Yesterday, the Titanfall-universe-based battle royale game Apex Legends came out of nowhere (if you somehow missed all the leaks over the weekend). And of course Respawn’s hit may be the game on everyone’s mind, but obviously any machine capable of running Apex Legends well will easily run Resident Evil 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the upcoming Jump Force, and tons of other modern and upcoming games.
I started playing Apex Legends immediately after work and I have to say, while I’m not completely into it yet, I am definitely intrigued. I play on PC, which is my preferred way to play shooters, and it looks and runs incredibly well. I haven’t checked it out on console yet, but if you want to start your journey into the exciting world of PC gaming, you can grab a prebuilt gaming PC on sale right now, install the free-to-play Apex Legends, and start sliding down hills with your guns blazing tonight.
These PCs are all prebuilts, and they’re all sold through Walmart. Walmart offers extended warranties, which is nice. It’s up to you to decide if that’s worth the peace of mind. The biggest advantage to buying a prebuilt is warranty. There is no more devastating moment than turning on a PC you built yourself for the first time only to have nothing happen because a component failed, and realizing you’re 100% on the hook. As with any prebuilt, these are somewhat pricier than building a machine yourself, but that’s less of an issue when the machines are on sale. And prebuilts are a great way to get started with PC gaming – you can still swap out RAM, add another SSD or make other changes to upgrade the machine and make it your own.
Side note: you’re going to want some quality accessories, so be sure to check out our guide to the best gaming mice, the best gaming keyboard, and the best monitor for gaming. Oh, and you should probably find a nice, comfy place to sit with our guide to the best computer gaming chairs. Then you’ll be fully equipped to find your footing in the glorious world of PC gaming.
Skytech RTX 2060 Version Archangel Elite Gaming for $899
If you want to take advantage of the benefits of Nvidia’s RTX cards, but don’t want to break the bank on a PC to run it, this is a fantastic value. In our Nvidia RTX 2060 review, we gave it a 9 out of 10, and it’s a wonderful place to start in the world of ray-tracing technology. The PC has an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB SSD. The RAM and storage space could definitely use an upgrade, but for $900 this is a great PC. The good news is, these prebuilts are as upgradeable as any DIY PC, so slapping in more storage or RAM is easy.
iBUYPOWER View9000W GTX 1070 for $1299
The GTX 1070 is hard to come by in the wild. Nvidia isn’t making them anymore, and the stock for system builders is effectively sold out. If you don’t want to risk it on an RTX card until they’re a little more mature, you either need to pay way too much on the grey market for a GTX card, or buy a prebuilt system like this one. On top of a GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, the iBUYPOWER View9000W gaming PC has an Intel i7 8700 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. Personally, I’d spend a little more on the RTX, but I’m not here to tell you what to do with your life.
CLX SET GAMING RTX 2070 with Battlefield V or Anthem for $1499
If you want now-gen graphics, for $200 more than the GTX 1070 from iBUYPOWER, you can get an RTX 2070-powered gaming PC from CLX SET. The two computers are remarkably similar in all ways other than GPU, and you get Battlefield V AND Anthem, further sweetening the deal.
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool for $1049
Of all the gaming PCs on sale right now, this is probably the best value. This is a full AMD-machine, with a Ryzen 7 2700X processor and AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB graphics card. It also has 16GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD, and a spacious 2TB hard drive. Since it’s AMD, you can pair it with a FreeSync gaming monitor and save money on a variable refresh rate display. If I didn’t already have a gaming PC and I was looking for a good way to spend my tax refund, I’d definitely consider this one.
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GTX 1060 6GB for $1099
The GTX 1060 6GB is a great graphics card. It’s the perfect balance of power and value. You can still find them in the wild, too, if you’re looking to build your own PC, but the supply is both finite and dwindling. This CYBERPOWER gaming PC also has an Intel i7 8700 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive, as well as the cool LED lighting PC gaming requires.
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GTX 1060 3GB for $949
Dropping down another level, this still-extremely-competent gaming PC is powered by an Intel i5-8400, 8GB DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GPU, and has a 120GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive for storage.
SkyTech Shadow Gaming Desktop for $699
This is the lowest end gaming PC on this list, but don’t let that frighten you. The SkyTech Shadow Gaming desktop will have few, if any, problems running just about any game you can imagine. It has an AMD Ryzen 5 2600, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3G, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 500GB SSD. That’s way more than you need for something like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or basically any other modern game, so long as you don’t think you’re going to be able to push the settings up to Ultra.