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’ll 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 with 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 prebuilt PCs for around $800 and explained in detail what makes them great. So let’s take a close look at each one of these computers, and find out what they’re capable of.
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iBUYPOWER Trace 4 9310 Gaming PC
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (4GB)
Storage: 240GB SSD
- Excellent processor
- Powerful graphics card
- Great price
- Very little storage
- Could use more RAM
The first system on our list is the iBUYPOWER Trace 4 9310 Gaming PC. For only $700 this PC is pure gold!
For starters, it houses the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU which is widely regarded as the processor with the best value on the market. It has 6 cores, 12 threads, a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, and a max boost clock speed of 4.2GHz.
Second, it’s equipped with the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU.
In terms of performance, this graphics card is comparable to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660. This means this PC is equipped to dominate the 1080p resolution. You’ll be able to run any game you can think of at 1080p with the framerates not dipping below 30 even in the most demanding titles with all the settings cranked up to the max.
For example, in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Metro Exodus you’ll get between 40 and 45 FPS, in Witcher 3 around 45 FPS, Battlefield V around 80 FPS, and Control around 40 FPS.
And remember, this is at max settings. If a problem ever occurs or you wish to get smoother gameplay, all you need to do is tinker with the graphics settings a little bit.
Now, when it comes to the RAM and storage the situation is a bit different.
The Trace 4 9310 comes with 8GB of RAM and 240GB of SSD storage.
The RAM gets a passing grade if only barely, but the storage leaves a lot to be desired. This is a real shame because otherwise, this would have been a fantastic PC.
Other than the basic components, the Trace 4 9310 also has Wi-Fi, Windows 10 Home, a gorgeous case, and a 1-year warranty.
There are some amazing, and some not so amazing aspects to this PC.
Luckily the pros outweigh the cons.
Let’s get the cons out of the way first.
RAM is a very important PC component that has an immense impact on how your system performs both in-game and out. If you want to maximize your PC’s performance what you should focus on when it comes to RAM is the volume. For a gaming PC, the number you’re aiming for is 16.
16 GB is the perfect amount of RAM if gaming is the only thing you mean to do on your PC. Not only is it enough to run all your background processes without slowing down your PC, but it’s also enough to run any game that currently exists without a hitch.
Any less would be a handicap and any more overkill.
This PC has 8 GB.
Will this be a problem?
8 GB of RAM is the minimum required for gaming these days. For many games this will be enough, for others, it will present a major problem.
What does this mean for you?
Well, it means that you should be able to get by with 8 GB both in terms of gaming and browsing for the time being, but getting another 8 GB stick will massively improve your user experience in every way.
You don’t have to get more, but it’s highly advisable that you do, especially if you want to play the newest titles.
The other major drawback of this PC is its less than satisfactory amount of storage.
Yes, we’re talking about an SSD, but no matter how fast the storage is, 240 GB is simply not enough these days. You could technically make do with only that much if you’re willing to severely economize, but you’ll definitely need to get more soon.
But there’s a silver lining!
These two components, the RAM and the storage are the cheapest and easiest to upgrade. When we combine this with the fact that this is (at least at the time of writing) the cheapest PC on his list, upgrading both of these should still cost you less than, or around $800.
This is a fantastic deal especially considering that the two most important components of a PC and those that have the biggest impact on gaming performance (the CPU ad GPU) are excellent.
Like we said above, the CPU is considered one of the best on the market in terms of the performance you get for the price. It’s perfect for both gaming and light workloads, and it pairs fabulously with the RX 5500 XT.
You wouldn’t be able to get a better combo even if you were building a custom PC, and that’s saying something.
So, should you buy this PC?
Well, we definitely recommend taking a look at our other picks and choosing the one that you think will suit you best, but let’s just say that the Trace 4 9310 is here for a reason.
It has a fantastic CPU/GPU combo, and even though the RAM and storage might be lacking, they are components that are easily and relatively cheaply upgraded.
Best of all?
You can upgrade them whenever you are in a position to do so without any rush.
If the price of this PC doesn’t skyrocket due to its sheer awesomeness, this will probably be the PC with the best value on this list.
So yes, if what we said above suits you and you’re willing to give it a little love and attention post-purchase, you should definitely get this PC.
SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660
Storage: 500GB SSD
- Fantastic performance out of the box
- Optimized cooling system
- 80+ Certified PSU
- Could use more RAM
Our next pick is the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC.
This system comes in a gorgeous mid-tower case with tempered glass front and side panels and three striking RGB fans.
But don’t worry this is not just a pretty box.
