Top 10 Best Gaming PCs Under $1000 In 2018

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You can find some of the best pre-built gaming PCs for under $1000 today if you know what to look for in terms of performance power. Let’s find out what’s going on inside of 10 of the top PCs that are on the market today.

It’s not all about how cool a computer looks or that you spent a crazy amount on one. It all comes down to what’s going on inside of the PC, the power per dollar spent is what counts most.

Understanding the hardware and choosing a PC that fits your ideal level of performance – that should be your goal when looking for a good gaming PC!

With that, let’s get to the top 10.

 

Top 10 Best Gaming PCs Under $1000

 

Necessary Hardware For Gaming PCs Under $1000


If you’re going to be spending a high amount of money on a pre-built desktop then you had better be getting hardware inside that reflect that. You don’t want to spend almost $1000 and not be able to enjoy high settings at 1080p. That doesn’t make any sense.

As far as what you should expect out of PCs at this price range you should be looking for 8GB DDR4 RAM minimum, at least a GTX 1050 Ti if everything else is high end, a newer generation processor, at least 1TB of hard drive storage and possibly even a solid state drive.

Almost every pre-built desktop on the market will come with the essential peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse. Sometimes you’ll even get a wireless network adapter included.

You should also make sure that there is a nice warranty of some kind included with the purchase. Even with today’s hardware being overpriced you can still put together a build with better parts at a very similar price point so you should make every dollar count.

After understanding what you should have inside your rig at this price range, let’s take a look at ten PCs that give you a high level of gaming power!

These are listed from cheapest to most expensive on average. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall gaming performance. Average gaming performance expectations will be explained with each PC.

 

1: HP Pavilion 580


 

hp pavilion 580

 

This first pick is going to be the lowest in terms of cost. It’ll be around $700-$800, I couldn’t resist adding it into the list since this is almost the best PC that makes sense for how much power you get for the money. It’s the “best bang for your buck” option.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 1TB HDD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi & Bluetooth
  • DVD Drive
  • Media Card Reader
  • Keyboard/Mouse Included

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $750

 

Hewlett Packard has made quality PCs for a long time now and the Pavilion series desktops are great for gaming. An i5-7400 paired with a 3GB GTX 1060 gives you a high level of quality for 1080p resolution. You’ll be able to play most games at a tweaked medium to high graphics setting.

8GB of RAM is the standard today. If you’re trying to play anything that has been released in the past year or so you’ll need at least 8GB which is what you get here as well.

1TB of hard drive space should be plenty for a while, it depends on how many games you plan to store. Windows will be installed on this hard drive.

Built-in Bluetooth and Wifi is a very nice bonus, you’re not going to see too many pre-built rigs with built-in Bluetooth compatibilities. A basic keyboard/mouse combo will come with as well which will be fine at the start, though you’ll probably want to upgrade to better peripherals down the road.

View The HP Pavilion 580

 

 

2: CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5


 

 

For our second pick we went with a PC from CyberPowerPC. Their Gamer Xtreme series desktops have been one of the most popular series when it comes to pre-built desktops and this one is yet another that doesn’t disappoint.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz
  • Graphics Card – AMD RX 580 4GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 1TB HDD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • Gaming Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $800

 

We’re going up a generation in processing power by going with this one. An i5-8400 is part of the newest generation of processors from Intel and has overall a bit better performance compared to an i5-7400.

The RX 580 4GB card from AMD is the perfect card for 1080p gaming. Although NVIDIA is the more popular choice when it comes to video cards, AMD has proven to also provide great experiences for HD gaming.

Games like GTAV, Assassin’s Creed Origins or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aren’t going to have any issues running at a tweaked high setting with a combination like this.

Standard 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive sets you up for what you need to get the job done. There is plenty of room for adding in more RAM or storage space down the road.

Wifi is built-in and you’ll get a keyboard and mouse combo that is more suitable for precision gaming. At around the $800 price point, you can’t go wrong here!

View The CyberPowerPC GXIVR8020A5

 

3: Skytech Archangel II


skytech archangel ii

Skytech makes amazing gaming PCs. The way they’ve been able to differentiate themselves from most other brands is the quality behind their design decisions and competitive pricing. Although you’ll be sacrificing a little bit of gaming performance but also future proofing certain aspects with this PC.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4
  • Storage – 1TB HDD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $850

Full Review

 

AMD’s Ryzen series processors were more designed for productivity purposes such as video editing and general rendering but they are also well suited for today’s standards for gaming. A Ryzen 5 1400 is right up there with an Intel i5 of today. Sure, gaming performance is a little bit lower but it blows processor heavy task performance out of the water.

