Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $1000

Desktop gaming PCs have grown into a massive 60+ billion dollar industry in the last few decades, but most gaming PC builds are custom built. It takes a lot of time to pick out the components, assemble the PC, and hope there’s no technical or compatibility issues. Though the process of building a PC is rewarding to many gamers, it’s definitely also a large undertaking and a big hassle.

This is where pre-builts come into the picture. They arrive right at your door, pre-built and pre-loaded with Windows. Just connect the PC to your monitor and get going!

Though pre-built PCs have a reputation of being overpriced and having cheap components, they’re not actually that bad of a deal if you look at the right places. A $1000 pre-built PC is roughly equivalent to a $800 custom built PC, and it comes with a copy of Windows 10 as well as a mouse and keyboard, albeit crappy ones.

Here are our top picks for the best prebuilt gaming PCs for under $1000 in 2019. You can also find our guide for the best prebuilt gaming PC’s under $800.

Heck, we even have a guide for a $300 gaming PC build on this site.

The Top $1000 Prebuilt Desktop Gaming PCs

PicturePC Specs 

HP Omen 870-213w
CPU Intel i7 7700
GPU Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB
RAM 16GB DDR4
HDD 1TB HDD
SSD 256GB M.2 SSD
VR Ready? Yes

Our Rating: 9.5/10
iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
GPU AMD RX 580 4GB
RAM 16GB DDR4
HDD 1TB HDD
SSD 120GB SSD
VR Ready? Yes

Our Rating: 8.5/10

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer
CPU Intel i5 8400
GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB
RAM 8GB DDR4
HDD 1TB HDD
SSD 128GB M.2 SSD
VR Ready? Yes

Our Rating: 7.5/10

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680
CPU Intel i5 8400
GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB
RAM 8GB DDR4
HDD 1TB HDD
SSD 128GB M.2 SSD
VR Ready? Yes

Our Rating: 7/.510
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR
CPU Intel i5 8400
GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB
RAM 8GB DDR4
HDD 1TB HDD
VR Ready? Yes

Our Rating: 7/10
Skytech ST-SHADOW-II-002
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1400
GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB
RAM 16GB DDR4
HDD 1TB HDD
VR Ready? Yes

Our Rating: 6.5/10

HP Omen 870-213w


CPU Intel i7 7700

GPU Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB

RAM 16GB DDR4

HDD 1TB HDD

SSD 256GB M.2 SSD

OS Windows 10

VR Ready? Yes

Pros

Hands down the most powerful PC on this list

Extremely powerful GTX 1070

16 GB of RAM

The largest SSD of any pre-buit here

Cons

7th gen i7 7700 is actually slighty weaker than the i5 8400

The most expensive PC on this list

The HP Omen 870-213w is indisputably the best pre-built gaming PC at the $1000 price range. It packs a GTX 1070, which is unheard of for a pre-built PC for $1000.

While pre-built PCs are known for being inferior to custom built PCs are the same price, the HP Omen goes toe to toe with even the best $1000 custom rig thanks to it’s GTX 1070, which is approx. ~40% faster than the GPUs found on any other prebuilt on this list.

In addition to having the best graphics card of any PC here, it also has the largest SSD, at 256 GB. Window usually takes up around 40 GB of storage on a 120 GB SSD, so you really only have around 60 GB of storage left before you SSD starts to slow down. You have easily 160 GB of free storage on a 256 GB SSD.

iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC


CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

GPU AMD RX 580 4GB

RAM 16 GB DDR4

HDD 1TB HDD

SSD 120GB SSD

OS Windows 10

VR Ready? Yes

Pros

Most powerful CPU of any PC on this list

Has an SSD

16 GB of RAM

Built like a custom rig

Cons

A little expensivee

The iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC is unique in that it has a Ryzen 7 1700X, a CPU that isn’t common on prebuilts. While it depends on what you measure it with, the Ryzen 7 1700X is probably the best CPU on any PC on this ranking. Though it slightly lags behind the i5 8400 and i7 7700 in single-threaded performance, it destroys the Intel chips in multi-core benchmarks due to its 8 cores and 16 threads.

The RX 580 graphics card is nothing special as it’s basically the same as a 3 GB GTX 1060 in terms of speed, but it’s a nice combo with a FreeSync monitor if you have one.

The 16 GB of RAM and 120 GB SSD on this PC are nice features, and help it take the number 2 place in our rankings.

HP Pavilion 790-0068


CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

GPU AMD RX 580 4GB

RAM AMD RX 580 4GB

HDD 1TB HDD

SSD 120GB SSD

OS Windows 10

VR Ready? Yes

Pros

Very well balanced

120 GB SSD

16 GB of memory

Cons

Just doesn’t stand out in any way

Here we have the embodiment of a well designed prebuilt gaming PC. The HP Pavilion 790-0068 has everything you could ask for in a gaming PC priced a bit under $1000.

It’s got the standard i5 8400 and GTX 1060 combo, but it’s also got 16 GB of memory and an SSD. It’s not flashy like a lot of other gaming PCs even from big blue chip corporations, but it will get the job done.

