We should start off by saying that you’re going to have to spend more than a couple hundred bucks for a high-end gaming PC, but that you can definitely get a decent one without breaking the bank as long as you know what you’re looking for. What you want from a gaming PC nowadays is to boast a quad-core i7 or similar CPU, 8-16 GB of RAM, and at least 2 GB of GDDR to run most video games.
To save you the trouble of going through everything the market has to offer yourself, we put together a list of ten cheap gaming PCs that you can expect to perform just as well as high-end rigs up to a certain point.
Cheap Gaming PCs 2018 – Reviews
10Microtel Computer AM8071
Boasting a liquid cooling feature, this affordable gaming PC from Microtel is definitely a rarity in this price range. In case you’re wondering what does it need liquid cooling for, let us point out that it packs a state of the art Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake CPU. It also features 16 GB of DDR4 memory, a 2 TB Hard Drive, and a powerful Nvidia Geforce 1080 GTX 8 GB GDDR5 graphics card, a configuration you won’t really find anywhere else for this price.
9Fxware Cobra Custom Gaming PC
With this particular PC, you get roughly the same standards as a much more expensive one, with the only downside being the CPU. We say this because some people might have a problem with the AMD A-8-7600 Quad Core CPU, one that in all fairness, performs just as well as its Intel counterpart to some extent. As you would expect, it also comes with 16 GB of RAM and a 2 TB HDD, which are pretty much the features you should expect from any gaming PC these days.
8HP Elite 8200 Workstation
Not only does this PC come with a reliable 2 TB HDD but it also features a 256 GB SSD, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 GB graphics card for good measure. In this respect, it is without a doubt, one of the most versatile PCs out there, one that is capable of both gaming and office work. Interestingly enough, it also has WiFi capabilities and a Dual Monitor capacity with HDMI, DVI, and VGA to choose from.
7Alienware AX51R2-9310BK Gaming Desktop
Alienware PCs are well known for their sleek design, which is exactly the characteristic that makes this particular PC stand out. Aesthetics aside, this fairly decent PC boasts an Intel Core i7-4790 CPU, a 1 TB HDD, and 8 GB of RAM, a configuration that should prove good enough to run most games nowadays. It is also a very accommodating PC as far as ports go, much thanks to its high-speed USB 3.0 ports.
6Dell XPS 8700 Desktop Computer
With Dell PCs, you know you’re getting the highest possible standard of quality regardless of the configuration. Having said that, the actual configuration is pretty decent as well. For ]starters, it features an Intel Core i7-4790 CPU and 8 GB of Dual Channel RAM along with a Nvidia GeForce GT 720 graphics card. At the same time, you get a 1 TB HDD, Wireless Lan, and Bluetooth capabilities.
5CybertronPC Rhodium GTX Gaming Desktop
By far the most impressive feature of this decent gaming rig is its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. Paired with no less than 16 GB of RAM and an AMD FX-6300 Hexa-Core CPU, this PC will enable you to run the latest video games in almost perfect conditions. What’s interesting is that this PC comes with an impressive Aerocool Gaming Mid-Tower chassis, one that is guaranteed to keep the insides of your PC perfectly cool at all times.
4CybertronPC Hellion Gaming Desktop
The Helium is similar to the Rhodium in more ways than one, yet slightly different as far as its capabilities go. In this respect, let us point out that the Hellion features a slightly better chassis, even though some of its features aren’t quite up to the same standards as the Rhodium. Even so, this particular gaming PC costs almost half what a standard gaming PC would cost, which is definitely something to look for if you’re on a budget.
3CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool SLC9600 Desktop
It isn’t just the powerful AMD RX 480 8 GB graphics card that makes this particular PC stand out but also its no less than 16 GB of DDR4 memory. It also benefits from a 2 TB HDD, a 128 GB SSD, and a pre-installed Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS. It is also VR-ready, like many modern gaming PCs out there, along with boasting all the connectivity features you would expect from any high-end machine.
2Acer AT3-710-UR56 Aspire Desktop
Although it ‘only’ has an Intel Core i5-6400 CPU, this quality gaming PC from Acer boasts almost the perfect configuration when it comes to playing the latest titles in optimal conditions. We say this because it features 16 GB of RAM, a 2 TB HDD, and a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX745 graphics card with 4 GB of VRAM. Also worth mentioning is that it boasts a sleek chassis, one that offers all the connection ports you could possibly need.
1Dell XPS x8900-1444BLK Desktop
There is perhaps no better budget version when it comes to gaming PCs other than Dell’s XPS x8900-1444BLK Desktop. This powerful gaming machine uses a fast Intel Quad Core i7-6700 CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 (with a total capacity of 32 GB), 1 TB HDD for storage, and a reliable Nvidia GT730 graphics card. While it isn’t exactly up to the highest gaming standards out there, it definitely offers great value for money as far as performance goes.