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

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR

1. CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR

  • Core i5-11400F
  • RTX 2060
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Best Performance

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop TG01-1183w

2. HP Pavilion TG01-1183w

  • Core i5-10400F
  • RTX 3060
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Skytech Blaze II

3. Skytech Blaze II

  • Core i5-10400F
  • RTX 2060
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB NVMe SSD

Best Value

AVGPC Hellfire II

4. AVGPC Hellfire II

  • Ryzen 5 5600G
  • RTX 3050
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB NVMe SSD
Skytech Shadow

5. Skytech Shadow

  • Core i5-10400F
  • RTX 3050
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB NVMe 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 whole buyer’s guide but that would be ignoring the need of enlightening 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 enlighten that new gamer that is just on the verge of buying his gaming PC and wants proper guidance and his queries answered.

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 specification 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 TG01-1183w 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 and therefore 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, Skytech Shadow might be a better fit than someone who wants the best FPS from his HP Pavilion TG01-1183w.

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 the 6 core Intel i5. 

  • Graphics Card (GPU)

For the graphics card, you should be looking at the Nvidia RTX 3060 or the Nvidia RTX 2060 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 a sub $1000 gaming PC. 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 an Intel i5-10400F, Nvidia RTX 3060, and PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

The 8GB RAM and the 256GB storage capacity of the PC are 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 TG01-1183w comes with an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card while the Skytech Shadow comes with an Nvidia RTX 3050.

The performance difference between these two graphics cards amounts to about 15%, therefore, meaning that the Skytech Shadow has 15% 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 TG01-1183w because it is the best performer of the lot.

When taking only the HP Pavilion TG01-1183w 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 a $1000 prebuilt gaming PC, provided you have the best gaming PC under $1000 there is 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. CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR

PROS


  • Unique and striking case design
  • RGB lighting
  • Good connectivity
  • Plenty of airflow leads to good thermals
  • Top-tier gaming performance
  • Includes the 11th generation Intel i5

CONS


  • No USB-C port
  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR is one of the finest PCs that you can get in the $1000 price range. This PC is not shy of providing consumers with a striking and daring design that is unique from the rest of the competition. That said, however, the main highlight of this PC is the performance of the RTX 2060 graphics card which puts this PC a step ahead of most other prebuilt gaming PCs in the $1000 price range.

4.5/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience

the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme is a great PC to game on because it delivers good in all aspects. As a result the CyberPower PC gamer Xtreme is the best overall PC on this list and occupies the No.1 spot.

This is due to the fact that this PC has good specs which results in this PC putting out fantastic performance figures which although slightly less than the HP Pavilion TG01-1183w are still commendable. The components of this PC are also going to last a while before needing an upgrade so that is a considerable plus point as well.

In terms of the framerate that you can expect, from my testing of single-player games the average FPS in some popular games were as follows: 50 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2, 60 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, 80 FPS in Witcher 3, 86 FPS in GTA V, and 100 FPS in Forza Horizon 4.

Playing multiplayer games on the PC also netted great results with the average FPS being as follows: 90 FPS in CoD Warzone, 100 FPS in Battlefield V, 112 FPS in Fortnite, 120 FPS in Apex Legends, 180 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and 250 FPS in CS: GO.

Specifications

For the price, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR prebuilt PC nails this part. It has the 11th generation Intel core i5 11400f processor. With its 6 cores and 12 threads, this processor is a beast and due to its high core clock, it shreds through single-core tasks.

This CPU is paired with the Nvidia RTX 2060. This graphic card has 6GB VRAM and packs in a tremendous performance. It runs all the games surprisingly well as is evident from our game testing of this PC. 

Storage is another important aspect for most gamers and CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR has also got you covered here. With this PC, you get 500GB of fast NVMe storage. 500GB does not seem a lot but it will get the job done.

The only shortcoming of this PC is the inclusion of only 8GB RAM. We are at a point where 8GB RAM does not cut it for multitasking but hey at least adding another 8GB DIMM, later on, is super easy and the whole process takes just a couple of minutes.

