CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000 Core i7 860 System

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The enthusiast scene is filled with consumers with do-it-yourself attitudes who regularly build their own systems from scratch. In fact, some feel that part of the fun associated with a new build is comparing prices online and asking for advice on tech forums in order to configure the ideal system. Although there are obvious benefits of going this route, there are those who may not have the time to find the lowest prices on each individual component or inclination to assemble a rig unassisted. While an abundance of options are available for consumers who prefer a pre-built system, they usually come with a few compromises. These compromises consist of the use lower quality components to fill out the system, which might hinder future upgrades, while others charge a substantial premium for putting together custom built rigs.     

CyberPowerPC, located in Baldwin Park, CA, aims to eliminate the trade offs associated with customized system builds by providing the latest technology at affordable prices. In addition, they provide the technical support needed by those who aspire to own cutting edge technology but may not have the opportunity to keep up with it. Today we have a brand new gaming system built by CyberPowerPC, called the Gamer Extreme 3000. This P55 based system promises to provide high-end performance at a mainstream price. Since we're just getting our feet wet with the new platform, it will be interesting to see how this rig stacks up against some of the latest systems we've reviewed. Read on to find out if this extreme gaming system lives up to its name.

 
 CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000
 System Specifications

Processor
Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz 8MB cache

Motherboard

Asus P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 Motherboard

Operating System
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition SP1

Memory
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB DIMMs)
DDR3-1600MHz 9-9-9-24 1T

Graphics Cards

EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1792MB DDR3

CPU Cooling

Cooler Master V8 120mm

Audio

Onboard (VIA VT2020 10-channel HD CODEC)

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200.11 HDD

Optical Drive
Samsung 22x DVD+/-RW SATA Drive


Flash Card Reader
12-in-1 Internal Card Reader


Case
AZZA Solano 1000 Full Tower Case

Power Supply
Corsair 650W 80Plus PSU

Available Expansion Slots
2 PCIe (x8, x4) slots, 1 PCIe x1 slot, and 2 PCI slots

Front Panel I/O Ports

3 USB 2.0
1 eSATA
1 Headset
1 Mic


Rear Panel I/O Ports
1 PS/2 mouse
1 PS/2 keyboard
8 USB 2.0
1 IEEE 1394A
10-channel audio I/O
Digital audio (1 coax-out and 1 optical-out)

Bundled/Installed Software

Ulead Burn.Now 4.5 SE

Warranty and Support

3 year warranty ("limited" parts, plus labor)

Price:
$1,599.00 USD (as tested)


CyberPower's Gamer Extreme 3000 is powered by Intel's Core i7 860 processor running at 2.8GHz and built on Asus' P7P55D Deluxe motherboard. The 860 sits between Intel's 750 and 870 socket 1156 processors in speed and pricing, while the P7P55D Deluxe is more on the high end of Asus' P55 lineup. To keep the 860's temperature in check, Cooler Master's massive V8 CPU heatsink is included. Also, CyberPower installed 4GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3 memory set to 1600MHz and CAS 9 latency settings. Graphics workload is handled by an EVGA GTX 295 dual GPU videocard which should handle any current game at maximum settings without breaking a sweat. Finally, there's plenty of storage available as we found a 1.5TB Seagate HDD within the system's drive cage.

The Warranty:
Warranty is an important selling point when it comes to custom built systems, especially for owners who don't have the time to troubleshoot if a problem arises. CyberPowerPC provides a three year labor / one year parts warranty for all desktop systems they build, which starts on the date of invoice. The warranty covers defective parts, workmanship, or any damage occurred during shipping. However, many components used are also covered by manufacturer warranty and repairs can be facilitated through CyberPower as well. Furthermore, a 30 day money back guarantee is granted for systems returned in good condition. Unfortunately, shipping and handling charges are not refundable. More warranty details are available
here.

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System is pretty legit.  With that amount of airflow, I'd expect this type of system is pretty reliable and would last a long time.  Or you could overclock... I'll write that article, just send it along hothardware...

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Why is it whenever I see a CyberPower review, I try to price it up to see if the review price matches what I can do at the Cyberpower site and it doesn't.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_3000/detail

  • *BASE_PRICE: [+979]
  • BUNDLE: None
  • BLUETOOTH: None
  • CD: LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
  • CD2: NONE
  • CAS: AZZA Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans [+28]
  • CASUPGRADE: NONE
  • CS_FAN: Default case fans
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-860 2.80 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156
  • CARE: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19] ( It sure looks like Pro wiring in the review....
  • FREEBIE_OS: None
  • FLOPPY: NONE
  • FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dBA + Overclock Proof) [+58]
  • FREEBIE_RM: None
  • FA_HDD: None
  • FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
  • HDD: Single Hard Drive (1.5TB (1.5TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+56])
  • HDD2: NONE
  • IEEE_CARD: NONE
  • KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
  • MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
  • MODEM: NONE
  • MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
  • MONITOR: NONE
  • MONITOR2: NONE
  • MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P7P55D Deluxe Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+115]
  • MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+27] (Kingston HyperX (All Venom OC Levels Certified) [+15])
  • NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
  • OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
  • OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)
  • OS_UPGRADE: None
  • POWERSUPPLY: Corsair Power Supplies [+58] (($20 off Mail-in Rebate) 650 Watts CMPSU-650TX - Quad SLI Ready)
  • PRINTER: None
  • PRINTER_CABLE: None
  • RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
  • SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
  • SPEAKERS: None
  • TEMP: NONE
  • TVRC: None
  • USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
  • USBHD: NONE
  • VIDEOCAMERA: NONE
  • VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX295 1.7GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+357] (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA [+5])
  • VIDEO2: None
  • VIDEO3: None
  • VC_GAMES: None
  • WNC: NONE
  • _PRICE: (+1727)

