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This is one of 3 articles dedicated to prebuilt PCs for Gaming and 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

The Best Prebuilt Budget Gaming PCs?

By that, I mean the prebuilt Gaming PCs that offer the best performance at prices from $400 to $1000.

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 budget 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 19 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 for more information on me, Mathieu Bourgie, and this website, Hardware Revolution

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

Alternatives recommendations:

I also sometimes suggest alternative recommendations, with clear explanations as to why they are interesting alternatives.

Want to build your Budget PC?

Visit the DIY Budget Gaming PC article instead.

This is an Worldwide Guide!

Do you live in the USA?

Use Amazon or B&H for your purchase.

Do you live outside of the USA?

No problem. B&H offers worldwide shipping.

Prices for B&H as of July 27th 2020. Click on Amazon links to see prices. Note that I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Prices and availability are subject to change.

Summary

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The Best Budget Prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros:

  1. Both: AMD Ryzen APU + integrated Radeon Vega graphics
  2. Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3100X + GeForce GTX 1650 Super
  3. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  4. Gamers: Intel Core i7-9700F + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

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

Ryzen 3 3200G / 256GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
Ryzen 3 3200G / 512GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
Ryzen 5 3400G / 256GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the CUK AsRock DeskMini

For gamers:
The integrated AMD 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.

The Ryzen 5 3400G can offer up to 50% higher gaming performance than the Ryzen 3 3200G, but the 3200G is still a good performer if you’re on a tight budget.

For Creative Pros:
With a quad-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, good AMD integrated graphics and a SSD, this is a good entry-level Creative Pro PC. While it is no powerhouse, for the price, it is an adequate machine that can do the job for photo editing.

Opting for the Ryzen 5 3400G version, which can handle 8 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 on the Ryzen 3 3200G, is a wise choice to get more processing power.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 8 (Ryzen 3 3200G) or Radeon Vega 11 (Ryzen 5 3400G)
  2. Great entry-level CPUs: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (4 cores/ 4 threads 3.6-4.0GHz) or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (4 cores/ 8 threads 3.7-4.2GHz)
  3. 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 256GB or 512GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. One empty M.2 slot and two empty 2.5″ drive bays to add storage.
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. RJ-45 port
  8. 1x USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
  9. HDMI, Displayport and VGA output
  10. Small, compact PC

Cons:

  1. No expansion slot: You cannot add a graphic card
  2. Keyboard and mouse are not included
  3. No optical drive
  4. No Bluetooth

Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3100X + GeForce GTX 1650 Super

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the Skytech Chronos

For gamers:
The combo of a modern AMD 4 cores/8 threads CPU, with the very decent GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB, offers outstanding gaming performance at this price point, with 1080p gaming possible.

For Creative Pros:
The AMD Ryzen 3 3100X offer similiar performance to the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G.

Of course, getting a dedicated graphic card, the 4GB GeForce GTX 1650 Super, 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. Gamers can get by with 8GB.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB
  2. Upper entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100X 4 cores / 8 threads 3.6-3.9GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 500GB SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi
  6. HDMI, 3 x Displayport outputs
  7. 3x sRGB fans

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No USB Type-C
  3. No mention of Bluetooth, easy to add with a USB dongle though
  4. Keyboard and mouse are not included

Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super

– $849.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
Compared to model above, you get a significantly more powerful graphic card and a CPU that also offers higher gaming performance, both of which who will improve gaming performance.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the model above, you get a CPU that can handle heavier workloads, thanks to having six cores and being capable of handling 12 threads at once, unlike the AMD Ryzen 3 3100X or Ryzen 5 3400G, which are limited to 4 cores / 8 threads.

Graphic card wise, you get a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, capable of accelerating many apps.

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB
  2. Great mid-range CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 cores / 12 threads 3.6-4.2GHz
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2x8GB)
  4. 2x empty RAM slots for easy upgrade
  5. 480GB SSD High Performance storage
  6. 2TB hard drive for additional storage
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  9. A total of eight USB ports

Cons:

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

Gamers: Intel Core i7-9700F+ GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

For gamers:
The Intel Core i7-9700F offers higher gaming performance, thanks to its higher Turbo frequency (4.7GHz), along with 8 cores.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a touch faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Super, about 3% on average.

For Creative Pros:
While you get 8 cores, the Core i7-9700 doesn’t offer Hyper-Threading, so you are limited to 8 threads compared to 12 threads on the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 in the PC above. Either go with the model above, or see the High Performance PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros article instead.

Pros:

  1. Good dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  2. Great upper mid-range level CPU: Intel Core i7-9700F 8 Cores / 8 threads 3.0-4.7GHz
  3. 240GB High-Performance SSD Storage
  4. 1TB hard drive
  5. 16GB DDR4 2666MHz (2x8GB)
  6. Two empty RAM slots for easy upgrade
  7. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  8. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No Card Reader
  2. No DVD drive
  3. No Bluetooth

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.