CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA882 Review – A Reasonable Entry-Level Gaming PC

Today we’re checking out the Gamer Ultra GUA882, another entry-level prebuilt gaming computer by CyberpowerPC. If this is your first prebuilt gaming computer purchase, or you’re just new to computer hardware, it can be a bit tricky to know whether or not something is good. Which is why we’ll be taking a detailed look at all the hardware of the GUA880 in this review, so you can get a better idea of what its good and bad points are before you buy.

At the time of writing, this PC sells for around the $500 mark, but prices can vary. To check the latest price on Amazon, click the image below.

The GUA882. Click to view the latest price on Amazon.

Overview: CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA882

The Gamer Ultra GUA882 by CyberpowerPC is a complete budget gaming computer package, in a pretty showy RGB case with a tempered glass side so you can see all the hardware inside. It comes complete with a gaming keyboard and mouse and Windows 10 operating system.

The gaming computer and mouse that come with this package are also offered in many other CyberpowerPC packages (such as the GXiVR8020A3, GUA880, and GUA3100A) and have red highlights, which matches the red case lighting on those PCs, but not necessary the blue on the GUA882.

Note that the GUA882 we are reviewing today actually has identical specifications to the GUA3100A – the only difference between these two computers being the case that it comes in. So be sure to check out the GUA3100A here if you are interested in the same computer but with a different looking case.

Similar to the GUA3100A and GUA880, we’d definitely class the GUA882 as an entry level machine. The graphics card on this computer is an entry-level model which was released in 2013, so it’s probably not going to handle that well on newer games. If you’re looking for performance value for money, you’d probably get better value with a do-it-yourself build (check out our $500 build for some ideas if this sounds like you).   That being said, not everyone wants to do their own computer assembly, so this computer may suit you if you’re just after a pre-assembled gaming option.

Pros

  • Complete keyboard/mouse/case package
  • Prebuilt system, complete with Windows 10 preinstalled
  • Good looking case complete with tempered glass window and RGB lighting
  • Potential for future hardware upgrades
  • 1 year warranty

Cons

  • No wireless adapter
  • Fans are a little loud and case lighting may not be as bright as pictured
  • CyberpowerPC seem to vary some hardware components, so you don’t know exactly what you’re getting
  • Poor performing graphics card
  • Possible low quality power supply used

Performance

We’re most interested in how the GUA882 performs, so we’ll take a look at each of the individual components below.

Processor

The processor used in the GUA882 is AMD FX-4300 quad core processor, with a clock speed of 3.8GHz that can turbo boost up to 4.0GHz when required. Age-wise, it’s an older processor that was released in 2012, which means if you’re looking at purchasing this now, just keep in mind you are getting older hardware, which means it may need an upgrade sooner (particularly if you want to be playing newer games now or in the future).

Graphics

CyberpowerPC have used AMD’s R7 240 graphics card in this computer with 2GB of integrated memory. It’s an entry-level graphics card and was released in 2013, which again makes it an older piece of hardware. Unfortunately, it’s not the best graphics card and you’ll probably have to settle for low and medium settings at best on a maximum resolution of 720p. Newer game titles and larger resolutions will probably be too demanding for this card to handle with decent framerates. The video below explains this a bit better and shows you some of the gameplay quality you can expect from the R7 240. It’s okay for entry level gamers, but just keep in mind that you won’t be able to increase gameplay settings for most games:

The video below explains this a bit better and shows you some of the gameplay quality you can expect from the R7 240. It’s okay for entry level gamers, but just keep in mind that you won’t be able to increase gameplay settings for most games:

The graphics card is the most important part of a gaming PC, but unfortunately, the R7 240 is an older card and because of this, it’s kind of a let-down for this build. The fact is you can get a much better performing card (for example the GT 1030 which was released in 2017) for only about $10 more in price, but unfortunately with a pre-built computer, you don’t get the luxury of picking your own parts.

Memory

For system memory, the GUA882 comes with a total of 8 GB DDR3 RAM, which is a suitable amount for a gaming build. No issues here, although you should note that because of the older processor/motherboard combination, you won’t be able to use newer DDR4 RAM with this build unless you upgrade both the processor and motherboard as well. This is not really a problem, but if you’re planning on buying this computer with the idea of upgrading it, you’ll need to stick with the slightly older DDR3 memory type.

CyberpowerPC don’t specify the RAM configuration that you get with this build, but usually it’s 2 x 4GB RAM sticks for a total of 8GB. CyberpowerPC don’t usually specify a particular brand of configuration of memory because this can vary with the availability of parts. Again, this isn’t usually a problem for most people, but if you’re a bit more picky about the exact model or number of RAM sticks you’re getting then it might be worth doing a DIY build.

Most motherboards usually have 4 slots for RAM, so even if 2 are taken up with the 8GB RAM that this computer comes with, there are still two empty DIMM slots available for future upgrades if you want to put more RAM in.

