So, you’re in the market for a new gaming PC? It’s been a while since you last got one, or maybe you’ve never bought a prebuilt system before and you don’t know what to expect?
We don’t blame you.
Technology keeps advancing at a surreal pace, and it can be difficult to navigate the sea of available options if you haven’t been keeping up with the latest releases.
But fear not, that’s why you have us! We’re here to prove to you that, no matter what anyone says, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a liquid-cooled beast of a machine that will run new games in 4K for the next decade.
If you’re looking for a future-proof PC that will run all the latest games at decent graphics, there’s no reason to spend more than $800.
So if you’re interested in the best of what $800 can currently get you then keep reading! In this article, we’ve reviewed 5 such PCs and a couple of honorable mentions. So let’s take a close look at each one of these computers, and find out what they’re capable of.
Before we do that, here’s a quick overview of the PCs.
|Intel Core i5-9400F||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660||8 GB||240 GB SSD|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060||8 GB||1TB SSD|
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||8 GB||500 GB SSD|
|Intel Core i5 10400F||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super||8 GB||500 GB NVMe SSD|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||AMD Radeon RX 5500XT||8 GB||240 GB SSD|
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CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8060A8 Black
The first PC on our list is the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8060A8. For $750 this PC is pure gold!
The processor is Intel Core i5-9400F, with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a max boost of 4.1GHz. This is one of the best-valued CPUs for the price and it’s powerful enough to support even an RTX 2080 without any issues.
Unfortunately, this PC doesn’t have the RTX 2060, but what it does have is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 with 6 GB of VRAM, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 240 GB SSD combined with a 1TB HDD.
With this setup, you’ll be able to run games like Sekiro, Overwatch, Metro Exodus, PUBG, Battlefield V, and many others on ultra settings in 1080p, with none of them dropping below 45 FPS, and most of them being closer to 90FPS.
Games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider average at about 60 FPS on ultra settings, and with some less demanding titles you can even try out gaming in 1440p provided that your monitor can keep up.
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Besides a slew of USB ports this PC also has a media card reader, a DVD writer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and incredibly attractive case with ARGB lighting and four case fans. Additionally, the price includes Windows 10, a wired keyboard, and an optical mouse.
The processor and graphics card are the two most important components in a gaming PC, and this system comes equipped with some truly high-quality stuff.
As demonstrated by the numbers above, this PC’s “gamer” title isn’t just for show, and you can rest assured that with a machine like this, you won’t have to worry about any of your games lagging for at least another couple of years even if it means tinkering with the graphics settings a bit.
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You might have noticed that in the section above we said that the PC has 8 GB of RAM and 6 GB of VRAM. In case you don’t know what this means, we’ll explain so as not to cause any confusion.
RAM is the short-term memory used by your entire system to store temporary data while VRAM is the memory used exclusively by your graphics card (although it’s not entirely precise, we’ll refer to it as GPU from now on).
With PCs that have an integrated graphics card, the GPU shares the available RAM with the system which can often lead to lagging while playing more demanding games and running programs in the background at the same time, unless you have at least 16 GB of RAM. This is why you’ll usually hear that 16 GB is the optimal amount of memory.
However, when the GPU has a sufficient amount of its own VRAM there is no need to worry about any of that. Sure, having 16 GB is great, but a casual user won’t notice much difference between 8 and 16 GB if that memory doesn’t have to be shared with the GPU.
So in case, you were worried that you would have to upgrade this PC in just a few months, there’s no need to worry, the CYBERPOWER GXiVR8060A8 has you covered.
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That said, more RAM never hurt anyone, but luckily, RAM is the cheapest and easiest component to upgrade in a PC, so if you ever decide you need more, it will be as easy as pushing them into their slot on the motherboard until you hear a click, and you’re done!
Another thing we absolutely love about this PC is that it’s VR ready. So if you have a VR headset you’ll be able to enjoy virtual reality with decent framerates as soon as this PC arrives at your doorstep, and if you don’t, well, you know what to ask for Christmas!
When it comes to storage there is not much to say. A 240GB SSD will be plenty for your Windows and a few games or programs you use most frequently, and with an additional 1TB HDD in tow, you won’t have to think about storage for quite a while (or ever again for that matter).
