Pre-built PCs are a great way to get into gaming, but often the components they use are mediocre at best. By building your own PC you can save money and get high-grade hardware that's more likely to last for years to come.
In an age of slim laptops and tiny desktop PC cases, it's kind of shocking to see a box this big, but the Alienware X51 is an old-school lounge-friendly gaming rig that has been reworked for 2014. It's still as powerful as ever and it looks just as good under your TV.
You'll be able to play most games at 1080p with ease, and the power on tap is pretty impressive for this price point. This includes an i3-10100F processor, GTX 1660 Super and a 1TB SSD. There's a bit of room for upgrades, too, as the case is small enough to hold a mini-ITX motherboard and you can add a second graphics card to maximize performance even more.
This is a pretty sweet rig that can be upgraded with an i5-12400 and RTX 2070 for an extra
We've squeezed a lot of power into this budget oriented build, and the eight-core AMD FX 6300 is a worthy upgrade that has dropped in price significantly recently. The Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 is also an upgrade that adds some additional graphics power. The monitor included in this build is a 24-inch 1920X1080 model that's a great choice for gaming and has fast response times.