The PC gaming industry has been booming in the last few years and there is no better time to jump the ship than now. Statistically speaking many new PC gamers chose to go down the prebuilt gaming PC path as it is convenient to buy an off-the-rack PC.
Since prebuilt gaming PCs are mostly targeted at the new audience, they have a stigma around them for being expensive. This however cannot be further from the truth. As is the case with many industries the prebuilt gaming PC industry has also moved on and is a far cry from the past.
If you are in the market for a prebuilt gaming PC which you are as otherwise, you won’t be on this article, then fret not. You can easily get a good PC for just $800. Yes, you read it correctly, $800 is the target I have set for the 12 gaming PCs that will be a part of this article.
In a Hurry? These are the Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $800
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1. CUK Continuum
The CUK Continuum Miro Gaming PC has both aesthetics and performance, making it one of the better prebuilt gaming PCs for under $800. The only caveat is you will need to buy and install OS separately on this PC because it does not come with one.
Case Design and Aesthetics
CUK Continuum is a gorgeous-looking gaming PC. It is arguably one of the better-looking gaming PCs at the sub $800 price tag.
The PC’s sleek and innovative case design is to be accredited for its good looks. The CUK Continuum case is unique and unlike anything, I have come across.
The mini-LED lights beneath the glass give the front panel a 3D star-like effect. Needless to say, this effect makes the PC look very aesthetically pleasing.
The case in itself is also very well proportioned. The folks over at CUK have got the size of the case just right. It is neither too big nor too small and is just the perfect to house the components of a mid-range gaming PC.
Besides the cool and unusual front panel, this case also has a side glass panel. The side panel is also unique in the way it opens. Unlike other PC case side panels, the glass is permanently fixed on one side, and the other side attaches to the case via screws.
Due to the excessive use of glass, the airflow in this PC case is quite restrictive.
For this purpose, this PC has side air ventilation holes that allow air to circulate through the PC. The effectiveness of air ventilation holes is lacking; therefore, this PC suffers from poor airflow.
Connectivity and Salient Features
I am pleased to report that the connectivity of this PC is very well sorted. It has all the ports that you will need for daily use. However, there is no such thing as perfect, and there are some drawbacks with this PC.
Firstly, there is no USB-C port on the front I/O, which is not ideal for a gaming PC in 2022. However, you get a separate button to control the lighting of the PC case, making it very easy to configure LED lighting.
As for the other ports, this PC has 2x USB-A and separate 3.5mm jacks for the audio and mic on the front I/O.
The bulk of the ports are present on the back of the PC, and these include HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet LAN, additional USB-A, and audio ports. Talking about ports and cables, I also have to applaud CUK for doing a fantastic job with the cable management of this PC.
If you don’t fancy using all the cables, you would be pleased to know that this PC comes with a USB Wi-Fi adapter. While a built-in Wi-Fi would have been preferable, this one gets the job done.
Besides the USB Wi-Fi adapter, you also get a gaming keyboard and mouse bundled with this PC, which is a nice touch.
The CUK Continuum Micro PC is backed up by a 3-year warranty, which is quite reassuring.
The PC comes with a strong set of specifications. The top-level specs are why this PC is at the top spot in this list.
That being said, though, there is a slight negative in the specs department that I would like to discuss first before moving on to the positives.
This PC comes with an Intel i3-10100 CPU, which has 4 cores and 8 threads. While 4 cores and 8 threads are plenty for gaming, I have seen better in this price range. The Ryzen 5600G in the HP Pavilion and the Intel i5-11400 in the Acer Nitro N50 are much better CPUs compared to the Intel i3-10100.
The difference, however, is not very significant, and you can game on this processor though it won’t provide the topmost performance in the sub $800 price bracket.
Apart from the lousy CPU, all the other specs of this PC are great. It has 16GB DDR4 RAM which works very well for multitasking and gaming, which is as good as it gets on an $800 gaming PC. This PC also comes with an NVMe storage drive.
NVMe storage provides much higher data transfer speeds than other storage drives, making the user experience very fast and snappy.
The graphics card used in this PC is the Nvidia GTX 1650, one of the better-performing GPUs in the $800 price bracket. It is a great mid-range card capable of providing outstanding performance figures.
A 600W 80+ gold PSU powers all the PC’s hardware. It is quite refreshing to see that CUK has used a proper high-quality power supply for their PC.
The gaming experience of this PC is very good, certainly, on par with other gaming PCs in the sub $800 price range. The bulk of the performance comes from the NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics card.
This graphics card can play most AAA games at decent frame rates. You can even play modern release games at respectable graphics settings.
While testing, this PC gave me the following FPS figures.
40 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, 60 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2. Both of these games were tested at 1080p medium settings. Battle royal games such as CoD Warzone and Fortnite gave 70 and 165 FPS on medium and high graphic quality respectively.
As for the Esports games, CS: GO gave 250FPS while Valorant ran at a consistent average of 190 FPS.
From the FPS figures mentioned above, it is quite apparent that this PC will significantly benefit from a 144Hz monitor.
However, you will first need to install Windows to play these games because this PC does not come with a preinstalled OS from the factory. This is a cumbersome step that you will need to do if you want to enjoy this gaming PC.
The CUK Continuum Micro gaming PC is a good all-arounder. While not being the single best in any regard, it performs decently well in all aspects. As a result, is quite pleasing to use and look at.
All things considered; I must say the CUK Continuum is a fantastic prebuilt gaming PC that shines as the best gaming PC under $800 you can buy.
2. HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop
The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop is the perfect embodiment of how far the prebuilt gaming PC industry has come. This prebuilt desktop contains performance, features, and everything in between. It is the best performing gaming PC you can get at this budget and it handsomely beats others gaming PCs on the list by a significant margin.
Case Design and Aesthetics
Although clean and simple from afar the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop has plenty of subtle nuisances in its case that elevate the look up close. Examine the case closely, and you notice a boomerang pattern running along with the entire front panel of the case.
Every gaming PC has to include some sort of case lighting right, so this PC has it too. The difference is the lighting on this case is done subtly and it only illuminates the bottom portion of the front panel.
Given green is the color of choice for this PC, the lighting is also in that color. You will find hints of green elements shattered throughout the case such as the inner moldings of the front I/O ports and the HP logo.
Since Hp is going to that seamless and simple look you are not getting a side glass window on this case. But rather you are presented with a hard metal panel with holes for ventilation. As far as the overall aesthetic of the PC is concerned it gives an elegant and mature vibe.
Connectivity and Salient Features
Connectivity plays a crucial part in determining the gaming experience of the user. Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with a PC with missing ports. HP Pavilion gaming desktop however gets a flying pass in this regard as it not only includes the ports you will need on daily basis but also conveniently houses them at the front of the PC.
Starting from the top to the bottom we have a power button, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, followed by 4x USB-A ports, an SD-Card slot, and a high-speed USB-C port. Other display-related ports are found on the back of the PC along with additional USB inputs and this prebuilt PC supports dual display configuration if you are into that.
