If you are a competitive online gamer who likes to play games such as Overwatch, CS GO, LOL, DOTA 2, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Rainbow Six Siege, etc., then there is no need to spend more than a thousand dollars on a high-end gaming desktop PC.
Games such as the aforementioned titles are deliberately designed to run on lower specs and older hardware. This makes them perform at higher framerates, resulting in a smoother and more reliable gameplay experience, which is highly desirable of any competitive/ esports game title.
However, there are certain exceptions to that rule- Call of Duty and Battlefield are a few examples. You don’t exactly need a beefy rig to run them smoothly, but you can’t get away with a 3-year old midrange gaming PC either.
There has to be a nice little middle-ground somewhere in between 500 and 1000 dollars, a gaming rig that is neither too weak nor too expensive. And that sweet spot happens to be around the 700 to 800-dollar range.
Thanks to modern hardware and the rapid expansion of the PC gaming community, we can now buy prebuilt systems that offer almost as much performance per dollar as custom-built machines. There are plenty of reputable prebuilt PC manufacturers for you to choose from. A few notable examples are- CyberPowerPC, IBuyPower, and Skytech PCs, just to name a few.
In this article, we will review three of the most popular prebuilt gaming desktops that you can currently purchase for less than 800 dollars. They won’t put a hole in your wallet, nor will they lag while playing the latest AAA games. And you can enjoy 1080p, 60 fps gaming on any esports title such as CS GO, LOL, DOTA 2, Overwatch, etc.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
Reasons Why Buying a Prebuilt Gaming PC is a Smart Idea
Up until now, building the PC of your dreams has always been the go-to when you are looking for a good combination of performance and reliability. However, each key component you will need for your desktop setup will begin to add up in price and get to the point that it is just too much money and too much time being thrown into it.
We are now seeing extremely inflated prices for a lot of components. For example, RAM used to be relatively affordable and attainable and was actually one of the cheapest parts to buy when building your own PC. Today, however, that price has nearly doubled in retail and that same part you could have bought a year ago to build your computer will now cost you upwards of $250. This will quickly force you to alleviate from your budget and spend more than you have.
Buying a prebuilt desktop is definitely the smartest way to go to avoid overpaying for all the components separately. Even the price of GPU’s are getting higher due to the sudden interest and obsession with cryptocurrency mining. However, manufacturers are able to keep the prices of the prebuilt systems relatively low and affordable, and you can have the gaming rig and experience you want for a very reasonable price.
Other Benefits of Purchasing a Prebuilt Gaming Desktop PC
While price and affordability top the list of advantages to purchasing a prebuilt gaming desktop, there are still a few other reasons that make it an alluring solution to overpaying for a build it yourself desktop.
It doesn’t matter what your gaming experience level is. Whether you are a beginner or an expert at all things gaming, a prebuilt system can fulfill the needs of each gaming skill level. If you are a beginner, then a general knowledge of the machines is okay to have. You will not have to know how to assemble your entire gaming system piece by piece.
If you are looking for power and performance, then a prebuilt can offer you both with the perfect mix of the right kind of hardware as well as high definition resolution and the existence of smoother frame rates. Prebuilt gaming computers were tested and can support the games you love playing.
Buying prebuilt gaming computers will also save you a few headaches and a lot of hassle as well. While it may be a fun experience to build it yourself, you will quickly find that it can be frustrating, time-consuming, and even challenging to make sure that everything is properly put together, and all the hardware will work.
A prebuilt has been tested, so it performs at its best, and it is also backed by the manufacturer in case you do run into any problems and complications.
If you wish to play modern AAA games at 1080p and 60fps, then look no further- the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready GXiVR8020A3 Desktop will save you quite a bit of money. It packs everything that a mid-range gaming PC needs and is built inside a stunning black case with red LED fans on the front and back.
For this price, you will be hard-pressed to find a prebuilt gaming desktop that performs (or looks) better. Windows 10 Home 64-bit comes preloaded, and you get a free keyboard + mouse combo.
