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

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

Best Overall

CUK Continuum Micro

1. CUK Continuum Micro

  • Intel Core i3-10105
  • Nvidia RTX 2060
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD

Best Value

Asus ROG Strix GL10

2. Asus ROG Strix GL10

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD
CUK Stratos Micro

3. CUK Stratos Micro

  • Intel Core i5-10400F
  • Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD
HP Victus 15L

4. HP Victus 15L

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Best Aesthetics

iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD

5. iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD

  • Intel Core i5-11400F
  • Nvidia GTX 1650 Super
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Allied Gaming Stinger

6. Allied Gaming Stinger

  • Intel Core i5-10400F
  • Nvidia GTX 1650 Super
  • 8GB RAM
  • 240GB SSD
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

7. HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • AMD RX 5500
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Acer Nitro N50

8. Acer Nitro N50

  • Intel Core i5-12400F
  • Nvidia GTX 1650
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
YEYIAN SAI X11

9. YEYIAN SAI X11

  • Intel Core i5-11400F
  • Nvidia GTX 1650
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe SSD
MXZ Gaming Desktop

10. MXZ Gaming Desktop

  • Intel Core i3-12100F
  • Nvidia GTX 1650
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD
SkyTech Chronos Mini

11. SkyTech Chronos Mini

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Nvidia GTX 1650
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB SSD
SkyTech Blaze 3.0

12. SkyTech Blaze 3.0

  • Intel Core i3-10100F
  • Nvidia GTX 1650
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB SSD

RELATED:
Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $1000

Best Overall

1. CUK Continuum

CUK Continuum Micro

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.


Reasons to Buy

  • Best-in-class aesthetics
  • Unique and cool PC case design
  • 16GB RAM is ample for gaming
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • NVMe storage drive provides fast read and write speed

Reasons to Avoid

  • The use of older generation i3-10105 is a letdown
  • No preinstalled OS

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 these days. 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 is backed up by a 3-year warranty, which is quite reassuring.

Specifications

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 i3-10105 CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads. While 4 cores and 8 threads are plenty for gaming, I have seen better in this price range. 

Compared to a 6-core 12-thread processor, the difference is not very significant in gaming. However, it can be a serious hurdle if you’re looking to get into content creation or streaming.

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. It is as good as it gets for an $800 gaming PC. 

What’s also great is the NVMe storage drive option this PC offers. However, I am not too keen on the 512GB capacity because you will quickly run out of space.

The graphics card used in this PC is the Nvidia RTX 2060, one of the better-performing GPUs in the $800 price bracket. It is a great mid-range card with ray-tracing capability. 

A 550W 80+ bronze 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.

Gaming Experience

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 2060 graphics card.

This graphics card can play all the latest AAA games at a very good frame rate and the highest graphics setting. While testing, this PC gave me the following FPS figures.

90 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2 and 93 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Both of these games were tested at 1080p ultra settings. Battle royal games such as CoD Warzone and Fortnite gave 94 and 180 FPS on high graphic quality, respectively. 

As for the Esports games, CS: GO gave 250FPS while Valorant ran at a consistent average of 360 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. All things considered, the CUK Continuum is a fantastic prebuilt gaming PC that shines as the best gaming PC under $800 you can buy.

Best Value

2. Asus ROG Strix GL10

Asus ROG Strix GL10

The Asus ROG Strix GL10 is a very compelling option if you are looking for a gaming PC that is fun to use and look at. The design of this PC is unlike anything available on the market, and the use of high-quality materials gives it an upscale appeal. It can also play any latest game you want due to its top-notch specs, making it a serious competitor for the best pre-built PC under $800 throne.


Reasons to Buy

  • The unique and distinctively designed case
  • Top-notch specs
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 16GB RAM is more than enough for gaming
  • 2.5TB storage is more than sufficient space

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lackluster connectivity
  • Can get hot due to lack of airflow

Case Design and Aesthetics 

Asus does things their own way. They never embark on the latest design trends or imitate other companies’ designs. As a result, the Asus ROG Strix GL10 is the only PC that you will see of its kind.

This makes the design of this PC very unique and instantly recognizable. Once you see this PC, you will always be able to tell it apart from other gaming PCs, which is not something you will hear me often say, especially in the case of a sub $800 gaming PC. 

I also like the fact that Asus is using a silver finish instead of the typical black or gray. The silver finish is more elegant and gives the PC a premium look. 

In typical Asus fashion, the build quality of the ROG Strix GL10 is fantastic. It is one of the better-built gaming PCs you will find in this price range. 

