Are you looking for a $1000 gaming PC that can handle everything you throw at it without a hitch? Then your search ends here.

Being a PC enthusiast, I review and critique numerous gaming PCs, and by bringing all my expertise to this article, I am going to provide you with the best prebuilt gaming PCs under $1000 that are currently available in the market.

But wait, it doesn’t end there. So that you don’t end up buying the wrong PC, this article also contains a comprehensive buyer’s guide. After all, you don’t want to go through the return process now, do you?

In order to have the most diversity possible, we are only sticking to one PC per brand, and since I have been exposed to a lot of prebuilt gaming PCs, I have made sure to compile a list that can satisfy all sorts of different gamers.

So, worry not; regardless of what your gaming taste may be, there is a prebuilt gaming PC waiting for you to be picked up.

Ready to find your ideal gaming PC? I can sense the excitement going through the roof so without further ado, let’s begin with the article.

In a Hurry? These are the Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $1000

I know you want a sneak peek at the prebuilt gaming PCs that will be reviewed later on in the article, so here is a quick look at them.

*For more info on the gaming PCs below, click the “Jump to review” button to go to our review of that PC.

Best Overall

iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281a

1. iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2

  • Ryzen 5 5600
  • RTX 3060
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB NVMe SSD

Best Performance

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop TG01-2070

2. HP Pavilion TG01-2070

  • Ryzen 7 5700G
  • RX 6600XT
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD

Best Aesthetics

MXZ Gaming Desktop

3. MXZ Gaming Desktop

  • Core i3-12100F
  • RTX 3060
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB NVMe SSD
MSI MPG Velox

4. MSI MPG Velox

  • Core i5-10400F
  • RTX 3060
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD
Skytech Blaze 3.0

5. Skytech Blaze 3.0

  • Core i5-10400F
  • RTX 3060
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB SSD

The $1000 Gaming PC Buyer’s Guide

Before we check out the in-depth reviews of the prebuilt gaming PCs, getting a little knowledge about the whole buying process doesn’t hurt.

Yes, I said buying process because I believe in order to buy the best PC fit for our individual needs going through the proper buying process is unavoidable.

The buyer’s guide will highlight this buying process from A to Z and also, like the name suggests, guide you at every turn.

Now you can realize how much significance a buyer’s guide holds. Therefore, it is to be taken with utmost importance. With that said, let’s start the buying guide, shall we?

Why Buyer’s Guide is Needed?

It would have been rather easy for me to just list down only the prebuilt gaming PCs and skip this buyer’s guide, but that would be ignoring the need to enlighten new gamers about buying PCs.

When I was new in the industry, I also needed some guidance on what factors should be looked into in a gaming PC and those queries of sorts.

Therefore, the buyer’s guide section aims to make new gamers more informed buyers.

Why the Best Is Not Always the Right Choice?

This is important because I see many gamers end up regretting the PC they buy. This happens because each gaming PC is different from the other in the experience it provides. However, the dilemma is that gamers always fall for the best on paper specifications rather than seeing the bigger picture of the PC they want to buy.

Mind you, specifications are just that; numbers on a paper. HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop TG01-2070 might have the best specifications on paper, but I know for certain many people may not like the user experience of this PC.

Similarly, given your use case, you might not even need such specifications and performance. Therefore you might be better off with another gaming PC that offers better features that you find appealing.

The main thing is to buy the gaming PC not of specs but based on your needs and gaming use. Of course, specifications play a role in determining which PC you should buy, but they should not be the only deciding factor.

To break up this course of action, each of my gaming PC reviews has a gaming experience section that encompasses what it feels like to actually use the given gaming PC.

First Consideration for Purchasing a PC

In the aforementioned section, I gave you a general idea of buying PCs based on your needs and use case and not on specifications alone, but how does one define their needs, you ask.

This is a very important question to ponder upon since it lays the foundation for the rest of our buying decisions.

A simple way of determining your need is to evaluate what you are going to use your PC for. Consider the games that you are going to play on it or tasks that you will do on that gaming PC.

After you have a general framework of what games you are going to play on your PC, be on the lookout for features and specifications that will help you achieve that.

Once you do that, you will eventually realize what to look for and what to avoid in a gaming PC. Simply look for a PC that has the maximum qualities that are aimed at fulfilling your needs and buy that given PC.

