This is one of 3 articles dedicated to prebuilt Gaming PCs:

1. Best Budget Low-cost Gaming Laptops (this article)
2. Best Mid-Range Prebuilt Gaming PCs
3. Best High-End Prebuilt Gaming PCs

The Best Prebuilt Budget Gaming PCs?

By that, I mean the prebuilt Gaming PCs that offer the best performance at prices from $480 to $850.

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 gaming 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 18 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 Gaming PC?

Visit the DIY Budget Gaming PC article instead.

This is an Worldwide Guide!

Do you live in the USA?

Use Amazon, B&H and Newegg for your purchase.

Do you live outside of the USA?

No problem. B&H offers worldwide shipping.

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Summary

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The Best Budget Prebuilt Gaming PC:

  1. Least expensive with a decent CPU and dedicated video card
  2. Decent CPU and a better dedicated graphic card
  3. Good for 1080p: Ryzen 3 1300 + Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  4. Better 1080p: Intel Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580 4GB
  5. Worldwide Shipping alternative: Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580 4GB

Least expensive with a decent CPU and a decent dedicated video card

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the HP Pavilion 690-0010

Ideal for gaming at 1440 x 900 or 1600 x 900 or on a 720p HDTV, for newer games.

Gaming at 1920 x 1080 (1080p/Full HD) is possible with less demanding/older video games and with lower graphic settings.

This is a great entry-level gaming PC, if you plan on playing older e-sports games, such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Pros:

  1. Lowest cost for a prebuilt Gaming PC with good, cost-effective entry-level dedicated video card and CPU.
  2. Decent entry-level dedicated video card: Radeon RX 550 4GB
  3. Good entry-level gaming CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 4 cores / 4 threads 3.5-3.7GHz
  4. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  5. RAM can be upgraded to 32GB (2x16GB)
  6. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive storage capacity
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Bluetooth 4.2
  9. 3-in-1 card reader
  10. 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (front), 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (front), 2 USB 2.0 (rear), 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (rear),
  11. HDMI and Displayport video output
  12. Windows 10
  13. DVD drive
  14. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Small HP case might make upgrades difficult.
  2. Graphic card is too weak to play the vast majority of modern video games at a 1920 x 1080 (1080p / Full HD) resolution.

Decent CPU and a better dedicated graphic card

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

Equipped with the more powerful Geforce GTX 1050, this gaming PC can handle modern video games at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD / 1080p), although you’ll have to turn down visual settings to get decent frame rates.

Pros:

  1. Low cost for a prebuilt Gaming PC with a better entry-level dedicated video card and CPU.
  2. Good entry-level dedicated video card: Geforce GTX 1050 2GB
  3. Good entry-level gaming CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1300 4 cores / 4 threads 3.1-3.4GHz
  4. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  5. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive storage capacity
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. 7 x USB 3.0
  8. Windows 10
  9. Upgrades should be easy

Cons:

  1. No Bluetooth
  2. Keyboard and mouse aren’t included
  3. No DVD drive
  4. No USB Type-C
  5. No card reader

Good for 1080p: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 + Geforce GTX 1050 Ti

[Ryzen & GTX 1050 Ti Edition] SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Computer Desktop PC

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the [Ryzen & GTX 1050 Ti Edition] SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Computer Desktop PC

Equipped with the same CPU but a more powerful graphic card, allowing you to play most games at 1920 x 1080 (1080p or Full HD) with a smooth gaming experience, as long as you don’t mind lowering graphic details in more demanding games.

Pros:

  1. Looks good if you like a white case with blue LEDs.
  2. Better entry-level dedicated video card: Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  3. Good entry-level CPU for gaming performance: AMD Ryzen 3 1300 Quad-Core / 4 threads 3.1-3.4GHz
  4. 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  5. 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. DVD Optical drive
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Keyboard and mouse are included
  9. One USB 3.0 Type-C port, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  10. 1x HDMI, 1x Displayport, 1x DVI

Cons:

  1. If you can afford it, the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5 gaming PC below offers a LOT more performance, it’s a better bang for your buck in my opinion.
  2. No card reader

Better for 1080p: Intel Core i5-8400 + Radeon RX 580 4GB

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5

Ideal for gaming at 1920 x 1080 or on a 1080p HDTV with higher frame rates, the AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB offers better gaming performance than the Radeon RX 570 found in the recommendation above, or the Nvidia 1060 3GB (which is slower than the GTX 1060 6GB). Having more VRAM(4GB vs 3GB) will often help maintain performance with newer games using more memory.

You also get a great CPU from Intel’s 8th generation of Core CPUs, the Core i5-8400 Six Core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

This is a proven design, I’ve been recommending it for a long time and with over 2000 reviews on Amazon, with an excellent average score, it has proven itself worthy of my recommendation time and time again over time, as I’ve kept recommending it through the multiple updates to this guide in the last year.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding value, with a great CPU and video card at this price
  2. Great CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 Six Core 2.8-4.0GHz
  3. Great video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  4. 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  5. 1TB storage capacity
  6. 7200rpm hard drive
  7. Optical drive
  8. 6 USB 3.0 ports
  9. 2 USB 2.0 ports
  10. Displayport and HDMI video outputs
  11. 802.11ac WiFI USB Adapter
  12. Windows 10
  13. Keyboard and mouse are included
  14. Lifetime tech support with CYBERPOWERPC

Cons:

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

Worldwide Shipping alternative

Acer Nitro 50

– $849.99 at B&H (Worldwide shipping)

About the Acer Nitro 50

Compared to the model above, you get the same CPU and graphic card, but slightly higher frequency RAM (2666MHz vs 2400MHz) so gaming performance is slightly better.

You also gain a SD card reader, Bluetooth 5.0 and a DVD optical drive.

Other than that, both PCs offer similar features, both have a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive for storage, 802.11ac WiFi, both include a mouse and keyboard.

Ideal for gaming at 1920 x 1080 or on a 1080p HDTV with high frame rates.

Pros:

  1. Great CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 Six Core 2.8-4.0GHz
  2. Great video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 1TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage.
  5. 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A,3 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  6. 3x Displayport, 1xDVI and 1xHDMI video outputs. Make sure to use the video outputs of the graphic card.
  7. Windows 10
  8. SD card reader
  9. Optical DVD drive
  10. 802.11ac WiFi
  11. Bluetooth 5.0
  12. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. More expensive than the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5 is about the only con I can think of?

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best prebuilt low-cost Gaming PCs.

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.