Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $800 – Top 5 Desktops 2019

2018 HP Pavilion Desktop

After having spent 96 hours sifting through the best and most recommended prebuilt gaming PCs under $800 on the market, we concluded that the IBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC is the best prebuilt gaming PC under $800. It comes to the table with Intel's latest I5-9400F processor and a powerful 1660Ti for outstanding graphical output. 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a storage solution that consists of a 480GB SSD for lightning fast boot and loading times.

If you’re looking for the best, this is literally that. You can easily get over 60 FPS at 1080p in most modern AAA games (max settings) with no compromise whatsoever.

You can also save some money by building it yourself. If that sounds interesting, go ahead and read our how to build the best gaming desktop under $800.

Our Top Pick
iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Slate2

iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Slate2

A strong, fast gaming desktop

The IBuyPower Elite Gaming PC comes equipped with all the bells and whistles you could want for an $800 gaming pre build. It will handle AAA game titles with ease at mid-high video settings thanks to Nvidia's latest addition, the GTX 1660Ti. 

The 1660Ti comes paired with Intel's 9400F CPU, widely considered the best pound for pound (Price/performance) processor money can buy right now. The 8GB DDR4 RAM and 480GB SSD help motor this build along creating seamless, compromised game play.

If you're looking for the best gaming pre-build for $800 then look no further, the Elite Gaming Pc from IBuyPower has you covered.

AMD Pick
CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC

CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC

A brilliant all round AMD pre build that ticks all the boxes

CUK are no strangers to creating stylish, performance heavy pre builds and the Stratos VR ready Gamer PC is absolutely no different. AMD dominates this build providing both the Ryzen 7 2700 CPU and the RX 580 4GB GPU, creating a deadly partnership that is going to make 1080p gaming an absolute breeze.

The CUK Stratos is the most all round build in our list. The partnership of Ryzen's 2700 CPU and the RX 580 make stressing about FPS lag a thing of the past. Furthermore, CUK have equipped the Stratos with 16GB of 3,000Mhz rated RAM which is considered the perfect combination to use with the 2700, helping users squeeze every last drop of performance out of the chip. It also has the largest SSD storage solution out of all the builds making the overall feel of the build rapid and stylish.

This is our top AMD pick for $800 pre builds and would be a worthy upgrade for anyone looking to try and get the edge over the competition.

Intel Pick
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A

A powerful gaming desktop with a powerful Intel chip at it's core

This PC is very similar to the above AMD pick when it comes to overall performance despite having a different CPU. The battle between 9400F vs Ryzen's 2700 is an interesting bout and one which will be touched upon later.

Where the Xtreme triumphs over the AMD pick is in the 1660Ti GPU, on average it is 21% better in the benchmark results.

This is CYBERPOWERPC's first entry in the best $800 pre builds list and has been labelled as the top Intel pick in this price range. It comes packed with the latest hardware tech and features that make for a fantastic final product.

Stylish RGB and tempered glass is the housing for this build. Inside we find the 9400F paired with Nvidia's 1

It is worth mentioning that this Venus is the “Pink Edition”, which is undoubtedly marketed toward “gamer girls”. That being said, the Amazon pictures greatly exaggerate the fans’ RGB lights and make the interior look pink when it’s not. There are a few pink accents on some of the paneling, so it’s not really all that gaudy. In fact, it brings to mind Spider-Gwen’s color scheme.

Even if it is pandering to a degree, it still looks nice and should be more than capable of keeping up with the other PCs on this list.

Our Budget Pick
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A6

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A6

Solid performance at an affordable price

If what you're looking for is a solid gaming pre build for under $800 then look no further, the Xtreme VR from CYBERPOWERPC ticks those boxes and more.

The ever popular 9400F is at the heart of this build and is paired with RADEON's RX 580 4GB GPU making 1080p gaming at 60fps+ very achievable.

Budget picks are a huge part of our recommendations here at WEPC and the Xtreme VR from CYBERPOWERPC is considered one of the best price/performance builds we offer.

A stylish, sleek, RGB riddled case houses Intel's latest 9400F CPU at the heart of this build. Accompanying this is RADEON's RX 580 4GB GPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage capacity which all work in harmony to create a fantastic, all round budget selection.

Best Small Footprint
SkyTech Legacy Mini

SkyTech Legacy Mini

The smallest pre-build gaming righ in our list

Interestingly, this PC isn't only smallest but it's also one of the most powerful in our list, however with great power usually comes a hefty price tag to follow.

