Whenever gamers think of a pre-built gaming PC with serious components, they know that it’s their pocket that will be hardly hit. An affordable gaming PC has for long been perceived as a precursor of a non-performing rig that is not worth your investment.
Finding an affordable prebuilt PC that combines performance and affordability is a rare scenery. A case in point is the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8020A. This is an able machine that shops around for some of the best gaming components.
The Gaming beast is a budget desktop that goes too low in terms of price without compromising on its performance. It houses an Intel i5-6402P Quad core processor with a clock speed ranging between 2.8 GHz-3.4 GHz.
There is 8 GB DDR4 RAM and a massive 1 TB Hard disk drive for storage. It is equipped with the latest AMD Radeon RX 480 4 GB Video Card that is VR ready. The graphics card is capable of handling AAA games on high settings.
Out of the box you will get the CyberPowerPC Gamer, a genuine windows 10 64 bit installation disc, ambidextrous gaming mouse, a non-backlit gaming keyboard, 802.11 AC wireless USB adapter, a power cord and the user manual.
There is no display included, but this is more than we can bargain for when it comes to such a powerful gaming desktop.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8020A is well built donning its traditional black and red color. The heavy duty gaming desktop measures 20.16 x 9.25 x 21.57 inches and weighs 32 pounds. This is not your ultraportable laptop you are used to, so you need to allocate a fixed spot for it, now that you won’t be moving it easily.
The included mouse and keyboard are not the best in the market but they blend well in terms of appearance with the desktop. It also comes with a 600W power supply with a large 140nm cooling. This is neither the best, but the use of a standard ATX power supply gives room for future upgrade or swap to a fully modular one.
Performance and Components
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8020A is powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i5-6402P quad-core processor. The Processor is clocked at 2.8 GHz but it can run up to 3.4vGHz with Turbo Boost Technology.
The system comes with 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 2133 MHZ RAM, the latest generation of memory which offers more power compared to DDR3. This is enough memory to get your job done. However, you can still up the memory to a massive 64 GB (16GBX4) as the desktop uses an Intel B150 motherboard with four DIMMs for RAM.
In terms of storage, the desktop comes with a Toshiba 1 TB 7200 RPM hard disk drive for storage of all your games and other files. This is a standard HDD seen in most of the machines but you can still add your SSD for fast loading speeds and boot time. The system combination is capable of multitasking without desktop slowing down.
The CyberPowerPC does not skimp when it comes to graphics. It is bundled with the latest 2016 AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB Video Card that is VR ready. The card offers stunning performance that is higher than that of the GTX 960 and almost matching the GTX 970 GPU. The GTX 1060 offers better performance than the graphics card embedded on this desktop.
It is a good GPU for consideration more especially if you are building your own PC from scratch. The good news is that if you are after VR gaming, the RX480 will offer you an enjoyable experience with either the Vive or Rift. It will work well with the first generation VR games however it may choke with the introduction of more complex and graphic intensive games later on.
The SkyTech Shadow AMD-1060-I Desktop Gaming Computer PC, comes with a better Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GDDR5 Video Card that is also VR ready.
The connectivity department in the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8020A is well packed for those with a number of devices. The system harbors 6 USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports for speedy data transfer and connecting with other compatible devices consecutively. You will also get HDMI, DVI and Display port for video output to enjoy your gaming in larger screens such as HDTVs or monitors.
The desktop includes an ultra-fast 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter that you can plug to one of the ports and access the internet seamlessly. Additionally, you get a 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ-45 LAN port in the back panel for wired Internet connectivity. In the front panel, you will get a 24X DVD+RW Optical Drive for fast write and copying speed of your DVDs.
The system can also offer an enjoyable entertainment experience with the inclusion of a 7.1 channel for audio support. Expect some loud and clear sound quality if you connect the system to quality stereo speakers. As such, playing games or watching movies on this desktop becomes more amazing.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8020A is surprisingly an affordable powerful gaming desktop in the market. The new Radeon RX 480 graphics card included is capable of running games on high settings such as Battlefield 4 and GTA 5. Additionally, the 2016 model Intel Core i5-6402P quad-core processor offers fast processing speeds.
Combine this with 8GB of RAM, you get a complete set up that can handle multiple tasks without stuttering. Let the price point of this gaming rig make you think of it as any other entry-level or mid-range machine. Purchasing this desktop also comes with a one year warranty for labor and parts and a lifetime technical support.
As such, you don’t have to worry about fixing your machine in case it breaks down. The downside of this desktop is however on its Power supply unit that will require some upgrading as time goes. It will however work well for the time being. If you’re on the fence about VR and wanted to find a way to get in at an affordable price, then CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8020A could be your ticket.