CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Gaming PC review

CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Review, A Worthy Gaming PC?

This is the day I will do my review of the CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Gaming PC. Once again it falls under the $500 mark making it a pretty affordable machine. What you may be wondering is if this PC has the components to make it worth the price tag. Also if it will last you a good amount of time before you need to upgrade. I will do my best to answer these questions and more as we delve into the GM1293D. Make sure you read to the end to catch my final verdict on the computer.

 

Here is my CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Gaming PC Review

 

Product: CybertronPC Patriot (Red) TGM1293D Gaming PC

Price: $449.99 (prices on PC’s vary from time to time)

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

My Personal Ranking: 72/100

 

System Specs

 

  • Processor: AMD A4-5300 3.40GHz Dual-Core
  • RAM: 8GB SDRAM DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 1TB SATA III
  • Onboard Graphics: Radeon HD 7480D GPU
  • Disc Drive: 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-Bit – Eligible for Windows 10 Free Upgrade After Purchase
  • Extras: Keyboard and Mouse Included, WiFi Built in
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty – Free Lifetime Tech Support

CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Review

Sometimes when looking to buy a new computer you may feel like all the specifications is another language and may as well be binary code. I will do my best to help you understand what it is we are looking at and if it’s the correct parts you would want at this price range.

 

You can build a better PC for under $500 yourself!

 

Processor

 

Let’s start off from the top of the list to the bottom beginning with the Processor. It is an AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core with onboard Radeon HD 7480 Graphics. The CPU, or processor is actually a bit disappointing for what you are paying here. If you refer to my gaming pc’s for under $500 category you will see a few other options there with Quad Core CPU’s which is a much better option then the AMD A4.

 

RAM and Hard Drive

 

I will throw in the RAM at 8GB DDR3 and the Hard Drive at 1TB together and say that this is pretty much what you will find comparable to the other pre-built gaming PC’s. In both instances it should be ample for the performance you are looking for.

 

Graphics

 

Now on the the graphics. Like I said earlier included with the processor is integrated Radeon HD 7480D GPU. This is actually to my surprise because in my opinion a gaming PC comes with an actual dedicated video card. Once again I am disappointed and highly recommend if you buy this PC to also purchase a dedicated graphics card to go with it. You will not experience optimal gaming without one. A GeForce GT 730 2GB DDR3 128bit would be my minimum option for you here but if you want to spend more money on it let me know and I can point you in the right direction.

 

The Extras

 

With this computer you get a typical 24x DVD drive, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, a 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty and WiFi. It is also nice that they throw in a keyboard and mouse which is great actually for your first gaming PC. Down the road you may want to upgrade these and if you dig around a little on this site you can find a lot of great keyboards and mice reviews.

 

CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Black & Red Tower Design

 

Design comes down to personal preference. This tower has a nice and strong industrial look to it. It is black over all with a red front panel and your choice of 3 other from panel options including black, white and blue. Although there is ventilation on the side panel there is no side window which I would have liked to see. For some reason it is fun to be able to look inside at the computers guts. All in all a pretty nice overall look in my humble opinion.

 

EPIC FAILS, What disappointed me the most

 

I think the thing that was the weirdest about this PC build is the fast that there is no dedicated graphics card. You just aren’t going to get the performance out of the machine you are looking for with internal GPU.

To pair up with this thought… I do not see how you can sell a “Gaming PC” without the most important part of a gaming PC included. I.e. the graphics card. This is just comon sense and what is going to happen is a lot of newer gamers will buy this computer and then realize they need to upgrade the graphics and then have to spend more money on it down the road.

 

Surprisingly Good Amazon Reviews

 

Hey don’t get me wrong I am not saying spending money on your hobby is a bad thing because as you know we are all upgrading all the time. I am just saying that when buying a branded Gaming PC you should expect to have this be a part of the bundle. I suspect the review on Amazon are so good because they are from a couple years back.

 

My Final Verdict

 

Thanks for sticking it out with me for the duration of my CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Review. To get back to those 2 questions I threw out at the beginning of the review here we go!

 

Does this PC has the components to make it worth the price tag?

No way! 