This is the desktop you should purchase if your primary goal is to play demanding AAA titles. It comes equipped with an AMD RX 580 4GB graphics card, which is considered to be on par, or even slightly better, than the 3GB GTX 1060 model.
While the extra 1 GB of VRAM is an advantage that this GPU has over its NVIDIA competitor, the power consumption and heat output is also slightly higher. It does tend to run louder than the GTX 1060 3GB model, so if you want a more silent system, we would suggest the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA3000A Desktop instead.
But if you want extra graphics horsepower at the cost of a little extra noise, then this is the prebuilt desktop you want to buy. The difference in noise output is barely noticeable if you play with headphones on.
Moving on to the processor, there is actually a fairly decent CPU inside this midrange gaming PC. Despite being a 4-core chip, the Core i5 7400 handles gaming like a champ. It features the most single-threaded performance of any processor on this list, meaning that tasks which require between 2-4 cores will actually perform better on this CPU than on a Ryzen 5 1400 (the processor found inside the Gamer Master GMA3000A Desktop). Thanks to its higher IPC, the 3.5 GHz Core i5 7400 is more than enough for most gaming requirements.
You can multitask on this CPU, but since it is limited to only four threads, we don’t recommend that you try streaming or video encoding with it. The Ryzen based gaming desktop at the end of our list is better suited to those purposes. But if you are only concerned with gaming, then this is the best performing gaming desktop out of all three of the choices we are reviewing.
It is loaded with a 1 TB HDD and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Home 64-bit is preinstalled. There is even an 802.11 AC WIFI USB-based adapter card, along with a 24X Dual Layer DVD drive and Ethernet. Full support for 7.1 channel surround sound audio is integrated into the B250 chipset-based motherboard, and you also get a free keyboard and mouse combo.
- Intel 7thgen Core i5 processor
- AMD RX 580 4GB graphics card
- 11 AC wireless adapter
- 1 channel audio support
- Free keyboard + mouse
- Cheap Intel stock CPU cooler
- Doesn’t have a premium PSU installed
While it may look like a scaled-down replica of some alien spacecraft from the outside, this is actually a really well-built midrange gaming desktop PC. It comes equipped with the famous AMD FX-6300 hexacore chip and rocks a GTX 1050ti 4GB GDDR5 graphics card.
There is a Wi-Fi adapter installed onto the AMD 970 chipset-based motherboard, and all of this is cooled by a couple of blue LED fans mounted within the Thermaltake VERSA N21 Snow Edition case (transparent side panel). A 430W premium-quality PSU powers all of the internal components.
It sure looks amazing, but the real question is- how does it perform? Well, thanks to an FX-6300 hexacore CPU and GTX 1050ti gaming graphics card, you can rest assured that when you buy one of these, it is going to deliver a smooth 1080p gaming experience across all titles.
We specifically recommend this prebuilt gaming desktop to esports fans, aka the gamers who play titles such as CS GO, DOTA 2, LOL, Overwatch, etc. You don’t need a ton of graphical horsepower to play such games, and the GTX 1050ti is more than capable of delivering a smooth 1080p gaming experience in most AAA titles. Therefore, it should have no trouble running less demanding games like Counter Strike or League.
Besides, the GTX 1050ti supports futuristic APIs such as DX12 and Vulkan, and it comes with 4 GB of VRAM for future proof gaming. The 6-core, 6-thread FX 6300 CPU runs at a base clock of 3.5 GHz and can boost up to 4.1 GHz.
You can overclock it in order to squeeze out an extra 10-20% of gaming performance but be warned- the stock CPU cooler in this desktop doesn’t do a very good job of keeping things quiet when under load. There is 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, which should be sufficient for gaming as well as multitasking.
Windows 10 Home 64-bit comes preloaded, and storage is handled by a 1 TB HDD. No bloatware is installed, so the system boots up fast, and you can easily install games through the 24X optical drive, or online with the help of the 802.11 AC WIFI module.
