The best cheap gaming PC is all about finding the PC deal that suits your wallet and gaming needs. Whether you're after an entry-level rig that can deal with a 1080p load or a high-spec machine capable of 4K gaming and beyond, you want to get as much tech for your cash as possible.
And that's where we come in, trawling through the systems on offer this week to give you the best idea of where you should spend your money. It's not easy because PC gaming has become a costly hobby in recent years. Unless you know where to look...
We're splitting our rigs into three categories: Entry-level, Sweet spot, and Luxury. In the middle, the $1,000 – $2,000 mark is where you'll find the broadest range of possible systems and arguably is where today's best gaming PC deals are likely to exist. But at both ends of the price spectrum, knowing you're getting the best gaming hardware for your money is important.
We use all our combined decades of technological PC gaming expertise to determine whether something is a good deal, and you can rest assured that we'll only recommend the best gaming PC deals right here. If something's super cheap doesn't automatically make it worth the money, and likewise, just because a system is $2,500 doesn't mean it can't be a great value.
Where are the best gaming PC deals?
- Amazon - Save hundreds of dollars on selected prebuilt PCs (opens in new tab)
- iBuypower - Fast shipping machines with up to $400 off (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy - RTX 3080 gaming desktops for under $3K (opens in new tab)
- Lenovo - Lenovo Legion gaming machines with up to $300 savings (opens in new tab)
- Newegg - Stellar savings on RTX 30-series gaming PCs (opens in new tab)
- Dell - Up to $750 saved on Alienware Aurora gaming PCs (opens in new tab)
- HP - Save over $500 on all-in-one PCs (opens in new tab)
- Corsair - Some ridiculous savings on compact gaming PCs (opens in new tab)
- NZXT - streaming-focussed gaming PCs with $100 off (opens in new tab)
Nvidia GeForce-powered gaming PCs
- Yeyian Katana X10 | RTX 3060 Ti |
$1,399$949 (opens in new tab)
- Skytech Chronos Gaming PC | RTX 4070 Ti |
$1,999.99$1,799.99 (opens in new tab)
- ABS Eurus Aqua | RTX 4080 |
$2,579.99 $2,299.99 (opens in new tab)
AMD Radeon-powered gaming PCs
- Forge Gladiator | RX 6600 | $799 (opens in new tab)
- CyberpowerPC Gamer Master | RX 7900 XT | $2,089.99 (opens in new tab)
In the UK
- Scan - Gaming PCs with great discounts at every price range (opens in new tab)
- Overclockers UK - Prebuilts and bundles with up to £400 off (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpower PC - £200 off last-gen prebuilt gaming PCs (opens in new tab)
- Ebuyer - Up to £150 off RTX 3060 Ti gaming PCs (opens in new tab)
- Box - Save £400 on last-gen prebuilts (opens in new tab)
- CCL - genuine gaming PCs for less than £1,000 (opens in new tab)
Ipason gaming desktop | AMD Ryzen 5 5600G | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 500GB NVMe SSD |
$849.99 $499 at Newegg (save $350. (opens in new tab)99) plus a $25 gift card (opens in new tab)
You can game on this machine to a certain extent—the integrated Vega GPU on the Ryzen chip will certainly support 720p gaming at lower settings. But we're listing it here as a good base from which to add your own graphics card (opens in new tab) for a quick, powerful new gaming PC. The AMD CPU is a good six-core, 12-thread job, and the 16GB RAM will run everything you need. The 500GB SSD could be bigger, but that's an easy, cheap upgrade.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 | Ryzen 5 5600G | Radeon RX 6500XT | 16GB RAM | 512GB NVMe |
$989.99 $639.99 at Best Buy (save $350) (opens in new tab)
You're getting yourself a lot of PC for less than $700. This Legion Tower should give some solid 1080p gameplay performance on most of your games. It's also a better deal than that of some last-gen AMD RX 5500-powered systems at this price we've been seeing.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Gaming 5i | Intel Core i5 12400| RTX 3050 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$949.99 $759.99 at Amazon (save $190) (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a budget system for around $700, you could do worse than this IdeaCentre desktop. It's not super powerful, but with the RTX 3050 inside and Nvidia's DLSS tech, you could eke out some decent framerates at 1080p on medium settings.
Forge Gladiator | Core i3 10105F | AMD RX 6600 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $799 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The CPU is certainly where the bulk of money is being saved here, but pair that Core i310105F with the RX 6600 and you'll still have a fairly decent gaming PC. With a terabyte of storage, you can fit thousands of smaller/older games on here, and it will have a good punt at modern games too on mid–low graphics settings.