That give me a price of $1727, not really close to $1599. Did I do something wrong? I can't seem to get the right price...

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Great review... I'm surprised to see that a $1600 system can stand toe to toe with the 3k systems. Kudos to the new Intel Lynnfield.. some kick ass processors.

@Pacojoe, You must've done something wrong because I get $1609... And I got a coupon code in my email for 5% off that makes this one hell of a deal.

 

  • *BASE_PRICE: [+1545]
  • BUNDLE: None
  • BLUETOOTH: None
  • CD: LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
  • CD2: NONE
  • CAS: AZZA Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans
  • CASUPGRADE: NONE
  • CS_FAN: Default case fans
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-860 2.80 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156
  • FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dBA + Overclock Proof)
  • FREEBIE_RM: None
  • FA_HDD: None
  • FLASHMEDIA: None
  • FLOPPY: NONE
  • FREEBIE_OS: None
  • HDD: Single Hard Drive (1.5TB (1.5TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
  • HDD2: NONE
  • IEEE_CARD: NONE
  • KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
  • MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
  • MODEM: NONE
  • MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
  • MONITOR: NONE
  • MONITOR2: NONE
  • MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P7P55D Deluxe Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+65]
  • MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Kingston HyperX (All Venom OC Levels Certified) [+15])
  • NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
  • OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
  • OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)
  • OS_UPGRADE: None
  • POWERSUPPLY: Corsair Power Supplies [-16] (($20 off Mail-in Rebate) 650 Watts CMPSU-650TX - Quad SLI Ready)
  • PRINTER: None
  • PRINTER_CABLE: None
  • RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
  • SOFT: Free 60 Days Microsoft® Office® 2007 (Words, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook + More) - Windows Vista™ Required
  • SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
  • SPEAKERS: None
  • TEMP: NONE
  • TVRC: None
  • USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
  • USBHD: NONE
  • VIDEOCAMERA: NONE
  • VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX295 1.7GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
  • VIDEO2: None
  • VIDEO3: None
  • VC_GAMES: None
  • WNC: NONE
  • _PRICE: (+1609)
  • _view_: detail

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what do you guys feel is a fair profit margin on a system build like this considering the warranty service provided and labor?

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@bugzrrad: That's on my mind a lot. I'm envisioning a new system, and building it myself, but as it'd be my first I'm still a little hesitant, and would go with a system builder-- paying a slight premium for the parts and installation-- if they could give me what I want.

Problem is, I'm a little too picky. I have some pretty specific ideas about CPU coolers and fans, cases and graphics cards, etc., etc.; and none can get it exactly as I want it. I often price up a "close enough" system at either CyberPowerPC.com or IBuyPower.com, just for fun.

It appears that they factor the cost of building into the parts. For example, plugging in a Radeon 5870 will cost you $409; doing it yourself, ten bucks less. I'm sure they get quantity discounts on a lot of items, though, and perhaps buy right from the manufacturer, cutting their costs further; but then, that's irrelevant as you can't get that same price point.

It adds up, but it's a good compromise between getting a consumer PC and building it yourself (and potentially frying a CPU in the process).

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I always think that when a system has a company stand behind the product makes it worth the extra ching!

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It sure does have good specs. I, so far, prefer to build my own systems though.

Besides the price difference, there is a lot of satisfaction to being able to say that "I built it".

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Last year I bought a cyberpower pc directly from the company.   The pc arrived late and wouldn't start.   There was no way to call the company and talk to a person.   You had to call and leave your name and number and wait for them to respond.   It took five days for them to respond.   In the meantime, I opened the case and found the hard drives weren't plugged in.   After pluggin in the hard drives, the pc started but all I got was a blue screen of death because the BIOS had been configured incorrectly.   Finally past the BIOS problem, I found the sound and video cards weren't fully installed so I fixed that problem.  Then I found that no video or sound drivers had been installed.   The pc finally worked... for two days.   The motherboard failed.    I decided to return the pc but the company wouldn't return my phone calls so I contacted BBB.   BBB got a person from Cyberpower to call me and I got permission to return the pc as I'd only had it for 10 days.  Then I waited and waited for my money back.   BBB and I both put pressure on the company to return my money but it took my credit card company's pressure before that happened.... a month after they received the pc.   Check this company's BBB score before you buy and be very careful if it's below an A level.  

 

 

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