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This is one of three articles dedicated to Gaming PCs that can also be used by Creative Pros:

1. Best Budget Low-cost PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros (this article)
2. Best Mid-Range Prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros
3. Best High-End Prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros

See the DIY Budget Gaming PC article if you want to build your PC instead.

The Best Budget Gaming PCs?

Many don’t have the knowledge to understand detailed computer specifications and just want to know: “What’s the best PC for my needs and budget?

By the best, I mean reliable PCs that offer the best performance at prices from $320 to $1000.

With 20 years of experience with computer hardware, keeping up with new products and ever-changing prices, I’m here to help you find the best deals. See my About page.

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Summary

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6 cores + GTX 1660 Super: Amazing value!


The Best Budget PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros:

  1. Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U + integrated Radeon Vega 6 graphics
  2. Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G/Ryzen 5 3400G + integrated Radeon Vega 8/11 graphics
  3. Both: Intel Core i3-10100 + GeForce GTX 1650
  4. Both: Intel Core i5-10400F +GeForce GTX 1650
  5. Both: Intel Core i5-10400F 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  6. Both: Compact: Core i5-10400F 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  7. Both: Core i5-10600K 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  8. Both: Intel Core i7-10700F  8 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U + integrated Radeon Vega 6

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For gamers:
The integrated AMD Vega 6 graphics can handle gaming on at a 720p or 1366 x 768 resolution. Gaming at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD / 1080p) is possible with less demanding games and lower graphic settings.

Ports wise, you have four USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, HDMI and Displatport output, two RJ-45 LAN ports and

Double the gaming performance and add storage capacity with these easy and inexpensive upgrades:
By default, this PC comes with a single stick of 8GB of RAM. AMD integrated GPU benefits greatly from having dual-channel RAM (2 sticks of RAM in this case), which results in twice the gaming performance compared to having only 1 stick of RAM.

All you have to do is buy this inexpensive 8GB stick of RAM with your PC. The case can be opened simply by pushing down on it (see the video below) and you can add the RAM stick then. It’s that easy!

While you’re at it, you can add storage space too, seeing as this PC only comes with a 256GB SSD. There’s a slot, a SATA data/power connector and included screws, everything that you need for a 2.5″ drive. You can add an inexpensive 500GB or 1TB hard drive, to have plenty of space for your games.

If you don’t want to do upgrades yourself and would rather have 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, see my next recommendation below.



For Creative Pros:

With a quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, good AMD integrated graphics and a SSD, this is a good inexpensive entry-level Creative Pro PC out of the box. As explained above, RAM and storage upgrades are easy to perform.

While it is no powerhouse, for its low price, it is an adequate machine that can handle everyday tasks and some lightweight photo editing.

Consider the Ryzen 5 3400G machine recommended below, which can handle 8 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 on the Ryzen 3 3300U. It also comes with 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB and a larger capacity SSD.

Pros:

  1. Amazing value for the price
  2. Easy to upgrade RAM and storage
  3. Small and lightweight PC that can be attached to a back of a monitor with VESA support
  4. Good entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 6
  5. Good entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U (4 cores/ 4 threads 2.1-3.5GHz)
  6. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  7. 256GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  8. 802.11ax WiFi 6
  9. Bluetooth 5.1
  10. 2x RJ-45 port
  11. 4x USB type-A
  12. 1x USB Type-C
  13. Card reader
  14. HDMI and Displayport outputs

Cons:

  1. Single channel RAM by default cuts gaming performance by half: Simply add an inexpensive 8GB stick of RAM as recommended above
  2. 128GB of storage by default is limiting for gamers: Simply add an inexpensive hard drive as recommended above
  3. Keyboard and mouse are not included
  4. No DVD drive
  5. CPU cannot be upgraded
  6. You cannot add a dedicated graphic card

Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G + integrated Radeon Vega 8

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For gamers:
Compared to the model above, the Ryzen 3 3200G offers significantly higher performance than the Ryzen 3 3300U, running at higher frequencies and having more graphic computing units (8 VS 6).

You also get 16GB of RAM in dual-channel and a 256GB or 512GB SSD out of the box.

That said, if you can afford to spend a bit more, definitely go with the model below, which features a much more powerful dedicated graphic card and a more powerful CPU for not that much more money.

For Creative Pros:
The Ryzen 3 3200G offers significantly higher performance than the Ryzen 3 3300U thanks to its higher frequencies .

You also get 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB on the model above, allowing you to handle heavier workloads, as well as more storage out of the box.

That said, if you can afford to spend a bit more, definitely go with the model below, which features a more powerful 6 cores / 12 threads CPU and a dedicated graphic card for not that much more money.

Pros:

  1. Good entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 8
  2. Good entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 4 cores/ 4 threads 3.6-4.0GHz
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2x8GB Dual Channel)
  4. 256 or 512GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 2nd M.2 slot and 2x 2.5″ drive bay allows you to upgrade the storage
  6. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  7. Bluetooth 4.2
  8. RJ-45 port
  9. USB Type-C
  10. HDMI and Displayport output
  11. 3 years warranty

Cons:

  1. You cannot add a dedicated graphic card
  2. No DVD drive
  3. Keyboard and mouse are not included
  4. Windows 10 is installed without a license key. You can use it without any issues, it will just say that it is not activated: Desktop watermark; Personalization options restricted;

Both: Intel Core i3-10100 + GeForce GTX 1650

– $649.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
The combo of a fast 3.6-4.3GHz Intel 10th gen quad-core/8 threads CPU, with the very decent GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, offers outstanding gaming performance at this price point, with 1080p gaming possible.