Skytech Shadow 3.0 | Core i5 10400F | AMD RX 6600 | 16GB RAM | 500GB SSD | $933 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're going to go old-gen for any component, I'd argue the CPU is the best place to do that if you're able to pair it with a more modern graphics card. The RX 6600 is a decent match for the old 12-thread 10400F CPU. It's not quite as speedy a GPU as the RTX 3060, but it'll suffice, considering the money you're saving.
Yeyian Katana X10 | Core i5 11400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 500GB SSD |
$1,399 $949 at Newegg (save $450) (opens in new tab)
This is a good deal for a mid-tier gaming PC, especially when many rigs around this price are delivering you an RTX 3060. The Core i5 is still a really solid CPU today, and RTX 3060 Ti is probably the best mainstream GPU of Nvidia's last generation of cards. You also get a full 16GB RAM and a 500GB NVMe SSD... which you'll probably want to give a little more storage down the line.
Skytech Shiva II | Core i5 12400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 12GB | 16GB RAM | 500GB PCIe SSD | $999.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 12-thread Intel Core i5 is still one of the best gaming CPUs around, and with the back up of a 500GB NVMe SSD and 16GB RAM the Skytech rig is a decent rig when specced out with the RTX 3060 card. The $1,000 price tag is probably the limit of what you'd want to pay for this config, though, and Nvidia is the more expensive of the three GPU makers at this sort of performance level.
Alienware Aurora R14 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$1,759.99 $999.99 at Dell (save $760) (opens in new tab)
The fact that this was near enough $1,800 at full-price is baffling, because this feels like a $1,000 gaming PC all day long. But, as an all-AMD mid-range machine, this Aurora R14 is a real solid build now. The RX 6600 XT is a superior GPU to the RTX 3060, which you will commonly find at this price, and the Ryzen 5600X is a great six-core CPU. Though maybe that 512GB SSD is the only thing you'll need to upgrade anytime soon.
HP Envy Desktop| Core i9 12900 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD |
$1,699.00 $1,229.99 at Amazon (save $470) (opens in new tab)
A super-low price for an RTX 3070-powered gaming which has been a bit of a rarity these days considering this is technically a last-gen GPU. In any case. you're paying entry-level pricing for mid-tier ensuring you play all your faves at 1080p on high settings.
ABS Stratos Aqua | Intel Core i5 13400F | Nvidia RTX 4070 | 16GB DDR5-5600 | 1TB PCIe SSD | $1,499.99 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Considering we're still seeing $1,500 machines packing RTX 3080 and 12th Gen Intel CPU combos, this 13th Gen machine is a steal right now. With access to DLSS 3.0 and Frame Generation, that 40-series card will have today's ray-traced games running at 4K. Paired with a 1TB wad o NVMe storage and 16GB of dual-channel DDR5 RAM, there's not much to complain about. Plus, you can always add more later.
Alienware Aurora R14 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | Nvidia RTX 3080 10GB | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 1TB SSD |
$2,449.99 $1,499.99 at Dell (save $950) (opens in new tab)
Oh look, an RTX 3080 gaming PC priced at pretty much what you'd expect some two and a bit years after launch. Considering you'd be lucky to find an RTX 3070 at this price, we'll happily forgive the traditional Alienware issues of non-standard motherboards and PSUs making future updates a problem. This spec will continue to be a good gaming PC for a while to come.
Skytech Chronos Gaming PC | Intel Core i7 12700F | Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM |
$1,999.99 $1,799.99 at Newegg (save $200) (opens in new tab)
Here's a deal on an actual RTX 40-series-powered PC. And they said it couldn't be done. This PC comes with Nvidia's RTX 4070 Ti, which is a mighty 4K beast powered by the Ada Lovelace architecture. It's ultimately a pricey card, deal or no deal, and that's reflected in the price tag before you today, but for the performance, we can just about make peace with $1,800.
Skytech Gaming Siege 4 | AMD Ryzen 7 5700X | Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 1TB PCIe SSD | $1,899.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
While the RAM is a little lacking, this isn't a terrible core spec for the price. The CPU is a little old, but still a capable one, especially when there's Nvidia's smashing RTX 4070 Ti backing it up. A terabyte of storage won't go amiss, either.
