Although building a PC might be a better option for those who know what they’re doing, others who don’t want to risk it, or simply don’t want to be bothered with it often choose to go for the prebuilt variant.
If you are one of these people, then you’ve come to the right place because here we’re going to be talking about the five best prebuilt PCs you can currently find for under $1000 (not including one of honorable mention).
Before we start, however, we feel obligated to mention that a prebuilt PC will always cost you more than the option to build one yourself, so if what you find on this list doesn’t suit you, you can check out our PC build guide for the best gaming PC under $1000.
With that out of the way, here are the best prebuilt PCs for under $1000.
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iBUYPOWER Element 9260
CPU: Intel Core i7-9700F
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
RAM: 16 GB
Storages: 240GB SSD, 1TB HDD
- Amazing processor
- Both an SSD and an HDD
- 16 GB of RAM
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 frequency of 3.0GHz, and a max turbo frequency that goes all the way up to 4.7GHz it is one of the top CPUs among 9th-gen Intel processors, and it even stands its ground firmly against the 10th-gen i7 10700.
It does have one small flaw – it can’t be overclocked, but with such a powerful processor, you won’t really need to.
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 unoptimized games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey drop below 60 FPS.
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 great. 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.
The Element 9260 is a truly great PC, and we would even go so far as to give it the title for the best value on this list simply because it’s so well-balanced.
It doesn’t have the best GPU on the list, but it’s not far from it, it has an amazing processor, the optimal amount of RAM, and a great storage combo that will allow you to have both lighting speeds and volume right off the bat, without needing any upgrades.
The GPU is the most important component in a gaming PC. The better the GPU, the higher the FPS. Like we said previously, this PC doesn’t have the best GPU on the list, but all of its other components are top-notch.
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 all the PCs on this list.
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.
Skytech Shiva Gaming PC
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 500GB SSD
- Great GPU
- Visually stunning
- 16 GB of RAM
- Could use more storage
- Could use a more powerful PSU
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.
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 enables real-time ray tracing for the hyper-realistic rendering of light and shadow.
After the recent Nvidia 3000 series announcement, this may no longer seem like that great of a graphics card, but that’s only by comparison. The RTX 2060 is still an amazing GPU that will elevate your gaming experience to a whole new level.
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 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.
Just like the previous entry, the Shiva has 16GB of RAM and SSD storage. It’s a shame, however, that it’s only a 500GB SSD, and that it doesn’t have an additional HDD, but at least HDDs are cheap these days, so adding one sometime in the future shouldn’t be a problem.
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.
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 the gaming experience.
As regards the CPU, as we’ve already said, it’s nothing out of this world, it’s not even a Zen2 processor, but it’s a decent CPU that’s more than capable of handling the graphics card without bottlenecking it, which says something considering we’re talking about the RTX 2060.
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.
Also, the lack of storage and a slightly older CPU is the reason this is not our “best overall” pick for this list despite having the best graphics card, and the highest FPS out of all of the entries. But if FPS is all you’re interested in, then this is definitely the better option for you.
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.
Skytech Archangel Gaming PC
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 500GB SSD
- Great GPU
- Great CPU
- 16GB of RAM
- Only 500GB of storage
The SkyTech Archangel is another AMD system, this time containing the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU. This is a significant upgrade compared to the previous entry, but it comes at a price. Namely, the GPU in this system is the GTX 1660 Super.
Now, this is by no means a bad GPU, but for a thousand dollars, we expected more.
Unfortunately, this is something that comes with buying a pre-built system – you can’t choose what goes into your PC. This isn’t to say you won’t be able to find something better in the future perhaps (it’s not impossible), nevertheless, this is the best of what’s available right now, and there’s no way around it.
We’re extremely glad that this PC at least has 16GB of RAM to go with the great processor, so you won’t have to worry about lag when multitasking or having multiple Chrome tabs open. And unless you are doing any heavy editing, graphics design, or the like besides gaming you won’t have to upgrade the RAM any time soon.
And finally, there’s the 500GB SSD storage.
Having SSD for storage has become the norm these days and for a good reason. Nevertheless, having only 500GB will definitely become a problem in the future, and you will have to spend more on additional storage. Luckily, HDDs are quite affordable nowadays, but that’s beside the point seeing as with only that much storage the system seems unfinished.
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.
