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iBUYPOWER Gaming PC

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  • Has an SSD for the operating system and your games and an HDD for other storage
  • Great processor
  • Plenty of RAM

Though building a PC might be a better option for those who know what they’re doing, there are others who don’t want to risk it, or simply don’t want to be bothered by it. If you are one of those people, then you’ve come to the right place because here we’re going to be talking about the five (or six) best prebuilt PCs you can currently find for under $1000.

Before we start, however, we feel obligated to mention that a prebuilt PC will always be more expensive than if you opt for building one yourself, so if what you find on this list doesn’t suit your needs, you can check out our PC build guide for the best gaming PC under $1000.

With that out of the way, here are the five (or six) best prebuilt PCs for under $1000.

PCCPUGPURAMStorage 
Intel Core i7-9700FNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti16 GB240GB SSD
1TB HDD
AMD Ryzen 5 2600NVIDIA GeForce RTX 206016 GB500GB SSD
AMD Ryzen 7 2700NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20708 GB1GB HDD
AMD Ryzen 5 3600NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super16 GB500GB SSD
AMD Ryzen 5 3600AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT16 GB512GB SSD

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    iBUYPOWER Gaming PC

    iBUYPOWER Gaming PC

    First up we have the iBUYPOWER Element 9260.

    This PC is meant for true fans of strategy games, and we say that because it has the best processor out of all the PCs on this list – the Intel Core i7 9700F. This CPU is a real beast, with 8 cores, 8 threads, a base clock speed of 3.0GHz, and a max boost clock speed that goes all the way up to 4.7GHz it is one of the top CPUs currently available on the market.

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    It does have one small drawback, and that’s that it cannot be overclocked, but with such a powerful processor you won’t really need to.

    iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Front

    The i7 9700F is paired up with the rather impressive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. While it’s no RTX, this is still the best GPU with a GTX prefix, and that’s nothing to scoff at. This combo will enable you to play any modern title, be it an MMO, RPG, FPS, or 4X, at the highest settings at 1080p and still not have even the most demanding games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey drop below 60 FPS.

    Related: What Is The Best FPS For Gaming?

    Moving on, the Element 9260 is equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and both a 240 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD, which is super cool. Not to mention that it also comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 and a wired keyboard and mouse.

    Last but not least, it looks absolutely gorgeous with its four stylish RGB fans and transparent front and side panels that will show off all of its amazing components.

    iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Side

    Our Thoughts

    The Element 9260 is a truly great PC, but it’s not for everyone. If you, at all costs, want the most powerful GPU you can possibly get at this price point then go further down the list because this PC doesn’t have it. If, however, you are more interested in the processor, then this is the rig for you.

    Other than the GPU that’s slightly weaker than the others on this list in favor of the CPU, all the other components of this PC are top of the line.

    We were really pleased to see 16 GB of RAM, but even more than that, we were happy to see that it not only has a 240 GB SSD, but a 1TB HDD to go with it, meaning that you’ll have the SSD for your Windows and favorite games, and your HDD for everything else you plan to hoard and never look at. You also don’t have to worry about any additional costs since you’re unlikely to run out of storage any time soon, which cannot be said for the other PCs on this list.

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    Other than that, there isn’t much to say except that if you get it you’re likely to end up admiring its looks as much as its performance.

    The Pros:

    • Amazing processor
    • Both an SSD and an HDD
    • 16 GB of RAM

    The Cons:

    • The weakest GPU out of all the entries

    Skytech Shiva Gaming PC

    Skytech Shiva

    Next, we have the SkyTech Shiva, and this time the roles are reversed. Instead of an amazing processor and a decent GPU, we have a decent processor and an amazing GPU.

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    If you know anything about gaming you know that the FPS and therefore the gaming experience is dictated by the GPU, and the SkyTech Shiva is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. This graphics card is the first of the RTX models which means that it’s based on completely new technology and it enables real-time ray tracing for hyper-realistic rendering of light and shadow.

    Skytech Shiva Side

    When it comes to the CPU what we have here is the Ryzen 5 2600. It’s nothing to write home about, but it is definitely a decent processor that can handle the RTX 2060 no problem. And let’s not forget that all Ryzen processors are unlocked, so if you ever need it, you’ll be able to squeeze out a bit more performance out of it, but before you do that make sure to have a good cooler on hand since the stock one is really only meant to handle the CPU on stock settings.