The SkyTech Blaze II is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card.
The Ryzen 5 2600 is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU with a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a max boost clock speed of 3.9GHz. It comes with its own Wraith Stealth stock cooler that will be able to keep the temperatures under control, and it is unlocked meaning that you can overclock it to get a bit more performance out of it.
Fair warning though, if you plan on overclocking, you might want to get an aftermarket cooler.
As for the graphics card, there isn’t much to say. The GTX 1660 is an excellent GPU that will enable you to game comfortably in 1080p with the settings in most of your games cranked up to the max.
In games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Witcher 3 you’ll get around 70 FPS, in Metro Exodus a comfortable 50 FPS, and in Far Cry 5 and Hitman 2 roughly 60 FPS on average, for example. When it comes to any kind of esports, the framerates double at the very least.
However, there’s a slight catch.
These results are only viable if you have 16GB of RAM. Unfortunately, this PC has only 8GB.
Luckily, RAM is rather cheap and easy to upgrade, and you can do it anytime.
Of course, even if you don’t do it right away you will still be able to play many modern games and use your PC as you normally would even with only 8GB, but we’d be lying if we said that this is enough for hassle-free gaming these days.
Finally, the SkyTech Blaze II comes with a 500GB SSD and a 500W 80+ certified power supply.
Neither of these components is spectacular, but they are both enough to get you started.
The power supply should serve you well even if you decide to make some minor changes to the system, and you probably won’t have to get a new one for years, if ever, depending on how much you plan to upgrade this PC.
As for the SSD, we assume most avid gamers need more than 500GB, so you’ll probably want to get more in the future, but 500GB is still a decent amount for starters.
Just like our first pick this PC also comes with Wi-Fi, and Windows 10 Home.
So, we mentioned some good points of this PC and some that are lacking. Taking all of these into account, is the SkyTech Blaze II worth it?
Of course, otherwise, it wouldn’t be on this list.
It has a good processor and an excellent graphics card which are essentially the most important things to look for in a gaming PC.
If you’ve read the previous entry, you’ll notice that this processor is a little weaker. This is a shame, but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
Ryzen processors generally range from decent to amazing. Naturally, the newer the generation, the better the performance, but the 2nd-gen is not one to be dismissed lightly. Even more importantly, the processor works perfectly in tandem with the GPU.
Speaking of the GPU, the GTX 1660 is the undisputed highlight of this build.
In the previous entry, we mentioned that the RX 5500 XT is comparable to the GTX 1660, and that’s true, but in most cases, the GTX 1660 takes the lead by a few FPS. This won’t make a huge difference most of the time, but in more demanding titles where having that additional 3-5FPS makes all the difference, the GTX 1660 comes out on top.
It may not have the RTX technology, but the performance checks out.
When it comes to the storage, the SkyTech Blaze II has the advantage, and as for the RAM, the situation is the same as with the iBUYPOWER Trace 4 9310. A PC can function just fine with 8GB, sure, but if you want to bring your gaming to the next level and stop worrying about whether your system can run a game or not, you should aim for 16GB.
Luckily, this requires minimal investment and minimal skill to install, which means that for about $30 more you’ll have yourself a beast of a PC.
Ok, but is this PC the right one for you?
When deciding this you should take into consideration the price, what you plan to use the PC for, and whether you’re willing to make upgrades to it or not. But for someone looking to mainly use their PC for gaming, and seeks to both stay within the budget and avoid too much additional expenditure, this is a fantastic option.
To sum it up, the SkyTech Blaze II has both a CPU and GPU that can run modern games without any issues and support lighter workloads, as well as enough storage to get you through a few months, or even more if you’re willing to economize. The only thing that needs an upgrade is RAM.
Keep in mind, however, that if you plan to use your PC for other things besides gaming, or if you, for example, prefer 4X games that rely more on the processor than on the graphics card, you might want to check out a PC with a better processor, in which case entry one might be the better option.
HP Pavilion TG01-1022
CPU: Intel Core i3-10100
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super
Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD
- Good processor
- Powerful graphics card
- Wi-Fi 5
- Easy upgradability
- Very little storage
- Could use more RAM
Next up is the HP Pavilion TG01-1022.
Like all other entries on this list this one is pretty similar to the previous two, but with some subtle differences to set it apart.
The HP Pavilion TG01-1022 is equipped with the Intel Core i3-10100 processor with 6 cores, 8 threads, and base and max turbo frequencies of 3.6GHz and 4.3GHz respectively. This is a slightly weaker processor than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 from the first entry and slightly more powerful than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 from the second entry.
