The Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under 1000 USD (2021 Reviews)

Going prebuilt is not as bad as one might think. Here are the best gaming PCs available right now for under $1000. Fully 4K and VR-capable machines!

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Skytech Shiva Gaming PC

Skytech Shiva
  • Fantastic performance without any need for upgrades
  • Looks great
  • Excellent VR potential
  • Supports up to 3 monitors

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.

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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The Pros:

  • Great CPU/GPU combo
  • Plenty of RAM
  • Visually stunning

The Cons:

  • Dated motherboard

First up, we have the Skytech Blaze II Gaming PC.

This system is equipped with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super with 6GB of VRAM and the AMD Ryzen 5 2600, which is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.4GHz and a max boost clock of 3.9GHz.

Related:The Best CPUs For Gaming (2021 Reviews)

This is an excellent combo that will allow you to enjoy the 1080p resolution to the fullest, and even dabble in 1440p if you have the monitor to pull it off.

SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC Front

The processor is built on the Zen + architecture, so it doesn’t have all the benefits of Zen 2 such as higher clocks, better IPC, increased power efficiency, and single-thread performance to name a few. However, even without these upgrades, the 2nd-gen Ryzen processors are fantastic for gaming, especially if that’s all you intend to use them for.

If you mean to use this strictly as a gaming PC, then you won’t need a beast of a CPU. You’ll only need it to be powerful enough to support your graphics card without bottlenecking it because this is what will determine how well your games will run.

Speaking of graphics cards, the Nvidia GeForce 1660 Super is an excellent GPU that will enable you to play any game you can think of without worrying too much about the settings or framerates.

There won’t be a single game you won’t be able to play, and most of them will deliver a solid 60FPS or above at maxed-out settings. There are a few especially demanding titles where you’ll have to make slight adjustments to the graphics sliders, but even in those cases “low” graphics will be a thing of the past.

Related:What Is The Best FPS For Gaming?

Now, keep in mind we’re talking about 1080p here. You will be able to run games in 1440p, but in that case, you’ll either have to sacrifice some FPS or lower the graphics settings, not to mention that you’ll have to have a monitor that supports this resolution.

One of the reasons this GPU is able to perform so well is because this Skytech Blaze II system is equipped with 16GB of RAM.

This amount of RAM is considered optimal for gaming since it will let you both play your games and perform daily tasks without the slightest issues. With 32GB of RAM, you wouldn’t notice a huge improvement, and with 8GB your PC’s performance would drastically decrease.

Of course, if you’re doing video editing, content creation, or streaming, 32GB would be more than welcome, but as far as gaming goes, 16GB is the sweet spot.

When it comes to other components, this PC has 500GB of SSD storage which will be enough to get you started. We would have preferred an additional 1TB HDD, or at least 1TB overall, but suppose you can’t have everything.

The only thing we’re disappointed by is the motherboard since it’s quite a dated model (A320). It won’t hinder your gaming too much, but you won’t be able to overclock your CPU which might be a disappointment for some people.

Our Thoughts

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This is a really good PC, and of course, it is, otherwise it wouldn’t be on this list.

It has a good processor, a powerful graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a decent amount of storage. This means that you won’t have any additional expenses after you’ve purchased it, which is probably exactly what you’re looking for since you’re looking to buy a prebuilt system.

The only thing to figure out now is whether you need this PC for gaming only, or if you’ll be using it for some kind of work or content creation besides that.

Like we mentioned above, if it’s only gaming you want, then this PC is perfectly fine, but if some kind of work is involved, you might want to read on and find a PC with a better processor.

Not only is the Ryzen 5 2600 the weakest out of all the processors on this list, but it’s also sitting on an A320 motherboard.

Namely, Ryzen CPUs are designed to take full advantage of RAM speeds, the more, the better. However, while many of the A320 models support 3000MHz or 3200MHz DDR4 memory, there are some that don’t, or that only support 3200MHz when overclocked.

This means that with some models you might not be able to squeeze as much performance out of your Ryzen processor as you would if you had a better motherboard. Basically, if you have a 3000MHz RAM stick, but your motherboard can’t handle it and runs it at, say, 2666MHz, your Ryzen processor might be a little slower as a consequence of that.

That said, this is the worst-case scenario, so there likely won’t be anything to worry about, but we can’t say for sure due to the motherboard model not being displayed on the seller’s page, so we thought it was worth the mention.

