The Best High-Performance Prebuilt Gaming PCs?

By that, I mean the prebuilt Gaming PCs that offer the best performance from $900 to $1700.

This is one of 3 articles dedicated to prebuilt Gaming PCs:

1. Budget prebuilt Gaming PCs
2. High Performance prebuilt Gaming PCs (this article)
3. Extreme prebuilt Gaming PCs

Want to build a Gaming PC instead?

Visit the DIY Budget Gaming PC, High-End Gaming PC and Extreme Gaming PC articles instead.

Why write this article?

How much time do you have to research the best computer?

Many of us don’t have much time to read, or the knowledge to understand, detailed computer specifications nor reviews and just want to know: “What’s the best gaming PC for my needs?

I’m here to help you with this article. I believe that you deserve the computer that is the best for your needs. That way, your computer is working for you and not the other way around. This allows you to focus your full potential on realizing what you want, without being limited by your computer.

With 16 years of experience with computer hardware, researching, always up-to-date research with the newest parts, performance and prices, I know what matters in a computer. See my About page.

I recommend the computers that offer the best performance at a given price, without sacrificing reliability.

Alternatives recommendations:

I also suggest alternative recommendations, with clear explanations as to why they may be interesting to you.

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Summary

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The Best High Performance Prebuilt Gaming PC:

  1. Least expensive: Ryzen 5 1500X + Geforce GTX 1060 6GB
  2. Best bang for your buck: Ryzen 5 1600X + Geforce GTX 1070 8GB
  3. Ideal for the living room: Two compact high-performance prebuilt PCs
  4. Least expensive gaming PC with GTX 1080: With Ryzen 5 1600X 6 core CPU
  5. Powerful gaming PC that doubles as a workstation PC: 8 cores Ryzen 7 1700X + GTX 1080
  6. GeForce GTX 1080 8GB: Best gaming performance with Intel Core i7-7700K
  7. GeForce GTX 1080 8GB and Core i7-7700K in a more compact PC

Upgrade your PC:

  1. Upgrade the RAM
  2. Upgrade the hard drive to a larger/faster model or to a SSD
  3. The Best WiFi Routers, WiFi Adapters and Bluetooth Adapters

Least expensive: Ryzen 5 1500X + Geforce GTX 1060 6GB

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA3600A

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About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA3600A

Are you looking for a gaming PC under $1000, that can handle pretty much all games at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p)?

Equipped with the new AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system), a 1TB hard drive to store your games and a Geforce GTX 1060 6GB graphic card, this gaming PC will have no problem handling current games with high or maximum graphic details at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p).

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 4 Core, 8 threads, 3.5-3.7GHz CPU
  2. Good dedicated video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of graphic memory
  3. 120GB SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  4. 16GB of RAM can handle multitasking and heavier programs without any problem.
  5. 1TB hard drive
  6. 2 USB 3.1 ports
  7. 4 USB 3.0 ports: 2 on the top, 2 in the back
  8. 2 USB 2.0 ports
  9. 1x Displayport, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI video outputs
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive
  3. No WiFi adapter: You can buy an USB adapter, see the ones that we recommend, in the Best WiFi Routers and Best WiFi Adapters article.

The Best Bang For Your Buck: Geforce GTX 1070 8GB

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA4800A/BH

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– $1179.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA4800A/BH

If you are looking for a desktop that offers an even better gaming performance and can run pretty much all games at maximum settings at a 1920 x 1080 resolution with high frame rates, this model is a good choice for you.

Equipped with the new AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 cores/12 threads CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system), a 1TB hard drive to store your games and a Geforce GTX 1070 8GB graphic card, this gaming PC will have no problem handling current games with maximum graphic details and very high frame rates at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p).

It is also capable of running video games at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with great frame rates. If you are looking for a computer that can run games at 2560 x 1440 with very high frame rates, check my recommendations with the Geforce GTX 1080 graphic card further down.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Six Cores, 12 threads 3.6-4.0GHz CPU
  2. Great dedicated video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB of graphic memory
  3. 16GB of RAM can handle multitasking and heavier programs without any problem.
  4. 120GB SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  5. 1TB hard drive
  6. 2 USB 3.1 ports
  7. 4 USB 3.0 ports: 2 on the top, 2 in the back
  8. 2 USB 2.0 ports
  9. 1x Displayport, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI video outputs
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive
  3. No WiFi adapter: You can buy an USB adapter, see the ones that we recommend, in the Best WiFi Routers and Best WiFi Adapters article.

Ideal for the living room: Compact high-performance prebuilt PCs

MSI Trident 3
In Black:
Intel Core i7-7700, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, GTX 1060 6GB:

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– $1231.36 at B&H (Worldwide shipping)

In White:
Intel Core i7-7700, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Geforce GTX 1070 8GB:
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– $1499.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– $1499.99 at Newegg

This model has a unique compact design which lets you use the desktop as a living room console and makes it easy to carry around wherever you would need it. It can be set up in an horizontal or a vertical orientation.

It also comes with a front access VR HDMI port, which is convenient.

Available in black or white, each color features different specifications: The white model offers higher-end components.

Both builds feature the latest generation Intel Core i7-7700 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Hard drive to store your games.

The black model is equipped with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM, which can easily run pretty much any game at a 1920 x 1080 resolution and maximum details without breaking a sweat.