Case Design and Connectivity

CyberPowerPC has upped the game in the case department by featuring a case that is unlike any other. The case of this PC has a very intriguing front mesh pattern that is not seen on any other prebuilt gaming PC before.

The mesh also covers the full length of the front so that is also a plus point for airflow into the PC. Switching our attention from the front to the side of the PC and here we see a large glass window decorating the left side of the case.

Besides that, there is not much interesting going on with the case so let’s move to the connectivity bit. Happy to report that CyberPowerPC has handled the connectivity aspect of the PC with great care and attention.

All the ports are in their correct designated positions and are also available in plentiful amounts. Therefore, you will have no daily hurdles with connecting gadgets and peripherals to this PC to aid you in your gaming needs.

Talking about the actual ports, the front I/O of the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR consists of 2x USB-A ports, and a headphone and microphone jack. Most of the connectivity ports of the PC can be found at the back and they include 4x USB type A, ethernet jack, DisplayPort, and an HDMI.

Aesthetic and Salient Features

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR is a well-executed and aesthetically appealing gaming PC. The right size and case proportions accentuate the look of the PC and make it sharper and more eye-catching.

Further adding to the looks of the PC is the RGB lighting and I must say the lighting here on this PC is done rather wonderfully. The throw of the RGB lighting covers the entire front mesh entirely. In dim lighting conditions, this makes the front of the PC pop with bright lighting, which looks very appealing

Coming onto the salient features next and right of the bat, we are kicking off this section with a bang. With this PC you won’t need to dabble in the tedious task of updating windows to the latest version since this PC already comes with Windows 11.

Another really nice feature that this PC boasts is the inclusion of dust filters on all of the case fans to prevent excessive dust from going into the internal housing of the PC.

In a more typical fashion, this PC also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as a feature that cannot be undermined due to the benefits it brings to the table.

Best Performance

2. HP Pavilion TG01-1183w

PROS


  • Best in class gaming performance
  • The simple and functional design approach
  • Excellent connectivity
  • USB-C port
  • Included Nvidia RTX 3060 is the performance king
  • Best FPS out of all the other gaming PCs

CONS


  • Only 256GB of storage space
  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for gaming these days
  • Outdated case design
  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • Older generation CPU

I would have laughed if someone had said to me that a mainstream HP gaming PC would beat all other prebuilt gaming PCs. Well not anymore, because the HP Pavilion TG01-1183w is no ordinary offering from HP. The PC combines the best specifications that the $1000 price segment has to offer with great functionality and classic aesthetics. Given the gaming capability on offer here I doubt any other prebuilt gaming PC can rival it in terms of performance.

4.5/5

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 TG01-1183w 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 of single-player games, the average FPS was 70 in Red Dead Redemption 2, 72 in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, 85 in GTA V, 115 in Witcher 3, and 150 in Forza Horizon 4.

While in multiplayer games the average frame rate was as follows: 135 in Battlefield V, 160 in Apex Legends, 135 in Fortnite, 220 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and 270 FPS in CSGO.

All the games, be it single-player or multiplayer 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 TG01-1183w the PC to beat in terms of frame rate.

Specifications

In the specification department, this HP Pavilion TG01-1183w 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.

At the heart of the computer is the Intel i5 10400f processor. This 6-core 12-thread processor from Intel although old has garnered quite a bit of reputation for being a terrific gaming performer despite newer generations of the model being available. 

What’s more surprising is the inclusion of an RTX 3060. This graphics card is usually found on much higher-end gaming PCs so kudos to HP for giving us budget-conscious gamers a solid graphics card to enjoy.

To go along with the CPU and GPU you get 8GB of RAM. 8GB RAM capacity is not sufficient and more RAM upwards of 12GB would have been more preferred given the current configuration of the PC.

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

The 256GB storage space is also on the lower. While I do appreciate HP for including a PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD but 256GB space can be quite limiting because it will get filled up pretty quickly.

Case Design and Connectivity

The HP Pavilion TG01-1183w 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 TG01-1183w 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.