Connectivity and Salient Features

The connectivity is the part where Asus has neglected proper attention. As a result, the connectivity of this gaming PC is quite underwhelming. Not only does this PC severely lack ports, but to make things worse, the ports are located in hard-to-reach spots. 

Connecting multiple devices to this PC is quite cumbersome, and it especially shows its pain when you want to use the front USB because there are only two available. 

Besides the two front USB-A ports, all you get is a power and a reset button. The rest of the ports are located at the back of the PC, and they include a power plug, additional USB-A ports, DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, 3.5mm audio ports, and an Ethernet LAN. 

Like other gaming desktops in this price range, the Asus ROG Strix GL10 also supports Wi-Fi connectivity out of the box. It uses a built-in Wi-Fi module which provides stable and fast Internet speeds. Disconnections are also far from few, which is a great plus for gaming. 

As for the other features, this PC comes with a keyboard and mouse bundle. The quality of the peripherals isn’t anything special, but hey can’t turn down a free goodie now. 

Specifications 

The specs are the reason I want to forget about all the other shortcomings of this gaming PC. 

The Asus ROG Strix GL10 is powered by the Ryzen 5 3600X processor. This 6-core 12-thread offering from AMD delivers peak performance and is one of the better mid-range offerings, especially when combined with the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti.

The performance of the GTX 1660 Ti is one of the higher-end of the spectrum as far as graphics cards go, and it is a solid GPU that you will cherish for a long time. 

As far as other specs are concerned, the Asus ROG Strix GL10 comes with 16GB RAM, which is more than enough for gaming and multitasking. You also get plenty of storage space with a 2TB HDD and a 512GB SSD to store all your favorite games. 

Gaming Experience 

The Asus ROG Strix GL10 is one of the better gaming PCs to use in this price range. It has excellent performance, and you can play any game you want. Although the performance is great, the main thing holding this PC back is connectivity. 

If you can get past the lacking connectivity of this PC, then you will be greeted with a PC that can keep a very good framerate in all the latest games. By good, I mean exceptional, as proven by the gaming benchmarks.

I was able to play demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2 on 80 FPS and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on 85 FPS. You don’t often see these FPS numbers in an $800 gaming PC, especially when playing these games at 1080p resolution and the highest graphics setting.

The PC carries its momentum in less demanding games as well. I was able to get 86 FPS in CoD Warzone, 152 FPS in Apex Legends, 212 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 240 FPS in CSGO, and 310 FPS in Valorant.

All things considered, the Asus ROG Strix GL10 should be in your consideration if you are looking for a powerful gaming PC that is built well and has a distinct design without much fluff.

RELATED:
Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $500

3. CUK Stratos Micro

CUK Stratos Micro

The CUK Stratos Micro has a unique design and also happens to have good specs. You will be hard-pressed to find such a good looking gaming PC in this price range. If you value aesthetics and are looking for a gaming PC that can turn heads, then the CUK Stratos Micro is the one you should be looking at.


Reasons to Buy

  • Unique and interesting case design
  • Plenty of RGB lighting
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • 16GB RAM is ample for multitasking and gaming

Reasons to Avoid

  • Does not come with preinstalled OS
  • Lack of proper airflow

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 layout similar to the panel, meaning that it is attached via thumb screws. 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 are located quite further, resulting in poor ergonomics. Due to the tall height of the case, people will short arms 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 two 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. This PC also has Wi-Fi support out of the box, meaning that you can get to gaming right away.

My only gripe with this PC is that it doesn’t come with pre-installed Windows. So, you will not only need to buy Windows but will have to go through the tedious task of installing it as well.

Specifications

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 i5-10400 6-core 12-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 1660 Ti graphics card. The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti is a midrange beast and the GPU you want in your $800 prebuilt gaming PC.

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 SSD. NVMe SSD delivers fast read and write speed, making the PC very snappy and fast to use. The 512GB storage space, however, is not ideal and will run out quite soon. 

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.

Gaming Experience

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 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I was able to get 78 and 84 FPS, respectively. These games were running at the highest graphic settings at 1080p resolution. 

As for the less demanding games, this PC could push 100+ FPS. I was able to achieve 155 FPS in Apex Legends, 86 FPS in CoD Warzone, 210 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and 310 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.

4. HP Victus 15L

HP Victus 15L

The HP Victus 15L will appeal to a certain type of gamer. If you are someone who appreciates the finer things in life and wants a simple minimalist gaming PC that can take of all your gaming needs, then the HP Victus 15L is the prebuilt gaming PC you have been looking for.


