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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!

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Use Amazon or B&H for your purchase.

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Prices for B&H as of  October 17th 2019. 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. Creative Pros: Xeon X5650 6-Core + GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 
  2. Gamers: Good for 1080p: Ryzen 5 2400G + Radeon RX 580
  3. Alt Both: 6 Core Intel Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580: Needs a SSD
  4. Creative Pros: Ryzen 5 2600 + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  5. Gamers: Core i5-9400F + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  6. Creative Pros: Ryzen 7 8 cores, 16GB RAM, Radeon RX 580 4GB
  7. Gamers: Ryzen 5 2600+ GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  8. Creative Pros: Ryzen 5 3600, GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

Creative Pros: Xeon X5650 6-Core + GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

Renewed: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the HP Z400

For gamers:
Thanks to the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, gaming at 1920 x 1080 (1080p/Full HD) is not a problem, although you may have to turn down graphic settings down a notch in the most demanding games.

The CPU is based on an older architecture and has relatively low frequencies compared to modern parts: Gaming performance is a bit lower than if you had a more modern CPU, but when it comes to gaming performance, it’s still mostly affected by the good graphic card.

For Creative Pros:
For the price, this is potent workstation. You get an Intel Xeon X5650 6-Core / 12 threads 2.66-3.06GHz CPU, capable of handling photo, video and 3D editing. Sure, it is based on an older architecture and has relatively low frequencies compared to modern parts, so single-threaded performance suffers, but multi-threaded performance is excellent for the price.

16GB of RAM is enough for a lot of workloads. You get a combo of a 128GB SSD for fast loading and a responsive PC, along with a 1TB hard drive for storage.

With a 6GB GeForce GTX 1060, you get GPU acceleration in Adobe and other apps.

Overall, a solid deal for the price

Pros:

  1. Lowest cost for a prebuilt PC with a good dedicated graphic card and older but still good CPU
  2. GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphic card
  3. Older, but still potent CPU: Intel Xeon X5650 6-Core / 12 threads 2.66-3.06GHz
  4. 16GB of DDR3 RAM
  5. RAM can be upgraded
  6. 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  7. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive storage capacity
  8. Windows 10
  9. DVD drive

Cons:

  1. The CPU is based on an older architecture and has relatively low frequencies compared to modern parts.
  2. Keyboard and mouse aren’t included
  3. No USB Type-C
  4. No WiFi
  5. No Bluetooth
  6. No Card Reader

For gamers: Good for 1080p: Ryzen 5 2400G + Radeon RX 580

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the HP Pavillon 3LB46AA

For gamers:
Compared to the HP Z400 above, you get a much more modern CPU, which will improve gaming performance.

For Creative Pros:
See the model above or other models below.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level dedicated video card: Radeon RX 580
  2. Good entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 4 cores / 8 threads 3.6-3.9GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  4. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
  5. 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  6. DVD Optical drive
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Bluetooth 4.2
  9. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. USB 3.0 Type-C and many USB ports
  11. HDMI
  12. Card Reader

Cons:

  1. Proprietary parts: Motherboard, PSU and CPU Cooler cannot be upgraded

Alt for both: 6 Core Intel Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580: Needs a SSD

 

– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $599.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Acer Nitro 50

For gamers:
Compared to the HP Pavillon above, you get a better CPU, which will improve gaming performance.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the HP Z400 above, you get a more modern CPU, which will improve overall performance.

Why is it an alternative and not the main recommendation? It needs a SSD
From a CPU and GPU performance point of view, this Acer Nitro 50 is a better choice than the two models above. So why do I just not recommend it over the two models above?

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.

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

Both: Ryzen 5 2600 + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

For gamers:
Compared to the model above, you get a significantly more powerful graphic card, the GeForce GTX 1660 6GB.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the Acer Nitro 50, you get a CPU that can handle

The higher-end graphic card does offer better performance, as well as more memory, with 6GB of VRAM.