When it comes to the GPU, this system houses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, which is, again a slightly weaker graphics card than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 and slightly more powerful than the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT.
The differences aren’t too large, so as you can see, this PC falls somewhere in between the first two. All three PCs have only 8GB of RAM, but the HP Pavilion is in the same boat as the first entry when it comes to memory as it only has 256GB of NVMe SSD storage that will need upgrading.
The one major point that separates the HP Pavilion from the other two is appearance. Namely, it doesn’t have any flashy RGB, tempered glass, or an eye-catching chassis. Instead, it comes in a rather inconspicuous black plastic case with a green LED detail in the front.
That said, this isn’t a bad thing, and it’s likely the reason for its more than agreeable price.
Given that we’ve had three PCs with such similar characteristics on this list so far we couldn’t help but compare them.
We assume that the biggest question on everyone’s minds is whether this PC is a better choice than the other two. The answer is: it depends.
To answer that question more accurately there are three things you need to ask yourself.
- Are you willing to upgrade your prebuilt PC?
- Do you plan on overclocking your processor?
- Is RGB important to you?
If you are willing to upgrade and overclocking and RGB aren’t important to you then the HP Pavilion TG01-1022 is a fantastic choice that’ll cost you less than you expect.
If, however, you plan on overclocking your CPU then you might want to stick to systems with AMD processors such as entry No1 for example since the Intel Core i3-10100 processor is locked and cannot be overclocked.
Furthermore, while the processor has roughly the same performance as the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 in most modern AAA titles when it comes to strategy games and productivity the Ryen 5 3600 wins by a landslide and it’s unlocked to boot, so you can squeeze even more performance out of it.
Finally, if you don’t plan on overclocking and RGB is not that important, but all that bothers you is having to upgrade your PC after purchase then you should choose something with more storage right off the bat. In this case, anything on this list that has at least 500GB of storage is a good choice.
Ultimately, it all comes down to what you need and how much you’re willing to spend on it. However, don’t make any final decisions until you check out all the options!
SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC (GTX 1650 Model)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Storage: 500GB SSD
- Great CPU
- Good power supply
- Dated motherboard
Our next pick is another SkyTech Blaze II model. If the previous entry was too expensive for you, then you’ll be happy to check out this one.
This PC has the GTX 1650 paired up with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU. In addition to that, it boasts 8GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD.
These are not spectacular specs, but they’re not too bad either, especially considering the price.
Just like the previous SkyTech Blaze II model, this one has the same Ryzen 5 2600 processor that offers great value. It’s based on Zen + architecture, and, while this is still a far cry from Zen 2, it’s not to be dismissed lightly.
With 6 cores and 12 threads, this processor will let you navigate all your games, programs, and tabs easily, all without bottlenecking your GPU.
Now, speaking of the GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 is not the strongest graphics card on this list, but it’s nothing to scoff at either.
In terms of performance, this GPU is somewhere between the AMD Radeon RX 560 and the RX 570 (the RX 570 being the optimal GPU for maxing out 1080p on AMD’s side). This means that in some games you’ll get a performance very similar to the RX 570, while in others, you could get as much as 20 FPS less than an RX 570 would.
That said, this is still a graphics card that can give you a fairly decent 1080p gaming experience, so if you’re looking for something cheap that can scratch that itch for gaming you have, then this might be the PC that will do the trick.
We mentioned earlier that the PC also has 8GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD, which is a decent amount of storage for a prebuilt PC.
We’ve said this several times in this article already, and we’ll say it again: 8GB of RAM is fine, but if you want to get the maximum out of your games, you have to aim for 16GB.
This means that you’ll be able to play many of the games you want to play without any issues, but having that additional 8GB would feel almost as if you got a GPU upgrade and it would only cost you an additional $30.
You might have noticed that all of the PCs on this list are fairly similar to one another with usually one aspect that differs from the rest. In this case, that’s the GPU.
As we said above, this is the weakest GPU on this list and not by a small margin either. True, this SkyTech Blaze II is also among the cheaper models, so you could say it’s understandable, but our first entry on this list was a $700 PC with the Ryzen 5 3600 and the Radeon RX 5500 XT, and yet it offered a much better overall performance.
Of course, you should keep in mind that that PC had only 240GB of storage that you would be forced to upgrade very soon, while this one has 500GB that’s much more comfortable to work with.
Nevertheless, this means that although that one costs $700, it effectively costs another $50 more if you take into account the storage that you’ll need to upgrade.
