CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 Budget Gaming PC ReviewTue, Nov 01, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
CyberPower really did do a great job with the Gamer Ultra 2098! The part selection and the fit and finish of the components were superb for a budget gaming PC. For being just $574.98 we figured that CyberPower might cut some corners on wire management or something like that, but they really did a nice job for this build. The picture below really shows how well the system was assembled.
The parts that CyberPower used on the Gamer Ultra 2098 worked well together and we had no major issues with any of the hardware during our testing. For a budget AMD powered gaming PC we wouldn’t change anything on this system. We like how it uses the brand new AMD FX-4100 quad-core ‘Bulldozer’ processor as you always want to be using the latest and greatest CPU architecture. When it came to gaming performance we found that we had to lower the image quality settings down on some of the more graphics intensive game titles, but that is to be expected when using the AMD Radeon HD 6670 video card. The CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 proved to be a solid performing system.
That said, we did find a couple things missing that we like to see on PCs these days. The first is SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support. We wish CyberPower would have picked a board that had integrated USB 3.0, but in this price range a board doesn’t exist. The other thing we noticed is that the motherboard used for this build only has four High-Speed USB 2.0 ports on the rear I/O panel. This shouldn’t be a deal breaker, but most people will fill those up quickly. The third and final gripe about this system is that CyberPower went with an NVIDIA chipset motherboard and we found that software utilities like AMD OverDrive won’t install as a result. All of these issues are minor and revolve around the motherboard that is being used. We wanted to point them out to you as this is a ‘legit review’ and we have to live up to our site’s name!
We headed to Newegg to see how much it would cost to buy the parts for this system and build it up ourselves.
- AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz Processor – $129.99 Shipped
- Gigabyte M68MT-S2 Motherboard – $54.99 plus $6.98 Shipping
- 2 x 4GB ADATA DDR3 1333MHz Memory – $44.99 Shipped
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 Video Card – $79.99 plus $6.98 Shipping
- Azza Orion 202 – $39.99 plus $13.28 Shipping (after mail-in rebate)
- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB – $109.99 plus $7.28 Shipping
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – $99.99 Shipped
- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer HS124 – $19.99 plus $0.99 Shipping
- Turbolink 500W ATX Power Supply – $21.99 plus $5.99 for an equivalent
- Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard – $6.99 plus $6.98 for an equivalent
- Xtreme Gear USB Mouse – $5.49 shipped for an equivalent
When you break down the prices of the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 we found that we could build a nearly identical PC for $662.87. Remember, Newegg carries the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 for $574.98 ($559.99 plus $14.99 shipping). This is rather shocking to us as you can buy a fully built system that was professionally assembled with the drivers and Windows 7 properly loaded for less than what the parts cost. Years ago building a PC yourself could save you money, but this is an example of where it helps to get a system from a company like CyberPower where they ship thousands of PCs. The best part about this system is that CyberPower used all off the shelf
parts, which means that if something breaks years down the road you’ll
be able to easily replace it if it’s not covered by the warranty. If you buy a CyberPower system be sure to register it by following these steps.
If you want to build a budget AMD gaming PC then look no further than the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098! We found the system to be a solid performer and it costs less than what you can buy all the hardware for at Newegg! For that we give the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 the Legit Reviews Value Award!
Legit Bottom Line: The CyberPower Gamer Ultra is a nicely balanced budget AMD gaming PC that is priced for less than what you can buy the parts for yourself!