The best pre-built gaming desktop PC deals for Cyber Monday 2023: Perfect picks for newcomers

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PC gamers are always on the hunt for the best deals and discounts. While many prefer the granular search for sales and complete control that comes with building their own gaming desktop, many gamers would much prefer to skip the build process and pick up something pre-built from an established manufacturer. Building your own custom PC can be incredible, but it can also be overwhelming and a little risky.

Right now is one of the best times to purchase a pre-built gaming tower, too, with Cyber Monday 2023 deals running rampant online. Windows Central is scouring the internet and retail stores for the best Cyber Monday 2023 deals, and this article is dedicated entirely to pre-built gaming PCs.

We'll be looking for gaming desktops that offer great build quality and reliability, pack enough (balanced power) to play the best PC games, deliver great value for the performance you're getting, and use standard parts and smart design to encourage you to upgrade the PC in the future, if you want to explore PC building. Be sure to bookmark this page, because we'll be updating it constantly over the next few weeks with new deals and updates.

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Cyber Monday 2023: The best pre-built gaming desktop deals

HP Omen 45L | was $2,099.99 now $1,499.99 at Best Buy

HP Omen 45L | was $2,099.99 now $1,499.99 at Best Buy

This pre-built gaming desktop has premium parts, attractive RGB lighting, and is easy to upgrade without needing special tools or proprietary parts. Atop the desktop sits a unique Cryo Chamber that helps keep the system's CPU temperatures down.

✅Perfect for: Those looking for a high-end gaming PC with a unique design, clean look, and RGB lighting.

❌Avoid it if: You need a small gaming PC. The Cryo Chamber adds a lot of height to the HP Omen 45L.

💰Price check: $1,399.99 at HP (13th Gen Intel Core i7 RTX 4060 Ti model)

🔎Our review: HP Omen 45L review: A crazy 'Cryo Chamber' keeps this 4K gaming PC cool and infinitely flexible

CyberPowerPC Gamer Master — Ryzen 7 5700, RTX 4060 Ti, 16GB DDR4-3200, 2TB SSD | $1,174.99 now $899.99 at Best Buy

CyberPowerPC Gamer Master — Ryzen 7 5700, RTX 4060 Ti, 16GB DDR4-3200, 2TB SSD | was $1,174.99 now $899.99 at Best Buy

With a spacious 2TB solid-state drive, you've got ample room for not just Microsoft Flight Simulator but a fleet of other hefty simulation games. This CPU/GPU combo can effortlessly navigate every intricate detail and breathtaking view in the 1:1 recreation of Earth.

Perfect for: Running MSFS at 1080p for smoother framerates or 1440p at around 30 FPS.

Avoid it if: You want to play in 4K either now or shortly into the future without the confidence for manual upgrades.

💰Price check: $1,195.99 at Newegg

Lenovo LOQ Tower — RTX 3050 |$1,029.99 now $749.99 at Lenovo

Lenovo LOQ Tower — RTX 3050 | was $1,029.99 now $749.99 at Lenovo

This entry-level configuration boasts an Intel Core i5-13400F, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, all for less than $700. There are two other higher-end configurations that are also heavily discounted if you need more power (I personally recommend the middle configuration, which ups the RAM to 16GB, upgrades the GPU to the RTX 3060, and gives you a better 500W power supply for just $809.99).

✅Perfect for: Those who want an affordable, compact, quiet, reliable gaming PC able to play all the latest PC games at 1080p resolutions with solid framerates.

❌Avoid if: You want to play every game at the highest settings or resolutions, as this is an entry-level gaming PC and its hardware reflects that.

💰Price check: $749.99 at Walmart

🔎Our review: We don't have a review on this desktop yet, but I've been testing it for a few weeks and can give you a small spoiler — It's good.

👀Alternative deal: If you want my exact review configuration with a Core i5-13400F, RTX 3050, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, and a 500W PSU (I think this is an excellent configuration), it's also on sale for $749.99 at Best Buy.

Lenovo Legion Tower 5 AMD Edition — RTX 3060 | $1,249.99 now $999.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo Legion Tower 5 AMD Edition — RTX 3060 | was $1,249.99 now $999.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo's mid-range gaming desktop packs a AMD Ryzen 5 7600 in this configuration, a very capable and consistently performant CPU. It's paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, all packaged in an easily upgradeable chassis. For a limited time, it costs less than $1,000.

✅Perfect for: Those who want an affordable, highly capable, and upgradeable AMD-powered pre-built gaming desktop.

❌Avoid if: You need more than 512GB of storage and aren't comfortable/willing to upgrade the PC with additional storage.