For example, if all you want to do is casual gaming, then you don’t need the best specifications and might want a PC that is more functional and looks better. In your case, MXZ Gaming Desktop might be a better fit than someone who wants the best FPS from his HP Pavilion TG01-2070.

What Are the Factors That Make up an Ideal Gaming PC?

Now let’s put everything we have learned until now from the Buyer’s guide into context and see the factor that needs to be present in a gaming PC for it to qualify as having the best market offering.

The Gaming Experience Is Everything

The biggest trait that a gaming PC can offer is a satisfactory gaming experience, and if that is not fulfilled, then there is no point in buying that gaming PC since it has already faltered in the most important aspect.

The gaming experience is the collection of all the aspects of a gaming experience, and therefore in order to have a good gaming experience, a PC has to be good in all of its aspects.

The Specifications to Be On the Look in a Gaming PC Under $1000

Although the gaming experience is the most crucial aspect of a gaming PC, we still can’t deny the importance of having the right specifications for the price. 

Given that we are looking at gaming PCs at around the $1000 price tag, therefore for this budget, there are certain specifications that should be in your gaming PC. 

  • Processor (CPU)

Firstly, the processor should have 6 cores hence the reason most of the gaming PCs in this list have 6 core CPUs.

  • Graphics Card (GPU)

For the graphics card, you should be looking at the Nvidia RTX 3060 or the AMD RX 6600XT for maximum performance.

If they are not available on your desired PCs, then you can resort to the Nvidia RTX 3050. The Nvidia RTX 3050 is a decent pairing for sub $1000 gaming PCs. However, if a gaming PC has a GPU that is inferior to the RTX 3050, don’t bother with that PC.

  • RAM

The RAM is pretty straightforward. Either 16GB RAM or nothing because 8GB is not enough for gaming nowadays and hence should be avoided if possible.

  • Storage

The storage should be in the form of an SSD. Even though HDDs are cheaper, the slow speed of HDDs is not feasible anymore for fast-paced modern games.

HP Pavilion gaming desktop is the perfect example of a well-specced out gaming PC since it includes all the top-of-the-line components, which include a Ryzen 7 5700G, RX 6600XT, 16GB RAM, and PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

The 512GB storage capacity of the PC is on the lower side, but you can’t expect everything to be perfect now, can you?

Can a $1000 Gaming PC Run Games at 1440p?

I know many of you want to play games at 1440p on your new $1000 gaming PC, and I wish a one-line answer for this question existed to ease your query. Since that is not the case, a proper clarification is necessary for proper understanding; therefore, let’s take a deeper look at the topic at hand.

On the surface, yes, it is possible to play games at 1440p on a gaming PC under $1000, but that is when we consider the most optimal situation.

As you know, there are a plethora of different PCs in the $1000 price range, and this leads to specification differences in a lot of them. Let’s take the prebuilt gaming PCs in this article as an example.

The HP Pavilion TG01-2070 comes with an AMD RX 6600 XT graphics card, while the MSI MPG Velox comes with an Nvidia RTX 3060.

The performance difference between these two graphics cards amounts to about 5%, therefore, meaning that the MSI MPG Velox has 5% less gaming performance than that of the HP.

The performance disparity among PCs in the $1000 price range makes the asked query more complicated because a single answer cannot be given.

That being said, for testing, we always consider the most optimal situation, and that in our case is the gaming performance of the HP Pavilion TG01-2070 because it is the best performer of the lot.

When taking only the HP Pavilion TG01-2070 into account, I can firmly answer that a gaming desktop under $1000 can indeed play games at 1440p. I say these because, during testing, this PC provided acceptable FPS at 1440p even in the most demanding of games.

The average frame rate observed at 1440p was the following:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at 45 FPS, Red Dead Redemption 2 at 57 FPS, Forza Horizon 5 at 90 FPS, CoD Warzone at 80 FPS, and Fortnite at 105 FPS.

The obtained figures clearly reflect and solidify the point made earlier that it is very much possible to play games at 1440p resolution on $1000 prebuilt gaming PCs, provided you have the best gaming PC under $1000 there on hand.