This build really only caters towards the consumers looking to buy a small form factor PC and isn't too worried about future upgrades down the line.

However this being said, it's actually one of the most powerful builds in our list and the only one that can boast the latest ray tracing supportive GPU. As far as future proofing is concerned, this build is probably going to outlive the others in this build before upgrades are required.

How We Choose What to Test

Just like our best prebuilt gaming computer under $500 guide and our best prebuilt gaming desktop under $1000 guide, we gathered all the recently released prebuilts, specifically, the best gaming PCs under $800 from major manufacturers such as Acer, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Dell, HP, CUKUSA and Lenova and put them through the strict WEPC test's to see if they were worthy of a mention in our best of guide. 

Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying a Prebuilt Gaming Desktop

If you only have $800 to spare for the best-prebuilt gaming PC in 2018, don’t go with the most popular one. Instead, look at the things that matter to you. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Processor (CPU)

The processor is what handles every data-processing task you do on your computer. AMD’s Ryzen© and Intel’s Skylake© and Coffee Lake© processors are both very capable of running AAA games.

All the processors on this list are more than enough to give you an average of more than 60FPS at 1080p resolution (with almost everything set to max) so this shouldn’t be an issue.

In general, Ryzen processors are more often picked by streamers thanks to their stronger multi-core performance (this means they can handle multiple tasks at a high level). They are also often slightly cheaper.

On the other hand, Intel processors are better if you want to play games exclusively and nothing else because they have better single-core performance than Ryzen processors. However, the differences between CPUs that are in the same tier as one another are largely overblown.

Our list features the following processors:

Processor (CPU)
Processor (CPU)Core/Thread CountBase Clock Speed
Ryzen 5 17008 Cores, 16 Threads@3.0GHz
Ryzen 7 27008 Cores, 16 Threads@3.2GHz (baseclock)
Intel Core i5-9400F8 Cores, 8 Threads@2.9GHz
Intel Core i5-9600k6 Cores, 6 Threads@3.7GHz

Checking out UserBenchmark will also give you an idea how and what makes one better or faster than the other.

Graphics Card (GPU)

The graphics card is what’s responsible for rendering 3D images. As such, being able to game on your PC is disproportionately dependent on your graphics card. In the sub-$800 category, an RX 580/GTX 1660ti (6GB) is the best you can expect to get without compromising some other part of your build.

If you’re mainly concerned with gaming quality, a prebuilt gaming PC that’s equipped with an RX 580 is what you need. It’s vastly superior to the GTX 1050 Ti and just as fast as (or slightly better than) the GTX 1060 (3GB) in terms of graphics processing quality.

There are a couple of other viable picks in this range:

  1. GTX 1660
  2. GTX 1660ti
  3. RTX 2060 (if you're lucky)

UserBenchmark allows you to compare different components, so you can use it if you’re unsure about the value proposition offered by one of these PCs.

RAM

All our picks have at least 8GB of DDR4 RAM, which is the least amount of RAM you should get for gaming in 2018. If you’re unsure how much RAM is too much, you can head over to our ”How Much RAM Do You Need for Gaming?” article to invest wisely.

Storage Space

You should be interested in computers that pair HDDs with SSDs since SSDs load games faster and can make the entire system respond faster. While only some of our picks have HDD + SDD combos, all of them have at least 500GB of storage, so you shouldn’t be hurting any time soon unless you intend to install a lot of games.

Power Supply

Prebuilt gaming desktops are known for using unbranded power supplies. If the prebuilt PC you buy does this, then you should absolutely invest in a new one as soon as you have the chance.

Future Proofing

For $800, it’s possible you’ll want to make some upgrades to components in the near future. The list we have should give you a lot of options for upgrade. When considering future proofing, you will often want to prioritize a powerful CPU since most PC compatibility revolves around it.

How (and What) We Tested

To give you an idea of how well these prebuilt gaming PCs performed, tests were made and benchmark results were recorded across a number of different games and platforms. We specifically picked popular games to give you an up to date reference. 

We are currently in the process of collating data from the different builds, stay tuned for the results which will be showcased in chart form shortly....