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    At this point having 16 GB of RAM is expected to a point that it’s not even noteworthy, and the same goes for SSD storage. It’s a shame, however, that this PC only has 500 GB of SSD storage, and no additional HDD, but at least HDDs are cheap these days, so adding one sometime in the future shouldn’t be a problem.

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    And finally, it should come as no surprise, but the SkyTech Shiva is a real eye-candy with its sleek design, clear side panel and RGB fans no one will fail to admire. Of course, the peripherals and Windows 10 are included in the price.

    Skytech Shiva Inside 2

    Our Thoughts

    The SkyTech Shiva is a really solid machine that offers decent value for your money. The RTX 2060 is definitely the centerpiece of this PC and the most important factor that influences gaming experience.

    As regards the CPU, as we’ve already said, it’s nothing out of this world, but it’s a decent processor that’s more than capable of handling the GPU without causing bottlenecking, which says something considering we’re talking about the RTX 2060.

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    When it comes to RAM and storage, this Pc is well-equipped, but as we’ve already said above, it could use an additional HDD. Luckily, storage is inexpensive and easy to add at any time.

    Skytech Shiva Inside

    We’ve already expressed our opinion on the visuals, but what we didn’t mention is the power supply which is an 80+ Certified 500W PSU. While this is decent, we would have preferred a 550-600W PSU if only to make sure that you won’t have to get a new power supply as well if you end up making any major upgrades in the future.

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    The Pros:

    • Amazing GPU
    • Visually appealing
    • 16 GB of RAM

    The Cons:

    • Could use more storage
    • Could use a more powerful PSU

    Skytech Shadow

    Skytech Shadow Gaming PC

    The SkyTech Shadow is a strange one, and some of you may like it while others might want to stick to something more balanced.

    Namely, we tried to pick these computers with gamers in mind, and what gamers need most are the CPU and GPU because those are the components that influence gaming the most, and this PC is equipped with Ryzen 7 2700 and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 – a great processor and some really high-end GPU.

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    However, when we look at the RAM and storage we can see why this PC is able to stay in the same price range as the others while having such high-end components. It only has 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and no SSD, only a regular 1TB HDD. Nevertheless, the SkyTech Shiva is on the list because when it comes to gaming performance it’s the best so far.

    Related: How Much RAM Do I Need For Gaming?

    As always, a gaming keyboard and mouse, as well as a pre-installed Windows 10 are included in the price, and you also get a 1-year warranty in case of any unexpected malfunctions.

    Skytech Shadow Gaming PC Behind

    Our Thoughts

    Boy, do we have thoughts on this one.

    The SkyTech Shadow was obviously made by someone who tried really hard to please the gamers out there while keeping it around the $1000 mark.

    While RAM is a pretty important PC component, both it and SSD significantly raise the price of a prebuilt system. If this PC had an SSD or 16 GB of RAM, it most certainly wouldn’t have an RTX 2070, or at least not at this price range. However, those two components are also the cheapest and easiest to upgrade or replace.

    So, even though the SkyTech Shadow seems lacking in some aspects, and any real PC enthusiast would want to upgrade the RAM and storage as soon as possible (additional costs are almost guaranteed), this PC is probably the king of this list when it comes to gaming performance.

    Skytech Shadow Gaming PC Front

    What we mean is that it might not be so bad to already have the expensive components be as best as they can be and only have to slightly upgrade the cheap ones instead of the other way around. Keep in mind that an additional 8 GB of RAM costs about $40 while a high-end GPU like the NVIDIA RTX 2070 is anywhere between $450 to $750.

    That said, while this PC is ready to use out of the box without any problems, it would still need a little work to achieve its full potential. So in the end, it still comes down to what you want to have and how much you’re willing to invest in it.

    The Pros:

    • High-end GPU
    • Great CPU

    The Cons:

    • No SSD
    • Only 8 GB of RAM

    ABS Mage M

    ABS Mage M

    In our previous entry, we mentioned that some people may prefer a more balanced PC and this is what we meant.

    The ABS Mage M ALA175 comes with the Ryzen 5 3600 combined with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500 GB SSD.

    While the storage would likely still have to be upgraded at one point, the other components are much more balanced. The Ryzen 5 3600 belongs to AMD’s latest generation of processors and is based on their revolutionary Zen 2 architecture. It has 6 cores, 8 threads and base and max boost clock speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.2GHz respectively.

    ABS Mage M Front

    Granted, the GPU is a little weaker than with our previous entry, but not by much. The RTX 2060 Super can do anything the RTX 2070 can, but with only a few FPS less.