In case you only trust ethernet, don’t worry- there is an RJ 45 port on the back, and the motherboard supports 10/100/1000 LAN. There are DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI options for monitor output, along with multiple USB ports for connecting peripherals.
- AMD FX-6300 hexacore processor
- GTX 1050ti graphics card
- WIFI adapter included
- No unnecessary bloatware installed
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- Free keyboard + mouse
- CPU cooler is not very efficient and tends to run loud
- Cheap optical drive
The CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2600A is designed for budget gaming enthusiasts who want solid performance at reasonable prices. With an AMD RYZEN 5 1400 processor and a GTX 1060 3GB GPU, this beast of a gaming computer can handle anything you throw at it- 1080p gaming, streaming, heavy multitasking, rendering, photo and video editing, etc.
Before RYZEN was released, it was impossible to even imagine a sub 800-dollar PC capable of doing all these tasks. But now, that dream is a reality thanks to the affordable quad core, 8-thread RYZEN 5 1400 CPU from AMD.
At this price point, you don’t get to see many prebuilt gaming desktops with 8-threaded CPUs. No, we are not talking about AMD Bulldozer 8-core CPUs, those things perform worse than a 4-core Intel Core i5 when it comes to games.
We are talking about modern day architecture, like the 4-core hyperthreaded Core i7s that are considered the absolute best gaming CPUs. Or should we say, “were considered the best”? This midrange prebuilt gaming desktop from CYBERPOWER is powered by an AMD RYZEN 5 1400 CPU and this beast packs four physical cores, and eight threads.
It performs 5-10% worse than a Core i5 6400/ 6500 CPU on average when it comes to games, but absolutely demolishes the Core i5 lineup in productive applications such as rendering, photo and video editing, streaming, etc.
We highly recommend this gaming desktop to anyone who is interested in playing as well as streaming. You cannot stream demanding games in 1080p, but 720p at 60 fps should be no problem. If you are an aspiring 3D artist but need something affordable to start learning with, then we believe that this desktop would make a fine purchase.
Aside from its productive aspect, this CYBERPOWERPC desktop also excels at running AAA games such as Witcher 3, Assassins Creed, Prey, Dishonored 2, etc. at 1080p resolution and you will hit an average of 60 fps with medium graphics settings enabled. You can even crank the slider to “high “on certain graphical settings without dipping below 60.
There is plenty of storage in the form of a 1 TB HDD, and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM ensures a smooth gaming experience along with lag-free multitasking. You can upgrade the RAM and storage later if you wish, and there is even a Dual-Layer 24X DVDRW drive.
The GTX 1060 3GB graphics card supports all of the latest technologies such as Vulkan, VR, DX12, etc. If you have a 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theatre system, then the onboard 7.1-channel audio adapter will prove useful.
- RYZEN 5 1400 quad core, 8-thread processor
- GTX 1060 3GB graphics
- Free 7-color LED backlit gaming keyboard + mouse combo
- Black case with RED LED fans and transparent side panel
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit preloaded on the 1 TB, 7200 rpm HDD
- Stock CPU cooler
- No built-in WIFI adapter
We recommend that you look up online benchmarks for each of the low budget graphics cards featured in these systems, in order to get an idea of how they compare to each other. We recommend looking up benchmarks for the RX 550, 570, and 580 from AMD, as well as the GTX 1050ti and 1060 3GB from NVIDIA.
All of these graphics cards are perfect for esports games, as well as playing AAA titles at 1080p, 60 fps on medium graphics. The prebuilt gaming systems in this list were chosen on the basis of fps-per-dollar, as well as build quality and cooling/ noise performance.
Choose the one that suits you the most; some configurations will perform better on certain games, which is a deciding factor if you primarily wish to play 1 or 2 games (CS GO, LOL, DOTA 2, etc.). For gaming and productivity, we recommend the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA3000A. This is because of its quad-core, 8-thread Ryzen 5 1400 processor.