Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $1000 – Top 5 Desktops 2019

SkyTech Omega Mini unbox 2

After 87 hours, we finally concluded that SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop is the best-prebuilt gaming PC in the category of under $1,000. This may be equipped with an entry-level Ryzen 3 1200 processor but it has a 6GB version of the entry-level VR-Ready GTX 1060 graphics card unlike most of its competitors in this price range that uses only 3GB. It also has, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 120 GB of SSD storage on top of its 1TB of HDD storage for all your games.

If you want to get the best bang for your buck, this is it. But don’t worry if this isn’t to your liking since the rest of this list has great picks. Likewise, if you feel like you don’t have enough info to make a decision yet, then keep reading. We covered everything you need to know so that you have a clear idea which PC is best for your needs.

Our Pick
SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop

SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop

The best bang for your buck

Though its Ryzen 3 1200 is the least impressive processor on this list, its GTX 1060 (6GB) GPU should be more than enough to make sure you can run games over 60FPS at 1440p when set to max.

Another feature, or component rather, of note is the 80 Plus certified 500W power supply. While PSUs aren’t exactly exciting, they are important and it’s nice to see SkyTech taking them seriously here since so many other prebuilts go with generic ones that are potentially risky and that’s one of the differentiating aspects that makes this our best gaming computer under $1,000.

Speedy Pick
SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Desktop

SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Desktop

A very neat gaming desktop computer

For under $1,000 this prebuilt gaming PC offers the best bang for your buck. A lightning fast processor, an entry-level GTX 1060 (6GB) VR-ready graphics card, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Just that you only have 500GB of SSD storage to store your games in.

With the Ryzen 5 1400 processor and the 6GB version of the GTX 1060 GPU; don’t underestimate the difference that extra 3GBs makes with the GTX either. Keeping with the same speed theme, there’s the 500GB SSD.

The Powerhouse
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA)

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA)

A more affordable powerhouse

With the Ryzen 5 2400G, GTX 1060 (3GB) graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, topped with 128GB of SSD storage and 1TB of HDD space for all your games, you get yourself a powerhouse of a computer that can push frames over 60 FPS-- and even nearly 100 FPS on some titles-- when set to Ultra.

If you want a more affordable prebuilt computer in the $1,000 department, then this will most definitely be it. It has components that can easily take down AAA title games with no compromises in its hardware.

The Average Pick
Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS

Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS

A decent desktop computer with an Intel processor

The Dell Inspiron comes with a Intel Core i5-8400 processor, which should remain viable for a couple more years. Combine that with the GTX 1060 and you have a monster gaming computer.

This prebuilt Dell is capable of handling AAA-title games at 1440p resolution. With the included SSD, loading and boot times will also feel snappy. Though this only has 8GB of DDR4 RAM, it should be enough to handle most modern games while hitting a steady 60FPS.

The Witty Pick
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

More memory, more SSD

Some of what makes this pick so great is also what makes some of the above picks great: Intel Core i5-8400 CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, and SSD.

Pairing the Coffee Lake processor with a GTX 1060 should be more than enough to push you over 60FPS at 1440p even when set to ultra/max.

How We Choose What to Test

We scoured popular and reputable prebuilt gaming PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Lenovo, and even the latest prebuilt gaming desktop PCs from companies that specialize in upgrades and customizations such as CUK (Computer Upgrade King).

After an extensive search, we came up with a long list of potential candidates, we then: examined the specs, compared them, and came up with the 5 best gaming PCs under $1,000.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying a Prebuilt Gaming PC

We know buying a prebuilt gaming PC is the go-to option for many gamers even if they know how to build the best gaming PC under $1,000.

But when buying a prebuilt gaming PC, it’s important that you choose according to the following criteria to get the best out of the money you’re investing in:

Graphics Card

Whether it’s a prebuilt or a custom-built gaming computer, the graphics card is the most important component. It’s the powerhouse of any gaming computer.

This is what renders the image in real-time and most strongly influences your graphical quality. In fact, a computer with an average graphics card like a GTX 1060 (3GB) paired with a slower Ryzen 5 1400 processor performs better than a computer with an entry-level GTX 1050 Ti paired with a more powerful processor, like an Intel Core i7-7700.

To give you a better understanding of the performance gap:

An Intel Core i7-7700 processor is more or less 27% better than a Ryzen 5 1400; while

a GTX 1060 (3GB) graphics card is 73% better than a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card.