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

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  2. Good mid-range level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6 Cores / 12 threads 3.4-3.9GHz
  3. 500GB High-Performance SSD Storage
  4. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  5. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Only 8GB of RAM: Consider adding some
  2. No Card Reader
  3. No DVD drive
  4. No Bluetooth
  5. No USB Type-C

For gamers: Intel Core i5-9400F + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A8

For gamers:
Compared to the model above, you get a CPU that offers better gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-9400F.

You get the same good graphic card, with a GeForce GTX 1660 6GB and 8GB of RAM.

Storage wise, you get more storage for games, with the combo of a 240GB SSD  and a 1TB hard drive.

For Creative Pros:
See the model above or below.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding value, with a great CPU and video card at this price
  2. Great CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F Six Core / Six threads 2.9-4.1GHz
  3. Great video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  4. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  5. 240GB SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  6. 1TB hard drive
  7. 6 x USB 3.1 | 2 x USB 2.0
  8. 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI
  9. 802.11ac WiFI
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No bluetooth
  3. No optical drive

For Creative Pros: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 + Radeon RX 580 4GB

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

For gamers:
See the model above or below.

For Creative Pros:
This PC features a more powerful CPU, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700, a 8 cores / 16 threads CPU that runs at 3.2-4.1GHz.

Graphic card wise, you get a Radeon RX 580, with 4GB of dedicated RAM. This graphic card will accelerate photo and video editing with Adobe and other apps.

You also get higher performance storage, with a 128GB 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.

RAM wise, you get 16GB, which is enough for a lot of workloads. Otherwise, adding RAM is simple and most people can do it themselves.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding value, with a great CPU and graphic card at this price
  2. Great CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 8 Core / 16 threads 3.2-4.1GHz
  3. Good video card:Radeon RX 580 4GB
  4. 16GB (2x8GB) of DDR4 RAM
  5. RAM can be upgraded to 32GB or 64GB
  6. 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  7. 1TB hard drive
  8. 802.11ac WiFi
  9. Bluetooth
  10. Windows 10
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included
  12. Optical drive
  13. USB Type-C

Cons:

  1. Some proprietary parts: Can be difficult to upgrade

For gamers: AMD Ryzen 5 2600+ GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

SkyTech Blaze II

For gamers:
Compared to the gamer model above, you get a more powerful graphic card, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, compared to the GeForce GTX 1660 (Non Ti)

Storage wise, you get a 500GB SSD. Of course, you can always add another SSD and/or a hard drive, to get more storage capacity.

For Creative Pros:
See the model above or below.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding value, with a great CPU and video card at this price
  2. Good CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6 Cores / 12 threads 3.4-3.9GHz
  3. Great video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  4. 8GB of DDR4 RAM (1x8GB)
  5. 500GB SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  6. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  7. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No card reader
  2. No bluetooth
  3. No optical drive

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

– $899.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
See the model above.

For Creative Pros:
This PC features a more powerful CPU, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 6 cores / 12 threads CPU that runs at 3.6-4.2GHz.

I hear you say: Wait a second, isn’t the Ryzen 7 2700, a 8 cores / 16 threads CPU that runs at 3.2-4.1GHz, faster than the Ryzen 5 3600, a 6 cores / 12 threads CPU that runs at 3.6-4.2GHz?

Surprisingly, no. The Ryzen 5 3600 is based on a newer architecture that offers significantly higher performance, resulting in the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU offering much higher single-threaded performance and slightly higher multi-threaded performance than the Ryzen 7 2700.

Graphic card wise, you get a GeForce GTX 1660, with 6GB of dedicated RAM. This graphic card will accelerate photo and video editing with Adobe and other apps.

You also get more storage, with a 240GB SSD, which will help your program and heavy projects load faster, combined with a 2TB hard drive for storage. Of course, you can always add storage drives.

RAM wise, you get 8GB, which may not be enough for some workloads. Adding a 8GB stick to get 16GB of RAM in total is a wise idea.

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 6GB
  4. RAM can be upgraded to 128GB (4x32GB)
  5. 240GB SSD (Solid State Drive) High Performance storage
  6. 2TB hard drive
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Windows 10
  9. Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. Optical drive
  11. USB Type-C

Cons:

  1. 8GB (1x8GB) of DDR4 RAM
  2. 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.