Luckily, even if problems arise, memory overclocking is viable on A320 motherboards, so you’ll still be able to get a bit more performance out of your RAM with just a few clicks.

The Pros:

  • Amazing graphics card
  • Needs no upgrades
  • 16GB of RAM

The Cons:

  • Dated motherboard

Next, we have the SkyTech Shiva Gaming PC, and right off the bat, we can tell you that this is the best gaming PC on this list, period.

If you know anything about gaming, you know that the FPS, and therefore the gaming experience, is dictated by the GPU. 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.

Related:The Best Graphics Cards For Gaming (2021 Reviews)

After the recent Nvidia 3000 series launch, 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.

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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 a decent processor that can handle the RTX 2060, no problem. With 6 cores, 12 threads, and clock speeds of 3.4GHz-3.9GHz, this processor will be able to handle even the most CPU-intensive games.

Unfortunately, despite it being unlocked, you won’t be able to overclock it because, just like the Skytech Blaze II Gaming PC above, it sits on an A320 motherboard.

As for the other components, the Skytech Shiva has 16GB of RAM and 500GB of SSD storage. It’s a shame that it doesn’t have an additional HDD, but at least HDDs are cheap these days, so adding one in the future if you need it shouldn’t be a problem.

Related:The Best Hard Drives For Gaming (2021 Reviews)

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.

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Our Thoughts

The SkyTech Shiva is an amazing machine that offers decent value for your money with the RTX 2060 being the centerpiece of this PC and the most important factor that influences the gaming experience.

As regards the Ryzen 5 2600, as we’ve already said, it’s nothing out of this world, it’s not even a Zen 2 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.

Related:What Is A CPU Or GPU Bottleneck?

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 if you end up making any major upgrades in the future, but it’s nothing that would stop us from recommending this PC.

The rather disappointing thing, however, is the A320M motherboard. This is quite an old series in terms of PC hardware (so much so that it only has two RAM slots), and quite weak compared to even the B350 series.

We talked about this in the previous entry, so we won’t repeat ourselves here, but suffice it to say that, while it won’t significantly detract from your gaming experience, you would still be much better off with a B450 motherboard, and we recommend that you switch to a B450 model when you get the chance.

All of this aside, the Skytech Shiva is the absolute winner when it comes to gaming thanks to its graphics card, and whatever it has going against it is grossly overshadowed by its many perks, so we recommend you snatch it while it’s still available.

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The Pros:

  • Fantastic CPU/GPU combo
  • Plenty of RAM
  • Looks great

The Cons:

  • Will require more storage

The SkyTech Archangel is another AMD system, this time containing the AMD 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 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super.

Related:GPU Hierarchy 2021 – Graphics Card Tier List For Gaming

Now, this is by no means a bad GPU, but it pales in comparison with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060. Nevertheless, this processor is a welcome upgrade compared to the previous build for anyone who plans on using this PC as a workstation besides gaming or prefers CPU-intensive games.

What’s also a great improvement is the motherboard. The Skytech Archangel houses a B450 mobo, so all of the motherboard-related issues mentioned in the previous two entries won’t be a problem here. You’ll have an adequate number of PCIe slots, decent connectivity options, four RAM slots compared to two on the A320 boards, and the ability to overclock your CPU.

Now, this is great and all, but don’t overdo it! This PC still comes with the Wraith Stealth stock cooler. This cooler can handle some overclocking, but if you intend to go all out, we recommend getting an aftermarket cooler instead.

Related:The Best CPU Coolers (2021 Reviews)

As regards the RAM, we’re extremely glad that this PC at least has 16GB of it 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, graphic design, or the like besides gaming you won’t have to upgrade the RAM any time soon.

That said, we’d prefer if it was dual channel, but unfortunately, you only get one 16GB stick instead of two 8GB ones. Unfortunately, though, that’s the thing with prebuilt PCs – you’ll never get exactly what you want.

Related:How Much RAM Do I Need For Gaming?

And finally, there’s the 500GB SSD storage.

Having SSD for storage has become the norm these days and for a good reason. Still, having only 500GB will likely become a problem in the future, and you might have to spend more money on additional storage, but that’s a problem for the future.

Like most other systems on this list, this PC also comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse, as well as a pre-installed Windows 10, and you also get a 1-year warranty in case of any unexpected malfunctions.

