CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop Review – You Can Do Better

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The CybertronPC Borg-Q GM4213A is easily the most popular prefab gaming desktop on Amazon for around $500, and it deserves a review. With that in mind, I’m mostly going to tell you why you should avoid it, and how you could get yourself a better setup for the same price, or cheaper.

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CybertronPC launched the Borg-Q gaming desktops back in 2013, and they are really starting to show their age. But, people still buy them like crazy, and I really don’t understand why. 30 seconds of research will tell you that you could easily build a gaming PC that is almost twice as good, for the same price if not cheaper.

The Borg-Q lacks performance in both the CPU and GPU departments but does boast 8GB of 1600mhz RAM, which is definitely a good thing, one would almost expect to see this desktop only have maybe 4gb.

When you boil everything down, you should be able to build the exact same PC for roughly $350-$400. For the full price of a $539 Borg-Q, you could very easily build a budget gaming PC that blows the Borg clean out of space.

I promise you, resistance is NOT futile, and resisting the powers of the Borg-Q is a good plan! Especially when it’s an underpowered Borg! Don’t be assimilated! All lame Star Trek jokes aside, let’s get down to our review of the CybertronPC Borg-Q gaming desktop!

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CybertronPC Borg-Q


Performance
35%

Versitility
35%

Overall Value
35%

Estimated
$0.99
At Amazon

Don’t Buy Now
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Pros

  • 8GB of RAM
  • Decent Sound Card
  • DVD RW Drive

Cons

  • Dated & Weak GPU
  • Keyboard + Mouse Aren’t Worth It
  • Overpriced & Outdated
  • They Still Sell Like Hotcakes

Summary

The Cybertron Borg-Q line of gaming desktops is not worth your time, or money. You could easily build something almost twice as powerful for the same price. Do not buy this PC!

  • 3.8GHz AMD FX-4130 Quad-Core Processor
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
  • 1 TB HDD(7200 RPM, 6 GB/s)
  • Dual-layer DVD±RW drive
  • GeForce GT610 Graphics
  • 7.1 Channel HD Audio
  • 450 watt power supply

Details

There was a point in time when the Borg-Q was a really decent prefab gaming desktop, but that time has come and gone. The fact that it still sells on a regular basis blows my mind. We’re going to go over the good, the bad, and then compare the Borg-Q to our $500 gaming PC before concluding.

We’re going to be looking at price vs. performance during this review, and ultimately uncovering why you should avoid buying the Cybertron Borg-Q.

The Good

The Gigabyte motherboard that the Borg uses is honestly not that bad, I have no real issues there. It gives you some room to upgrade and isn’t just some generic p.o.s.

It also utilizes 8GB of alright RAM, it’s not the best, but it’s adequate for gaming. You don’t really need more than 8GB, but it should be faster than 1333MHz, which is what the Borg-Q is equipped with.

The sound card included is also alright, and will support up to 7.1 surround, and finally, the included DVD-RW drive is another bonus as are the case’s features, but that’s where the good stuff ends.

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The Bad

The AMD FX 4130 processor that the Borg-Qs come with isn’t actually all that bad, and it will work for a low budget gaming PC, but you would be better off with an FX 6300 which is pretty much the same price and performs a lot better in games.

The power supply is a generic 430W unit that gives me shivers just looking at. Your PSU is something that you never want to cheap out on, and that’s exactly what Cybertron did with the Borg-Q’s. If it goes, it could take your entire computer with it.

gt 610 borg q graphics card

Nah…

Cybertron decided to throw in a mouse & keyboard with this unit, and in my opinion, it was a waste of funds that could have gone elsewhere, like to a better graphics card. Neither are worth mentioning, and both will probably fail soon after setup.

The absolute worst part is the dated, and excessively weak Geforce GT610 1GB graphics card, and you will be disappointed by its lack of available VRAM and overall performance, especially if you’re looking to play newer games. You could easily do a lot better.

These points might not seem very crucial, but once you compare the Borg-Q to what you could build yourself as an alternative, you’ll understand why we see it this way.

Head To Head

So now we’re going to compare the Borg-Q GM4213A/B/C to our in-house $500 gaming PC build. The builds might look similar at first, but the components used are of much different calibres.

One of the following computers will give you a smooth gaming experience, and the other won’t, you can decide which is which.

Cybertron Borg-Q

Processor AMD FX 4130
RAM 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
Graphics GeForce GT610 1GB
Power Supply 450W Generic
Storage 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Estimated
$539.99
on amazon
Click If You Must

My $500 Gaming PC

Processor AMD FX 6300
RAM 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Graphics MSI GTX 960
Power Supply EVGA 500B 80+
Storage 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Estimated
$489.99
on amazon
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As you can likely tell, there is a comparable difference between the two, primarily with our choice of CPU, speed of RAM, our more powerful graphics card, better power supply… You get the idea.

The one thing that the Borg-Q has on our $500 build is that a copy of Windows come preinstalled, and you get a pretty bad mouse + keyboard combo. So once you’ve picked up a $90 copy of Windows, you could say our build costs $579, or $40 more than the Borg-Q, for a gaming PC that is almost twice as good.

Conclusion

cybertronpc-borg-q-gm4213a-side-trimmedAlthough the CybertronPC Borg-Q was once a semi-decent budget gaming PC, it’s now fallen behind and no longer delivers what it is advertised to. You could easily build yourself a gaming PC that destroys the Borg-Q, for pretty much the same price.

If you were considering buying it before you found this review, I hope we’ve been able to convince you otherwise because it’s really not worth your money. You could do a lot better, with ease.

At the end of the day, very few prefab gaming computers deliver on their promises and hype, the Cybertron Borg-Q used to come close, but not in 2015.

