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The 5 Best Gaming PC Bundles of 2021 (With or Without Monitors)

Kaelum Ross

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Dec 17, 2020

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If you’re new to gaming, buying a gift set for someone, or simply want a new personal setup, there are some really great offerings out there for a pre-built PC gaming bundle.

So, today’s feature is here to take you through the best Gaming PC packages available on the market today with consideration for several different budgets.

We’ve separated the monitor picks from the main PC/peripherals bundles because 1. we know some of you may not need a new display and 2. monitors are nearly always better value when bought independently (plus if one is out of stock, there are other options available on this list as back-up).

All of the PCs below come with a mouse and keyboard, but we’ve listed some alternatives at the bottom of the article too should you want other options.

Top Picks

 

Overall Best Gaming PC Bundle under $1200: Skytech Shiva RTX 2060 & Sceptre E255B-1658A

Ranking as the best gaming desktop on another What in Tech feature, this Skytech Shiva model ticks all the right boxes we think a mid-range buyer will be looking for at this modest budget.

Lead by an RTX 2060, your gaming setup will have a superb GPU capable of managing decent settings and framerates for all current titles (including Cyberpunk 2077/Red Dead Redemption 2) and will undoubtedly be capable of playing games well for the next few years.

If you’re a fan of esports like Fornite, CS: GO & Overwatch (or slightly older titles like Minecraft & Fallout 4) you have a fantastic capability to run 144 fps with these games alongside the included monitor.

Working with the RTX 2060 is a Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM & a 500GB SSD. These are decent specs to ensure you get the most out of your graphics card (the processor isn’t from a particularly new AMD iteration but still performs well in the context of the rest of the build and this PC bundle will be more than capable of business and personal use too if required).

All housed in an InWin 101 case (from one of the best chassis manufacturers in the business) with 3 attractive RGB fans, the cooling is decent and the full setup looks fantastic (especially when powered on, stock photos never do these machines justice!).

Alongside the Skytech Shiva is an included RGB gaming keyboard and mouse. While these won’t be the same quality as say, a Logitech or Corsair product, they add excellent value for a gaming setup and are actually favored quite well by the users who have bought this package.

Tied to this gaming PC bundle is the fantastic Sceptre E255B-1658A 144hz screen (don’t worry, the display is a lot better than the model name!).

While you can purchase a cheaper 60hz 1080p screen if desired (like the monitor in our pick directly below), we think that if you’re purchasing the Shiva RTX 2060 edition, having a monitor with a high refresh rate will make your gaming experience so much better. With a 1ms response time and a TN panel, the monitor will be perfect for esports and competitive gaming (25″ is a good size for the price too).

All in all, we think this set represents a sweet spot for most gamers. Yes, we’ve included some more expensive options below that would be fantastic if you can stretch further. But if this is where your budget sits, know that we comfortably rank this as the best gaming PC package at its price.

Best Cheap Gaming PC Bundle under $800: iBUYPOWER Trace 4 9310 & Acer SB220Q

While we would push our readers to at least go for our top choice in terms of the price range for a gaming PC package, we appreciate some of you will be looking for cheaper options.

Our favorite one for those around the $800 point is this iBUYPOWER / Acer combo. Lead by an AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB graphics card, you still have a lot of power here to play games at 1080p with good settings (including Cyberpunk 2077, benchmarks suggest similar systems can achieve 50-60fps with medium settings) and a computer that will continue to do so for a good amount of time in the future.

With a Ryzen 5 3600, this pick (surprisingly) has a better CPU than our top pick! This won’t make up for the inferior GPU when it comes to gaming but is an impressive value add for business and general use.

With 8GB of DDR4 RAM, you have enough for now. But in the future, we would definitely recommend upgrading to 16GB (don’t worry, even if you didn’t want to build a PC, adding extra RAM is one of the easiest parts to install).

Similarly, with a 240GB SSD, you’ll have space enough to get you running with your OS, favorite software, and games; but if you’re playing larger file-size games (e.g. the new COD), you will want to add another HDD/SSD at some point (again, this is a very easy process to upgrade).

With an attractive RGB case and a decent provision of cooling, everything else about this gaming computer bundle checks out. Including the added LED gaming keyboard and mouse which are great for a budget setup.

Alongside this bundle, we recommend the Acer SB220Q monitor. This is one of the cheapest Full HD monitors that still offers a decent picture for gaming (with an IPS panel and 4ms response time, the colors and low input lag are great for gaming at this price range). 

We love that even at its low cost, the Acer monitor still has a solid build quality; with good tilt/maneuver options (many more expensive monitors don’t include such features!).

