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This is one of 3 articles dedicated to prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros:

1. Best Budget Low-cost PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros (this article)
2. Best Mid-Range Prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros
3. Best High-End Prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros

The Best Prebuilt Budget Gaming PCs?

By that, I mean the prebuilt Gaming PCs that offer the best performance at prices from $400 to $900.

Why write this article?

How much time do you have to research the best computer?

Many of us don’t have much time to read, or the knowledge to understand, detailed computer specifications nor reviews and just want to know:
What’s the best budget PC for my needs?

I’m here to help you with this article. I believe that you deserve the computer that is the best for your needs. That way, your computer is working for you and not the other way around. This allows you to focus your full potential on realizing what you want, without being limited by your computer.

With 19 years of experience with computer hardware, researching, always up-to-date research with the newest parts, performance and prices, I know what matters in a computer.
See my About page for more information on me, Mathieu Bourgie, and this website, Hardware Revolution

I recommend the computers that offer the best performance at a given price, without sacrificing reliability of course.

Alternatives recommendations:

I also sometimes suggest alternative recommendations, with clear explanations as to why they are interesting alternatives.

Want to build your Budget PC?

Visit the DIY Budget Gaming PC article instead.

This is an Worldwide Guide!

Do you live in the USA?

Use Amazon or B&H?for your purchase.

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No problem. B&H offers worldwide shipping.

Prices for B&H as of April 20th 2020. Click on Amazon links to see prices. Note that I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Prices and availability are subject to change.

Summary

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The Best Budget Prebuilt PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros:

  1. Both: AMD Ryzen APU + integrated Radeon Vega graphics
  2. Both: 6 Core AMD Ryzen 5 2600X + Radeon RX 570
  3. Gamers: Core i5-9400F + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  4. Creative Pros: Ryzen 5 3600 + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

Gamers: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G + integrated Radeon Vega 8

Ryzen 3 3200G / 256GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
Ryzen 3 3200G / 512GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
Ryzen 5 3400G / 256GB SSD: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the CUK AsRock DeskMini

For gamers:
The integrated AMD graphics can handle gaming on at a 720p or 1366 x 768 resolution. Gaming at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD / 1080p) is possible with less demanding games and lower graphic settings.

The Ryzen 5 3400G can offer up to 50% higher gaming performance than the Ryzen 3 3200G, but the 3200G is still a good performer if you’re on a tight budget.

For Creative Pros:
With a quad-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, good AMD integrated graphics and a SSD, this is a good entry-level Creative Pro PC. While it is no powerhouse, for the price, it is an adequate machine that can do the job for photo editing.

Opting for the Ryzen 5 3400G version, which can handle 8 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 on the Ryzen 3 3200G, is a wise choice to get more processing power.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 8 (Ryzen 3 3200G) or Radeon Vega 11 (Ryzen 5 3400G)
  2. Great entry-level CPUs: Intel Core i5-8400 6 cores / 6 threads 2.8-4.0GHz
  3. 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 256GB or 512GB high-performance SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. One empty M.2 slot and two empty 2.5″ drive bays to add storage.
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. RJ-45 port
  8. 1x USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
  9. HDMI, Displayport and VGA output
  10. Small, compact PC

Cons:

  1. No expansion slot: You cannot add a graphic card
  2. Keyboard and mouse are not included
  3. No optical drive
  4. No Bluetooth

Both: 6 Core AMD Ryzen 5 2600X + Radeon RX 570

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the Lenovo Legion T530-28APR

For gamers:
The combo of a modern AMD 6 core CPU, with the very decent Radeon RX 570 4GB, offers outstanding gaming performance at this price point, with 1080p gaming possible.

For Creative Pros:
The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 cores CPU can handle 12 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 on the Ryzen 3 3200G or 8 on the Ryzen 5 3400G, giving you more processing power.

Of course, upgrading to a dedicated graphic card, the 4GB Radeon RX 570, offers a significant boost in performance for video editing or 3D rendering.

Creative Pros will want to add a 8GB stick of RAM to have 16GB of RAM. Gamers can get by with 8GB.

Pros:

  1. Great entry-level dedicated video card: Radeon RX 570 4GB
  2. Upper entry-level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 cores / 12 threads 3.6-4.2GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. 256GB SSD makes the PC boot faster and feel more responsive.
  5. 1TB? hard drive
  6. Fairly small, with a carry handle
  7. 802.11ac WiFi 2×2
  8. Bluetooth 4.1
  9. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  10. HDMI, 3 x Displayport outputs
  11. Optical drive

Cons:

  1. Smaller case, can make some upgrades difficult or impossible
  2. No USB Type-C

Gamers: Core i5-9400F + GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

256GB SSD only:?– Click here to see the price on Amazon
256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

For gamers:
Compared to model above, you get a significantly more powerful graphic card and a CPU that offers slightly higher gaming performance, both of which who will improve gaming performance.

For Creative Pros:
The CPU, the Intel Core i5-9400F, is limited to 6 threads, making it less interesting than the Ryzen 2600X in the model above, or the Ryzen 5 3600 in the model below.

Pros:

  1. Great mid-range dedicated graphic card: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  2. Great mid-range CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F 6 cores / 6 threads 2.9-4.1GHz
  3. 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  4. On the second model only: 1TB hard drive
  5. 256GB SSD High Performance storage
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included
  8. DVD drive
  9. Card Reader
  10. A total of nine USB ports
  11. One USB Type-C
  12. Bluetooth 4.2

Cons:

  1. Smaller case with proprietary parts; difficult to upgrade

Creative Pros: Ryzen 5 3600 + GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

– $799.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

For gamers:
See the model above or below.

For Creative Pros:
Compared to the model above, you get a CPU that can handle heavier workloads, thanks to having six cores and being capable of handling 12 threads at once, unlike the Intel Core i5-9400F, which is limited to 6 threads.

Graphic card wise, you get a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB, capable of accelerating many apps.

8GB of RAM will quickly prove limiting for video editing though, so consider upgrading to 16GB or 32GB of RAM.

Pros:

  1. Good dedicated video card: GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
  2. Great mid-range level CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 Cores / 12 threads 3.6-4.2GHz
  3. 240GB High-Performance SSD Storage
  4. 1TB hard drive
  5. 802.11ac WiFi 5
  6. USB Wired Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Only 8GB of RAM: Consider adding more
  2. No Card Reader
  3. No DVD drive
  4. No Bluetooth

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best prebuilt low-cost PCs for Gaming and Creative Pros.

Do you have any feedback or any questions? Are you unsure which one is the best one for you?

Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.