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Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $1,000

Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $1,000If you’re in the market for a new gaming PC and you don’t have a huge budget, in this guide, we’ve covered a handful of the best prebuilt gaming PCs under $1,000 to help you find an affordable and powerful system.

We are a big proponent of building your own gaming PC. On a dollar-for-dollar basis, building your own PC will give you more performance for your money and it is a rewarding experience as well. (Check out our guide on budget-friendly gaming PC builds.)

However, not everyone wants to build their own system. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent prebuilt gaming desktops that can be had for under $1,000. And, in this post, we’ve put together a list of five excellent prebuilt desktops that are not only affordable, but that will give you high-end performance as well. So, if you’re looking for a new moderately-priced gaming PC and you don’t want to build it yourself, check out our recommendations below.

A Look at the Best Prebuilt Gaming Desktops Under $1,000

NAME SPECS RATING
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CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme

CYBERPOWER Gamer Xtreme

  • i5-11400f
  • 8GB RAM
  • RTX 2060
  • 500GB SSD
8.9/10

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AMD
iBUYPOWER Pro

iBUYPOWER Pro

  • R5 5600G
  • 16GB RAM
  • RX 6600 XT
  • 480GB SSD
8.9/10

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STORAGE
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master

CYBERPOWER Gamer Master

  • R3 3100
  • 8GB RAM
  • RX 550
  • 2TB HDD
8.4/10

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VALUE
HP Pavilion Power

HP Pavilion

  • R5 5600G
  • 8GB RAM
  • RX 5500
  • 256GB SSD
8.7/10

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OVER $1K
Skytech Archangel Gaming Computer PC Desktop

Skytech Archangel

  • Ryzen 5 3600
  • 16GB RAM
  • RTX 3060
  • 1TB SSD
9.0/10

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*For more information on the prebuilt desktops above, click the “Read Review »” link to go to our overview of that PC.

1. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme

Best prebuilt gaming desktop under $1,000

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme
  • Intel Core i5-11400f
  • NVIDIA RTX 2060
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB SSD

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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There are a lot of good gaming desktops for under $1,000, but we think the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme is the one of the best options right now. It doesn’t have a ton of storage or memory, but it has a solid CPU/GPU combo and it probably offers the best price-to-performance ratio out of all of the options on this list.

Along with the Intel Core i5-11400f and the RTX 2060 Super, this build comes with 8GB of DDR4 memory, a 500GB SSD, a tempered glass PC case, and a couple of RGB fans as well.

Overall, the combination of the i5-11400f and the RTX 2060 is going to deliver more performance than any other prebuilt desktop currently under $1,000. And, for that reason, we’ve chosen it as our top pick. (For a comparison of the type of hardware you can get if you build your own system, check out our $1,000 gaming PC build guide.)

2. iBUYPOWER Pro

An affordable AMD prebuilt gaming PC

iBUYPOWER Pro
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • AMD RX 6600 XT
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 480 GB SSD

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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If you’d prefer an all AMD gaming PC, you might want to check out iBUYPOWER’s Pro gaming desktop. This one does come in at a little over $1,000, though.

However, if you’re willing to spend a little more, you will get an excellent AMD-based hardware configuration. This iBUYPOWER desktop comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor, an RX 6600 XT graphics card, a 480GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM.

In comparison to some of the other options on this list, it has a slightly worse processor than the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme listed above, a comparable GPU, and double the memory—but, it costs ~$100 more. The more expensive Skytech Archangel listed below has the same CPU, a better GPU, the same amount of RAM, and more storage.

So, in the end, if you’re willing to pay a little more to get a system that has 16GB of RAM (as opposed to the 8GB of RAM in the Gamer Xtreme) and/or you want an all-AMD system, then the iBUYPOWER Pro is a worthy option.

3. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master

A solid option with extra storage

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3100
  • AMD RX 550
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 240GB SSD / 2TB HDD

Our Rating: 8.4/10

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One slightly more affordable option that comes with more storage (but won’t provide as much in-game performance as the options listed above) is the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master.

The CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master comes with a weaker Ryzen 3 3100 processor, a much weaker RX 550 graphics card, and 8GB of DDR4 memory. For storage, this CYBERPOWERPC desktop comes with both a 240GB SSD and a 2TB hard drive.

So, you get more storage, but a much lower-end CPU/GPU combination. If you’re only planning on playing non-demanding games like Rocket League or League of Legends, this system will work just fine. However, if you want to play more demanding titles, this machine is going to struggle to provide good performance.

