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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 $500 to $900.

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 March 17th 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. Gamers: 6 Core Intel Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580 4GB
  2. Gamers: Core i5-9400F + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  3. Creative Pros: Ryzen 5 3600 + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  4. Both: Ryzen 5 3600, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

Gamers: 6 Core Intel Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580

– $529.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Acer Nitro 50

For gamers:
The combo of a modern Intel 6 core CPU, with the very decent Radeon RX 580 4GB, offers outstanding gaming performance at this price point, with 1080p gaming possible.

For Creative Pros:
Without a SSD, this PC is pretty much useless, seeing as a hard drive is way too slow to load heavier files.

Add a SSD if you can
From a CPU and GPU performance point of view, this Acer Nitro 50 is a wonderful choice for the price.

The main problem of this PC is that it doesn’t come with a SSD, meaning that it relies on a lower performance hard drive which makes the PC feel less responsive in everyday tasks, programs and the OS take longer to load.

If you don’t mind spending 35-45-70$ for a 120-240-512GB M.2 SSD, can open a computer case, insert the SSD in a M.2 slot, attach a screw to secure it and clone the OS to the SSD (various software makes this easy), change a BIOS setting to have the PC boot from the SSD instead of the hard drive, you’ll have a much better PC at a very reasonable cost. See The Best SSD article for my recommendations.

Heck, if you have a SATA cable lying around (you find one at any PC store), you can pay $20-$30 for a 120GB/240GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD!

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: Radeon RX 580
  2. Great mid-range CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 6 cores / 6 threads 2.8-4.0GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  4. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
  5. Two M.2 slots are available to easily add a SSD
  6. DVD Optical drive
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Bluetooth 5.0
  9. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. USB Type-C and many USB ports
  11. HDMI, 3 x Displayport and DVI output
  12. SD Card Reader

Cons:

  1. Smaller case, can make some upgrades difficult or impossible
  2. No SSD (Solid State Drive) meaning that the PC doesn’t load the OS/programs as fast and doesn’t feel as responsive

Gamers: Core i5-9400F + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

 – Click here to see the price on Amazon

For gamers:
Compared to model above, you get a significantly more powerful graphic card and a slightly higher performance CPU, which will improve gaming performance.

For Creative Pros:
See the model below.

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  2. Great mid-range CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F 6 cores / 6 threads 2.9-4.1GHz
  3. 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 1TB hard drive
  5. 256GB SSD High Performance storage
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  8. DVD drive
  9. Card Reader
  10. A total of nine USB ports
  11. One USB Type-C
  12. Bluetooth 4.2

Cons:

  1. Smaller case with proprietary parts; difficult to upgrade

Creative Pros: Ryzen 5 3600 + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

– $799.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
See the model above or below.

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 Intel Core i5-9400F, which is limited to 6 threads.

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

8GB of RAM will quickly prove limiting for video editing though, so consider upgrading to 16GB or 32GB of RAM.

Pros:

  1. Good dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  2. Great mid-range level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 Cores / 12 threads 3.6-4.2GHz
  3. 240GB High-Performance SSD Storage
  4. 1TB hard drive
  5. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  6. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Only 8GB of RAM: Consider adding more
  2. No Card Reader
  3. No DVD drive
  4. No Bluetooth

For Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $899.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
Compared to the gamer model above, you get an AMD Ryzen 5 3600, which will offer improved overall performance as well as improved gaming performance.

Storage wise, you get 1.5TB, with a 512GB NVMe SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the Creative Pro model recommended above, you get the same CPU and a slightly more powerful graphic card, with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

You also get more storage, with a 512GB NVMe SSD, which will help your program and heavy projects load faster, combined with a 1TB hard drive for storage. Of course, you can always add storage drives.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding value, with a great CPU and graphic card at this price
  2. Great CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 Core / 12 threads 3.6-4.2GHz
  3. Good video card: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  4. 16GB (2x8GB) of DDR4 RAM
  5. Four RAM slots in total: Two are empty
  6. RAM can be upgraded to 128GB (4x32GB)
  7. 512GB NVMe SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  8. 1TB hard drive
  9. 802.11ac WiFi
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No Bluetooth
  2. No USB Type-C port

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.