Reasons to Buy

  • Clean and simple design
  • Excellent connectivity
  • The USB-C port on the front comes in very handy
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Top-notch CPU and GPU

Reasons to Avoid

  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for gaming these days
  • 256GB SSD storage space is very less

Case Design and Aesthetics 

HP likes to keep their PCs simple and free from unnecessary fluff. As a result, the Hp Victus 15L has a very minimalist and simple design that some people will like and others will find too boring. 

If you ask me, I like this change from the flashy and blingy gaming PCs because being simpler means that this PC is a lot more versatile and will look as good on a gaming desk as on a room shelf. 

The matte white color scheme gives the HP Victus 15L a modern look, and the big Victus logo at the front of the PC makes you realize that this is not an ordinary PC. 

One thing I don’t like about the design of this PC is the lack of proper air vents. This restricts airflow and will cause the temperatures to rise significantly even when gaming for a short period of time. 

If you are someone who likes looking at the internals of the PC, then you will be disappointed with the HP Victus 15L since it doesn’t come with a side glass panel. 

Connectivity and Salient Features 

The HP Victus 15L has amazing connectivity. I would even go as far as to say that among other $800 gaming PCs, the HP Victus 15L is the one I would pick if I want to connect multiple devices to the PC. I am willing to peg it on the HP Victus 15L because I know it won’t disappoint me because it has an excellent port selection. 

This PC has not two, not three, but four USB-A ports at the front. This makes connecting multiple devices a breeze. Besides that, you also get a single USB-C port and a combo 3.5mm headphone jack. 

There are additional ports at the back of the PC, and they include USB-A ports, USB-C port, ethernet jack, DisplayPort, HDMI, and multiple audio ports for connecting speakers. 

All in all, everything you need is present here, so I have complaints in the connectivity department. 

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. 

The HP Victus 15L also supports built-in Wi-Fi with amazing data speeds. If that was not even enough, you get a mousepad with this PC.

Specifications 

Specifications are where this desktop PC pulls ahead of other options in the $800 price range. At the heart of the PC is a Ryzen 5 5600G processor. This is the latest 6-core 12-thread offering from AMD; therefore, the performance you get is better than the Ryzen 5 3600 or the Intel Core-i5 11400F. 

For an excellent frame rate, this PC comes with Nvidia GTX 1660 Super, which delivers excellent performance for all the latest games. The only negative of this PC is the use of 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. 

With 8GB RAM, you will struggle with multitasking, and 256GB of storage space will get occupied fairly quickly, even if you don’t download a lot of games and stuff. 

Making matters worse is the subpar cooling of this PC. During continuous gaming, you will feel the temperatures rise pretty quickly, kicking in the fan to maximum speed. The loud fan can be annoying if you are not using noise-canceling headphones. 

Gaming Experience 

The HP Victus 15L is hiding some serious performance underneath its fairly simple skin. This PC can play any game you want at 60 FPS and over very easily. 

During my testing, I enjoyed playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on this PC because it could easily keep up 72 FPS in the game. Same story with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I got 80 FPS in it, and the game was smooth for the most part. 

The PC was able to flex its muscles when it came to less demanding games. The frame rate doubled in Fortnite, with this PC delivering 135 FPS, while in Apex Legends, the FPS hovered around 140. 

When it comes to Esports games like Rainbow Six Siege, CSGO, and Valorant, except to get 172, 220, and 278 FPS, respectively. 

These are great FPS numbers for what the price you are paying. The HP Victus 15L is a great option, and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a simple and minimal gaming PC.

RELATED:
Best Gaming PC Under $1500

Best Aesthetics

5. iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD

iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD

The iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD is a great-looking gaming PC with plenty of RGB lighting. It is a treat for RGB lovers and gamers who want bling in their gaming PCs. The performance of the iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD is also not too shabby, making it a great option, especially since you are getting a decently specced gaming PC from a big-name brand with all their customer support backing.


Reasons to Buy

  • Value for money gaming PC
  • Unique case design
  • Premium look and feel
  • Plenty of RGB lighting
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support
  • Plenty of storage space lets you download many games.

Reasons to Avoid

  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for gaming these days
  • Restricted airflow leads to higher temperatures

Case design and Aesthetics

The iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD is dominated by RGB lighting. It is one of those cases that comes in a glass sandwich design, meaning that it has glass panels on both the front and the side. Underneath the glass panels, you see bright RGB lights, which look very stylish. 

