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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 September 11th 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 3 3200G + integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics
  2. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G + integrated Radeon Vega 11 graphics
  3. Both: AMD Ryzen 3 3100X + GeForce GTX 1650 Super
  4. Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 core + GeForce GTX 1660 Super

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

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About the HP M01-F0020

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.

For Creative Pros:
With a quad-core CPU, 8GB 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.

Consider the Ryzen 5 3400G machine recommended below, which can handle 8 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 on the Ryzen 3 3200G. It also comes with 12GB of RAM instead of 8GB.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 8
  2. Great entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (4 cores/ 4 threads 3.6-4.0GHz)
  3. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 512GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  6. Bluetooth 4.2
  7. RJ-45 port
  8. Card reader
  9. HDMI and VGA outputs
  10. Keyboard and mouse are included
  11. DVD drive

Cons:

  1. No USB Type-C
  2. Not that upgrade friendly. You can add RAM and storage easily though.

Both: AMD Ryzen 5 3200G + integrated Radeon Vega 11

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About the CUK AsRock DeskMini

For gamers:
Compared to the model above, the Ryzen 5 3400G can offer up to 50% higher gaming performance than the Ryzen 3 3200G.

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 for not that much more money.

For Creative Pros:
The Ryzen 5 3400G can handle 8 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 on the Ryzen 3 3200G featured on the model above, so you get more processing power.

You also get 12GB of RAM instead of 8GB on the model above, allowing you to handle heavier workloads.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 11
  2. Great entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G (4 cores/ 8 threads 3.7-4.2GHz)
  3. 12GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 512GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  6. Bluetooth 4.2
  7. RJ-45 port
  8. USB Type-C
  9. Card reader
  10. HDMI and VGA output
  11. Keyboard and mouse are included
  12. Optical drive

Cons:

  1. Not that upgrade friendly. You can add RAM and storage easily though.

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

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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

– $879.00 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.À

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 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

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.