Well, I finally got tired of it. I have been playing WarRock – a free, first person war game – with my brother. My gaming computer wasn’t really slow, but it just wasn’t fast enough. It always seemed like I was half a second behind, and the graphics weren’t as good as I had seem on my brother’s PC. So I went looking for the best cheap gaming computers, and this is what I found.
My budget was about $1,000. I knew that $1,000 wasn’t going to buy the best gaming computer in the world, but it would get me off to a real good start. I wanted a computer that was not maxed out because I wanted to be able to enhance it if I needed. Since I didn’t want to spend much more than $1,000, I started by looking at this IBuyPower Gamer Extreme 940i Desktop computer.
In my opinion, this is one of the best cheap gaming computers. It has a 2.8 GHz processor, and 4GB of dual channel memory. Its hard drive is huge at 750GB, and it also comes with a 24x DVD-RW drive. Its graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce GTS250 1GB graphics card. It is not a top of the line card, but it is certainly more than acceptable. You will also get the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium edition.
Another great benefit of this PC is that it comes with plenty of space. It has 10 USB ports, and 4 unused 5.25″ bays for adding just about anything you want. It is also a very easy PC to setup – it is basically ready right out of the box. This Gamer Extreme 940i is very easy to work on, so if you are a gaming junkie like me, you will like that a lot.
The second product I looked at in my search for the best cheap gaming computers was this iBuyPower Extreme 542D3 Desktop Gaming Computer. It has a 3.2 GHz Athlon AMD processor, so it has a lot more giddy-up-and-go than my 2.1 GHz CPU. It has 4 GB of dual channel memory, and a 500 GB hard drive. Now its graphics card is a 1GB ATI Radeon graphics card, and it comes with Microsoft Windows 7 Home edition.
Another one of the best cheap gaming computers is the iBuyPower 901TO. The 2.3 GHz processor is slightly slower than the one above, but not enough that you are going to notice. Its hard drive is much smaller at 320 GB (as opposed to the 500 GB), but it does have the 4 GB hard drive.
The graphics card is the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500. The problem is that you are really going to need a dedicated graphics card for good gaming, so you will probably end up buying another graphics card. But the Intel Media Accelerator will get you started – just depends on how good you want your graphics to be.
You do get some pretty decent speakers with this gaming computer. I can’t find the specs on the manufacturer’s page, but they have to better than the other ones come with – which is none. This IBuyPower 901TO is about as low as you want to go on the price. You get much lower than this, and you just aren’t really getting one of the best cheap gaming computers.