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 Core i7 860 System
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...
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.
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...
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.
what do you guys feel is a fair profit margin on a system build like this considering the warranty service provided and labor?
@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).
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
I always think that when a system has a company stand behind the product makes it worth the extra ching!
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".
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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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