The other worth mentioning technical features include the addition of a rear exhaust fan. This fan is mounted in a way that in which it blows hot air out of the PC hence keeping the temperatures in check.
Talking about cooling this PC has a stock AMD cooler that comes with the 3rd generation Ryzen processors. This cooler does a fine job in maintaining the CPU temperature and overall, the ambient temperature of this PC also stays under the thermal limit so it is all good there as well.
The thing that stood out about this PC is the use of a Ryzen 5600GG processor. Most other manufacturers at this price would be included an Intel i3 and call it a day so kudos to HP for incorporating this latest little banger from AMD.
The Ryzen 5600G serves this PC very well. It is a 6-core low TDP processor meaning that it draws very little power to function.
Despite this, the performance of the processor is very good and actually, quite better than the 10th and 11th generation Intel i5 processors.
This processor is combined with the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card. This is one of the best graphics cards you can get in a prebuilt PC with the $800 price tag.
The performance of this graphics card is simply outstanding for the price and like the processor, the RX 5500 graphics card also performs better than its Nvidia counterparts.
As for the other specifications, HP is giving you 8GB of preinstalled RAM here. I wish it was 16GB as 8GB RAM is quickly being overridden in favor of higher RAM capacities. Games today often recommend more than 8GB.
The storage space is also limited with this prebuilt PC only providing you with a 256GB NVMe SSD.
Granted the SSD here is blazing fast and will help in quicker loading times for games and applications but due to the fewer space users will have to be selective in the games and applications they install.
The hardware of the PC is good, HP has used high-quality components for this PC, and that makes gaming on this PC very enjoyable.
On this PC you can play any game you want without having to worry about the framerate and graphics requirements because of the exceptional performance potential of this PC.
During my testing I was able to achieve an average framerate of 75 in CoD Warzone, 85 in Fortnite, 80 in Apex Legends, 45 in Red Dead Redemption 2, 50 in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and 80 in GTA V.
I played all these games at 1080p resolution and the highest graphic preset that each game had to offer.
Frame rate figures like these put this PC ahead of other PCs on the list in terms of performance. Overall, the HP pavilion prebuilt gaming desktop is nothing but a joy to use and excels in every game you throw at it.
3. Acer Nitro N50
Mainstream PC manufacturers are stepping up their game and after the sensational HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, Acer is also here to make a statement. The Acer Nitro 50 is from the ground up made for gaming and therefore offers specifications and features that are optimized to play any game you want.
Case Design and Aesthetics
Acer has a very aggressive design going on with the case. You cannot help but notice the protruding front panel that curves outward from the middle to form a sharp crease that runs along the middle of the case.
The highlight of the front is the Acer unibrow V-shaped cutout. This cutout contributes to making the case look more aggressive. To accentuate that feel, the logo also has red led backlighting.
You will also find red accents along the lid of the case that give the PC a commanding stance. Moving around the case to the top and the sides, we can see the sharp lines continue that define the chassis here.
One thing I am not certain about however is the airflow. This case lacks any proper ventilation for air to pass through and the holes that are carved out for airflow are small and not correctly positioned. Hence to one’s dismay, it seems like Acer has skimped on proper airflow in favor of Aesthetics.
Connectivity and Salient Features
Proper front-mounted I/O ports. Yes, you read it correctly despite Acer cracking down on all the aspects to make the PC look more aggressive they somehow have kept the front I/O ports.
This is the best decision they have made because having ports right in your eye line is so convenient. You can insert any peripheral or pen drive without having to fiddle with your seating position or fighting with the port to get it in. The front ports also allow for quick operation and hence can be beneficial in a LAN environment.
I was delighted to see a USB-C port bundled in with the other usual suspects i.e. the USB Type-A and the 3.5mm Audio/Mic jacks. Having a USB-C port is very handy these days when most modern gadgets and devices are solely coming with USB-C connectivity.
Bringing convenience to the end-user has been the hallmark in terms of connectivity here and none reflects this better than the prebuilt WIFI and Bluetooth capability of the Acer Nitro N50.
The connectivity is not the only front where Acer seizes to impress and the jaw-dropping attribute also continues to the features. Most importantly this prebuilt desktop offers DTS X audio which is a first on this list.
DTS X audio is far superior to the regular audio standard that other PCs are tuned to. This audio processing will bring your games to life and hence will enhance the immersion when playing a game.
The other prominent feature that you will find here is the inclusion of case fans. But I am not sure certain about the efficacy of these fans since airflow is next to none in this case.
Nitro Sense software comes preinstalled in another handy tool to have. This software has endless customization and allows complete control over every aspect of the PC like fan speed, cooling, lighting, etc.
The spec pool of the Acer Nitro N50 is impressive. These are not the specs you would expect in an $800 prebuilt PC and that too from a mainstream manufacturer.
Powering the PC is an Intel i5-11400f processor which is Intel’s answer to the AMD Ryzen 3600. This processor provides better gaming performance than the acclaimed Ryzen 3600 gaming but falls behind in the productivity side of things to the latter.
The graphics card installed on this machine is Nvidia GTX 1650. This is possibly the best card you can get in the $800 price range. Featuring 4GB Vram this card has ideal performance for 1080p gaming.
I also like the fact that you get 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD with this Acer prebuilt PC. Most other PCs only offer 240GB SSDs in this price range so having 512GB capacity is a one up on the other machines.
As for the RAM, it is the standard affair of 8GB sub-standard single-channel RAM. This is the trademark of prebuilt PCs in the $800 price range and certainly an aspect that needs to change.
Till now this Acer prebuilt desktop has been thoroughly impressive and I have highly enjoyed my testing phase with this PC.
The Acer Nitro N50 is pretty much flawless for the price in the gaming experience aspect, and I do not use this sentence lightly.
Excited by what today’s gaming session is going to offer you, open the game. As you enter into a mission or the match you get a glimpse of the performance of the processor and the graphics card.
The high FPS figure makes you more excited, so you double-check the graphic settings. After finding out that the game is running at the maximum graphics settings you come to appreciate the Acer Nitro N50 more.
This pattern repeated itself regardless of the game I played on this PC.
As for the actual frame rate figures, the Acer N50 is capable of achieving an average framerate of 50-60 in Red Dead Redemption 2 on medium graphic settings and 60-65 in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on high graphic settings.
Coming onto the less demanding games and this PC handles them like a champ delivering exceptional FPS during my testing. 160-170 FPS in CSGO, 80-90 FPS in GTA V, 60-70 in Fortnite, and 60-70 in CoD Warzone.
All the less demanding games were tested on the highest graphic preset while both the demanding and the less demanding games were played on 1080p resolution.
All things considered, the Acer Nitro N50 is a very capable prebuilt gaming PC that delivers a flamboyant gaming experience in all aspects making it a very compelling offering when stacked against other PCs that are included in the list.
