Have you been dreaming about a gaming desktop that is assembled for you and doesn’t cost much? Well, here could be your chance: the CybertronPC 5150 Unleashed IV. The desktop in question is a well-priced model from the less known vendor CybertronPC, a Kansas company that builds custom configured systems. Indeed, there are some nice configurations in this system that would make players very happy. Let me tell you more about those below!
So exactly how good is it for gaming?
You might be doubtful about the gaming performance of CybertronPC 5150 Unleashed IV because it’s quite an inexpensive model. Well, the graphics card here is Radeon R7 260X, a dedicated unit with 1GB GDDR5 memory. It gets ~3100 points in G3D Mark (a benchmark for graphics card) and in comparison, GeForce GTX 750 Ti gets ~3700 points. So, the Radeon is not exactly a high-end card. However, you can still use high settings with many games, for example GTA 5 played on high and 1920×1080 will give +50 frames per second. On a similar set-up, Fallout 4 would run at around 40FPS.
If you’re not happy with the Radeon, you can always change it. The current card takes one PCI-e x16 interface and is a dual-width unit. The system’s power supply is rated at 450W so it should be able to give power to a beefier card. If not, the PSU can always be replaced too.
And usable for applications too?
Because gaming is one of the most resource-intensive tasks you can do on a computer, and CybertronPC 5150 Unleashed IV is pretty good for gaming, it’s safe to assume this desktop is also good for other (= less demanding) activities. For example, the processor is AMD FX-6300, a 6-core beast with 3.5GHz clock speed and a great 4.1GHz turbo. You’ll find it does a good job in benchmarks, getting over 6300 points in CPU Mark test. The AMD can surely run all your fancy software, be it full software development environment or high resolution video editing.
In addition, the system is equipped with one 8GB (DDR3) memory stick. It’s should be enough for gamers, in that lagging won’t occur because of insufficient RAM. There is also one free memory slot inside, you can add more RAM if you think you need that. The maximum supported memory is 16GB.
The storage drive in this computer is not SSD, just a hard drive. Giving you a whopping terabyte for your data, this 7200RPM SATA 3 drive is useful in case you have myriads of installable games. On the other hand, a solid-state drive would make loading those games faster, in case you installed them on the said SSD. A good thing, there are free 3.5″/2.5″ bays should you want to put in an extra drive like the SSD.
What devices can be plugged in?
Plenty of USB ports are found in the CybertronPC 5150 Unleashed IV for your gaming mouse, keyboard and other common devices: four USB 3.0 and five USB 2.0 are available. In addition, connecting any kind of monitor will be painless as there are one HDMI, one DP and two DVI outputs at your disposal. As such, dual display setup works too.
Audio ports in the front include microphone and line-out. In the back, there are microphone, line-in and line-out.
The Gigabit RJ-45 port is not the only way to connect to Internet, the system also sports a 802.11bgn WiFi adapter if you want to use wireless networks. As far as I know, the WiFi adapter is indeed a built-in one, not USB dongle. Bluetooth is not supported, for that you need USB dongle for sure.
There’s a DVD burner available in the front, it does not work with BluRays.
Media card reader is not installed in the system.
Something else to keep in mind?
CybertronPC 5150 Unleashed IV includes a basic USB keyboard and mouse, however if you want fancier stuff for gaming you need to buy them yourself. Monitor must be acquired separately as well.
Operating system is pre-installed Windows 8.1 64-bit (a disc is included too). You should be offered the free upgrade to Windows 10 after some time of using the desktop, though.
There’s a good reason to get CybertronPC 5150 Unleashed IV if you’re on budget and want a custom-built system. The most important thing – graphics card – is a mid-range Radeon which can surely keep quite a smooth FPS even when you want lots of eye candy on. What more could a gamer ask for? Well, of course this rig runs all the applications you might use, such as Adobe Photoshop and MS Office, without issues. In short, this system is a viable option if you don’t want to build your own rig from parts. A recommended choice by TechForPennies.com!