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The best cheap gaming PC deals in January 2022

Best cheap gaming PC deals
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The best cheap gaming PC deals are those offers that provide an affordable entryway into the platform. While the best gaming PCs on the market focus on bleeding-edge hardware, these budget models, and entry-level current-generation systems offer an incredible price-to-performance ratio in the latest titles. With the new year firmly reigning now, we know that new RTX 30 series and AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs are coming, so we could be a major shakeup in affordable rigs soon. 

As for right now, though, If you're in the market for a cheap gaming PC deal under $1,000, however, it's currently very unlikely that you're going to get your hands on an RTX 3060 PC for the money. We've commonly seen GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Super rigs for between $800 - $999 which are much more in line with current market expectations. 

The best cheap gaming PC retailers: 

US: Best Buy | Dell | Amazon | Walmart | Newegg | Adorama
UK:
Amazon | Currys | Overclockers UK | LaptopsDirect | Argos

If you're interested in portable power, however, then we recommend checking out the best cheap gaming laptop deals for all the latest offers on some of the best gaming laptops available now. We're currently seeing great rates on RTX 30 series configurations running the best graphics cards for aggressive asking prices. 

The best cheap gaming PC deals in January 2022

Cheap gaming PC deals under $1,000 - US

HP Pavilion R5 | $599 at Walmart

HP Pavilion R5 | $599 at Walmart
This HP gaming PC is very much an absolute beginning point but has enough grunt to run legacy titles, and less demanding current games, in Full HD. The specs are all respectable enough for the low asking price, too. Features: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, Radeon RX 5500, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. 

Acer Predator Orion 3000 | $879 at Walmart

Acer Predator Orion 3000 | $879 at Walmart
The Acer Predator Orion 3000 is one of our favorite gaming PCs on the market, and this mid-tier configuration is well worth it for the current asking price. You can expect exceptional performance in Full HD and QHD. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, GTX 1660 Super, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD. 

Asus ROG Strix GL10 | $899 at Walmart

Asus ROG Strix GL10 | $899 at Walmart
Coming in at just under the $900 mark, the Asus ROG Strix GL10 features Asus' stellar build quality and solid specs in this price range. The GPU and processor are especially good on the budget end of the scale. Features: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, GTX 1660 Ti, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. 

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i | $999 at Best Buy

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i | $999 at Best Buy
For under $1,000, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i is exceptional value for anyone wanting to experience the latest titles at respectable frame rates in 1080p and 1440p. The company is known for high-quality prebuilt models, and this one looks no different. Features: Intel Core i5-11400, GTX 1660 Super, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.  

Cheap gaming PC deals over $1,000 - US

Alienware Aurora R10 (Ryzen) | Starting at $1,028.99 at Dell

Alienware Aurora R10 (Ryzen) | Starting at $1,028.99 at Dell
The full Ryzen-powered range of super sleek gaming laptops starts off with a respectable Ryzen 5 5600x processor - paired with the solid RX 5300 GPU and 8GB RAM. At the minimum price point here, you can expect some solid Full HD gaming, though if your wallet stretches further, there's a whole breadth of absurd customizations to make you absolutely untouchable. Features: Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, up to an Nvidia RTX 3090 / AMD RX 6800 XT, 8-128GB RAM, 2TB SSD + 2TB HDD. 

Alienware Aurora R12 (Intel) | Starting at $1,107.39 at Dell

Alienware Aurora R12 (Intel) | Starting at $1,107.39 at Dell
If you're not sold on AMD chipsets just yet, 11-generation Intel processors can hold their own all the same. The starting build features an i5 processor coupled with the GTX 1650 and 8GB RAM alongside a 1TB HDD for your games. Features: Intel Core 11th-gen CPUs, up to an Nvidia RTX 3090, 8-128GB RAM, 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD. 

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ABS Master (RTX 3060) | $1,400 $1,299.99 at Newegg
Save $100 - This ABS Master build is one of the more affordable boutique-built PCs that we've seen for the money. If you want to experience ray tracing and the benefits of DLSS for less, this is hard to beat. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD. 

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MPG Trident 3 | $1,451 $1,354 at Newegg
Save $97 - If you've wanted a current-generation gaming PC to be a games console alternative, then the MPG Trident 3 fits the bill for a decent rate considering the form factor. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD. 

Alienware Aurora R10 | $1,800

Alienware Aurora R10 | $1,800 $1,371.99 at Dell
Save $428 - The hefty discount on the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition makes this deal one of the more affordable RTX 3060 PCs of this spec we've come across. What's more, it's running one of the best CPUs for gaming too. 

Cheap gaming PC deals under £1,000 - UK

PCSpecialist Vortex GR | £699

PCSpecialist Vortex GR | £699 £629 at Currys
Save £70 - It's far from the deepest discount imaginable, but given the asking price, you really can't go wrong when it comes to what you're getting for your money here. Features: Intel Core i3-10100F, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD. 

CyberpowerPC Wyvern | £751.20 at Amazon

CyberpowerPC Wyvern | £751.20 at Amazon
It's not a deal as it were, but at just a hair over £750, you're getting a stellar entry-level system that's running the still capable GTX 1650. You will be able to run most modern games well with a few sliders considered. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, GTX 1650, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD.  

Cyberpower PC Wyvern | £953

Cyberpower PC Wyvern | £953 £913.20 at Amazon
At just over £900, this Wyvern build features respectable specs, with the highlight of which being the powerful current generation AMD Radeon GPU, which is built to power games in high fidelity in 1080p. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, RX 6600 8GB, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 240GB SSD.

Cheap gaming PC deals over £1,000 - UK

Acer Predator Orion 3000 | £1,599

Acer Predator Orion 3000 | £1,599 £1,499 at Currys
Save £100 - The RTX 3070 Orion 3000 build is packing in some serious hardware for the money, with the standout feature being the powerful GPU inside. This is a stellar deal for anyone wanting affordable 4K performance. Features: Intel Core i7-11700F, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD. 

PCSpecialist Vortex ST (RTX 3070) | £1,699

PCSpecialist Vortex ST (RTX 3070) | £1,699 £1,549 at Currys
Save £150 - Featuring the super-powerful RTX 3070, this is one of the best prices we've come across in the UK for a gaming PC of this specification this year. Features: Intel Core i7-11700, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD. 


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Aleksha McLoughlin

I’ve recently graduated with a BA Hons degree in Journalism after what feels like an eternity. In that time, roughly seven years, I’ve written for the likes of Expert Reviews and Tech Spark, with my passion for all things tech and gaming related leading me here as Hardware Editor of GamesRadar+. This past year alone I’ve helped produce a documentary series for the BBC, and been active in the field of music journalism through my escapades seen in No Clean Singing and Vinyl Chapters.