▷ 5 Best Gaming PCs Under $1000 » 【2022】

While the best gaming PC is often the one you build yourself, there’s nothing wrong with buying a quality pre-built PC if you don’t have the time or inclination to DIY. . Plus, competition in the sub-$1,000 gaming PC market is hotter than ever, and these are the best sub-$1,000 gaming PCs we think we can buy on this budget.

To note: Some of the prices listed below were when the machines were on sale, so if the sale has ended you may see a slightly higher price.

Best Gaming Laptop: Dell G15 Gaming Laptop (around $1,000)

Key specs:

  • Core i5 processor with 6 cores and 12 threads.
  • 16 GB of RAM.
  • 512 GB PCIe SSD
  • Nvidia RTX 3050Ti graphics card.
  • 120Hz 1920×1080 LCD screen.

Benefits:

  • Excellent balance between specs and price.
  • A complete game system ready to use.

The inconvenients:

Or buy: Amazon, Dell, Best Buy

Previously, gaming laptops represented poor value for money and were at least a generation behind their desktop counterparts. However, those days are long gone and now you can get a powerful gaming laptop for not much more than its desktop equivalent.

This Dell G15 system is usually available for around $1000 and even a bit less if you shop around, but it comes with modern hardware that’s powerful enough to drive that 1080p 120Hz display.

The rest of the systems on this list don’t quite live up to the G15, although it’s a complete solution that doesn’t require any other peripherals except a mouse or gamepad gaming. The only real downside of the G15 compared to its $1,000 desktop competitors below is a lack of expandability. But again, it’s already ready for mid to high-end gaming for the next few years.

Best for eSports streamers: Skytech Blaze II (around $950)

Key specs:

  • Ryzen 3 processor with 4 cores and 8 threads.
  • 8 GB of RAM.
  • 500 GB SSD.
  • Nvidia GTX 1650 Super GPU.

Benefits:

  • Good upgrade prospects.
  • Well-balanced specs.
  • Ideal for streaming esports.

The inconvenients:

  • There are better specs available for the money.

Or buy: Amazon, Walmart

Skytech’s Blaze II sits comfortably under our $1000 budget, and its specs are reasonable for the money. Although the specific brand of graphics card you receive may vary, the actual GPU and a minimum set of ports are guaranteed.

We think the specs on offer are a bit lower than we’d like at this price, but most modern titles should run fine at 1080p, on medium to high settings. Adding an extra 8GB of RAM would be our first recommendation going forward, but the Blaze II offers a good platform to build from while getting you into the game today. This also uses a socket AM4 processor, which offers plenty of upgrade options among the AMD processor family.

If you’re into esports, the Blaze II could be the right machine to start your flow, with easy upgrades when you can stretch your budget.

Key specs:

  • Intel i5 processor with 6 cores and 12 threads.
  • 8 GB of RAM.
  • 500 GB SSD.
  • Nvidia RTX 2060 Super GPU.

Benefits:

  • Powerful CPU and GPU for this price!

The inconvenients:

  • You need an additional 8GB of RAM to get the most out of it.

Or buy: Amazon, GameStop

This PC is another PC that may be a bit above or below the $1000 mark as you read this, but it offers great value for money that paying $30 more is a given.

With an 11th Gen 6-core Core i5 and RTX 2060 GPU, you’ll enjoy 1440p gaming at high to ultra settings. The RTX 2060 also offers hardware ray tracing and DLSS upscaling support on compatible titles, enabling even crisp 4K output on those titles. We expect more and more new titles to add DLSS in the coming years.

Adding another 8GB of RAM, this system would be perfect for the money. The only downside is that Intel-based systems don’t offer much in the way of future processor upgrades. Yet when that processor can no longer handle the demands of modern gaming, you’ll still want to replace your system.

Key specs:

  • Ryzen 5 processor with 6 cores and 12 threads.
  • 16 GB of RAM.
  • 500 GB SSD.
  • AMD RX 5500 graphics processor.

Benefits:

  • Excellent base specs!

The inconvenients:

  • The GPU is the weak link.

Or buy: Amazon, Walmart

HP’s gaming desk at this budget isn’t flashy with lights or transparent case panels, but it has the gaming credentials where it counts. With a 6-core Ryzen 5 5600G, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a Radeon RX 5500, it’s a great start for anyone getting into PC gaming.

Not everyone will like the professional design, but the only future upgrade you’ll need to unleash this beast is a high-end GPU. With what you get in the box, it’s already a 1080p monster, but it’ll be ready for more when you are.

Key specs:

  • Ryzen 3 processor with 8 cores and 16 threads.
  • 8 GB of RAM.
  • 500 GB SSD.
  • Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card.

Benefits:

  • Highly scalable processor.

The inconvenients:

  • More RAM and a better GPU are needed for the CPU to shine.

Or buy: Amazon

The ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand is well known for its high-end gaming components and pre-built systems, but this GL10DH represents the low end. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t get plenty of premium goodies that come with the ROG name.

A big feature here is the inclusion of an octa-core processor. Modern video games are increasingly thread-intensive, with the latest game consoles having eight processor cores. Out of the box, the GL10DH will do a great job running games in medium to high detail at 1080p. But in the short term, an additional 8GB of RAM and an upgraded GPU will make this a serious gaming weapon.

Gamer-wise, this computer supports Aura Sync, so you can sync all your RGB devices as long as they support the standard. There’s also a sleek 7.1 virtual surround sound front panel connector built right into the system.

While the ROG doesn’t give you the best and most balanced gaming experience of the systems on this list, thanks to that 8-core processor, it’s the most upgradable system here. Just adding more RAM and a new GPU in the future will keep it relevant for years to come.

The alternative: Build your own gaming computer

Any of these computers should make you happy for your money, but if you think they’re still not as profitable as you’d like, building your system isn’t as difficult as you might think.

See Should I buy or build a PC? 10 Things to Consider and How to Build Your Own Inexpensive Gaming PC for more. You owe it to yourself to at least consider the DIY route before hitting the order button.