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Hunting the Best Value Desktops on Amazon US (Good Alternatives to Building a PC)


Last Updated: November 27, 2021

Planning to get your hands on a new desktop for 1080p, 1440p, 4K or VR gaming but trying to remain as cost-effective as possible? In this latest roundup of the current best prebuilt gaming PCs for the money I list the top value options I could find on the US market this past week based on careful research and a strong BS radar cultivated over many years of seeing the prebuilt desktop market for what it really is: a minefield of overpriced and under-performing systems, ticking time-bomb abominations, and the occasional diamond in the rough that represents okay value for money that I can stick my neck out for and make a (still rather lukewarm) recommendation for.

See Also: Best Value Gaming Monitors

Perhaps you have no interest in learning about building a PC, or you are just really strapped for time and just want a computer ASAP without having to spend the extra time required to plan and build one yourself. Whatever your reasons, there’s nothing wrong with that. While building your own PC has advantages, not everyone needs to (nor should) build their own system.

Besides, buying a graphics card to build your own PC is not the easiest of tasks at this moment in time, especially if you’re like most of us and looking to pay a normal-ish price that’s not absurdly beyond the card’s intended MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price). If you weren’t already aware, graphics cards are in massive demand right now, without the supply to meet it. Buying a prebuilt gaming PC is definitely an option to consider instead of building your own system, and can be an easier way to get a hold of one of the latest NVidia RTX or AMD RX graphics cards (since prebuilt PCs that include these massively desired GPUs are much easier to find in stock than the individual GPUs themselves).

Prebuilt computers get a bad wrap in DIY PC communities, but for good reason as companies often cut corners in terms of the quality of parts included in their premade desktops in order to increase/maximize profits. But preubilt PCs aren’t all horrible piles of steaming scrap metal, so if you’re not interested in building your own computer or just cannot for the life of you find a graphics card in stock, buying a prebuilt PC is absolutely fine. 

Just always stay on your toes and do your research, as many (I’d even say most) prebuilt PCs are either way too overpriced for what you actually get (despite slick marketing that persuades many people to think otherwise) or are systems that cut a little too many corners in terms of component quality and reliability (ie horrible PSU, low storage, very limited upgrade flexibility, poor airflow, and so on). If you want my opinion on some good prebuilt PCs as someone who’s been carefully hand-picking the most legit systems on the market for years with perfectionist-like precision, the following are some of the best prebuilt gaming PCs for gaming and VR I could find available on the market right now.

Note: Prices are all in USD (US Dollars) and were based at the time of writing and may have since changed.

Best Prebuilt PC Under $1200: HP Pavilion (1650 Super)

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This category is a tough one, as it’s fairly difficult to find a good prebuilt PC under $1200 US that’s worth recommending, as most in this range have too many limitations. But if you understand and accept those limitations and just want the cheapest desktop you can get away with for some decent gaming, this HP Pavilion is, reluctantly, my top pick right now based on current pricing.

First to the good side of things, and a GTX 1650 Super graphics card and 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor is a very solid budget gaming setup that allows for 60FPS on high settings in many titles (at 1080p resolution). You also get a fast NVMe SSD, albeit a small one so most people will have to purchase an additional SSD or HDD at some point (256GB fills up quickly, especially if you download a bunch of big modern games on there). If you find this well under 1000 bucks US, it’s probably the best value you can find if you simply want the fastest gaming performance for the money. Again, that’s if you don’t mind the downsides.

Speaking of which, the most immediate drawback is the limited upgrade flexibility here, as HP prebuilts like this use their own in-house case that doesn’t allow you to just open things up and add whichever modular components you want ’till your hearts content (like you can with other prebuilds on this list). You also can’t migrate the motherboard or PSU to another case, as they are proprietary HP components.

Another clear downside is the lack of storage as mentioned. Also, RAM – you only get one stick of 8GB running at an average 2400MHz speed, which these days is not ideal for modern games, many of which really do crave 16GB of RAM for maximum performance. For less demanding games, 8GB is fine, but if you want to play more demanding titles, or if you’re doing a ton of multitasking on your system in general, I’d upgrade to 16GB from the get-go (the motherboard has 2 RAM slots, with 1 free if you want to add another 8GB DDR4 to make 16GB in total).

Overall, it’s an okay prebuilt if you’re on a tight budget, and also if you’re sticking to 1080p gaming (ideally 60hz, as it’ll struggle for 144Hz monitors unless you’re only playing less demanding titles like CSGO, Fortnite, League of Legends, or Valorant). Oh and last but not least, it’s not recommended for VR as you want a stronger GPU and CPU for that (the bare minimum prebuilt I recommend for VR is one with a 1660 Super, but ideally a RTX 3060).





