Is a $750 Gaming PC Worth It?

Is a $750 Gaming PC Worth It?

September 15, 2019

– Hey guys, this is Austin. This is probably not something you’re used to seeing on the channel. But today I’m going to find out: Is a prebuilt $750 gaming PC worth it? Ooh, all the fun stuff already. We get a CyberPowerPC gaming mouse. We also get the multimedia
gaming keyboard. It actually doesn’t look bad. We’ll see what the switches are like, but, alright, we get some decent accessories. So this is the CyberPower computer itself. So what drew me to this
was actually the fact that it’s a pretty decent
looking system for $750. As you guys probably know, I do a lot of custom
gaming PC builds myself, and usually the big problem
with these pre-built systems is that they’re really just
not very good for the price. Sure, you might have
something like a Core i7 and a ton of memory, but then you’ll have like
an $80 graphics card. But with this, it actually looks like a pretty reasonable build. “Proudly assembled and
supported in the US.” So one of the things that actually is cool about buying a pre-built system, is that it actually does
come with a warranty. Sure, when you build it yourself, you’re still able to warranty
a specific part or something, but it’s kinda nice that now
that you’re not building it, but you actually do get some
perks with the actual system. So this is actually a
pretty nice looking case. So we have an actual glass
side panel, which looks… (tapping sound) very dangerously, easily breakable. Alright, that’s actually pretty
good packing, I gotta say. It always makes me really nervous anytime I try to ship a computer, because it’s so easy for
something like this to just break. Inside this guy, it’s rocking
an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 processor, as well as a Radeon RX 580. That’s really not that bad. If I was building a system around $750, I would probably use
pretty similar components. Now it’s not perfect. For example that 580 only
has four gigabytes of memory instead of eight gigs, which will hurt it for higher resolutions. And speaking of memory, this
guy only has eight gigs of RAM. Now for a system like this
that’s actually totally fine, and it’s actually easy
enough to just throw in 16 or even 32 gigs if you want more later. But it’s definitely not a
completely over-the-top system. So the cable management is
actually really nice here. We have a solid Asus B350 motherboard. And then we also have a pair of 120mm fans on intake as well as exhaust, and an LED strip for
the super RGB lighting. Once you turn on the system,
there’s actually a button to be able to cycle through the different colors of the LEDs. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s actually fairly tastefully done. It also changes the
color of the power button as well as this little strip underneath. You know, if you’re into RGBs I guess. Around back you’ll see the
cable management is also decent. It’s pretty clean back
here, and they’re using a pretty solid EVGA 450
watt bronze power supply. I’ve actually used this
in a couple builds, I like it a lot, especially for the price. Tucked back here is a one
terabyte Toshiba hard drive. That’s actually probably
the biggest weak link here. Not that that’s a bad hard drive, but at this kind of price, I actually would like to see an SSD. Thankfully, that’s something
you can add pretty easily with the two included SSD brackets, but that still means you’re
gonna have to reinstall Windows. It’s gonna be a little
bit of a pain in the ass. Can I say ass? (music) So I like all the stickers on
the back includes this one: “CyberPowerPC, assembled
from tested components. “Complete system not tested.” That sure fills you with
confidence, doesn’t it? For $750 the hardware isn’t bad. What I’m curious about is
how it actually performs. While GTA 5 might not
be the newest game out, it still can be reasonably demanding. And here on 1080p at high settings, we’re seeing the frame
rate generally bottoms out around 50 or so. And you can see with the flying stuff we’re actually well above 70. However, the bigger
problem that I’m noticing as I game with the CyberPower PC… (noticeable PC humming) is noise. It is actually really loud. I think most of that is because the case fans seem to be spinning a lot faster than they actually need to. But, that is something that you can fix. Unfortunately, it’s just really
loud out of the box though. Next we have Battlegrounds. So this is a Steam early access game, so it’s definitely not as
well optimized as it could be. But even here we’re able to
play on 1080p at high settings, and we’re getting decent frame rates. So here with a fairly empty
spot we’re in the fifties, but when we get into a
little bit more action we’re dipping a little bit closer to 30. But it’s totally playable. Taking a look at another
new game, we have Prey. This is something else
that runs really well. So this is 1080p with very high settings. We’re actually getting 60
frames around the lower end, but kinda getting into a
little bit of a quieter area, it actually can go above a hundred. So, yes, this is not the most
powerful system in the world, but for 1080p gaming it’s
more than good enough. And even if you just want– Oh okay, that was, ah,
erm, ah, nope, wrong way. Um, for higher resolutions than 1080– Is he behind me? Okay, I’m gonna keep running. (laughs) For higher resolutions than
1080 you actually can play, and it is technically VR ready as well. So if you have an Oculus,
that will work too, but uh… I’m just gonna hide over here. Interestingly, the value is actually kind of on this side too. So for 750 dollars, you’re getting that Ryzen
5 processor and RX 580, but you’re also getting a
pretty nice Phanteks case, RGB lighting, an AC wifi
card, Windows 10 installed, as well as a mouse and keyboard. They might not be the
best, but considering that you get all of this
for $750, it’s not bad. If you tried to build this
yourself with the same parts, you’re actually going to end
up paying three dollars more, and that’s not including
a warranty, the mouse, keyboard, or that super
fancy RGB lighting. This actually isn’t a bad deal. So, is this $750 pre-built
gaming PC worth it? Yeah! Now, if this was my system, I
would upgrade it with an SSD and some quieter case
fans, but beyond that, this is actually a pretty solid value. So, what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below, and I will catch you on the next one.

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