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. After all, technology keeps advancing at a surreal pace, and it can be hard 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 7 such PCs and a few honorable mentions. We chose only systems with SSD 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 capable of.
Before we do that, here’s a quick overview of the PCs.
|Intel Core i5-9400F||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||8 GB||256 GB SSD|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||16 GB||1 TB SSD|
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||8 GB||500 GB SSD|
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600X||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660||16 GB||500 GB SSD|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3600||AMD Radeon RX 590||16 GB||512 GB SSD|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||16 GB||256GB SSD|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060||16 GB||512GB SSD|
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HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop
The first PC on our list is the HP Pavilion. For a surprising $640 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 2060 without bottlenecking.
Unfortunately, this PC doesn’t have the RTX 2060, but it’s got the next best thing – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6 GB of VRAM, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.
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 90 FPS. Games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider average at about 60-65 FPS on ultra settings, and with some less demanding titles you can even try out gaming in 1440p provided that your monitor is good enough.
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When it comes to connectivity, once again this PC does not disappoint. It has got plenty of USB ports, and even a media card reader, and a DVD writer. The PC also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, discreet LED lighting and the price includes Windows 10, a wired keyboard and optical mouse.
The only thing that could be considered a flaw of this PC is its low storage space. Having only 256 GB could be a deal-breaker for some, but we urge you to keep in mind that this is 256 GB of SSD storage and that this PC costs only $640. Even with the price of an entire 2TB HDD, this PC would still be the cheapest on the list!
The processor and graphics card are the two most important components in a gaming PC, and the HP Pavilion comes with some truly high-quality stuff. As demonstrated by the numbers above, this PC’s “gaming” 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.
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When it comes to RAM, the HP Pavilion is equipped with 8 GB of it. You might have noticed that in the section above we said that the HP Pavilion 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 (GPU).
With PCs that have an integrated graphics card, the GPU shares the RAM with the system which can often lead to lagging when 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 when gaming if that memory doesn’t have to be shared with the GPU.
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So in case, you were thinking that, because this PC is so much cheaper than the others, you’ll have to upgrade it as soon as you buy it in order to have it run smoothly, no need to worry, the HP Pavilion has you covered.
Well, it has you mostly covered. The only aspect in which this PC is lacking is storage.
While it does have the much-faster SSD storage compared to the regular HDD, 256 GB will definitely not be enough in the long run, and you will have to invest in additional storage in the near future. However, that shouldn’t be much of a problem because good-quality 1TB HDDs like the Western Digital Caviar Blue or the Seagate BarraCuda, for example, can be found for around $40.
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 not disappoint.
- Excellent graphics card
- Powerful processor
- Windows 10 included
- Not a lot of storage
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop (More RAM and Storage)
Our next pick for this list is another HP Pavilion model. This one is quite similar to our first entry on this list, but with two major differences.
While the CPU and graphics card are exactly the same (Intel Core i5-9400F and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti) this model makes up for the shortcomings of our first pick – RAM and storage.
Namely, this PC comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and no less than 1TB of SSD storage! While we did say above that if a PC has a dedicated GPU, 8GB of RAM is quite enough for casual users, it might not be enough for everyone. Depending on how you plan on using your PC when you’re not gaming, you might actually need more than 8 GB, and if so than this is the better option for you.
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When it comes to storage, 1TB is more than most people need, and given that it’s SSD we’re talking about, this is likely the main reason for the jump in price from $640 from our first pick, to $815 for this one.
Other than this these two PCs are identical. They both come with the same number of USB ports, an HDMI port, one headphone/microphone jack, media card reader, DVD writer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Windows 10. As always, the PC also comes with a wired keyboard and mouse.
There’s nothing much to say here that hasn’t already been said above, but let’s go a bit more in-depth anyway.
Each entry on this list was picked based on two criteria. First of all, they had to be the best PCs for their price that we could find, and second, they had to be able to cater to different types of users who have different priorities, needs, and preferences.
While the first entry was for those who wanted an exclusively gaming system for a reasonable price, this one could be quite useful (due to the amount of RAM, but also because of the storage) to those who plan on using their PC for work or say, light video editing, when they’re not gaming.