    Finally, the Mage M looks amazing. It has a roomy case with four 120mm RGB fans, a tempered glass side panel and a mesh front for improved airflow. The PSU is also hidden behind a shroud so you don’t have to worry about all the cables being on full display.

    As always, Windows 10 and the peripherals come with the PC.

    ABS Mage M Behind

    Our Thoughts

    The Mage M is an amazing PC with excellent, high-quality components that you won’t have to worry about replacing any time soon.

    The GPU is capable of running any modern games at above-average FPS in 1440p as well as 1080p, and even gaming in 4K is not an unreachable goal. What’s more, you’ll be able to play games in VR to your heart’s content. Thanks to the 16 GB of RAM you also won’t have to worry about multitasking or even Chrome.

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    The Pros:

    • Excellent GPU
    • Well-balanced components
    • Plenty of RAM

    The Cons:

    • Could use more storage

    ABS Mage M (AMD GPU)

    ABS Mage M

    And finally, we present to you the ABS Mage M ALA146.

    This machine once again comes with the Ryzen 5 3600 which is already pretty amazing, but this time for the GPU we have the Radeon RX 5700 XT. This is our first AMD GPU on this list, and if we had to compare we’d say it’s closest to the RTX 2060 Super, so there isn’t really much of a difference except perhaps brand loyalty.

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    This PC also has 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. What’s new with this model is that it comes with two free gifts from Newegg – the Xbox Game Pass for PC and the AMD Radeon Game Bundle, so if you like this PC, this is a great chance to get a bunch of awesome games for free.

    Just like our previous entry, this PC comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse, a pre-installed Windows 10, looks amazing, and of course, it’s ready for VR anytime.

    Our Thoughts

    Like we’ve said, this PC is quite similar to our previous entry, so the only things that might make you opt for this one instead of the previous one is brand loyalty towards AMD, or the absolutely amazing bonus gifts you get with it. Whether it’s worth it, that’s up to you.

    However, once again, keep in mind that the storage will likely have to be upgraded in the future.

    The Pros:

    • High-end GPU
    • Plenty of RAM
    • Free Games

    The Cons:

    • Could use more storage

    Honorable Mention: Alienware Aurora R8

    Alienware Aurora R8

    Though all the abovementioned systems are all excellent choices we had to mention one more.

    The Alienware Aurora A8 is a truly high-end gaming PC, pretty similar to what you’d get if you built your own $1000 rig. It has the Intel Core i5 9600K processor, “K” meaning that it’s overclockable, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 16 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD plus a 1 TB HDD.

    It includes Windows 10, but not the peripherals and cool visuals, however, even without that this PC seems like too good of a deal to pass up. The only catch is that it’s renewed.

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    Like we’ve said already, it’s a great machine for those who don’t mind buying a used PC and that’s why we included it as some of you might find it useful. However, if you prefer sticking to new models then keep to the list above and you won’t go wrong.

    Should You Even Buy A Prebuilt Gaming PC?

    As we’ve mentioned in the introduction, buying a prebuilt PC has its perks but also its downsides.

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    On the one hand, it is quite hassle-free. On the other, no configuration is perfect and there is always some tweaking to be done if you want to get the best gaming performance out of it.

    Not only that, but it’s also not uncommon to see gaming PCs with inadequate GPUs or with outdated CPUs from two or more generations ago, which can be problematic not only because you might be spending more on a PC that’s not worth its price but also because there will be compatibility issues to account for.

    Of course, we’ve made sure only to include prebuilt PCs that use the latest or, at the very least, forward-compatible older-gen components, so you don’t have to worry about any PC you find on this list having those problems.

    However, in case you don’t like what you see and you want to try your hand at building your own PC either as a personal challenge or a family activity you can take a look at the PC Builds we have on our website. Like we’ve said, custom builds cost less, so you might be able to find something even better there for a lower price!

    In the case that you’re not knowledgeable or confident enough to put a PC together yourself, it’s worth noting that there are numerous online services out there that will take care of that part of the job or even Youtube videos that are often quite detailed and give you all the necessary information to built your rig from scratch.

    Conclusion

    And that’s it! We hope that you’ve managed to find something to your liking on our list, and if not, that you’ve at least gotten a sense of what you can expect to get from a prebuilt PC for $1000.

    If you think a $1000 is too much to spend on a computer, feel free to check out our lists for best prebuilt PCs under $800 and under $500 for this year.

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