A GTX 1050 Ti is still a decent card that is able to handle 1080p. You’ll have to mess around with graphics settings in most titles, especially the higher demanding ones, to get those smooth frame rates.

You should expect to have to run at a tweaked medium setting for high FPS but if FPS isn’t too important then you’ll be able to get away with a few settings on the high preset. It takes time to get to your ideal graphics settings but it’s worth doing!

By sacrificing a bit of gaming performance though you end up with being able to have 16GB of RAM. 16GB sets you up for the long haul when it comes to PC memory and it’s ideal to have for those that want to get into content creation.

1TB of hard drive space again here along with a basic keyboard/mouse combo. It’s also Wifi ready which is great. This is not a bad pick if you plan on doing graphical work and video rendering with your PC.

View The Skytech Archangel II

 

4: iBUYPOWER N27B 027i


 

 

iBUYPOWER is another extremely popular brand when it comes to pre-built desktops. You’re able to customize a lot of options by going to their official website but you’ll typically get a better deal buying a desktop from them on a marketplace like Amazon.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz
  • Graphics Card – AMD RX 580 4GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 3TB HDD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • Gaming Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • RGB Case Lighting
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $850-$900

 

This is a combination of a couple of previous rigs that have already been mentioned with a bit of a boost in certain aspects. This uses an i5-8400 paired with a 4GB RX 580 for the video card.

These are the perfect specs for 1080p gaming. You’ll be able to max out most games while tweaked some settings for the higher demanding titles such as Ark or Far Cry 5.

This desktop was released onto Amazon’s marketplace on April 1, 2018. It’s one of the newest desktops to date and hopefully the price range stays consistent because it’s a very good deal for what you get.

There is 8GB of RAM and there’s also a 3TB hard drive. 3TB is going to be more than enough space for basically anything and everything you plan to store on the PC. It’s going to take a long time to fill up 3TB.

Built-in Wifi, a gaming mouse/keyboard combo and RGB lighting on the case… this one is packed with features! As I said earlier, hopefully the price point stays around the $850-$900 range because that is a pretty good deal on a pre-built like this!

View The iBUYPOWER N27B 027i

 

5: iBUYPOWER AM803Va2


 

 

Another desktop from iBUYPOWER, the AM803Va2 model is going to be for those that really desired to have a nice Ryzen processor. That along with a NVIDIA GTX 1060… it’s a unique one to go with.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 2TB HDD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • DVD Drive
  • Gaming Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $900

 

The AM803Va2 model came out in April 2017 and hasn’t been a popular pick as of recently but I believe that’s mainly due to it not having a whole lot of visibility. I had to dive deep to find this gem!

A Ryzen 5 1500X with a 3GB GTX 1060… It’s the next step up when it comes to having a Ryzen processor. One can only assume that since it’s using the 1500X it also has a motherboard that’s compatible with overclocking but I was not able to find anything to confirm if it’s able to overclock.

8GB of RAM and plenty of storage space with a traditional 2TB hard drive, it has everything you’d need on specs for high end gaming. 1080p is the ideal resolution for this PC.

Wifi compatible right away, a CD drive and an iBUYPOWER gaming keyboard/mouse to go with makes this something worth putting on your radar.

View The iBUYPOWER AM803Va

 

 

6: CyberPowerPC Gamer Master GMA430


 

 

Design is where this PC from CyberPowerPC comes into play. This also has the type of specs that you’d expect from a higher priced desktop. Highly recommended if this is the type of design that best suits you. The Gamer Master series has good taste on looks as well as performance!

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz
  • Graphics Card – AMD RX 580 4GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 3TB HDD

 

Features:

  • RGB Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • CPU Overclock Compatible

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $940

 

This is an interesting rig that further combines parts and performance but you lose a couple of features as well. As for design, this is a sleek look and with the yellow trim, it’d easily impress.

An AMD Ryzen 5 1500X with a RX 580 4GB card… you’ll be set and stone for 1080p. Since this is confirmed to be using a B350 motherboard you’ll also be able to overclock the 1500X a bit if you deemed it necessary. Even at stock speeds, you’ll be maxing out most of today’s titles.

Overclocking simply helps with overall performance and with as much ventilation that this has, you won’t have to worry about overheating or anything like that.

