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iBuyPower Announces SBX Steam Machine

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There are very few instances where one product category can leap frog over to another and make a profound impact. Today, iBUYPOWER, together with Valve, is making one such leap. Introducing the iBUYPOWER SBX Steam machine, an ultra-simplified system designed to do one thing: entertain. Melding together the simplicity of a traditional game console, but harnessing power usually available to only high-end desktop PCs, iBUYPOWER is able to usher in both performance and content unheard of in the living room space.

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um amd and intel versions....? same price point i'm wondering how they'll make performance equal. surely one with out perform the other somewhere and make the other a worse option.
 
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The whole point is to create a console-like (constant) experience.. you pick one setup and stick with it. well, when you have million different versions of steam box, that kind of defeats the purpose.

If I wanted to customized my machine I'd build one myself, duh.
 
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I'm impressed with the price but is that a starting price, and if so what for?

Seems like a better choice then a XBone that's for sure.
 
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The whole point is to create a console-like (constant) experience.. you pick one setup and stick with it. well, when you have million different versions of steam box, that kind of defeats the purpose.

If I wanted to customized my machine I'd build one.
Not entirely. The point is to get a quality assembled gaming machine without paying $1000. The hardware is irrelevant, especially when it comes to Consoles. The idea here is that they can cut out Windows to avoid paying licensing fees and use Linux on mid-ranged hardware to offer console like performance with a near identical price. It's no longer gaming PC's are the $1000-2000 Alienware's which only enthusiasts with way too much money and way too little motivation are enticed, it's $500 for an acceptable gaming machine that you can use in your living room and anyone can snatch one up.

I'm impressed with the price but is that a starting price, and if so what for?
Seems like a better choice then a XBone that's for sure.
I saw a $650 model from another manufacturer that was basically "AMD CPU (I assume FX-6300) or Intel i5 Quad-Core ; AMD R9 270 / Nvidia GTX 760 ; 8GB DDR3 RAM ; 500GB Hard Drive" and I think that one might have been one of the "hybrids" that came with Windows and SteamOS. Not a terrible deal in all honesty.
 
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I'm extremely excited about the fact that it floats. Handy.