This case not only looks and feels premium, but it is also a step above its competitors in terms of quality. All the panels line up correctly, and the PC does not wobble around, which is a sign of great quality. 

If you are a fan of RGB, you will love this gaming PC’s aesthetics, and it should feel right at home. 

Connectivity and Salient Features

The iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD has great connectivity. It comes with all the ports, so I don’t have any complaints in the connectivity department. Using this PC, you will never feel restricted or limited, which is always great if you are going to use the PC daily. 

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, an Ethernet jack, VGA, and 4x 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.

Specifications

Despite being iBUYPOWER’s budget offering, they have paid special attention to making this gaming PC run any game you want. While not the PC with the best specs, it is a good attempt from iBUYPOWER.

For that, it comes with the Intel i5-11400F CPU. This 6-core, the 8-thread processor is a great CPU that provides excellent performance. 

The GPU in this PC is not any ordinary Nvidia GTX 1650 but the Super version of the graphics card. The Nvidia GTX 1650 Super is 15% faster than the normal graphics card version, hence delivering a better frame rate. 

If you download many games, this PC is for you because it has a great storage capacity. You get a 1TB HDD along with a 500GB SSD, bringing the total storage capacity to 1.5 TB.

The only minor gripe I have with this PC is that it only has an 8GB RAM capacity, which is not enough for modern games. This PC is so fairly priced, so why not spend the extra $30 and boost RAM to 16GB RAM for a better gaming experience. 

Gaming Experience

For the price, I can’t fault the gaming experience of the iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD in any way. Sure, it isn’t the best performer, but for the money, you will be hard-pressed to find a gaming PC that performs this well. This PC could keep up with all the modern games I threw at it.

I tested this PC with the 8GB RAM configuration; however, if you increase the RAM capacity, you can get an even better FPS than the ones I got. 

When playing demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I got a frame rate of 65 and 68, respectively. 

However, this PC handled them like a champ when I played less demanding games like CSGO, Valorant, Apex Legends, and Rainbow Six Siege. For example, I constantly hit 200+ FPS in CSGO and Valorant on medium settings, while Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege averaged 125 and 165 FPS, respectively, on high graphic settings. 

All these games were played at 1080p resolution. After using the PC, I can easily recommend the iBUYPOWER SlateMR 500AD to anyone looking for an exuberant display of RGB lighting and a gaming PC that can fulfill all your gaming needs.

6. Allied Gaming Stinger

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. Don’t get me wrong, you can play the latest games on this PC but don’t expect it to have great class-leading FPS figures.


Reasons to Buy

  • One of the best-looking white PCs in the $800 price range
  • Bright and flashy RGB lighting
  • Top-notch features make daily use convenient.
  • Ample front USB ports to plug in all your accessories
  • Good cooling performance

Reasons to Avoid

  • Outdated CPU provides less performance than their modern counterparts
  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for gaming nowadays
  • 240GB SSD is quite limiting for storing game

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, which bodes very well for this case as it is littered with RGB lighting. 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. 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.

Specifications

The specs determine the capability of a gaming PC. I am pleased to report that the Allied gaming PC comes with decent specs for the money. 

The PC is powered by an Intel i5-10400F processor. This 6-core, 12-core thread processor, despite being a couple of generations older, delivers great performance. It can max out any latest game at 1080p resolution. 

This CPU is combined with the Nvidia GTX 1650 Super 4GB graphics card. This GPU 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 1TB 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. However, even 550W is not fully utilized, so there is some power headroom left which is always great to have.

Gaming Experience

Gaming on the Allied gaming PC is quite enjoyable but not on the level of other gaming PCs on this list.

This PC has enough performance to play all the latest games; that is all you can ask for. Don’t expect it to perform on the level of other top gaming PCs in this list.

I was able to play demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2 on 62 FPS and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on 67 FPS. Furthermore, you will comfortably run all these games on the highest graphic preset at 1080p resolution.

Competitive gaming is the area where the strength of the PC lies. Games like Valorant, CSGO, WoW, Dota, League, Siege, and Fortnite run exceptionally well on this PC. Expect to get 280 FPS in Valorant, 215 FPS in CSGO, 130 FPS in Fortnite, and 170 FPS in R6: Siege.

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.

RELATED:
Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $2000

7. HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop is the embodiment of how HP has come. Their PCs used to be hideous, but now, we are at a point where I can’t help but feature not one but two HP gaming PCs in my top recommendations. The HP Pavilion is great; however, its aesthetic is a big letdown. The PC looks simple and generic, which drags down the appeal of an otherwise excellent gaming machine.


