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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
- You get a lot of value for the money you spend!
- Use good quality band name parts!
- Experience an extremely fun process!
- Pride of design and ownership!
- 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.
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