The CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Gaming Desktop is one of those pre-built desktops that catches the eyes of many new PC gamers shopping online. This gaming desktop is one of the top sellers on Amazon with 4.5 star ratings. But is this CyberpowerPC gaming desktop the best bang your money can buy?
That simple question is probably why your reading this review. You want to know whether this gaming desktop is the one for you or not. Or if it’s even worth your time and money.
Well hopefully this review can shed some light into all you new PC gamers looking into this gaming desktop.
Let’s Begin The Review
Don’t Be Fooled By The Looks
I have to give it to CyberpowerPC or any other companies that sell pre-built computers. The look on this thing is… mmmhmmm. I mean it looks beautiful with it’s edgy design with red and black color contrast. Seriously, what kind of gamer wouldn’t love this desktop?
But don’t let the exotic exterior of the desktop fool you. It’s all to catch your attention. Don’t focus on the looks, you need to focus on the specification details of what the desktop has.
Most people would just buy it for the looks and won’t even give a thought to the actual specifications of the components inside the desktop. It’s like buying a car that has great looking exterior but has horrible interior qualities.
PC gaming is all about performance. How a desktop computer looks doesn’t boost your performance, nor does it improve your gaming visuals. The hardware, or components inside the desktop are what matters the most. Always consider the specifications of the hardware before considering the looks.
I know it can be hard for most people but you have to fight the visual appearance of these pre-built desktops.
PC Gaming Is All About The Specs
Everything will come down to the specs your PC has. Different kinds of games will have different system requirements and newer games will most definitely require newer hardware for the most optimal gameplay. If you want to have an enjoyable gaming experience, you’ll want a better system then the minimum system requirement the game requires.
It’s always best to check the system requirement for the games that you plan on playing.
With that in mind, lets break down the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Gaming Desktop and see what it has to offer.
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Specs
The specifications for this gaming desktop isn’t the worse in market but you can honestly do way better by building a PC by yourself (more on this down below). Let just say after reviewing the specifications for this computer, I wouldn’t recommend this to a close friend.
Here are the important specifications for this CyberpowerPC gaming desktop:
- Processor: AMD FX-6300 3.50GHZ Six-Core
- Motherboard: MSI 760GMA P23 (FX)
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB
- RAM: 8GB DDR3
- Storage: 1TB HDD
- PSU: 350W
The only good part about this desktop is really the processor and it’s about it. The graphics card is really not that good and the motherboard is decent for the budget. Rams and storage offered in this desktop are pretty much standards. You also get a free keyboard and mouse with the desktop which seems like a good bargain but you have to consider the quality of it.
What is the gaming potential of this desktop?
The answer lies within the processor and the graphics card. The best PC gaming experience will always come down to the power of the processor (CPU) and the graphics card (GPU). If these two components have bad performances and specs then the gaming performance will be the same as well.
Better the CPU and GPU = better the gaming performance = better gaming experience.
So that brings us to the next question of whether the processor and the graphics card in this desktop can handle your gaming needs.
Will the AMD FX-6300 processor be good enough?
The AMD FX-6300 that comes with the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A desktop is a good processor. It’s definitely a great processor for low budget builds. You get good performance for the low price that it sells for.
The stock speed is at 3.5GHz which is pretty good and should be enough for majority of people. Those who want faster clock speeds can overclock it but I only recommend that for advanced PC builders. But if you plan on overclocking it, grab yourself a aftermarket CPU cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (or something better).
This AMD processor has literally enough cores and some for everything you do. Most programs and games won’t even use all the cores that this processor has. Six cores is good and will be more than plenty for 90% of the people.
Overall, this processor is good for PC gaming and will give you a good gaming performance.
What about the AMD R7 250 2GB graphics card?
The AMD R7 250 2GB graphics card is… not so good. It’ll be able to handle games that are not graphic intensive (older games) but for the price that this desktop is at you can really get a way better card.