On the other hand, prebuilt PCs are rarely “complete”.
In other words, most of the time you’ll be forced to upgrade some of the components (usually storage and/or RAM) to make it work for modern gaming, so you should always take into account these additional expenses when buying a prebuilt.
Of course, there are probably some of you who aren’t comfortable with tinkering with a computer all by yourself and want to get as good of a PC as you can get for a set amount of money in which case you should keep on reading because this is not it.
This is a PC for someone who wants to invest a little, save a lot, and still get a decent gaming rig that can run most modern games at decent settings in 1080p. It’s nothing spectacular, but it gets a passing grade, especially considering the price.
- Great graphics card
- Good processor
- Decent amount of fast storage
- Looks great
- Could use more RAM
- Dated motherboard
Finally, we have the SkyTech Chronos Mini Gaming PC.
Equipped with the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU with 4 cores, 8 threads, a 3.6GHz base clock speed, and a 3.9GHz max boost clock speed, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, this PC is among the weaker systems on this list, but it’s also among the cheaper ones.
The GTX 1650 is a decent graphics card, and the Ryzen 3 3100 is a CPU that actually has a slightly better in-game performance than the Ryzen 5 2600 despite its underwhelming core count. And by slightly we mean that it can squeeze up to 10FPS more out of your games on average than the Ryzen 5 2600 could.
This shouldn’t be too surprising since the two processors are a generation apart, and in practice, the Zen 2 architecture has a massive advantage over the Zen+, but what is surprising is that the Ryzen 3 3100 is cheaper while offering better performance.
So when you put the two together you get a PC that can run most modern titles smoothly at high-ultra settings in 1080p without a hiccup. However, if some game happens to give you trouble, turning off Vsync and perhaps tinkering with the shadow settings a bit should do the trick in most cases.
In less demanding games, usually esports titles, you might even be able to turn up the resolution to 1440p and still retain a playable framerate, so if you want to take full advantage of this, choose your monitor accordingly.
Lastly, there’s the RAM and storage that’s sadly no different than what the other entries had to offer – 8GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD. It’s unfortunate, but not surprising considering the current shortage of PC components and their inflated prices that have now also started to influence the prebuilt PC market.
Let’s get right to the chase. There’s nothing specific that sets this PC apart from the others. The reason it’s on this list is simply that it’s a good PC with a decent price.
Additionally, there’s always the possibility that some of the PCs might be unavailable at the moment you’re reading this which is why it’s not a bad idea to have some similar alternatives available.
The SkyTech Chronos Mini is a gaming PC that looks and performs amazingly. It doesn’t have the strongest GPU out of the systems listed here, but it performs admirably in 1080p and it has an unlocked processor that you could overclock, although we recommend getting a better cooler and checking your motherboard specs before you do that.
It won’t perform as well as our first or second entries, but it also won’t cost you as much. So if you’re looking for a decent gaming PC with Zen2 architecture and a sub-800 USD price, this is it.
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Conclusion: The Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $800
The reason we gave the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC (GTX 1660 Model) the “Best Overall” award is that it outdid every single of the other PCs on this list in terms of gaming performance.
Gaming performance is mostly dictated by the graphics card you have. The more powerful the GPU, the better the PC performs in games. So we were looking for a system that had the best graphics card on the list and one that required the fewest upgrades, and the SkyTech Blaze II (GTX 1660 Model) was the only one that fit the bill.
Since this is a list for the best prebuilt PCs, we wrote this article under the assumption that anyone reading it would either not be too well acquainted with PC hardware and wouldn’t be confident enough to upgrade components on their own, or that they would be somewhat familiar with it and willing to make minor upgrades, but would mostly be searching for a hassle-free solution.
If you consider yourself the latter, an alternative choice for you would be the PC in our first entry.
It has a fantastic CPU/GPU combo, it requires a RAM and storage upgrade, but the fact that it costs $700 is a huge plus, and it means that even after the upgrades the total cost of your rig would likely still be under $800, and you would be able to save a few bucks.
But this is only if you don’t mind putting in some work after already spending all that money.
For everyone else, the SkyTech Blaze II (GTX 1660 Model) has the perfect arrangement of components that won’t feel dated even after several years of gaming. It still needs another 8GB of RAM to be perfect, but even without it it’s a piece that even hardened gamers would approve of, and one that will incite envy in anyone who lays eyes on it.
And best of all, it’s only a click away from your doorstep.
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 this is 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, some want 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 newest 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 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 a custom rig.
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 a third 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 at a great discount, and the total 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’ll 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.