In-Depth Review

Now that you are well versed with the whole buying process let’s dive into the in-depth reviews of the five gaming PCs that have earned their way to this article. 

Every PC that we review has to pass stringent testing. Our methodology not only includes benchmarks and analysis but also how the PC will feel to use in real-world situations. 

Then based on the results, an average ranking score is awarded to the PC. This time around, the following PCs that are coming up now earned the highest score out of all the other PCs hence making them the best in their respective price budget.

Best Overall

1. iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2

PROS


  • Flashy and Blingy aesthetics with plenty of RGB lighting
  • Can play any latest games at 60 FPS easily
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
  • RTX 3060 provides excellent performance
  • The 6-core Ryzen 5 5600 is very capable and powerful
  • 16GB RAM is sufficient for gaming and multitasking

CONS


  • Lack of airflow results in the PC getting hot under load
  • 500GB storage space is not enough for this day and age
  • The connectivity could be improved

The iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 is undoubtedly one of the best-looking gaming PC you can buy for $1000. However, this PC is more than meets the eye and has top-notch specs. Hence, this PC not only looks great but provides top-notch performance, which puts this PC in the driving seat compared to other offerings in this price range. There are some drawbacks with this PC, but none of them should be a deal breaker.

4.8/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience 

Gaming Experience is the quintessential measure of how much you will enjoy using the PC. I am pleased to report that the iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 delivers an exceptional performance display and passes the gaming experience benchmarks with flying colors. 

You can pretty much play any game on this PC, and it will happily keep it above 60 FPS. As a result, this gaming PC not only performs well for current games but will keep delivering great performance in the long run. 

The gaming benchmarks are a clear indication of this PC’s potential. For example, this PC gave 75 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2, and 80 FPS in God of War, despite playing on the highest graphic preset at 1080p. 

In less demanding games like Forza Horizon 5, GTA V, and CoD WarZone, you will get 90, 120, and 130 FPS, respectively. The real fun begins when you dive into Esports games. CS: GO runs at 290 FPS on this PC, while Valorant puts up a 310 FPS figure. A complex Esports game like Siege runs at 248 FPS.

These are impressive FPS figures, and it is hard to fathom that you are getting such a good frame rate on a $1000 gaming PC.

Specifications 

The specs you get with the iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 are the best you will find in this price range. At the heart of this PC is a 6-core 12-thread AMD Ryzen 5 5600 processor. This processor has excellent performance. It can keep up with any game you throw at and handle even the most demanding workloads like rendering or video production.

For the graphics, you get an Nvidia RTX 3060, which is hailed as the best mid-range graphics card you can buy. It performs exceptionally well, giving you a satisfying performance and a very good framerate. 

The multitasking needs of this PC are covered by 16GB DDR4 RAM. I am pleased to see 16GB RAM instead of the typical 8GB you will find on other gaming PCs because 8GB RAM is a bottleneck for most latest games.

The only hardware aspect I am not keen on is using a 500GB NVMe SSD. It is done to save cost, but 500GB of storage is just not sufficient. A single game can take upwards of 100GB of disk space. So, if you install a lot of games on your PC, you will run out of the 500GB storage space fairly quickly. 

Case Design and Connectivity

iBUYPOWER has nailed the case design of this gaming PC. It comes with a glass sandwich construction with glass panels on the front and the side. 

Although this leaves the PC susceptible to damage, I can’t deny that having glass on all sides gives the PC a distinct and unique look. 

The iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 is a big and tall PC, so it needs plenty of airflow. Unfortunately, the glass sandwiched design is the bane of airflow. Having no direct vents on the case means airflow is choked and restricted. 

Like the airflow, connectivity is another weak point of this gaming PC. The iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 comes with only two USB-A ports at the front, which is not ideal for connecting multiple peripherals to the PC. 

Besides the two USB-A ports, you have a separate 3.5mm audio and mic jack and a power button. The rest of the ports are located at the back of the PC, including additional USB-A ports, a USB-C port, Ethernet LAN, audio ports, HDMI, and DisplayPort. 

Accessing the backports is a bit of a stretch due to the large size of the PC. Therefore, it would have been better if this PC had more USB ports on the front. 

Aesthetics and Salient Features

The aesthetics of this iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 are dominated by RGB lighting. The extravagant display of RGB lighting can be overpowering at times. However, I know many gamers love RGB lighting, and this PC is a treat to look at for them. 