Speaking of storage, we should explain why we were so pleasantly surprised by what this HP Pavilion model has to offer. In short, 1TB SSD is generally better than 1TB HDD because SSDs are much faster than HDDs. Storage speed affects things like loading time in games, transfer speeds when moving data, how fast your PC boots up, how fast your programs boot up, etc.
Besides this, as we’ve said, there are no other differences. The OS, peripherals and the simplicity of the visuals remain the same. The only other thing that’s different is the price. However, if you ask us if it’s worth giving $175 more for this PC, we can’t give you a definitive answer because there is none. What we can claim is that the price jump is justified, but whether the enhancements made here are something you find valuable or useful, that’s entirely up to you.
- Excellent graphics card
- Powerful processor
- Plenty of fast storage
- Windows 10 included
- Slightly exceeds the budget
SkyTech Blaze II
The SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC is slightly different than the previous two. Namely, while it has the same NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti with 6 GB of VRAM, this PC 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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The SkyTech Blaze II comes with 8 GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and a 500 GB SSD.
If you click on the link below you’ll notice that even though, compared to entry #2 this PC has less RAM and less storage, it’s a few bucks more expensive. That’s mostly 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 damn 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.
Combined with the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti, the SkyTech Blaze II performs just as well as the previously mentioned HP Pavilion models giving you a consistent 100+ 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.
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, at least for the first few months, but even if at one point you run out of space, adding more is neither expensive nor difficult.
And finally, we must admit that even though some of the functionality was sacrificed for the sake of aesthetics, the results don’t disappoint.
- Excellent graphics card
- Powerful CPU
- Looks gorgeous
- Plenty of fast storage
- Price slightly exceeds the budget
Our next pick is the SkyTech Archangel Gaming PC. Not only does this machine come with some of the most high-quality components we could find at this price range, but it’s also one of the most visually appealing ones on this list.
The Archangel comes with the NVIDIA GTX 1660 GPU instead of the Ti model our previous picks had, but it has got some other perks to make up for it. Namely, the CPU is AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600X which has slightly higher base and boost clock speeds than the non-X model, and it comes with the great Wraith Spire cooler.
These might not be big differences, but they could be useful depending on your needs and desires. A better cooler is useful if you intend on doing some light overclocking, but you should keep in mind that we’re still talking about a stock cooler. If you plan on doing any heavier overclocking, no matter how good the stock cooler is it won’t be able to handle it too well.
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There isn’t much to say when it comes to the RAM. The Archangel has 16 GB of DDR4 RAM running at 3000MHz which is the optimal amount and speed not only for non-competitive gaming but also for any other demanding tasks you plan on using your PC for.
The PC has 500 GB of SSD storage which should be quite enough to get you started. Some may find that they won’t need any more than this, while others might need to buy additional storage sometime in the future.
If you are one of those people we suggest getting an HDD. While SSDs are indeed faster and in many ways better than HDDs, regular hard drives have a much longer life span. So it’s never a bad idea to have an HDD for any personal data you want to keep safe, and an SSD for games and programs you use on a daily basis.
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As usual, the connectivity options are not lacking, and the keyboard, mouse, and Windows 10 are included in the price.
We’ve mentioned that the Archangel has a slightly weaker GPU than our previous entries on this list, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem since the GTX 1660 is still an excellent graphics card that can run any modern game at 1080p without any problems.
The strengths of this PC lie elsewhere. Namely, the GPU is usually the more important component in gaming, but not always. For those 4X fans out there a better processor might be exactly what they need, and it’s exactly what the Archangel offers. If, however, you prefer FPS games to strategies, you might want to take another look at our previous two entries.
Having 16 GB of RAM might be unnecessary for some people, but it’s never a bad thing. We’re happy to tell you that with this much memory you won’t have to worry about RAM upgrades in the foreseeable future. The storage is a different story, and you might have to upgrade it later, but for starters, 500 GB should be plenty.
And finally, the simplistic, yet elegant design of this PC is what really makes it stand out from the competition. The case has a sleek look with a discreet RGB strip on the front panel, as well as a clear side panel allowing you to see the lovely RGB fans inside. The case also has a PSU shroud which is a nice touch since it hides all the nasty cable clutter that would otherwise be in plain sight.
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Last, but not least, the power supply that comes with the SkyTech Archangel is a 500W 80+ Gold Certified PSU. This is a welcome addition as the 80+ Certification means that it wastes less power. So in the end, what you get with this PC is supreme quality, efficiency and visual appeal, and all that without going over the budget.