Reasons to Buy

  • Clean and simple case design
  • Easy to reach and use front I/O ports
  • The PC stays relatively quiet when gaming
  • Fast SSD

Reasons to Avoid

  • 8GB RAM is limiting in some aspects
  • 256GB storage space gets consumed very quickly

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 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 scattered throughout the case, such as the inner moldings of the front I/O ports and the HP logo.

Since HP is going for that seamless and simple look, you are not getting a side glass window in 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. However, the HP Pavilion gaming desktop gets a flying pass in this regard as it includes the ports you will need daily and 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 technical features worth mentioning include the addition of a rear exhaust fan. This fan is mounted in a way 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 of maintaining the CPU temperature; overall, this PC’s ambient temperature also stays under the thermal limit. Hence, it is all good there as well.

Specifications

The thing that stood out about this PC is the use of a Ryzen 5 5600G processor. Most other manufacturers at this price would include an Intel Core-i3 and call it a day, so kudos to HP for incorporating this latest little banger from AMD. 

The Ryzen 5 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 core-i5 processors.

This processor is combined with the AMD RX 5500 graphics card. The RX 5500 has better performance than the Nvidia GTX 1650 series, and that includes the Super variant as well.

As for the other specifications, HP is giving you 8GB of pre-installed 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 PCIe NVMe SSD.

Granted, the SSD here is blazing fast and will help in quicker loading times for games and applications. However, users will have to be selective in the games and applications they install due to the less space.

Gaming Experience

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. If only HP could’ve improved the aesthetics of this PC, it would have been much higher on the list.

On this PC, you can play any game you want. You will receive a decent frame rate at relatively high graphic settings; however, don’t expect the best FPS figures from this gaming PC.

During my testing, I was able to achieve an average frame rate of 82 in CoD Warzone, 160 in Fortnite, 120 in Apex Legends, 59 in Red Dead Redemption 2, and 63 in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

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.

8. Acer Nitro N50

Acer Nitro N50

Mainstream PC manufacturers are stepping up their game. After the sensational HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, Acer is also here to make a statement. The Acer Nitro 50 is made for gaming from the group up. It, therefore, offers specifications and features that are optimized to play any game you want.


Reasons to Buy

  • Simple yet striking design
  • Front I/0 ports are easy to reach
  • The USB-C port on the front comes in handy at times
  • DTS X audio is superior to the generic audio of other PCs
  • Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity

Reasons to Avoid

  • Restricted airflow
  • The PC gets hot under full load
  • 8GB RAM is limiting in some aspects

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 a fan of is the airflow, or, shall I say, lack of 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, Acer skimped on proper airflow, resulting in higher temperatures than expected.

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 fight 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 Wi-Fi 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 about the efficacy of these fans since airflow is next to none in this case. 

You will need to boost the fan speed if you have any hopes of maintaining decent temperatures. Nitro Sense software, which comes pre-installed with the PC, is a handy tool that gives you control over every aspect of the PC, including fan speed, cooling, lighting, etc.

Specifications

The Acer Nitro N50 leaves a lot to be desired with. Sure the processor of this PC is best-in-class compared to other PCs, but the rest of the specs are mediocre, to say the least.

Powering the PC is the latest Intel i5-12400F processor, which is Intel’s answer to the AMD Ryzen 5 5600. This processor provides better gaming performance than the acclaimed Ryzen 5 5600. 

The graphics card installed on this machine is the Nvidia GTX 1650. Featuring 4GB Vram, this card has decent performance for 1080p gaming and can play all the latest games fairly well. However, don’t expect miracles because, at the end of the day, the Nvidia GTX 1650 is just an entry-level mid-range GPU. 

The Acer Nitro N50 comes with 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD storage. Although I like the fact that Acer is using a fast NVMe storage drive, the 512GB storage capacity isn’t just acceptable in this day and age. 

As for the RAM, it is the standard affair of 8GB sub-standard single-channel RAM. I may sound like a broken record, but I will keep on repeating it until manufacturers start caring about gamers – 8GB is just not enough for gaming these days.

Gaming Experience 

The Acer Nitro N50 holds fine for gaming, mainly due to Intel’s latest 12th gen i5 processor. The other specs of this PC aren’t great at all, which leads to a subpar gaming experience.

You will be able to game on this PC fairly well, but some demanding games will pose trouble.

