So is it a gaming desktop for cheap you want? Let me tell you, that is not an easy task: components meant for gaming, especially the graphics card, cost a lot. But one desktop, the CybertronPC Hellion TGM1213J, is advertised as a budget gaming computer. True, there is a dedicated graphics card inside, but is it really fast enough for a player? And how are the other aspects of this computer? I’ll tell you below…
The most important thing for gamers, CybertronPC Hellion TGM1213J features a graphics card called GeForce GT 740 (2GB). Now, it’s a dedicated unit for sure, but sadly a low-end one. To illustrate this, it gets ~1600 points in G3D Mark test while the popular GTX 960 gets around 6000. So in real life, you’re not going to get top FPS. For example, using high and 1080p you’re getting ~30 frames per second with GTA 5. Another example, Battlefield 4 on medium settings and 1080p will give a similar ~30FPS. So games are definitely playable, but you’re not getting smooth frame rates and maxed out settings with heavyweight titles.
However, you can always change the graphics engine. The 400W power supply can take a beefier card, at least GeForce GTX950 would fit in the tower and the PSU would be enough for that. And you can upgrade the power supply as well if you want, all standard ATX units should work.
AMD FX-6300 is the name of the processor here. It’s not the most popular CPU but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It has a 3.5GHz clock speed and 4.1GHz turbo with a physical core amount of 3. AMD FX-6300 is a bit older unit, it was released in the end of 2012, although it still manages to receive ~6400 points in CPU Mark test – around the same score that modern Core i5 processors from the Intel side get. All in all, the AMD should be a decent choice for a gamer.
CybertronPC Hellion TGM1213J includes 16GB (two 8GB sticks) memory, that’s plenty for gaming and it would not need to be upgraded if you ask me – however two DIMM slots are free if you really want to add more. But the storage drive isn’t perhaps the best option, the 1TB 7200RPM hard drive is not as speedy as a solid-state drive. But there are free bays if you want to add in extra drives, including the said SSD.
Ports and connections
For plugging in peripherals such as gaming mouse and printer, there are four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports available. Video outputs are HDMI, VGA and DVI, hence a dual display setup would work here.
Audio ports include microphone input, line in and line out in the back. Also a microphone/headphone port is located in the front.
Connecting to networks is effortless, there’s a Gigabit RJ-45 jack and 802.11bgn Wireless adapter.
CybertronPC Hellion TGM1213J sports a DVD burner, however media card reader is not installed here.
Just remember this computer doesn’t come with a monitor, but keyboard and mouse are included.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
CybertronPC Hellion TGM1213J is not the most powerful gaming desktop, but you can’t get it all for this low price. Essentially, you’ll be able to run any game with this rig, but you can’t use maxed out settings and Full HD resolution with the most demanding ones. To fix this problem, one can always upgrade the graphics card. For other kinds of use, like web browsing, MS Office and multimedia stuff this thing is a beast. So if you’re a gamer on budget, the CybertronPC should be money well spent.