The white model is equipped with a Geforce GTX 1070 8GB graphic card, which can handle current games with maximum graphic details and very high frame rates at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p), or at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with great frame rates. The white model also gets a 256GB SSD for a faster response time and booting speed.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a powerful Intel i7-7700 3.6-4.2GHz Quad-core Hyper-threading CPU.
  2. Black model: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  3. White model: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
  4. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  5. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. White model only: 256GB SSD for an improved responsiveness and booting speed.
  7. 3 x USB 3.1 Type-A ports
  8. 1 x USB 3.0 Typce-C port
  9. 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  10. 3 x HDMI ports
  11. Bluetooth 4.2
  12. 802.11ac WiFi
  13. Windows 10
  14. Keyboard and mouse are included
  15. Very compact, ideal for the living room.

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive

Least expensive gaming PC with GTX 1080: With Ryzen 5 1600X 6 core CPU

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA5000A/BH

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– $1329.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA5000A/BH

Simply put, this is the least expensive model that’s equipped with the high-end Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB graphic card, without sacrificing performance due to sub-par parts of course.

Equipped with the new AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 cores/12 threads CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system), a 2TB hard drive to store your games and a Geforce GTX 1080 8GB graphic card, this gaming PC will have no problem handling current games with maximum graphic details and very high frame rates at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p).

It is also capable of running video games at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with high frame rates. It can handle gaming at a 4K resolution as well, but you’ll have to turn down visual settings a notch or two to get good frame rates. If you want maximum details and a 60+ FPS frame rate, check the 4 Best Prebuilt Extreme Gaming PCs article instead.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Six Cores, 12 threads 3.6-4.0GHz CPU
  2. Low cost for a prebuilt Gaming PC with a 6 core CPU and a Geforce GTX 1080 8GB video card
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 240GB SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  5. 2TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. 2 USB 3.1 ports
  7. 4 USB 3.0 ports: 2 on the top, 2 in the back
  8. 2 USB 2.0 ports
  9. 1x Displayport, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI video outputs
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included
  12. Fans with multiple color LEDs, if you’re into that.

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive
  3. No WiFi adapter: You can buy an USB adapter, see the ones that we recommend, in the Best WiFi Routers and Best WiFi Adapters article.

Powerful gaming PC that doubles as a workstation PC: 8 cores Ryzen 7 1700X + GTX 1080

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA330

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– $1499.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA330

Compared to my recommendation above, the gaming performance is pretty much identical: This gaming PC will have no problem handling current games with maximum graphic details and very high frame rates at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p). It is also capable of running video games at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with high frame rates. It can handle gaming at a 4K resolution as well, but you’ll have to turn down visual settings a notch or two to get good frame rates. Again, if you want maximum details and a 60+ FPS frame rate, check the 4 Best Prebuilt Extreme Gaming PCs article instead.

What you gain compared to the model above is a more powerful CPU. This is the ideal choice if you also use your Gaming PC as a workstation.

Equipped with the new AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 8 cores/16 threads CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system), a 2TB hard drive to store your games and a Geforce GTX 1080 8GB graphic card, this PC can handle heavy workloads as well as gaming without any problem.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 8 Cores, 16 threads 3.4-3.8GHz CPU
  2. Geforce GTX 1080 8GB graphic card
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 120GB SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  5. 2TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. 2 USB 3.1 ports
  7. 4 USB 3.0 ports: 2 on the top, 2 in the back
  8. 2 USB 2.0 ports
  9. 1x Displayport, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI video outputs
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included
  12. Side window with multiple color LEDs, if you’re into that.

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive
  3. No WiFi adapter: You can buy an USB adapter, see the ones that we recommend, in the Best WiFi Routers and Best WiFi Adapters article.

Highest gaming performance: Intel Core i7-7700K CPU, 256GB PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD and 32GB of RAM

CyberpowerPC Panzer

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– $1709.99 at B&H (Worldwide shipping)

If all you care about is the highest gaming performance possible, where every FPS matter, this is what I recommend.

Equipped with the best CPU when it comes to gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2-4.5GHz Quad-Core CPU, combined with an impressive 32GB of higher frequency 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, this is the highest performance prebuilt gaming PC that I recommend in this article.

Now, if you also care about performance outside of gaming, my recommendation above, with the 8 core/16 thread AMD Ryzen 7 1700X what be a better choice.

You also get a 256GB PCIe SSD which are some of the fastest SSDs to this day, faster than regular SATA III SSDs.

This model is also equipped with the same powerful Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 as my recommendation above.

On top of that, this model comes with a side window that can be customized with 10 colors.

GeForce GTX 1080 8GB and Core i7-7700K in a more compact PC

XOTIC PC MSI Nightblade X2-005-G15

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If you are looking for a more compact alternative, the MSI Nightblade x2 is a great choice. It weights 20 lbs which is significantly less than a full tower gaming PCs and it’s also about half the size of a full tower: 6.92 x 13.61 x 10.92″.

It features the same CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphic card, so you’ll see no performance difference.

You also get integrated WiFi, which is quite useful if connecting via LAN isn’t a viable option for you.

Upgrades

Want to upgrade the memory (RAM)?

Visit The Best Computer Memory (RAM) For Your Money article

Want to upgrade your hard drive to a larger capacity or to a SSD?

Visit the Best Internal 2.5″ and 3.5″ Hard Drives article and or The Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money article.

Want a WiFi adapter or router?

Visit The Best WiFi Routers and Adapters article.

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best prebuilt high-performance Gaming PCs.

Do you have any feedback or any questions? Are you unsure which one is the best one for you?

Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.