Of course, it also depends on other factors such as how CPU/GPU intensive the game in question is, how well-optimized it is, etc. However, most games tend to be more GPU intensive than CPU intensive.

As a rule of thumb: a better graphics card is better for gaming. As such, we went with prebuilt computers with at least a GTX 1060 graphics card (or an RX580) in this roundup to justify the price you’ll be paying.

If you wish to game at 1440p and higher resolutions, then you might want to get one of the first two options on the list as they both utilize 6GB versions of the GTX 1060.

Processor

Processors matter in gaming, too. But they don’t push frames as much as graphics cards do since they focus on processing tasks in general rather than merely rendering images really fast.

On the list, you’ll find several different processors. We’ve listed them below with their respective core and thread count:

Processor
Processor (CPU)Core/Thread CountBase/Max Clock Speed
Ryzen 3 12004 cores/4 threads3.1GHz/3.4GHz
Ryzen 5 14004 cores/8 threads3.2GHz/3.4GHz
Ryzen 5 2400G4 cores/8 threads3.6GHz/3.9GHz
Intel Core i5-84006 cores/6 threads2.8GHz/4.00GHz

Since all the processors on the list are more than capable of pushing over 60 FPS on most AAA games at 1080p resolution, we didn’t really focus on this department.

However, if you are interested in gaming at 1440p, then you might want to look into the PCs with more powerful CPUs. The same applies if you are interested in streaming.

RAM

We specifically went with at least 8GB of DDR4 memory in this roundup because, quite frankly, anything less than 8GB of RAM is unacceptable in this price range. In fact, 3 of 5 of the builds have 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

Storage

An SSD + HDD combo isn’t necessary at this price point, but it is somewhat common. And of course, it’s pretty nice to have an SSD.

Unless you just fall in love with a build that doesn’t have both, you should definitely stick with an SSD + HDD combination to get the best of both worlds. SSDs are significantly faster than HDDs and offer the biggest performance improvement per dollar compared to any other hardware upgrade. But the sheer bulk storage space of HDDs make them extremely useful in their own right.

Other Features and Freebies

Prebuilt desktop computers in this price range should have at least a keyboard and mouse freebie. But seeing as how you can spend this much on a prebuilt computer, chances are you’re likely to have one of the best keyboards in 2019 already.

But even so, it still is worth, especially if you’re pushing your budget to the limit.

How (and What) We Tested

Unlike our best prebuilt gaming PC under $800 and our $500 prebuilt article, we didn’t test games at 1080p/ultra settings.

Let’s face it: a computer that costs $1,000 should be able to handle these presets without breaking a sweat. It’s time to up your expectations! We’re testing these PCs at 2K (1440p) and even 4K resolutions.

If you don’t have a 1440p resolution monitor, then you should eventually invest in a 2K monitor, or get one of the best gaming monitors of 2019 that can handle 2K or 4K resolution. Well, assuming you want to get the most out of these prebuilt PCs, which I assume you do.

On average, these 5 prebuilt computers can handle the following games in both 1440p and 2160p resolutions:

  • Fortnite
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Monster Hunter: World - MHW
  • League of Legends
  • Dota 2
  • Overwatch
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Warframe
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Team Fortress 2

With the right preset, you can experience over 60FPS on all of these titles. Ideally, you’d want to tone the graphics down to high/medium. But it still boils down to personal preference as competitive players would prefer a lower preset over fine-tuned graphics output.

Knowing that these prebuilt computers can handle games over 1440p resolution, here are the 5 best gaming desktops under $1,000.

The 5 Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $1,000

ProductDetails
SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop

SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop

  • cpu: Ryzen 3 1200
  • gpu: GTX 1060 (6GB)
  • ram: 16GB DDR4
  • storage space: 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD
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SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Desktop

SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Desktop

  • cpu: Ryzen 5 1400
  • gpu: GTX 1060 (6GB)
  • ram: 16GB DDR4
  • storage space: 500GB SSD
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HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA)

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA)

  • cpu: Ryzen 5 2400G
  • gpu: GTX 1060 (3GB)
  • ram: 16GB DDR4
  • storage space: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
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Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS

Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS

  • cpu: Intel Core i5-8400
  • gpu: GTX 1060 (3GB)
  • ram: 8GB DDR4
  • storage space: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
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CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

  • cpu: Intel Core i5-8400
  • gpu: GTX 1060 (3GB)
  • ram: 8GB DDR4
  • storage space: 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD
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#1

SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop

If unbranded PSUs are anxiety-inducing, then the 80 Plus certified 500W power supply included in the SkyTech Oracle Gaming Computer Desktop should let you rest a little.

