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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 $380 to $1000.

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Summary

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The Best Budget PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros:

  1. Both: AMD Ryzen 3 4300G + integrated Radeon Vega 6 graphics
  2. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 4600G, 12GB RAM + Radeon Vega 11 graphics
  3. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 4650G, 16GB RAM + Radeon Vega 11 graphics
  4. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3500 + GeForce GTX 1650 Super
  5. Both: Intel Core i5-10400F 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super

Both: AMD Ryzen 3 4300G + integrated Radeon Vega 8

– $429.99 on B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

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 eight USB Type-A ports, HDMI and VGA output,RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port, as well as 802.11ac Wifi 5 along with Bluetooth 4.2

Double the gaming performance with this easy and inexpensive upgrade:
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 by removing the side panel and you can add the RAM stick then. It’s that easy!

If you don’t want to do upgrades yourself and would rather have 12 or 16GB of RAM along with a more poweful CPU, see my next two recommendations 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 upgrade is 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 two machines recommended below, which offer2 more CPU cores, 11 graphic processing units vs 6 and 12 or 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB. 

Pros:

  1. Amazing value for the price
  2. Easy to upgrade RAM
  3. 4 RAM slots
  4. Small and lightweight PC
  5. Good entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 6
  6. Good entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 4300G 4 cores/ 8 threads 3.8-4.0GHz
  7. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  8. 512GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  9. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  10. Bluetooth 4.2
  11. Ethernet RJ-45 port
  12. 8x USB type-A
  13. SD Card reader
  14. HDMI and VGA outputs
  15. Keyboard and mouse are included
  16. DVD drive

Cons:

  1. Single channel RAM by default cuts gaming performance by half: Simply add an inexpensive 8GB stick of RAM as recommended above
  2. Proprietary power supply limits upgrades

Both: AMD Ryzen 5 4600G, 12GB RAM + integrated Radeon Vega 11

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For both:
The AMD Ryzen 5 4650G CPU offers significantly higher performance than the Ryzen 3 3200G thanks to featuring two more cores, handling 12 threads instead of eight.

You also get more recent integrated graphic cores, offering significantly higher gaming performance, especially out of the box thanks having two sticks of RAM (1x8GB + 1x4GB = 12GB)

You also get 12GB of RAM instead of 8GB.

Finally, you get a whole lot more storage space, with the combo of a 256GB SSD with a 1TB hard drive.

  1. Good entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 11
  2. Good entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600G 6 cores/ 12 threads 3.7-4.2GHz
  3. 12GB of DDR4 RAM (1x8GB + 1x4GB Dual Channel)
  4. 256GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 1TB hard drive for a whole lot more storage space
  6. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  7. Bluetooth 5.0
  8. RJ-45 port
  9. USB Type-C
  10. HDMI and VGA output
  11. Included keyboard and mouse

Cons:

  1. No DVD drive

Both: AMD Ryzen 5 4650G, 16GB RAM + integrated Radeon Vega 11

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For both:
Compared to the model above, you get pretty much the same CPU, the Ryzen 5 4650G is the “Pro” variant of the Ryzen 5 4600G but offers identical performance.

Where you get a small bump in performance is by getting 16GB of RAM instead of 12GB, out of the box.

You lose the 1TB hard drive, but get a larget capacity 512GB SSD instead.

You also get three display outputs instead of two and get a machine with a smaller footprint.

  1. Good entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 11
  2. Good entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4650G 6 cores/ 12 threads 3.7-4.2GHz
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2x8GB Dual Channel)
  4. 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, VGA and Displayport output
  11. 3 years warranty
  12. Very small footprint

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: AMD Ryzen 5 3500 + GeForce GTX 1650 Super

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For gamers:
Gaming performance is much higher, with a GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB dedicated graphic card

You get less 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 is recommended for maximum performance. I recommend this inexpensive 8GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM stick.

For Creative Pros:
The AMD Ryzen 5 3500 6 cores / 12 threads offers similar performance to the AMD Ryzen 5 4650G in the PC above.

What you gain is a dedicated graphic card, which will boost performance for 3D, video games, video editing, etc.

Creative Pros will want to add a 8GB stick of RAM to have 16GB of RAM (or more). I recommend this inexpensive 8GB DDR4 3200MHz 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 Super 4GB
  2. Mid-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500 6 cores / 12 threads 3.6-4.2GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 256GB SSD PCIe NVMe makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi
  6. Bluetooth 4.2
  7. USB Type-C
  8. Card Reader
  9. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Only 256GB of storage: Consider adding a SSD or 3.5″ hard drive.

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

#1: – $899.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
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I recommend four PCs, seeing as they often go out of stock.
They all offer the same CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD configuration, with WiFi, Bluetooth along with an included keyboard and mouse.

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

While Gamers can get by with 8GB, gaming performance will be significantly better by upgrading to 16GB. Creative Pros definitely want that extra 8GB of RAM too.
I recommend this inexpensive 8GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM stick.

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. 500-512GB SSD High Performance storage
  7. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  8. Bluetooth
  9. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included

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.