3. Skytech Blaze II

PROS


  • Flashy and blingy aesthetics
  • Loads of RGB lighting
  • Good connectivity makes using the PC very convenient
  • Nvidia RTX 2060 delivers exceptional gaming performance
  • The 3-year warranty on this PC is quite reassuring
  • Built-in Wi-Fi PCIe card

CONS


  • Lack of airflow results in high temperatures
  • Older generation Intel processor
  • 8GB RAM is insufficient for hardcore gaming

The Skytech Blaze II has great specs, and it can play any game you want. It also comes loaded with RGB lighting and is arguably one of the better-looking gaming PCs in the sub $1000 price range.

4.2/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience

The Skytech Blaze II gave me no trouble when gaming. It could handle all the games I wanted to run at a decent frame rate. It even played heavily demanding games without any hassle.

For testing, I played all sorts of different games on this PC. The average frame rate of those games is as follows:

Red Dead Redemption 2 gave 60 FPS, God of War gave 54 FPS, and Forza Horizon 5 gave 100 FPS. These demanding games were played on Ultra graphic settings at 1080p resolution.

This PC thrived when playing less demanding games and the framerate in them was even better. This PC gave 114 FPS in CoD Warzone, 155 FPS in Apex Legends, 350 FPS in CS: GO, and 240 FPS in Valorant. All these games were also played on ultra-graphic settings at 1080p resolution.

You can easily get 144 FPS in CoD Warzone if you are willing to drop the graphic quality down to medium-low, making the game even smoother.

As you can see, the above FPS figures are very good, and I have no complaints. This PC delivered better than my expectation; however, to make the gaming experience even smoother, increase the RAM capacity of this PC to 16GB.

Specifications

The specs of the Skytech Blaze II are in line with other top gaming PCs under $1000. While not being the outright best, this PC provides great specs.

Powering the PC is an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU. This 6-core 12-thread CPU, despite being a few generations old, now delivers very good performance. The performance difference between the 10th generation i5 and the 11th generation i5 is insignificant.

The 10th generation Intel i5 is known to run hot, so to keep the temperature down, this PC has 3 case fans, which ensure positive air circulation in the PC.

The star of the show here is the Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card. Despite being a generation older, the RTX 2060 stands as one of the best mid-range gaming GPUs that you can buy. It certainly is the best option for a prebuilt gaming PC under $1000.

This GPU is so powerful that it can run pretty much any game. To store all those games, you will need a high-capacity storage drive. This PC has a 500GB NVMe SSD, which provides plentiful space and has very good read and write speeds.

The only slight negative of this PC is the inclusion of only 8GB RAM. 8GB RAM is not insufficient for gaming these days, and therefore, you will need to upgrade the RAM to 16GB to enjoy a smooth gaming experience.

Wrapping up the specs is a 600W gold-rated PSU. The gold-rated distinction means that this PSU has great efficiency and will be able to provide clean and uninterrupted power to the PC components.

Case Design and Connectivity

The Skytech Blaze II features a glass sandwich design. The front and the side panel are made from glass to reflect the maximum amount of RGB lighting. I have to say, the glass gives the PC a very upscale look and feel.

The use of glass restricts airflow. Ventilation holes cannot be made in glass because of the fragile nature of the material, resulting in a lack of airflow and, therefore, high temperatures.

To combat this issue, the entire top metal panel of the PC case has ventilation holes, but they don’t bring any significant impact.

Besides that this PC case has the typical gamer design. It comes with a side glass window, through which you can see the inside of the PC and have a look at the components that make up your PC. 

Using this PC, I encountered no issues with its connectivity. Skytech Blaze II provides all the connectivity you need from a modern-day gaming PC.

At the front of this PC, you will find 2x USB-A 2.0 ports, 1X USB-A 3.0 port, a power button, an RGB button, and a separate 3.5mm mic and audio jack. While these ports are great, the thing I like the most on the front is the status LEDs.

Additional ports are present on the back of the PC, including HDMI, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, additional USB-A ports, PS/2 connects, and audio ports for connecting speakers.

Besides the USB-C, all other ports are available on this PC. While it may seem that I am nitpicking, USB-C has been slowly expanding, making the port extremely useful.

