The best cheap gaming PC deals for March 2023

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Are you looking to get gaming on a budget? We're here to help out with a one-stop roundup of all of this week's best cheap gaming PC deals. We've scored all the top retailers in both the US and the UK to come up with an all-killer-no-filler list of all of the best value gaming machines on the market right now. 

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Whether you're looking for a super-basic machine to play some indy titles on or a machine that's capable of maxing out CyberPunk 2077, our best cheap gaming PC deals list contains options for both. We're generally aiming at spending as little as possible here, but you'll find good value options across the board should you be looking for something with a bit of power.

Because buying a new gaming PC is a big commitment, we've also stacked this article full of helpful, unbiased buyer's advice. First time buying a PC? Perhaps you're a parent looking to buy a gaming PC for your son or daughter. Regardless of your knowledge level or expertise, you'll find a detailed guide on how much you should spend and what to look out for at the bottom of the page. The cheap gaming PC deals market tends to be littered with sub-par third-party choices on sites like Amazon, Newegg, and eBay, so a bit of research can go a long way if you're not technically inclined.

While you're here, why not swing by our main guide to the best budget gaming PC of 2023. That page is light on deals but includes plenty more buying advice plus a rundown of all the best machines we've personally reviewed here at TechRadar. 

Best cheap gaming PC deals in the US

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop (GTX 1660 Super): $949 (opens in new tab)

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop (GTX 1660 Super): $949 $649 at HP (opens in new tab)
The GTX 1660 Super inside this budget HP Pavilion may be a little on the older side now but it can still provide some great 1080p performance - especially at this price. Rounding out the specs here is a recent Intel Core i5-12400 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, which isn't huge, but it's significantly better than having a hard drive instead. 

Acer Nitro 50 (RTX 3050): $1,199 (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 50 (RTX 3050): $1,199 $789.99 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
This Acer Nitro is one of the cheapest RTX 3050 gaming PC deals we've spotted this week and it's also packing a respectable Intel Core i5-12400F and 16GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the trade-off with this one is that it's got a relatively pedestrian 1TB HDD and not an SSD. That's a sizeable chunk of storage but you'll want to install a solid-state drive if you want speedy boot times and game loading times. 

ABS Stratos Aqua (Arc A750): $999 (opens in new tab)

ABS Stratos Aqua (Arc A750): $999 $859 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
This ABS Stratos might be our top pick this week for sheer bang for the buck considering it's managing to pack in an Arc A750, Intel Core i5-12400F, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. For the money, these are some really great mid-range specs and should set you up nicely for some good frame rates at 1080p. Recommended.

Yeyian Katana (RTX 3060 Ti): $1,399 (opens in new tab)

Yeyian Katana (RTX 3060 Ti): $1,399 $949 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
It's not exactly from a well-known brand but this Yeyian gaming PC at Newegg has some very impressive components for the cash. The standout feature is definitely the RTX 3060 Ti, which is an outstanding card for 1080p, and the 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and Intel Core i5-11400F ain't half bad either. Overall, you'll get some nice performance out of this one straight out of the box. 

Thermaltake Glacier 360 (RTX 3060): $1,700 (opens in new tab)

Thermaltake Glacier 360 (RTX 3060): $1,700 $1,299 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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– If you want a gaming PC with a good GPU and an AMD processor, this is a solid deal. The rest of the components make it well-suited to 1080p gaming, and the white case is timeless while allowing for easy piecemeal upgrades in the future.

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ADMI gaming PC (RTX 2060): £699.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

ADMI gaming PC (RTX 2060): £699.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The RTX 2060 in this ADMI gaming PC might be a little long in the tooth now but it's still one of the best budget graphics cards out there for 1080p gaming. This, alongside an Ryzen 5500, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD makes this ADMI a really, really sold machine for the money. If you can't afford to spend big, this one will get you started on the right foot. 

ADMI gaming PC (RTX 3060): £789.90 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

ADMI gaming PC (RTX 3060): £789.90 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This one is essentially an upgraded version of the above listing, trading out an older card for a new RTX 3060. This should give it a nice bump in performance, even though the rest of the specs are functionally the same with a Ryzen 5500, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. 

CyberpowerPC Wyvern gaming PC (RTX 3060): £933 (opens in new tab)

CyberpowerPC Wyvern gaming PC (RTX 3060): £933 £885 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Another superb cheap RTX 3060 pre-built, this CyberpowerPC Wyvern features an Intel Core i5-10400F, 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD, and a 240GB SSD. Like the ADMI machine above, this one features a fairly weak set of RAM and less storage than we'd like but does have a super cheap RTX 3060. Having a 650-watt PSU is also fantastic for future upgrades, should you want to swap things out down the line.

HP Omen gaming PC (RTX 3060 Ti): £999.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

HP Omen gaming PC (RTX 3060 Ti): £999.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This HP Omen is a little pricier than some cheap gaming PC deals but the RTX 3060 Ti inside is going to get you some great performance for the cash. The Ryzen 5 5600G, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD + 1TB are all fairly par for the course but this is definitely a solid machine overall thanks to the cheap RTX 3060 Ti. 

