Prebuilt gaming PCs have been gaining popularity these days because they offer some of the best gaming experiences out of the box.
Over the years, the margin between the prices of prebuilt gaming PCs and its Do-It-Yourself (DIY) counterpart has decreased significantly. You can also choose from a number of pre-built gaming rigs across all segments from budget compact to top-tier high-performance systems.
Choosing the best-prebuilt system also has several advantages. You don’t have to research which computer components are compatible with one another and can give you the best value for your budget. It also saves you a lot of time which you might have spent on looking for parts and assembling a DIY PC.
Hence, even though you are paying more when you are buying a prebuilt PC you get to save some of your time and energy. In much-prebuilt gaming PC builds, you aren’t just paying for the components but for other services such as professional wiring, free part replacement, lifetime support and fine-tuned overclocking among others.
With all the extra power that the Predator Orion 9000 could feel, it really does make every other PC look like its prey. Many tech experts agree that it’s probably one of the best PCs in terms of performance. The bulky trapezoidal shape with galactic blue accents is quite an eye candy, especially to fans of the sci-fi genre. Every component also seemed out of the future starting with its 2.6 GHz Octadeca-Core Intel Core i9 which reach up to 4.2 GHz with turbo boost.Acer also made a daring statement by installing this PC with two Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti with 11GB memory each and a 128GB DDR4 RAM which has a 2,666MHz frequency. Acer even threw in 1 TB HDD and a 512 GB SSD storage into the mix. The result is a dominant rig that can play Shadow of War in 1080p Ultra settings at a whopping 138 FPS. The 18-core i9 is simply a ferocious beast that stomps every benchmark test out there!The Predator Orion 900 is a laptop of titanic proportions and weighs 48.75 pounds. On its back lies a luggage style wheelset which allows you to roll it around via the two handles on the top of the case. You can also control the RGB LEDs located on the motherboard, the front panel, and the upper lip of the side panel. This prebuilt PC package also comes with its own gaming mouse and keyboard. This PC also has all the essential ports including USB 3.1 Type-As, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, optical out and audio jacks. For connectivity, it has Intel AC WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.While it doesn’t seem to have any flaw at all, the hefty price tag may blow away budget-conscious gamers. After all, who needs a Ferrari-like PC, if you can also enjoy most titles on a regular gaming rig?Overall, the Acer Predator is an expensive a top-tier gaming PC which, let’s be honest, not everyone can afford.Processor: 2.6 GHz 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Graphics Card: Two x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti with 11GB Memory Storage: 2TB HDD + 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD RAM: 128 GB DDR4Pros:
In recent years, gaming titles have been more demanding in terms of system requirements. Hence, it wouldn’t hurt if you invest in a gaming PC, such as the Aurora R7, that can keep up with gaming trends five to ten years into the future. Inside, it runs on a powerful 3.7 GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor which you can overclock at 4.7 GHz. The case design is appealing with its edgy black fascia and minimal LED linings.Not to be outdone are its Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics card and 32 GB DDR4 RAM. This is backed up with an 850 Watt power supply that can support multi-GPU functions and comes with liquid cooling technology. Alienware also threw in 2TB HDD storage and 512 GB of SSD for fast booting. It scored great on many benchmark tests and you can even play Total War: Hammer II at 1080p Ultra settings at 72 FPS.The whole rig weighs 32.67 pounds, which is still acceptable to be put on top of your gaming desk. Another great thing about this pre-built PC is its upgradability. It has a reasonable space inside with cleanly laid out components which allows tool-less upgrading. Moreover, it has numerous ports including coaxial S/PDIF, rear L/P surround, USB-C and USB 3.0. For connectivity, it has Bluetooth 4.1 and a Killer 2×2 WiFi.This PC, however, is by no means a luxurious gaming PC that may be too expensive for most gamers. Not to worry though, as the Aurora R7 has several builds including lower cost base model.Overall, this gaming system offers a lot of value despite its posh price tag. It’s powerful processor and graphics card is worth every penny, especially because you won’t have to upgrade it any sooner.Processor: 3.7GHz Hexacore Intel Core i7 8700K Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB Memory Storage: 2 TB HDD + 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD RAM: 32 GB DDR4Pros:
Gaming PCs doesn’t always need to be bulky and almost box like. If you are used to playing consoles, you will love the ergonomically designed GR8 II-TO44Z. It’s a small machine that weighs only 8.8 lbs and is perfect for gamers who needs to save some extra space. This PC has a metallic casing which is highlighted by RGB Aura Sync lighting that tells where the important buttons and ports are. Despite its size, its 3.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7-7700 can handle almost every gaming title.ASUS has also equipped it with the Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card and a 16 GB DDR4 RAM which is enough to give you a satisfying gaming experience. Independent tests revealed that you can even play Rise of the Tomb Raider in 1080p Full HD at a butter smooth 85 FPS. The system also comes with a 1 TB storage space but does not have an SSD.While it measures at a measly 88 x 299 x 281 mm, almost the same size as a PS4, this PC has plenty of ports. This includes an optical S/PDIF, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and a USB 3.1 Type-C among others.Despite being a great system, the ROG GR8-II has several weaknesses. The small frame means the airflow can be quite an issue. Relatively, its fan is always hard at work which causes the noticeable humming sound coming from it. The small space inside also means it will be hard to upgrade.Overall, this console-size gaming system is perfect if you want to save a lot of space on your desk.Processor: 3.6 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7-7700 Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1060 with 6 GB Memory Storage: 512 GB SSD RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAMPros:
They say that great things come in small packages. This adage is perhaps best exemplified by the Corsair One Elite which is one of the lightest systems in the market weighing at only 16.3 pounds. This PC has an assuming design whose black fascia is accentuated with a Tron-like LED effects on the front panel. Despite its size, this portable gaming rig has a powerful 3.7 GHz Hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700K. For those who are unfamiliar with the manufacturer, Corsair is actually more popular with creating RAM sticks but they also have competitive gaming systems.To make it more competitive in its segment, Corsair also equipped the One Elite with a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti and mated it with a 32 GB DDR4. Furthermore, the inclusion of a 2 TB HDD storage and a 512 GB SSD makes it more appealing for gamers who want to play on higher settings. According to independent testers, you can even play Middle Earth: Shadow of war in 1080p Ultra at a silky smooth 120 FPS.Despite its smaller chassis, the One Elite still has plenty of ports such as four USB 3.1s, HDMI, Displayport, audio jacks, and a USB 3.1 Type C. For connectivity it has a Dual-Band Wireless WiFi, a Gigabit Ethernet, and a Bluetooth 4.1. While the lighting is great, it isn’t RGB and thus you are stuck with a basic breathing effect.Overall, the One Elite is one nifty piece of a gaming station which requires little to no upgrading. However, you also have to pay a hefty sum to get your hands on this gorgeous machinery.Processor: 3.7 GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-8700K Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB Memory Storage: 2 TB HDD + 512 GB Samsung PM961 SSD RAM: 32 GB DDR4Pros:
Appearances can be deceiving, especially if you are dealing with the compact gaming PC- the Dell XPS Tower. From the outside, it looks sleek, but it doesn’t have the blinking LEDs or the sporty fascia that many of its competitors have. Hiding beneath its unassuming metallic colored casing is an 8th generation 3.2 GHz hexacore i7-8700. It also comes with a built-in Intel UHD Graphics 630.Dell also provided it with a Nvidia GTX 1070 mated with 16 GB of RAM which now has a frequency of 2,666 MHz from the previous 2,133 MHz. On top of that, this system also has 1 TB of HDD memory and 256 GB of PCIe NVMe SSD. Needless to say, it can easily pass most benchmark test. According to independent testers, the XPS Tower can play Total War: Warhammer II at 1080p Ultra in a respectable 52 FPS.Another welcome feature of this pre-built PC is its 8x DVD-RW optical drive, which is often unavailable to other PCs in its segment. It also has tons of ports namely seven USB 3.1 Type-Cs, an SD card slot, 5.1 channel audio, HDMI, Display Port, two USB 2.0s and a GigaBit Ethernet. For connection, you have the Killer WiFi (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.1.However, the XPS Tower also has its own Achilles’’ heel. The processor is a non-K version, which means you can’t overclock it to speed it up a bit. Also, only the top build of this system has a solid-state drive, the rest only has hard drives.Overall, the XPS Tower is a like a silent worker which gets the things done without the need to stand out based on its looks. It’s a great bargain for those looking for a compact, mid-range gaming system.Processor: 3.2 GHz Hexacore Intel Corei7-8700 Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB memory Storage: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB NVMe SSD RAM: 16 GB DDR4Pros:
Gamers who are looking for a high-end gaming PC with lots of processing power at a more affordable price, don’t have to look further than the IdeaCentre Y900. This behemoth of a gaming rig has a 4.00 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K which you can Turbo Boost for an additional 0.2 GHz. Spec-wise it’s almost identical to some of the top performing PCs in this list, albeit this Lenovo PC costs a few hundred dollars less. Moreover, this PCs plastic case exudes a head-turning faux carbon-fiber skin that is highlighted by futuristic warm colored accents.Lenovo also doubled down by equipping this rig with a Nvidia GTX 1080 with 8 GB of memory and 16 GB DDR4 RAM. The storage is also quite generous at 2 TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD. The IdeaCentre Y900 is also VR ready and easily passes many benchmark tests. According to independent testers, this PC can play GTA V in 1080p ultra high settings at 63 FPS. Despite being a hard worker, this PC maintains its cool thanks to its capable fan that runs reasonably quiet.Furthermore, this pre-built PC also has tons of ports like four USB 3,0s, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio jacks with S/PDIF and a 7-in-1 card reader. For connectivity, you have an AC WiFi and a Bluetooth 4.0. The whole rig weighs around 33 lbs and is more suitable to be placed under the desk. The whole gaming package also includes a mouse and keyboard.Despite being a great value purchase, this PC also has a few flaws. Many of the sellers offer limited upgrade options, hence you pretty much have to buy the components separately.Processor: 4.00 GHz Intel Core i7-6700K Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB memory Storage: 2TB HDD + 256 GB SSD RAM: 16 GB DDR4Pros:
The lightest built-in gaming PC in this list is a compact rig that weighs only 6.9 pounds. The Trident 3 Arctic looks like your console or even a larger version of your WiFi modem. But don’t let its size fool you, at the heart of this gaming system is an overwhelming 3.6 GHz Quad-core Intel Coire i7-7700. The case design is simple yet futuristic and is highlighted with trident shaped corners with just the right amount of RGB lighting.Taiwanese PC maker MSi also equipped it with a Nvidia GTX 1070 and a 16 GB RAM that has a frequency of 2400 MHz. It also has a spacious 1 TB storage with 256 GB SSD. Benchmark scores according to independent testers are still good but not as phenomenal as its larger counterparts. You can play GTA V in 1080p Ultra settings at 58 FPS.Because of its small frame, you can’t expect this PC to have this many ports, but it does have the most essential ones such as a USB-A 3.1, four USB-A 2.0s, an HDI, a Display Port, Ethernet, DVI, microphone jack and a VR-Link. For connectivity, you have the Intel Wireless-AC3165 and a SmartReady Bluetooth 4.2. Another great thing about this small PC is its ability to run cool and silently, even when its hard at work.However, this compact gaming rig also has a few issues that might be a concern for buyers. The external power brick has an underpowered 330W rating.Processor: 3.6 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7-7700 Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB memory Storage: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB M.2 SSD RAM: 16 GB DDR4Pros:
We save the best for the last and no less than a dream build for many PC gamers- the Origin Millennium. The custom chassis has a classic yet streamlined look with a new tempered glass and aluminum added on the well-sculpted plastic panels. One of the side panels is also now a smoked tempered glass which reveals the cleanly arranged components inside. The LED lit interior also houses a 3.7 GHz Hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700K which can be boosted up to 4.7 GHz.Origin also tossed in not one, but two, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti with SLI on top of a built-in Intel UHD Graphics 630. Moreover, this system has a 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB RAM which has a frequency of 3,000 MHz. Its storage space is also very generous at 3 TB HDD and a 512 GB SSD. It also has an EVGA SuperNOVA G3 power supply with 850 Watt rating. Needless to say, this rig can easily jump over benchmarks and according to independent testers, you can play Shadow of War in 1080p Ultra settings at a blazingly fast 99 FPS.There is a lot going for the Millennium since it has been revamped. It has a cleaner chassis including a 5.26-inch bays and an interchangeable hard drive cage which is accessible through a swing-out door. It also has tons of ports including two USB-A 3.1s, a USB-C 3.1s, four USB-A 3.1s, two USB 2.0s, audio jacks, seven display ports, Ethernet, HDMI and an optical audio out. For connections, it has the latest 802.11 ac WiFi and a Bluetooth 4.2.However, the main issue for the Millennium boils down to its price. Piece for piece, it’s cheaper to build a Do-It-Yourself rig with the same component.Overall, the Origin Millennium is a PC that is on top of the food chain. If you have the money, this PC is an excellent choice for its performance and the fact that it’s future-proof.Processor: 3.7 GHz Hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700K Graphics Card: Two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB RAM each Storage: 3TB HDD + 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD RAM: 16 GB DDR4 RAMPros:
Prebuilt gaming PCs still remains relevant today because they offer several advantages including a worry-free, out of the box gaming experience. The PCs in this list are just some of the systems that offer the best value across all categories.
Prebuilt Gaming PC Buying Guide Below are the things to look for in a gaming PC:1. Fast ProcessorThe CPU is the heart of any computer, especially for gaming systems. Aim for a prebuilt rig with 2.6 GHz or higher speeds and has either overclocking or turbo boosting functions. The more cores it also has the better. To get the best gaming experience make sure it has at least an Intel Core i5 or an AMD Ryzen 3 or higher.2. Graphics CardThis component dictates how smooth the graphics will be displayed on a particular game. You want to aim with a GPU that can deliver high frames per second (FPS). The systems on our list are equipped with Nvidia GTX 1060 and higher. Likewise, the more the memory is the better.3. StorageSets how much data you can store in the PC. HDD is quite common, while not every PC has an SSD. Having the latter benefits the system in terms of booting and processing speeds. The ones on our list have at least 1 TB HDD and 256 GB SSD, ensuring optimal gaming experience.4. RAMThis component allows the PC to handle large amounts of data enabling you to open multiple programs at the same time. It works with the CPU and GPU in running the whole system. While you can play most games with an 8 GB of RAM, we instead recommend 16 GB for more stability.If we missed a prebuilt gaming rig which you think should be included in this article, write us your comment below.