4. CUK Stratos Micro
The CUK Stratos Micro has a unique design and also happens to have one of the best specs of any PC in this list, only beaten by the Hp and the Acer. But those PCs don’t look good; therefore, if you are after looks and performance, then the CUK Stratos Micro is the one you should be looking at.
Case Design and Aesthetics
Upon the first inspection, all you are going to catch is the RGB lighting of this PC, but behind the veil of RGB lighting, this PC case has very interesting characteristics.
For starters, this is the first PC case I have seen that has a separate glass piece for the front panel that installs via the thumbscrews. Usually, glass panels are incorporated into the front panel design but not in this case.
The front panel of this case has a design resembling the side panel, which has a glass panel that fastens to the side of the case via thumbscrews. I have to say this gives the PC case a unique look.
The use of a clear front glass panel allows the RGB lighting to pop. The RGB fans seem clearer and brighter. The downside of having so much glass on a PC case is that it limits airflow, and unfortunately, this PC is also plagued by this issue.
Connectivity and Salient Features
The unusual case design means the front ports had to be moved back quite further. This results in poor ergonomics, and even people of taller height will struggle to reach the front ports of the PC when seated in their gaming chairs.
This issue aside, the front ports of this PC also contain limited connectivity. There are only 2x USB-A ports present and a power button along with separate 3.5mm audio and mic ports.
Having only 2 USB-A ports at the front is not optimal because, at times, you will need to plug in different peripherals and gadgets to the PC simultaneously that all use a USB-A connection.
If that situation comes, you can use the additional USB-A ports at the back of the PC by sacrificing convenience. Besides the USB-A ports, you also get ethernet LAN, DisplayPort, HDMI, and audio ports for speakers on the back of the PC.
Talking about salient features, this PC is covered by a 3-year warranty. It also comes with a gaming mouse and keyboard bundle. The only lacking feature is built-in Wi-Fi and Windows support.
This PC comes with neither built-in Wi-Fi nor Windows. Therefore, you will need to buy a separate Wi-Fi adapter and Windows key to get this PC up and running.
The CUK Stratos micro gaming computer comes with a decent array of specs. The only slight caveat is that it uses an older generation CPU. However, besides that, there is nothing to critique about.
The Intel i3-10100 4-core 8-thread processor, despite being from an older generation, delivers good performance. It stands firm in the face of modern games and can easily handle all the latest games without missing a beat.
This CPU is combined with the Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card. Nvidia GTX 1650 is the mid-range card you want in an $800 prebuilt gaming PC because it delivers the best performance in the respective price budget.
This PC also comes with 16GB RAM, which is a big plus. 16GB RAM should be the norm in 2022 because gaming on 8GB is insufficient for multitasking and playing very demanding games.
With this PC, you also get a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD. NVMe SSD delivers fast read and write speed, making the PC very snappy and fast to use. The 512GB storage space is also perfect for storing many games.
The PSU used in this PC has a power rating of 500W. A slight nitpick I have here is that 500W power capacity, although good enough for the current hardware that this PC comes with, leaves no room for future upgrades.
The CUK Stratos Micro is a gaming PC that will be able to deliver you an exceptionally good gaming experience day in and day out.
This PC can play all the latest games and will continue to play all the upcoming games as well because of its high-performing hardware. For testing, I put this PC through its paces and played various games on it. I was able to get the following FPS figures.
For the demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Microsoft Flight Simulator, I was able to get 60, 46, and 37 FPS, respectively. These games were running at medium graphic settings at 1080p resolution.
As for the less demanding games, this PC could push 100+ FPS. I was able to achieve 120 FPS in Apex Legends, 90 FPS in CoD Warzone, 100 FPS in Fortnite, 170 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and 300 FPS in Valorant. All these games were played on medium graphic quality.
All in all, the CUK Stratos Micro is an amazing gaming PC to use. It is good-looking, is made from good quality materials, and has excellent performance. If you are on board with the case design of this PC, then, by all means, go right ahead and get this gaming PC.
Best Gaming PC Under $1500
5. SkyTech Blaze 3.0
The SkyTech Blaze 3.0 is a well-loved prebuilt gaming PC by gamers and the rave reviews reinforce that fact. Unlike most other PCs this PC has a hype of its own. The PC aesthetics of this PC has downright seductive pulling you on and the great specs take care of the rest making this PC a very tempting choice.
Case design and Aesthetics
Just when I thought the design of a prebuilt gaming PC couldn’t get any more innovative, I happen to come across the SkyTech Blaze 3.0.
I would be lying if I do not tell you how upon first glance this PC got my attention and I believe it will steal yours as well because it is that good looking.
The case is what sets this PC apart from the rest. It features intricate detailing on the front mesh panel that not only looks unique but is quite functional as well.
To add some flare to the looks, the SkyTech Blaze like the name suggests is blazing with RGB lighting that shines in every corner of this PC.
The RGB lighting completes the overall aesthetical vibe of a rather interesting and unique-looking prebuilt gaming PC.
Connectivity and Salient Features
In my use, I found the connectivity of the PC a little underwhelming. I get that SkyTech is going for a more refined look by sacrificing some connectivity but common guys just 2 USB-A ports on the front won’t cut it for any gamer.
As for the other ports contained at the front, you are looking at a separate 3.5mm jack for the Audio and the Mic, a button to change the color of RGB lighting, and a power button and that’s about it.
That being said although not on the front of the case but at the back, you do get additional connectivity ports that somewhat solve the connectivity problem.
These ports include additional USB-A ports, HDMI, Display Port, and an ethernet jack.
Don’t worry you don’t have to use an ethernet jack for Internett because this PC contains built-in Wi-Fi that you can use from the get-go instead of that stupid ethernet cable.
As for the features this PC includes 3 case fans that help to circulate the airflow around the PC hence maintaining cool thermals in the process.
The SkyTech Blaze 3.0 comes with a 1-year parts warranty with a lifetime technical support facility which will be quite beneficial if you are just starting out in your gaming PC journey.
Considering the current market situation and everything that has come along with it this PC has pretty decent specs for the price.
At the heart of the machine is the Intel i3-10100f processor. This 4-core 8-thread processor is pretty beastly when it comes to gaming performance and stands toe-to-toe with processors having more core count.
The graphics card here is the Nvidia GTX 1650 non-super variant. This GTX 1650 is indeed a great card for 1080p gaming. This also makes this PC among the few on this list to feature a GTX 1650.
As for the RAM and the storage, what you are getting here is 8GB single-channel memory and a 500GB SSD. These specs for the RAM and the storage are in line with other good prebuilt gaming PCs so nothing to complain about here.
Time and time again I have said that the gaming experience is the most important part of any PC, be it prebuilt or custom. At the end of the day, it’s not about the specs on paper but about the game you are playing Infront of you.
It makes me so excited to say that the gaming experience here is one of the better ones you can get for the $800 price tag. This PC pretty much fulfills everything you would want in a gaming PC
During my testing the PC played every game I threw at it without any hesitation.
As for the framerate, the PC can provide an average FPS of 40 in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and 60 in g Red Dead Redemption 2. Both of these games were tested at 1080p medium settings.