Will it last you a good amount of time before you need to upgrade?

No, you need to upgrade and buy a new video card immediately!

 

The truth is this PC is a bit archaic for the times and you probably want to just go ahead and buy a a pre-built computer that has what it should already installed. Check out my review on this iBUYPOWER AM720FX Gaming Desktop that I think is a much better buy.

 

Why not build your own PC?

 

Building your own PC is an idea I like to throw out there to new and experienced gamers alike. I won’t go into a big rant here like I have done before but let me list a few good reasons to give PC building a shot.

  1. You get a lot of value for the money you spend!
  2. Use good quality band name parts!
  3. Experience an extremely fun process!
  4. Pride of design and ownership!
  5. It’s way easier then most people think!

 

Are you looking to buy/build yourself a new Gaming PC? What games are you into? I’d love to share in your experience so let me know! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me one anytime at the bottom of this page. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you,

Anthony

Founder of Level Up Your Gear

8 comments

  • Adam

    Hi Anthony,

    It’s a shame I’ve found your review of the CybertronPC Patriot just now. It could have changed my mind about getting this one…

    I bought one for my son before Christmas and we (since I love gaming as well) are not very satisfied with it. I understand that we should not expect to max all settings out but Fallout 4, the newest Metal Gear Solid and the Witcher are lagging at upper-medium settings as well…

    We didn’t take the extra video-card you recommend, that will be the next step to take but I’m actually seriously thinking about getting a whole new PC.

    I read your article about gaming pc’s for under 500 bucks, can they pair up with Cybetron?

    Thank you for your help in advance!

    Regards,

    Adam

    • Anthony

      Hi Adam,

      If you buy a graphics card for that CYBERTRONPC Patriot you should be much better off and the newer games will be really playable. If you do choose to build your own PC any of the $500 builds on my site will perform way better then the patriot even if you buy a card for it. Thanks for reaching out to me!

      -Anthony

  • Anthony

    I like the PC. It’s pretty good for a PC under $500. When I saw that there wasn’t a graphics card available I wasn’t really surprised, though.

    Graphics cards are quite expensive nowadays depending on what you actually use it for and of course, for gaming, you are going to need at least 4gb to play games are a high quality.

    I am not a big fan of buying PCs from Amazon, but I got to say for a budget PC this is pretty badass.

    • Anthony

      Hey man I dig your name haha!

      I kinda agree with you buying read made PC’s isn’t the greatest way to go. However is it a way to go and with a little work you can make the GM1293D a pretty decent machine. Here is a link to one of my $500 build it your self PC’s. You will see a lot more performance out of that baby for the money.

      Take care,

      -Anthony

  • HolisticJB

    Great review. I actually thought it sounded pretty impressive to begin with…and then came the killer…no graphics card. That is bizarre!
    I agree with you…I don’t understand how they can promote it as a specific PC for a specific purpose…and not include the specific needed component…weird!
    If someone did like this PC for other reasons…how much on average would it cost to get it fit for purpose? and in your opinion would it be worth the cost?
    Jason

    • Anthony

      Hello Jason,

      Yea all you would really need to do is throw in a $75-150 graphics card if you want to use this PC for gaming. If you are just using it for general purposes then I think you will be fine with it as it is. Let me know if you have any questions at all down the road.

      Thanks,

      -Anthony

  • Holly

    Hi Anthony,

    thank you for this very enlightening review. I kept thinking that you were trying to sell the Cyberton PC Patriot but was surprised to see by your verdict that you actually weren’t. I would be open to building my own PC, as this sounds like just the sort of challenge I need. Although, I work on a computer all day long (so am quite computer savvy…plus I love gaming!) I am quite ignorant when it comes to the workings of technology so would love the opportunity to step out my comfort zone! As well as save me a money in the long run – it sounds like a great idea. Any advice you could give me would be much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

    • Anthony

      Hello Holly,

      Hah that’s funny it seemed like I may have been selling the CybertronPC Patrion GM1293D. I really think there are a lot better options out there. Building your own PC being one. Check out the guide at the top of this site to figure out how to build your own PC and if you have any questions just drop me another comment anytime.

      Thanks again,

      -Anthony

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