Aesthetics and Salient Features

RGB lighting dominates the design of the Skytech Blaze II. The case of this PC is built around the concept of enhancing the RGB lighting.

Due to the transparent nature of the glass, you get to see the RGB lighting of this PC in all its glory. Aesthetically, the use of glass panels on the front and the side looks very cool. 

In terms of the salient features, this PC provides the longest 3-year warranty out of any other gaming PC on the market. This is quite reassuring and brings peace of mind. You also get free lifetime technical support with this PC, a big plug for new PC gamers.

This PC also comes with built-in Wi-Fi, which is another great feature and makes using the PC so much more convenient.

Overall, the Skytech Blaze II is a flashy and blingy gaming PC that also performs really well. This PC can play any game you want at a respectable framerate. Therefore, if you are a fan of RGB lighting and want a blingy gaming PC, then the Skytech Blaze II is the one you need.

Best Value

4. AVGPC Hellfire II

PROS


  • Unique case design
  • Contains many useful features
  • Ryzen 5600G CPU provides better performance compared to Intel counterparts
  • AIO liquid cooler ensures low temperatures
  • 16GB RAM is ample for gaming and multitasking
  • 650W PSU is as good as it gets on a $1000 prebuilt gaming PC
  • Built-in Wi-Fi PCIe card

CONS


  • Having only 2 USB ports at the front is very inconvenient

The AVGPC Hellfire II is a blast from the past. It has a retro-modern vibe with its case design and aesthetics. The PC is also highly functional and can play any game you want due to its great specs. This PC delivers a truly unique gaming experience to its users that is unlike anything else in the sub $1000 price bracket.

3.9/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience

The AVGPC Hellfire II has all the perks it needs to provide a fantastic gaming experience. The performance of this PC is exceptional, and it does not skip a beat playing any game you want.

It is capable of handling both demanding and less demanding games with considerable ease. For testing, I ran this PC through its paces by playing all sorts of games on it. The following was the achieved average frame rate.

Red Dead Redemption 2 gave 53 FPS, God of War gave 46 FPS, and Forza Horizon 5 gave 92 FPS. These are relatively demanding titles, and despite that, I was able to play all of them at Ultra graphic quality on this PC.

Moving onto the less demanding titles, this PC gave 90 FPS in CoD WarZone, 145 FPS in Apex Legends, 290 FPS in CS: GO, and 220 FPS in Valorant. For consistency, I played all these games at ultra-graphic quality. Therefore, in reality, you can get more FPS if you drop down the settings a bit.

The FPS figures showcase the strength of the new Ryzen 5600G CPU. The last generation Ryzen performed worse than its Intel i5 counterpart, but this year, the situation is the opposite. The Ryzen 5600G delivers a similar if not better performance than the Intel i5-11400f.

Overall, the AVGPC Hellfire II is a fantastic gaming PC. Not only can this PC play any game you want, but it also has that retro-modern look that is honestly eye-catching. If that appeals to you, the AVGPC Hellfire II should be right up your alley.

Specifications

The specs are the best part about this PC. It has all the high-end components you expect to find in the $1000 price range.

This PC is powered by a Ryzen 5600G processor. This 6-core, 12-thread processor is the latest AMD offers and has outstanding performance. Its performance is better than the Intel Core i5-11400f used on many other sub $1000 gaming PCs.

Despite being efficient, the Ryzen 5600G still requires proper cooling to keep its 6 cores cool. Therefore, I am glad AVGPC has included the CoolerMaster ML240 AIO liquid cooler with this PC which ensures very low operating temperatures for the Ryzen 5600G.

The Ryzen 5600G is paired with the Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card. The RTX 3050 is the latest mid-range release from Nvidia that packs heavy-weight performance. It is better than the previous generation GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1660 Ti graphic cards.

AVGPC has also gone all out and included 16GB RAM on this PC, and I am glad they have done that. 16GB RAM is necessary for gaming these days, and it makes the PC much smoother as opposed to 8GB RAM.

This PC also comes with the state-of-the-art 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD with amazing read and write speed. However, the space is a tad less and can cause trouble later down the road.

