CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE Reviewtacohunter52 -
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If you frequently read articles here at OCC, you've probably built all the computers you own. I'll even go as far as saying you've probably also helped friends and family build computers, or you've built rigs for them. The reason is simple — it is usually way more cost effective, and fun, to build a computer yourself as opposed to purchasing a prebuilt model. Let's face it, we've all, at one point or another, ogled over one of Origin's high end gaming machines, then immediately after gone to Newegg to configure it ourselves. What do we usually find out? That the prebuilt system is extraordinarily overpriced! This in itself usually turns computer enthusiasts away from purchasing prebuilt machines. But what would you do if you found a prebuilt machine that had the hardware you wanted and the build charge was small or seemingly non-existent? I have a feeling that most people, especially in today's economy, would go for the prebuilt machine. Unless of course, they really want to build the computer themselves.
Today we will be taking a look at a prebuilt gaming machine from CyberPower, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE. This computer is equipped with the popular i5 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU, which has been paired with a Z68 motherboard from ASUS. It also utilizes 8GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 memory and a 1GB GTS 560 from eVGA. The processor is kept cool by a 120mm Asetek self-contained liquid cooler, and the entire package is held together in a Cooler Master HAF 912 case. Last but not least, the computer is equipped with a Blu-ray drive and 1TB of storage space. The MSRP of the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE is $999, which right away seems like a very fair price. However, I intend to find out if we can build the same computer from Newegg for less money. Once that's been done, we'll put this rig through the OCC benchmark suite to see how it stacks up against the OCC test beds. But first, let's take a closer look at the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE!
Safely shipping an entire computer can be difficult to do, so I was interested to see how CyberPower did it, as well as how well its shipping methods worked. The computer arrived in one giant box that was stuffed with a fair amount of foam. Removing the foam revealed two more boxes, the HAF 912 box and the ASUS P8Z68-V LX motherboard box. The HAF 912 box contained the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE, while the P8Z68-V LX box contained all the included accessories. The Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE was covered in a large plastic bag and wedged between two large pieces of foam.
Once all the packaging has been removed, we can see that the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE has been completely assembled. Not only that, but aside from the Windows 7 Key located on the side of the computer, there was absolutely nothing stating that this machine was manufactured by CyberPower. I was a little surprised to see this, but at the same time I thought it was nice that they left the case clean. Looking at the computer's front, we can see that the top 5.25" drive bay is occupied by the Blu-ray drive, while the bottom 5.25" bay is occupied by a card reader. Taking a look at the back of the computer shows us that the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE has enough ports to make any user happy. The right side of the case is almost completely bare, with the exception of the Windows 7 key. The left side of the case was completely bare save for a fan and a note taped to it. This note let us know that there was still more packaging that needed to be removed from the inside of the computer.
Removing the side panel reveals a blue quick foam bag, which kept the GTX 560 safe and secure during transit. Removing this gave us our first glimpse of the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's wire management, which was very nice and clean. I was actually very impressed because it showed that CyberPower puts time and care into its machines. In other words, the exact opposite of what you can expect from many other computer manufacturers.
Since we've got the side panel off, I thought we might as well take a closer look at all the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's components as well. The first thing that caught my eye was the Asetek liquid cooler that should quietly and efficiently cool the i5 2500K processor. Speaking of silence, CyberPower also used the Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W PSU, which is located at the bottom of the case. Continuing our sporadic movement between components, we can see the machine's sole HDD, a 1TB Seagate Barracuda located at the case's front. Moving back up toward the Asetek liquid cooler, we can see the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's 8GB of DDR3 1600 Kingston HyperX memory.
Before we move on, we should probably also take a look at the computer's GPU and ODD. The Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE is equipped with a 1GB GTX 560 from eVGA. This, of course, occupies the ASUS P8Z68-V LX's first PCIe x 16 slot. As we were able to see from looking at the computer's outside, the Asus 12X Blu-ray drive is located in the first 5.25" drive bay. Directly under it, in the bottom 5.25" drive bay, is a multi-card reader.
Before we move on to the included accessories, I'd like to briefly look at the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's wire management. As I stated before, I was impressed with the job CyberPower did. Almost every wire connected to the motherboard, with a few exceptions, was neatly tucked behind the motherboard tray. The wires that weren't located behind the tray were kept neatly out of the way of the HAF 912's airflow.
As previously stated, all the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's included accessories and documentation were located in the ASUS P8Z68-V LX's motherboard box. Inside this box we have all the driver CDs and user guides that came with the components used to create the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE. Along with an OS disk, there were also two bags containing extra cables, expansion slot covers, and brackets. It was nice to see that CyberPower included everything that came with the parts. This was definitely something else that I was not expecting!
Now that we've seen what makes this baby tick, let's compare it to building our own computer!