Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 Review: Mega power, mega flexibility, mega price

Intro

Lenovo has not traditionally been a PC manufacturer associated with gaming. When you think gaming, your thoughts stray to Razer, to Asus’ ROG line, to MSI, and even to home-grown brand Aftershock. Well, Lenovo wants you to think again. Presenting their attempt to snatch the performance king throne is the Y900, from Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Y series gaming desktops.

While it is outfitted differently in some regions, in Singapore it comes with Intel’s most powerful quad-core CPU, the i7-6700k, which has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and a reference Nvidia GTX 970 (reference, meaning without any OEM improvements such as improved cooling or higher clock speed).

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The other key parts are a 120 GB Samsung SSD, with a 2 TB, 7200 RPM Seagate HDD, a nondescript Z170 motherboard, 16 GB of SK Hynix memory (RAM), and a 610W AcBel PSU.

Also provided with the package is a laser gaming mouse, and a Kailh Linear Red switch mechanical keyboard. The price, though? A whopping S$2699. Immediately this highlights the largest issue with pre-builts — a terribly overpriced package for its parts. Let’s have a look at how much we can assemble an equivalent system for from PC Themes. I have left the OS out of the list, as it can be purchased for as little as S$35 on Qoo10, or US$30 on Reddit’s /r/microsoftsoftwareswap.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price (S$)
CPU Intel Core i7-6700k $542.00
Motherboard ASRock Z170 Pro4 $212.00
Video Card Asus GTX970 Turbo (4GB GDDR5) $519.00
Wireless Adapter Asus PCE-AC56 Wireless-1300 $99.00
PSU Seasonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze $105.00
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD $99.00
HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 3.5″ $109.00
Memory G.Skill 16GB (4GB x 4) DDR4 2400MHz CL15 $120.00
CPU Cooler CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 EVO $45.00
Case Corsair Carbide 300R $119.00
Mouse Logitech G402 $75.00
Keyboard Tesoro Excalibur (Kailh Linear Red) $129.00
TOTAL $2173.00

In total, it costs approximately S$2200 for a self-built PC with specifications as good, if not better than, those offered by the S$2700 Y900. This S$2200 price also excludes the hefty 5 to 10% discounts local PC component stores also provide for purchasing all the components at one location — that brings the price down to S$2000.

With the self-built PC, you also get the freedom of individual part warranties that last for 3, 5, or even unlimited years. You also get the ease of upgrading parts as you see fit, with your older parts commanding a higher resale value.

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Considering the ease with which you can assemble your own PC, and the nearly S$700 gulf in cost and actual value, the Y900 is not really a good deal. For the extra cost I could easily add another GTX 970 and run the cards in 2-way SLI for increased performance.

That being said, however, the PC itself is actually fantastic. It can handle pretty much every game at 1080p, and its ability to overclock will ensure a long life of high-settings gaming. So, let’s begin the review, shall we?

3 thoughts on “Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 Review: Mega power, mega flexibility, mega price

  1. My local store sells this model for 1127 US. With 2 years warranty. Is that I good deal? I think the pc looks nice. Thx for review. Btw I dont want to build PC. Just game.

    1. Not a chance it is a good deal. Strongly recommend dropping by a PC hardware store, and selecting the parts yourself. Building a PC is extremely easy, but if you’re that lazy you can ask the shop to help assemble it for you.

  2. I purchased this pc 3 months ago before this review came out not knowing what I was getting myself into. I thought hey look at this Lenovo gaming pc yeah lets give it a go had all the parts in it that I wanted and already built and got it on a interest free credit loan. Wow what a disappointment to say the least, firstly Lenovo’s own software “Onekey Overclock” does not work, show a error message and says my cpu does not support overclocking and its a i7 6700K wtf. So I decided to have a look in the bios and u can do next to know overclocking in there either u cant set any give clock speeds or adjust voltages. Luckily this was on sale at the time and I didn’t pay the full price of $3,999 AU but did still pay $3,200 AU for a unlocked cpu that cant be overclocked. Tech support have been unable to find a solution to why the overclock program does not work and this has been in the loop for four weeks now and recently I have found 3 other people with the exact same issue so its not a one off occurrence. Now recently after updating the bios the 4.2 ghz turbo boost applies only at idle and as soon as u load it up it drops below the stock 4ghz and sits around 3.9ghz wtf. have also tried IXTU (intel extreme tuning utility) and cant go beyond the 4.2ghz turbo speed either and manual overclocking is also restricted as half the options are greyed out due to the bios that’s more secure than NASA. This pc has all the gear, but no idea.

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