This PC is a solid buy for anyone looking for a reliable and speedy gaming PC for under $1000.

Dell Inspiron 5680


CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

GPU AMD RX 580 4GB

RAM AMD RX 580 4GB

HDD 1TB HDD

SSD 120GB SSD

OS Windows 10

VR Ready? Yes

Pros

Good looking case

Has all the correct components

120 GB SSD

16 GB of memory

Cons

Lacks some minor features compared to the previous HP

This PC is basically the same as the HP Pavilion 790-0068. It’s got the same CPU, GPU, RAM, storage — every internal component is the same.

Whether you buy the Pavilion or the Inspiron should be based on which on has the lower price and whether you care about the stuff like the CD drive, USB-C port, and SD card slot on the HP that this Dell PC doesn’t have.

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR


CPU Intel i5 8400

GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB

RAM 8GB DDR4

HDD 1TB HDD

SSD None

OS Windows 10

VR Ready? Yes

Pros

RGB!

At least it has a good CPU and GPU

Cons

Overpriced

Low RAM

No SSD

Unless you really really like RGB, you shouldn’t get this PC.

It doesn’t have an SSD, and it only has 8 gigs of RAM. Now that would be perfectly fine if this PC was priced at $750 — but it’s not. This PC is around $900, so it’s a really bad deal if you want good gaming performance.

Factors to consider when choosing a prebuilt gaming PC

The factors that go into making decisions for both a pre-built and custom gaming PC are mostly the same, as both pre-builts and custom builds are built with mostly the same components.

Processor

The processor, CPU, or central processing unit — whatever you call it — is the second most important component on your gaming PC.

The CPU is important for gaming performance and extremely important for non-gaming applications. If you want you PC to double as a workstation, we highly recommend you buy a pre-built that packs a beefy CPU.

Also, if the games you are heavily dependent on CPU, performance, focus on getting  PC with a powerful CPU.

Good CPUs on $1000 pre-builts include the Intel i5 8400, Intel i7 7700, Ryzen 7 1700X, Ryzen 5 2600, and the Ryzen 5 2600X.

Intel CPU generally have less cores but higher single-core performance, while AMD Ryzen CPUs have much better multi-core performance as they have many more cores.

Graphics Card

The graphics card is the most important component on a pre-built gaming PC. It will make or break a PC. If a gaming PC is amazing, but has a crappy graphics card, it’s a crappy gaming PC. On the other hand, if a PC has fairly crappy components, but it has an awesome graphics card, the PC can probably still game pretty well.

For a pre-built gaming PC at the ~$1000, you should be getting either an RX 580 4GB or GTX 1060 3GB. For the most part, pre-built PC’s never have 8GB RX 580s or 6GB GTX 1060s, which is a bit of shame. A PC with a weaker graphics card than the RX 580 or GTX 1060 should not be priced over $750.

If you do find a $1000 pre-built with something like a RX 590 or GTX 1070, it is an EXTREMELY good deal and will likely be as good as a $1000 custom build. You can also overclock or even underclock it if you wish.

Memory (RAM)

The amount of RAM a PC has is probably the third most important factor in choosing a pre-built gaming PC. Most PCs today should have 16 GB of DDR4 RAM if they are to be priced at over $800, but that’s unfortunately not the case.

Having 8 GB of RAM in 2018 is a massive liability for a PC, and subtracts an entire point from our rating of the PC.

RAM is especially important if you plan to use your PC for work as well as gaming as a 8 GB workstation is a joke.

Storage

There are two types of storage in computers: Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid State Drives (SSDs).

Hard drive storage is much cheaper than SSD storage, but they are very slow and have a much higher failure rate.

SSDs are the much more expensive option, but they are otherwise superior in ever other way: durability, speed (10x faster than HDDs), noise (silent), and longevity.

A prebuilt having an SSD, even if it is a small capacity 120 or 128 GB drive is a big plus as you computer will just run a lot faster.

Cases

Small prebuilt PC manufacturers like CYBERPOWERPC usually build their systems using cases that look like the ones used on custom gaming PCs. These cases usually have a large acrylic or glass side panel, revealing the internal components of the PC. They will also include LED or even RGB LED fans in the case.,

Tradition PC manufactures like HP and Dell house their pre-builts with boring plastic box cases that have no windows. It’s probably because they are using naked OEM components that are pretty ugly — though it doesn’t really affect performance.

Upgrades

Just because you buy a pre-built doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything with it.

You can upgrade a pre-built PC just as easily as any other desktop gaming computer.

Most pre-built PCs will have full sized ATX motherboards with extra PCI-e slots and extra RAM slots, as well as a lot of SATA ports for additional storage devices. (Check out how to find if all hardware is compatible here)

If you pre-built has only 8 GB of RAM or doesn’t have an SSD, it’s really easy to just buy another matching RAM stick or an SSD and add it to your PC.

Please also check out how SLI works in-case you want to upgrade that way as well.

Be sure to check out our full set of guides for PC builds, we have guides for 1500$, 1000$, 800$, 700$, 600$, 500$, 400$, 300$, 800$ Pre-built and 1000$ pre-built.

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