Model Number: TG01-1070m

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500 (6-Core)

CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth (Stock Cooler)

GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4GB)

RAM: 1x8GB DDR4 2400MHz (Supports 32GB)

Motherboard: HP Proprietary

Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Power Supply: HP Proprietary (400 Watts)

Case: HP Proprietary

Case Fans: 3x ARGB 120mm

OS: Windows 10 Home

WiFi: Yes (802.11AC Wi-Fi 5)

Other: Included HP Keyboard and Mouse

Warranty: 1 Year

Honorable Mentions:

HP Pavilion (GTX 1650 Super, i3 10100)

SkyTech Blaze 3.0 (GTX 1650, i3 10100F)

SkyTech Blaze II (GTX 1650, R3 3100)

SkyTech Chronos Mini (GTX 1650, i3 10100F)

Best Prebuilt PC Under $1500: Skytech Chronos Mini (1660 Super)

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If you’re looking at prebuilt gaming PCs between the $1000 and $1500 range, on the lower end of that range the best GPU you can find is a GTX 1660 Super, and if you creep towards the other end of the spectrum you’ll find some with a RTX 3060 or RX 6600.

This SkyTech Chronos Mini has a 1660 Super and a decent supporting list of components like a very capable Ryzen 5 3600 and 16GB of DDR RAM at a respectable 3000MHz speed, and from what I see one of the better bang for buck options in this price range right now.

If you do some digging the component list is quite basic, but that’s the sacrifice you have to make when buying most prebuilt PCs. But in terms of gaming performance, the specs are solid, and a 1660 Super and R5 3600 provides a very good 1080p High/Ultra experience in most games. This would also suffice as a good budget 1080p 144Hz gaming PC.

SkyTech have taken the prebuilt PC market by storm in the past couple of years, and by that I simply mean they’re selling like hot cakes (especially on Amazon). But that popularity is warranted, as they currently offer some of the best value gaming desktops on the market, whilst importantly not cutting too many corners to make that happen.

But of course, they still do as any prebuilt PC company has to if they want to compete on price, but from the many SkyTech desktops I’ve researched recently, and having kept a close, critical eye on them for a while now, they genuinely seem better than most in terms of the components they use and the overall flexibility of the builds (they’re mostly easily upgradeable). Their customer support also seems decent from my research.

Honorable Mentions:

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR (RTX 2060, i5 11400F)

Skytech Archangel (GTX 1660 Super, R5 3600)





Model Number: ‎ST-CHRONOSM-0224

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (6-Core)

CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth (Stock Cooler)

GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6GB)

RAM: 16GB DDR4 3000MHz

Motherboard: AMD B450 or B550 (mATX)

Storage: 500GB SSD (Unspecified Model)

Power Supply: 500 Watt (80 Plus)

Case: Skytech Chronos Mini

Case Fans: 3 x 120mm RGB

OS: Windows 10 Home

WiFi: Yes (802.11AC WiFi 5)

Other: Included SkyTech Keyboard and Mouse

Warranty: 1 Year


Best Prebuilt PC Under $2000: Skytech Archangel (3060 Ti)

Check Price: 5600X + 3060 Ti / 3700X + 3060

If you want the best prebuilt gaming PC with a powerful gaming CPU and GPU (5600X and RTX 3060 Ti), from an affordable and generally reliable manufacturer that includes decent quality components, the SkyTech Archangel 3.0 gets my pick based on current pricing and availability.

With this setup you can expect excellent performance for 1080p or 1440p on high settings, and even with 144Hz monitors as the super quick 5600X processor really helps in getting high frame rates. The 16GB of fast 3200MHz memory is also ideal for modern gaming, and for fast productivity and multitasking in general.

The system also looks nice, with a slick white case and 3 included RGB fans, and it comes complete with a gaming keyboard and mouse (albeit basic), included WiFi, a large 1TB NVMe SSD for fast loading of a ton of games and applications, and it’s nice they included an 80 Plus Gold 600 watt power supply (though the exact model is unspecified).

Overall, the internal components aren’t as high quality as what you could build yourself, but they could be a lot worse. This is arguably among the best value prebuilts you can find in this sort of price range right now, at least in my opinion based on my research.

But do check out the many alternative options as well that I found (listed below), as they may suit you better in terms of price, specs, and design. There’s a fair amount of decent options in the $1500 to $2000 US price range.