As for the actual frame rate figures, the Acer Nitro N50 is capable of achieving an average frame rate 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, 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 decent gaming PC for the price. It should be at the top of your list if you want to deal with CPU-intensive tasks and want Intel’s latest 12th i5 processor; however, for gaming, there are better options out there.

You May Also Like:
Best Open Back Headphones for Gaming

9. YEYIAN SAI X11

YEYIAN SAI X11

The YEYIAN SAI X11 is a very compelling gaming PC, which has not only great specs but also killer design aesthetics. This PC isn’t perfect, but it does many things right, hence making it a great option for gamers looking for a complete value package.


Reasons to Buy

  • Unique and sophisticated design
  • The PC looks and feels high-end and premium
  • Built-in Wi-Fi supports fast data speeds
  • Can play all the latest games pretty well

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lackluster connectivity due to shortage of ports
  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for playing the latest games
  • 500GB storage space will run out quite quickly

Case Design and Aesthetics 

My pet peeve with prebuilt gaming PCs is that they all look the same; however, not the YEYIAN SAI X11. This gaming PC takes the traditional design elements, throws them out of the window, and adds a modern kick to its design. 

The intricate detailing along the front panel and the faint diamond pattern makes the PC look unique from any other competitor. The subtle RGB lighting is also implemented in a tasteful manner, greatly enhancing the looks of the PC. 

YEYIAN has made their PC look cool without disturbing the practicality of the case. The case is well ventilated with front, top, and side vents, ensuring great airflow. 

Connectivity and Salient Features

The YEYIAN SAI X11 lacks in the connectivity department. During my extensive time with the PC, I severely missed having a USB-C port at the front. Also, having an extra USB-A port beside the two found on the PC would have been nice. Apart from that, you get a separate 3.5mm jack for mic and audio, power, and a reset button. 

Every time you need the USB-C port, you will need to dig your way to the back of the PC. The bulk of the ports are found at the back of the PC, and they include 6x USB-A 3.0 ports, 2x USB-A 2.0 ports, ethernet Lan, HDMI, VGA, and 4x audio ports.

Besides having a 1Gbps Ethernet Lan, the YEYIAN SAI X11 also comes with built-in Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi supports fast data speeds with minimal latency, meaning that you can play games on this PC without needing an ethernet cable. 

Specifications 

The specs of the PC are decent; however, they could be improved. The YEYIAN SAI X11 certainly fares better than 90% of the other PCs in the $800 price range, but it is not among the top few gaming PCs.

Beating away at the heart of this PC is an Intel Core-i5-11400F processor, which is a 6-core 12-thread offering. This processor performs exceptionally well for gaming and heavy workloads; however, a newer generation version exists, which provides better performance.

The graphics card installed on this PC is the Nvidia GTX 1650, which has proven to be a great option for budget gaming. This PC is fine for playing the latest games at decent settings, but don’t expect ultra graphics or high refresh rate.

The main drawback of this PC is that it comes with 8GB RAM, which is a tad on the lower side, and it will be better if you spend the extra $40 and get yourself another 8GB stick.

I will also recommend upgrading the 500GB NVMe SSD storage of this PC sooner than later. 500GB will run dry fairly quickly, so it is better to add another 1TB SSD to increase storage capacity threefold. 

Gaming Experience

The YEYIAN SAI X11 straddles a fine line between looks and performance. It doesn’t have the absolute best performance but looks quite good, making it Instagram reel worthy. Now, it is upto you if you are willing to make that sacrifice.

During my use, the YEYIAN SAI X11 was able to handle anything I threw at it. I played multiple games on this PC, and every one of them ran smoothly without any dramas. 

This PC comfortably delivered 50-55 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2 and 60-62 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the highest graphics preset at 1080p. These are pretty demanding games, so to say I am impressed would be an understatement. 

This PC even fared well for battle royal games. I was able to run CoD Warzone at 70 FPS and Apex Legends at 110-120 FPS. 

When games got a little more liberating, this PC was able to push more than 100 FPS. It got 160-170 FPS in CSGO, 140-150 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and 240 FPS in Valorant.

All things considered, the YEYIAN SAI X11 is one heck of a gaming PC. It has excellent aesthetics and decent performance. You won’t get the absolute best FPS on this gaming, but it will be pleasurable. Therefore, this PC gets my recommendation.

