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CyberPower Gamer Ultra 7500SE

At a Glance
  • CyberPower Gamer Ultra 7500SE

    PCWorld Rating

Priced at $999 (as of November 6, 2006), the Gamer Ultra 7500SE is a budget system can handle most computing tasks, including many games.

The Gamer Ultra 7500SE parlayed its Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor and 1GB of RAM into a WorldBench 5 score of 98-above average for a cheap PC.

The 7500SE's gaming performance was even better. Sparked by an EVGA e-GeForce 7600GS graphics board with 256MB of RAM, it had a frame rate of 76 frames per second on our Doom 3 test, at 1280-by-1024-pixel resolution.

A number of blue LEDs illuminate the case's curved plastic front, which nevertheless looks and feels fragile and cheaply made. CyberPower sets aside plenty of bays for adding extra hard drives: Four internal 3.5-inch drive bays and two externally accessible 5.25-inch drive bays are open (a dual-layer DVD burner, a DVD-ROM drive, and a five-in-one media card reader fill the remaining externally accessible drive bays). The system runs Windows XP Media Center Edition, but CyberPower did not include a TV tuner or a remote control with our review unit, to keep the system's price under $1000 (you can buy a tuner and remote bundled as a $99 option).

The 19-inch ViewSonic Optiquest Q9B LCD monitor included with our test system rendered our test images, games, and DVDs in dark and dull colors. And the LCD provides only a VGA input, which yields fuzzier video than would a DVI connection (which the system's graphics card supports).

CyberPower backs this system with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that includes 24-hour daily tech support; unfortunately, it scored poorly in our most recent reliability and service survey. The 7500SE is Vista-capable, according to its maker, and the company offers Vista upgrade information on its site.

Richard Baguley

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    A gaming system for buyers on a budget, this model provides fairly good performance at a very attractive price.

    Pros

    • Plenty of expansion room

    Cons

    • Case looks and feels cheap
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