Just ensure you don’t get suckered into any prebuilts in this price range that don’t at least have an RTX 3060 or 3060 Ti graphics card. Also avoid ones with older CPUs, as for this price you ideally want to be getting a current-gen CPU like the 5600X, or a previous-gen CPU like the 3700X at the very least (5600X is better for gaming though).

Once you get around the 2K budget range, you’ll start seeing some with a RTX 3070 or RX 6700 XT as well, which are worth considering if you want extra firepower for 1440p, 4K, or VR gaming. For most gamers though, the 3060 or 3060 Ti is better value overall.

Honorable Mentions:

Thermaltake Glacier 360 (RTX 3060, R5 5600X)

SkyTech Shadow 3.0 (RTX 3060 Ti, R5 3600)

CyberPowerPC Gamer Supreme (RTX 3060, R7 3800X)





Model Number: ‎ST-Arch3.0-0296-AM

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (6-Core)

CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth (Stock Cooler)

GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (8GB)

RAM: 16GB DDR4 (3200MHz)

Motherboard: AMD B550 (Unspecified)

Storage: 1TB NVMe PCIe (SSD)

Power Supply: 600 Watt (80 Plus Gold)

Case: Thermaltake H200 TG RGB (White)

Case Fans: 3 x 120mm RGB

OS: Windows 10 Home

WiFi: Yes (802.11AC WiFi 5)

Other: SkyTech Keyboard and Mouse

Warranty: 1 Year

Best Prebuilt PC Under $3000: HP Omen 30L (RTX 3080)

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For the best 4K or VR experience (or 1440p 144Hz) the ideal setup is having a super powerful NVidia RTX 3080 or competing RX 6800 XT. Prebuilt PCs with these cards don’t come cheap, but the HP Omen 30L is the most affordable one I could find right now that I can recommend. However, it’s definitely got its drawbacks, such as limited upgradeability due to a small proprietary motherboard and average cooling with a subpar, small 120mm liquid cooler that doesn’t give such a powerful CPU as the i9 10850K much leeway. If your new setup will live in a warmish room/climate, I don’t recommend it, as you’ll want something with better airflow and cooling.

But based on current pricing at the time of writing this, it’s one of the better “value” RTX 3080 gaming desktops I’ve seen, and the list of components gets a pass from me. Yep, just a pass, since prebuilt PCs like this always cut corners and doesn’t compare to building your own gaming PC (where you have freedom to only include top notch parts and brands), but a pass by my perfectionist high standards as a lifetime DIYer is a stronger recommendation than it may sound, with most other RTX 3080 prebuilt gaming PCs failing that test due to being way overpriced.

If you know hardware and DIY well, most prebuilt PCs are overpriced to be fair, but some are less so than others. And besides the strong CPU and GPU, this HP does have some other positives going for it such as an efficient Platinum certified power supply (it’s not a high-end brand but Cooler Master PSUs are okay), the latest WiFi 6 standard for full compatibility with next-gen routers, and plenty of storage with a large and fast 1TB SSD from Western Digital and a secondary 2TB hard drive.

Just keep in mind these prebuilt recommendations were based on the prices at the time of writing, and PC prices fluctuate often (especially during this current volatile market) meaning that by the time you read this there may be a better “value” RTX 3080 or RX 6800/XT option.

But right now after having scoured the market, if your PC will live in a nicely cooled room this particular HP model is worth considering if you want to save a little money over more “luxury” 3080 desktops. If you don’t mind spending extra on a more reliable, well-cooled, and feature-rich RTX 3080 prebuilt PC, check out the honorable mentions listed below for good alternatives that I found at the time of writing.

Honorable Mentions:

Thermaltake Reactor 380 (RTX 3080, R7 5800X)

ASUS ROG Strix GA15DK (RTX 3070, R7 5800X)

Skytech Chronos (RTX 3070, R7 3700X)

Skytech Siege (RX 6900 XT, R7 5800X)





Model Number: GT13-0092

CPU: Intel Core i9 10850K (10-Core)

CPU Cooler: Proprietary HP AiO Liquid Cooler (120mm)

GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3080 (10GB GDDR6X)

RAM: Kingston HyperX 32GB DDR4 (2x16GB, 3200MHz)

Motherboard: Proprietary HP Z490 (mATX)

Storage: Western Digital Black 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 (SSD) & 2TB 7200RPM SATA (HDD)

Power Supply: Cooler Master 750 Watt (80 Plus Platinum)