Medion Erazer P10 gaming desktop (RTX 3060 Ti): £999.99 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)

Medion Erazer P10 gaming desktop (RTX 3060 Ti): £999.99 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)
This Medion Erazer P10 at Ebuyer features an RTX 3060 TI, Intel Core i5-12400, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for an extremely competitive price. Unlike some of the cheaper options, this one features the very latest generation specs and Windows 11 pre-installed right out the box. Overall, it's a fantastic option if you're looking for a mid-range machine.

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Buying a pre-built gaming PC vs building your own

  • Buying pre-built
  • Pros: cost, ease of use, system warranty
  • Cons: cut corners, generic parts
  • Building your own
  • Pros: easily customizable and upgradable
  • Cons: price, warranty on individual parts only

A few years ago, the best advice was always to build your own PC, if you could. Components were cheap and readily available, and nearly every company cut corners while charging you a premium for the associated labor costs of building. In the past couple of years, however, pre-builds have come a very long way indeed when it comes to overall value.

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While it's still commonplace for companies to cut costs on things like CPU coolers, RAM, and other minor (but essential) components, generally speaking, it's now cheaper to buy your machine from one of the bigger companies versus buying everything separately.

Since big manufacturers like Dell, HP, and other well-known builders can buy components either in bulk or wholesale, they're not paying the same graphics card prices on the street as you do. While RAM and storage upgrades are cheap and abundant, we all know how much of an issue getting ahold of a reasonably priced GPU has been in the past two years. For those on a budget, it's often been cheaper and easier to buy a pre-built gaming PC.

However, all this isn't to say you shouldn't build your own. If you're confident you can (It's pretty easy), then it's well worth the time and money. There's a satisfaction in building your own that's hard to get with simply buying a pre-built gaming PC, and it's a fulfilling hobby all in itself. Just remember that if anything goes wrong, it'll be on you to fix it.

How much should I spend on a cheap gaming PC?

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LevelCost (US)Cost (UK)Games / settings
Basic 1080p$650 to $900£700 to £800Indy, Minecraft, Fortnite
Standard 1080p$900 to $1,200£800 to £1,100eSports, strategy, FPS
Enthusiast 1440p$1,200 to $2,000£1,200 to £2,000All (high to ultra settings)
Performance 4K$2,000+£2,000+All (ultra)

As a general rule of thumb, you can get a great barebones system for 1080p gaming for around $800 (£800) as of early 2022. While you can get cheaper (much cheaper) machines on Amazon and eBay, we think it's generally worth spending a little more to get a machine that will last a bit longer down the line. Unfortunately, the market is flooded with terrible cheap pre-built gaming PCs that feature really old components and are even missing dedicated graphics cards in some cases. You get what you pay for with gaming PCs - plus, there's a case for spending a bit more to get a decent platform for upgrading, should you want to swap out components in a year or two.

If you're aiming for ultra settings at 1440p, you'll need to be willing to fork out the cash - at least $1,000 if you want a truly smooth experience. A larger resolution demands a much beefier graphics card (the most expensive component), so budget gamers can often save a lot of cash by settling on 1080p. 

What specs do I need in a cheap gaming PC?

  • Minimum - Intel Core i3 (10th gen)  / AMD Ryzen 3 (3rd gen)
  • Minimum - Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 / AMD RX 6500
  • Minimum - 8GB of RAM
  • Minimum - 256GB SSD / 1TB HDD
  • Recommended - Intel Core i5 (11th gen) / AMD Ryzen 5 (5th gen)
  • Recommended - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 / AMD RX 6600 XT
  • Recommended - 16GB of RAM
  • Recommended - 512GB SSD

Above are the specs that we consider the bare minimum for a gaming PC in 2022, alongside the specs that we'd recommend for a much smoother experience and better graphics in-game. These are just rough ballparks, however. Your mileage will vary massively depending on your desired setup and what kinds of games you're planning on playing.

For example, suppose you're looking to play lower-requirement games like Minecraft, Fortnite, or most strategy games. In that case, you'll generally be able to get by with a fairly basic graphics card like a GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 and a relatively modest Core i3 CPU. If you're planning to play CyberPunk 2077, Elden Ring, or another blockbuster triple-A title at ultra settings, you'll probably want to consider an RTX 3060 or RX 6600 XT and Core i5 / Ryzen 5 CPU as a bare minimum. Generally speaking, you can get by with 8GB of RAM, although 16GB is quickly becoming the new standard - plus, it's a fairly cheap upgrade to make. 

Remember that you'll want to get good mileage out of your machine down the line, so it's a good idea to have some headroom for future releases. Getting a machine with a generous (500 to 600 watt) power supply and a decent case can help make potential upgrades down the line a lot easier.

Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.