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Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 Budget Desktop PC

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Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 Budget Desktop PC

Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073

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The Bottom Line

Apr 14 2011 - For anyone who needs a computer system with a dedicated graphics system either for gaming or graphics work, the Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 is a tough deal to beat. For under $500, it comes with an AMD 5450 graphics card with a full 1GB of memory. The system also comes free of bloatware many companies add to the OS. There are minor issues with it though including no media card reader and the lack of customization that Cyberpower typically offers through their direct sales because this is a retail system.

Pros

  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Lots Of Space For Internal Upgrades
  • System Install Has No Bloatware

Cons

  • Not Customizable Like Cyberpower Direct Sales
  • Lacks Media Card Reader

Description

  • AMD Athlon II X2 255 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 24x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • AMD Radeon HD 5450 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
  • 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

Guide Review - Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 Budget Desktop PC

Apr 14 2011 - Like many other budget desktops, Cyberpower has elected to use the more affordable AMD processors to power the Gamer Ultra 2073 desktop. Rather than using a higher Phenom processor, it comes equipped with the AMD Athlon II X2 255 dual core processor. This is a decent processor given the price range but still falls short of what can be achieved with a slightly more expensive Intel processor or even the Phenom series. Still, it does keep the price under $500. The 4GB of DDR3 memory should let the system run smoothly through most applications but unfortunately there are no additional slots for extra memory necessitating replacement if you want to upgrade it to 8GB.

Storage features on the Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 are overall better than many low cost desktops. It comes with a sizable drive that provides a full terabyte of storage. This provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. The drive also spins at a full 7200rpm rate which gives it a good level of performance compared to other systems that use variable rate drives to keep costs down a bit. A standard dual layer DVD burner is also included for handing playback and recording of CD or DVD media. One minor quibble is the lack of a media card reader. This is fairly standard on many new major brand systems. This means buyers will need an external reader if they need to copy files from standard flash media cards.

The main reason one would look at the Gamer Ultra 2073 is for the graphics. While most budget classed desktops rely on an integrated processor, this system comes with an AMD Radeon HD 5450 graphics card with 1GB of memory. This is still a budget class 3D graphics card but it provides a performance boost for those using applications such as Photoshop that can take advantage of the processor. Gaming is still fairly limited but at least capable with the card. Expect lower resolutions or detail levels. At least the system features a 500W power supply that provides the option to upgrade to a more powerful card later.

Beyond the graphics card, the Gamer Ultra 2073 provides a fair amount of expansion space. The CoolerMaster Elite 430 case provides plenty of space for additional drives and cables. This is great for those that might need to add extra hard drive space or upgrade the graphics. As mentioned previously though, the upgrade path isn't all that clear as there are only two memory slots. In addition to this, the motherboard is a relatively small design meaning it has fewer slots available than the case itself can support.

Since this is a retail computer from Cyberpower, it lacks the high level of customization they typically offer to customers. This is the trade off that buyers must accept though as the price for this is roughly $100 cheaper than a similar build-to order system directly through Cyberpower's web site.

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