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The Best Pre-Built Gaming PC You Can Buy (September 2020): Computers For Every Price Range

Pre-built gaming PCs have come a long way, and building a PC just isn't for everyone, so here are the best machines you can snag right now.

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If you want to build your own PC, you're going to need patience, confidence, and time not everyone can afford. Picking out parts compatible with each other is a much easier task than it used to be, but if anything goes wrong it's up to you to figure out what the problem is. However, there's a great option out there for those who want to join the PC gaming world but aren't necessarily ready to build their own gaming PC. Pre-built gaming PCs skip the build step entirely, but even with these already-built rigs, you need to know what you're looking for. We've made it easy by selecting a variety of the best pre-built gaming PCs that are in stock and worth your money.

Pre-built gaming PCs have come a long way over the last couple of years, and while some are still more expensive than the sum of their parts, they're a convenient and great option for PC gaming. There is also a wide range of prices, much like PC parts themselves. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, then there are plenty with more modest specs to choose from. There are also pre-built gaming PCs that can rock high settings--and yes, your bank account, too.

Some of these pre-built gaming PCs are discounted right now, though it's important to note that prices on the internet fluctuate regularly: What you see on this page may not reflect what you see when you click through. Please note the correct price before placing your final order. And if you're looking for a cheap monitor to pair with your new PC, check out our guide to the best budget monitors that are in stock right now. We also have guides on the best gaming keyboards and best gaming mice.

Note: The prices shown below indicate a product's standard list price and may not reflect any current discounts or other fluctuations.

Gaming PCs under $1000

Gaming PCs under $1,500

Gaming PCs under $2,000

Gaming PCs under $3,000

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My go to computer builder is Xidax. I've had one of their custom boxes since about a month before the Nvidia 1080 series cards came out, and I've had no problem with it what so ever.

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A few months back Walmart had a pre-built deal with these specs:

CyberPowerPC Desktop:

Ryzen 9 3900X

16GB DDR4

1TB SSD + 2TB HDD

RTX 2080 Ti

$1731

I'm kicking myself for not ordering it when I had the chance. Looking for similar deal ever since.

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As an avi PC gamer, (also loves building PC) do not buy pre-build PC. You can build a better value of a gaming PC and I'd advice anyone to go PC Park Picker site and its friendly community to get the good parts for the right price :)

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@davillain-: Hi. I’m extremely NOT computer minded and have a question. If I wanted a PC that could run one of the latest VR headsets well while still being as cheap as possible (but not to the point where it would be obsolete a few years from now), how much would you guess I’d pay prebuilt and if I built it myself? I’ve been contemplating getting a new computer but I’d never considered building one. While I’m not computer minded as far as my knowledge of current tech, how thing work electronically, I am good at putting stuff together.

Thanks!

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@davillain-: I had an HP Pavilion pre-built for $399 from Walmart. I didn't keep it though as that price was TWICE what I paid for the PC I'm typing this on now. Though I probably should have kept it since the video card out of it was worth $200 by itself.

There's some stores still showing stock of it but sadly they're all phantom stock at this point, as they should be since the price went down to an INSANE $49 at most of their stores now.

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@davillain-: I hear you and would've said the same thing when I was younger. Now, I'm lucky enough to have time to game anymore. I bought my last rig from Origin since I had purchased a few rigs for work from them. The good news is that they were trouble free and well put together...really clean builds. The bad news is how long it took. The account rep was essentially dead weight though and also dropped the ball, missing an entire PC that was ordered. I think they've got some really great builders.

The main benefits of buying are: Warranty, Availability, and Upgrades. Places like that are given priority on inventory over retail for new, in-demand GPU's. As far the upgrades, I'm not sure if this is still worth doing (no idea what it costs now), but I made out big-time by purchasing their upgrade program. 3 years after my original purchase, I sold back nearly every component from the original build for the best available CPU, GPU, etc. My net out of pocket cost was only $1k for a PC that would've been worth $5k had I purchased it.

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@davillain-: Agree, the problem is all consumer electronics around the world are around 25% higher then they should be due to the pandemic. From supply issues related to goods and services, to tons of people now at home increasing demands for silicon in all forms to placate the kids or for their way or earning a living. Not just here in the states but around the world. Kinda like the way pc parts were artificially elevated during the last bitcoin farming in 2017-2018.

Pre-builts have to charge nearly 40% margin to make a profit. My best advice, try to wait if at all possible as the above pre-builts are just too high and it will be hard to get any kind of bang for you buck in this day and time. Fall to winter may see better deals, cross your fingers.

There are soo many videos, so many guides and parts picker list - that would allow almost anyone to build their own. IT is also a good skill to learn and learn early. But there is nothing wrong in buying prebuilt as some folks just do not know how, have the dexterity due to injury or disability, or do not have the time. But none of the above pre-builds seem worth it.

If possible try to wait it out just like this pandemic.

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@jenovaschilld: I think if you're going for something simple, like builds under $3k that are straightforward, the cost/benefit is a lot clearer. Pretty obvious in that case how it makes more sense to build. However when you start looking at more complex builds (OC + advanced cooling), that's where it's going to vary from person to person.

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