All in all, it’s always a pleasant surprise to stumble upon a gem such as this one that offers excellent performance for a very reasonable price. So, if you don’t mind the simple design, this PC will definitely no disappoint.
- Excellent graphics card
- Powerful processor
- Plenty of storage
- Windows 10 included
SkyTech Archangel Gaming PC
Our next pick for this list is a little weaker, but also a little cheaper than the previous entry.
The SkyTech Archangel is equipped with the Ryzen 3 1200 processor with 4 cores, 4 threads, a base clock speed of 3.1GHz, and a boost clock speed of 3.4GHz. The closest Intel equivalent of this would be the i3 7300 CPU which is definitely a step down from our previous entry, but as we’ve already mentioned, that is reflected in the price.
Continuing this trend, the Archangel is equipped with the GTX 1060 graphics card with 3GB of VRAM, it has 8GB of RAM running at 2400MHz, and only a single 1TB HDD for storage.
As for the additional features, the PC comes with Wi-Fi and preinstalled Windows 10 Home, a dual-link DVI video output, and a display port, as well as the standard keyboard and mouse.
What we were particularly happy to see was a 500W 80+ certified PSU. We would advise you to upgrade it if you ever decide to get a better GPU, but for now, it will do its job well, and the 80+ certification only makes us more confident in this power supply.
Though not quite as powerful as the other PCs on this list, this machine will be great for those with a tighter budget who still want an enjoyable gaming experience. This is by no means a state of the art system and it won’t be able to run any of the most recent games on ultra settings, but it will run most of them even if it means tinkering with the settings a bit.
When it comes to RAM, 8GB will be ok for this kind of a gaming setup. Of course, 12GB or 16GB would be much better and it might even give you a small FPS boost, but no need to rush. If you ever feel like you need more, you can always add more. One stick of 8GB at 2400MHz can be found for about $30.
Related: How Much Does RAM Affect Gaming?
As for the storage, we think that a 1TB HDD is quite decent. It’s no SSD, but the volume should be sufficient for most gamers. Just like with RAM, updating storage is quite easy and can be done whenever without costing you a fortune.
On the other hand, upgrading the other components will definitely require some serious investment. For example, as we mentioned above, upgrading the graphics card will likely require a more powerful power supply (depending on which GPU you get). Similarly, upgrading your processor will require a motherboard upgrade regardless if you go for an AMD or Intel processor.
This said if you are fine with this PC as it is, and the price suits you, then the Archangel is the system for you.
However, if your plan on upgrading this PC in the near future, we suggest looking at some of the other entries on this list and choosing one that suits you even if it’s more expensive because it will not only save you the trouble of upgrading it yourself but cost you a lot less in the long run too.
- 80+ Certified PSU
- Windows 10 Home included
- No SSD
SkyTech Blaze II
The SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC is slightly different than the previous two.
Because it’s the best. It’s also the most expensive of the lot. At the time of writing, the SkyTech Blaze II costs $830. We know it’s more than we promised, but hear us out.
If you’re looking for a gaming PC, the GPU is the component to which you should be paying the most attention. The better the graphics card, the higher the FPS, hence the better the gaming experience.
This PC comes with the GTX 1660 Ti, the next best thing to the RTX 2060. This is a great GPU and the best one of all the GPUs on this list. On top of that, the SkyTech Blaze II is equipped with the Ryzen 5 2600 processor with 6 cores, 12 threads, and a base and max clock speed of 3.4GHz and 3.9GHz respectively.
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It also comes with 8 GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and a 500 GB SSD. This is something we would have liked to see more of considering the price, but seeing as the other components are so great, we can overlook this.
Another reason this PC is that expensive is likely the aesthetics.
As we all know, RGB is all the rage nowadays, and some hardcore fans won’t even give a decent PC a second glance unless it glows like a Christmas tree. Needless to say, the glowing parts are much more expensive than the non-glowing ones, and so here we are. We can’t deny that it looks pretty sexy though.