Case: Proprietary HP Model

Case Fans: 1x 120mm Front, 1x 92mm Rear

OS: Windows 10 Home

WiFi: Yes (802.11AX WiFi 6)

Other: Bluetooth, HP Keyboard and Mouse

Warranty: 1 Year



Best Prebuilt PC Under $5000: Skytech Prism II (RTX 3090)

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Next up is a monster for the hardcore gamers and VR enthusiasts. Starting off with the star of the show which is of course the GPU, and for the ultimate gaming experience, right now nothing can beat the RTX 3090. The gap in performance between a RTX 3080 system (or RX 6800 XT) and one with a RTX 3090 is not that big though, meaning the disproportionately higher price tag of the latter just does not make sense for most people.

So while the RTX 3080 really is plenty of power for an excellent VR/4K gaming experience (and a significant leg up over the previous RTX 2080 series), if you simply want the best performance possible running the highest visual settings (and maybe turning on some fancy eye-candy like SuperSampling that really helps in VR), a rig with a NVidia RTX 3090 is the way. With the help of a whopping 24GB of VRAM, this GPU is a VR enthusiast’s dream and will make the absolute most of high-end VR headsets like the Valve Index with its industry leading 120H and 144Hz modes or the HP Reverb G2’s extra-high, immersive resolution.

As for choosing the best RTX 3090 prebuilt PC, at the time of writing this SkyTech caught my eye over the others, but not because of it’s slick design which I consider a bonus. It’s list of internal components is solid, and the price is decent compared to other options I’ve researched – at least at the time of writing this. Unlike the HP Omen series, this desktop is more thoroughly cooled, with more space inside, a ton of fans, and a large 360mm liquid cooler. You also get a next-gen PCIe Gen4 SSD for blazing fast storage and load times, and an X570 chipset motherboard (though the exact brand is unspecified).

The CPU is the older 3900X, though it’s still a blazing fast processor. The 32GB of RAM is also great, but you sort of expect that at this price tag. You also get a 80 Plus Gold certified 850 watt power supply, and you wouldn’t want anything less for a RTX 3090 system. It’s tough finding high-end prebuilt desktops that are not complete ripoffs and overpriced to the absolute moon, but this SkyTech is decent value all things considered.

See Also: Best 4K 144Hz Monitors for Gaming





Model Number: ‎ST-PRISM-II-0105

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (12-Core)

CPU Cooler: 360mm AiO (Liquid Cooler)

GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3090 (24GB)

RAM: 32GB DDR4 (3600MHz, 2x16GB)

Motherboard: AMD X570 (Unspecified)

Storage: 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 (SSD)

Power Supply: 850 Watt (80 Plus Gold)

Case: Phanteks Qube (White)

Case Fans: 9x RGB (3 on AiO, 3 Top, 3 Bottom)

OS: Windows 10 Home

WiFi: Yes (802.11AC WiFi 5)

Other: Bluetooth

Warranty: 1 Year

How to Choose a Prebuilt Gaming PC (Key Specs)

If you’re new to PC hardware, here are some basic things to keep in mind about choosing a good prebuilt desktop for gaming in terms of their parts-list. There are tons of specs and features that make up a computer, but these are the key things to know if you’re a gamer.

