iBuyPower and was told to wipe and reload Windows which I did. Upon firing everything back up it seemed good. Went to overclock the 9700k and guess what? It is a Z370 motherboard. It doesn't push enough power to effectively overclock the CPU. Called iBuyPower yesterday to get them to ship me a side panel so I can replace the damaged one. They want me to send the one on it in, then they will ship one to me. Nevermind that we have cats and an open computer is an invitation for paws as fans look like toys to them. Finally Phillip (the one bright spot in this whole thing) managed to get them to send me one while securing a hold on my credit card. That was very cool. He was super nice, I really liked him a lot. After talking to Phillip, the system blue screened. When booting back up there were no boot devices present. Spent a half an hour getting the system to where it would boot and when it did come up the system had lines through my monitor, side panel, and a second monitor I tried. Contacted the GPU manufacture and they said it was a bad GPU or Motherboard PCI port. Oh, I forgot the best thing. When calling iBuyPower, the serial number on the system, and on the box match, but their serial number program had issues wrong serials, so they saw this SnowBlind as a fallout PC in their system. That was the straw. I am building a new system this week. If you don't have the skills to do so, then I recommend the Alienware Aurora R8. Yes, it is a Dell, but it also has the Dell in home warranty so if something goes wrong, then they will come to you. Don't be suckered by the specs and the price. The PSU is VERY cheap. The Ram is a joke. The Motherboard is a cheap under powered motherboard. The 9700k and the 2080Ti are the only parts worth anything in this. Oh, and the side panel is cool, but needs 3rd party software to work. No instructions on how to use it, and is very difficult to see on most items. Cool idea, but would need a completely white interior to really work well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE. went through 2 PC's

    Posted
    Timber
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    When i first bought this PC i was very excited to get to use it and see what RTX had to offer. So the PC arrived and i went and opened the box, everything seemed fine at first but as soon a i connected my monitor to the PC it was all down hill from there. First and main problem... FAULTY GRAPHICS CARD RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX, ARTIFACTING ALL OVER THE SCREEN but only when i was in 1920x1080. No matter how hard i tried to get new driver installed onto the graphics card, nothing worked. so i called best buy and they were able to send me a replacement and i took the faulty one back to the store.. so my new one was working fine, so i decide im going to upgrade the stock cooler with something water cooled (corsair H60) and i proceed to take off the stock fan cooler and to my shock... I SEE ON THE COPPER OF THE COOLER, WHERE THE COOLER AND THE CPU MEET, A STICKER THAT SAYS "WARNING, REMOVE BEFORE INSTALLATION" WITH THERMAL PASTE JUST PLASTERED ALL OVER IT, THEY DIDNT EVEN TAKE OFF THE PROTECTIVE STICKER!! THEY JUST PUT THERMAL PASTE ON IT AND SAID "YUP.. THAT WILL DO".. so trying to brush that off to the side i decided to try and get over it and be thankful i didnt do any kind of heavy gaming or video editing on the pc. So after that everything seemed fine untill about the 29TH DAY of me having it, the same thing happens again.... FAULTY GRAPHICS CARD. Blue screens.. artifacts and sometimes just nothing at all, just a black screen.. i will not be trying for a 3rd, ITS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE! i knew i shouldnt have gone prebuilt and should have just built myself but thats not my biggest regret, my biggest regret is thinking that IBUYPOWER could actually put out a decent product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy

    Posted
    Monty
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    As an avid PC gamer and PC builder, I saw this jewel one day at Best Buy and decided to ask the rep about it. Finally, someone with knowledge about PCs and building skills, actually had answers and other thoughts/insights about my question. With the motherboard, it actually performs splendidly with the 9th gen i9 9700k (for overclocking if wanted). The CPU, seriously cant get any better and the case itself is well built for durability and airflow for max coolness. The fans are solid and literally with mine, I get 0 noise complaints. Its so freaking quiet even running at ultra settings on various games. I am a streamer so I'm running a lot of programs and a lot vram and ram itself constantly. Still the fans are incredibly quiet and keeps my cpu and card extremely cool. The rtx 2080 ti is phenomenal and with not all the support you want right now from nvidia for their ray tracing cards and not a lot of support from developers yet, this card performs circles around the rest for all bench tests, ie fps at high settings across various games and for the price alone...well, its worth it in this machine. The ram is intro ram for anyone. Just buy corsair 3200 if you want, and buy a dvi to thunderbolt 3 cable for the side lcd. But overall, for a 1500$ Graphics card, 400-500$ CPU and 100$ case, this is just as great or better as building your own. This is also rebuildable to those who wanna upgrade it in the future or swap for LED fans and new ram. Replace for a watercooling system or the such. But I am solely reviewing the product. I have had zero issues with the build, running programs or anything. I'm not rating it 4 for a short cord, that's ridiculous, its about how this works. For me, programming, music, gaming, streaming and video...its beyond amazing at face value. I use the mouse that came with it on my gaming laptop and its pretty decent for an intro gamer or casual gameplay and the keyboard may be a little clunky and mechanically loud for me but again, if its all you got, its good and serves its purpose. The LCD screen on the side is wonderful but make sure you download rainmaker from msi downloads to use it, it wont tell you in instructions or youtube videos, trust me. So again, for whats inside this build, you cant ask anything better for the price unless you pc bargain or cut value, I highly recommend this to anyone who doesn't have the time to build a new PC like me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value for the money

    Posted
    Thomas
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I chose to return one of these and purchase a different one, from a different location because of random Windows crashes. (Without XMP enabled.) I noticed in both the returned system and the one I have chosen to keep, the CPU Cooler screws were loose, not even close to being considered "hand-tight." Which I think attributed to the random crashes in the first system and the terrible -initial- thermal readings of the system I kept. Both systems also lacked the proper adapter /or connector for the LCD side panel to function as intended. If I were to give my take on My individual Build from iBuyPower and tell you what iBuyPower in addition to BestBuy wouldn't want you to hear with the bad starting first, working toward the good: HDD [Western Digital Blue 1TB] was not formatted or recognized by system. Had to have the local GeekSquad guy tell me I (as well as the Builder(s) who pieced my System together,) overlooked allocating the space for the secondary drive. Memory is mid-shelf, good-enough-sort-of. [ADATA 1.2v 2666Mhz DDR4 16GB (8GBx2Sticks)] (Replaced Above with a Corsair Vengeance LPX 1.35v 3200Mhz C16 DDR4 32GB (16GBx2Sticks)) CPU Cooler is a good fit for stock clock speeds. [Deep Cool GAMMAXX 400 (120mm heat spreader)] (Replaced with Corsair H100x Closed-loop liquid cooler, which if you're going to Overclock [most people shouldn't,] is essential for even a MILD OC.) Case Fans [Arc White LED .12A@12V 120mm] are cheap, but serve function to backlight the sidepanel. Motherboard is up-to-par. [MSI Z370-Pro-A] Power Supply is up-to-par. [UNSURE OF BRAND 850w 80Plus Certified] SSD is up-to-par. [ADATA 240GB] CPU is up-to-par. [Intel i7-9700k] Graphics Card is up-to-par. [ZOTAC 11GB RTX 2080Ti AMP Edition] 3 Free Games through NVidia/EA Games [Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, and (even though it's being reportedly boycotted) Anthem.] The Case has been quite the saving grace: less for the LCD side panel not functioning out of the box. The Snowblind case has enough room for the Corsair H100x 240mm radiator in the front. Closing thoughts: Would have been able to build a system with a 9900k liquid cooled, better memory, blah blah. I didn't have to build/wait for delivery and that is the main convenience here. TL:DR = Worth the price, despite issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great 2nd time around