10. MXZ Gaming Desktop

MXZ Gaming Desktop

The MXZ Gaming Desktop is a great alternative to the more boring options available in the market. This PC has a distinctly futuristic design that looks very appealing in the dark. The specs of the PC are also decent, and you will be able to play the latest games; however, bear in mind you are buying this PC more for the aesthetics.


Reasons to Buy

  • Futuristic design looks very striking
  • Good build quality
  • Great connectivity
  • Built-in Wi-Fi out of the box
  • The Latest Intel processor gives great performance

Reasons to Avoid

  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for playing the latest games
  • 500GB NVMe storage drive will run out of space very quickly

Case Design and Aesthetics 

The MXZ Gaming Desktop is undoubtedly distinct and unique. The design is very futuristic and looks like a PC straight from outer space.

The halo effect RGB lighting looks great, and the grainy finish also complements the space theme we have going on. 

I am pleased that besides the gorgeous design, MXZ has also made a solid and structurally sound gaming PC. The build quality of the PC is great, and every component is very well put together. 

I also liked that MXZ has not forgotten to give its PC some practical features besides making it look cool. Along with multiple air vents, this PC comes with 5 RGB fans that spice up its aesthetics. 

Connectivity and Salient Features

The futuristic design does not hinder the connectivity of this PC. You have all the ports at your disposal necessary for a great connectivity experience. 

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 three USB-A ports here is very much welcomed compared to other gaming PCs on the list offering only two 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 nine USB-A ports, which is great considering it opens up many flexible connectivity options. 

If you fancy Wi-Fi, you will be pleased to know that this PC comes with Wi-Fi support out of the box. Wi-Fi offers great speeds and has robust signal strength. During my extensive use, I didn’t experience a single signal drop which is a great sign of quality. 

Specifications 

The specification of this PC is decent but not on par with other gaming PCs on this list. Therefore, it loses out on performance to gaming PCs that are above on the list.

This PC comes with the latest Intel Core i3-12100F processor, which despite being a 4-core 8-thread processor, delivers excellent performance.

The GPU powering this PC is the familiar Nvidia GTX 1650. It needs no introduction as it stands as one of the best entry-level GPUs you can buy. It plays games well, however, don’t expect class-leading performance.

As for the other specs, this PC comes with 8GB of RAM, which is disappointing to see. That would be a minor setback only if this PC has sufficient storage capacity, but it does not. The 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD installed on this PC is not enough to fulfill all your gaming needs.

Gaming Experience 

The MXZ Gaming Desktop is not particularly enjoyable to game on. Sure, it can play any latest game you throw at it; however, its performance is not up to the mark compared to other gaming PCs in this price range.

This CPU delivers exceptional performance and pushes amazing FPS in games. As a result, I was able to play Red Dead Redemption and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which are known to be very demanding games at 58 FPS and 63 FPS, respectively. 

When it came to the less demanding games, this PC was able to flex its muscles, and the framerate soared. I was getting 76 FPS in CoD Warzone and 120 FPS in Apex Legends. When it comes to competitive gaming, get your high refresh rate monitors ready because this PC gives 155 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 190 FPS in CSGO, and 244 FPS in Valorant.

Overall, the MXZ gaming desktop is a great option if you are looking for a PC that is unlike any other in terms of aesthetics. The futuristic design of this gaming PC is very unique, and you won’t find it resembling any other gaming PC.

11. SkyTech Chronos Mini

SkyTech Chronos Mini

The SkyTech Chronos Mini provides great performance in a small and compact size. There aren’t many powerful small PCs, making the SkyTech Chronos Mini a great choice if you have less space on your desk.


Reasons to Buy

  • Compact case size
  • Great airflow due to front mesh grill
  • Plenty of RGB lighting
  • 80+ rated power supply ensures great stability

Reasons to Avoid

  • 8GB RAM is not sufficient for gaming
  • Subpar gaming performance

Case Design and Aesthetics

The case of 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-win in my book.

As the name suggests, this PC’s case is compact, making it very easy to handle. Due to the relatively small size, this PC takes significantly less desk space. It 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 two 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.

Specifications

The specifications of the SkyTech Chronos Mini are mediocre. This PC can get the job done, but there are other gaming PCs with better specs.

This PC comes with the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, a 6-core 12- thread offering from AMD. It is a generation old now as compared to the Ryzen 5 5600; however, you can still play games on it. However, I wouldn’t bet on this CPU in the long run.

The graphics card installed on this PC is the Nvidia GTX 1650, which is a great entry-level card for mid-range gaming. Although not as powerful, it gets the job done. 