CybertronPC Borg-Q Desktop

Not Worth Your Money
3.5/10

Avoid It
Author

Branton

The first game that I ever played on a PC was Ultima Online in 1999, and since then I have been hooked on PC gaming, and putting together awesome builds. Thanks for stopping by!

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34 Comments on “CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop Review – You Can Do Better”

  1. I almost got this for my boyfriend but I think I’m going to look around a bit more if it’s actually that bad.. so i guess thanks? lol 🙂

    1. Avoiding the Borg-Q would probably be a good decision. If you were to order the parts to build a custom PC instead, I bet you would get an even better reaction.

        1. haha, thanks. I’m glad someone caught the Star Trek references carefully hidden (i’m joking) throughout.

  2. I’m glad i didnt get the borgq after reading this. at first it thought it was a pretty good deal but then i figured i should check some reviews. thnks!

    1. Hey M.E,

      I’m glad that this little write up was able to help! Building your own PC is almost always the better choice.

  3. Any prebuilt alternative? I’m looking for 800 or below and the bigger the bang for the buck is better

    1. Hey Matt,

      As far as prebuilt gaming desktops under $800 go, there really aren’t any that are worth your money, let alone something that will give you any kind of “bang for your buck”. Basically anything in that price range is going to give you a really low-quality build using low performing and/or old components. The common thing to see is a completely overkill CPU partnered up with a really old and “not worth your money” graphics card. Sure, they’ll come with an OS, etc, but that won’t matter much if you can’t play the games you want to, right?

      Here’s an example. That build comes with a budget-level AMD FX 6300 processor and a GeForce GT 740 graphics card from 2013…. All for $730… The fact that it comes with 16GB of RAM and Windows isn’t even worth considering due to the other components being less than sub-standard.

      This one is a little better for a little more $, but they still blew the budget on the CPU and loaded up an extremely crappy graphics card that will only leave you disappointed. If you planned on upgrading the GPU ASAP, then this one might not be a bad choice. Otherwise, you’re going to be far better off building your own.

      For reference value, both of those $800 prebuilt PCs will perform worse than my $500 gaming PC build.

      I hope that helps!

    2. Hey, sorry for barging in here, but if you’re looking for a prebuilt for $800 or less, I would suggest you check out the Alienware Alpha R2. Alienware lets you customize your PCs yourself, and you can get about the best specs it can come with for about $150 more.

      Pros of the Alienware Alpha R2:
      -VERY small, I could pick it up with one hand easily.
      -Pretty good for the price, the R2 can run Witcher 3 at 60FPS.
      -If you customize it with a GTX 960, it can use an Alienware Graphics Amp. Add some better GPUs to the amp., and it runs even better.
      -Comes with built-in gaming hub (Alienware Hive)
      – Looks sick as heck, can customize lighting.

      Cons:
      -Not nearly as good as an $800 build that you could custom build
      -Doesn’t come with an optical drive, too small
      -not many USB ports and such

      Hope I helped!

  4. So, I totally bought this a while back. I don’t know much about pc gaming or building them. I really would like to upgrade it so I can run the latest games. For example, I bought no man’s sky on steam and I can even get the menu to load so I can change the graphics settings. What parts would you recommend me throwing in there to run newer games more smoothly? -Zach

    1. Hey Zach,

      Sorry to hear that! It’s a tough call, but I would suggest upgrading the graphics card to an RX 470 or even a 4GB RX 460, either card would give you a major performance boost – it’ll feel like a whole new PC.

  5. I already got a borg q last year and i would like to know some good alternative parts I can use in place of the base.

    1. Hey Kyran,

      Nope, you could easily upgrade to an FX 6300 + RX 460 without needing to change the mobo 🙂

  6. Hey i was wondering if you could help me find a computer that’s $500 or less or mabey parts to build my own

    1. I’d suggest checking out my $400 build – with a copy of Windows 10 it’ll come to right around $500 and it’ll vastly outperform any prebuilt PC you could find for a similar cost.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Hey i was wondering if this computer could run rust on max settings and if it could run games like the total war series or the mount and blade series?

    1. Hey Joey,

      Not even close! The Borg-Q would probably struggle with low settings in Rust, max isn’t even an option. It could run them, but not well when compared to a similarly priced PC that you build yourself. My $400 build would outperform the Borg-Q by insane amounts, I’d suggest checking it out.

    1. Nope, but those games are both very unoptimized… I’ll try to put it into perspective, not even a $600+ GTX 1080 paired with a $300 i7 6700K can run epic settings in Ark, not anywhere near 60fps in 1080p at least – yes, it’s really that unoptimized. Rust would require a GTX 1070 (~$400) and a strong i5 (~$200) to run on max settings in 1080p with a stable 60fps.

      SO, I think you’ll have to either extend your budget to get the experience that you’re aiming for, or you’ll have to lower your expectations a little bit…

      Hope that helps!

    1. Pretty close to, yep. The performance will only get better once Rust is optimized more. In comparison, the $500 build can run GTA:V on “very high” at ~60fps, BF1 on ultra at ~60fps, just to give you an idea of what it can do in AAA games.

  8. Or if you could you could help me build a PC that will be able to atleast run rust with the budget of $500. That would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Keep in mind that the price of an operating system isn’t included in the cost of my builds – there are free options available, like Linux. But, if you want Windows 10 you’ll have to add another $90-$100 to the price. Again, it’s better to go this route at this level because your prebuilt options really stink up until the $700-$800 range.

  9. So I would just be better off doing your $500 dollar build to run games like ark and rust and total war games and mount and blade games?

    1. I’d just add the RX 470, forget the FX 6300, and slowly save up until you can build something that’s not using a 5-year old line of CPUs 🙂 But yes, that would allow you to max out CS:GO and run Gmod well.

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