Let’s start from the obvious. This PC is a bit disappointing compared to the previous two even though it costs the same. There are two reasons why it is still on this list:
- It is still among the best we’ve found for the price at the moment.
- We are aware that the prices of these systems will change over time and some of them might even go out of stock.. some, but not all of them. So if this happens you will still have few available options to choose from.
We mentioned that the Archangel contains the Ryzen 5 3600 processor. This is a mid-range processor, but one that easily competes with the i5 9400.
If you know anything about PC hardware you are probably aware that this CPU runs on AMD’s revolutionary Zen 2 architecture, and as all Ryzen processors, this one (unlike the i5 9400) is unlocked meaning that you can overclock it at any time to get better performance.
So if overclocking is something you’re interested in we recommend that you go with AMD in almost all cases (unless you are getting one of the premium Intel CPUs that are unlocked).
We’ve already expressed our feelings regarding the GPU. The GTX 1660 Super is a good graphics card, but considering we have an RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti in the running for the same price it is a bit of a disappointment, but only by comparison.
This GPU will still have you playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at a solid 55 FPS, Witcher III at 60, Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 70, Battlefield V at 85, Fortnite at a solid 100, and Overwatch at 130. These are just a few examples, but you get the gist.
All of these games were tested at 1080p, but with less demanding titles you can even game at 1440p without any problems if you monitor can support it.
It really isn’t a bad deal.
Like we said above, we are pleased with the amount of RAM, and with the fact that the PC contains an SSD, but it bugs us to see a system priced this high that lacks storage of all things. But if anything, at least it’s cheap to upgrade compared to most other components.
CPU: Intel Core i5-10400
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
- Great CPU
- Plenty of fast storage
- Only 8GB of RAM
At No4 we have another Cyberpower system.
We’re back to Intel with this one with the latest 10th-gen i5 10400 CPU. This is the first time that Intel has given us hyper-threading on low-end and mid-range processors. Hallelujah!
This particular CPU boast 6 cores, 12 threads, a base frequency of 2.9GHz, and a max turbo frequency of 4.3GHz.
Don’t be fooled, however, this CPU is not unlocked, the 4.3GHz turbo frequency is simply the max frequency under heavy loads. Despite this, the i5 10400 is a great processor on par with the Ryzen 5 3600 and the 3600X, but as we mentioned in the previous entry, unlike Intel’s, all of Ryzen’s CPUs are overclocking friendly, and that’s a major difference.
Just like the previous entry, this PC contains the GTX 1660 Super which, as we said before, is a great GPU which will allow you to play the majority of modern AAA titles at 50FPS or higher on ultra settings in 1080p, and with less demanding titles even allow you dabble in 1440p gaming.
The storage was something that really surprised us.
What you get here is 1TB of the ultra-fast NVMe SSD storage. It’s not an SSD/HDD combo that will allow you to continue using your PC even if one of the storage components fail, but you shouldn’t buy a PC with the premise that something is going to fail, and plus you get a 1-year warranty that will cover all malfunctions – benefit of a pre-built system.
But we digress. For most of you out there 1TB of storage will be plenty, and even the avid hoarders won’t have to upgrade their storage for a while, while the lightning speeds of the NVMe will blow your mind if you’ve never experienced them before. This is probably the best storage deal on this entire list.
The only thing we don’t like about this PC is the RAM as it comes with only 8GB of it. This is way too little for a PC of this caliber. If you want a smooth experience (not limited to games) you will want to upgrade this to 16GB.
This is disappointing, but there is a silver lining. This PC is a little cheaper than the previous ones on the list, so it leaves just enough room in the budget for a RAM upgrade.
As always, Windows 10 and the peripherals come with the PC.
This PC is pretty similar to the previous, but here is why we think this one is a slightly better choice.
Although it doesn’t have an unlocked processor, the i5 10400 is a great CPU, and while the chronic overclockers among you might be bothered by this, it won’t make much of a difference for the average gamer who just wants to unpack their new PC and play video games.
The GPU is the same as in the previous entry, so it doesn’t require any special attention, but the storage is miles better, and some might even choose this PC based solely on that fact.
However, what we think gives this one the biggest edge is the price. For $50 less this PC has excellent value, and even though it’s missing another 8GB of RAM, RAM is still a cheaper component to upgrade than storage.
This means that with this PC you could upgrade the RAM to 16GB, and still spend less than $1000, while with the previous entry you would pay a $1000 starting price, and still have to spend $50-70 for more storage meaning that the Archangel would essentially cost you almost $100 more than this particular system.