Storage wise, you get a 480GB SSD. You might want to add a hard drive to have more storage space for larger games.

For Creative Pros:
The Intel Core i3-10100 offers higher performance compared to the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G, thanks to its higher frequencies.

Of course, getting a dedicated graphic card, the 4GB GeForce GTX 1650, offers a significant boost in performance for photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.

Creative Pros will want to add a 8GB stick of RAM to have 16GB of RAM (or more). I recommended this inexpensive and reliable Crucial DDR4 2666MHz RAM stick. Gamers can get by with 8GB but upgrading to 16GB won’t hurt.

Both:
If you can afford to spend $50 more, see the model below, with the higher performance 6 Core Intel Core i5-10400F CPU.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
  2. Upper entry-level CPU: Intel Core i3-10100 4 cores / 8 threads 3.6-4.3GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 480GB SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  6. Bluetooth
  7. HDMI, DVI and Displayport outputs
  8. 4x sRGB fans: Plenty of cooling
  9. USB keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No USB Type-C

Both: Intel Core i5-10400F + GeForce GTX 1650

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– $699.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
Gaming performance goes up a notch with the higher performance 6 cores Intel Core i5-10400F CPU.

You get less storage but faster PCIe SSD storage, with a M.2 PCie NVMe 256GB SSD. You can always add a SATA SSD or hard drive for more storage.

Gamers can get by with 8GB but upgrading to 16GB won’t hurt. I recommended this  inexpensive and reliable Crucial DDR4 2666MHz RAM stick.

For Creative Pros:
The Intel Core i5-10400F 6 cores / 12 threads offers significantly higher performance than the Core i3-10100 4 cores / 8threads for the typical Creative Pro workload.

Creative Pros will want to add a 8GB stick of RAM to have 16GB of RAM (or more). I recommended this inexpensive and reliable Crucial DDR4 2666MHz RAM stick. Gamers can get by with 8GB but upgrading to 16GB won’t hurt.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
  2. Mid-level CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 6 cores / 12 threads 2.9-4.3GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 240GB SSD PCIe NVMe makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi
  6. Bluetooth 4.2
  7. HDMI, DVI and Displayport outputs
  8. USB Type-C
  9. Card Reader
  10. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Only 240GB of storage: Consider adding a SSD or 3.5″ hard drive.

Both: Intel Core i5-10400F 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super

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Both:
Compared to the model above, you get a significantly more powerful graphic card, with the GeForce GTX 1660 Super.

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB
  2. Good mid-range CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 6 cores / 12 threads 2.9-4.3GHz
  3. 1x8GB of DDR4 3000MHz
  4. Easy upgrade to 16GB (2x8GB): Simply add a 8GB DDR4 RAM stick, such as this one
  5. 3x empty RAM slots for easy upgrade
  6. 500GB SSD High Performance storage
  7. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  8. Bluetooth
  9. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. Custom RGB lighting
  11. 550W Power supply allows for upgrades

Cons:

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

Both: Compact Core i5-10400F + GeForce GTX 1660 Super

– $954.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Both:
Compared to the model above, you get the same CPU and graphic card, as well as the same amount of RAM, so performance should be about the same.

You do get more storage space, with the mix of a 512GB PCIe NMVe SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

What I like about this PC is how compact and light (only 7lbs!) it is, allowing you to quickly store it into a bag and take it to tournaments, parties, events, and more.

The system may also lay horizontally or vertically on a stand without blocking airflow from the ventilated side panel, allowing you to configure it best suits your environment

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB
  2. Great mid-range CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 6 cores / 12 threads 2.9-4.3GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  4. 3x empty RAM slots for easy upgrade
  5. 512GB SSD High Performance storage
  6. 1TB hard drive for additional storage
  7. 802.11ax WiFi 6 2×2
  8. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  9. USB Type-C
  10. Bluetooth 5.1

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No Bluetooth

Both: Core i5-10600K 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super

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Both:
Compared to the model above, you get a more powerful CPU, the Intel Core i5-10600K 6 cores / 12 threads 4.1-4.8GHz, resulting in higher gaming and overall performance.

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
  2. Great mid-range CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 6 cores / 12 threads 4.1-4.8GHz
  3. CPU Liquid cooling
  4. 8GB of DDR4 RAM (1x8GB)
  5. 3x empty RAM slots for easy upgrade
  6. 240GB SSD High Performance storage
  7. 1TB hard drive for additional storage
  8. 802.11ac WiFi
  9. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. Custom RGB lighting

Cons:

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

Both: Core i7-10700F 8 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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For gamers:
Compared to the model above, you get a more powerful graphic card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB and a more powerful CPU, the Intel Core i7-10700F.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the model above, you get a CPU that can handle heavier workloads, the 8 cores Intel Core i7-10700F, as well as twice the RAM, with 16GB.

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  2. Great upper mid-range CPU: Intel Core i7-10700F 8 cores / 16 threads 2.9-4.8GHz
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2x8GB)
  4. 2x empty RAM slots for easy upgrade
  5. 240GB SSD High Performance storage
  6. 1TB hard drive for additional storage
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  9. Custom RGB lighting

Cons:

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

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best prebuilt low-cost PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros.

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.