The Best High-Performance Prebuilt Gaming PCs?

By that, I mean the prebuilt Gaming PCs that offer the best performance from $1000 to $1850.

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 18 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 may 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: Core i7-8700 + Geforce GTX 1060 6GB
  2. Best bang for your buck: Core i7-8700K + Geforce GTX 1070 8GB
  3. Core i7-8700K + GTX 1070 Ti
  4. Ideal for the living room: Compact high-performance prebuilt PC
  5. Core i7-8700 6 core + Geforce GTX 1080
  6. Core i7-8700K + GTX 1080

Least expensive: Core i7-8700 Six Core + Geforce GTX 1060 6GB

Acer Nitro 50 N50-600-UR14

 

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– $1049.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Acer Nitro 50 N50-600-UR14

Are you looking for a gaming PC that can handle most games at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p) with high or max details?

Equipped with the latest generation Intel Core i7-8700 Six-Core CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Optane that automatically caches the most frequently used files (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 Intel 8th generation Core i7 8700 6 Core, 12 threads, 3.2-4.6GHz CPU
  2. Good dedicated video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of graphic memory
  3. Intel Optane for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  4. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  5. 1TB hard drive
  6. 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  7. 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000
  8. Dual band 802.11ac WiFi
  9. Creative Sound BlasterX 360
  10. Bluetooth 5.0
  11. 3x Displayport, 1x DVI and 1x HDMI video outputs
  12. Windows 10
  13. Keyboard and mouse are included
  14. 3 empty RAM slots, allowing you to upgrade up to 64GB (4x 16GB) or to simply add a 8GB stick to go up to 16GB of RAM
  15. Card reader
  16. Optical drive
  17. Fairly compact for a gaming PC.

Cons:

  1. Only one RAM stick, so single-channel RAM configuration resulting in slightly lower (~5%) performance.
  2. No SSD

The Best Bang For Your Buck: Core i7-8700K + Geforce GTX 1070 8GB

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– $1269.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the CyberpowerPC SLC8760CPG

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 eight generation Intel Core i7-8700K 6 cores/12 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 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).

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700K 6 Cores, 12 threads 3.7-4.7GHz 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. 2TB hard drive
  6. 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  7. 2x Displayport, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI video outputs
  8. 802.11ac WiFi
  9. Windows 10
  10. Dual Tempered Glass Side Case Panel
  11. CPU liquid cooling
  12. RGB Keyboard and mouse are included
  13. RGB lights can be changed with an included remote

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive
  3. No USB Type-C

Core i7-8700K + Geforce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB

 

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– $1499.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC8880CPG

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 eight generation Intel Core i7-8700K 6 cores/12 threads CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system), a 3TB hard drive to store your games and a Geforce GTX 1070 Ti 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).

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700K 6 Cores, 12 threads 3.7-4.7GHz CPU
  2. Great dedicated video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU with 8GB of graphic memory
  3. 16GB of RAM can handle multitasking and heavier programs without any problem.
  4. 240GB SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  5. 3TB hard drive
  6. 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  7. 2x Displayport, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI video outputs
  8. 802.11ac WiFi
  9. Windows 10
  10. Dual Tempered Glass Side Case Panel
  11. CPU liquid cooling
  12. RGB Keyboard and mouse are included
  13. RGB lights can be changed with an included remote

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive
  3. No USB Type-C

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

ZOTAC MEK1
Intel Core i7-7700, GTX 1070 Ti, 16GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB Hard Drive

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– $1199.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

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.

Featuring an Intel Core i7-7700K CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Hard drive to store your games.

Equipped with a Geforce GTX 1070 Ti 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.

4K gaming is also possible, although with reduced graphic details in more demanding games. Aim for a Gaming PC with a Geforce GTX 1080 Ti for playing at a 4K resolution.

Far smaller than the average gaming PC.

Includes a mechanical keyboard with MX Cherry Blue switches and an optical mouse.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a powerful Intel i7-7700 3.6-4.2GHz Quad-core Hyper-threading CPU.
  2. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 1TB hard drive
  5. 240GB PCIe SSD for an improved responsiveness and booting speed.
  6. 6 x USB 3 Type-A ports
  7. 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  8. 1x HDMI 2.0b port
  9. 1x DVI-DL port
  10. 3 x Displayport 1.4 ports
  11. Bluetooth 4.2
  12. 802.11ac WiFi
  13. Windows 10
  14. Mechanical keyboard with MX Cherry Blue switches is included
  15. Optical mouse is included
  16. Very compact, ideal for the living room.

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No optical drive

Powerful gaming PC Core i7-8700 CPU and Geforce GTX 1080

HP OMEN 880-120 2HJ46AA#ABA

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– $1599.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the HP OMEN 880-120 2HJ46AA#ABA

Combining the high-end Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB and latest 8th generation Intel Core i7-8700 Six-Core CPU, the HP Omen offers outstanding gaming performance. Complete with a 256GB PCIe SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system) and a 1TB hard drive to store your games.

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, with the most powerful gaming graphic card, the Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB, check the 4 Best Prebuilt Extreme Gaming PCs article instead.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700 6 Cores, 12 threads 3.2-4.6GHz 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 2400MHz RAM
  4. 256GB PCIe SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  5. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. DVD Burner
  7. 4 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.0 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  8. 3x Displayport 1.4, 1x DVI-D and 1x HDMI 2.0 video outputs
  9. Windows 10
  10. Keyboard and mouse are included
  11. Card reader
  12. 802.11ac WiFi

Cons:

  1. Not equipped with the higher performance Intel Core i7-8700K CPU, see the model below for that.

Core i7-8700K CPU and Geforce GTX 1080

iBUYPOWER BH8400KI

 

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– $1849.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the iBUYPOWER BH8400KI

Combining the high-end Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB and the best CPU for gaming, the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8700K Six-Core CPU, the iBUYPOWER BH8400KI offers the best gaming performance of all the Gaming PCs recommended in this article.

Complete with a 240GB SSD (for faster booting, faster program launches and a more responsive system) and a 3TB hard drive to store your games.

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, with the most powerful gaming graphic card, the Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB, check the 4 Best Prebuilt Extreme Gaming PCs article instead.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700K 6 Cores, 12 threads 3.7-4.7GHz CPU
  2. Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB graphic card
  3. 16GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  4. 240GB SSD for a more responsive PC, faster boot-up.
  5. 3TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. 4 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0
  7. Displayport, DVI-D and HDMI video outputs
  8. Windows 10
  9. Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. 802.11ac WiFi

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No card reader

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?

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