If you’re looking for an entry level gaming desktop, that is pre-assembled and costs less than $1000, you have plenty of options to choose from in the market. With custom PC manufacturers flooding the horizon, it can get quite confusing for a first time PC buyer, and you certainly don’t want to go out and spend extra money on gimmicky features like RGB lighting and “designed by gamers” stuff that is nothing but marketing tactics. Which is why, we are going to introduce you to the CybertronPC Hellion Gaming desktop, one of the most competitively priced pre built gaming PC’s that you can find for less than a thousand bucks. It can run games such as World of Warcraft, Dota 2, League of Legends, etc. on medium-high settings at 60+ fps, and packs plenty of processing power for all your multimedia needs.
But first, you need to know exactly what makes a good gaming PC. We have listed the 4 primary components that go into a gaming PC, in order of most to least important. Keep in mind, that when we say “PC”, we mean the actual computer tower, i.e. the box which holds all the components. We are not going to include the monitor and peripherals in this discussion, since those choices boil down to individual preferences. With that said, here are the 4 primary components of a gaming PC, listed from most to least important-
1. The Graphics Card– Also referred to as the “GPU”, a graphics card is a dedicated processing unit that works alongside your CPU to process all the game graphics, and displays them on your screen. This is by far, the most important part of any gaming rig. In fact, most modern games rely heavily on graphics card computing power, and you can manage to get away with a 5-year old CPU as long as you have a good graphics card. The specs that you should look for in a graphics card are- the core clock speed, VRAM size, number of stream processors, etc.
2. The CPU– If you’re buying a computer primarily for gaming, and it is a budget computer priced between $500 -$700, you should opt for either an FX 6300 CPU from AMD, or the Core i3 6100 from Intel. If you can stretch that budget to $700 – $1000, then you should look for either an FX 8350/ 8370, or an Intel Core i5 6500/ 6600. Processors with 4 cores will perform the best, since modern games rarely utilize more than 4 threads at the same time, and even a dual core processor with hyper threading (such as an i3) should do the trick.
3. The RAM– Okay, this is a rather difficult one to predict accurately, but if all you care about is gaming then get a prebuilt system with 8 GB of RAM. If you can find a system that offers 12 or even 16 GB of RAM for less than $1000, by all means go for it, but you rarely need more than 8 GB if you are playing current or previous generation games on medium-high settings at 1080p. However, if you’re also interested in video encoding and content creation (photo/ video editing), then you’ll need 16 GB or more.
4. The Storage– For budget PC’s, a 7200 rpm 1 TB hard disk drive serves as the sweet spot between performance and price. The only advantage that a much more expensive SSD will offer in gaming is the smaller load times and faster game startup (at the cost of diminished storage space). If you want more fps, then get a better graphics card or processor instead, since the hard drive does not impact in-game performance by that much.
Okay, now that you have an idea of what to look for in a pre-built gaming PC, let us move on to the Cybertron Hellion Gaming Desktop. This is a pre built gaming PC under 1000 bucks, in fact it is one of the cheapest in this range. The chassis (case) for this gaming rig is an Aerocool Xpredator X1 mid tower case, with a built-in 400 W PSU, and cool looking blue light on the mesh in the front of the chassis. There are fan controls on the top of the front panel so you can monitor interior temperatures and speed up individual fans when required (say, if you are playing a heavy game).
Inside the metal case, lies a custom motherboard based on the AM760G chipset, and it houses the AMD FX 6300 3.5 Ghz 6-core processor. This processor is one of the best entry level gaming processors on the market, and competes with the Intel Core i3 6100. It is equipped with 6 single threaded cores, and 6 MB of L3 cache. It can ramp its speed up to 4.1 Ghz in turbo mode, and will comfortably handle games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Warcraft, Dota, etc.
For the graphics, you will be getting a NVIDIA GEFORCE GT740 2 GB video card. It is fairly future proof, and in case you feel like you need extra graphics power at any time in the future, all you need to do is buy the latest gen entry level GPU at that time, and swap out the pre-installed GT 740 with it. This card can handle AA titles and indie games at maximum settings and 1080p, and will deliver extremely smooth frame rates on less-demanding titles. You can still play AAA titles on it, as long as you crank down the settings to medium.
There is 16 GB of high speed DDR3 installed in the system, so you are future proof for at least the next 3-4 years as far as RAM is concerned, and this much RAM is more than sufficient for playing any modern day game without suffering any memory bottlenecks whatsoever. It should also be enough for some light photo and video editing.
In terms of storage, you get a 1 TB 7200 rpm hard drive with genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit preinstalled on it. That should be more than enough for storing 50 games, with space left over for movies, photos, and software.
The motherboard has a couple of free PCIe expansion slots, so you can add an extra graphics card in the future if you like, or maybe even add a capture card or soundcard if you plan to transform this into your home editing and audio workstation. There are 3 5.25” bays free on the front of the case, along with 6 3.25” bays for adding extra hard drives or SSD’s in the future. In terms of connectivity, you get 4 USB 3.0 ports (for external hard disks, flashdrives, etc.), and 4 USB 2.0 ports to connect you keyboard and mouse, as well as any USB drives or external soundcards.
To guarantee piece of mind for their customers, CybertronPC provides a 1 year warranty on parts and labor, along with free lifetime phone based hardware technical support. All things considered, if you want a desktop that can play current or previous generation games at medium settings on 60+ fps, or on high settings with 30+ fps, then this is definitely one of the best systems you can get on the market for less than $700.
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