💰Price check: $1,099.99 at Lenovo (Ryzen 7 model)

Acer Predator Orion 3000 — RTX 3060 | $1,599.99 now $949.99 at Amazon

Acer Predator Orion 3000 — RTX 3060 | was $1,599.99 now $949.99 at Amazon

This is a slightly older chassis design packing last-gen hardware, but it's still a very capable, affordable gaming PC that's currently enjoying a solid discount. It packs an Intel Core i7-12700F, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD.

✅Perfect for: Those who don't mind older hardware if it means getting a great deal, as this PC is still awesome for playing any modern game at decent settings, framerates, and resolutions.

❌Avoid if: You absolutely must have the newest hardware, or if you're not comfortable with loud fans (or potentially upgrading those fans).

💰Price check: $949.99 at Newegg

Alienware Aurora R15 — RTX 4060 | $1,599.99 now $1,299.99 at Dell

Alienware Aurora R15 — RTX 4060 | was $1,599.99 now $1,299.99 at Dell

The Dell XPS Desktop may be understated and stealthy, but the Alienware Aurora R15 is anything but. This high-end Alienware gaming desktop is big and bold with an incredibly stylized design. There's plenty of power here, too.

You get a 13th Gen Intel Core i7, an RTX 4060, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Even discounted, it's still an expensive desktop, but you're paying for the outlandish design and upgradeable layout. Either way, there's still plenty of power here for high-end gaming.

✅Perfect for: Those who don't mind older hardware if it means getting a great deal, as this PC is still awesome for playing any modern game at decent settings, framerates, and resolutions.

❌Avoid if: You need the latest processor from Intel or the refined designs seen in the Alienware Aurora R16.

💰Price check: $1,699.99 at Best Buy (RTX 4070 model)

Dell XPS Desktop (8960) — RTX 4060 Ti | $1,829.99 now $1,299.99 at Dell

Dell XPS Desktop (8960) — RTX 4060 Ti | was $1,829.99 now $1,299.99 at Dell

The Dell XPS Desktop isn't designed with gaming in mind. It's actually a high-end, creator-focused laptop designed with enterprises and business in mind, but the other half of that coin is that it packs more than enough power for high-end gaming without looking the part.

If you want a stealthy gaming desktop that blends into any setup, this one still packs a 13th Gen Intel Core i7, an RTX 4060 TI, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and 2TB of accompanying HDD storage. I reviewed a higher-end configuration of this desktop and loved it, but it was expensive. This one is considerably more affordable and is now pretty substantially discounted.

✅Perfect for: Those who want a powerful creator desktop that can also handle PC gaming.

❌Avoid if: You want a gaming PC that looks like a gaming PC or if you need the latest CPU from Intel.

💰Price check: $1,619.99 at Best Buy (RTX 4060 model)

Lenovo Legion Tower 7i (Gen 8) — RTX 4070 Ti | $2,429.99 now $1,819.99 at Lenovo

Lenovo Legion Tower 7i (Gen 8) — RTX 4070 Ti | was $2,429.99 now $1,819.99 at Lenovo

Lenovo's flagship pre-built gaming desktop isn't affordable, but if offers a level of performance, upgradeability, and quality you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. This roomy chassis is quiet and offers an open layout with standard parts that makes future upgrades stupendously.

Not that you'd need to worry about that right away. This configuration packs a powerful 13th Gen Intel Core i7, and NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. Combined, these components make 1440p gaming a cinch, with this desktop more than capable of playing all the latest and greatest PC games. There's a reason we rated it so highly in our review.

✅Perfect for: PC gamers who want a high-end desktop PC that's easy to upgrade over time.

❌Avoid if: You are on a budget.

💰Price check: $1,619.99 at Best Buy (RTX 4060 model)

🔎Our review: Lenovo Legion Tower 7i (Gen 8) review: Simply powerful, and utterly easy to recommend

HP OMEN 40L — RTX 4060 Ti |$1,499.99now $1,149.99 at Best Buy

HP OMEN 40L — RTX 4060 Ti | was $1,499.99 now $1,149.99 at Best Buy

Best Buy leads the way with a pre-built OMEN machine, part of HP's gaming subdivision, loaded with an up-to-date NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti graphics card and AMD Ryzen 7 7700 CPU. It's a little over $1,000, often a budget limit for some newcomers, but squeezing out the extra cash will be worth it.

