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Are Walmart Gaming PCs actually THAT bad?

The new OverPowered line of gaming PC's from Walmart got slammed by other reviewers. While they do not sell these in Canada, we went down to US and got one to see for ourselves.

 

 

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I don't think the OP gaming PC could've looked any worse :P

 

And why can I see a reflection of kitchen cabinets on the case side panel in the thumbnail?

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I would tell people to stay away but bottom line is yes, you get similar performance to other pre-builts with a 8700 and a 1070 so for the price you at least get what you pay for in terms of pre-built. 

 

The off brand no name products are really are the biggest disappointments.

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34 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

I don't think the OP gaming PC could've looked any worse :P

 

And why can I see a reflection of kitchen cabinets on the case side panel in the thumbnail?

Because reflections work that way. 


My $0.02

This will be a good PC to buy for a 14 year old kid.  Who can then learn how PC's work by upgrading it as they are able to afford better components.   Reminds me of buying a 486SX in hopes of upgrading the processor in a few years with an AMD 586

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I'm gonna say it, these line of pre-builts are the worst pre-builts I've seen. 

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Whats the first song before the intro, thanks. Also they should put song names on the video in a corner so people would actually see and know what they are hearing. 

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Seems like Steve was the only one to notice the board they used run on Intels H310 chipset which uses DMI2.0 instead of DMI3.0, that means the bus speed is halved from 8Gb/S to 4, the available PCIe lanes are halved from 12 to 6 and even the SATA interface runs at 4Gb/S instead of 6.

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1 hour ago, LinusTechTipsFanFromDarlo said:

I'm gonna say it, these line of pre-builts are the worst pre-builts I've seen. 

Check out falcon northwest or Xidax
 

I guess I'm the only one getting audio issues about midway through the video?* Oh that's just my PC...

But ya that PC is horrible.

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...
 

Spoiler

 

What is your budget/country for your new PC?

 

what monitor resolution/refresh rate?

 

What games or other software do you need to run?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Uttamattamakin said:

Because reflections work that way. 


My $0.02

This will be a good PC to buy for a 14 year old kid.  Who can then learn how PC's work by upgrading it as they are able to afford better components.   Reminds me of buying a 486SX in hopes of upgrading the processor in a few years with an AMD 586

Yeah no. This thing is garbage for it's price. There are other prebuilts at a similar price that are just simply better built.

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I am disappointed. Not with the system, but with LTT. When some channel does something, all the other channels jump on the bandwagon. There's almost no original content on YT anymore, it's just a rehash of the same subject all over the line. I guess it's hard to come up with original content when there's such a huge number of channels covering almost everything. I thought LTT was immune to this bug, because of the style and view on subject matter. Well, sadly late I've been disappointed several times and now this. First GN did it, then J2C followed with a rehash, then bitwit followed with exactly the same and now LTT does a rehash of all those.

 

C'mon guys, I come here because you guys and gals are different. If I was interested in a Walmart PC, GN did a full coverage already covering all the points, I would've sticked with GN's review. GN bashed it, J2C bashed it, bitwit bashed it, so we already know it's bad.

 

It's like with that Verge vid, I can't count the number of channels let alone the number of vids released on that subject. Yeah we know, The Verge can't build PC's. The other guy told us already with his 4 followup vids'

 

Now I'm not saying you shouldn't cover something that has been covered before, I'm just saying you should try to give your own spin to it and come with new insights.

I would've liked a bloatware to bloatware comparison. Upgradability comparison between the Omen and the Walmart PC buildt with off the shelf components (I'm guessing the Omen won't be as upgradable). Seeing as the Walmart PC is sorta overclocked and doesn't have any filters in the case, maybe do a long term review. I don't know anything but the: "those other guys bashed it, so lets bash it too" stuff.

You know what would've been really great? If you guys would've gone out and bought the same components (not sponsored, just buy it yourself with links to the cheapest retailer) and showed people how to build the same exact PC themselves and save even more money. Like really basic stuff, go there buy this. Plug this into there. Tie this to that. Just assuming 0 knowledge and 0 skills kind of vid. That would really help people and also undermine Walmarts cheap attempt at a cash grab.