    Posted
    GHoST
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    first pc came with an asrock z370 motherboard and gigabyte zotac triple fan GPU. that gpu is huge and had noticeable sag, not ibuypowers fault. but returned that unit cuz the lcd side panel had a weird flickering effect on certain wallpapers. as for the 2nd pc the one I kept came with msi z370 pro motherboard which I like better cuz had an additional usb port at back and with msi ventus dual fan GPU. not as long as the zotac one but very thick with no noticeable sag if any, so looks nicer. the cooler that came with both pc was a deepcool 400 which at idle and low cpu usage was fine however while playing apex legends would hit 80-85 which was unacceptable. replaced with corsair h100i 240mm aio and is amazing! now wont go over 55 degrees. however when doing this front mounted aio the airflow with in the case was pretty much nonexistent causing the gpu to get really hot hitting 80 degrees at times. so I ended up removing the cable management bar to run a push/pull fan config and that made a huge difference along with addition of corsair ll rgb fans and commander pro for precise fan control. adding a 140 ll rgb fan to top of case as exhaust helped a lot too. temps are now perfect. I plan to swap out the power supply very soon as well cuz its some no name brand and doesn't have enough sata ports since I used them all for the corsair accessories. I replaced the hideous green ram sticks with white corsair rgb ones whick look amazing and main os ssd as well with a Samsung 1tb 970 evo drive. in conclusion its a great reliable pc however I made a ton of changes cuz the cooling out of the box was pretty bad. if bought when on sale its a great deal. but they def save money on the no name powersupply and horrible case fans and cpu cooler. its pretty much a custom pc at this point and woulda saved money if I were to just bought the parts and build myself, but the case is really really nice the lcd panel looks amazing and I love just running my gpu and cpu temps on the case with out having to tab out or use another monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so awesome!

    Posted
    challenger2332
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Just picked her up this morning, im about 5 hours in with some game testing etc. to preface i usually build my own systems etc...just didn't for whatever reason want to this go around. Ive always wanted a snowblind and said screw it... im gonna get what I want. I got the Snowblind 956 the processor & gpu are insane. ive tested z1, apex, csgo all on high and just flawless...like ive been missing out. the ONLY complaint I have (which take as you'd like...)- I consider it minor, others might be super mad etc... but w the 956 model...the 2080 ti included does not have a dvi... in order for the snowblind monitor on the side panel to run you need to connect it via vga or dvi from the little video panel thats included (this will make more sense if/when you see how a snowblind is configured). So the PC came with a dvi to a dvi...basically useless for me, but with how today is I just grabbed one from amazon for like 7.99. if thats going to be my only complain, ill gladly take it. i was initially weary of the ram but it seems pretty dang fast...ill ultimately upgrade but don't need to stress over it. Will eventually go liquid cooled as well. I don't consider myself that insane with drawing heat etc, so again- not too stressed or feel rushed to get it done. some instructions for the actual snowblind component of it would be fantastic for future customers - google is awesome and all but i feel like it would cut down on ibuypowers helpdesk calls by alot. I called today and consider myself pretty tech savvy. To be fair (to myself, LOL), I did figure out the issue prior to IBP calling me back, woot woot. I called them to figure out how to get the snowblind setup- just an fyi. The callback from IBP was super fast as well, just to note. So basically going through those mixed emotions prior to purchase - excited, weary, nervous, super excited, anxious, and again excitement. After my purchase and tinkering around all afternoon...i love her so far. Obviously the long haul, we will see, but out of the box and booted right up...freakin awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    For the Money Overall Disappointed

    Posted
    Redpelt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    When you spend this type of money on a product, you are expecting it to meet certain standards. The trademark for this computer is the side LCD panel. For this to operate properly, the entire interior needs to be white or close to it. That is not how this comes. I went through two of these computers after returning one. Both had black motherboards, black gpu, green ram, and brass/metal cpu coolers. Some displays show all white, which is misleading. Any black sections will make the LCD display uneffective. Also you play the computer lottery with component parts. The first one was a MSI motherboard but did not have wifi or Bluetooth built in. There was supposed to be wifi USB adapter but could not find it (one of the reasons it was returned). A USB slot would have been wasted on this however if in the box. The second one was an Asus motherboard with wifi/Bluetooth built in. Why not use this for all of them (I know...probably cheaper at the time for the mfg). The graphics card for both was a Zotac, the same one that seems to be plaguing the chat boards, with a defective RGB light. The components run fine (outside of the wifi/Bluetooth incident) but again when you pay this kind of money, you expect a superior product. Also like many of the reviews, comes with a cable that is useless for the GPU to LCD side panel without an adapter. So defective GPU RGB light, component parts that I am going to have to figure out how to turn white, a cable that is useless w/o adapter, and a return to get a motherboard with built in wifi/Bluetooth capability. The main point of purchasing this computer is the LCD panel. You can get the same parts in a cheaper computer. So I am disappointed that the manufacturer chooses parts that drastically effect the use of the LCD to probably cut down on cost.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent gaming PC for the price