Besides making the PC look flashy, iBUYPOWER has also paid attention to cable management. As a result, there are no loose or dangling cables on this PC, giving the PC a neat and tidy look. 

In terms of the salient features, iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 is giving you more than you expect in this price range. 

The features include a built-in Wi-Fi connection. The Wi-Fi works well and allows gamers to connect to the Internet without the hassle of an Ethernet cable which is very convenient. This PC also comes with Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to connect your favorite pair of Bluetooth peripherals to the PC. 

If your budget is tight, you will be pleased to know that this PC comes with a gaming mouse and keyboard. Unfortunately, the quality of both peripherals is nothing to rave about. Still, it’s good on iBUYPOWER’s part to give extra goodies. 

Like every other gaming PC, this machine comes with a standard 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

Best Performance

2. HP Pavilion TG01-2070

PROS


  • Best in class gaming performance
  • Excellent connectivity with multiple USB ports on the front
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
  • RX 6600 XT provides best-in-class gaming performance
  • The 8-core Ryzen 7 5700G is the most powerful CPU on a $1000 gaming PC
  • 16GB RAM is sufficient for gaming and multitasking

CONS


  • Some gamers will find the simple design too boring.
  • 500GB storage space is not enough for gaming in this day and age.
  • Lack of airflow results in this PC getting hot under load.

I would have laughed if someone had said HP could make a great gaming PC. Well, not anymore, because the HP Pavilion TG01-2070 is no ordinary offering from HP. The PC combines the best specifications offered by the $1000 price segment with great functionality and classic aesthetics. Given the gaming capability, I doubt any other prebuilt gaming PC can rival its performance.

4.6/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience

HP is a very clever company and knows how to extract the most from their gaming PCs to satisfy the consumers.

The HP Pavilion TG01-2070 is an example of a product that, despite some shortcomings, makes the most of its strengths to provide an amazing overall gaming experience to its users.

The main thing that this PC has going for it is the FPS it can provide, and no other PC can match the frame rate. This is what separates the HP Pavilion gaming desktop from the other PCs on the list.

In terms of the actual frame rates figures, I played numerous games on this PC during my time with the machine and found out that it averaged fantastic FPS throughout.

During my playthrough, the average FPS was 75 in Red Dead Redemption 2 and 78 in God of War. These are very demanding games, and being able to play them at the highest graphic settings at 1080p is quite challenging for most PCs, but not the HP Pavilion TG01-2070.

Switching gears to less demanding games, you easily get 112 FPS in Forza Horizon 5, 142 FPS in GTA V, and 148 FPS in CoD Warzone. These are very impressive figures, but you know what’s more impressive – playing Esports games on this PC.

It delivers 260 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 320 FPS in Valorant, and 352 FPS in CS: GO, making competitive gaming a treat on this PC.

All the games were tested at 1080p resolution and the highest possible graphic setting available in each game.

These FPS received on this PC are the highest out of all the PC featured on the list hence making the HP Pavilion TG01-2070 the PC to beat in terms of frame rate.

Specifications

In the specification department, this HP Pavilion TG01-2070 blows every other prebuilt gaming PC featured on the list out of the water. It has the best-in-class specs that you will not find on any gaming computer under $1000.

Being a PC hardware brand, HP gets the advantage of manufacturing their own components, unlike other prebuilt PC companies that just assemble the PC for you.

No other PC on the list comes with an 8-core processor or better graphics than the AMD RX 6600 XT giving HP the lead in performance it rightfully deserves.

This PC also includes 16GB RAM instead of 8GB, which makes multitasking a breeze. The only thing I can complain about is limited storage. The HP pavilion desktop comes with only a 500GB NVMe SSD, which I am not too fond of when a single game can take upwards of 100GB of storage space these days.

Another aspect of this PC that rubs me the wrong way is the lack of airflow. As a result, this PC will get hot under extreme loads resulting in thermal throttling and loss of performance if temperatures rise above 100°C.

Case Design and Connectivity

The HP Pavilion TG01-2070 comes with a clean and understated case. The case of this PC prioritizes the function aspect over the form, therefore, sticking to a very traditional boxy design.

