If you’re reading this, then I know that you yearn for a gaming desktop.
I also know the feeling, most gaming PCs out there are just too expensive!
You don’t need to blow up your savings to buy those overpriced units.
Keep reading and you’ll find out the best gaming desktop under 600 dollars that’s suited for you.
Best Gaming Desktop Under 600 Dollars – Product Table
CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra (GUA3400A)
CyberPowerPC is a well-known company that builds custom gaming computers for both high-end users and budget gamers. Other than that, they have earned several awards such as PC Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Home Desktop PCs, Intel Enthusiast Partner, and Microsoft US Partner.
The unit gives an impression of a high-tech machine, with its internal glow and intricate design. Not only is it affordable for budget gaming, it’s also cool enough to be shown to your fellow gaming comrades.
Core Feature #1
This desktop can connect with up to 3 monitors all at the same time. There’s a catch though: you would need to use all 3 ports for the monitor, and they are HDMI, DVI, and VGA respectively.
Take note that the video quality is the same with all the ports, even with varying pixel resolution. So, what are the difference?
Firstly, HDMI cables are relatively inexpensive. Make sure to check whether your monitor (bought separately) has HDMI 1.4 or 2.0, and verify that the cable matches it. HDMI can also carry audio which would be great if your monitor has built-in speakers.
As for DVI, it is not audio-enabled so this port should not be used on a monitor with built-in speakers. Overall it is pretty similar to the HDMI port.
Lastly, VGA is one of the earliest port around therefore the majority of flat-screen monitors nowadays usually do not support VGA anymore. Furthermore, it has slightly less video quality than the other 2 ports due to being an analog signal (HDMI and DVI are digital signals).
The bottom line is this: the 3 monitors should be able to be separately connected to the HDMI, DVI and VGA ports.
Hence, the HDMI monitor would be put at the centre, DVI monitor at the side of your dominant eye (left-side if your dominant eye is left), and the VGA monitor at the other side.
Core Feature #2
Some of the games that this PC can play (low-medium settings) include, but not limited to:
- Civilization 6
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Farming Simulator 17
- Fallout 4
- World of Warcraft
- Sims 4
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- League of Legends
- Watch Dogs
- Call of Duty
By the way, if the games that you want to play is not listed here; compare its running requirement with any of the games here and see if they are similar or not.
According to CPU Benchmark, the AMD FX-6300’s performance is at the lower end of the spectrum. However, it delivers the biggest bang for your buck.
In relation to that, the price of this processor steadily decreases since its production in the year 2013.
The graphics card AMD R7 250 (2GB) is compatible with DirectX 11.2 which is the 2nd latest version of DirectX. For the price of this card, it vastly outclasses all other alternatives in the marketplace.
Also, it is highly efficient in consuming electrical power. This is largely relevant to Bitcoin mining, but may also be a concern to gamers that do not want to push their Power Supply Unit (PSU) too hard.
What does 8GB DDR3 SDRAM stand for? 8-Gigabyte Double Data Rate Type 3 Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access Memory, but knowing this info is pretty much useless for you as a potential buyer (other than to brag to your friends). This is what you need to know instead:
Generally speaking, 8GB of RAM is good enough to handle quite a handful of games out there. To be safe, look at the game’s requirement (usually found on the back of the packaging or within the game’s description) on how much RAM it needs to run properly.
Windows 10 Home 64-bit is a stable version of Windows 10 that has 2 versions only: Home and Pro. Not only did they make the Start menu appear again, this operating system also has a faster start-up.
To activate with the supplied product key, look for a multi-colored sticker at the side paneling; the key is on the sticker.
The desktop has no WiFi built into it. You would need to separately buy a WiFi adapter to be able to connect wirelessly to the Internet.
In this regard, there are two choices available: USB WiFi adapter or a WiFi card inserted into the PCI/PCI-E slot.
If you want to play a game that heavily relies on fast Internet speed, DO NOT USE USB WIFI ADAPTER. It is slow and it is only meant for casual web browsing.
On the other hand, the WiFi card does well for gaming (Internet cable is faster and more reliable though). There are some cases where the graphics card is too bulky and it blocks the PCI-Express slot, so make sure to get a card that fits into PCI slot if this applies to you.
From what I have seen so far, there are no distinguishing features that can be said about its audio. There is one thing worthy of mention; the desktop is compatible with a 7.1 channel.
In other words, users have an option to use speakers with 7.1 surround sound capability. It is a system of 7 speakers that “surround” you so that it gives a more realistic experience.
(Skip this section if you’re not using the desktop for streaming purposes.)
More and more gamers choose to stream their gaming sessions on platforms such as Twitch or Youtube.
To easily use this unit for streaming, we recommend using the Open Broadcaster Software. It is open-source, easy to install and needs DirectX 10 at a minimum so it can definitely run without a problem.
Power Supply Unit
The 500W PSU in this desktop is a generic brand. Its electrical wattage powers up all the internal parts sufficiently.