The combination of the Ryzen 5 3600 and the Nvidia GTX 1650 works 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 somewhat limiting. On my PC, I have created a separate disk drive for CoD Warzone because the game takes more than 170GB. Keeping that in mind, one can wonder how quickly 500GB will run out.

I am also not too keen on using just 8GB RAM. While it is understandable that the manufacturer needed to cut costs, 8GB of RAM isn’t just insufficient for gaming. 

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.

Gaming Experience

This gaming PC can handle games, but not at a very good frame rate. You will struggle playing some very demanding games on this PC.

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 Odyssey, which gave 64 FPS in medium graphic 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 270 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 graphic setting on 1080p resolution. 

All in all, the SkyTech Chronos Mini gets the job done, but there are better gaming PCs out there that you should consider first.

12. SkyTech Blaze 3.0

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 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.


Reasons to Buy

  • Unique and Innovative case design
  • 3x pre-included case fans
  • The SSD storage drive is fast
  • Plenty of RGB lighting

Reasons to Avoid

  • The processor is of a previous generation
  • 8GB RAM is not enough for today’s use
  • Expensive than competitors
  • Only two USB ports at the front of the case
  • 500GB storage space will run out fairly quickly
  • Subpar gaming performance

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 3.0, 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 two USB-A ports on the front won’t cut it for any gamer.

As for the other ports at the front, you are looking at a separate 3.5mm jack for the audio, 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.

The built-in Wi-Fi lets you access from the get-go instead of finding that stupid Ethernet cable.

As for the features, this PC includes three 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.

Specifications

The SkyTech Blaze 3.0 ranks last because the specs of this PC are weak compared to other gaming PCs that you can buy for the same price.

At the heart of the machine is the Intel Core i3-10100f processor. This 4-core, 8-thread processor cannot keep up with the 6-core 12-thread processors in other gaming PCs.

The graphics card here is the Nvidia GTX 1650 non-super variant. This GTX 1650 can get the job done for gaming; however, its performance is not comparable to the more beefy GPUs you can find in this price range.

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 mediocre prebuilt gaming PCs. If you are buying this PC, I recommend upgrading the RAM to 16GB and the storage to 1TB.

Gaming Experience

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 in front of you.

Unfortunately, this PC falls flat in delivering a good gaming experience, which is quite a disappointment. This PC fails to run demanding games at a decent frame rate and graphic settings.

During my testing, the PC played every game I threw at it, but not without requiring some graphic tweaks.

As for the framerate, the PC can provide an average FPS of 40 in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and 60 in 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.

On the whole, I would only recommend SkyTech Blaze 3.0 for Esports gamers that want to show off this PC. If you are after the maximum frame rate, there are better gaming PCs that deserve your attention.

You May Also Like:
Best Open Back Headphones for Gaming

Are Prebuilt Gaming PCs Under $800 Worth it?

This is a very pressing matter to clarify because you will always think you have ended up with a PC that isn’t good enough.

In the PC gaming community, you will be misguided a lot. I have personally come across multiple posts all singing the same tone – prebuilt gaming PCs for $800 aren’t worth it. 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, and the majority of the PCs provide fantastic value. You will still occasionally find overpriced gaming PCs every now and then. But the majority of the offering here provide fantastic value for now. Don’t take my word for it; you have already seen the list of best gaming PCs under 800$ and will agree on how each PC is.

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.

Graphics Card

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 RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. These pretty much represent the best this segment has to offer, and you can go with either of the two.

Processor

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 a wise 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.

With 8GB RAM, you are teetering at the edge, so upgrade to 16GB as soon as you get the chance. As for the storage, equip your PC with at least a 1TB storage drive. Being a gamer, you would know that each game can occupy upwards of 100GB of disk space, so having the ability to install at least 10 games at a given time is essential.

Connectivity

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.

Aesthetics

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.

Check out our GPU-focused prebuilt PC guides below.

Check out our aesthetics-focused gaming PC guides below.

Conclusion

This puts a decisive end to our list of the best pre-built gaming PCs under $800. It takes some know-how to filter out the good PCs from the overpriced ones, but don’t worry; I have done that part for you. Therefore, every PC on the list is good, and there is something for everyone.

This diversified list contains PCs that target different market segments, so choose the appropriate one that best fulfills your needs. At the end of the day, the PC is for you, so do not chase after something you don’t want.

These are the final thoughts I wanted to iterate on before I close off this article. I hope this article helps you find the best prebuilt gaming PC under $800 that fits your criteria. 

Share this post:

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.