All the above hardware needs a high amount of power to run. Supplying all this power to the different components of the PC is a 650W 80+ power supply. Thankfully the power supply used here is of good quality, which is quite rare to see on prebuilt gaming PCs.

Case Design and Connectivity

Looking at the case of the AVGPC Hellfire II takes me down the memory lane to the mid-2010s, when PC cases were all about box flares. 

The front panel of this case is made from plastic. The slight outward bulge in the shape of the front panel makes the case very aggressive and unique. Plastic is not the preferred material for case panels, but I like how they have implemented it here.

This PC does not use any plastic panel but a smoked and frosted plastic panel that gives the impression of a glass panel.

This PC has multiple air ducts to direct the air into the PC. At the front, there is a small grill at the bottom of the case, while at the top, the large mesh panel accounts for airflow.

This PC is slightly raised from the ground, which helps it breathe better, resulting in better overall airflow.

One thing I find slightly odd about this PC case is the lack of a PSU shroud. I guess that is due to the retro theme of this PC case but not having a PSU shroud makes for messy cable management.

The one area where this PC disappoints is the connectivity. For starters, the front ports of the PC are very hard to reach because of the tall size of the PC case.

Even the gamers with tall height will have to stretch to reach the ports, which can be quite cumbersome. The front ports, which include 2x USB-A, a power button, a button to change led lighting, and two 2.5mm ports for audio and mic, are quite limiting.

Having two USB ports at the front is not ideal. You will often need to plug in multiple pen drives and peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard. In that scenario, just 2 USB-A ports won’t fit the bill.

Additional ports are found at the back of the PC, including 6x USB-A ports, ethernet LAN, PS/2 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, and audio ports for connecting speakers.

Aesthetics and Salient Features

This PC gives a very retro aesthetic vibe that is fused with some modern touch. The boxy shape of the PC and the use of red color accents throughout the PC case is a nod back to the past when red color was all the rave in PC cases. 

The black-tinted front plastic panel enhances the look of this PC tenfold. It makes the front of the PC aggressive and bold, especially with the red color accent. 

If I were to sum up the look of this PC in a single sentence: this PC is a treat to look at for gamers that have been around for a while. Others may find this PC case to be a bit too loud. 

As for the features, this PC comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse, which are decent at best. They will get the job done but don’t expect too much out of them. 

The most prominent feature of this PC is the support for built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The Wi-Fi 6 here works quite well. The signal is stable and the speed of the connection easily tips 100Mbps.

Besides that, you also get a 1-year warranty with this PC and free technical support for a lifetime.

5. Skytech Shadow

PROS


  • Sleek and minimalist case design
  • The large PC case has room for additional upgrades
  • 1TB NVMe SSD drive provides ample storage capacity
  • Built-in Wi-Fi PCIe card

CONS


  • Having only 2 USB ports at the front is highly inconvenient
  • Older generation CPU

The Skytech Shadow is a minimalist and clean-looking gaming PC that is also very powerful. This PC can play any game without breaking a sweat. To make your day-to-day user experience better, this PC also has some great features, making it one of the better well-rounded PCs in the sub $1000 price bracket.

3.5/5

Editor’s Rating

Gaming Experience

Gaming on the Skytech Shadow was highly enjoyable. This PC coped with all the games I ran on it with relative ease and delivered a respectable frame rate.

This meant gaming on this PC was smooth and hassle-free. I played various games on this PC, all of which ran pretty well on the following average framerate.

The more demanding games could easily hit 40+ FPS on this PC. Red Dead Redemption averaged 49 FPS, God of War averaged 41 FPS, and Forza Horizon 5 averaged 80 FPS. All these games were played at ultra graphic preset and I did not feel the need to drop the graphic quality.

As for the less demanding titles, this PC delivered triple-digit FPS. CoD Warzone gave 95 FPS, Apex Legends gave 140 FPS, CSGO gave FPS 300, and finally, Valorant gave 200.

For consistency, I played all these games at ultra-graphic quality. Therefore, in reality, you can get more FPS if you use competitive graphic settings for these games.

