The most popular cheap gaming desktop today is CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880. It comes from a less-known manufacturer (assembler, to be precise), but it doesn’t matter: the price is so inexpensive, components are decent and it has received good reviews for long time. Below, you will find my take on the subject and recommendations whether it’s a good choice or just a sham…
So, how’s gaming on it?
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880 contains a graphics card called GeForce GT 720 1GB. It’s a dedicated engine, just like a gaming machine should have, but unfortunately the GT 720 is quite a low end card so you can’t have high settings on every game. For example, Grand Theft Auto 5 on low settings and 720p resolution will give ~45FPS. Counter-Strike: Go and other Steam games run much better; you could try them at high settings and get +50FPS.
If you want to upgrade the graphics card you can do that. Just remember you might want to change the PSU (Turbolink ATX-XG500W), people who put GeForce GTX 960 have reported so.
General performance for software
There’s a decent processor in CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880, the AMD FX-4300 with four cores, 3.8GHz clock speed and 4.0GHz turbo. The benchmark test “CPU Mark” grades it at ~4700 points which means you can use this rig for all kinds of software, including photo editing and programming. Furthermore, the 8GB DDR3 memory suffices for many activities as well – the motherboard supports up to 16GB memory (two 8GB sticks) so you can upgrade that if you want.
The hard drive isn’t that special, it’s a regular, spinning 1TB 7200RPM disk drive. The good thing is, there are free 3.5″ slots inside, so you can put in another drive or even a solid-state drive. Just remember the SSD might need 3.5″ to 2.5″ adapter though.
What ports and connectors does it have?
The graphics card of CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880 has three video outputs (HDMI, VGA and DVI) so it supports up to 3 simultaneous monitors. However, you don’t want to play with two or three monitors since the graphics card is quite weak.
USB ports are six, all of them are version 2.0. Connecting printers and other peripherals to those is possible.
Networking is served by a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) adapter. WiFi or Bluetooth are not included, you can install wireless card to the free PCI-e slot inside or use a simple USB dongle.
Audio supports 7.1 channel.
The desktop has a 24x DVD burner installed.
Miscellaneous features and benefits
USB keyboard and mouse are included. You must buy monitor separately. So other than the display, all required parts are included – it’s a fully functional PC once you get the screen!
Windows 10 Home is the operating system.
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880 is a gaming desktop, there is no doubt about that. The question rather is, how great such a desktop. The graphics engine isn’t too spectacular; you can not keep very high settings and expect smooth frame rates on such a system. So having less eye candy on is the way to go with many games. For other kind of use (software) there are no problems, a lot of processing performance is present. Remember there is no built-in WiFi adapter. All in all, if this kind of an affordable gaming set-up interests you, I think you’d be happy with this CyberpowerPC.