Our Thoughts

The Skytech Archangel is a great PC that strikes a nice balance between gaming and productivity.

It has a fantastic 6-core, 12-thread processor that will allow you to work, game, and have multiple programs up and running at the same time without affecting your gameplay, and a great graphics card perfect for stress-free 1080p gaming.

This GPU will 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 FPS at max settings. 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 issues if your monitor can support it.

Related:The Best 1440p Monitors (2021 Reviews)

If you’re someone who intends to use their PC for both gaming and work, this PC is a great option that will do both things flawlessly without requiring any additional expenses.

Not to mention that the Ryzen 5 3600 is an unlocked processor that’s paired up with a B450 motherboard meaning that you’ll be able to overclock it without a hitch if you ever need it. Just make sure you have an adequate cooling solution for the type of overclocking you’re doing.

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The Pros:

  • Excellent CPU
  • Great GPU
  • Plenty of storage

The Cons:

  • Not enough RAM
  • Weak cooling solution

Next up, we have the Dell G5 i5000-5378BLK-PUS.

We’re switching to Intel with this one with the latest 10th-gen Intel Core 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 boasts 6 cores, 12 threads, a base frequency of 2.9GHz, and a max turbo frequency of 4.3GHz, and thanks to hyper-threading it is now as good as multitasking and handling workloads as the Ryzen 5 3600.

A quick heads up though, this CPU is not unlocked. The 4.3GHz turbo frequency is simply the maximum frequency under heavy loads. Despite this, the i5-10400 is a great processor on par with the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, the only difference is that, unlike Intel’s, all of Ryzen’s CPUs are overclocking friendly.

Related:AMD Ryzen vs Intel – Which CPU Brand To Pick For Gaming

Just like the previous entry, this PC contains the GTX 1660 Super which, as we said before, is a great GPU. It will allow you to play the majority of modern AAA titles at 50FPS or higher with maxed out settings in 1080p, and with less demanding titles it’ll even let you dabble in 1440p gaming.

Just a little warning if you go to the Amazon page you’ll notice that it says that this PC contains a GTX 1660 Super with 4GB of VRAM. This was probably a typo as the GTX 1660 Super only comes in the 6GB variant.

Seeing as all of the other PCs on this list have more RAM than storage it’s safe to assume that Dell had a choice to make – either include more storage or more RAM. They couldn’t do both. And they made the wrong choice.

While you get a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, which is an amazing combo as you get both the speed and the volume to not have to worry about storage ever again, you only get 8GB of RAM because of that.

Not to say that having a lot of storage is bad, but between the two upgrading RAM would have been the better thing to do, especially since this is marketed as a gaming PC.

Storage doesn’t have any impact on gaming whatsoever other than limiting how many games you can have installed at the same time. RAM on the other hand plays a huge role when it comes to video games, and having as little as 8GB in a $1000 gaming PC is rather disappointing.

That said, the Dell G5 is one of the cheapest systems on this list. This doesn’t excuse the amount of RAM, but it does give you room to get another 8GB stick without exceeding the budget.

Our Thoughts

While it has an equally powerful processor and graphics card as the previous model, we still think this is by far the weakest PC on this list solely because of the amount of RAM.

There’s another gripe we have with it and that’s the fact that there isn’t enough information about it on the seller’s web page. There’s nothing about the type of motherboard it uses, whether it’s a mini or an ATX system, if it comes with peripherals, etc.

But the information that’s there appears pretty decent (all except for the RAM, of course, which we urge you to upgrade ASAP if you want a smooth user experience).

Related:The Best RAMs For Gaming (2021 Reviews)

Although the processor is not unlocked, 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 to the average gamer who just wants to unpack their new PC and play video games.

As for the GPU, it’s 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.

And one last thing.

In the pros and cons section, we mentioned that the cooling solution isn’t the best. This is because the case only comes with two fans and Intel’s stock cooler, both of which should be upgraded as soon as an opportunity arises.

Overall this is a decent PC, but we’d definitely give it the lowest rating out of all the systems on this list simply because it would require so much attention after purchase. In the end, we believe most people would rather pay more right off the bat to get a hassle-free PC than mess with upgrades themselves.

The Pros:

  • Well-balanced
  • Great GPU
  • Plenty of RAM

The Cons:

  • Limited upgradability due to small form factor

And finally, our last pick is the Skytech Legacy Mini Gaming PC.

