So, you’re in the market for a new gaming PC. If it’s been a few years since you bought your last one, or if you’ve never bought a PC before, you may not know what to expect.

After all, computer parts are constantly changing price. A system that cost over $1,500 a few years ago can be far cheaper today, particularly if the manufacturer has started producing an upgraded version.

Since newer and shiner parts are constantly being developed, there’s no upper limit to how much you can spend on a gaming PC. For the price of a nice used car, you can get a liquid-cooled beast of a machine that will run new games for the next decade.

But most people don’t have that kind of cash to spend on a new PC, and you don’t have to. In fact, if you’re looking for a PC that will run all the latest games, there’s no reason to spend more than $800.

But how do you know which prebuilt gaming PCs are a good deal, and which ones to pass up?

We’ve reviewed seven of the most popular $800 gaming PCs on the market. We chose only PCs with SSDs for storage, and with dedicated GPUs. That’s a good start, but it’s just a start. We’ll take a close look at each one of these computers, and find out what they’re really capable of.

Before we do that, here’s a quick overview of the PCs we are going to review.

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    The 7 Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $800 For 2020

    ProductProcessor SpeedROMOperating System 
    3.2 GHz256GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Home
    3.4 GHz400GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Pro
    3.4 GHz120GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Home
    3.5 GHz250GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Home
    3.5 GHz120GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Home
    3.5 GHz120GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Home
    3.8 GHz240GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    Windows 10 Pro

    Acer Desktop Computer Aspire GX-281-UR16

    About the PC

    The first PC on our list is the Acer Aspire GX-281-UR16. While it comes in just over $800, it was still worth taking a look at because it has a powerful power supply and has a large, gaming case with plenty of room for upgrades.

    The processor is an AMD Ryzen 5 1400, and clocks at 3.2 GHz. This is one of the best valued CPUs for the price, and rates higher in benchmark tests than any Intel processors short of the Core i7 series. It’s powerful enough to run pretty much any game on the market, provided you have a good graphics card.

    Thankfully, this PC has a good enough graphics card to get the job done. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has a cycle time of 1,752 MHz, and sits right in the middle of the GTX series in terms of performance benchmarks. You’ll be able to run Fallout 76 in Ultra mode at 44 frames per second, or crank it up to 60 FPS in Low resolution, which is still 720p.

    The system ships with 8GB of DDR4 RAM. This will be plenty to run any game currently on the market, particularly with the 4GB of DDR5 RAM on the video card. If you want to upgrade at some point, there’s room in the case for up to four 16GB cards, which would give you a whopping 64GB of RAM.

    For storage, you have two options. The primary drive is a 256GB SSD, which has plenty of space for your operating system along with several games. If you need more storage, there’s also a 1TB HDD. This PC ships with Windows 10 Home preinstalled, so you won’t need to put extra cash into an operating system.

    The Acer Aspire GX-281-UR16 has eight USB ports: four are USB 3.1 ports, while four are older USB 2.0 connections. There’s also an internal wireless card so you can get online easily. Make sure you have a mouse, monitor and keyboard; they’re not included with this PC.

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    Our Thoughts

    This is a decent gaming PC for the price. It’s got enough RAM for almost any game, and the video card is good enough to last for a few years. There’s also plenty of connectivity, which is great if you have a lot of devices hooked up to your PC.

    The biggest selling point here is the case. There are three DDR4 RAM expansion slots on the motherboard, as well as an extra PCI Express x16 slot in case you want to add a second GPU at some point in the future. If that’s not enough, there’s an extra 3.5” internal slot, and a second 5.25” external slot if you want to add a second DVD drive.

    That said, we know a thing or two about computers, and a case is not much of a selling point. It’s one of the cheapest parts of your system – although it’s a real headache to change. Still, we wouldn’t feel right recommending a PC solely on the basis of the case.