- Plenty of RAM
- SSD storage
- Gold Certified PSU
- Looks amazing
- Weaker graphics card
Coming in at number five is the ABS Summoner ALA119 PC. This is another one for Strategy game enthusiasts as it comes with the Ryzen 5 3600 combined with AMD’s Radeon RX 590 GPU.
The Ryzen 5 3600 is an amazing processor, based on AMD’s revolutionary Zen 2 architecture. It has 6 cores, 12 threads, a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a max boost speed of 4.2GHz which is pretty damn good. Unlike the X model, the non-X Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a Wrath Stealth stock cooler. It’s no Wraith Spire, but it’s definitely more than enough to keep your CPU cool at stock settings.
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The GPU is once again slightly weaker than the GTX 1660 Ti and is more on par with the GTX 1660. Nevertheless, it will still allow you to play any modern game at 1080p without any hiccups as it has 8GB of VRAM.
When it comes to RAM, the Summoner is extremely well-equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 3000MHz RAM, so you won’t have to think about upgrading it any time soon, if ever.
As promised, none of the PCs on this list have HDDs, and that goes for this one as well. The Summoner comes with 512 GB of SSD storage. As we’ve already said numerous times in this article, this will without a doubt be enough to get you started, however it might not be enough in the long run which is why you should think about getting an additional HDD sometime in the future.
And finally, no prebuilt PC would be complete without the basic peripherals and an OS included in the price, and in this case, the OS is, of course, Windows 10.
However, this PC comes with one more awesome thing, and that’s an Xbox Game Pass for PC, and best of all it comes as a free gift from AMD!
This PC is quite amazing for a prebuilt model at this price range. With plenty of RAM for years to come, super-fast storage, one of the best CPUs currently on the market, and a GPU on par with the GTX 1660 there aren’t many things this PC can’t do and that includes VR. While you might not be able to crank up the settings to the maximum, you’ll still be able to have a decent VR experience in less demanding games.
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The only thing you should keep in mind if you plan on one day getting a better GPU is that the current CPU this PC has won’t be able to support anything more than the RTX 2060, or rather, it will bottleneck it. This doesn’t mean that your new GPU won’t work, but it does mean that it won’t be able to reach its full potential.
Also, have you seen how awesome it looks? The clear side and front panels give the case a sleek and elegant appearance, and wonderfully show off the four LED fans that come with the case. We are a bit disappointed that it lacks a PSU shroud, but I guess you can’t have everything.
- Amazing CPU
- Supreme aesthetics
- Plenty of RAM
- Xbox Game Pass Gift
- No PSU shroud
- Slightly weaker GPU than the competition
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop (SSD + HDD Combo)
Here we have a very similar entry to our first and second picks, but with one convenient difference – storage.
Just as the aforementioned PCs, this HP Pavilion model is equipped with the Intel Core i5-9400F with 6 cores, 6 threads, and base and max boost speeds of 2.9GHz and 4.1GHz. This is an amazing processor that can support even more powerful GPUs than the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti that this Pavilion model comes with.
They didn’t skimp on RAM either. The PC comes with 16 GB of 2666MHz RAM which is quite enough for any type of gaming or work you plan on doing. And finally, we’ve come to the big difference between this one and the previous two HP Pavilion models on this list – the storage.
If you’ve read the entries so far carefully, you’ve seen that we usually recommend getting an additional HDD to accompany the SSD that comes with the PC. This is because for a lot of people 500 GB is not enough memory, but also because HDDs are much more reliable than SSDs, meaning that they last much longer, and they are good for storing data you wish to keep and preserve like photos, videos, work documents, movies, etc. While SSDs are excellent for the programs you use daily.
Well, this PC comes with both a 1TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD. In terms of storage, this one is probably the best on the entire list, except perhaps the second entry which comes with a 1 TB SSD.
Like all our previous picks, this one also has a pre-installed Windows 10, and a wired keyboard and mouse that are included in the price.
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If you want something that’s under $800 and has everything you’ll need, you can’t go wrong with this one.
This HP Pavilion has a perfect balance of quality and price. It has top of the line GPU and CPU, an optimal amount of RAM, more than enough storage, plus an operating system and peripherals.
