These days buying a gaming PC is much easier and cheaper than it was in the past. Unless you knew how to build your own PC, you were stuck buying name computers like Compaq, IBM, and HP. Then you had Dell and Gateway as choices after those computer companies. I would buy most of my computers from retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City. Then after buying a $3000 Alienware computer online back in 2009, it is time for the Ogre to get a new gaming PC.

Now sites like Amazon and New Egg have options galore when it comes to gaming PCs. In fact, some can be found for $500 and less. However, $500 to $1000 is certainly more viable when it comes to PC Gaming. The usual suspects that you will find in this category include Cyberpower PC, iBuyPower, and, to a lesser extent, Alienware. Take note that all three can be seen within the pages of PC Gamer. Nevertheless, Cyberpower PC stands out in the price range as it offers several models on Amazon that are well-reviewed and even harder to keep in stock.


Gaming PCs by these companies offer standard storage of 1 terabyte, Windows 10, fair processors and normally good graphics cards.  Some are even Virtual Reality (VR) Ready. The best one I have seen so far sells for $699 (usually $720) is the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A Gaming Desktop – Intel i5-6402P Quad Core 2.8GHz. The graphics card, AMD RX 480 4GB, certainly helps sell this model as you will be hard pressed to find more bang for the buck than that particular graphics card.

The one downside to the Cyberpower PCs and other gaming models is the lack of wireless. Not surprisingly, reviewers seem to point that out at every turn. The one exception, however, is the model mentioned above. Anything under that price in Gaming PCs will not be so fortunate. Of course, those that can build PCs can likely beat these models and add whatever they wish. The other possibility is to get a pre-built PC for as cheap as possible and then add from there. For example, I was able to take advantage of a sale and get a non gaming PC for just $330 at Best Buy last weekend. The clincher was that it has wireless and the same graphics card that I was about to try on my big rig.


    • It’s basically like building with Legos, but without Legos. All you need to find pieces which fit together, which isn’t obviously as straightforward as finding Lego pieces which fit together.

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  1. Definitely going to have to invest in a CyberPowerPC one day. I was thinking about building one from scratch but I feel like it would take too much time and resources for me that I’d rather just buy one pre-built.

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  2. Seems like a reasonable gaming PC, though gaming PCs will vary from people to people. For instance, you can always get the best overall performance, but the best-performing PCs can cost thousands of dollars and is often more than anyone needs. It’s always important to consider things like, how much storage do you need (I personally think 2 terabytes is way too much, unless you do a lot of video editing, but between hard drive and solid-state drive, an SSD is the way to go), does graphics power matter most (you probably wouldn’t need an RTX graphics card for most games), does CPU matter most (if you play a lot of 3D games, you’d probably want a really good CPU, and it doesn’t really matter if it’s Intel or AMD since they’re both good choices), etc.

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