The 5 Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $800

ProductDetails
iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Slate2

iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Slate2

  • cpu: Intel i5-9400F 2.9GHz
  • gpu: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  • ram: 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM
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CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC

CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC

  • cpu: AMD Ryzen 7 2700
  • gpu: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  • ram: 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
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CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A

  • cpu: Intel i5-9400F 2.9GHz
  • gpu: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  • ram: 8GB DDR4
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CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A6

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A6

  • cpu: Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9GHz
  • gpu: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  • ram: 8GB DDR4
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SkyTech Legacy Mini

SkyTech Legacy Mini

  • cpu: Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core 3.0 GHz
  • gpu: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
  • ram: 16GB DDR4 2,400Mhz
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#1

iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Slate2

The Elite Gaming PC is our number one pick for the best $800 pre-built gaming rig you can buy right now, and for good reason. Intel's latest 9400F CPU has been paired with Nvidia's 1660Ti making this build both hugely powerful and future proof for a good few years to come. Not to mention the extremely pleasing case it's been housed in. This build is a fantastic all round product and one we're happy with at the top of our $800 pre builds.

The 9400F is in a few of these builds and is rated highly in regards to price/performance. It is Intel's latest CPU chip and comes to the table with a very affordable price tag, don't let the price put you off however, it beats out the Ryzen 2700 chip by 6% (on average) in the benchmarks for gaming and desktop work loads. It was Intel's counter punch to the Ryzen 2nd gen line of CPU's and does a tremendous job in giving consumers another option to scratch their head over. The 1660Ti which sits alongside the 9400F only further bolsters the performance power of this gaming rig making AAA game titles a breeze. There are growing concerns of the 9400F bottlenecking higher end GPU's, you'll be pleased to find that this isn't the case with the 1660Ti, it's a great all round build.

8GB 2,666Mhz RAM is more than enough for modern gaming, especially now games rely more on CPU and GPU power over RAM. The SSD is the joint biggest in our list at 480GB and is a fantastic starting point for gamers who havent got a million games or a monstrous media library. If this is the case however, don't be too put off, a 1-2TB HDD from seagate will only set you back an additional 50-100$ and will slot in this build a dream.

IBUYPOWER once again have not disappointed in bringing a brilliant all round gaming PC to the table, it tops our list and would be a worthy addition to any gamer for around $800.

 

#2

CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC

One of my favourite $800 pre-builds comes in the form of the CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC, try say that 10 times... As far as price/performance goes i'd say this is probably at the top of the list, mainly thanks to it's fantastic CPU and rapid 3,000Mhz RAM. It has a whole range of features and benefits so lets jump right into it.

The first thing that struck me was the aesthetics of this build, the sleek, stylish design of the case paired with the RGB fan configuration makes for a really attractive final product. Aesthetics aside however, we find an immensely powerful gaming rig which is going to knock popular gaming titles such as CS:GO, LOL, Fortnite and more out of the park.

The Ryzen 2700 chip that's at the heart of this build is Ryzen second most powerful consumer level chip. It's a 2nd gen chip from Ryzen and was released with their new 12nm zen+ architecture. Thanks to the multi-threaded nature of the new Ryzen chips multi-tasking becomes extremely efficient, the 2700 comes with 16 threads and a base clock speed of 3.2Ghz making it hugely powerful. Once you pair this with the RX 580 4GB, you create a deadly gaming rig, one we feel is extremely good value for money.

The RAM is especially impressive, as many will know, Ryzen chips perform extremely well under rapid RAM... so what better accompaniment is there than 16GB of 3,000Mhz RAM? The performance boost you get from increasing the RAM speed will much outweigh the potential improvements you'd get with a GPU upgrade. So it's a worthy investment here.

500GB SSD is more than enough to get your average gamer off and running, however if you're a serial gamer with a large additional media library you may need to think about additional storage somewhere down the line.

A really impressive build all in all and one we highly recommend to anyone wanting to smash out AAA game titles at mid+.

#3

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A

CYBERPOWERPC have two entries in this list, the Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A is the first and most powerful thanks to the 1660Ti it comes armed with. GPU aside, the Gamer Xtreme has a whole bunch of cool hardware such as the 9400F Intel chip, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a super efficient hybrid storage solution. Aesthetically speaking, the Xtreme really pleased our team, it comes with an RGB fan setup which wouldn't look out of place at a trance festival and a tempered glass case which allows consumers access to view their components in a stylish, sleek way.

The meat of this rig is of course the CPU/GPU partnership. The CPU is Intel's 9400F which we've touched upon in the other builds, but in short it's one of the best pound for pound, price/performance CPU's money can buy. Extremely efficient at gaming and desktop tasks and ranks higher than the 2700 from Ryzen in many situations. The GPU is obviously the star of the show in this build as it's both powerful and cost effective thanks to Nvidia's desire to outshine their fierce rivals AMD. It only has a mere 4% slower effective speed than the 1070 but smashes the RX 590 by 18%. What does all this mean for the general consumer? Well it means running AAA game titles at mid-high isn't going to affect this card a great deal.

