What does a thousand dollars get you? Quite a bit, really, and when it comes to pre-built gaming PCs spending a just under a grand can buy one powerful, well-rounded, and heavily gaming-focused rig.
Unlike most of the PCs in the previous The 5 best gaming PCs under $500 article, the computers here give a great balance between the all-important graphics card, processor, RAM, storage space and fancy chassis.
You may be spending more than double what you would pay for a Xbox One or PS4 but, when comparing each individual component, these computers can far outperform their console cousins. Moreover, with most of these PCs boasting so many high-quality parts, they’re future-proofed for a good few years. Chances are, the only component you would want to eventually upgrade would be the graphics card, and even that’s not really necessary in order to attain high-setting, 1080p gaming on these machines.
As I mentioned in the sub-$500 PC article, the benefits of building your own PC are numerous - but not everyone wants to do it. Warranties, cable management, pre-installed software, knowing very little about PC components; all of these can be major factors as to why someone would prefer to buy a computer that is ready to go straight out of the box. Plus, some people are just useless when it comes to building things - and that's ok!
So, here are the six best gaming PCs under $1000. Each entry contains a brief description of why I believe it should be on the list, a breakdown of its most gaming-specific components, and a link to the retailer.