The parts come in a gorgeous and roomy mid-tower case with a tempered glass side panel and 3 120mm RGB fans. It offers plenty of connectivity options with one HDMI port, one D-Sub, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and an HD Audio and Mic jack.
Besides that, the case stands on legs about an inch off the ground offering ample cooling room for the power supply. The one thing it doesn’t have is a shroud for the 80+ Certified 500W PSU.
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As per usual, the price includes Windows 10 and wired gaming mouse and keyboard.
Let’s start with the CPU. The Ryzen 5 2600 is an excellent processor, quite similar to the i5-9400F. The major differences are that the Ryzen 5 2600 has 12 threads compared to i5-9400F’s 6, and the fact that every Ryzen processor is overclockable out of the box as opposed to Intel CPUs. These things give it a slight edge over the i5-9400F, but not by much.
This R5 2600/NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti combo, will give you a consistent 60+ FPS on ultra settings in 1080p in most popular AAA titles, and it can even pull off the widely-coveted 60 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the most notoriously unoptimized game currently available (except maybe Crysis).
When it comes to the RAM and storage, it’s understandable that in a gaming PC this is where the costs would be cut as these are the least vital components for a smooth gaming experience.
Nevertheless, the parts that the SkyTech Blaze II is equipped with are quite decent. Both 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB SSD should be quite enough for most people. But even if at any point you wish to update these, you can.
As we mentioned several times in this article, RAM and storage are the cheapest and simplest components to upgrade. You’ll have a beast of a machine with minimal future investments.
- Excellent graphics card
- Powerful CPU
- Looks gorgeous
- Plenty of fast storage
- Price slightly exceeds the budget
CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR 8060A9
Our next pick is another CYBERPOWERPC model, in this case, the GXiVR8060A9. If the previous entry was too expensive for you, then this is probably the next best thing.
At precisely $800 this PC has the GTX 1660 Super paired with the latest Intel Core i5 10400 CPU! In addition to that, it boasts 8GB of RAM and a 500GB NVMe SSD.
While the previous entry had the best GPU, and therefore the best gaming performance, this is probably the one that will give you the best value for your money.
As per usual, the system comes with a keyboard and mouse, Wi-Fi, and Windows 10 Home.
What we love about this PC aside from the awesome specs is the typical CYBERPOWER aesthetics. The rig comes in a gorgeous black case with transparent side and front panels and RGB lighting. So not only do you get a killer system and an OS that normally costs $100, but also some bonus eye-candy.
Now, the specs don’t say anything about the CPU cooler, but it most likely holds the standard Intel cooler that comes with most of their CPUs.
That said, this is not a very good cooler. It will keep your PC running just fine on stock settings for a while, but we suggest you get a better one as soon as you can (if we are right, and the cooler is indeed the Intel stock cooler), especially if you intend to overclock the CPU.
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There isn’t much to say when it comes to RAM and storage. The Archangel has 8 GB of DDR4 RAM which is not exactly optimal, but considering how cheap and easy it is to upgrade it, this shouldn’t pose much of a problem, and a 500GB SSD that should be quite enough to get you started.
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As we said, this is probably the best-value CPU on this list, and it doesn’t exceed the budget.
We were surprised to find a prebuilt PC with one of the newest-gen Intel processors in an $800 PC; surprised, but pleased.
Intel’s new generation of processors is quite something. This is the first time in Intel’s history that they have decided to include hyper-threading in their low and mid-range desktop processors (their i3s and i5s). Thanks to this, the i5 10400 now has 6 cores and 12 threads. It also boasts a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and max boost clock speed of 4.3GHz.
Unfortunately, this particular processor doesn’t support thermal velocity boost (TVB) which is designed to push single-core performance to over 5GHz when CPU temperature is under 70 degrees Celsius.
This is can be seen as an automatic overclock or a simple short performance boost, and it’s quite a nifty feature, but it’s available only on 10th-gen i9 desktop processors.
Nevertheless, the i5 10400 still performs amazingly well. In fact, its performance is quite similar to the i7 9700F! This means that the i5 10400 will perform admirably not only in games but under heavier workloads as well.