    On the other hand, the drawback here is significant. Remember how we said the Ryzen 5 1400 processor was better than any Intel except the i7 series chips?

    About that: the other PCs we’ve looked at are either i7 PCs or higher rated AMD systems. This is a really great processor for 3.2 GHz, but at the end of the day it’s a 3.2 GHz processor. That’s fast enough for now, but it’s going to be the first thing in this machine you need to replace.

    What We Loved

    • Up-to-date video card
    • Both SSD and HDD storage
    • Lots of room for upgrades

    What We Didn’t Like

    • Relatively slow
    • Less value than other PCs

    Dell 9020 4K Gamer Ultra Tower Pavilion 590 Desktop Computer

    About the PC

    We chose this PC because it’s a gaming PC made by Dell. In general Dell systems are easy to upgrade, so we were willing to give this one a shot even though it’s refurbished by a third party. The refurbisher also provides a one-year warranty, which gives us some added confidence in their work.

    The Intel Core i7 4770 processor clocks at 3.4 GHz. This is fast enough to run any current video game, and the processor does well on benchmark tests. Intel’s advertising says that it performs up to 3.9 GHz, but this depends on Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology, so those insane speeds are only good for a few seconds at a time. Basically, this is a 3.4 GHz processor that can handle the occasional particle-rich explosion.

    The 9020 4k Gamer’s graphics card is one of the least powerful on our list. While the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2.0GB does as well on benchmark tests as the GTX 1050 Ti, it only has 2GB of video RAM instead of 4GB. This is a significant bottleneck, since a lot of newer games recommend at least 4GB. That said, you’ll still be able to play games like Battlefield V on lower graphics settings.

    This PC has 16GB of DDR3 RAM. This is generally somewhat slower than DDR4 RAM, so it may not feel like a machine with 16GB of RAM. Still, even an 8GB system is good enough to run any game you can buy today. With upgrade space for up to 32GB, the RAM on this system is good enough to last for years.

    The internal 400GB SSD has enough storage for a dozen games, with room to spare. There’s also a 1TB HDD for bulk storage. This system ships with Windows 10 Pro preinstalled. It also includes a mouse and keyboard

    There are four USB 3.1 ports on the front of the PC. On the back, there are two more USB 3.1 ports, as well as four USB 2.0 ports. There are also serial and PS2 ports for legacy device support.

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    Our Thoughts

    There’s a lot to like about the Dell 9020 4K Gamer Ultra.

    To begin with, it has 16GB of RAM. Even though the RAM is only DDR3, this is still enough memory to meet games’ system requirements for the foreseeable future. It also has enough storage on the SSD for almost anyone’s needs, without needing to resort to slower HDD storage.

    The Intel Core i7, while not as fast as most of the processors on our list, is still fast enough to keep up with most newer games. Don’t count on the 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost for long-term performance, but it’s good enough to get you through sudden surges.

    Then there’s the connectivity. You can use this system with a state of the art monitor and gaming mouse, or you can use your old PS2 mouse that still works just fine.

    On the other hand, we’re surprised that Dell put this video card in a gaming PC. While the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 is a good graphics card, this particular version only has 2GB of video RAM. This means you won’t be able to run a lot of newer games. Given how future-proof the rest of this rig is, we’re disappointed.

    There’s also no internal wireless card. This isn’t a huge inconvenience, since there are plenty of cheap USB wireless adapters available. It’s another significant oversight, though, particularly in a gaming PC.

    What We Loved

    • Video card runs all current games
    • SSD and HDD drives
    • 16GB of RAM

    What We Didn’t Like

    • Only 2GB video RAM
    • No internal wireless card

    iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming Desktop PC

    About the PC

    The first thing you’ll notice about the iBUYPOWER Elite is that the case has three cooling fans. This is a true gaming PC, and that’s why we chose it. The case also features remote-controlled LED lighting. This looks cool, and some people love it, but that’s not why it ended up on our list.