Unlike other gaming PCs on the list that contain rad design elements, this PC case comes relatively clean on all fronts.

Some gamers may question the simple and old-school case design of the HP pavilion gaming desktop, but there is no denying that this design leads to amazing connectivity.

Since the case has a traditional boxy design, all the front ports are located right in your peripheral vision, therefore, making them very easy to access. The same goes for all the other ports of the PC as well.

As for the actual ports themselves, this PC includes all the ports that you will need to satisfy your connectivity needs. Starting from the front, this PC has a 3.5mm combo headphone jack, SD card slot, USB-C port, and 4x USB-A ports.

While on the back of the PC, you get HDMI, DisplayPort, ethernet jack, and 5x additional USB-A ports.

Aesthetics and Salient Features

The HP Pavilion TG01-2070 leans more towards the function side and ignores the form side of things.

Nowhere this statement holds more water than in the aesthetics department because, unlike other gaming PCs on the list, the HP Pavilion gaming desktop doesn’t contain any unnecessary fluff to spice up its looks.

That being said, the aesthetic is a highly subjective matter, and some gamers might actually prefer the clean and serrated design of the HP Pavilion gaming desktop.

The story of simple and minimal continues in the feature department as well. This PC is quite barebones and doesn’t contain any notable features except built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

On that topic, I found the efficacy of the Wi-Fi and the Bluetooth to be very good, and never did I face any abrupt disconnection or signal interruption.

The HP Pavilion TG01-2070 follows the industry standard practice and comes with a 1-year warranty. Knowing HP is standing behind this PC, any warranty claim should be dealt with swiftly and professionally.

Best Aesthetics

3. MXZ Gaming Desktop

PROS


  • The unique and futuristic design looks very attractive
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent connectivity with a versatile port selection
  • Provides better FPS compared to PCs with the Nvidia RTX 3060
  • The 12th gen Intel processor performs well for gaming
  • 16GB RAM is sufficient for gaming and multitasking

CONS


  • 500GB storage space is not enough for this day and age
  • Lack of airflow results in higher temperatures
  • The fans can get annoyingly loud

The MXZ Gaming Desktop is a unique offering that not only looks apart from all the other gaming PCs in this price range but also has an interesting mix of specs. This PC has the latest hardware and can play all the games you want. If you are in the market for a PC that can provide a different gaming experience, then the MXZ Gaming Desktop is a great option.

4.4/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience

The MXZ Gaming Desktop is a fun PC with which you can make many enjoyable gaming memories. However, this PC is only good if you use it for gaming. 

The MXZ Gaming Desktop will be a hurdle for heavy workloads like streaming, content creation, and animation because it is less fast than PCs with Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 processors. Hence, the MXZ Gaming Desktop is primarily meant for gaming.

The frame rate it delivered was quite impressive. I ran God of War on 70 FPS and Red Dead Redemption 2 on 75 FPS. Both these games were played at their highest graphic quality and 1080p resolution. 

Other games like Forza Horizon 5, GTA V, and CoD Warzone gave 88, 124, and 130 FPS, respectively. This PC delivers peak performance in Esports games. You can easily hit 245 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 270 FPS in Valorant, and 282 FPS in CS: GO. 

Looking at the FPS numbers, you can see that the gaming performance of the MXZ Gaming Desktop is better than other PCs with the Nvidia RTX 3060. 

Specifications 

The MXZ Gaming Desktop doesn’t contain the typical specs you can find on other gaming PCs in this price range.

At the heart of the PC is an Intel Core i3-12100F processor. Despite being a 4-core, 8-thread processor, it performs better than the 10th generation Intel Core i5-10400F for gaming performance. However, due to fewer cores, the Core i5-10400F has it beat in real-world workloads like blender or time spy. 

No surprises with the graphics card. This PC comes with the Nvidia RTX 3060, which needs no introduction at this point. It is the undisputed king of mid-range performance. 

I am pleased with seeing 16GB RAM on this PC. 8GB RAM is just not enough for gaming, so good on MXZ for including proper capacity RAM.

Check out my article on how much RAM should a gaming pc have.

Like other gaming PCs, the MXZ Gaming Desktop also comes with a single 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD. However, while the NVMe drive delivers great speeds, the 500GB storage capacity is limited. 

