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Pros: I just purchased this computer to replace my aging Core2Quad tower that had long-ago reached a point of no return and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. This tower has the perfect combination of core components.
i7 Gen 4, Z based chipset mobo, GTX 660 vid card, 2TB HDD and a surprisingly nice (clean, modern, minimalistic) case.
I added 2 Cougar case fans and a CoolerMaster CPU cooler to the purchase and everything is running smooth and cool.
CPU runs sub 40°c
1) I dropped 1/2 an egg from my rating for lack of quality control on the build of the machine. The case comes with 2 built-in case fans (1 rear exhaust and 1 front intake). The front intake fan was NOT hooked up when I initially powered it up. Not a big deal because I had to crack the case anyway to add the 2 additional fans and cpu cooler I bought but still..... CyberPower, really?! Check your stuff before you send it out.
2) I dropped another 1/2 egg for core components selection. Not that there is anything wrong with the ones chosen to put this build together but I think they could have done better.
- CPU Cooling: Stock CPU fan??? CyberPower should have done better with this. This is a 4th Gen i7 overclockable chip.....give us something here. Include a 3rd party CPU fan or something with this build. Maybe a water cooler or something. Though I got it on sale, the current listed regular price of $1250.....should include some sort of [better than stock] CPU cooling solution. (Hence why I purchased a 3rd party CPU cooler when I bought this rig) - which leads to my other con - The case.
CASE: Though the case is a great design. It's nice, clean, and minimalistic (unlike a lot of the gaudy designs you see nowadays). BE CAREFUL when purchasing a 3rd party CPU cooling solution. The vertical height of the fan is limited to less than 158mm. Anything taller and your out of luck.
The problem this presents is that a VERY LARGE percentage of 120mm Fan based air coolers are larger than the 158mm limit. Hyper 212 EVO - wont fit even though the 212 is pretty much the go-to choice now. I had to settle for a Hyper T4 because of it's shorter profile (152.5 mm tall).
CyberPower - don't get me wrong, it's a nice machine....a really nice machine. But for the asking price of $1250....I think a few small component choices would make this truly a 5-egg worthy purchase and could have still kept it at the same price point.
Other Thoughts: Last thoughts:
I am very pleased with my purchase. Could there have been a better (more thoughtful) choice of core components used to build this product. YES. But for what you get.... [ i7 Gen 4 OC-unlocked chip, Z chipset motherboard, 2TB HDD and GTX660 ]..there's not much that you need to do with this machine out of the box.
I would recommend buying a few case fans for additional ventilation and a 3rd party CPU Cooler. If you go with an air-cooler, RESEARCH your choice.....the case though roomy is shallow for most 120mm air coolers. 158mm or shorter...or you will be out of luck.
Otherwise, I couldn't be happier.
This review is from: Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 CH Home Theater Speaker System
Pros: Easy to setup, sound great.
Cons: Subwoofer is a little weak in powerful scenes but thats to be expected for it's size.
Other Thoughts: I bought this system to upgrade my old JBL surround system to 7.1. I have a pair of ESS AMT monitors that I use for my front mains so my previous system was just a JBL center and surrounds. I upgraded my system to a full 7.1 system with the purchase of a Yamaha Receiver and needed a matched 5.1 system to add to my ESS Monitors.
Using the fronts and surrounds from this system (they are all matched) as the side and rear surrounds, has worked fabulously for creating a 7.1 channel system.
The center channel gets a bit overwhelmed being paired with the ESS Monitors but thats to be expected and I imagine I will upgrade the center channel to a larger, more defined unit at some point soon. The other slight disappointment is the subwoofer. Again, it's just an 8in model so I was expecting it to struggle slightly during the most powerful scenes. But it does provide a nice deep, full bottom end to the ESS Monitors that didn't exist previously.
Display Name: Todd H.
Date Joined: 05/01/12
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