    The iBUYPOWER Elite has an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor. It clocks at 3.4 GHz, and has better benchmark test results than the Intel Core i7 4770. It also boosts up to 3.9 GHz, so you’ll get similar performance during short, high-demand bursts. This CPU won’t stop you from playing anything on the market in 2019, but you’ll probably want to upgrade it within a few years.

    The video card on this rig is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. It’s faster than the 1050, and has better results on benchmark tests. Battlefield V runs at over 70 frames per second in Ultra mode with this graphics card. It has 3GB of video RAM, which is in the middle of the pack. Some games will experience pop-in without that fourth gigabyte, particularly texture-heavy games like Kingdom Come: Deliverance if you’re playing on maximum settings.

    The iBUYPOWER Elite has 8GB of DDR4 RAM. That’s enough to run any current game, but isn’t particularly impressive. Thankfully, there’s room to expand up to 32GB of RAM, which is more than enough for anything you’ll see in this PC’s lifetime. It’s also DDR4 and not DDR3, so you’ll have access to RAM that has a faster read/write time.

    The 120GB SSD on this system is enough to hold your operating system and a few games, if not your entire library. Thankfully, there’s also a 1TB HDD. Throw your music library, your movies, and all your other files on this drive, and save the SSD for games.

    Connectivity options on the iBUYPOWER Elite are about average. You get four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. This should be plenty for most people, but think twice if you have a lot of peripherals. There’s also an internal wireless card, so you won’t have any delays getting started playing online.

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    Our Thoughts

    A lot of manufacturers claim their PCs are gaming PCs. Oftentimes, what they mean is that they’ve built a computer with an SSD and a dedicated GPU. Some of these are good systems, but they’re high-performance office machines that also work for video games. This is an actual gaming PC.

    With all the cooling power on this case, you can upgrade to your heart’s content without worrying too much about airflow. There’s also plenty of room inside for expansion. You can add another 5.25” external drive, as well as another 3.5” internal drive if the basic SSD is too small for your taste.

    Can we talk about that SSD for a second? It’s only 128GB. This is barely big enough to be useful on a gaming machine. If you play more than a few games at a time, you’ll need to do some regular file management to keep yourself from filling up the entire drive.

    The 8GB of RAM is also a bit underwhelming. It’s not going to keep you from playing any current games, but you’ll have to close all your background applications for some of them. Of course, there are enough expansion slots that you can fix this later on.

    Overall, this is a great PC for the price. We particularly like the video card. It’s an absolute beast, and you’ll be able to run games at lower settings for several years into the future.

    What We Loved

    • Three cooling fans
    • High-performance video card
    • VR Ready

    What We Didn’t Like

    • Small SSD
    • Only 8GB of RAM

    XOTIC PC Essential AMD + Nvidia Gaming Computer Desktop PC

    About the PC

    This is another true, dedicated gaming PC. The Essential is XOTIC’s most basic model, but we should probably put that in perspective. Their top-line PCs cost thousands of dollars. So yes, this is their base machine, but that’s similar to saying a car is Lamborghini’s base model. As a result, we were willing to take a look at it even though it’s slightly over our $800 price tag.

    To begin with, the processor is an AMD Ryzen 2200G. This CPU clocks at 3.5 GHz, with boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz. It beats a lot of AMD processors on benchmark tests, although some Intel Core i7 models are more powerful. On the other hand, it’s one of the most powerful processors you’ll see at this price point, and it’s more powerful than anything we’ve looked at so far.

    We’ve already looked at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. It’s the same one that’s in the Acer Aspire GX-281-UR16, but it gives even better performance in the XOTIC PC Essential thanks to the faster processor. You’ll be able to run Just Cause IV, Fallout 76 or Darksiders II at maximum settings without dropping under 30 frames per second.