MXZ has included a gold-rated 500W power supply on this PC. For the hardware packed inside this machine, 500W power capacity is sufficient. 

Case Design and Connectivity

The case of the MXZ Gaming Desktop is unusual and distinct. You only get to see these PC cases in high-end custom builds, so kudos to MXZ for doing the unthinkable.

As for the case, it is a well-balanced enclosure that straddles a fine line between practicality and looks. In addition, the case comes with multiple air vents that help it breathe better despite the liberal use of plastic surfaces throughout the PC. 

The case is also compact and smaller compared to other gaming PCs, making handling it relatively easy. 

As for the connectivity, it is exceptional. The MXZ Gaming Desktop comes with 3x USB-A ports on the front, flanked by separate 3.5mm ports. Other ports on the front include a dedicated LED button for flicking through the different colors of the RGB lighting. 

The bulk of the connectivity is found on the back of the PC. Here you will get additional USB-A ports, USB-C port, Ethernet LAN, HDMI, DisplayPort, and 3.5mm audio ports for surround sound speaker setups. 

Aesthetics and Salient Features

The MXZ Gaming Desktop has a futuristic design. However, the intricate detailing and the clever use of RGB lighting are not something you will see every day.

To make this PC stand out from the competition, MXZ has also paid special attention to small things such as cable management. As a result, this PC has no loose or dangling cables, hence giving it a premium look and feel. 

What makes this PC attract me the most is the quality of the RGB lighting. Unlike other gaming PCs with inconsistent lighting effects, the RGB lighting here is uniform and consistent. 

Coming to the salient features, this PC comes with the usual 1-year warranty, which you will also find on other gaming PCs in this price range.

The PC also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity out of the box, allowing you to go online without any hassle.

4. MSI MPG Velox

PROS


  • Looks and feels premium
  • Very good build quality and finishing
  • Excellent connectivity and great port selection
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
  • Nvidia RTX 3060 provides great gaming performance
  • 16GB RAM is sufficient for gaming and multitasking
  • 500W gold rate PSU ensures consistent and stable power delivery

CONS


  • 512GB storage space is not enough in this day and age
  • The tall case height makes reaching the front ports difficult

MSI makes some of the best PC hardware, and they have used their expertise in this gaming PC. The MPG Velox is a good attempt from MSI and has some amazing aspects. However, some glaring issues with this gaming PC hold it back from the higher spot on this list.

4.3/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience 

The three previous gaming PCs have set a very high bar, and while the MSI MPG Velox does come close, it has to settle for fourth place.

The MSI MPG Velox provides a decent gaming experience and can play any you want at high graphics settings. However, its performance falls about 10% short compared to the iBUYPOWER Pro SlateMR 281AV2 and the HP Pavilion TG01-2070. 

I benchmarked this PC with the same game and graphic settings consistently. Compared to other gaming PCs, the MSI MPG Velox provided 67 FPS in God of War and 71 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2. 

Switching to less demanding titles, I got 84 FPS in Forza Horizon 5, 119 FPS in GTA V, and 124 FPS in CoD Warzone. 

For Esports games, you will greatly benefit from a 240Hz monitor because this PC delivers 230 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 238 FPS in CS: GO, and 255 FPS in Valorant.

Although, these FPS numbers are less compared to the HP Pavilion TG01-2070. However, the gaming experience you are getting is very different, making this PC a great contender. 

Specifications 

The MSI MPG Velox has decent specs. However, due to cost-cutting measures, it uses older hardware which is a slight letdown. 

At the helm of this PC is an Intel Core i5-10400F processor. This 6-core, 12-thread processor is three generations old now. However, it still packs a punch for gaming. You can run any latest on this PC, and the processor will hold up fine. Just don’t expect the best FPS figures, as seen above. 

The CPU is cooled by an air cooler. Air cooling is not as effective as liquid cooling. However, it gets the job done. The temperatures never exceeded 85°C which is a great sign. 

The 10th generation Core-i5 is combined with the Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card. The Nvidia RTX 3060 is the best mid-range graphics card you can have on a sub $1000 prebuilt gaming PC. Therefore, no complaints here. 

To make this PC a great multitasking machine, it comes with 16GB of RAM. It is great to see manufacturers stepping up their game because 16GB RAM is an essential requirement for gaming. 