The only thing that might deter some buyers is the simple design without any flashy lights and effects, but keep in mind that RGB means a more expensive PC, so think about what you want, bling or better performance?
- Great GPU
- More than enough storage
- 16 GB of RAM
- Very simple design
ABS Mage E
And finally, the king of them all, our last pick for this list is the ABS Mage E ALI296. This is the best the market has to offer at the moment, but it is a bit pricier than the others. However, for what you get, it’s no wonder.
At $850 this PC comes with the Intel Core i5-9400F combined with none other than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 that even trumps the GTX 1660 Ti which was the best on this list so far. The RTX 2060 is the first of the RTX line of GPUs which have real-time ray tracing enabled in games. This allows for a much more realistic rendering of light and shadow.
With this combination lag and gaming on low settings will be a thing of the past. It will enable you to step into the world of 1440p and even VR gaming.
This is a PC that will have you covered for the next couple of years without worrying about upgrading anything, and that goes for RAM too, as the Mage E comes with 16 GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
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The Mage E’s components come in a top-of-the-line case with a mesh front and four LED fans for maximum cooling. And as always, a keyboard, mouse and Windows 10 are included in the price.
This is without ad doubt the best PC on this list, but it’s also the most expensive. If it were only up to us we’d tell you to buy the best one and not even think about it because it will pay off in the long run as you won’t have to replace or upgrade any of the components for at least two years. Plus going $50 over the budget isn’t too much for the value you’re getting.
However, we are well aware that not everyone wants or needs a computer this powerful. And for this reason, we urge you to think very carefully about how much you’re willing to spend, and even more importantly how you plan to use your PC. Is it only for gaming or do you also plan to use it for work or some other sort of heavy lifting such as video editing?
If you plan on using it exclusively for gaming, and $850 is too much, then you can go for one of our HP Pavilion models from this list and never go wrong (except that you won’t be getting any of that RGB goodness), but if your gaming PC is also going to be your workstation, then it’s an entirely different story.
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Be that as it may, this is a list of the best prebuilt PCs under $800, so you shouldn’t go wrong with any of these. It is, in the end, only a matter of preference. Just keep in mind that greater workloads require more RAM.
- The best GPU on this list
- 16GB of RAM
- Excellent cooling
- Exceeds the budget
- Could use more storage
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 want 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.
The list above contains some really decent systems, but we thought we should give you a couple more choices in case you’re interested.
Our first honorable mention is the SkyTech Shadow Gaming PC. This one is quite similar to the Archangel from the list above, with two major differences – the CPU and RAM. Namely, the Shadow has an i5-9400F instead of the Ryzen 5 2600X. While the difference in performance is not huge, it does make a difference if you choose Intel or AMD because these two manufacturers use different CPU sockets and therefore different motherboards.
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This means that if you buy a PC with an Intel processor you won’t be able to replace it with an AMD one later on unless you change the motherboard as well, and this could end up costing you quite a bit.
And the other difference we’ve mentioned is the RAM. While the Archangel had 16 GB, this one has 8. Yes, it’s always better to have more RAM, but even so, this shouldn’t affect your gaming in any major way. Besides this, the Shadow Gaming PC has a 500GB SSD, and just like all the others, it includes peripherals and a pre-installed Windows 10.
ABS Mage E ALA145
We thought long and hard whether to include this one in our honorable mentions or not, but we decided to do it anyway because maybe some of you will be able to get ahold of a good bargain.
This PC is called the ABS Mage E ALA145 and it has the best GPU out of all of the abovementioned PCs. It comes with the Radeon RX 5700 with 8GB of VRAM combined with the Ryzen 5 2600, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500 GB SSD. Windows 10 and the peripherals are, as always, included in the price.
The value here is obvious – the better the graphics card the newer the games you can play and the better they’ll look. So for someone looking for an exclusively gaming rig, this is a really good choice.
It even comes with two gift elements: the Xbox Game Pass for PC, and the AMD Radeon Game Bundle. All this for $820… But there’s a catch. The PC is currently on a huge discount, and it ends soon, so for anyone interested in this bundle, hurry up because there are only a few days left! And for those who don’t get there in time… Maybe you’ll catch it on another discount again soon.
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, we also have lists for the Best Prebuilt PCs under $500 and the Best Prebuilt PCs under $1000, so you can check those out in case you haven’t been able to find what you were looking for on this particular list.
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.