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Best cheap gaming PC deals in May 2022

Best cheap gaming PC deals
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In the last week of May, we've still got some of the best cheap gaming PC deals coming in thick and fast from both boutique builders and trusted brands alike. This month may not have been quite as competitive as what we've previously seen, however, there are still many solid choices to play the latest games on a budget. 

If you're after one of the best cheap gaming PC deals with a rig running one of the best graphics cards for gaming, then you may need to consider builds around the $1,000+ range. The likes of RTX 3060 PCs and RTX 3070 PCs are going to be far more powerful for both 1440p and 4K gaming. We're living in an age where GPUs are harder to come by for MSRP than ever before, with the prebuilt market being the ideal method to get your hands on some essential hardware at the moment. 

We're also rounding up the best cheap graphics cards card deals, too. 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. RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti laptops have since been unveiled, so anyone looking for extra power knows where to start their search. 

The best cheap gaming PC deals in May 2022

best cheap gaming PC deals under $1,000 - US

Acer Nitro 50 | $830 $742.64 at Amazon
While not a massive saving, the Acer Nitro 50 is a solid starter PC at well under the $750 mark. Unlike some other cheap gaming PCs, this model benefits from a far more recent processor and an NVMe SSD. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD.

ABS Challenger (RTX 3050) | $1,300 $807.99 at Newegg
Save $492 - This is an excellent price on an RTX 3050 enabled machine which takes advantage of the still great  11th gen i5 at a price where older CPUs are usually supplemented. Keep in mind, that this model is an 'open box' but ships entirely in working order from Newegg itself (who owns ABS). Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, RTX 3050, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD.

HP Omen 25L | $950 $849.99 at Best Buy
Save $100 - The HP Omen 25L is one of the best cheap gaming PCs on the market and this configuration certainly lives up to the hype with its respectable hardware for 1080p gaming even in 2022. Features: Intel Core i5-10400, GTX 1660 SUPER, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD.
 

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme | $1,010 $859.99 at Best Buy
Save $150 - As far as budget builds go, the latest iteration of the Gamer Xtreme is a stellar buy considering the 12th gen i3 CPU inside and the more than capable GPU that's ready for 1080p60 in the newest games on the market. Features: Intel Core i3-12100F, RX 6500 XT, 8GB RAM, 500GB SSD.

AVGPC Hellfire II (RTX 3050) | $999 at Amazon
While this isn't a deal, you're still getting a very competent system for today's games at under the $1,000 mark, with ray tracing and DLSS support in demanding titles. Features: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, RTX 3050, 16GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD.

iBuyPower SlateMR | $1,300 $999.99 at Best Buy
Save $300 - With the 11th gen i7 and powerful RX 6600, the SlateMR has power for the newest games at 60 FPS in Full HD. At under the $1,000 mark, this is a solid option from a reliable brand. Features: Intel Core i7-11700F, RX 6600, 16GB, 480 SSD + 1TB HDD.

Cheap gaming PC deals over $1,000 - US

CLX SET Gaming | $1,390 $1,266.99 at Best Buy
This small form factor RTX 3060 rig is made by one of the more higher-end boutique builders, being a great price for what's on offer inside, too. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD.

ABS Gladiator (RTX 3070) | $1,800 $1,599.99 at Newegg
Save $200 - This is a stunning price for an RTX 3070 PC as this ABS Gladiator configuration is selling at a rate more commonly reserved for considerably weaker hardware. The RTX 3070 is one of the best GPUs for both 1440p and 4K on a budget, so this is well worth considering at under $1,600. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD.

Best cheap gaming PC deals under £1,000 - UK

CyberPowerPC Wyvern | £691.20 at Amazon
While not a deal per se, the CyberPowerPC Wyvern is still stellar value at well under the £700 price range. This machine may be modest though there's enough there to run most games in Full HD with a few sliders considered. Ideal for anyone's first foray into the platform. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, GTX 1650, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD.

Admi Gaming PC (RTX 2060) | £1,000 £799.95 at Amazon
Save £200 - This is the lowest price that we're able to verify on the Admi Gaming PC of this spec, what's more, one of the lower rates we've come across on an RTX 2060 rig in some time. While last gen, you're still able to push ray-tracing in 1080p and 1440p in today's games for under the £800 mark. Features: Intel Core i5 9400F, RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD.

Fierce RGB (RTX 2060) | £899.90 £809.90 at Amazon
While only a minor saving, this RTX 2060 rig is a stellar option to experience ray tracing and DLSS in 2022 on a budget. The card outperforms the newer RTX 3050, too, with decent performance in Full HD in the newest games. Features: Intel Core i5 9400F, RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD. 

XG Gaming Desktop (RTX 3060) | £1,030 £949.98 at Ebuyer
Save £80 - This RTX 3060 Ryzen build is exceptional for its current rate at under £950. Considering that RTX 3060 GPUs themselves are selling for around £600 - £800, the XG is well worth the investment price. Keep in mind, you'll need to supply the OS yourself. Features: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD. 

Cheap gaming PC deals over £1,000 - UK

Medion Erazer Engineer P10 | £1,200 £1,100 at Ebuyer
Save £100 - This Medion Erazer build is outstanding value for money at the £1,100 mark considering the stellar 12th gen i7 CPU and PCIe 5.0 compatibility. This means you're getting a machine ready for the future with all the latest gear inside. Features: Intel Core i7-12700, RTX 3060 Ti, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD.

PCSpecialist Vortex SF | £1,299 £1,199 at Currys
Save £100 - While this isn't a huge discount by any means, the hardware here is still completely solid for the asking price. This is especially true as RTX 3060 GPUs are still very elusive. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD. 

The best cheap gaming PC retailers 

US: 

  • Amazon: one of the largest ranges and deals on budget gaming PCs
  • Newegg: consistently offers some of the lowest rates on mid-tier PCs
  • Best Buy: deep discounts are common on established gaming PC brands
  • Dell: huge savings on the Alienware Aurora line are frequent
  • Walmart: representation and offers on all major computer manufacturers
  • Adorama: extensive deals on the likes of CyberPowerPC and MSI machines

UK: 

  • Amazon: extensive choice of budget gaming PC builds
  • Currys: specializes in mid-range gaming PCs with RTX GPUs
  • Overclockers UK: competitive prices on the newest hardware builds 
  • Ebuyer: RTX 30-series builds starting from just £699.99
  • Box: frequent deals on entry-level Ampere machines
  • Argos: aggressive rates on GTX and RTX builds from major manufacturers

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I'm responsible for most of the PC gaming coverage across GamesRadar on everything from the latest graphics card launches (as well as RTX 30 series restocks), to the fastest NVMe SSDs, and more key components to building and maintaining a stellar rig. When I'm not obsessing over CUDA cores and clock speeds, you can find me building and testing gaming chairs, too. Before landing here, I previously worked with the BBC, and have also written for the likes of Expert Reviews, The Rory Peck Trust, Tech Spark, and No Clean Singing.