    Posted
    Ace326
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    This gaming PC is meant for people who want to play games at high to ultra settings. If you purchase a Snowblind that has a GPU without a DVI ports you probably will not receive the proper cable for the LCD screen on the side of the case. Ibuypower will send you the proper cable, but it took almost a week just to get them to send the proper cable as their customer service system is slow. The LCD panel on the side of the machine was not too complicated to set up, but did require a few Google searches since there is no directions in the box. It requires a piece of software called Rainmeter. After putting it on the side of the LCD panel and testing the software with a bunch of different configurations I found the side panel to be kind of useless since it's too hard to see anything on the panel unless it is perfectly angled towards you. Parts in the PC are dependent on what they have in stock at the time so if you wanted a specific brand of GPU or motherboard you are out of luck. I got a Zotac RTX 2080 Ti which is actually a very high quality card. If you purchase this device make sure to download it's corresponding software from the manufacturer so that you have better control over how the device works. The Zotac card does not turn it's fans on for cooling until it reaches around 66°C which means it runs really hot. With a few small tweaks to the system you can have it running better than out of the box. My biggest issue with this PC is it's cabling. The wires look like an absolute mess and adding a device to the PC was an absolute pain. 3 stars does not mean this is a bad PC. I would recommend it to people especially if it was on sale. I just felt after using it for a few weeks that it could be higher quality for a device in the $2000 range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    You're lucky if you get what you pay for.

    Posted
    ThatGuyGetsIt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    First: I created a Google doc for common issues that I and others have encountered with these machines which should prove to be useful for others who buy these rigs. docs.google.com/document/d/1Vyjm0dTfyP1GNHknCF0gZteDtDER5YrNy-Pgs04FqdM/edit?usp=drivesdk If the link gets removed by BB and you want it then send me a message on Reddit - username ThatGuyGetsIt I went through two of these and ended up returning mine due to the lack of support from iBuyPower and the component manufacturers (such as Zotac, and MSI). A lack of any documentation results with you chasing down details on how to get and configure rainmeter (this is covered in the Google doc above, if BB doesn't strip it from the review). An absurd number of people don't even get the correct cable in the box for connecting the LCD panel to the GPU. The components vary wildly. A lot of pre-installed software on the image they're using isn't even compatible with the computer. The RGB on the Zotac 2080TI simply stop working after updating drivers (with clueless Zotac support and no ideas on how to resolve). If you're hoping that shelling put this sort of money is going to result with an impeccable computer free of any worry then do not buy this computer. If you find it on a good sale and you've a modicum of technical prowess then it may be a good choice for you. If you decide to pull the trigger, then good luck.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful

    Posted
    Edward
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This PC is an absolute powerhouse and perfect for anyone who wants an elite gaming PC without worrying how to build or what parts to select. The only knock on this PC is it does not have liquid cool and the memory is not that great. However their is an extra SSD slot to easily upgrade the memory. Liquid cool is not currently an issue as the the PC is so powerful it is unlikely to even activate the fan for the graphics card. In the future it will need to be upgraded to meet the demands of newer software and games. The first one I bought received a boot error within 30 days, bestbuy replaced it with no issue. Thankfully I did not anything saved that couldn't be lost. I also back up everything to an external hard drive which I recommend. Because their is no cd drive I could not load the boot disk which would have corrected the problem. I have since purchased an external one for 30 dollars. Beside that hickup this pc has not let me down at all. It boots lightning fast and runs games on ultra high settings around 90fps such as elder scrolls online and battlefield V. The pc runs fortnite at around 500 fps. I have Adobe pro editing software and the software runs smooth with no lag. I am not disappointed at all with this PC and shouldn't need an upgrade for at least 5 yearsnas long as the hardware holds up. I have it 4 stars for the low memory and not having liquid cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great PC if caught on sale

