This is the first time I’ve got a chance to really take a look at a system with NVIDIA graphics in it in quite a while. Most systems we have looked at in the past year have all had ATI-based cards in them. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 is definitely an impressive card and is a workhorse. The GTX 460 performed better in all of the video tests than a 1GB 5850 that was in the last gaming system we looked at.
Besides just the video card CyberPower always uses quality parts in their builds and you do get quite a variety of choices when you go to configure the system online. The motherboard is Gigabyte, which is one of my favorite brands and Gigabyte boards offer many features that are not found on other boards. They use Kingston HyperX memory, which is some of the best around, they could have used some cheap brand, but they didn’t. The Corsair TX power supply is extremely stable and is a perfect fit for the system. The hard drive is a SATA 6G drive, once again they could have just put a SATA 3G drive in there, but they didn’t.
So is this system affordable? Well let’s see I went to my favorite online retailer and spec’d out the exact same system. My total was about $1200, CyberPower sells this system for $1099 all installed and shipped. So one you are saving about $100 and you are saving a few hours because CyberPower is building the system for you and installing the operating system so this system is definitely worth the price!
One thing I like about this system is how quiet it is and how it is not that flashy. The reason I say that is it is back to school time and this would be the perfect system for a college student. It can handle simple programs like word and web browsing, but at the same time can handle things like Photoshop and 3D graphics programs. Let’s not forget gaming as well. Like I said the GTX 460 is very impressive and will be able to play pretty much any game that is out there.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the CyberPower Gamer Dragon Gaming System a 9 out of 10 score and our Good Value Award.
- Great build quality
- Quality parts used
- Many choices when you configure the system
- Good performance
- None that I found