Skytech Siege Gaming PC | AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM |
$3,299.99 $1,799.99 at Newegg (save $200) (opens in new tab)
That's right; we tracked down another RTX 40-series-powered PC on sale. This Skytech Siege has a Ryzen 7 5800X CPU with an RTX 4070 Ti GPU backing it up. You're giving yourself some really good performance for less than two grand. And you could dip your toes into some 4K gaming.
MSI Gaming PC | Intel Core i7 12700KF | Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti |2TB SSD | 16GB RAM |
$1,999 $1,899 at Newegg (save $100) (opens in new tab)
This is practically the same spec as the Skytech RTX 4070 Ti gaming machine, but has a 2TB SSD for that extra $100 MSI is asking. We'd go with the cheaper rig first, but if that goes out of stock, this is a great next-gen system that will deliver outstanding gaming performance.
Lenovo Legion Tower 7i | Intel i7 13700KF | RTX 4070 Ti 12GB | 16GB DDR5 RAM | 1TB SSD |
$2,429.99 $2,059.99 at Lenovo (save $364) (opens in new tab)
This Legion Tower is a powerful configuration for just a little over $2,000. The RTX 4070 Ti is a solid GPU that's perfect for 1440p gaming. I would love to have seen an NVMe SSD, but that's always an upgrade you can do further down the road.
CyberpowerPC Gamer Master | AMD Ryzen 7 7700X | RX 7900 XT | 16GB DDR5 RAM | 1TB PCIe SSD | $2,089.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Not technically a deal, and not necessarily as great a pricing as you could get a PC with Nvidia's competing RTX 4070 Ti for. But as an all-AMD gaming PC, it's worth a look, particularly with that nice, large PCIe drive and DDR5 RAM.
Skytech Chronos | Intel Core i7 12700F | AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX | 1TB NVMe SSD | 16GB RAM |
$2,299.99 $2,099.99 at Newegg (save $200) (opens in new tab)
While you're going last-gen on the Intel CPU here, that's a rather beastly AMD GPU. It may not be a consistent RTX 4080 competitor, but it'll get the job done at 4K. Pair that with a nice chunk of storage, and you've got yourself a pretty decent gaming PC for the price.
ABS Eurus Aqua | Intel Core i7 13700F | Nvidia RTX 4080 | 16GB DDR5-5600 | 2TB PCIe SSD |
$2,579.99 $2,299.99 at Newegg (save $260) (opens in new tab)
This is hands-down the best deal we've found for an RTX 4080 gaming PC. There's no compromise here, no last-gen CPU to cut the build price, no half-measures storage option, and no, this is a whole lot of PC for the money. That RTX 4080 is the big one—on its own, not our favorite GPU because of its price, but as part of a prebuilt machine, there's no arguing with its gaming power.
Lenovo Legion Tower 7i | Intel i7 13700KF | RTX 4080 16GB | 32GB DDR5 RAM | 1TB SSD |
$2,989.99 $2,539.99 at Lenovo (save $450 (opens in new tab)
Another powerful Legion Tower gaming desktop is on sale; this time around, it's got an RTX 4080 and 32GB of DDR5 RAM doing the heavy lifting. Aside from the mediocre storage, you can't go wrong with this desktop, especially if you want to do some serious 4K gaming.
Skytech Eclipse | Core i7 12700F | Nvidia RTX 4080 | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB PCIe SSD | $2,499.99 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
You're saving a little thanks to the last-gen Intel processor, which is why we're looking at DDR4 RAM. Still, it'll absolutely bench in today's games. No questions asked. And with it you get a 1TB NVMe drive to house a few good ones on.
ABS Stratos Ruby | Ryzen 7 7700X | Nvidia RTX 4080 | 36GB DDR5 RAM | 2TB PCIe SSD |
$2,699.99 $2,599.99 at Newegg (save $150) (opens in new tab)
A pretty immense spec here for the price. That AMD CPU can hit 5.15GHz under full all-core loads and paired with the RTX 4080, and you'll experience some real GeForce. There is not much room for overclocking with that 750W PSU, but a 2TB NVMe drive and 36GB of DDR5 RAM means you won't need to upgrade for a while.
Cyberpower PC Gamer Supreme | Core i7 13700KF | Nvidia RTX 4080 | 16GB DDR5 RAM | 2TB HDD + 1TB PCIe SSD | $2,770.14 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
A 13th Gen champ here with Nvidia's latest GPU offering, too. It's pricey, but considering it comes with not only a sweet GPU but it also has DDR5 RAM and heaps of storage. Shame there's an HDD, but I suppose you can't have everything.
