Building the best cheap gaming PC arguably takes more techie smarts than simply putting together a super high-end rig. It’s all about compromises and knowing where you can make concessions to price without necessarily tanking gaming performance, and that’s a lot harder than just picking the most expensive silicon and jamming it all into one PC.
Let’s be honest for a second, PC gaming is not the cheapest hobby, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to create a cheap gaming PC that can run modern games. Okay, you won’t be able to pack the latest and greatest hardware into your chassis, as we have in our guide to the best gaming PC builds, but there is some fantastic last-gen kit still available for a great price that you’d be proud to display on the best gaming desk.
That’s what’s allowed us to put together this high-quality, low-cost cheap gaming PC that’s still able to fling frames around without a care and nail 1080p gaming in the best PC games. While you’ll probably be paying more than $600 when buying an over-inflated GPU, the other components make the perfect basis for a cheap PC, when stock issues are resolved.