Battle royal games also ran extremely well with CoD Warzone averaging 70FPS on 1080p medium and Fortnite 165 FPS on 1080p high.
Esports games are the easiest to run and hence it should be self-explanatory that you easily break 144Fps in these games. As for the frame, during my testing, CSGO gave 250FPS while Valorant ran at a consistent average of 190 FPS.
Therefore, I recommend shopping for a 144hz refresh monitor if you are looking to buy this SkyTech Blaze 3.0 prebuilt PC for esports gaming.
6. SkyTech Chronos Mini
The SkyTech Chronos Mini provides great performance in a small and compact size. There aren’t many PCs that fill this role, making the SkyTech Chronos Mini a great choice if you have less space on your desk and want a powerful gaming PC.
Case Design and Aesthetics
The case of the SkyTech Chronos Mini combines looks and functionality in a very practical manner. Unlike embracing the glass sandwiched design of the other PCs, this PC goes its own way.
It has a front mesh panel as opposed to a glass panel. The advantage of having a mesh panel on the front is that it allows for better airflow while at the same time being semi-transparent for RGB lighting to reflect out off.
Therefore, it fulfills the qualities of the glass panel without sacrificing airflow, which is a win in my book.
As the name suggests, the case of this PC is compact, which makes it very easy to handle. Due to the relatively small size, this PC takes significantly less desk space and is ideal for gamers who have a small desk and want to save desk space for their other PC peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.
Moving onto the aesthetics, the 2 large fans predominantly nominate the aesthetic of this PC at the front. These dual-riing RGB fans have bright RGB lighting that illuminates through the mesh panel.
Spicing up the aesthetic of the PC is the side led strip that runs along the edge of the front panel. If you want more RGB lighting, you can also look at the rear RGB fans through the side glass window.
All things considered, there is a lot of RGB lighting on display here, and if you are a fan of RGB, you will love the aesthetics of this gaming PC.
Connectivity and Salient Features
I am pleased to report that connectivity is not compromised on this gaming PC despite the small case size.
It has all the ports that you will need in your gaming endeavors. Despite that, I wish there were some ports that this PC had included. Although these ports are not essential for daily use, having them is very useful in that odd bit of situation.
Yes, I am talking about a USB-C port. I don’t know why manufacturers are not making the USB-C port a standard accessory on gaming PCs. The usage of these ports has significantly increased due to the increase in USB-C devices and gadgets.
As far as the connectivity itself is concerned, this gaming PC has the following ports for the front I/O. 2x USB-A, power button, a button to change led lighting, and separate 3.5mm ports for audio and mic.
On the rear, this PC has HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet Lan, PS/2 ports, multiple USB-A ports, and 5x audio ports for surround sound speaker setups.
As far as salient features are concerned, you don’t get many with this gaming PC. The few basic ones you get include a Wi-Fi USB adapter bundled in with the gaming PC and a 1-year labor and parts warranty.
While the warranty period is slightly less than other competitors on this list, SkyTech provides hassle-free warranty claims, a big plus. Besides the warranty, SkyTech also offers free lifetime technical support with this PC, which is very helpful if you are a beginner.
The specifications of the SkyTech Chronos Mini are on par with other gaming PCs on this list. While not being on the topmost level, this PC is better than many others in terms of performance.
At the heart of the PC is an Intel i3-10100 processor. This 4 core 8 thread processor from Intel, while a good CPU in its own right, is far worse compared to the Ryzen 5 5600G or the Intel i5-11400F used on other gaming PCs in this list.
This reason alone relegates this PC to the lower spot in the list because, besides the subpar CPU, the other specs of this PC are quite good.
The impact of having 2 fewer cores is also not felt much. Because this PC comes with an Nvidia GTX 1650, the performance of this PC is quite good. The great performance of the graphic cards hides the slightly weak performance of the CPU.
The combination of the Intel i3-10100 and the Nvidia GTX 1650 wonders, allowing this PC to run most AAA games with relative ease.
If you install a lot of games on your gaming PC, you will find the 500GB SSD storage of this PC to be quite satisfactory. Since it is an SSD, the data transfer speed of the storage drive is better than traditional HDDs. Therefore, the whole experience will be much snappier here.
The one downside in the specs department of this PC is the use of only 8GB RAM. While it is understandable that the manufacturer needed to cut costs to deliver this product, cost-cutting in the RAM department is not preferable for many gamers.
That being said, though, I am quite pleased to report that SkyTech has chosen to go with an 80+ certified power supply in this Chronos Mini prebuilt gaming PC. Having a quality power supply in the gaming PC that you will use for years is quite reassuring.
This gaming PC was able to provide a pretty solid gaming experience. I was able to play most of the popular games on this PC without any lag or jitter.
However, I needed to lower the graphic setting for some demanding games because this PC could not deliver a smooth gaming experience. These games mainly were AAA games like Red Dead Redemption 2, which averaged around 60 FPS in medium settings, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which gave 40 FPS on medium settings.
This PC best excelled in esports games that are not very demanding to run. Playing Valorant on this PC was a joy because it averaged 300 FPS, making for very smooth gaming.
This PC also handled the battle royal games pretty well. Whether I played Fortnite, CoD Warzone, or Apex Legend, I extracted 100 FPS from this PC at a medium-low graphic setting.
All in all, I have no complaints about the SkyTech Chronos Mini. It did handle all the games I threw at it pretty comfortably, making it a very good prebuilt gaming PC in the sub $800 price bracket.
7. Empowered PC Sentinel
The Empowered PC Sentinel is a minimalist gaming PC that strives to be practical and functional. This PC is simple and does not have any RGB lighting. While not for everyone, this PC will surely be appreciated by those who prefer minimalism.
Case Design and Aesthetics
There is something utilitarian about this PC case. It has a very minimalist and simple design that some people will like and others will find too boring.
It is a refreshing change from the other flashy and blingy gaming PCs. The matte black color scheme of this gaming PC is easily blended into any surrounding you put it in. Therefore, this PC makes a versatile workstation and a gaming PC simultaneously.
The utilitarian design does not mean that it has no characteristics of a gaming PC. Like other gaming PCs, the side panel of this PC also consists of a large glass window. Through this glass window, you can see the fans and the other PC hardware that is installed on the inside of the case.
I would like to add here that the cable management of this PC is outstanding. There are no hanging cables or dangling wires.
This PC case also has ventilation holes on the top panel, which are covered by a dust filter. Despite that, the airflow inside this case is average at best, mainly due to the solid front panel, which has no proper air ventilation.
Connectivity and Salient Features
Continuing its utilitarian theme, the Empowered PC Sentinel has very good connectivity. Due to the excellent connectivity, the functionality of this gaming PC is better than many other gaming PCs on this list.
This PC has all the ports you will need in your day-to-day PC use. It has 2x USB ports on the front, flanked by a power and a reset button. Other ports include a fan speed control button and a separate 3.5mm audio and mic jacks.