However, the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master is one of the cheapest option on this list, coming in at just under $900. So, if you want to save some money and you aren’t planning on playing more demanding games, this system might be what you’re looking for. Although, the HP Pavilion listed below is even cheaper right now and it has a better hardware configuration aside from having less storage capacity.

4. HP Pavilion

Solid 1080P gaming performance for less

HP Pavilion Power
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • AMD RX 5500
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Our Rating: 8.7/10

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If your goal is to spend as little as possible but still get a prebuilt desktop that can easily max out anything you throw at it on a 1080P monitor, then this HP Pavilion might be the best option for you.

This HP Pavilion comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor, an AMD RX 5500 graphics card, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a micro-ATX case.

The best part about the HP Pavilion is the fact that it comes in at about ~$750, making it quite a bit cheaper than the two options listed at the top of this list. And, while it won’t offer quite the same in-game performance as those two options, the combination of the Ryzen 5 5600G and the RX 5500 will be powerful enough to run anything on a 1080P monitor on higher settings.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a solid prebuilt gaming desktop under $1,000 that will give you ideal performance on a 1080P monitor, and you’d like to save as much money as possible, then the HP Envy would be worth checking out.

5. Skytech Archangel

Extra performance for a little more money

Skytech Archangel Gaming Computer PC Desktop
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • NVIDIA RTX 3060
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB SSD

Our Rating: 9.0/10

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If you’re like me, then setting a budget of $1,000 doesn’t really mean you’ll only spend $1,000 or less. Sometimes it means that you can be enticed to spend a little more if the bump in price seems worth it. And, while the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme is an excellent option for ~$1,000, this Skytech Archangel prebuilt desktop might just have the hardware combination that will get you to spend a little more.

The Skytech Archangle comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, an NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. So, when compared to the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme, you get more memory, a better GPU, and a fancier looking case.

The GPU/CPU combination will be good enough to allow you to get excellent performance on a 1440P 144Hz monitor and it will even allow you to max out most games on a 4K monitor with a playable framerate as well.

So, if you’re willing to spend some extra money to get the best GPU possible, then the Skytech Archangel would be another option worth considering.

Which sub-$1,000 prebuilt gaming PC is best?

With a budget of ~$1,000, you have quite a few solid prebuilt desktop options to choose from. All of the gaming PCs listed above will easily max out any game you run on them on a 1080P monitor. And, in fact, they are also all powerful enough to where they should be paired with a higher refresh rate monitor.

So, the desktop that is best for you will really all come down to how much you want to spend and what games you’re playing (if you’re playing non-demanding games like League of Legends or Rocket League, you can get away with spending less). And, regardless of how much you have to spend and the types of games you’re playing, one of the options listed above should meet your needs.

Hey, I’m Brent. I’ve been building computers and writing about building computers for a long time. I’m an avid gamer and tech enthusiast, too. On YouTube, I build PCs, review laptops, components, and peripherals, and hold giveaways.

5 thoughts on “Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $1,000”

  1. Hi, I don’t know a lot about computers, but need to get a new one since the one I’ve had is over 10 years old and is really slow and dying.
    I’m looking for something under $1,000. Some of those like the first one are over $1,000 ($1,800) and not sure if they fit what I need. But thought I’d see if you might help.

    I don’t do a lot of gaming, but plan to get The Sims 5 when it comes out. Otherwise, I like to have lots of tabs open (Firefox/Chrome), and watch Netflix/Youtube & other video stuff on mine.
    Hoping it will load videos/pages fast. And I want a CD disc drive (can’t tell if those have them). And have never done any “upgrades” so want a good computer that will last a while how it comes.

    Thanks for any help/suggestions on a good PC for me!

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  2. Is the Dell G5 Gaming Desktop 10th Generation Intel Core i5 – 10400F Processor a good Gaming PC ? Do you have a review of it ?

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  3. Hey, please answer me as soon as possible. I’m trying to build my first PC ever. I want your recommendation for a budget PC and plays everything. And I am from the middle east.

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  4. Looking to buy or build a multipurpose desktop for the family use – including high school homeschooling applications/projects and assignments, graphic design/graphic novel art production, architectural design, etc.
    The box appearance is not important and gaming is not currently an issue but memory capacities, speed, compatibility, longevity, ports, expandability and fan noise are.
    Trying to balance those concerns and use objectives with our meager budget of $1,000 +/-
    Any advice or recommendation will be helpful and appreciated. Thanks Brent.

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