It would be a dream to get a gaming desktop without paying the big buck, wouldn’t it? Well, here is CybertronPC Borg-Q TGM4213E, a cheap desktop meant for all the players out there. The price is similar to your regular computer. Sweet, indeed, but is it really a powerful rig or not…?
Unfortunately, the graphics engine of CybertronPC Borg-Q TGM4213E can’t be exactly called a powerful one. It is the GeForce GT610 (1GB RAM), a dedicated card, but featuring roughly the same performance than older integrated engines like Intel HD 4000. Hence, you can get playable frame rates (20-30FPS) with newer games like GTA 5 only if you use low settings and resolution 1024×768 or even lower. However, with many less-demanding titles including Counter-Strike: Go you’re good to use higher settings and resolution.
The processor of this rig is not exactly new, it’s the AMD FX-4130 from the beginning of 2013. The unit has luckily four cores and a high 3.8GHz clock speed (with 3.9GHz turbo), so despite its age, the FX-4130 is still a decent processor. It receives a bit over 4100 points in CPU Mark, not an excellent score but will do its job for casual players for sure.
By default, CybertronPC Borg-Q TGM4213E comes with 8GB RAM, and it’s on one stick. Inside the case, there is at least one free slot, meaning you can upgrade the RAM if you think you need more. However, I don’t think that’s the most important upgrade, getting a new graphics card should be the priority number one for a player.
The terabyte 7200RPM hard drive is the only available drive here. For large files it’s excellent, however for performance solid-state drives are the way to go. But all hope is not lost: the case houses free bays for extra drives, so if you have a knack for tinkering, feel free to install SSD inside!
What ports and connections does it have?
CybertronPC Borg-Q TGM4213E includes a basic selection of ports to get a gamer connected. Four USB 3.0 (two are in the front) and two USB 2.0 are offered, also a DVI+HDMI+VGA setup is available on the graphics card. Thus, you can plug in two monitors to this rig.
You may connect to Internet using the Gigabit RJ-45 jack in the back panel. Too bad WiFi card is not installed by default, you must buy one yourself if you want wireless connectivity here.
There’s a DVD player installed in the front panel, however just remember no media card slot is available.
Monitor is not included, keyboard and mouse are. Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is pre-loaded on the hard drive.
The 450W PSU will give power for at least up to GeForce GTX950 in case you want to upgrade (which I recommend, the current GPU is a slow one).
I don’t know if CybertronPC Borg-Q TGM4213E can be really called a gaming desktop because it lacks the graphics performance. GeForce GT610 is a blast from the past and not really able to run many games of today, at least if you want to have a lot of eye candy. Thus, a real gamer will want to install a beefier GPU. For a casual player however the desktop should do fine as it is.