    This system is loaded with RAM – 16GB of DDR4, upgradable to 32GB. That’s more than enough to get great performance on all today’s hottest games, and it will be for several years down the road. You won’t have any texture pop-in issues with this machine. The stock RAM clocks at 2,666 MHz, which is on the faster side.

    The internal SSD gives you 250GB of storage before you have to tap into the 1TB HDD. This isn’t the most memory on our list, but it’s not the lowest number either. You’ll have space for six to eight Steam games, depending on their exact size. The XOTIC PC Essential comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled.

    There are two USB 3.1 ports on the front of the case, with an additional four on the back. There’s also a PS2 port if you have an older keyboard or mouse you like to use. On the other hand, there’s no internal wireless card, so you’ll need a USB wireless adapter to connect to WiFi.

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    Our Thoughts

    We really like this PC. It’s high-quality, it’s hand built, and it looks fantastic. The case has four cooling fans, which gives it more upgrade and overclock potential than any PC on our list.

    But why overclock anything? This PC already blazing fast. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is one of the best graphics cards on the market, and you won’t have any issues running any current games. The 3.5 Ghz processor is also extremely fast. Combine the GPU and CPU with the 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and you have an $800 gaming PC that not only runs the latest games, but lets you keep up with your friends in multiplayer.

    That said, the SSD isn’t particularly large, and there are only six USB ports. The legacy device support is nice, but we’d rather XOTIC ditched the PS2 port for another pair of USB ports. There’s also no wireless card, which is a significant oversight on a boutique PC. Sure, we could use a USB wireless adapter, but that would use up one of our six precious USB ports. This is disappointing.

    At the end of the day, this is still a great system. But the serious connectivity oversights left us scratching our heads. For single-player gamers who want eye-popping graphics, the XOTIC PC Essential is a great buy. For multiplayer gamers, there are PCs that will do a better job at a lower price.

    What We Loved

    • Great graphics card
    • 16GB of RAM
    • Supports legacy PS2 peripherals
    • Four cooling fans

    What We Didn’t Like

    • No wireless card
    • High price

    SkyTech Oracle – Gaming Computer PC Desktop

    About the PC

    The SkyTech Oracle is a dedicated gaming PC with four cooling fans. It also has a transparent side, so you’ll never forget to clean your computer again. The motherboard has an AMD 970 chipset, which is made specifically for gamers. It features low-latency Ethernet for better online gaming, and 6 GB/s SATA connections for shorter load times.

    The AMD FX-6300 Six-Core processor is in the middle of the pack in terms of benchmarks. It comes in below the Intel Core i7 line, and even below the Core i5-3570K. This surprised us, because it has a clock speed of 3.5 GHz, with up to 4.1 GHz bursts.

    This PC has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, like a few of the other PCs on our list. We won’t belabor the point. It has 4GB of video RAM, and it runs almost all current games.

    The SkyTech Oracle has 16GB of RAM in two 8GB sticks. While two sticks is usually fast, these are relatively slow for DDR4 RAM: only 1866 MHz. You’ll still be able to run any new release for the next several years, but you’re liable to experience some texture pop-in on more demanding games.

    The 120GB SSD is among the smaller solid state drives we’ve seen today. It’s enough for your operating system and three or four games, but avid gamers are going to want something more substantial. To be fair, the 1TB HDD runs at 7,200 RPM, so it’s as fast as traditional drives get, but it’s still slower than an SSD.

    This machine has four USB 3.1 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. Windows 10 Home is preinstalled, and a keyboard and mouse are included. There’s no PS2 port for legacy peripherals, so plan on using the free ones if your mouse or keyboard is an old model.

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    Our Thoughts

    There are a lot of good things about the SkyTech Oracle, and also a lot of bad things. Let’s start with the good things.

    To begin with, the gaming motherboard is awesome. This is the only PC on our list with a dedicated gaming motherboard. While it won’t make a difference for offline gamers, multiplayer gamers will notice the decreased lag time.