Anyone looking for a future-proof gaming PC as their first machine or to skip the manual build process and enjoy the most modern parts will love this half-subtle, half-RGB-laden beauty. It comes with Windows 11, USB Type-C ports, and DDR5 RAM, all the latest editions in their respective categories.

✅Perfect for: Anyone who wants a gaming PC but does not want to go through the process of building one themselves.

❌Avoid if: There's not much to criticize on this PC, but if we had to nitpick, I'd say the design is a bit plain.

💰Price check: $1,399.99 at HP (Intel Core i7 model)

MSI Aegis R — Core i7-13700F, RTX 4060 |$1,399.99now $1,149.00 at Newegg

MSI Aegis R — Core i7-13700F, RTX 4060 | was $1,399.99 now $1,149.00 at Newegg

Newegg's Black Friday price guarantee means you won't get this PC for less throughout the whole sales event, meaning you can buy now safe in the knowledge you aren't missing out on future discounts. 

It's a solid gaming PC for this money, too, packing a 13th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA RTX 4060, 16GB DDR5 RAM and a whopping 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD to store all your games on. And of course, a splash of RGB, because what gaming PC would be complete without it?

✅Perfect for: Shoppers looking for a customizable gaming desktop with high-end specs that don't want to spend a fortune.

❌Avoid if: You need a larger gaming rig since this system is a mid-tower gaming desktop.

💰Price check: $1,099.99 at Best Buy (1TB storage model)

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i — Core i5-13400F, RTX 3060 |$1,249.99now $799.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i — Core i5-13400F, RTX 3060 | was $1,249.99 now $799.99 at Best Buy

Previous gen parts like graphics cards inside a gaming PC provide a prime opportunity to save big on Black Friday. That's exactly what we have here, with a stunningly low price on a very capable machine from Lenovo. 

The 13th Gen Intel Core i5 is paired with 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA RTX 3060, wrapped up in a tasteful looking case. For gaming at 1080p, even stepping up to 1440p in some games, this will do a great job, and the price is definitely too good to ignore for gamers on a tighter budget.

✅Perfect for: PC gamers that want to get a powerful desktop at a more affordable price by picking up a system with internals from the previous generation.

❌Avoid if: You need the latest specs to play games at their highest settings.

💰Price check: $1,149.99 at Lenovo

When does Black Friday 2023 end?

Officially, Black Friday happens on Nov. 24, 2023, but that doesn't mean retailers will wait to apply their discounts. It consistently falls on the last weekend of November, immediately following Thanksgiving, but the deals appear earlier every year, and the same is true this year.

Although some storefronts label their deals with tags like 'early Black Friday,' it's not guaranteed that the price won't drop again. Unfortunately, it's impossible to say whether a hot item will drop further in price. Still, some third-party stores like Newegg offer a price drop guarantee that will reimburse you if you purchase within this window.

We'll check every deal to see if it's a historically low price, but other savings will still be listed if they're a genuinely great deal. Unfortunately, not every deal will put a product at an all-time low, but hardware that rarely sees discounts, like the Xbox Series X, will always be shared here.

When does Cyber Monday 2023 start?

Cyber Monday follows after the Black Friday weekend, landing on Nov. 27, 2023. It focuses on digital storefronts rather than physical stores, with discounts usually expiring as the Monday ends. Many products will often retain their Black Friday discount throughout Cyber Monday, though some will enjoy a further reduction or even a unique deal. We'll share the best Cyber Monday deals with you as soon as retailers switch and publish their listings.

Choosing the best pre-built gaming desktop for you

There are a lot of great gaming desktops out there, but a few standout in terms of power, quality, and design. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Most discounted pre-built gaming desktops on sale tend to feature previous-generation hardware, but that's not bad. Picking up an Intel Core 12th Gen desktop CPU and NVIDIA RTX 30-Series GPU will carry incredible potential and often much better value than buying the latest equivalents. Aiming for Intel 12th or 13th Gen CPUs or AMD's Ryzen 5000 to 7000 Series as an alternative is ideal, and you'll notice that most of your money is spent on the GPU.

A mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 30-Series card, like the RTX 3070 or a Radeon RX 6700 XT from AMD, holds a nice balance of performance and value. Anything higher or lower will naturally affect the performance potential, but if you plan to stick to 1080p gaming, you can afford to drop to something cheaper. 4K gaming will need higher-end hardware, which is when the latest NVIDIA 40-Series RTX cards start to look more attractive.

Overall, the beauty of pre-built desktops is you don't have to waste time figuring out which parts are compatible because that part has been taken care of. However, they are equally as upgradable as anything you might build yourself, and replacing one piece at a time is far easier than matching a collection of components at the start.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.