Storage

For storage, you get a total of 1TB storage space in the GUA882, on a 7200RPM hard drive.  7200RPM is fairly standard for a hard drive these days – the faster or higher the RPM, the faster the drive operates and will perform.

Again, the exact brand/model of the hard drive is not specified, which probably means it may vary subject to availability. You’ll still get a 7200RPM, 1TB drive though.

There’s also room in the case to put in more storage drives (or even a solid state drive) if you want to in the future.

Case

Speaking of the case, it’s one of the main selling points of this computer. CyberpowerPC have used the Onyx 260 case by Azza and rebranded it as their own.

This case comes with RGB color changing lighting on the front and CyberpowerPC logo on the side – you can change it between 7 different options (white, orange, blue, green, yellow, purple, red) with the push of a button on the front panel. There’s also the option to make it flash if you’re into that kind of thing.

It’s also been fitted out with 3 blue LED case fans in the case, so the lighting colors combine together to give a pretty cool effect. Unfortunately, you can’t change the color of the case fans inside the case, but they do provide a good amount of cooling for the components within the case. You also get a DVD read/write optical drive so it’s easy to install or run games from a disc if you need to.

Here’s a good look at the different color options on the GUA882 case and how to change between them:

Wifi

One small annoyance to be aware of is that there’s no wireless card or adapter in this package. This means if you want internet connectivity, you’ll either have to plug in via an ethernet cable or buy a separate wireless card or adapter in order to get wireless internet connectivity.

 

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Usage

The GuA882 is marketed as a gaming computer, but realistically, the R7 240 graphics card in it is pretty poor by current standards. That’s not to say it’s entirely a write off because it can still handle gaming but if you want to play more demanding games you will most likely have to limit your gameplay settings to low or medium. The processor as well is an older model which CyberpowerPC tend to use in a lot of their entry-level gaming PC options. Again, this will function fine for tasks like gaming, browsing the internet, watching videos and general office computer applications.

Users should understand though, that if you plan on playing more demanding and/or newer game titles, you’ll most likely have to limit your gameplay settings to lower or medium settings so that the processor and graphics card in the GUA882 can handle it.

If you do plan on using this computer for more demanding games then you may find yourself being limited by the graphics card and processor in this machine. At this point, a graphics card and/or processor upgrade may be necessary to increase performance.

Gaming Performance

For gaming performance, the GUA882 should be able to comfortably handle entry level games including those listed below:

Minecraft, Skyrim: Elder Scrolls V, Dota 2, Loeage of Legends, Beam.ng drive, Rust, Sprintires, Rocket league, Dark Souls, Battlefield 4, Dying Light, Deadpool, Skyrim, Final Fantasy XIV, CIV V, H1Z1, Counter-Strike: GO, Crysis, GTA, World Of Warcraft, Rainbow Six Seige, Diablo, Starcraft, The Sims 4, Black Desert Online, Outlast.

To give you some real-life examples, here are some videos of gameplay from youtube of computers with the same specs as the GUA882 (FX-4300 processor and R7 240 graphics card) playing a few different games:

  1. Minecraft

2. Battlefield 4

3. Grand Theft Auto V

4. Counterstrike: GO

Just keep in mind that because of the entry-level R7 240 graphics card, you can’t expect to be able to play on high settings for all games without experiencing lag or low framerates.

If this becomes a problem, you can upgrade the graphics card, but within limits. Because this is a entry-level computer, putting in an expensive graphics card might not be the best idea as you’ll most likely be limited by the FX-4300 processor. In this case, you’d be better off doing a graphics card and processor upgrade at the same time.

Screens/Video

The GUA882 can support up to two displays from the R7 240  graphics card. The three output ports on the R7 240 are: one Single-Link DVI-D, one HDMI port, and one VGA port. According to the R7 specifications, it can support 4K resolution (but it’s unlikely your hardware will be able to run games in 4K very well).

If you want to connect a third monitor to the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA882, you may be able to do this by supplying one screen from the on-board motherboard integrated graphics. The issue with the R7 240 is that it can only support a maximum of 2  non-display port outputs at once.

Upgrading the Gamer Ultra GUA882

If you’re planning on playing more recent games or more demanding games, then you’ll most likely want to upgrade the GUA882 graphics card in the future.

Some of most common upgrades for an entry-level computer like this would be putting in a new power supply, more powerful graphics card, and a wireless adapter.

Since it doesn’t come with wireless connectivity out of the box, a USB wireless adapter like this is one of the easiest ways to get the GUA882 connected wirelessly.

For anyone thinking that they might upgrade this computer in the future, we’ve compiled a full list of specifications at the end of this article which may be a good reference point.

When considering future upgrades, you will want to keep an eye out for available motherboard slots and I/O capabilities. Also keep in mind that because of the older FX-4300 processor, if you plan on upgrading to a quite expensive/high-end graphics card; the processor is most likely going to limit some of the performance. If this is the case, you may want to do a processor upgrade at the same time.

