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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.

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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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 + integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics
  3. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 4650G + integrated 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 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

256GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
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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.

For not much more money, you get a newer, more powerful AMD CPU/graphics combo, see the model below.

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.

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: AMD Ryzen 5 4650G + integrated Radeon Vega 11

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Same as the model above, but equipped with a newer, more powerful AMD 6 cores CPU and higher-end integrated graphics offering higher all around performance

For gamers:
Compared to the model above, the Ryzen 5 4650G offers significantly higher performance than the Ryzen 3 3200G, offering two more cores, running at higher frequencies and having more graphic computing units (11 VS 8) that run at higher frequencies.

For Creative Pros:
The Ryzen 5 4650G offers significantly higher performance than the Ryzen 3 3200G thanks to featuring two more cores, handling 12 threads instead of four, as well as running at higher frequencies .

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 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 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: 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 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 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 Ryzen 5 4650G in the PC above.

Of course, video, 3D and similar workloads will benefit from the dedicated graphic card.

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)
#2:– Click here to see the price on Amazon
#3: – $999.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

I recommend three PC, seeing as they often go out of stock.
All 3 recommended PC offer the same CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD configuration, with WiFi, Bluetooth and 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. 500GB 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.