This PC is also exceptionally well-equipped when it comes to the GPU. The GTX 1660 Super is a great graphics card with 6GB of VRAM that will allow you to play virtually all modern games from 4X to AAA in 1080p at 50-60FPS, with a lot of them running at ultra settings.
When it comes to RAM we would have preferred 16GB, but you can’t have everything. For starters, 8GB will be enough, and whenever you choose to get more it will be as easy as slapping an additional stick or two on your motherboard.
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Last but not least, this CYBERPOWER PC comes with 500GB of NVMe SSD. Some of you may be looking for more, and that’s understandable, but seeing that this is not an HDD and not even a 2.5 SSD, but an M.2 NVMe, we don’t want to complain.
All in all, this is a very well-rounded PC with quality components and gorgeous aesthetics. If 800 USD is your budget, and you want the best value you can get for the money, this is it.
- NVMe storage
- 10th-gen Intel processor
- Looks amazing
- Might require a CPU cooler upgrade
Finally, our last pick for this list is another CYBERPOWER rig, the GXiVR8020A7.
This is another i5 9400F system, this time combined with AMDs RX 5500XT graphics card. Unfortunately, none of the PCs on the list have 16GB of RAM, so once again you’ll have to settle for 8GB for now, and then upgrade it sometime in the future if you decide you need more.
As for the storage, this system is equipped with a 240GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. Even though an NVMe sounds appealing (and indeed it is), what most casual gaming rigs will have is something akin to this – a combination of speed and volume that will keep all the important programs running fast, and provide plenty of storage for everything else.
Just like the previous entry, this system comes in a sleek and stylish case with a transparent side panel. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a black edition, but even so, the overall system is quite easy on the eyes.
And finally, no prebuilt PC would be complete without the basic peripherals (mouse and keyboard), Wi-Fi, and an OS included in the price, and in this case, the OS is, of course, Windows 10. Additionally, the system is packed with plenty of connectivity options you can check out via the link above.
This PC is quite decent for a prebuilt model at this price range. Not quite as packed as our previous entry, but still a great value for the price.
As we already mentioned in some of the entries above, the i5 9400F is a great mid-range 9th-gen processor that will keep the RX 5500XT running smoothly. In fact, you won’t have any bottlenecking problems even if you decide to upgrade the GPU at some point in the future. It’s powerful enough to keep up with both heavier workloads and intensive gaming.
When it comes to the RX 5500XT it’s probably the closest thing on this list to the GTX 1060. So, not as powerful as the GTX 1660, but still powerful enough to run most modern AAA titles with decent framerates at medium to high settings, and even dabble in VR gaming.
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Having said that, if you compare this one to our second entry, the SkyTech Archangel you might just see a large price gap between the two systems, and might instinctively reach for the Archangel, but that entirely depends on what you’re looking for.
First of all, the i5 9400 is a better processor than the R3 1200. This means that if you plan to do any editing, graphics design, or any other type of work in addition to gaming on this PC, or if you largely play strategy games for example, then this is definitely the better option for you.
If, however, you don’t care about anything else but gaming, then, by all means, go for the cheaper option, or else, take another look at the 4th entry!
As we mentioned above, we’re rather pleased with the type and amount of storage seeing as this PC has the best of both worlds and plenty of it.
The only things that might need any sort of upgrading are RAM (but that entirely depends on your preferences and how you intend to use this PC) and possibly the CPU cooler, as the processor likely comes with the standard Intel stock cooler which is sub-optimal (this goes for all PCs on this list that have an Intel processor).
- Great CPU
- Plenty of storage
- Might require a CPU cooler upgrade
Do You Need An $800 Prebuilt Gaming PC?
Whether or not you need an $800 prebuilt gaming PC depends on what you expect to get out of your investment.
Some people want to buy a basic system as cheaply as possible, with the intention of upgrading it later. If that’s your goal, you can get away with a $500 system as long as it has a full-sized case. This way you’ll have more upgradeability options in the future. You won’t be playing any of the newest games right away, but with a few upgrades, it could turn into a real beast.
On the other hand, there are those who to buy a computer that will last them for a long time. Keep in mind, though, that bleeding-edge technology will also bleed your wallet dry, so if this is what you want, you have to make sure that you are ready to pay top dollar for it.