For a gaming desktop to have a graphics card like this is kind of bummer. You really don’t want to have this graphics card in your desktop in 2016. I mean it’s 2016, games nowadays require a lot of graphic power and this card won’t give you the best gaming performance and experience.
If you don’t believe me, just check out the benchmark test for this graphic card. It was tested in 2013 and got a 1,398 score. The graphic cards that came out this year have scores over 9,000. I know it’s unfair to compare newer cards to this but I just want you guys to see the big difference.
To put it simply, this graphics card in this desktop is just not good enough for the price you guys are paying for. And I know some of you guys will buy this desktop and just replace the graphics card. But why would you go through the trouble of doing that when you can just build yourself a better desktop for the same price?
I mean, it’s not a bad idea but it will probably cost you way more than it should. When you change out the graphics card, you also have to consider changing the power supply. Newer graphic cards require a lot of power and the 350W power supply that comes with this desktop won’t be enough. So if you plan on changing the graphics card with this desktop, you’ll have to change the power supply too.
Why Don’t You Just Build Your Own?
It really isn’t that hard. All it takes is couple hours of watching videos on YouTube and following simple steps. It really doesn’t require a college degree or anything like that for someone to be able to build a computer of their own. I was able to do it when I was in middle school and that was awhile back. You can easily learn how to build a PC of your own.
For the same price point of this CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Gaming Desktop, you could build yourself a much better desktop that performs better and is future upgrade ready too. But maybe you don’t know how to come up with a build of your own.
Well that’s where I come in. I already have builds ready for you guys to use. All you need to do is put it together and you’re set. Just got to find the PC budget that works best for you and build.
To make things even more easier, I’ve come up with a build like this CyberpowerPC desktop. It’s in the same budget point but my build is the more ideal build for the price you are paying. You’ll get more bang for your buck – seriously.
Better Build For Same Price
Quick component break down
Building this build will be a way better option for you guys then buying the pre-built desktop. But the choice is really yours, it’s up to you.
Let me give you a quick break down of the components I used for this build. Since this budget is a low budget, I tried to keep everything all at a low reasonable price so that I can add everything that the pre-built desktop offered (keyboard and OS). Keep in mind this build is different then my other budget builds. This is strictly for those who want to build your own PC that has the same price point as the pre-built that includes Window 10 and keyboard & mouse.
The build has the VIVO mid tower case which is cheap but gives you good options for improving the airflow by adding additional fans. You really can’t go wrong with this tower. It looks good for an entry-level PC builder. Just remember that the power supply goes on the top side in this case. Like the pre-built, this build has the AMD FX-6300 processor which is also good for the price tag. It comes with a stock CPU cooler which is good enough to keep your CPU cool at stock clock speed. Upgrade to a better cooler when you plan on overclocking.
Motherboards can get quite expensive but for this build, the MSI 760GMA-P34 is good enough and will be able to handle all the other components. If you want a better motherboard, you can go for the 970A-G43 PLUS which cost 20 bucks more. The 970A-G43 PLUS will give you more upgrade-ability for the future. For ram, you get a single Crucial Ballistix Sport stick and you can buy another one to make 16GB of ram later down the road. This build is a storage of 1TB which is plenty for games and other things. You can add more if you need more. Window 10 is quite expensive but since the pre-built has it, I had to add it too.
With this build you get a 500W power supply so you shouldn’t worry about not getting enough power to your components. Now for the most important part, the graphics card. In this build you get a EVGA GTX 750 Ti which is way better than the AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB that comes with the pre-built. The GTX 750 Ti scored a 3,684 on the benchmark tests.
You’ll be able to play CS:GO, Garry’s Mod, Minecraft, and other games with better settings and good frame rate than the R7 250.
The choice is all yours! 😉
To me it makes way more sense to build my own PC then to buy a pre-built. It’s actually fun building a PC and once you start you’ll never go back to buying a pre-built computer ever again. Come join the force!
So what do you think? Will you be buying this Pre-built PC or building your own? Let me know in the comments.
You’re also welcome to leave questions and concerns for me to answer as well.