The Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs?

By that, I mean the prebuilt Gaming PCs that offer the best performance at prices from $449 to $830.

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 17 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.

Prices for B&H and Newegg as of September 22nd 2017. Put your mouse on or click on Amazon links to see prices.

Summary

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The Best Budget Prebuilt Gaming PC:

  1. The most affordable Prebuilt Gaming PC
  2. Least expensive with a decent CPU and a decent dedicated video card
  3. Good for 1080p: Core i7-4790 + Geforce GTX 970 4GB
  4. Better 1080p: Intel Core i5-7400 + Radeon RX 580 4GB
  5. Worldwide Shipping alternative: Core i7-6700 + Radeon RX 480 4GB

Upgrade your PC:

  1. Upgrade the RAM
  2. Upgrade the hard drive to a larger/faster model or to a SSD
  3. The Best WiFi Routers, WiFi Adapters and Bluetooth Adapters

The Most Affordable Prebuilt Gaming PC

Acer Aspire ATC

– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $449.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Acer Aspire ATC

Ideal for gaming at 1366 x 768 or on a 720p HDTV.

You’ll need something more power for 1080p Full HD gaming, see my recommendations below.

4K? Wrong article, see the Best Prebuilt Extreme PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros instead.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding low cost for prebuilt Gaming PC.
  2. Fairly compact for a gaming PC.
  3. Decent CPU: AMD A10-7800 3.5-3.9GHz, 2 modules, 4 cores (4 threads)
  4. Decent video card: AMD Radeon R7 512 Shader cores
  5. 12GB of RAM DDR3 1600MHz: 1x8GB + 1x4GB
  6. Memory can be upgraded all the way to 32GB
  7. 2TB hard drive storage capacity
  8. Wireless adapter: 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4/5GHz
  9. Bluetooth 4.0
  10. Optical drive
  11. SD card reader
  12. 4 USB 2.0 ports
  13. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  14. VGA and HDMI video outputs
  15. Windows 10
  16. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Integrated video card: While it’s one of the best integrated video card, it’s still not as powerful as a decent dedicated video card.
  2. No bluetooth

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

ABS Logic-Frigate Gaming Desktop ALI130

$539.99 at Newegg

About the ABS Logic-Frigate Gaming Desktop ALI130

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

Pros:

  1. Lowest cost for a prebuilt Gaming PC with a decent dedicated video card and a good CPU.
  2. Decent dedicated video card: Geforce GTX 1050 2GB
  3. Decent CPU: Intel 7th gen Core i3-7100 Dual-Core + Hyper-Threading 3.9GHz
  4. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  5. 1TB storage capacity
  6. Optical drive
  7. Windows 10
  8. Keyboard and mouse are included
  9. Blue LEDs, if you’re into that.

Cons:

  1. No WiFi.
  2. No card reader

Good for 1080p: Core i7-4790 + Geforce GTX 970 4GB

ASUS G10AJ-US010S

 

– $559.99 at Newegg

About the ASUS G11CD-US51

Equipped with older but still plenty powerful parts, such as the Intel Core i7-4790 3.6-4.0GHz Quad-core CPU and Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 (performance comparable to GTX 1060 3GB), at such a low price for this level of performance, it’s the deal to beat at this price point.

You also get 16GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD for a more responsive computer that boots faster and a 2TB hard drive.

Least expensive recommendation for gaming at 1920 x 1080 / 1080p / Full HD.

Pros:

  1. Older but powerful dedicated video card: Geforce GTX 970 4GB
  2. Great CPU: Intel 4th gen Core i7-4790 Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading 3.6-4.0GHz
  3. 16GB of RAM
  4. 128GB SSD to increase the PC responsiveness and reduce booting time
  5. 2TB 7200rpm hard drive
  6. Blu-ray Optical drive
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Multiple card readers
  9. Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. 10 USB ports in total, including six USB 3.0
  11. 3 Displayports, 1 HDMI and 1 DVI outputs

Cons:

  1. Windows 8.1
  2. Refurbished
  3. Limited 90 days warranty

Better 1080p: Intel Core i5-7400 + Radeon RX 580 4GB

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4

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 Geforce GTX 970 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 good Intel Core i5 Quad-Core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

Pros:

  1. Outstanding value, with a great CPU and video card at this price
  2. Great CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 Quad-Core 3-3.5GHz
  3. Great video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  4. 8GB of DDR4 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

Worldwide Shipping alternative: Core i7-6700 + Radeon RX 480 4GB

Acer Aspire AT3

– $829.00 at B&H (Worldwide shipping)

About the Acer Aspire AT3

Compared to the model above, you get a slightly lower performance graphic card, but a more powerful CPU and twice the RAM (16GB), while being available from B&H, who offers worldwide shipping.

It’s a great looking computer, if you like simple looks without a ton of flashing lights.

With the Radon RX 480 4GB graphic card, this model is ideal for gaming at 1920 x 1080 or on a 1080p HDTV with high frame rates.

Pros:

  1. Great CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading 3.4-4.0GHz
  2. Great video card: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. 1TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage.
  5. Optical drive
  6. 6x USB 3.0 ports
  7. 2x USB 2.0 ports
  8. 802.11ac WiFi
  9. Bluetooth 4.0
  10. Displayport, DVI and HDMI video outputs
  11. Windows 10
  12. SD card reader
  13. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

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Upgrades

Want to upgrade the memory (RAM)?

Visit The Best Computer Memory (RAM) For Your Money article

Want to upgrade your hard drive to a larger capacity or to a SSD?

Visit the Best Internal 2.5″ and 3.5″ Hard Drives article and or The Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money article.

Want a WiFi adapter or router?

Visit The Best WiFi Routers and Adapters article.

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best prebuilt 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.