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Cyberpower systems at Wal-Mart fall under same? Im thinking of buying one. 

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At the Walmart here. I haven't seen any of those OP PCs. Only the Cyberpower ones. And those also have an I7-8700 in them too.

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So this is as close as i could get to that PC on pcpartpicker.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper T2 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($16.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - H310M S2P Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($57.31 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot - Signature Line 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX850 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($44.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Windforce OC Video Card  ($424.90 @ OutletPC)
Case: Cougar - MX340 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($31.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($98.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1195.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-02 17:19 EST-0500

 

Now asume Walmart gets better prices than this. Espcialy on the Windows 10 key, and for damn sure the PSU..but also the rest most certainly.

So, they want $1500 for a system that probably cost more around $1000 for them to build, and would cost a normal person $1200 to build using similar components.

 

not good.

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13 minutes ago, TigerClaw said:

At the Walmart here. I haven't seen any of those OP PCs. Only the Cyberpower ones. And those also have an I7-8700 in them too.

Are they poor quality like the OP's?

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10 minutes ago, Brickmite said:

Are they poor quality like the OP's?

I don't know. The cases are much different. The one Walmart currently has in a store has a GTX 1060. but its CPU is an i7-8700. 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/CYBERPOWERPC-Gamer-Xtreme-VR-GXiVR3800WST-w-Intel-i7-8700-Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-1060-6GB-16GB-Memory-240GB-SSD-1TB-HD-Windows-10-Home-64-bit-Gaming-PC/801771541

 

Walmart also sells a Gaming Desktop from HP with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and GeForce GTX 1050. That Desktop only cost $599.99

https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Pavilion-Gaming-Desktop-Tower-AMD-Ryzen-5-2400G-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Graphics-1TB-HDD-8GB-SDRAM-DVD-Mouse-Keyboard-Shadow-Black-Green-LED-Light/755857361

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Since you went to the trouble of acquiring that sad attempt at a worthwhile system why not put it into service 9x5 at work and see how it fares. I'm curious if it will even last the 12 month warranty and when it does will it still be worth the effort/money to upgrade.

 

The irony behind all the negative reviews I see is that they are coming from those fully competent at building their own system... and troubleshooting it when it fails. Don't knock it because DIY can be done better and cheaper. This really is for those who either don't have the know-how to build it themselves or are just happy to get a 3 or 4 year warranty plan and let someone else deal with it when something breaks.

 

The way I see it Walmart is most likely aiming to compete with the other SKU's that they sell and offer an in-house choice for their customers that comes in at a lower price point. You  don't compare that to a system from Puget or Falcon.

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These systems were clearly made for those who aren't into PC building. and wanting to get into PCs for the first time. Unfortunately due to the build quality. a Customer who buys one of these PCs. Will think its broken if it doesn't boot up. And that's because the PCI-E power cable wasn't plugged in properly

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18 minutes ago, TigerClaw said:

These systems were clearly made for those who aren't into PC building. and wanting to get into PCs for the first time. Unfortunately due to the build quality. a Customer who buys one of these PCs. Will think its broken if it doesn't boot up. And that's because the PCI-E power cable wasn't plugged in properly

The system Bitwit did a video on also had the PCI-e cable incorrectly plugged in right out of the box. There are other pre-builts out there with much better quality if a person would rather have the convenience of a pre-built gaming PC.

 

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4 minutes ago, Blademaster91 said:

The system Bitwit did a video on also had the PCI-e cable incorrectly plugged in right out of the box. There are other pre-builts out there with much better quality if a person would rather have the convenience of a pre-built gaming PC.

Yeah and from better companies at that.

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3 hours ago, r2724r16 said:

And why can I see a reflection of kitchen cabinets on the case side panel in the thumbnail?

'Cuz that's where they hid the atrocity after the review.

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1 hour ago, TigerClaw said:

At the Walmart here. I haven't seen any of those OP PCs. Only the Cyberpower ones. And those also have an I7-8700 in them too.

Thank you for taking time out to help me. I don't know how to build one. And really want to play this game called Rust and found one that meets and exceeds the required specs but was worried that it could be the same. Again thanks for all the info!!

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