The only drawback is that once you make some upgrades to it such as the graphics card, RAM or storage hard drive, this PSU will be overloaded. Therefore, it needs to be upgraded as well to at least 600W depending on the electrical requirements of the upgraded part(s).
Keyboard & Mouse
The keyboard and mouse that comes with the desktop has unique designs that appeal to gamers at large. Frankly speaking, these are not gaming peripherals; these are just normal peripheral like many other typical keyboards/mice albeit a nicer look.
However, the keyboard has highlighted WASD key button which is usually used for First-Person Shooter (FPS) games for an easy finger guide, unless you customized it differently in which case this feature is useless to you. The mouse has several additional buttons that you can freely customize as well, but in terms of performance, it is no different than a normal mouse.
That being said, it’s fully functional and ready for use right away. You may choose to use them until they break before deciding to buy a keyboard and/or a mouse built for gaming.
Here are some of the smaller stuff that comes with the unit:
- FREE Lifetime Tech Support – You have the privilege to call the manufacturer’s support staff whenever you have problems with the unit at no extra cost
- AMD 760G Chipset – The desktop already has a dedicated graphics card but having it relieves some load off it by handling the menial graphics such as web browsing or office software
- Cooling Fan – The front chassis fan can be upgraded up to a 140mm fan or upgrade everything to a liquid cooling system
- 24x DVD RW Drive – It is a generic brand but it will work well for all compact disc needs other than Blu-Ray
- 1TB HDD SATA600 – It is not the fastest hard drive but it will not be a major issue for gamers. It will provide a lot of storage before it runs out (add more as needed in the other 7 slots).
- 1-year Warranty – You can ask them to repair or replace the unit if it breaks down within 12 months from the date of purchase
- 1x RJ Ethernet – This only connects to a LAN cable, read the WiFi Capabilities(link this) for details about WiFi
- 6 USB 2.0 ports – Minus 2 ports for keyboard and mouse but still more than enough to connect additional USB devices
The consumers who bought this unit were mostly very pleased. They can play their favorite games without spending too much money.
On the other hand, those who complained about it were likely too excited and turned them on without reading the step-by-step setup guide, resulting in some errors with the unit.
It seems that some of the issues were definitely legitimate such as having parts that are not the same as the product description. However, this is easily resolved by contacting the manufacturer and requesting them for a replacement.
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SkyTech ArchAngel (GTX750Ti)
It should be noted that there are other models of this brand with better graphics cards. However, those other models are not reviewed because they exceed 600 dollars in price.
Core Feature #1
This desktop is unique in terms of its motherboard. Most manufacturers use generic motherboard to keep the costs low, but this unit is installed with the AMD 970 Chipset Gaming Motherboard.
In truth, it does not differ greatly with generic motherboards in terms of gaming performance. However, some its distinguishing features include:
- 3x USB 3.0 ports
- Better glass fabric material to reduce humidity within PC
- Better electrostatic discharge resistance
- Protection against issues that arise from power failures
The Power Supply Unit is a generic model. The reason I highlight it as a core feature is that it has an 80 Plus certification.
Any electrical appliances that have this certification are at least 80% more energy-efficient. In short, it helps reduce your electric bill which is a possible concern depending on the length of your gaming session.
In addition to that, the manufacturer gives a 5-year warranty on the power supply unit.
List of Playable Games
(Note: At Low-Medium Settings)
- World of Warcraft (High setting is possible)
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- ARMA 3
- Rocket League
- World of Warships
- War Thunder
- League of Legends
- Ark Survival Evolved
- Fallout 4
- Digital Combat Simulator World
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Final Fantasy XIV
- Total War: Warhammer
The desktop uses the same processor as CyberPowerPC’s Gamer Ultra, but this one has a turbo mode which increases it to 4.1GHz. This will be helpful for reducing non-server related lags while playing games.
It has 6 cores but this feature does not improve the unit’s performance for gaming; most of its potential will be largely wasted. That said, it is important to have when it comes to doing stuff such as graphic designs, music/video editing and so on.
According to Video Card Benchmark, the GTX750 Ti (2GB) is among the top 3 best value-for-money graphics cards. In essence, this is a good choice for gamers that want the best bang for their buck.
An HDMI cable has already been included so there’s no need to buy an extra cable.
It has 3 ports for HDMI, DVI, Display Port. This unit works only with the DVI port if 1 monitor is connected. Gamers that do not use multiple monitors should keep this in mind.
I know what you’re thinking: how does this graphics card compare to AMD R7 250?
Check this out:
In short, we can see that both are good cards but obviously, GTX 750Ti is the clear winner here.
This is the part that appeals me to this desktop. It turns out that this unit has the HyperX Fury DDR3 RAM installed.
It comes with a built-in heat spreader to dissipate heat efficiently. While it runs at 1600MHz by default, the RAM can automatically ‘overclock’ itself up to 1866MHz.