Overall, if you can’t stretch to our top pick and want the best budget gaming PC package at an incredibly low $800 price range, you’ve found it!

 

Best RTX 3070 Gaming PC Bundle under $2000: Skytech Azure RTX 3070 & LG 32GK650F-B

Now, for those with a decent mid-range budget that want something notably powerful, this Skytech Azure model is a beast of a pre-built gaming desktop bundle.

While our top pick is a great offering, the Azure is a huge increase in capability if you can afford it. The RTX 3070 is one of the most sought after GPUs on the market right now (with many companies completely out of stock). Between this GPU and the Azure’s other improved specs, you can expect around a 50% increase in performance across gaming and general use (this is huge because usually diminishing returns kick in when you purchase a more expensive PC, but not here).

Working alongside the RTX 3070 is a Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD (the storage, in particular, is a great addition, with enough space on ultra-fast NVMe for your OS, favorite files/software and games). And like our top pick, you have the option to add more RAM/storage in the future easily if needed (but you likely won’t require this for a long time).

With these specs, you have fantastic capability for a 1440p 144hz gaming PC setup. With esports and mid-range games like GTA V, WoW, and Apex Legends capable of running at these high resolutions/framerates (and for newer games, while you may not hit 1440p 144hz with max settings, you’ll still have excellent performance and one of the best raytracing gaming PCs/something that is decently future-proofed for the next several years).

All of this capability housed in another beautiful InWin PC case with decent cooling and a gorgeous aesthetic. The included RGB gaming mouse and keyboard will be great for most users (and if you fancy something more fancy for the price range, we’ve included an independent mouse/keyboard pick at the bottom of the article, but give the included ones a try first).

So, to go alongside this powerful RTX 3070 gaming package, we’ve chosen the LG 32GK650F-B 1440p 144hz monitor.

If you’re tight on budget, you could pick up the 144hz 1080p monitor from our top pick, but we really think that having a QHD resolution alongside a high refresh rate is what will make this setup extra special. With a huge 31.5″ screen, fantastic 1ms response time, and a decent picture, this LG monitor will serve well for either immersive gaming, or someone focussed on a high-paced competitive e-sport that demands fast reaction time.

The RTX 3070 is an amazing card and we’re pumped to see a setup at this price that doesn’t skimp in any area significantly. This feels like a complete gaming PC bundle for someone serious about a long-lasting system.

Most Powerful RTX 3080 Gaming PC Bundle: Skytech Blaze 3.0 & Dell S-Series S2719DGF

Our next pick is for those after the best high-end gaming PC package available today (technically you can get more powerful, but the PCs begin to have major diminishing returns for the price, this is the most powerful we recommend).

The Skytech Blaze 3.0, previously featured on What in Tech, is a seriously powerful gaming computer package. 

At the forefront of this PC’s great specs is the monstrous RTX 3080 GPU. This is one of the best gaming graphics cards on the market today (and like the 3070, is hard to get a hold of for many retailers right now).

Alongside the GPU is a Ryzen 7 3700X CPU, 16GB 3600 MHz RAM & a Gen4 1TB SSD. All of these are great specs to work alongside an RTX 3080 (some users may expect 32GB RAM, but 16GB RAM at a high speed like 3600MHz will undoubtedly be more effective for a long time, more size is really overkill right now for gaming).

With this system, you can expect to achieve excellent settings and framerate in any game and that will last well into the future. This is one of the best pre-built gaming PC bundle for 4k or high-refresh-rate 1440p.

With a well-ventilated Phanteks case (another one of the top PC case brands), the system looks fantastic and also includes some addressable RGB lighting (ARGB means you can control the rhythm/animation of individual LED lights if you want something very unique/personal).

Included in the package is an RGB gaming keyboard and mouse. We will say at this price-point, although this kit will be perfectly serviceable (and we recommend trying it before judging), we expect some users would prefer the Corsair/Logitech combo we’ve included at the bottom of this page.

To work alongside this powerful pre-built RTX 3080 gaming PC setup we recommend the Dell S-Series S2719DGF as a suitable premium monitor to take advantage of a high refresh rate and 1440p gaming.

This is a gorgeous monitor with a 1ms response time, 350-nits & up to 155hz (overclocked, 144hz by default). Even with a VA panel, the display looks sharp and is fantastic for high-end gaming.

Appreciating that some gamers will want to be playing at 2160p, there is a couple of 4K monitors you can go for. Either this Philips screen for a more reasonable budget or this impressive VIOTEK display for 4k & 120hz. These will also be great choices; or if you want an even higher refresh rate, you can check our other feature on the incredible emerging 1440p 240hz monitors.