This one presents the middle ground between the Skytech Shiva and the Skytech Archangel due to its CPU/GPU combo.

The Skytech Legacy Mini is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

The Ryzen 7 2700 is an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with the base and max boost clock speeds of 3.2GHz and 4.1GHz respectively. Since this is a Zen + processor, it loses to the Ryzen 5 3600, but not by much. It will still enable you to play all CPU-intensive games without the slightest issue.

Not to mention that the CPU comes with AMDs mid-range stock cooler, the Wraith Spire, which will come in handy if you wish to try your hand at overclocking. And yes, since the Legacy Mini is equipped with a B450 motherboard overclocking is a viable option, though we still recommend using it in moderation.

When it comes to the GPU, the GTX 1660 Ti is quite impressive. There won’t be a significant uplift in FPS compared to the GTX 1660 Super, but the Ti version is definitely more powerful, although it still pales in comparison to the RTX 2060.

On top of this, the Legacy Mini contains the ideal 16GB of RAM, albeit clocked at 2400MHz, and a 500GB SSD that should be plenty for starters. As per usual, Windows 10, a mouse and a keyboard are included in the price.

Our Thoughts

As we said, this PC is a middle ground between the Shiva and the Archangel.

The Shiva is definitely the top dog because it contains the RTX 2060, but it’s a tough choice between the Archangel and the Legacy Mini.

Normally, we’d say that the Legacy Mini is the better choice when it comes to gaming simply because it has a better GPU, and that’s true. However, the fact is that not everyone will like that it’s a mini.

As we said above, the difference between the GTX 1660 Super and the GTX 1660 Ti is only a few FPS, and you should also factor in the performance uplift that comes with a better CPU.

The Legacy Mini will still have a slightly better in-game performance, but not so much better that you should buy it at any cost, even if you don’t like it visually, or you don’t want to restrict your upgrade options with the small form factor.

So choose whatever you think is best for you, but know that whichever PC you opt for you’ll be able to dominate the 1080p resolution. All of the PCs will be able to run even the newest AAA titles, and most of them at max settings too. Of course, in some extremely demanding titles, you’ll have to settle for medium graphics presets, but even then your gaming experience should be more than satisfactory.

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So, out of the five prebuilt systems, which one is the best?

Without a doubt that would be the Skytech Shiva Gaming PC.

As we all know, a PC’s in-game performance is dictated by the GPU. The processor and RAM are important, but in a gaming PC, they both simply serve to support the graphics card as best as they can. This is why the Skytech Shiva with its RTX 2060 will give you the best and most eye-catching performance out of all the systems on this list.

Not only will it give you smoother gameplay with higher FPS, but it will also unlock the ability to use the RTX and DLSS technologies if you wish to upgrade the visuals.

Now, the one gripe we have with this PC is, like we mentioned in the article above, the motherboard. Because it’s such an old series you’ll be restricted in that you won’t be able to overclock the CPU, and you’ll have fewer PCIe lanes than you would on a B450 motherboard, but it shouldn’t affect your FPS in any way, which is why the Skytech Shiva remains our top pick.

After all, even if you want to upgrade the motherboard later it’ll be cheaper than having to buy a new graphics card.

That said, if the motherboard is not something you’re willing to compromise on, and you want something with a B450 right off the bat, you second best option is the Skytech Archangel. Not only does it have a fantastic processor and graphics card, and a B450 mobo, it also looks great and it’s large enough to easily accommodate any future upgrades, which cannot be said for the Skytech Legacy Mini.

Should You Even Buy A Prebuilt Gaming PC?

Prebuilt vs Custom Gaming PC

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. This 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 did our best to include prebuilt PCs that use the latest or, at the very least, forward-compatible older-gen components, but there will always be exceptions.

However, in case you don’t like what you see, and you want to try your hand at building a 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. There is also a number of Youtube videos that are often quite detailed and that will give you all the necessary information to build your rig from scratch.

Another option is to take a look at some of our other lists like the best $500 prebuilt PCs or the best $800 prebuilt PCs and choose something from there.

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. Who knows, you may 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.

Whatever you decide to do we are here to help you choose the best possible option, so feel free to rummage through the website until you’ve found what you were looking for.

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 $1000 prebuilt gaming PC.

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

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