    We also loved the graphics card. It’s not unique, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is one of the best on the market. You won’t have any complaints here. The three cooling fans are also great. You can upgrade the SkyTech Oracle to your heart’s content without needing to worry about overheating.

    On the other hand, the AMD FX-6300 Six-Core isn’t a great processor. It’s going to slow down the rest of the machine, and the slow RAM doesn’t help either. Combine that with a relatively small SSD, and you’re looking at relatively long load times and lots of stuttering when the processor is handling a lot of assets.

    What We Loved

    • AMD 970 gaming motherboard
    • Excellent graphics card
    • Three cooling fans
    • Good connectivity
    • 16GB of RAM

    What We Didn’t Like

    • Relatively poor processor benchmark
    • Only 1866 MHz RAM
    • Small SSD


    About the PC

    This is another PC that was made by and for gamers. The CLX SET has four cooling fans, a transparent tempered glass side panel, and customizable LED lighting.

    The processor is an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G, which benchmarks just below the Intel Core i7-3770. This is a little disappointing, since the i7-3770 clocks at 3.4 GHz and the Ryzen 3 2200G clocks at 3.5 GHz. Still, it’s not much of a difference, and at the end of the day this is a good processor.

    We’ve already talked about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB graphics card when we reviewed the Dell 9020 4K Gamer Ultra. It’s a great graphics card in terms of benchmarks, but it only has 2GB of RAM, instead of the 4GB of its older brother, the GTX 1050 Ti. This will limit your gaming options.

    The CLX SET only has a 120GB SSD. It’s large enough to load your operating system, and for storing a few Steam games, but you’ll need to use the 1TB HDD for everything else. This isn’t a huge drawback for a gaming PC, unless you play a lot of games at once, but it’s worth mentioning.

    This PC has three USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 port. It also has an integrated WiFi card, and Windows 10 Home is preinstalled. It ships with a gaming keyboard and gaming mouse.

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    Our Thoughts

    This PC is another mixed bag.

    On the one hand, the processor is quite good. The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G might not be the top CPU on the market, but it’s right up there with some of AMD’s and Intel’s top processors. You won’t have any speed issues here.

    The four cooling fans are another great feature. If you like to overclock your processor, you’ll have fewer concerns about overheating. Likewise if you decide to upgrade the processor or the GPU to something that runs a bit hotter.

    The GeForce GTX 1050 2GB is also good – at least in theory. This is a great budget GPU, but it doesn’t belong in a serious gaming PC. While the base chip is powerful, the 2GB of video RAM is just too limiting, and doesn’t let you run some games above minimum settings.

    The small SSD is another drawback, but it shouldn’t be a major issue for most people. Unless you’re playing four or five games at the same time, you won’t run into any space issues.

    Honestly, the most significant downside of the CLX SET is the fact that it only has four USB ports, and no legacy device support. Not only do you only have four ports, but you can’t even use an old mouse and keyboard to make the best of your system. Once your basic peripherals are hooked up, you’re limited to two USB ports. Ouch.

    What We Loved

    • Good processor
    • Good video card
    • Four cooling fans
    • 16GB of RAM

    What We Didn’t Like

    • Only 2GB of video RAM
    • Small SSD
    • Only 4 USB drives

    Centaurus Hunter Gaming Computer

    About the PC

    Last but not least, we reviewed the Centaurus Hunter Gaming Computer. This is another boutique build, but it’s in our price range. The case has three cooling fans, which makes it easy to upgrade. It also has remote controlled LED lights. These are nice, but please don’t buy a PC just because it looks cool.

    Then again, you don’t have to. This PC comes with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor overclocked to 3.8 Ghz. This is already a processor with great benchmark numbers, and Centaurus made it better for you out of the box. They also warranty the Hunter for three years, which is the best warranty we’ve seen on a build like this.

