The best cheap gaming PC deals for May 2022

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 2022. 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: under $1,000

Best cheap gaming deals in the US: over $1,000

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Best cheap gaming PC deals in the UK: under £1,000

Best cheap gaming deals in the UK: over £1,000

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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.

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.

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