Best Cheap Gaming Desktop
What is the best gaming desktop?
In our experience, the answer to "What is the best gaming desktop?" is: whatever gives you the maximum frames per second, per dollar. That is to say, whatever your budget, you want to maximise the number of frames per second your system puts out, for every dollar you spend. Of course this isn't the only measurement of value, but it's a pretty good place to start.
For gaming, you’ll want to make sure your graphics card has the grunt to hit your desired frame rate and resolution, and pair well with your processor. AMD Ryzen-based systems fare well with dual channel RAM at higher speeds, while Intel systems also benefit from at least 2 modules (16GB) of RAM. If processing power is what you need, be sure to select the best processor and as much memory as your budget allows.
We have gaming PCs to suit any budget, with a huge range of systems both under and over $1000 that will get you into your favourite games and applications, for less. Look for the big names and brands including AMD Ryzen 2000 and 3000 series and 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors, plus AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GTX and RTX series graphics cards.
How to build a cheap gaming desktop?
Our cheap gaming desktops feature processors from AMD and Intel, with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The performance gap has closed so much between AMD and Intel processors that today, it could almost be down to what is at the lowest price, or even personal preference, as to which processor is best – either way, you’re not going to lose much in performance or value. And while NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards still have the most market share, AMD Radeon RX 570 and 580 graphics cards offer serious bang for buck.
When choosing your best cheap gaming desktop, look for the AMD Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 series CPUs, Intel i3 or i5 series CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 or 1660 Ti graphics cards, or the AMD Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 graphics cards.
Select your motherboard: our base motherboard provides excellent performance, value and reliability; the next upgrade option offers an M.2 slot on the motherboard for fast storage expansion, while the next option will offer additional DIMM (RAM) slots to allow for faster computing and future-proofing.
Deck it out with your choice of memory – most of our systems start with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, while 16GB is recommended for most modern games and will help future proof your system.
Finish off with your choice of storage, power supply, and add any peripherals, and your cheap gaming desktop will be complete!