The bulk of the connectivity is found on the PC’s backside. It includes additional USB-A ports, ethernet jack, PS/2 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, and multiple audio ports for connecting speakers.
All in all, everything you need is present here so that you can keep on connecting different peripherals and gadgets to the PC without any hassle.
Now moving to the salient features next, this PC does not offer many salient features.
This PC’s most prominent feature is the 3-year warranty, which is quite reassuring to the users. It also comes with a Wi-Fi adapter in the box. Therefore you won’t need to buy an external adapter, but it would have been better if this PC came with a Wi-Fi network card.
The specs are the key area of this PC where most of the budget of this gaming PC has been put. it consists of very capable hardware that you can find in the $800 price range. Amid the hardware shortages, Empowered PC has managed to put together a PC with very respectable specs.
Beating at the heart of the PC is an Intel i3-10100 processor. This 4-core, 8-thread processor is the same as other top prebuilt gaming PCs under 800$. Despite having 4 cores and 8 threads, the performance of this CPU is pretty great.
This CPU is combined with the Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB graphics card. The GTX 1650 is undoubtedly one of the better graphics cards in a sub 800 dollar gaming PC. The performance of this GPU for the price is quite brilliant.
I am quite surprised to see 16GB RAM on this PC. Having 16 GB RAM means that you will get a much smoother multitasking and gaming experience on this PC.
An NVMe M.2 storage drive also powers this PC. The read and write speeds and, subsequently, the data transfer speed of the NVMe storage drive is very fast, but the 256GB storage capacity can be quite limiting.
Supplying power to all these PC components is a 600W 80+ gold PSU. Gold-rated PSUs are the best and offer the best efficiency, so it is quite nice to see them being included on this gaming PC.
The only nitpick I can think of in this PC is the lack of Windows. This PC does not come with a pre-installed OS, so, therefore, you will have to install Windows manually after buying the PC.
The Empowered PC Sentinel provides a flawless gaming experience for the price. After buying this gaming PC, you won’t complain about it being slow or unable to run games.
The best thing driving the gaming experience of this PC is the top-level PC hardware. Due to this PC having an Nvidia GTX 1650, it could play any game I threw at it. While this PC can run any game, you throw at it but don’t expect it to give you ultra graphics quality in all games.
The demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Microsoft Flight Simulator needed to be played on medium graphics on 1080p resolution to get 60, 46, and 37 FPS respectively.
This PC played battle royal games considerably better than single-player story-driven games. During my testing, I was able to achieve 120 FPS in Apex Legends, 90 FPS in CoD Warzone, 100 FPS in Fortnite, 170 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and 300 FPS in Valorant. All these games were played on medium graphic quality.
Medium graphic quality seems to be the norm for most games because it provides the best graphic to FPS ratio out of any other setting.
As far as this PC is concerned, I would rate the Empowered PC Sentinel very highly. Minus the flashy and the blingy part, this PC has great specs and solid quality making it worth exploring if you are looking for an understated gaming desktop under $800.
8. ViprTech Gaming PC
The ViprTech gaming PC is an excellent showcase of why dated technology is still relevant. While this PC may not contain the latest generation components, it is more than capable of playing most games at 1080p resolution. Oh, and it looks quite good while doing that.
Case Design and Aesthetics
The ViprTech gaming PC undoubtedly looks very good. This gaming PC has a modern aesthetic vibe with a lot of RGB lighting.
The RGB lighting of this PC can show its full effect due to the glass sandwiched PC case. The front and the side panel of the case are made from glass. Due to the transparent nature of this material, RGB lighting can reflect from these glass panels, giving the PC a very sparkling look.
I also liked that ViprTech has not forgotten to give its PC case some practical design features. The side ventilation air channels on the case are necessary for airflow because the glass enclosure otherwise limits airflow in the PC.
The top panel of the case also helps the airflow of the PC. Since it is made from mesh material, it is not restrictive towards airflow. I also like the dust cover placed on top of the mesh to limit the dust entering the PC.
Air ventilation holes without any case fans don’t benefit, but I am pleased to report that this PC has 6 RGB case fans.
Connectivity and Salient Features
The one thing that has impressed me the most on this PC is the connectivity. Despite the low price tag, you are getting the full connectivity experience here with all the necessary ports at your disposal.
At the front of the PC, you will find 3x USB-A ports, a power button, a reset button, a button to change the color of RGB lighting, and separate 3.5mm ports for audio and mic.
The inclusion of 3 USB-A ports here is very much welcomed compared to other gaming PCs on the list offering only 2 USB-A ports. Having that extra USB-A port makes your life easier for connecting multiple peripherals and gadgets.
Moving on the back of the PC, you will find 4x USB-A 3.0 ports, 2x USB-A 2.0 ports, ethernet Lan, HDMI, VGA, and 3x audio ports.
When combined, this PC has 9 USB-A ports, which is great considering it opens up many flexible connectivity options.
If you don’t want to use an ethernet cable, you will be pleased to know that this PC comes with a USB Wi-Fi adapter that works quite well. Although not as perfect as built-in Wi-Fi, it gets the job done. Still, I would not trust the Wi-Fi adapter for any serious gaming.
Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi adapter is all you get with this PC in terms of features. However, you would be quite relieved to know that this PC comes with a 1-year warranty, which is quite reassuring, especially considering that ViprTech is a non-mainstream manufacturer in the PC scene.
The specifications of this PC are exciting. The hardware packed inside this PC is a blend of old and new. Ultimately, this PC has better specs than some other gaming PCs on this list.
The main Achilles heel of this PC is the older generation Intel i5 processor. This 4th generation i5 is almost over 8 years old now, but it works quite well despite that. It has 4 and 8 threads as opposed to the modern i5 having 6 cores, which impacts the performance of this CPU.
However, this CPU is paired with the Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card. This graphics card is significantly better than the Nvidia GTX 1050ti found in other gaming PCs on this list. Therefore, now it’s up to the users to decide whether the tradeoff of using an older generation CPU for a more powerful graphics card is worth it or not.
As for the other specs, this PC comes with 8GB of RAM. It also uses HDD as a storage drive, which is disappointing to see. Although the capacity is 1TB, the data transfer speed at which this storage drive is quite low.
This results in an unrefined gaming experience. If you are buying this PC, I recommend adding a 128GB SSD to make the PC snappy and responsive.
The ViperTech Gaming experience provides an exciting gaming experience. At first, I thought this PC would not be able to play modern games, but to my surprise, it handled most of the games pretty well.
This PC provided stable 60 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Microsoft Flight Simulator when tasked with tackling heavy games.
Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed were tested on medium graphic settings, while Microsoft Flight Simulator ran on low graphic settings at a stable 60 FPS. 1080p resolution was used in playing all these games.
These performance stats were better than those posted gaming PCs with Nvidia GTX 1050ti, therefore, giving this PC a higher spot in this list.
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9. Allied Gaming Stinger
The Allied Gaming Stinger looks more premium and upscale than the price would suggest. The case of this PC is breathtakingly beautiful, but unfortunately, the specs hold this PC back from achieving greatness.
