Boutique system vendor CyberPower PC is out to prove that Zeus doesn't need a Thunderbolt to whip up a storm (but we'll gladly take USB 3.0, thank you very much). Zeus is the name of CyberPower PC's newest gaming desktop line with half a dozen models to choose from, including the Zeus Thunder 1000, 2000, 3000, and MAX, all of which feature Intel processors, and the Zeus Lightning 1000 and 2000 models built around AMD's FX platform.
All six systems are housed in NZXT's Switch 810 Hybrid full-tower chassis. The least expensive of them all is the Zeus Lightning 1000, which starts at $1,000 (or less, if you downgrade certain default components) and includes an AMD FX-8120 eight-core processor with CyberPower PC's Pro OC option (overclocked by 10 percent or more), CoolIT ECO II-240 liquid cooling system, Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 motherboard, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card, 2TB SATA 6Gbps hard drive (7200 RPM, 64MB cache), 24X DVD burner, 800W power supply, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
If you prefer to roll with Intel, the Zeus Thunder 1000 runs $1,325 for a baseline configuration that's mostly similar to the Lightning, but with an Intel Core i7 2600K processor overclocked by 20 percent or more (Extreme OC), Asus P8Z68-V LX motherboard, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and an AMD Radeon HD 7770 graphics card. If you drop down to the same Radeon HD 7750 and 8GB of RAM found in the Lightning 1000 system, the price drops with it to $1,216.