CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE Reviewtacohunter52 - October 23, 2011
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Here at OCC, purchasing a prebuilt gaming rig is a route that most of our members probably wouldn't take. In fact, up until doing this review, it's something I never would have even considered. However, CyberPower may have, in some ways, converted me. The Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE I received was not only well built, it was also cheaper to buy than building one myself! This rig is not by any means using low end components and the wire management is not a complete mess. In fact, I really can't think of any criticism to give it! The closest thing I have to criticism is the cooler CyberPower used. At 1.4v, I was getting relatively high idle temperatures from the Asetek liquid cooler. But again, this isn't really criticism because you can drop the volts and still get a decent overclock. Not only that, but if you're buying this computer to overclock, chances are you'd be swapping the cooler out for a better one anyway... at least I would.
As far as price is concerned, for $999 you're getting a great deal. Sure you could shop around for deals or buy cheaper components, but in the end I doubt you'd be able to build a similar rig for cheaper than what CyberPower is offering. To buy the exact same components from Newegg, minus the card reader, you'd be looking at spending $40 more. This in itself makes buying the rig from CyberPower the best option, provided it's what you're looking for. Plus, with the holidays fast approaching, the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE would make for an extraordinarily great gift!
To be honest, I've been trying to think of reasons why it would be better to build your own machine as opposed to the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE for hours now, and I can't think of any. The rig overclocked well, performed great, and looked sexy. I'll even go as far as to say it had some of the best build quality I've seen, especially from a prebuilt! If you're looking to upgrade to a completely new Sandy Bridge machine, the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE is definitely the way to go! I honestly can't stress how impressed I was with this machine. Up until actually seeing it for myself, I firmly believed that there was no way a prebuilt machine could actually be of good quality. Were there some things I would have done differently? Sure, I would have used a more powerful video card and a different HSF, but you can customize the computer before you purchase it. That means if you want a different video card and cooler, you can get a different video card and cooler. Honestly, with CyberPower around, I don't know why anyone would bother with other companies.
- Build Quality
- Wire Management