Case Design and Aesthetics
The white case trend is here to stay, and the case of the Allied Gaming Stinger is one of the finest white PC cases I have seen in the sub $800 price range.
The advantage of white cases is that they help reflect the RGB lighting. This case is loaded with RGB lighting to showcase it to the maximum. The RGB lighting here is customizable in 16 colors, and all the colors featured here have a uniform texture.
Another ace up its sleeve is the semi-transparent mesh on the front panel. This mesh on the front breaks the plastic symmetry panel and helps the PC pop out more by showcasing the RGB fans that are installed inside the PC.
I also like the silhouette of the case as it contains sharp and angular lines which provide. These elevate the design of the case and give it that modern touch.
Connectivity and Salient Features
Due to the fancy case, having I/O ports on the front panel is impossible, so they moved all the ports to the top of the PC. This means reaching for the ports will require you to tilt and lean depending on how your PC is placed from the chair.
This does not deter me from giving this PC a full seal of approval for I/O. The port variety here is great, and starting from the left, we find a power button, followed by a LED switch for changing the color of the lighting, then we have separate 3.5mm jacks for the Audio and the Mic, and lastly, audio connections are followed by a 3x USB-A slots with only the port to the far-right serving as the faster USB 3.2 port.
Now let’s come to the features, and the most prominent one we noticed immediately was the inclusion of 4x RGB case fans. These fans provide the aesthetics with their RGB lighting and have the cooling to go along. The secret to this impressive cooling is the front mesh panel that allows more air circulation through the system.
A good ventilated chassis results in a much cooler PC overall but at a cost. The mesh cutout on the front of the case helps in better airflow, but it also results in more fan noise creeping to the outside.
This noise becomes apparent when gaming since the system is running at full load. This can become annoying if you are not wearing headphones.
Some other noteworthy features of this PC include built-in WiFi connectivity. The WIFI here is also not crap either like you would expect from prebuilt PCs. This is a great plug-and-play prebuilt PC, and it requires little to no hassle to get this machine up and running in no time.
In any gaming PC, the important part is the performance, and if a PC does not fare well in this regard, you will have a bad time when gaming. Unfortunately, this is the area where the Allied Gaming Stinger falters.
This PC comes with the Ryzen 1600 CPU, a 4 generation older CPU. Although it has 6 cores and 12 threads, the performance of this processor compared to the latest Ryzen or Intel 6 cores processors is quite weak. That being said, though, if you are not chasing the maximum FPS, it gets the job done at 1080p resolution.
This CPU is combined with the Nvidia GTX 1050 ti 4GB graphics card. This GPU is the budget GPU, so don’t expect crazy performance numbers here. Still, though, it packs enough power to give this PC very respectable performance figures.
Finishing the specs department is a single 8GB RAM stick and a 240GB SSD. I have repeatedly said that 8GB RAM and 240GB SSD are not enough, so at the earliest, upgrade to 16GB Ram and add in a 500GB SSD for extra storage space.
Powering all these PC components is a 550W power supply. 550W power handling capacity is more than enough for the hardware that is on offer here. Even 550W is not fully utilized, so there is some power headroom left which is always great to have.
The odds are stacked against this gaming PC due to the use of subpar hardware. Despite that, the gaming experience of this PC was not as bad as I was expecting.
This PC does pretty well in loading up games and playing them. Given the performance on offer, you will be able to play demanding games like CoD Warzone on 55 FPS, Red Dead Redemption 2 on 46 FPS, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on 40 FPS. For all these games, you will need to bring down the graphics quality to low in order to hit the respective frame rate figures.
However, if competitive gaming tickles your fancy more, then you will thoroughly enjoy this PC. Games like Valorant, CSGO, WoW, Dota, League, Siege, and Fortnite run exceptionally well on this PC. Some will even cross the 100FPS threshold owing to smooth and flawless gaming.
Overall, all things considered, this PC is for casual gamers that don’t necessarily want the highest frame rate possible. It looks good and plays casual games quite well, and that is where the strength of the Allied Gaming Stinger lies.
10. Axiom Gaming Stellar
There aren’t many value-for-money gaming PCs like the Axiom Gaming Stellar. This PC includes decent hardware at a stellar price. Granted, this PC is not the most powerful, but it is great if you are looking to save money.
Case design and Aesthetics
The case of the Axiom Gaming Stellar is special. This case not only looks and feels premium, but it is also a step above its competitors in terms of quality.
The main appeal that this case has going for it is its size. It is compact and perfect for any desk setup because it does not take up a lot of space. In doing so, the case size is still good enough to house any PC hardware you throw at it.
Unlike other gaming PCs, which follow the all-glass panel trend, this PC does things differently with its case.
The front of this case has a mesh panel that allows for airflow instead of a glass panel. The mesh panel is semi transparent, and like glass, it also allows the RGB lighting to reflect. Therefore, making this mesh a great in-between material for looks and functionality.
The same mesh material is also used for the case’s top panel. Both the top and the front panels also get their dust filters to limit dust buildup inside the PC. This is great because it makes the PC cleaning job more manageable.
Another design element of this PC I really like are the four feet, keeping the PC a couple of inches above the surface the PC is placed on. This space between the PC and the surface is very beneficial for the proper working of the PC.
The color of the case is also unique. This PC has a grayish gunmetal finish, unlike the traditional black color scheme. While the gray color may not be to everyone’s taste, I have to say it is quite refreshing to see a change in PC aesthetics nonetheless.
Connectivity and Salient Features
This PC has got the connectivity aspect wired down. Using this PC, you will never feel like it is missing any crucial connectivity port.
On the front of the PC are 3x USB-A ports, a power button, a reset button, a button to change the color of RGB lighting, and separate 3.5mm jacks for audio and mic. Moving to the back of the PC, you will get 4x USB-A 3.0 ports, 2x USB-A 2.0 ports, ethernet jack, PS/2 port, VGA, and 3x audio ports.
One nice feature that this PC has is the support for WI-Fi, and unlike other gaming PCs that come with external USB adapters, this PC has a network card which is significantly better than any USB adapter.
As a result, the Wi-Fi of this PC is much more stable compared to other PCs in the sub $800 price range and supports higher bandwidth speeds.
Another nice feature of this PC is that it comes with Windows 11 Pro out of the box. Therefore, you won’t need to go through the tedious process of updating Windows on this gaming PC.
The specs of this PC are very good for the price. This PC comes with good quality PC components that will last you a while.
At the heart of the PC is the Intel i3-10100F CPU. This 4-core 8-thread processor is a great value-to-money CPU that provides excellent performance. Despite being two generations older, this i3-10100f can still hang with most modern games.
The graphics card used on this PC is the Nvidia GTX 1050ti. While not being the top performer by any means but for the price having an Nvidia GTX 1050ti is acceptable.
The Intel i3-10100f combined with the Nvidia GTX 1050ti produces good performance. The performance on tap here is more than enough for most games.