Essentially they are very similar and great choices in their own right, but if your goal is to spend as little as possible and not overstep your budget, then this is probably the better choice.
CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 120GB SSD, 1TB HDD
- Plenty of storage
- Decent CPU
- Only 8GB of RAM
And finally, we present to you another CyberpowerPC system, this time the GXiVR8060A7.
This is the weakest PC on this list, but it’s also the cheapest, currently at $900.
This PC comes with the Intel Core i5 9400F with 6 cores, 6 threads, a base frequency of 2.9GHz, and a max turbo frequency of 4.1GHz. Once again, this is pretty similar to the Ryzen 5 3600 and the i5 10400 with some minor performance differences.
When it comes to the GPU, this PC is equipped with the GTX 1660. Like we already said, this is the weakest PC of the bunch, but it’s also the cheapest. So if you’re looking for maximum performance, this is not it, but if you’re interested in getting a decent PC for less than you had hoped for, then there’s no need to look any further.
On top of that, it contains only 8GB of RAM which isn’t ideal, but at least you’ll be covered storage-wise with 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD.
As per usual, Windows 10, a mouse and a keyboard are included in the price.
There is no escaping it. This PC has the weakest GPU out of all the PCs on this list and will therefore not perform as well in-game compared to the others. Nevertheless, the difference between the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Super is not too big, only a few FPS, so you shouldn’t be too worried about not being able to run the games you want to play.
With this CPU/GPU combo, you will be able to play the majority of the most recent AAA titles with decent FPS even on ultra settings. Of course, in some cases, you will have to settle for medium graphics presets, but even then your gaming experience should be more than satisfactory.
However, none of what we just said is valid if you only have 8GB of RAM.
Don’t get us wrong, 8GB is fine, you don’t absolutely need 16GB. It won’t affect your FPS or your graphics in any significant way, but considering how much smoother your overall experience will be we think it’s absolutely worth the upgrade, especially given that another 8GB stick of quality RAM like the Corsair Vengeance LPX, for example, can be found for as low as $30 on Amazon.
As for the storage, we would have preferred more SSD storage, at least 240GB, but at least there’s enough of it overall so you won’t have to upgrade it as soon as you unpack it.
Overall, this is a decent PC, ready to use right away without any upgrades, but as we said, we would recommend a RAM upgrade as soon as you can manage it. And who knows, with the recent Nvidia 3000 series GPU launch, maybe it’s price will drop even lower in the near future.
Honorable Mention: CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8020A8
CPU: Intel Core i5-10400 2
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
Storage: 240GB SSD, 2TB HDD
Though all the systems mentioned above are all excellent choices, we had to mention one more.
The GXiVR8020A8 is slightly cheaper than our final pick for the list, and it contains the i5 10400 processor combined with the RX 5500XT GPU.
It has plenty of storage with no less than 2TB of HDD and 240GB of SSD storage. The only thing it’s lacking is, once again, the RAM (8GB).
The reason this PC got its place as the honorable mention is that, despite its performance being slightly lower than the others due to its graphics card, this is still a fine PC for its price, and you’ll still have enough room in the budget for some minor upgrades like the RAM, or a better CPU fan perhaps.
That said, if your budget is a thousand dollars, you shouldn’t settle for anything weaker than this.
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.
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 later on.
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 and give you a better value, 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 together a PC 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 build your rig from scratch.
Getting a prebuilt PC for $500 might not be a bad idea right now if your budget is $1000 since none of those have a GPU, so you would essentially be left with an additional $500 to spend only on your graphics card, and with the lower prices and a flood of barely-used GPUs at incredibly cheap prices due to the Nvidia 3000 series GPU launch, you may actually walk out with a pretty good deal.
What we mean to say is, there isn’t a single right way to do things, it all depends on what you are looking for. If what you want is the best possible build your money can buy, then no, you shouldn’t buy a prebuilt PC unless perhaps you like the option to get a decent prebuilt system and then upgrade only one or two components.
However, if what you want is a machine you can game on as soon as it arrives, without any hassle or worry that you might do something wrong while putting it together, then getting a prebuilt system is definitely the right option for you.
Whatever you decide we are here to help you choose the best possible option, so feel free to rummage through the website until you find what you were looking for.
Best of luck!
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 the best prebuilt PCs under $800 and under $500 for this year.