There is 8GB total RAM and a 3TB hard drive which is a ton of storage. I’m actually surprised at how these recent picks also have more than 1TB of storage space, I expected there to be less than this.

Although there is no built-in Wifi, you get a RGB gaming mouse/keyboard combo and it’s always fun to mess around with different lighting settings. Gotta love it when RGB comes with!

View The CyberPowerPC GMA430

 

7: ASUS GR8 II-T069Z


 

ASUS GR8 II-T069Z

 

ASUS created the GR8 II-T069Z model to be somewhat of a “console” type of gaming PC. It looks stunning and has specs that are more than double of what today’s consoles would provide.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • RGB Case Lighting
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $950

 

Spec wise, it is going down a generation with the Intel Core i5-7400 but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to stand the test of time for HD quality gaming. A 3GB GTX 1060 is combined with it and all of the other specs is what makes this worth getting.

The main difference between this PC and what has been shown before this is that this comes with a 512GB M.2 solid state drive. With Windows being installed to this drive along with your games, everything is going to boot and load much faster compared to a normal hard drive.

Add that with 16GB of RAM, built-in Wifi and RGB lighting with the case and you’ve got yourself a winner. Keep in mind that this one will not come with a keyboard or a mouse and you’ll be able to add in another drive into the PC, though I’m unsure if opening up the case will void your warranty or not.

Sure, there are some features missing here but sacrificing that for a M.2 solid state drive? That’s definitely going to be worth it to some.

View The Asus GR8 II-T069Z

 

8: iBUYPOWER ELEMENT 021A


 

 

A third iBUYPOWER desktop to be featured in our top 10 picks but for good reason, the ELEMENT 021A model provides amazing specs per dollar spent with newer tech and an extra drive to spice things up.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 1TB HDD & 120GB SSD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • Gaming Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • RGB Case Lighting
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $950

 

It’s hard to say whether this one comes with a GTX 1060 or a GTX 1050 Ti… Reason being that in their product page title it states using a 3GB GTX 1060 but then in the description they’re stating that it uses a GTX 1050 Ti.

It’s 100% worth getting if they’re really using a GTX 1060 here but it’s still mildly worth getting if it indeed uses the GTX 1050 Ti. Most of the value with this desktop is with the newest Ryzen processor along with having a 120GB SSD combined with a 1TB hard drive.

Windows will be installed on the SSD which leaves you plenty of room for your games on the HDD and your most used programs to be installed onto the SSD for the most optimal load times.

8GB of RAM, built-in Wifi, RGB case lighting and a nice gaming keyboard/mouse combo packed in is why this one had to be included into the top 10. Again, hopefully this is actually using the GTX 1060 because that would make it a no-brainer. Be sure to contact support before purchasing to be sure!

View The iBUYPOWER ELEMENT 021A

 

9: CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8060A5


 

 

Earlier we had the CyberPowerPC GXIVR8020A5 model listed but this GXIVR8060A5 model is a huge step up and for the asking price, it was definitely worth including here. There is a SSD included with all of the best specs to boot.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz
  • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 1TB HDD & 120GB SSD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi
  • Gaming Keyboard/Mouse Included
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $950

 

If you’re needing to have an Intel processor, a NVIDIA graphics card and a solid state drive with your PC then this is going to be the one you’ll want to go for.

An Intel i5-8400 with a 3GB GTX 1060 is a combo that has been seen in other PCs listed here but none have been able to include a solid state drive until now.

120GB of SSD space gives you the ultra fast load and boot times while also providing enough space for the rest of your programs and games on the 1TB HDD.

Pack all of that with the included gaming keyboard/mouse, built-in Wifi and the awesome style and this is what you get! CyberPowerPC has always known how to deliver on getting what you’re paying for.

View The CyberPowerPC GXIVR8020A5

 

10: Dell Inspiron i5675


 

 

The last pick for our top 10 comes from Dell. The Dell Inspiron i5675 comes packed with great specs combined with good features which is why it has been saved for last. It’s easily the best desktop you can get for right at $1000.

 

Hardware Specifications:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 3.8GHz
  • Graphics Card – AMD RX 580 8GB
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4
  • Storage – 1TB HDD

 

Features:

  • Built-in Wifi & Bluetooth
  • DVD Drive
  • Media Card Reader
  • Keyboard/Mouse Included

 

Able to be upgraded? Yes

Recommended Price: Around $1000

 

This coming with a Ryzen 7 1700X is enough reason to consider this if you plan on spending right at the $1000 mark. I doubt you’ll be able to find it for much less than $1000 but it’s worth every penny considering that pre-built PCs don’t usually come with a processor as powerful as this.