I am also pleased that despite the low-price Axiom Gaming has not cheaped out on the storage drive. This PC has a 500GB SSD which is fast and makes using the PC very responsive. As for the RAM, this PC includes a single RAM stick of 8GB.
For this Pc, I recommend getting another 8GB RAM stick for $30 because having 16GB RAM will significantly boost the performance of this PC.
For the price, I can’t fault the gaming experience of the Axiom Gaming Stellar PC in any way. This PC was able to keep up with all the modern games I threw at it.
I’m not going to lie, there were some games that I had to play on low graphic settings, but that is to be expected given that this PC has the Nvidia GTX 1050ti graphics card. However, this was very rare, and most games ran fine on the PC.
The games that gave the PC some trouble were very demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Despite dropping the graphics setting to low, I struggled to get a solid 60 FPS in these games.
However, when I played less demanding games like CSGO, Valorant, Apex Legends, and Rainbow Six Siege, this PC handled them like a champ. I constantly hit 200+ FPS in CSGO and Valorant on medium settings, while Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege averaged 110-120 FPS on medium-high graphic settings.
After using the PC, I can easily say that if you want to run less demanding games, this PC will be fantastic. However, if you want a PC that can run the latest AAA games, I would look elsewhere.
Overall, the Axiom Gaming Stellar PC is a good value for money gaming PC. It is a complete package that can provide you with a good gaming experience at a fraction of the cost compared to other gaming PCs.
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11. Allied Gaming Patriot
The Allied Gaming Patriot has great aesthetics. The white case of this PC looks fantastic with RGB lighting, but looks aren’t everything. The hardware that this PC has includes dated technology; therefore, the performance of this PC is not up to the mark.
Case Design and Aesthetics
The Allied Gaming Patriot case is one of the best I have encountered in the sub $800 price bracket.
The main aspect that makes this PC case unique is its white color scheme. White PC cases make the RGB lighting pop, making for a very striking and unique look.
I don’t know about you, but given the current trend of RGB lighting, white PC cases are versatile and make more sense for RGB implementation.
Allied has combined the white color scheme of the PC with 3 RGB fans that reflect brightly due to the white PC case.
Fortunately, the fans here are not just used as a showpiece. The front mesh grill of the PC case ensures that airflow is provided to the 3 fans mounted on the front. This design aspect of the case is responsible for the low temperatures of the PC.
I quite like how Allied has combined looks and functionality in a single PC case. I must say, it is quite an excellent PC case execution.
Connectivity and Salient Features
The connectivity of the Allied Gaming Patriot is quite good. It is better than most other $800 gaming PCs. With this PC, you won’t feel restricted by your choices which is always a good thing.
The ports of this PC are well thought out and positioned conveniently. At the front of the PC, you get 2x USB-A ports, a power button, a reset button, a button to change the color of RGB lighting, and a 2.5mm audio and mic port.
The back of the PC supports the bulk of the connectivity, and this is where you will find additional USB ports. There are 6 USB-A ports on the back, bringing the total to 10 USB-A ports.
Besides the USB-A ports, you also get an ethernet Lan port, 1x HDMI, and 1x DisplayPort. On the back, you will also find the antenna for the Wi-Fi, which indicates that this PC comes with built-in Wi-Fi.
This is a great feature to have, eliminating the hassle of plugging in an ethernet wire to connect your PC to the Internet.
Talking about features, another neat feature that this PC has is 1-year warranty coverage. It is reassuring to know that your PC is backed up with a warranty. With the warranty, you also get free lifetime tech support from the folks over at Allied Gaming, which can come in handy, especially if you are new to PC gaming.
The Allied Gaming Patriot has a decent set of specifications. I won’t say that the specs offered here are the best that you can get from an $800 PC, but they are adequate and acceptable.
The Ryzen 1600AF processor powers this PC. AMD’s 6-core 12-thread processor is 4 generations old now but still gets the job done. Although less than the latest Intel 12th or Ryzen 5th generation processors, the performance of this CPU is adequate for 1080p gaming.
This processor is paired with the Nvidia GTX 1050ti graphics card. The Nvidia GTX 1050ti is a solid budget-end graphics card that provides decent 1080p performance in games.
As for the RAM, this PC has 8GB. 8GB RAM is not sufficient for playing modern games; therefore, I recommend upgrading it to 16GB as soon as you get this PC.
I am also disappointed by the 240GB SSD installed on this PC. 240GB capacity is the lowest on any gaming PC on this list. While I appreciate Allied Gaming for using an SSD, the capacity should have been at least 500GB.
Providing power to the PC is a 550W power supply that is more than adequate for the PC’s hardware.
While the Allied Gaming Patriot looks very cool, there is a lot to not like about the gaming experience of this PC.
For starters, this PC cannot play the latest games very well. I struggled to run Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Microsoft Flight Simulator on this PC.
The games would lag out and jitter even on the lowest graphic quality, which was quite concerning. In terms of FPS, Red Dead Redemption 2 gave 46 FPS, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 30 FPS, and Microsoft Flight Simulator 25 FPS.
Although this PC did not fare well in demanding games, it performed quite decently in less demanding older games. On this PC, I was able to play GTA 5 and Witcher 3 smoothly. Both games provided stable 60 FPS on medium graphic quality.
The biggest strength of this PC lies in playing esports games like Valorant, CSGO, WoW, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, etc. This PC provided stable 100+ FPS in these games, making them very smooth and jitter-free to play.
Overall, I cannot recommend the Allied Gaming Patriot to people looking for maximum performance for the price. However, if you can compromise some performance in favor of looks, this PC is for you.
12. BOESIIPC MV200 Mini Gaming PC
You would be lucky to find a compact gaming PC that is also powerful for gaming. Well, consider yourself a lucky gamer today because the BOESIIPC MV200 mini gaming PC measures just 6.69×5.12 inches, and despite that, it can play most modern PC games with relative ease.
Case Design and Aesthetics
The case featured here is proprietary to this PC; therefore, you won’t find it on any other gaming PC for $800. This adds a unique touch to the PC case.
The main selling point of the case is its size. This PC is smaller than the current generation consoles, which is an amazing feat of engineering. Despite its small size, the PC case never feels compromised.
It has all the functionality you would expect from a traditional PC case in a miniature form factor. Another aspect I am highly impressed by is the design of the case. I am glad this PC case does not look like an old VCR or DVD player.
It has sharp cuts and sleek proportions that give the case a modern finish. The illuminated logo in the center of the case enhances the aesthetic of the PC and gives it a very gamery look which is something I quite like.
The only downside of this PC case is the lack of RGB lighting. However, I don’t want to fault the manufacturers here because it is physically impossible to include everything in such a small size case.
Connectivity and Salient Features
Seeing the size of the PC, I am sure most of you might have doubts about its connectivity. I sure had one, but I can say that all my doubts regarding connectivity were removed after using the PC.
This PC has all the necessary connectivity, and it covers all the essential ports that are needed from a gaming PC.