The only major drawback I have found in this PC is the use of low-capacity NVMe SSD storage drives. This PC has two 256GB NVMe SSDs for storage, resulting in a total storage capacity of 512GB. Unfortunately, 512GB of storage space is insufficient. Most of the storage will be occupied with only four or five modern AAA games.

Proving power to the PC is a 500W gold-rated power supply. It is quite impressive to see MSI not skimping on the power supply and equipping this PC with a solid power supply that will last the test of time. 

Case Design and Connectivity 

The MSI MPG Velox comes with an amazing case. The subtle attention to detail makes it clear that MSI has paid attention to the small things that matter. 

For instance, the case’s front panel has an air ventilation cutout to the side. Similar air vents can be found throughout the case. Hence enabling great airflow despite this PC case having an impermeable glass sandwiched design. 

I also like that this case comes with an easy pull tab for the side panel, which makes removing the side panel easy and hassle-free. 

The only thing I am not particularly fond of is the case’s tall stance, which makes reaching the front I/O ports a workout. 

Talking about the ports, this PC comes with 4x USB-A ports, 1x USB-C port, 3.5mm ports for mic and audio, a power button, and a dedicated LED button. The LED button allows users to quickly toggle through the different RGB colors. 

Other PC ports are situated on the back, including Ethernet LAN, DisplayPort, HDMI, 6x USB-A ports, and 3.5mm audio ports. 

Aesthetics and Salient Features 

The MSI MPG Velox is a great-looking gaming PC. It has a glass sandwiched design with seven RGB fans that shine brightly. 

The exuberant display of RGB lighting makes the PC look stunning. However, RGB isn’t the only thing up this PC’s sleeve. 

MSI has deliberately chosen to go with a brushed metallic finish for this PC, which gives the PC quite an upscaled and premium perception. 

With the MSI MPG Velox, you get many handy features. This PC comes with Windows 11 out of the box, saving you from the unnecessary hassle of upgrading Windows. 

The MSI MPG Velox is also covered by a 3-year warranty, which brings immense peace of mind and is very reassuring. 

If that wasn’t enough, this PC also comes with a gaming mouse and keyboard bundled with the PC, making it a great deal for someone looking to buy their first gaming PC.

5. Skytech Blaze 3.0

PROS


  • Great value for money option
  • A compact and small case occupies less space on the desk
  • The RGB lighting on a white color looks aesthetically pleasing
  • The mesh grill allows for superior airflow
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
  • Nvidia RTX 3060 provides great gaming performance
  • 1TB SSD provides more storage compared to other gaming PCs

CONS


  • Lackluster connectivity with many important ports missing

The Skytech Blaze 3.0 is an excellent value-for-money gaming PC that cuts a step above the competition. It offers better specs and performance despite being similarly priced to other gaming PCs. There are some shortcomings of Skytech Blaze 3.0 in terms of connectivity. However, it more than makes up for its performance per dollar.

4.2/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience 

The SkyTech Blaze 3.0 is in the fifth position; however, don’t let that influence you into thinking that this PC is bad. If you are a heavy downloader and the 500GB storage space of the PCs above doesn’t strike you as sufficient, the SkyTech Blaze 3.0 is for you.

The Skytech Blaze 3.0 not only provides excellent value for money but also has a great gaming experience. 

Its performance is similar to all the other gaming PCs with the Nvidia RTX 3060, making it a very capable gaming machine. In addition, this PC will be able to run all the latest games without a hitch, as demonstrated in my gaming benchmarks. 

When gaming, I got 64 FPS in God of War and 68 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2 on the highest graphic settings and 1080p resolution. 

In less demanding games, this PC easily pushes past the 100 FPS. For example, I received 81 FPS in Forza Horizon 5, 118 FPS in GTA V, and 125 FPS in CoD Warzone. 

The PC was able to flex its muscles in competitive Esports games. It gave 232 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 240 FPS in CS: GO, and 250 FPS in Valorant. 

Achieving these FPS results is no small feat, hence making this PC a viable option to consider. 

Specifications

The Skytech Blaze 3.0 provides better specs than expected, making it a great value-to-money PC.