Overall, if you’re looking to have one of the most powerful pre-built gaming PC bundles possible with the capability to last many years into the future, we highly recommend the Blaze 3.0 to serve you.

Cheapest Gaming PC Bundle under $650: iBUYPOWER Mini 9300 & ViewSonic VS2210-H

Now while we would push you towards the mid-range options further above if you can stretch your budget, we appreciate some readers will be looking for the cheapest pre-built gaming PC bundle possible (that we can still actually recommend to play some games).

If that sounds like you, the iBUYPOWER Mini 9300 is your best option and would be a good gaming PC bundle for kids/beginners too.

Quick note: we’re reviewing this PC based on a price of $550. If it fluctuates well above that, it is probably instead worth waiting to save for our more expensive picks.

Featured previously on What in Tech, the Mini 9300 is a decent package for the price. With a Ryzen 3100 CPU, RX 550 GPU & 8GB RAM. you still have a budget PC here capable enough to decently play Fortnite, Overwatch, CS: GO, Minecraft, and other older titles (with some framerate or setting compromises). We wouldn’t recommend this PC if you’re trying to play the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 or Red Dead Redemption 2 however.

On top of light gaming, this machine will still be fine for personal use, business use, and internet browsing/Netflix.

Perhaps the biggest bottleneck of the system is the small 240GB SSD. However, you can easily add another drive at a later date (and because you’re not looking to play the latest intensive games, you’ll be OK for a while with game storage).

It’s still nice that despite the very budget price point, iBUYPOWER has opted for an SSD instead of a slower hard drive (meaning your games and operating system will load nice and quickly).

Even with the price so low, you’re still getting a wi-fi enabled motherboard, Windows 10, and an RGB gaming keyboard and mouse that will be more than enough for an ultra-cheap gaming PC bundle.

We like also that the Mini 9300, as the name would imply, comes in a smaller form factor and isn’t oversized for a budget gaming computer package (and with its nice included LED lighting, looks great).

To compliment the Mini 9300, we think the best monitor for you would be the ViewSonic VS2210-H.

This is the cheapest 1080p IPS monitor right now. Yes, while you could go cheaper and get a 720p monitor, we really don’t recommend this. These monitors are only a little cheaper and look significantly worse in gaming and general use.

The ViewSonic, for its low budget, has an impressive picture. And with the Mini 9300’s ability to play older games on FHD, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this package’s ability to achieve a nice quality image for mid-range titles.

All in all, while it’d be great if you can budget for our other picks, we understand that isn’t always possible. And for playing older games, the Mini 9300 still has a lot going for it. This is easily the best super-cheap pre-built gaming PC package we’d recommend.

Alternative Gaming PC Accessory Combos

The above pre-built gaming PC combos all come with gaming mice and keyboards, but if you were looking at this list specifically for just accessories, we’ve included some extra options below.

Additionally, the final option is for those who may want something a little more premium when purchasing the above setups.

Best Gaming Accessories Bundle with Headphones: Orzly 4 in 1 Package

Coming in at a super impressive price-point is this Orzly bundle that includes a well-received pair of budget headphones (you’re, of course, not going to get what you can expect from an audiophile pair, but still great for a cheap gaming package).

Cheapest Gaming Accessories Bundle without Headphones: Havit Package

What’s extra impressive about this Havit keyboard/mouse combo is that the keyboard has enough tactile feedback to be considered mechanical (don’t expect a $100 mechanical keyboard feel of course, but certainly better than we’d expect for a budget gaming rig!).

Best High-End Gaming Accessory Package: Logitech G502 + SteelSeries Apex 5 + Corsair MM300

Now, if you’re purchasing one of the more expensive gaming PCs and want a premium mouse, keyboard, and mouse pad combo, we highly recommend buying the pieces separately as opposed to one Amazon listing.

These 3 are our top recommendations for each accessory, with value in mind (yes these are more expensive, but they’re not simply overpriced for no reason).

The G502 feels like the perfect answer to a gaming mouse. With great DPI settings, precision, ergonomics, and aesthetic, it has everything we think you’ll need at a reasonable price.

The Apex 5 is a beautiful RGB gaming keyboard with great hybrid blue switches that will feel great and tactile for gaming.

And to sit underneath is the Corsair MM300. We’ll be clear, you can just as easily pick up an ultra-cheap mouse pad and it will work nearly as well. But for a top-quality smooth surface, the MM300 is great (we like pads that sit under the keyboard too for presentation).

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