Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme 2000

Affordable Gaming Desktop PC with Overclocking Potential

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Feb 6 2015 - For someone that wants to experiment with tweaking a PC gaming desktop system but does not necessarily want to build it, the Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme offers a highly capable platform. The system offers solid general performance with the ability to be overclocked. It offers a wide range of customizations on just about any part. There are only two really minor drawbacks. First, some components you do not get to select the brand of the part. Second, the GTX 750 Ti graphics card is a bit older and falls short of performance from some of Cyberpower's competitor offerings.

Pros and Cons of CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 2000

Pros:

  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Lots of Potential for Overclocking
  • Wide Range of Customization

Cons:

  • Brand Name Components Cannot Always Be Selected
  • Graphics Card a Bit Slower Than Similarly Priced Systems

Description

  • Intel Core i5-4690K Quad-Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-17000 DDR3 Memory
  • 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti Graphics Card with 2GB GDDR5
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Six USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, DVI, VGA
  • Windows 8.1

Review of CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 2000

Cyberpower is a systems integrator that is well known for putting together very affordable options for gamers on the budget. The Gamer Xtreme 2000 is a great system for those that want a solid gaming system with room for improvement down the road. It makes far fewer compromises than many of the more prestigious name brands. Of course, the system is completely customizable from a wide range of options and there are often special promotions that include free upgrades to the system. The base system appearance can also be changed by selection from a wide range of desktop case options but the base is the Raidmax Horus mid-tower.

Powering the Gamer Xtreme 2000 is the Intel Core i5-4690K quad-core desktop processor. This is the highest current Core i5 desktop processor that provides excellent general and gaming performance even at the stock speeds. One of the advantages of the Gamer Xtreme 2000 is the fact that it is using the Z97 chipsets rather than the H61. This means that it offers more features including the ability to overclock. This is made even more possible by the inclusion of an Asetek 550LC liquid cooling solution that offers better heat dissipation for those that want to overclock. By default, Cyberpower does not overclock it but for a small fee, they will. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory to provide a smooth overall experience in Windows. The memory is a faster 2133MHz variety which once again helps with overclocking.

Storage features for the Gamer Xtreme are fairly typical of a desktop system in this price range. It uses a two terabyte hard drive with a 7200rpm spin rate. This means that performance is acceptable but it certainly is slower than systems with solid state drives installed, even if it is just for caching. One advantage here is that there is an M.2 slot that can use PCI-Express interface if you want to add a high-speed SSD drive later but it does prevent the use of two of the six SATA connectors if used. There are six USB 3.0 ports for use with high-speed external storage if you don't want to do any internal upgrades. Finally, there is a standard dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

As the Gamer Xtreme 2000 is a system for gaming, it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card. This is a relatively budget oriented graphics card that came out last year but it has a surprising amount of performance. In fact, it can play most games at high detail levels at 1920x1080 resolutions with acceptable frames rates. Those looking to get above 60 fps may have to turn down detail levels. The graphics card does not use much power and the system is equipped with 600-watt power supply and a second PCI-Express graphics card slot. This means it is relatively easy to add a second graphics card for added performance for higher resolutions or multiple screens. The power supply is also sufficiently powerful to upgrade to a higher level graphics card at a later date.

Pricing for the Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme 2000 starts just over $900 as configured. This is a relatively affordable price when compared to trying to build your own PC rather than buying it. There is certainly some room for improvement, but it does a nice job of balancing performance and features. The closest competitor in its features and price is the iBUYPOWER 2014 Paladin E. It is slightly more expensive and features the same Core i5 processor but includes the latest GTX 960 graphics card for better gaming performance and a 64GB SSD for faster storage performance. It does sacrifice storage space by using a smaller one terabyte hard drive and a lesser 500-watt power supply, but it might be a better choice for those that don't want to do much post purchase adjustments.