It is quite apparent from the FPS figures that this PC can play any game you throw at it. I will recommend getting a 144Hz monitor with this PC to take full advantage of the high FPS, especially if you play a lot of less demanding games.

All things considered, the Skytech Shadow is a great gaming PC. The design of this PC is not overly flashy, which I personally like. The specs of this PC are top class, which results in a great gaming experience. Therefore, try this PC if you want a more minimalist and clean-looking gaming PC with beastly gaming performance.

Specifications

The Skytech Shadow has all the top-level hardware you expect from a $1000 gaming PC.

Powering the PC is an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU. Despite this CPU being replaced by the latest generation Core i5-12400f, it still holds its own for gaming. The performance of the Intel Core i5-10400f is great, but there is an inherent issue with this CPU.

This CPU tends to run hotter than its AMD Ryzen 5 counterpart. This issue is easily rectified if the PC has good cooling, and luckily the Skytech Shadow falls in that domain.

The best thing about this PC is the use of the Nvidia RTX 3050 8GB graphics card. This graphics card is the latest lower mid-range GPU that Nvidia currently offers. Due to being an RTX card, it has support for ray tracing and DLSS, both of which open a new dimension for gaming.

This PC also comes with a 1TB NVMe SSD storage drive. Most PCs in the sub $1000 price range only have 500GB storage drives, giving this PC a leg up over them. The read and write speeds of this NVMe drive are also great, making for a smooth and snappy user experience.

Case Design and Connectivity

The all-black case of the Skytech Shadow has a very interesting and unique design. The case of this PC is made by Thermaltake. I am glad Skytech has gone with a well-repeatable PC case manufacturer rather than opting for a generic manufacturer.

The design of the case is unlike any other gaming PC. Unlike the popular trend, the case’s front panel is not made from glass but has a smooth plastic finish. This results in a PC that looks elegant.

There is a cutout for air ventilation at the left edge of the front panel. Using these air ventilation holes the 3 fans in the PC ensure proper airflow in the PC which results in low temperatures.

This PC is larger than most other gaming PCs, so keep that in mind and ensure your desk has enough space to accommodate it.

I was not impressed by the connectivity of this PC because there is room for massive improvement.

For starters, this PC comes with two USB-A ports at the front, which is not ideal for connecting multiple USB pen drives and PC peripherals simultaneously.

The unreachable position of these two USB-A also does not help either. Due to the large size of the PC, the front I/O ports are not easy to reach. Talking about the front I/O, the only other ports you are going to find besides two USB-A are the 3.5mm mic and audio ports.

One nice addition to the front I/O of the PC is the RGB button, which allows users to change the color of the RGB lighting of the PC and configure different effects.

The rest of the PC ports are located on the backside. To compensate for the lack of sufficient USB-A ports on the front I/O there are six USB-A ports on the back of the PC.

Other ports include HDMI, DisplayPort, PS/2 connector, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, and audio ports for connecting speakers to the PC

Aesthetics and Salient Features

The Skytech Shadow ditches the gamery looks in favor of a more elegant and minimalist gaming PC. 

However, this is not to say that this PC does not contain any RGB lighting. Rather than the entire front panel having RGB lighting, the RGB on this PC is only confined to the front edge of the PC case. 

This tasteful implementation of RGB lighting gives the PC a more refined look. The edge of the PC also has a repeating pattern etched into the case which looks quite good as well. 

You will find more RGB lighting when you look through the side glass panel into the internal section of the case. All the components inside are lit up by the RGB lighting coming from the 3 case fans.

Moving onto the salient features, you get built-in Wi-Fi with this PC, which means that this PC has a proper Wi-Fi network card. 

Having a Wi-Fi card is so much better than using Wi-Fi USB adapters because the Wi-Fi speed and signal stability are much better on built-in Wi-Fi network cards. 

Besides that, this PC is covered by a 1-year warranty so, in case of a malfunction in the PC, it is quite reassuring that the product is backed up by a proper warranty.

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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 only 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 TG01-1183w, while if aesthetics is your priority, then there is no better than the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR.

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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