Some PCs are modest, and some are designed to stand out. Then there are PCs like iBUYPOWER’s M8 series that scream aggression. With a quick glance, you can tell that it means business. And, well, that’s exactly what iBUYPOWER is going for, while making sure it also comes with a “dash of awesome” on the side. Can’t hurt, right?
The M8 series is named after the chassis and motherboard being used, which was designed by BMW Group Designworks USA (responsible for Thermaltake’s Level 10 series of chassis and peripherals), and is built by ASRock. The chassis can be purchased on its own as a barebone, where it includes a PSU, an ITX motherboard (ASRock, of course), fans, and an optical drive.
With the chassis in iBUYPOWER’s hands, the build gets completed based on your preferences, and is then thoroughly tested to assure it performs as expected, and is of course 100% stable.
Aside from its interesting aesthetics, one of the key features of the M8 chassis is a built-in information wheel at the front (center) that can be turned to access different functions of the chassis, from lighting to cooling to simple information.
The smallest M8 model offered from iBUYPOWER comes in at $999, and sports an Intel i3-4130 processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 and Intel integrated video (I thought I saw “gaming” mentioned here?). The next-step up, at $1339, adds in a great GPU, AMD’s recently released Radeon R9 270X, and gives the CPU a nice boost to an i5-4670. For those who want to go for the gusto – don’t fret, higher-end options exist as well.