On the front, this PC provides 4 USB ports, which are more than enough to connect all the PC’s peripherals. If 4 USB ports are not enough for you, there are additional 4 USB ports on the back.
Besides the USB port, the backside of the PC also includes the DVI and the HDMI ports, which are used to connect this PC to any external display.
The 2.5mm jacks for the audio and the mic are also found on the back of the PC rather than the front, which can be a little inconvenient. However, due to this PC’s small size, this issue is manageable if your headphone cable is big.
I have to give props to the manufacturers for including built-in Wi-Fi on this PC. This means that it does not use any external USB adapter but rather has a PCIe network card, which is always better than an external USB adapter.
Another convenient feature of this PC is the Windows 11 support right out of the box. With this PC, you won’t need to face the hassle of updating Windows yourself.
The most impressive part about this PC is its specs. It features the fully-fledged components in a PC that is smaller than a console. An engineering marvel like this is not experienced often.
At the heart of the PC is an Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 processor. Contrary to the Intel Core series counterpart, the Xeon is a server and workstations CPU from Intel.
It has 4 cores and 8 threads, and the performance of this CPU is comparable to the 6th generation Intel i5, which puts it behind PCs with the Intel i5 11th or 12th generation CPUs.
However, the performance difference is not that staggering, and all the while, by using a Xeon E3-1231, you save a lot of money compared to an Intel i5.
This has allowed the manufacturers to use an Nvidia GTX 1050ti in this PC. The version of the Nvidia GTX 1050ti used here is the same as you will find in full-size Desktop PCs, which is great to see.
I also like the fact that this PC includes 16GB RAM, while most of the other PCs on the list only settle with 8GB. Having 16GB RAM on a PC makes for a much smoother experience.
BOESIIPC has not even skimped on the storage drive of this PC, and it includes a 512GB SSD, which is fast and snappy to use.
The BOESIIPC MV200 mini gaming PC is very enjoyable to use. The most obvious advantage of this PC is its size. It is compact enough to easily be carried in a bag, making it easy to take to a LAN party.
The portability aspect of this PC is unlike any other gaming PC available at the sub $800 price. With the portability, you also get a strong performance from this PC.
It is powerful enough to play most modern games smoothly at decent graphic quality. I was able to run Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, two of the most demanding games currently, at the medium graphic quality on this PC.
The PC delivered 37 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and 56 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2, making them easily playable.
This PC was able to stretch its wings with less demanding games. It delivered 128 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 89 FPS in Apex Legends, 230 FPS in Valorant, 170 FPS in CSGO, and 100 FPS in Minecraft.
All the games played on this PC ran smoothly without lag or jitter. Therefore, all things considered, the BOESIIPC MV200 is a fantastic gaming PC for under $800. The portability and performance that this PC gives are unmatched in this price range.
Are Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $800 Worth it?
This is the misconception regarding prebuilt gaming PCs that I believe is important to clarify before going to the list of best pre-built PCs. It is a common sight to see people being misguided when buying prebuilt systems and eventually they end up making a mistake.
The misconception that I am talking about is prebuilt gaming PCs for $800 are not worth it. I have personally come across multiple posts all signing the same tone. The truth however is quite the opposite.
People make this statement without realizing the fact that the prebuilt PC gaming industry has moved far away from its early days. The fostering of strict competition in this industry has led to more aggressively priced products.
There are a ton of options to choose from now and granted there are some PCs that are still overpriced. But the majority of the offering here provide fantastic value for now. This will be demonstrated further in the article when we get to the list of best gaming PCs under 800$.
You will be utterly surprised to find the value one is getting with some of the prebuilt PCs here even though graphic cards are selling for a ludicrously higher price than the actual MSRP of the product.
What to Look for in a Gaming PC Under $800 – The Buying Guide
The buyer’s guide is the section you do not want to miss out on if you are a beginner in the PC gaming space looking for your first prebuilt machine. In this section, we will highlight some main points regarding the characteristic of a gaming PC which will help you understand the PC better.
The graphics card is the component of a gaming PC that directly controls the gaming performance and the frame rate you will be getting in your games. Hence depending on the graphics card, you get to have great sway over your overall gaming experience as well.
Due to this relation, it should be obvious by now that the primary focus should be on getting the best graphics card possible. Obviously within reason, as there are some PCs out there that will offer a good graphics card but skimp on the rest of the specifications which is something you should keep in mind.
As for this price range aim for the Nvidia GTX 1650 or the AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card. These pretty much represent the best this segment has to offer, and you can go with either of the two.
The processor is the brain of the system, so it indirectly affects every ongoing task in the PC. The processor market has always been dominated by Intel but now somebody has risen to the throne.
AMD has proven that you do not need the fortune to get a high-performing processor. Today we are lucky to be at a time that all processors available in $800 PCs are capable of gaming. Normally in the $800 price range, it is wise a choice to go with a 6-core processor and avoid a 4 core.
The 6-core processor I would recommend is the Ryzen 5 5600G as it is simply the best you can get at this price.
RAM and Storage
The RAM and Storage equate to the temporary and permanent storage capacity of the PC respectively. Ideally, for a prebuilt gaming PC, you are looking at 16GB RAM. But unfortunately, due to our $800 budget limitations, most prebuilt PCs will only offer 8GB RAM.
8GB RAM, for now, is fine for gaming but it will require an upgrade soon rather than later when more complex games start coming out. As for the storage get yourself at least 500GB. If you are gamer chances are, you will be installing a lot of games and other relevant applications.
The thing is even a single game today can take 100GB or more storage space. Therefore, it is recommended that you go with at least 500GB of storage so that you are not limiting yourself in terms of what you are installing.
Connectivity is crucial when it comes to prebuilt gaming PCs. As gamers, we require a lot more ports to plug in our peripherals than other users. Dual monitor setups are also the rave lately hence before buying a PC you should confirm that it has all the ports that cater to your needs.
Now let’s be real, who does not love an Aesthetically pleasing PC. Gaming PC is all about the customization and the flash that comes along with it.
I know gamers have divided opinions on going full overboard with fancy lighting and whatnot but we all can agree that a well put together design can most definitely increase the appeal of that given PC.
If it is your first time buying a prebuilt gaming PC, look around explore all your options, and see what the design and customization are all about. When you have seen enough form an opinion on which Aesthetic approach you prefer and just go with it.
These were some of the characteristics that I wanted to evaluate early on. Now with this set and done let’s jump right into the list.
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This puts a decisive end to our list of the best pre-built gaming PCs under $800. If I am being honest, it was hard to filter out the good PCs from the overpriced ones due to the current situation of the market. But ultimately, we have put together a list in which there is a PC for everyone.
This diversified list contains PCs that target the different segments of the market so choose appropriately the one that fulfills your needs the best. At the end of the day, specifications are not everything so do not chase after fall into the specifications rabbit hole.
These are the final thoughts I wanted to iterate on before I close off this article. I hope that this article helps you in finding the best prebuilt gaming PC under $800 that fits your criteria.