8GB DDR4 RAM accelerates this build, more than enough to accommodate modern day games which don't require much more. Further more, this build comes with a 1.1TB hybrid storage solution which effectively makes your computer rapid and spacious. It also comes with a customary keyboard and mouse to get your gaming right off the bat. However we'd recommend checking out our best keyboard and mice pages if you want to get the edge over your opposition.

A really impressive pre build for the price tag and one that will last you years into the future.

#4

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A6

The CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC gives us our budget pick sitting just below our target of $800. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that some of the rigs do in this list, but for under $800 we feel this build sits highly in the value for money category. It also comes with some cool features which we will touch upon later, but first, the specs.

Like many of the builds in this list, the 9400F, Intel's latest CPU offering sits at the heart of this build. Intel's have described it as the the perfect balance between performance and price, something we find hard to argue with. The RX 580 accompanies the CPU making for a great partnership which should handle most AAA game titles at mid settings easily.

8GB DDR4 RAM gives this build the drive it needs for multi-tasking and should be more than enough for modern day gaming. The 1TB HD is going to serve you well in housing all your games, OS and additional media content. This being said, I'd of really enjoyed seeing CYBERPOWER squeeze an SSD into this build, 120GB just for OS and primary games to help speed up the overall feel of this build would of been great. I suppose it was something that needed to be compromised to achieve it's price point.

Overall the budget pick is a really great build for its price, it's not going to blow anyone anyway, it will serve you well for a long time though and gives you plenty of room for upgrades down the line.

#5

SkyTech Legacy Mini

Skytech bring to the table the only Mini form factor pre-built in our list. Don't be put off by the size though, the Legacy Mini packs a serious punch, it's been custom designed for gamers and comes equipped with Nvidia's latest ray-tracing GPU. It's the most expensive in our list and for good reason, lets waste no further time and just right into the specifics..

At the heart of this gaming rig we find the ever popular Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 6GB. If your thinking to yourself, what on earth is RTX? then where have you been for the last 6months? RTX stands for real-time ray tracing and is the signature of Nvidia's new 20series GPU's which were released at the back end of last year. The 2060 is the latest addition to the family and is the most affordable, allowing consumers on a budget to be able to grab a piece of the RTX pie. A long side the 2060 we have the Ryzen 1700 CPU, a very effective multi-tasking workstation esq CPU thanks to it's multi-threaded internal makeup. Even though people consider this to be a workstation CPU, it still works wonders in the gaming universe. CPU dependent games will absolutely love this chip, CS:GO for example.

16GB RAM is the best you're going to get at this price range. The Legacy unfortunately only has entry level 2,400Mhz RAM, however with RAM being so readily available and affordable in today's market, a future upgrade to 3,000Mhz will be both affordable and super effective at boosting your systems overall performance.

The 500GB of SSD is a great starting point and should hold all your primary AAA game titles along side your OS. If you're a hardcore gamer that plays literally everything, you may need to think about hybrid storage down the line, but for now this should get your cooking.

Overall, for such a small build, we were really impressed with the Legacy mini and feel it certainly lives up to it's higher than average price tag.

Which One is the Best for Your Needs?

With all of these laid out, it’s likely that you’re almost certain which one is for you. But if you’re still unsure, here’s a quick summary to help you pick the right one:

  1. The IBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC is best performance pre-build thanks to its powerful CPU and GPU pairing. 
  2. Get the CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC If you what you're looking for is a fantastic gaming rig which also handles multi-tasking like a champ.
  3. Maybe you're looking for a small form factor gaming rig that is both powerful and inconspicuous... If this is the case then look no further than the Skytech Legacy Mini.
  4. Finally, if you're sticking to a strict $800 budget then we highly recommend the CYBERPOWERPC Xtreme Gamer VR, it will serve you well and has great potential for upgrades.

We feel we've covered plenty of ground here and have selected a pick for almost everyone's needs. Let us know which one you decided to go for and why in the comments section below!

Final Thoughts

Making the right choice when trying to find the best prebuilt gaming PC under $800

boils down to your needs and your ability to upgrade various components. There’s no one-size-fits-all best prebuilt gaming desktop, though, so take time to figure out what you need and then the rest will be much easier.

If you are having problems choosing amongst the top picks, let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to help you out.

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