CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE Reviewtacohunter52 - October 23, 2011
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One of the main reasons enthusiasts build their own machines is because it is usually more cost effective. However, there are a few other reasons as well. For instance, when you configure your own machine, you're guaranteed to get exactly what you want. With that being said, many manufacturers, such as CyberPower, allow you to configure its machines exactly to your liking. Another reason an enthusiast might want to build their own computer is because they can build their own computer with care, plus they won't have to worry about receiving a machine with a locked BIOS. Once again, CyberPower makes this a moot issue because you won't be getting a locked BIOS and the company obviously spent some time on manufacturing the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE. Not only that, but it also put great care into packaging the whole thing! In fact, with the exception of the fact that it's more fun to build your own computer, I can't really think of any other advantages you'd have from building your own computer as opposed to buying a prebuilt. Seeing as the fun factor is a matter of ones opinion, let's see if it's more cost effective to purchase the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE or to build your own computer exactly like it.
In order to find out which is cheaper, I went to Newegg and found the price of each piece of hardware. The exception to this is the Asetek liquid cooler. I could not find it on Newegg, so instead I used a different self-contained cooler to provide an idea of the price. Below is each product, and a link to each Newegg listing.
Newegg Pricing and Links:
- COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $59.99
- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB $54.99
- EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 $189.99
- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 $109.99
- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $54.99
- ASUS P8Z68-V LX $129.99
- Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $99.99
- Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System $59.99
- ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive $58.99
Much to my surprise, the CyberPower is offering the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE for less than it would cost you to build it yourself. The total cost from Newegg came to be $1,038.40, which is almost $20 more than what it costs from CyberPower. Sure $40 isn't a whole lot of savings, but $40 is $40, so why wouldn't you go with the cheaper option? The extra $40 might be worth it for some people that want to get the build experience. However, if that's really the only reason you're building the computer yourself, go ahead and order the CyberPower computer. Then, once you get it, take it apart and put it back together. That way you get the same experience and you spend less money. Not only that, but you could then take the extra $40 and buy a game for your brand new gaming rig!
This is now the second model from CyberPower we've seen at OCC that has a smaller price tag than building your own computer. I must say, that fact plus the build quality I saw with this machine makes me really impressed with CyberPower. Not only that, but at $999, the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE would make an extraordinarily great gift, especially for the upcoming holiday season!