The white chassis is perfect for minimalists. Plus, the tempered side glass panel lets you see inside, which would look especially nice if paired with RGB intake and exhaust fans.

SkyTech Oracle unbox

The Ryzen 3 1200 processor may be the least powerful processor on this list, but this it is still more than enough to handle most AAA games. The GTX 1060 graphics card has 6GB of memory on top of the 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which is more than enough to give you over 60FPS at 1440p even with ultra settings on most AAA title games.

Aside from that, the 120GB of SSD storage for your system files will allow for fast boot and load times. Paired with 1TB of HDD storage for all your games and you have a very responsive computer with more than enough storage for over 30 games (significantly more if you are sprinkling in a healthy dose of indie titles).

SkyTech Oracle unbox 2

Looking at the connectivity department, you have:

  • 9 USB ports (4x USB 2.0 ports, 5x USB 3.0 ports)
  • 1 DisplayPort
  • 1 HDMI.

It also comes with a keyboard and mouse. While this does save you at least $30 in the short term, it is worth noting that you’ll probably want to dip your toes into the aftermarket if you plan on doing some serious gaming.

#2

SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Desktop

SkyTech takes pride with their builds because like our top pick, the SkyTech Oracle, this has an 80 Plus Certified 500Watt PSU to give you peace of mind.

The SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Desktop performs just as good as our top pick with a slight difference in the graphics card, storage, and size department.

SkyTech Omega Mini unbox

For instance, this only has the 3GB version of the entry-level VR-ready GTX 1060 graphics card instead of the 6GB. But that doesn’t mean that performance is compromised because the 6GB version is only 6% better than the 3GB version.

Aside from that, you 500GB of SSD storage to start with; no HDD in sight. Of course, you can get a relatively cheap 1TB+ HDD down the line.

SkyTech Omega Mini unbox 2

It’s also smaller than the SkyTech Oracle. And that’s a good thing because this makes transportation easy. But this also comes with a downside since you’ll likely need to get a bigger case if you wish to upgrade the graphics card.

Though it’s small, it doesn’t come short in the connectivity department because you have the following at your disposal:

  • 6x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1 DisplayPort

Overall, it’s a mini computer that’s capable of crushing AAA games at 1440p. By adjusting the graphics in other very-demanding titles, 60+ FPS can be easily achieved.

#3

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA)

Like the rest of the prebuilt computers on the list, the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA) has an SSD+HDD storage combination for both speedy load time and bulk storage.

HP Pavilion Gaming unbox

Its Ryzen 5 2400G has 4 cores/8 threads that can easily handle AAA titles. With the included GTX 1060 (3GB) and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, gaming smoothly at 1044p resolution and reaching 60FPS will be easy. In fact, you should be able to do some 1440p gaming.

It also has a black and green color scheme that will go well with most setups, especially Razer peripherals. One of the most prominent aspects of its design is the green glowing LED. Combine this with the triangular base pointing upward and the lines in the case, the case brings to mind an alien spire that you might see in Mass Effect.

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It also comes with a keyboard, mouse, and a DVD drive. All of which aren’t very useful to most customers in this price range.

#4

Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS

What makes the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS worth consideration is its powerful Intel Core i5-8400 6 core/6 thread processor. Unlike many prebuilt gaming PCs that use a 300W PSU, this PSU supports up to 460W.

Dell Inspiron i5680 5842BLU PUS unbox

Though this only has a 3GB version of the GTX 1060 graphics card, the fact that this has an SSD storage backed with a powerful processor make it one of the best gaming computers under $1,000 that can deal with AAA title games at 1440p resolution.

You may only have 8GB of DDR4 RAM, but this still is considered as the average memory you should get even now (early 2019). Still, in spite of this, you should be able to set graphics to max and hit over 60 FPS.

Dell Inspiron i5680 5842BLU PUS unbox 2

For those wondering about the ports, you’ll find:

  • 6x USB 3.1
  • 4x USB 2.0
  • 1x DisplayPort

The case is just like any DELL prebuilt gaming PC, which isn’t to detract from what is still a sleek design so much as emphasize that this is a somewhat generic case.