The memory size is 8GB; most games will require less memory so the unit already has sufficient RAM size. However, there are available empty slots which allow upgrades up to 32GB.
The manufacturer installs genuine Windows 10 Professional 64-bit as its operating system. This is an added value because most similar desktops use the Windows 10 Home version instead.
In general though, the extra features from Windows 10 Professional is largely useless for gaming purposes; they are mostly used for office settings.
The audio performance of this unit is at the average level. The speaker is a generic brand, connected either by wire or Bluetooth.
Listed below are the other features of this PC:
- No SD-Card reader
- No WiFi – but some users get a TP-Link Wireless USB Adapter as a bonus
- Generic keyboard and mouse
- Comes with HDMI, DVI and power supply cable
- 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
There are customers who don’t like the unit as it is not VR-ready. Also worth noting is the feedback where they pointed out that the glowing LED lights within the desktop is actually dimmer than what we see in the product images.
It has also been noticed that initially, the fan is fairly quiet but it gradually gets loud as the processing load increases.
Less computer-savvy consumers have trouble understanding the setup instructions, this may indicate that the manufacturer’s instruction manual is not user-friendly.
A word of caution:
As I’m writing this review, I noticed that this unit seems to have volatile price fluctuations. Its price varies from $550 (it was at this price when I found it) to $699 depending on the vendor, available discounts, and other factors.
In a nutshell, you may choose to wait until the price goes down to the lower end (check the current price here).
Watch Video: Unboxing the SkyTech ArchAngel
CybertronPC Electrum QS-A6
I have searched high and low for a third PC that can stand up to the previous 2 units. It is clear that this desktop is at a lower level, but it exceeds all other units in being the best gaming desktop under 600 dollars.
I have received favorable responses from the CybertronPC company while making inquiries about their products, and that made me decide to include their desktop for this review.
Core Feature #1
This unit has the most affordable price out of them all. However, some colors are priced higher depending on the stock availability.
It is a good desktop for gamers that do not mind playing at the lower settings as long as they get to pay less money for it.
This unit is entry-level for the entry-level gaming PC.
You would be able to play games mostly at the lowest settings only (some games barely at medium settings).
For gaming purposes, the AMD A6 -7400K 3.50GHz Dual-Core barely does the job. Here’s a chart to illustrate what I mean:
(CPU Benchmark: Credit)
As you can see, it doesn’t even perform up to 50% of the AMD FX-6300’s performance.
It does not perform as well as the 2 desktops above, so you should not expect too much from this unit.
The desktop has no HDMI port, this fact is so important that I’m highlighting it for you guys.
It has the AMD Radeon R5 installed, as the graphics card. It is very clear that this card also has lower performance compared to the 2 graphics cards above.
It comes with a 16GB DDR3 RAM. Frankly speaking, this spec is an overkill unless you plan on using it for memory-intensive labor such as video/sound editing.
There is space for upgrades up to 32GB but in most cases, this is likely unnecessary for gamers in general.
It comes with the Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system, as such it is the standard of most home computers nowadays.
A little-known feature of this operating system is that it can be optimized for gaming, so that might help increase the performance of this desktop.
The computer audio is handled by a generic integrated sound chip.
It doesn’t come with a speaker or headphones so you would have to get them separately.
Keyboard & Mouse
The manufacturer includes Logitech mouse and keyboard with the desktop. While it is non-generic, it also doesn’t have the features that gamers usually look for (customizations etc).
Generic 400W PSU – If you plan to upgrade the specs, make sure to include a more powerful PSU in your budget (I recommend 600W) because 400W is not enough to handle the additional load.
1 Year Parts & Lifetime Labor Warranty – Basically, they will replace defective parts within 1 year of purchase, along with a lifetime tech support.
Connectivity – 2x PS/2 (utterly useless by now), 2x USB 3.0 & 6x USB 2.0, Ethernet LAN available
Buyers of this unit love the fact that it is a quiet PC. Interestingly, gamers with high standard do not look upon the desktop favorably.
A sizable chunk of customers buys this unit with the intention to upgrade it. Upgrading the graphics card requires an update to the power supply as well (400 watt isn’t enough to handle the extra load).
They offer a free T-shirt if buyers leave a review after buying the desktop, though it’s probably not that much of a value.
Best Gaming Desktop Under 600 Dollars – Final Conclusion
So it all adds up to this; how do you know which one’s the best unit for you?
If you want to deal with a reputable and award-winning PC company, then the CyberPowerPC’s Gamer Ultra is the definite choice.
Skytech Archangel is more appealing in terms of getting the biggest bang for your buck.
- PCI vs PCI-E – Guide to Desktop Wireless Cards
- HDMI vs. DisplayPort vs. DVI vs. VGA: Which connection to choose?
- Dominant Eye Test: How To Find Your Dominant Eye
- DDR3 SDRAM
- 80 Plus
- Open Broadcaster Software
- Game Debate
- Radeon R7 250 vs GeForce GTX 750 Ti
- CPU Benchmarks