  • Look at Graphics Card First: For gaming, whether VR or not, the most important component of the computer by far is the graphics card (also called the GPU) since it has a huge say in what performance you’ll experience. So, when choosing and comparing prebuilt desktops, first look at the GPU in the specs to quickly weed out PCs that aren’t worth your time. If you want to make a smart purchase, before your hunt you should have at least a basic general idea of the modern GPU hierarchy – in other words, which cards are fastest right now, which are mid-range cards, and so on. Even computers marketed as “gaming PCs” may not necessarily have a good GPU inside, and oftentimes they include considerably less powerful GPUs than they could have included for that price. Stay on your toes and compare different prebuilt PCs around your price range to get a sense of the best GPU/s you could get in a system around that budget. See the gaming GPU buyer’s guide for more.
  • Check the CPU: The CPU also determines the gaming performance (read: frame rates) that your new system will offer you, but not anywhere near as much as the graphics card. Most prebuilt PCs with a good graphics card will have a sufficient CPU, so unless you have extra requirements other than gaming (eg very demanding non-gaming applications such as heavy video editing, or seriously heavy multitasking) then you often won’t have to worry too much about which CPU is included if you’re getting the graphics card that you want. But of course, do get a basic understanding of what CPU you’re getting and what sort of tier it is in terms of gaming performance. Oh and in general, you can’t go wrong with either Intel or AMD these days. In the past Intel was clearly better for gaming, but in recent years AMD caught up nicely and has even overtaken Intel in certain aspects. See the gaming CPU buyer’s guide for full details if interested. 
  • 16GB RAM is Ideal: For modern gaming, 8GB of RAM is the absolute minimum to shoot for, so don’t buy a prebuilt PC that doesn’t have at least this amount. However, 16GB of RAM is ideal, especially for VR gaming which are typically more demanding than flatscreen titles. 16GB will also make for a super fast multitasking machine. If you want to leave nothing to chance for the absolute most demanding games on the market now and over the coming few years, 32GB would be amazing but is a luxury and not a requirement. As for the speed of RAM, it doesn’t matter anywhere near as much as the amount of RAM, but the ideal these days is having RAM with a speed of 3000MHz or faster. On a cheaper PC, if the speed is only 2666MHz, don’t worry about it.
  • Always Get An SSD: These days there’s now no excuse to not get a SSD as your main storage drive (where your operating system and other key programs/games will be stored). SSD are much more affordable these days, so if a prebuilt PC doesn’t include even a small 120GB-240GB one then avoid that system at all costs. See the SSD buyer’s guide for more on SSDs.
  • Check the Power Supply: One very common downside to buying a prebuilt PC is the fact you’ll often be getting an average quality power supply (PSU) from a less than desirable brand. Do your research on the particular PSU that’s included in the system, especially if you are buying a more powerful system. For example, you really don’t want a cheap no-name PSU in a high-end RTX 3080 desktop for instance. You should also consider how much wattage the PSU has if you’re considering a future upgrade of your GPU, to ensure you have enough headroom. See the PSU buyer’s guide for full details.

Is Buying a Prebuilt PC More Expensive?

The majority of prebuilt computers on the market can be built for either less or around the same price with better-quality and/or faster components if you do it yourself – especially as gamers looking for maximum frame rates for the money. But that’s not to say that there are no good prebuilt PCs out there, as if you know what to look for and shop carefully you can find decent prebuilt PCs for gaming that won’t break the bank.

Plus, during times when graphics card prices are higher than normal, the typical cost savings you’d get from building your own system are either cut down or wiped out entirely. Besides, not everyone has the patience or interest to assemble a computer from scratch, no matter how straightforward it is to do these days if you just take your time with it, and some people are willing to pay extra for the convenience and time saved by buying a pre-assembled PC.

See Also: The Best Refurbished Gaming PCs (pre-owned)

Why Are Prebuilt PCs Often Considered Bad?

The convenience of buying an already fully assembled, 100% ready-to-go rig is tempting, but there are many pitfalls to be aware of when doing so if you want to make a good purchase that won’t let you down. Prebuilt PCs often get roasted within hardware circles, and oftentimes for good reason as there are plenty of straight-up bad buys out there when it comes to prebuilt desktops. 

If you gain even a somewhat basic understanding of PC hardware, it’s easy to look beyond the surface-level marketing of many premade systems and realize that a fairly significant majority tend to include lower-tier parts, such as cheap, unreliable, timebomb-ticking power supplies, or poor, restricted airflow that could easily cause excessive noise, high temperatures, overheating, or worse.

There’s a whole heap of other potential issues when it comes to premade desktops due to manufacturers making sacrifices in their production process in order to keep costs as low as possible. Add to that the fact that many prebuilts are also typically quite overpriced compared to picking out the parts individually yourself and building your own setup, and it’s easy to see why you must do research before buying the first random PC you see, despite how good it sounds on paper or how slick it looks in the pictures (which are actually sometimes misleading and don’t show the exact parts you’ll end up receiving).

There’s always the occasional exception, but in most situations building your own PC does give you more for your money overall. But the truth is, even though building your own PC will almost-always be the best way to get the fastest gaming performance and highest component quality for your hard-earned (or strategically begged for) money, there are plenty of respectable prebuilt computers out there from reputable companies if you know what to look for, such as the best prebuilt PCs from my list above which were all carefully hand-picked for their overall value and trustworthiness as a whole. But if you have an interest in tech and computers, I highly recommend you consider building your own PC if you have a little time and patience and don’t need a new setup right this second, as it is quite rewarding in more ways than one.

Related: Why Build Your Own Computer?

Why some prebuilt gaming PCs may be a bad purchaseBe skeptical and keep your wits about you when shopping for a prebuilt PC as they’re not always as they seem (look past flashy exteriors or clever marketing)


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