It is worth keeping in mind that, unlike the 3 above picks, this one does not come with a free keyboard and mouse; however, the fact that this PC is over $100 cheaper than our top pick at the time of writing-- and on average-- so it’s not that big of a deal either way.

#5

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

If you’re someone that values aesthetics, then the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5 and its transparent chassis and fully customizable LEDs might be a great pick for you.

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5 unbox

Other than the customizable LED lights, this PC is very similar to many of the above picks. It packs an Intel Core i5-8400, like the above Dell Inspiron, and a GTX 1060, which is an extremely popular pick in this price range.

You’ll also find an SSD + HDD combo and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, which can be upgraded to 16GB (2x8GB) or even 32GB(4x8GB) of RAM thanks to its 4 DRAM slots. It also has a free keyboard and mouse that will save you $30 so that’s something to take note of.

It also has a lot of the same ports you’d expect:

  • 6x USB 3.1
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x DisplayPort

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5 unbox 2

You will want to upgrade the unbranded 300W PSU eventually and if you plan on upgrading to 16GB of RAM or the GPU then you will basically need an 80 Plus certified PSU to ensure power stability.

Which One is the Best for Your Needs?

With all of that being laid out, chances are you already have a pick on your mind but if you’re still unsure, here’s a quick summary:

  1. If you’re looking for the best option in this price range, the SkyTech Oracle Gaming Computer Desktop is for you, it has the 6GB version of GTX 1060 as well as an SSD+HDD storage combo for lightning fast reaction and enough storage for all your games.
  2. Another powerhouse on the list is the SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Computer. As its name implies, it’s a mini version of the our top pick. It still has powerful GTX 1060 graphics card and an SSD storage to maximize experience.
  3. Should you think the 3GB version of the GTX 1060 is fine, then the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer (3LB74AA#ABA) will be ideal. It still has 16GB of RAM and an SSD storage.
  4. The Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS may only have 8GB of RAM but the 3GB version of GTX 1060 still is capable of handling games with ease.
  5. Go with the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5 if you want to go and see a full RGB spectrum as this has a transparent chassis with 4 LEDs that are fully customizable.

Final Thoughts

While we obviously have Our Top Pick, there is a surprisingly small difference between the PCs on this list. Some have slightly better CPUs or some extra RAM that set them apart, but since most use the same GPU they are all going to have relatively similar performance. As such, it is largely left up to you as to what matters most.

If you’re having problems choosing from the options on this list, or there is another option you have found and are interested in, then let us know down in the comments and we’ll gladly help you out.

5 Comments

  1. Greg says:

    Fire your writer

    A 1050ti is NOT VR ready. Source: I have a 1050ti and when I tried putting it on and turning on my Vive to see what would happen, VR would not start. This article is trash. If you’re looking to actually play the majority of VR games, go for a 1070. That will allow for almost every game on the market to be played well. A 1060 will limit you but will get the job done in most situations.

    To anyone looking into VR, check out GORN and Quivr.

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Greg! Thanks for pointing that out. It’s my mistake and may have missed that one. The 1050 Ti really can’t handle VR title games (NVIDIA even recommends 1060 as the minimum). Will update the article. 🙂

  2. Jon says:

    Hi, I’m in desperate need of an upgrade, so could someone please settle something for me? I want to keep my budget at or below $1000. I also want a prebuilt machine. I’m not a hardcore gamer, but I would like to play titles like The Witcher 3 and Assassin’s Creed at high settings and speed. I do mostly digital art, vocal recording, occasional 3D modeling, and normal PC tasks. I want a powerful well-rounded machine that is upgradeable. I’m ashamed to admit I’m still using a 5+ year old ASUS N53SV-XE1 laptop with Windows 7 for all my needs. It served me well, but is outdated and it’s time to move on. I was leaning toward the Lenovo Ideacentre 720 based on your review, however, I also came across the Dell i5675-7806BLU-PUS Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop 5680 which seems to have higher specs at the same price point. How do you think these two compare in regard to what I’m looking for?

  3. JP says:

    You updated that the Lenova isn’t VR ready in the Tech Specs, but NOT in the Pros? You aren’t very good at proofing what you write which makes one doubt the validity of your reviews! (bet you won’t post this comment)

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hey JP! How are you? It’s an honest technical mistake from our part. I apologize. The 1050 Ti is obviously not recommended for VR gaming. But thanks for pointing this out! 😉 We’ll update this ASAP.

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