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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 $320 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.
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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.

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Summary

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The Best Budget Prebuilt 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: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 + GeForce GTX 1650
  4. Gamers: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 +Radeon RX 570
  5. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  6. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 core + GeForce RTX 2060

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 128GB 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. 128GB 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

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G/Vega 8: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

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 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. 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 2600 + GeForce GTX 1650

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About the Skytech Blaze II

For gamers:
The combo of an AMD 6 cores/12 threads CPU, with the very decent GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, offers outstanding gaming performance at this price point, with 1080p gaming possible.

For Creative Pros:
The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 offers far higher performance compared to the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G. You get 6 cores instead of 4 and 12 threads versus 4!

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 Corsair DDR4 3000MHz 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. Upper entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6 cores / 12 threads 3.4-3.9GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 3000MHz RAM
  4. 500GB SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi
  6. Bluetooth
  7. HDMI, DVI and Displayport outputs
  8. 3x sRGB fans

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No USB Type-C
  3. Keyboard and mouse are not included

Gamers: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 + Radeon RX 570

– $629.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the iBUYPOWER Element MR 9700V2

For gamers:
Gaming performance goes up with the higher performance Radeon RX 570, which is a notch above the GeForce GTX 1650.

You also get more storage, with the combo of a 240GB SSD along with a 1TB hard drive.

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

For Creative Pros:
The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 offers lower performance than the Ryzen 5 2600 for the typical Creative Pro workload, hence why I don’t recommended this PC for Creative Pro. See my recommendation above or below.

Pros:

  1. Great upper entry-level dedicated video card: Radeon RX 570 4GB
  2. Upper entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4 cores / 8 threads 3.6-3.9GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 240GB SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 1TB hard drive for additionnal storage space for your games
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. HDMI, DVI and Displayport outputs
  8. 3x sRGB fans
  9. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

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

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

– $879.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
Compared to the 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.

Note that you can get even higher gaming performance for not that much more money, with my recommendation below.

AVOID: PCs with only 8GB of RAM or Intel Core i5-9400F CPU
8GB of RAM will definitely lower your Gaming PC performance, so avoid alternatives with only 8GB of RAM. There are a LOT of otherwise interesting models, with the newer Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, but only 8GB of RAM. Unless you plan on adding 8GB of RAM yourself, to have 16GB in total, avoid those gaming PCs.

Speaking of the Intel Core i5-10400F, avoid its older model, the Core i5-9400F. The Core i5-9400F is limited to 6 threads, which is already a bottleneck for gaming performance. The newer Core i5-10400F doesn’t have that problem, as it is a 6 core / 12 thread CPU.

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 3100, which is 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
  10. Custom RGB lighting

Cons:

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

Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 core + GeForce RTX 2060

– $939.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
Compared to the model above, you get a more powerful graphic card, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB.

AVOID: PCs with only 8GB of RAM or Intel Core i5-9400F CPU
8GB of RAM will definitely lower your Gaming PC performance, so avoid alternatives with only 8GB of RAM. There are a LOT of otherwise interesting models, with the newer Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, but only 8GB of RAM. Unless you plan on adding 8GB of RAM yourself, to have 16GB in total, avoid those gaming PCs.

Speaking of the Intel Core i5-10400F, avoid its older model, the Core i5-9400F. The Core i5-9400F is limited to 6 threads, which is already a bottleneck for gaming performance. The newer Core i5-10400F doesn’t have that problem, as it is a 6 core / 12 thread CPU.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the model above, you get a GPU that can handle heavier workloads, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 2060 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
  10. Custom RGB lighting

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No Bluetooth
  3. No Card reader
  4. 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.