Be aware that CyberpowerPC have had a reputation of using lower quality power supplies, especially in their cheaper offerings.  A bad power supply has the potential to damage your computer parts or shorten the lifespan of other hardware – which is why we recommend doing a little research into the power supply brand that you get with your CyberpowerPC and maybe consider swapping it for a more reputable brand as soon as possible if you find anything concerning.

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA882 Specifications

CyberpowerPC have mentioned that the PCs they build can change from time to time and the exact brand of some hardware components change based on the availability of parts. This is a bit of a downside from our perspective, as you may not know exactly what you’re getting in terms of parts – but this may not bother the majority of users (since you’ll always get at a minimum the parts they’ve specified details for).

The specifications below are based on the best information available on this product that we could find at the time of writing but bear in mind this may vary if CyberpowerPC adjust their offering.

Model Number:

GUA882

Operating System:

Windows 10 Home

CPU:

AMD FX-4300 quad core 3.8 GHz with 4.0GHz turbo boost. AMD 760G Chipset

Graphics:

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT720 with 1GB DDR3 dedicated memory

Outputs supported: Up to 3 displays – 1 x Dual Link DVI-D,  1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI

Clock speed: 797MHz

Maximum digital resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz or 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz,  supported over HDMI.  3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz supported over DisplayPort

Dimensions: Height – 2.713″, Length – 5.7″, Width – Dual-width

Full graphics card specifications can be found here.

Motherboard:

GUA882 is advertised with the following connectivity options:

 8 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Keyboard and Mouse

CyberpowerPC appears to use different motherboards in this computer depending on availability of parts.

The specs below are for the Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 which is the most recent motherboard we’ve seen used in this computer. If the particular motherboard used is important to you, we’d recommend confirming this with the seller which one you’ll be getting before purchasing on Amazon.

 

CPU: AM3+ Socket

Chipset: AMD® 760G+SB710

Form Factor: Micro ATX – 24.4cm(L) x 24.4cm(W)

Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory (supports 1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz memory modules)

Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe x16 (Gen 2),  1 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI

Output Support: 1 x D-SUB, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI (from onboard graphics), supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200

Audio: VIA® VT2021 codec

Gigabit LAN: Realtek® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

SATA: 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices

IDE: 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices

USB: Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports ; Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports

Internal I/O connectors:
  • 1 x ATX 24-pin power connector
  • 1 x ATX 8-pin 12V power connector
  • CPU x 1 / System x 1 FAN connectors
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 1 x Front panel connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 connectors; 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector
  • 6 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x Serial port connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Parallel port connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header

Details above were taken from here.

Back I/O ports:

1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x 3 audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

Case Front I/O Ports:

2 or 3 x USB 2.0 (The case has 4 USB ports total. The CSAZ-260 case has 3 USB2.0 and the CSAZ-260X has 2 USB2.0 ports)
1 or 2 x USB 3.0 (The case has 4 USB ports total. The CSAZ-260 case has 1 USB3.0 and the CSAZ-260X has 2 USB3.0 ports)
1 x Microphone
1 x Headphone (HD Audio)

Full case specifications can be viewed here.

Memory:

Internal memory: 2 x  4 GB DDR3

Storage:

Total storage capacity: 1000 GB, Storage media: HDD, Hard drive interface: SATA. 7200rpm

Power Supply:

500W PSU

Wireless:

Nil

Optical Drive:

24 x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive

Dimensions/Weight:

7.8 (W) x 18.6 (H) x 17.6 (D) inches

28.3 pounds

Summary

CyberpowerPCs Gamer Ultra GUA882  is an entry-level gaming computer that most people do seem happy with, but after taking a closer look at the hardware that it comes with we think you can definitely get a better performing computer for your money. The R7 240 graphics card is low-end and old, and the FX-4300 processor that it comes with is also getting old – meaning that it will struggle to play newer game titles as it’s just not up to spec.  However, it does come in a flashy-looking case and can comfortably handle most entry-level games. If you’re interested in better performance for your money, we think that a better option could be to start with something like the M32CD prebuilt and save up for a newer graphics card to put into it. Alternatively if you’re really wanting to get the best bang for your buck you can always build your own gaming computer from scratch by following our $500 gaming PC build.

Despite the above, for entry level gamers who are looking for a nice-looking prebuilt computer, the GUA882 delivers and will run most games at an acceptable level. We would recommend doing a power supply upgrade to protect your purchase and maybe even a graphics card and processor upgrade further down the line if you want to take your gaming to the next level though.

If you are able to save a few hundred more dollars, there is a CyberpowerPC computer that we do recommend and does offer good performance – although its a little more expensive. If this sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out our full review of the GXiVR8020A4 here!

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