How Well Does The Cheapest Pre-Built Gaming PC Perform?

In this article we will be going throught the Cheapest Pre-Built Gaming PC we could find. There were however some prerequisites that we used to determine the cheapest Pre Built.

The main points were that this had to be a brand new gaming PC that someone may consider buying without having to build a PC. This is ideal for anyone who wants a PC to play games on but may not know how to build a PC and wouldn’t want used components with no warranty.

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Determining the Cheapest Pre-Built Gaming PC

These are the requirements we used to determine the cheapest pre built gaming PC:

AWD Seven Gaming PC

After some looking around. The PC we chose is the AWD Seven Gaming PC which is built to order. The Price has changed since this article was made and it is a lot harder to get a decent graphics card now.

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Awd Seven Gaming PC. Specs are different to one shown

Specs

Cheapest Pre Built Gaming PC Specs
Specs of the version we got

This is the PC we ended up getting. This was purchased in november of 2020 which is why the prices are different to what we see now. This pc costs £360 or about $500 making it very good value for money at around the same price or even less than the latest consoles.

Parts to buy

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 4-core, 8-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon RX Graphics
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 4-core, 8-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon RX Graphics
Can deliver smooth high definition performance in the world's most popular games; 4 Cores and 8 processing threads, bundled with the powerful AMD Wraith Spire cooler
$308.99
Crucial RAM 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz CL19 Desktop Memory CT8G4DFRA266
Crucial RAM 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz CL19 Desktop Memory CT8G4DFRA266
Improve your system's responsiveness, run apps faster and multitask with ease; Install with ease; no computer skills required How-to guides available at Crucial
$33.95
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Cooler Master MWE White 550 80+ White 550W PSU with HDB Silent 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail, Flat Black Cables
Cooler Master MWE White 550 80+ White 550W PSU with HDB Silent 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail, Flat Black Cables
Flat Black Cables: Flat cables to take up less space for easier cable management.
$44.99
Sapphire 11266-14-20G Radeon Nitro+ Rx 570 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics...
Sapphire 11266-14-20G Radeon Nitro+ Rx 570 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics...
2 x HDMI; 1 x DVI-D; 2 x DP; 256-bit memory bus; Cooling technology: Dual fan
$249.00
Crucial BX500 240GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-Inch Internal SSD, up to 540MB/s - CT240BX500SSD1
Crucial BX500 240GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-Inch Internal SSD, up to 540MB/s - CT240BX500SSD1
Boot up faster. Load files quicker. Improve overall system responsiveness; 300% faster than a typical hard drive
$34.99
MSI ProSeries AMD A320 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen Ryzen Compliant AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3 Micro-ATX Motherboard (A320M-A...
MSI ProSeries AMD A320 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen Ryzen Compliant AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3 Micro-ATX Motherboard (A320M-A...
Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3200 (OC) MHz; Turbo M. 2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs
$59.99

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Unboxing

Inside the box was various cables and manuals included. Everything you need to get started. Windows 10 was not included but there are ways of getting this for cheap. Also included was a wifi dongle which some people may need.

This is what was included with the PC:

accessories
Manuals and PSU Cable
Boxes And Driver Discs
Boxes And Driver Discs
USBWifi
USBWifi

Ports Overview

There are a good range of ports on the PC. Ideally there could be some front panel USB 3 ports but there weren’t any due to this being a really cheap PC case.

On the graphics card there is:

  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b Port
  • 1 x Display Port 1.4

On the motherboard there is:

  • Legacy keyboard / mouse connectors
  • DVI
  • HDMI
  • 4 USB 3.0 Ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 x gigabit ethernet
  • Headphone and microphone ports
On the Front Panel (case) there is:
  • Headphone and Microphone ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Power and reset button

In this case the motherboard video connectors are quite important and it’s good to see an HDMI port on the motherboard. This pc contains a CPU with integrated graphics so removing the graphics card will still allow full functionality and even gaming.

PORTS OverView
GPU Ports
Motherboard Ports
Motherboard Ports
Front Panel IO
Front Panel IO

Customization

There were many customization options on this PC. Ideally we would have gone for the Ryzen 3 3100 and saved money and gained performance but by getting the Ryzen 5 3400g we could test games using the integrated Vega 11 graphics to see how well it would perform then.

Without the graphics card using just the integrated graphics of the Ryzen 5 3400g, you could reduce the cost of this PC down to £280 or less than $400 which is really cheap.

However, the extra performance you get with the RX 570 is 100% worth it and makes your gaming experience a lot better for only about £80 or $100 ish dollars more. You will see this when we get onto the benchmarks.

Other Options
Ryzen 3 3100 would be better value for money

Positives

There are many things to like about this PC, here are a few:

  • Cable Management very good
  • Great Price
  • Great Performance
  • Looks Great
  • Well Built
Positives Cheapest Pre-Built Gaming PC
Nice Cable Management and Looks Great

Negatives

There are a few problems with the Cheapest Pre-Built Gaming PC, not all are big problems but could use improvement.

  • Side Panel Scuffed
  • Missing PCI-e expansion cover
  • Change components from what is listed
  • Case has sharp edges and corners
  • Only USB 2.0 on front panel
PCIE cover Missing
PCI-E Cover Missing
PSU Different
PSU is not the Coolermaster MWE White

Althought the PSU is still 500W and 80 plus bronze it (in my opinion) is not as good as the Coolermaster version. The Aerocool integrator PSU is listed as a tier D on the LTT PSU Tier List whereas the Coolermaster MWE white is listed at tier B.

This is not too big of a deal breaker as the PSU will probably hold out fine but if you order a specific item, you expect to get that item and not something else.

The case is quite cheap and not very good. It has sharp edges and corners and no USB 3. The RGB is bright and not very good, although it does look quite cool. If you get this PC, we recommend you change the PC case to something else which will cost a little more but will be worth it.

Performance & Benchmarks

The PC with the RX 570 4Gb performs a lot better than the integrated graphics (no surprise there). We tested a variety of games and you can view them here.

Ryzen 5 3400G + AMD RX 570 4GB Gaming Performance

Cheapest Pre Built Gaming PC Ryzen 5 3400G + Rx 570

When the RX 570 is installed the gaming performance is great. Basically every game was more than playable at 1080p at high settings and even ultra.

The 1% lows and 0.1% lows could be improved but with only 8GB of DDR4 ram it performed very well. Ideally you could add more ram to hopefully get better 1% and 0.1% lows.

Ryzen 5 3400G + Vega 11 Gaming Performance

Cheapest Pre Built Gaming PC Ryzen 5 + Vega 11

Without the graphics card, using the integrated graphics, the games were still more than playable but you would have to make compromises to decrease the settings. Most games ran very well at low and medium.

Buying a PC without the graphics card and using the integrated graphics is not a bad idea. Later on down the line you can add a graphics card. This is great if you don’t have much money currently as it allows you to play games now without waiting.

Adding more ram at a higher speed would also improve these numbers.

Ryzen 5 3400G + RX 570 3D Mark & Cinebench

Cheapest Pre Built Gaming PC Ryzen 5 + Rx 570 Benchmark Tools

On these two benchmarks, the PC performed really well and provides a great gaming experience.

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Conclusion

Overall, this is a great gaming PC especially for the price. We recommend you get the RX 570 as it makes the gaming performance very good. If you can’t currently afford it, we recommend you get the integrated graphics with no graphics card and then put a graphics card in it in the future.

If you plan on getting this PC here is the link (not sponsored or affiliated):

https://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-seven-amd-ryzen-3-3200g-4.0ghz-quad-core-pc-for-gaming.html

Keep in mind that the prices have probably changed!