Our Top 2 picks for gaming computers under $1000

We are well into 2018 and we are excited to say its time to round up our top choices for gaming computers which come in under the $1000 pricetag.
Buying a gaming computer within this budget, you can expect to end up with something that will easily handle anything you throw at it (we mean graphics wise,not a gaming mouse thrown in anger we hastily add). You will also be glad to know it will be able to handle tomorrows games as well. This should be a vital part of any decision when choosing your next top gaming computer for 2018.

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4

Cyberpowerpc are a super reliable company with years of experience in putting together high end gaming computers. This new offering in no exception, and is already proving to one of their most popular yet.

Lets expalin why this is easily everything you need and more for 2018:

Specifications:

-Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz
-AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB Video Card
-8GB DDR4 RAM
-1TB 7200RPM HDD
-in 10 Home

Ok these are some impressive looking components especially for the price of the computer. Quality and reliability or 2 words that really describe this awesome build.
The I5 7th genration 7400 is a perfect CPU for handling the high demands of modern gaming. Althought his is not a processor that can be overclocked it could be argued that is really doesnt need to be in oreder to run at the levels required.
This is complimented by the lightning fast 6 Gb of DDR4 RAM
The AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB graphics card is another great additon to this build. It easily competes with its Nvidia counter part,a retails at a cool $600 on its own, so you know youve got something special in the mix here. it supports Full HD and 1440p resolution.
A 1 TB hard drive is more than enough for most people to store all your games and anything else you want to put on it.

Pro’s

  • Excellent combination of components      
  • Great graphics card
  • Intel processing cant be beaten
  • Price of computer in comparison to thw qaulity of components

Cons:

  • No SSD drive, although this could easily be added at a later date.
  • No overclocking CPU
  • If we were Nit picking only 8gbs RAM although this is easily enough.

 

SkyTech ArchAngel

Specifications:

FX-6300 3.50 GHz 6-Core
8GB DDR3
GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
8GB DDR3
1TB HDD

Even though this computer comes in at less than the first 2 it still worth considering if you want to spend slighlty less. Why? because its still an awesome gaming computer and for 2018 and beyond it is a great stand alone gaming pc.
With an awesome Nvidia gtx 1050 ti kicking out great graphics to a very respectable and great mid range processor, this could be your ideal gaming solution if you don’t feel like pushing your budget any further.

pro’s

  • Great graphics and processing for its price
  • Perfect for those on a mid range budget who still want to max out games.

cons:

  • Only 8Gb’s of DDR3 RAM (Easily upgradable)
  • No SSD hard drive

 

What Makes for a great gaming computer in 2018

The power of a gaming computer is made up of a variety of key components and each one brings their own important element into the equation which makes for a smooth running gaming pc.

The processor and RAM:

The brains of the outfit is the CPU or processor, check out our post, Understanding CPU’s for a detailed break down of how a processor works and its role within a computer.
In summary a processor…well it processes everything that runs through the computer in terms of data. Something which is of vital importance when running todays modern games.
The RAM or random access memory stores data before it is sent to the processor. RAM is measured in Gigybtes. Having 8-16 Gb of RAM is generally accepted to be the range in which you should be looking. Again for all you geeks we have a guide on understanding RAM if you would like to know in detail how it all works.

Graphics Card:

This is always the showstopper, the component that gets all the attention. The reason for this is obvious. The better the graphic card the more graphics capability your gaming computer has. From frame rates to rendering this is what seperates a purpose built gaming pc from an all purpose pc.

 

 

Console gaming or PC gaming

Consoles are made by huge brands such as Microsoft, Sony and NIntendo, where as Gaming PC’s are built by smaller manufacturers who take various components and build them into a customized gaming computer.

Two very different approaches as you can see. There are obvious pro’s and cons to either and it is important to discern between which one is right for you before investing.
The pro’s of console gaming include, knowing that you are buying something which has been rigoursly tested for performace and that is heavily supported.

It also built upon something which you are familiar with. For example if you own a playstation console you are more likely to then upgrade to a new playstaion when it is released. It is a familiarity and loyalty which these top brands rely on heavily.

Another benifit is the lack of thought you have to put into buying it. You don’t really need any prior knowledge of what components will go into building it, you just know it will run the games that are produced specifically for it.

This leads us onto the Cons od console gaming and why finding a good gaming computer my be more benificial in the long run.
One problem with console gaming is the lack of ability to upgrade. Upgrading can only be done every 5-6 years essentually when a new console is released.
So why chose a gaming computer.

Well as we mentioned above consoles are restricted by their lack of upgrade options. This means after 2 or 3 years with the same console you will be gaming with components that are inferior to what is currently available.

So whether you build your own gaming computer or simply buy a prebuilt one, you are buying into something which you can upgrade over time.
With a little bit of knowledge it is not hard to upgrade an individual component within the gaming computer. Whether it be adding a few more Gigs of RAM, or something more extensive like upgrading the CPU (processor) ot switching out the graphics card for a newer model, these can all be achieved with a bit of knowhow. Especially with Youtube tutorails for pretty much anything these days, it can be as simple as following a visual guide.

 

What you need to run the latest games for 2018:

We thought it would be a great reference point if we added a section on the requirements for playing the most up to date games for 2018.
This can be useful as you can compare it to any gaming computer you are buying.
Are recommended top 2 gaming computer both are both capable of running all these games on high settings.

Far cry 5:

The great new addition to open world game arrived this year and here is what yuou need to play it:

The Recommended requirements:

  • RAM: 8GB
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)

 

Minumum requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)

Sea of thieves:

This awesome new swashbuckling offering is graphics hungry but our top 2 gaming computer can handle it:
Recommended Requirements:
Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 470 4GB and above 8 8 GB of RAM Windows 10 (64 bit) CPU: Core i5-4690 3.5GHz or FX-8150 and above

 

 

photo acknowledgement:

By Poxnar [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

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