This PC is equipped with the Intel Core i5-10400F processor, a 6-core 12-thread offering from Intel. Although this processor is three generations old, it still keeps up with the latest games. Unfortunately, the only area where this processor shows age is productivity, so if you are a streamer, it might not be appropriate for your needs. 

The graphics card you get here is the Nvidia RTX 3060, which needs no introduction at this point. It is the undisputed king of mid-range performance and the best graphics card you can get in a sub $1000 prebuilt PC. 

These two specs, however, are similar across the board. So, what I am more impressed by is the fact that this PC comes with a 1TB SSD, which is twice the capacity you get with other gaming PCs. You also get 16GB RAM, sufficient for gaming and multitasking. 

Skytech has also stuffed a 600W gold-rated power supply in this PC. 600W capacity is more than enough, and the gold-rated PSU ensures stable power delivery. 

Case Design and Connectivity

The Skytech Blaze 3.0 comes with a mesh grill on the front. The mesh grill with a weave interlocking pattern is a nice change from the PCs that come with glass panes because of the lack of airflow. 

Since mesh allows airflow, this PC has much better temperatures than the other gaming PCs on this list. 

Gamers with confined desk space will like that the Skytech Blaze 3.0 has a compact and short case. It not only occupies less space, but it is also easier to handle and carry. In addition, integrating the feet into the case’s body gives the PC a firm stance on the desk, and it never wobbles around.

As for the connectivity, my feelings are mixed with the Skytech blaze 3.0. This PC only comes with 2x USB-A ports, which can be a major hurdle for connecting multiple devices and peripherals simultaneously. 

Besides that, there is also no USB-C port on the front, which is disappointing. You get USB-A and USB-C ports on the back, but reaching them can be an issue, especially with peripherals that have short cables.

As for the ports themselves, on the back, you will find Ethernet LAN, DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, and multiple 3.5mm audio ports for connecting surround sound speaker systems.

Aesthetics and Salient Features

The Skytech Blaze 3.0 looks amazing. However, its looks will be appreciated by people with fine taste who like more sophisticated design elements. 

This PC does have RGB lighting; however, the matte black mesh grill subdues the brightness of the RGB. Depending on your taste, this can be a good or bad thing, but I like the muted design. 

The white case, finished with the matte black mesh grill and the subtle hint of RGB light, makes for a PC that looks stunning under natural light or in dimly lit rooms. 

Skytech had to cut costs to keep this PC within the $1000 price range, and they have decided to cut down on the features. As a result, this PC only comes with essential features deemed necessary in a gaming PC at this price point. 

For starters, this PC has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work well with great signal strength and no random disconnections. 

The Skytech Blaze 3.0 also has the industry standard 1-year warranty for parts and labor. Additionally, Skytech provides you with unlimited lifetime technical support on the purchase of this PC or any other PC for that matter. 

The SkyTech Blaze 3.0 stands tall as a great option. It is aesthetically pleasing, powerful, and has all the essential features making it a no-brainer.

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Final Word

With all the reviews done, it is time to wrap up the article. Buying a good gaming PC is the ultimate goal of each and every gamer; hopefully, by going through the article, your task should be easier by now.

Granted, you know where to look, finding the ideal gaming PC for yourself is not that difficult. As stated in the buyer’s guide, the main point is to understand what you want and need because the moment you realize that, it would be ten times easier for you to find the best prebuilt gaming machine for your needs.

Also, I would like to point out that we all have different individual preferences and needs, so don’t just follow your favorite streamer or content creator and get the gaming PC they are using. Remember, their situation is different from yours.

So that you don’t regret your purchase afterward, we have thoroughly reviewed the best prebuilt gaming PCs that you can get in the $1000 price range. These prebuilt gaming PCs will enlighten you regarding what good prebuilt gaming PCs are but still remember all the featured PCs are different from one another.

Here you also have to use your judgment and buy the PC that is best suited for your needs. For example, if you want the best performance go with the HP Pavilion TG01-2070, while if aesthetics is your priority, then there is no better than the MXZ Gaming Desktop.

For your ease, I have also categorized the PCs where needed. Before signing off, I want you to let me know in the comment section which PC you liked the most, and while you are at it, tell me why you prefer Prebuilt gaming PCs over custom-built rigs.

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