    Posted
    JinjiNoDie
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Usually build PC's, but I caught this on sale with free games. RAM and SSD are decent, will probably upgrade/replace in a year or two as prices continue to drop. PSU seems to vary between 600W and 850W for customers which I find odd. Again, may upgrade this in the future, especially when I prepare to overclock. Side panel LCD is a nice touch, third party software is needed though. My computer came with the proper DVI-DisplayPort cable. If its missing, I'm sure iBuyPower will send the correct one if you call them. Motherboard is an MSI z370 A Pro. Ok for the average user, unsure how it will perform when overclocking. Remember to update the BIOS if they're out of date! 2080ti was a Gigabyte brand that unfortunately was DOA. Confirmed this by popping in a GTX1070 I had and that worked fine. iBuyPower support has been great in this matter and sending out a replacement. Overall, its a great deal if caught on sale and with some free games considering the price of the processor and GPU by themselves. If you don't know how to build a PC, the difference between the regular price and buying parts yourself might be worth the money. If there are no issues with my replacement card, I will update my rating to 4 stars (4.5 if I could).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade, that I'm happy with

    Posted
    samiekins
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I upgraded to this PC after my other had an accident when I recently moved. I use it for streaming and so far it's been so smooth and great with no lost frames or lag when I'm live. It runs my games great and I'm happy with it for the most part. I have already, however, purchased an upgrade in memory (it's only 16 GB) My complaints if I HAD to say something is the LCD monitor that is the side panel of the case itself is NOT easy to set up, or find out how to add cool stuff to it. And I have searched and searched online for any help to this. I love playing around and figuring things out so this is a challenge I am up for as far as getting rainmeter to work with it. I also could not use the DVI cable sent to me. It was SO short, but I thankfully had a DVI to HDMI that was compatible and worked with the side panel screen. I also didn't receive a remote for the LED lights inside, which I did see some people say they had. But I plan on reaching out to IBUYPOWER customer service for this. All in all, so far I am in love. Would recommend if you have the money to spend on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beast

    Posted
    NotWaL3000
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This computer is an absolute beast! Everything I throw at in 4K it handles it well. Black Desert Online Remastered, Anthem, Battlefield 5, and any Oculus Rift game. Doesn’t matter the LCD screen on the side is okay. Most the time I just leave it white so I can see that monster RTX 2080 TI! which retails at about 1300-1500$ The color scheme inside could be better. The 16gb ddr4 ram is green and the ssd has green on it too. Should be all black and white. Not a big deal though it’s well worth it. Overall I love my SnowBlind 956 Computer! Had a couple problems with the contents and the promo that showed up after I spent $2643. After getting in touch with the right department everything worked out. Was sent the correct cord DVI to DisplayPort for side panel by IBUYPOWER and Best Buy took care of me and sent me two digital codes for Anthem and Battlefield 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and powerful pc

    Posted
    MrAZNGuy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This PC is great and looks amazing. The most powerful PC I've ever owned. However there are a few things that I needed to do to fully enjoy this PC. I had to call to get a dvi to HDMI cord for the LCD side panel to work and I also had to update the bios for the cpu to run as it should. Also, there weren't any instructions as to how to use the LCD side panel, but all it takes is a Google search. I upgraded the CPU cooler to a deep cool captain 120ex thinking that I would be able to mount the radiator to the rear exhaust or top exhaust, but the motherboard and the side panel got in the way so I just put it in the front. Also switched out the ram to white Corsair vengeance 16gb 3200mhz ram. In the end, it was a bit of a hassle figuring out how to use the LCD panel, but it was well worth it and I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Requires Display Port to DVI Cord & Display Ports