    But they didn’t stop there. They also threw in a Radeon RX 570 graphics card, which has benchmark numbers better than any other graphics card we’ve seen today. If you’ve ever wanted to pause Kingdom Come: Deliverance during a sunset and get that perfect screenshot of Henry, the raytracing on this card will make you cry tears of joy.

    There’s one area where the Centaurus Hunter falls short: RAM. It only ships with 8GB. This is DDR4 RAM, though, so it’s nice and fast. You can also upgrade to 32GB if you want to, so it’s not like you’re locked into an 8GB machine. Still, RAM is going to be your bottleneck on this machine.

    For storage, you’ll have a 240GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for overflow. This is enough for most gamers,, and the case has room for another 3.5” internal drive if you want to add a second SSD. The Centaurus Hunter comes with Windows 10 Pro already installed, and there’s no bloatware.

    You’ll only get six USB ports on this computer, and there’s no legacy device support. This means that your mouse and keyboard will automatically use two of those ports. On the other hand, the wireless card is integrated, so you won’t need to waste a port for a USB adapter.

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    Our Thoughts

    The Centaurus Hunter is an absolute beast of a machine, and we’re shocked that it costs less than $800. The processor and the graphics card are both the most powerful on our list, and the 3-year warranty for an overclocked PC is just about unheard of.

    We would have liked to see more than 8GB of RAM. It’s enough to run almost any current game, but it’s not often we’ll tell you that RAM will be your very first upgrade on a prebuilt PC. We’d also have liked to see more USB ports on this computer. Sure, not many people are going to use more than six, but USB ports are relatively cheap, and when you need one, you really need one. There’s no reason for a great PC like this to leave you in the lurch.

    Finally, we’d like to take a second to mention something PC buyers take for granted: bloatware. You buy a brand new PC. It’s supposed to be clean and fresh. It should boot up lightning-fast, because there shouldn’t be anything loading other than the operating system.

    But so often, new PCs are loaded up with media software, antivirus programs, and office applications. We’ve spent hours getting rid of “free” programs that we didn’t want. Centaurus ships a clean PC. It’s loaded with Windows 10 Pro, and that’s it.

    What We Loved

    • 3.8 GHz processor – wow!
    • Top of the line graphics card
    • No preloaded bloatware
    • 3-year warranty

    What We Didn’t Like

    • Only 8 GB of RAM

    Do You Need a $800 Prebuilt Gaming PC?

    Whether or not you need a $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. You won’t be playing any 2019 games on those rigs, but some of them are actually pretty decent.

    Other people want to buy a computer that will last them a long time. For that, you’ll want to drop a few hundred extra dollars on your rig. Keep in mind, though, that you pay a premium for bleeding-edge technology. A 4.0 GHz processor costs a lot more than a similar 3.8 GHz processor. Unless you have money to burn, or gaming is the most important thing in your life, you’ll want to avoid going this route.

    On the other hand, some people want a PC that will 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.

    We should also mention another alternative. You’ll get the best possible value 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.

    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.

    The Best $800 Prebuilt Gaming PC of 2020

    This was a tough decision. To begin with, let’s acknowledge a runner-up.

    The XOTIC PC Essential is a badass gaming PC. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a solid graphics card, and the AMD Ryzen 2200G is an excellent processor. This system ships with 16GB of RAM, which means you won’t have to touch your RAM for a few years. It also has four cooling fans, and comes from a distinguished manufacturer.

    Ultimately, our choice for top pick came down to price. There are a few differences between these two machines, but they basically come out in the wash in terms of quality.

    So what was our top choice?

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    The Centaurus Hunter Gaming Computer is the best $800 prebuilt gaming PC. It has three cooling fans, and the AMD Ryzen 2200G processor comes already overclocked to an insane 3.8 GHz. Not only that, but the AMD Radeon RX 570 is the best graphics card on any $800 PC we’ve looked at. And Centaurus warranties this package for three years.

    This rig will get you gaming not just on day one, but for years to come. That’s a ton of value for $800.

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