UK gaming PC deals
Ultra 55 | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | AMD Ryzen 5 5500 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD |
£1,249 £749.20 at Cyberpower PC (save £229.80) (opens in new tab)
Combine MSI's RTX 3060 Ti with the Ryzen 5 5500, and while you may struggle at 4K, you can bet this is a great config for gaming at 1440p. It comes with a 1TB Solidigm P41 Plus NVMe SSD, too, so there is lots of storage to play around with, though it's not the speediest. 16GB of DDR4 RAM never goes amiss, either.
AlphaSync | Intel Core i5 11400F | Nvidia RTX 4070 | 16GB DDR4 | 500GB SSD | £1,099.99 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)
With an old Intel CPU, and a weak 500GB SSD, this AlphaSync machine looks a little bit low spec... until you hit the graphics card. Sure, you need a little balance in your life, but that old 11th Gen CPU will keep the RTX 4070 supplied with data and deliver great gaming performance for the money. Upgrading the SSD is super easy, though if you find you want to do more productivity stuff, that CPU platform might hold you back. Me, well, I'm running an RTX 4090 on a 10th Gen chip, and you don't hear me complaining ;)
Cube Mythic White | AMD Ryzen 5 5600 | Nvidia RTX 4070 | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD | £1,279.99 at Box (opens in new tab)
The RTX 4070 has made a big difference to the sort of gaming PC you can buy for this sort of cash today. This card is capable of delivering performance in advance of the RTX 3080, and this is the sort of money you'd find an RTX 3060-based machine for a few months back. The SSD boot drive is a bit small, but prices are low enough at the moment that it's an easy upgrade down the line.
Graphics card hierarchy
The most important component for any gaming PC build will always be the graphics card. That will give you the best idea about how one machine matches up with another just in terms of raw gaming performance.
Below, we've listed the slew of GPUs we've had over the past couple of years listed in terms of their Time Spy Extreme index score as a way to put them in some consistent hierarchy.
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Should I build my own gaming PC or buy a prebuilt?
One of the biggest advantages of putting together your own budget gaming PC build is the ability to choose every single component in the system. This allows you to spend time shopping around for deals and finding the perfect combination of parts to fit your budget and performance needs. The downside for most inexperienced builders is that this whole process can take some time and has the potential to cause quite a headache if something goes wrong. This is where prebuilt gaming PCs really shine.
When you pay the premium to configure or purchase a prebuilt PC, you are paying for more than just the parts. You are paying for warranty service, support, and the peace of mind that your system was put together by professionals. These are some of the things we value highly when considering the best budget gaming PCs. We also look at other unique selling points like design, upgradability, and anything you couldn't do when building it yourself.
Now that graphics cards are regularly available, and the silicon shortage is starting to clear up, building your own PC is much easier than it was before. That said, a prebuilt rig is still a reliable way to get your desired graphics card.
For most users that don't have the luxury of spending over $1000 on a prebuilt gaming PC, upgradability and performance per dollar are paramount. When we decided to choose our top choices for budget prebuilt gaming PCs, we looked at almost every major manufacturer and system integrator to find the best combination of value, reliability, customer feedback, design, and performance under $500 and under $1,000.
We still highly recommend the experience of building it yourself, but if you can't do that, one of the systems above will have you gaming in short order.
What is a decent price for a gaming PC
The $1,000 - $1,500 mark is probably around the sweet spot for a new gaming PC. That will get you a graphics card that can nail 1440p at solid frame rates and a really good supporting spec. That should mean a relatively sizeable NVMe SSD, around 500GB, as well as 16GB of speedy memory and a modern CPU.
Is PC gaming better than console?
Unquestionably. In real terms, it's more expensive in terms of hardware, but there is a games library stretching back decades that no other gaming platform can possibly match. Games are also regularly cheaper or free on PC, too.
The PC is also more capable of doing more things than a games console, too. Try browsing the web on your PlayStation, and you'll know what we mean. It can also be portable, in either laptop or Steam Deck style.
What PC is equivalent to a PS5?
We suggest that the AMD RX 6700 GPU will deliver around the same level of raw graphics performance as Sony's PS5. That's an OEM part, so you'll only find it in a prebuilt gaming PC, but it's an 11.3 TFLOP GPU versus the 10.3 TFLOP of the PS5.
Those numbers aren't wholly comparative, but you would also need an 8-core CPU, 16GB of memory (though the PS5's is spread between GPU and system), and a 500GB+ SSD.