And finally, some people want a PC that will enable them to play the games their friends are playing right now and will give them the ability to upgrade in the future. If this is you, an $800 gaming PC is a great investment.
However, we should also mention another alternative. You’ll get the best possible bang for your buck by building your own PC. This comes with its own pitfalls, of course. For example, parts can fail, or you can make a costly mistake.
If a bad cable fries the GPU on your prebuilt PC, you can make a warranty claim and get it fixed. If you built your own PC, that cable is your responsibility.
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Still, you’ll be able to afford much better parts by building your own PC. For $800, you can build a machine that’s way better than any of the systems in this article. If what we just said managed to pique your interest, check out our Ultimate PC Build Guide for the Best Gaming PC under 800 USD.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to build an entire PC, but still don’t mind tinkering with it a bit, there is another option. You can choose a cheaper prebuilt PC, and add a graphics card yourself for example. This will give you more flexibility in terms of what you buy when you buy it and how much you pay for it.
You might even be able to snatch the GPU you want on a great discount, and it will likely cost you about the same as the PCs on this list, but instead of having to settle for what other people decided should be in your system you can have a degree of control at least over which graphics card you will be using.
If this is something that you think might interest you we suggest you take a look at our list of the best prebuilt PCs under $500.
The list above contains some really great systems, but we thought we’d give you a few more choices in case you’re interested, or in case some of them are out of stock at the time you’re reading this.
Acer Nitro 50 N50-600-UR1H
Our first honorable mention is the Acer Nitro 50 N50-600-UR1H. This one is quite similar to the Archangel from the list above, with two major differences – the CPU and GPU.
Namely, the Acer Nitro has an i5-9400F instead of the Ryzen 3 1200 which is quite an improvement. On the other hand, however, the Acer Nitro has the GTX 1650 compared to the Archangel’s GTX 1060 which is a considerable downgrade.
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In addition to that, the Acer Nitro Has a 512GB SSD compared to the Archangel’s 1TB HDD.
So essentially, what you get is a tradeoff. In this case there is no right or wrong choice. Depending on what you are looking for in a PC one will be better than the other. For example, if you want a good PC for gaming you will always choose the one with a stronger graphics card, whereas if you need it for work getting a stronger CPU will be the better option.
The reason this PC didn’t quite make it on the list above is that we already had one PC for the same price as this one that was better in every way. That said, this is still one of the better PCs we were able to find under $800 and that’s why it still made it to the honorable mentions.
HP Pavilion 690-0073w Black
We thought long and hard whether to include this one in our honorable mentions or not, but we decided to do it anyway, and maybe some of you will be able to catch a good bargain.
This is the HP Pavilion 690-0073w.
Though not quite as good and a fair bit more expensive than the entries on the list above this PC is still a decent choice if you’re in a pinch and nothing else is available.
This is not something we would recommend under different circumstances, but the fact that the PC market is so dried out at the moment for lack of a milder word, and a PC you saw today might tomorrow be out of stock, we decided to still put it among the honorable mentions in case it helps some of you.
This PC is equipped with the i5 9400F, the 1660 Ti, and it has 8GB of RAM. This would be a pretty good choice if it had more than 256GB of storage, but unfortunately it doesn’t, and that’s what bugs us the most. That, and the price.
The storage may be SSD, but 256GB is too little to call it a finished PC. On top of that the case has a very basic HP design without any bells and whistles. While this might not bother many of you, for $850 we expected just a little more flare seeing as much cheaper PCs on the list above looked a lot better.
Looks, of course, aren’t everything, and a pretty case won’t get you far if it’s just a glorified oven, but it’s still something to keep in mind if you’re already spending over $850. That said, this is still a very good PC, and it might have landed on the actual list had it been less expensive.
And that’s it for our list! We hope you were able to find something that suits your taste.
In case you are still browsing and searching for the right PC, check out some of our other lists, perhaps you’ll find something that suits you there.
If, however, you got any of the PCs from our list, feel free to let us know how you like it in the comments below. We’re always happy to hear your thoughts, and who knows, maybe your comment might help other users in a similar quest for the perfect gaming PC.