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    LocalGamer18AT
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought the IBuypower Snowblind not only for its amazing specs, but the lcd side panel it came along with. During the unboxing, it came along with a small dvi to dvi cord. Keep in mind that the RTX 2080 ti no longer supports dvi cables which left me to buy a Display Port for my gaming monitor to achieve that 144 hz. The dvi to dvi cable is pretty much useless knowing that it can't be connected to the graphics card so you need to buy a Display POrt to DVI cord if you want to use that LCD Side Panel. Overall the performance on this computer is amazing. It tackles games such as GTA V Online with Fps up to 130-145 at High Settings. The fans are pretty quiet so the noise wouldn't be a problem. So if you're planning on buying this computer, keep in mind that you need to purchase a Display Port to DVI Cord, and if you have a gaming monitor, that has 144 hz, that only came with a DVI Cord then you must as well buy Display Port if you want that 144 hz smoothness while gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking pc..

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    Frank
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had to go through 4 Snowblind 956 models!! The first one I bought was good out of the box, bought my own dvi to hdmi as reviews stated it comes with the wrong cable for the side panel. Was running smooth until about third day when the graphics card (Gigabyte) went dead as it gave me artifacts “space invaders” on my screen. Went to bestbuy and they happily exchanged with no problems. Second pc I thought was fine, took me about to two days to notice side panel was damaged minimal but damaged. Drove to a different bestbuy they exchanaged with no problems. Third one, got home unboxed took the side panel plastic off and was damaged as well. Went backand exchanged. Fourth and current pc is running fine with no damages for now. Came with the right side panel cable. Unacceptable when your spending 2500 for a pc, the techs assembling these PCs need to be more careful. Currently debating on returning and getting a cyberpower pc with liquid cpu cooling as im noticing it seems to get quite warm and feel like the cooler master cpu fan does nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great computer for machine learning scientist

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    HungPhan
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The computer so far runs good for me. Good keyboard, mouse and side panel. However, I am a little bit disappointed about the wifi connection. The wifi adapter runs fine in windows but doesn’t run in ubuntu so I need to use the cable connection. The most important part for me is the zotac rtx 2080 ti. i have bought a hp omen obelisk with rtx 2080. When I compare them for tensorflow neural machine translation, the rtx 2080 ti is about 20% faster than the one of hp omen. Plus, it can run the original tutorial of data in tensorflow, which required 1024 units per layer, batch size 128 and 4 layers for each encoder and decoder model. The hp omen can only run at 512 units per layer, it.throws resourceexhausted error in 1024 units. In total, the hp omen requires 66 hours to complete training of 4.5 millions like while the ibuypower takes 50 hours. If you are a computer scientist who likes deep learning but you are not able to buy a workstation with over 5000$, this ibuypower may be the good computer for you

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good parts but makes a lot of noise

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    constantine
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Came with msi z730-pro motherboard, zotac 2080ti, WD green 240 gb SSD (about $42 on amazon), deep cool heatsink, no-name 16 gb ddr-4 ram. Case is nice and easy to open. Haven't setup the LCD screen on it yet but saw it on display and when it works its actually great. I did not receive a dust filter for the top vent and will be calling ibuypower regarding this. Otherwise it's a great price for the parts you get, however if you're playing any game like assasin's creed this thing will generate a ton of heat-the heatsink isn't very good. I will be installing a liquid cooling unit. I took advantage of the $150 price drop and bestbuy was great to give me the discount. All-in-all for the price you won't be able to find a better deal even if you tried to assemble it yourself and buy all the parts individually as the parts individually are worth more than the price of the computer as it is currently listed at 2349.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Machine

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    ObiWanJakobie
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Overall this machine is great. Had a few things to figure out through Google/reddit as very little instructions actually came with the computer. It does require a little more setup than a typical computer. Pros - Wicked fast Latest Graphics Card Handles intense games with ease Pretty quiet (does get a little louder with intense gaming) Cons - Have to buy a separate cable just to use the LCD screen (it came with a short DIV to DIV cable, but with this graphics card, it doesn't have a DIV port - will update this part if the company sends another cable, but where it's not listed in contents I'm not sure they will) There was no mention of the WiFi being via a thumb USB stick... thought there would be a built in WiFi card, but eventually figured that out as it wasn't labeled (thought it was for other hardware) Other than that, no real issues yet. Beautiful case and system.

    I would recommend this to a friend