This processor is ready for high end gaming even with VR in mind. Add this power to an 8GB RX 580 and you’ve got yourself a powerhouse of a gaming rig.

Standard other specs with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a single 1TB HDD but with performance specifically in mind, it makes sense that it doesn’t have 16GB or a SSD to go with. Otherwise it’d cost much more than $1000.

Built-in Bluetooth & Wifi is a great bonus feature as well as having a media card reader and DVD drive. A basic keyboard and mouse will come with so if you’re doing a bunch of gaming you’ll want to upgrade the peripherals for sure.

You won’t find desktops with specs like this for less than the $1000 mark which is why this one had to be featured here. If you’re wanting maximum performance, this is it.

View The Dell Inspiron i5675

 

 

Don’t Waste Your Money


There are some lists that are published today that share rigs that cost around $800 that still use something like a GTX 1050 or even a GT 1030…

You should expect that type of hardware if you’re buying a $400-$500 desktop that still doesn’t optimize itself for power per dollar spent.

Most of the lists that I’ve come across either aren’t updated for today’s crazy market or they are sharing desktops with hardware that isn’t going to even have you game at high setting at 1080p with today’s AAA games.

Long story short, if you’re spending upwards of $1000 then you deserve to have a gaming PC that makes sense for that amount and I wanted to make sure that you don’t waste your money.

 

Which Rig Suits You Best?


Every PC listed here has its unique features and specs. Follow through with the type of PC you’re looking for.

You’ve reached the end of our top 10 best gaming PCs for under $1000 list. By following one of these rigs you can be certain that you’re getting your money’s worth!

If none of these suits you then be sure to look into building your own PC that way you can get whatever parts you want. We share a bunch of different builds here at different price points and I’ll personally help you get something going!

Which PC is the most ideal for you?

Are you going to be getting one of these PCs?

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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6 Responses to Top 10 Best Gaming PCs Under $1000 In 2018

  1. Win Bill Huang says:

    I am so outdated when it comes to the latest gaming computers. It is refreshing to see that there are still great options for pre-built PCs.

    These recommendations look like great performers. The dell looks pretty cool. I am going to look into them, it seems to be one of the better choices for having hardware inside that won’t go bad for a long time

    • Colton P says:

      Yeah man, there are a ton of pre-built PCs on the market now! The Dell desktop might be the most expensive one here but it’ll for sure be able to be around for the long haul. Though the other PCs are great, high quality brands as well!

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Colton.

    I really enjoyed browsing through the list you’ve compiled here! Great recommondation. Just read your bio as well and I can only agree: Enjoying games on PC is just the best experience, at least in terms of tech (I still love my Switch though because of the exclusive games and the mobility it offers).

    What is your take on building your own, customized system? I configured and built my current gaming PC by myself and I’m pretty happy with it. Do you think the boxed, preconfigured PCs are cheaper?

    And finally: Are the PCs you suggested here ready for VR? Or what would your suggestion be if you want to hook up the Oculus Rift for example?

    Cheers,
    chris

    • Colton P says:

      Building PCs made a lot more sense about a year ago before all of the hardware got extremely overpriced due to the increase in crypto currency mining. Video cards are used at scale for that and the price of manufacturing RAM has also increased significantly which in turn makes RAM expensive today. That’s why a pre-built PC makes sense right now, though a build of your own allowed you to have the exact PC you want. There are plenty of guides here, I’d suggest checking out the $900 build that’s here on the site!

      There are a couple of PCs listed here that wouldn’t be suitable for VR such as the HP Pavilion and the Skytech Archangel II. But all of the others listed here would be able to handle an entry-level of VR. That Dell PC is the most suitable and future-proof when it comes to using the Rift or the Vive today.

      Glad that you enjoyed the list! 🙂

  3. Paula Rogers says:

    If I had to choose one, with your descriptions, I believe I’d get the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5 as well. Based on what I already knew about it & your specifications and write up about it. I also checked it out on the Amazon site because you peeked my curiosity with your statistics I wanted to actually look it up & read all about it.
    Thank you for all the insight on the differences in these computer systems. It was very helpful!

    • Colton P says:

      It’s a great PC right now if you don’t want to spend more than ~$800. Perfect for a nice 1080p monitor. It’s a shame that it doesn’t have a solid state drive included but for the specs and the price, it still makes sense to get!

      I’m glad that you found the post to be helpful! 🙂

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