Finding and purchasing a GPU for a new PC build may seem like a simple task, but the new generation of graphical processors, both from Nvidia and AMD, have seen releases plagued by low stock counts and scalper bots; ultimately resulting in a barren current-generation GPU market.
The only oasis in this destitute marketplace are prebuilt PCs, since these vendors have secured a number of GPUs units from the manufacturers prior to their release. Of course, prebuilt PCs do have a bad name for themselves, as many times components that are not as marketable as the CPU or GPU will end up being of lower quality; in-turn throttling the performance of the overall setup.
However, as is the case with most products, outliers do exist, that maintain consistent quality throughout all their internal hardware. Such prebuilt cases have solid power supplies, high-speed RAM, and proper CPU variants.
Still, it must be mentioned that there inevitably will be components that may need upgrading, or switching – which, in best-case scenarios, will have to do with the cooling solution. Also, specific GPU aftermarket models, as well as motherboard models, will be undisclosed by prebuilt PC vendors, as they only use what they have available at the time of purchase.
If you are okay with the inherent downsides of prebuilt PCs, there are some great options to choose from, two of the best of which we have listed below.
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|Best Prebuilt PC Featuring the GeForce RTX 3070 & an AMD Processor - Skytech Chronos Gaming PC Desktop|
|Best Prebuilt PC Featuring the GeForce RTX 3070 & an Intel Processor - OMEN 30L Gaming Desktop PC|
If you prefer to play games at higher resolutions, like 1440p or 4K, then AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs will work just fine for your setup, as the processing load will fall mainly onto the GPU; which is where the GeForce RTX 3070 will carry the setup. This way, not only can you find a far cheaper prebuilt PC, but it will also have better internal components than other competing Intel options.
The Skytech Chronos comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU which has eight cores, 16 threads, a 32 MB L3 cache, and a base clock frequency of 3.6 GHz. It also includes a stock Wraith Prism CPU cooler which provides sufficient cooling for the Ryzen 7 3700X that generally runs at low temperatures – and has a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of just 65W.
This CPU will be situated onto a B550 m-ATX motherboard, which is usually meant for mini-towers that have a smaller footprint. Though the specific included B550 model is undisclosed and will vary in accordance with availability, many users report the PC coming with an ASRock B550M/AC motherboard: not great, but not a dealbreaker either.
Also included is an ADATA SX6000LNP 1 TB NVMe M.2 SSD, and 16 GB of 3,600 MHz DDR4 RAM – most likely to be XPG’s GAMMIX D30 CL18 memory. A CAS of 16 cycles would be optimal at the 3,600 MHz frequency, but the memory can always be overclocked or expanded. Finally, a 650W 80 PLUS Gold certified Power Supply Unit (PSU) will provide wattage to the internal components: a solid option for a gaming PSU.
All this hardware will be situated into a Skytech Chronos White Edition Gaming Case, which includes a clear-glass side panel, a front I/O panel that has two audio jacks, two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, and LED on/off switches, a top dust filter, and a featured mesh. This case will also include four ARGB dual ring case-fans (most likely to be 120 mm in diameter), so the cooling does appear to be sufficient for the overall setup. In conclusion, a stylish case with respectable hardware to accompany the coveted GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
The Skytech Chronos can currently be found for $1,749 – which is about $1,000 cheaper than its competitors’ prebuilt Intel desktop PCs.
When it comes to prebuilt PCs featuring Intel processors, there are certain traps that a buyer must be weary of, in order to avoid disappointment. Firstly, Intel does offer variations of their higher-end CPUs that have vastly reduced clock speeds, in order to lower their TDP (meant mainly for business oriented, or workstation, computers). For example, the i9-10900F – which can be found in many prebuilt PCs, mainly by Computer Upgrade King (CUK) – has a base clock frequency of only 2.8 GHz (and a TDP of 65W) in comparison to the 3.7 GHz base clock frequency of the i9-10900K with its 125W TDP.
Additionally, RAM can throttle a CPU’s performance significantly. Gamer’s Nexus has proven that an i5-10600K can outperform a i9-10900K, based purely on the RAM it’s paired with. Therefore, purchasing a high-end CPU with 2,666 MHz or 2,933 MHz RAM will simply throttle its performance.
The OMEN 30L avoids both these shady practices, as it comes equipped with an Intel i7-10700KF CPU with eight cores, 16 threads, a base clock frequency of 3.8 GHz, and a max turbo frequency of 5.10 GHz. Note, this CPU has a high TDP of 125W, so the 120 mm liquid AIO cooling unit may need to be replaced for something a bit more powerful. Additionally, the OMEN 30L comes equipped with HyperX 16 GB DDR4 3,200 MHz RAM which can be expanded to 64 GB. This is likely to be a 3,200 MHz CL16 model, which may not be as optimal as a CAS of 14 cycles, but it can be overclocked for a performance boost.
The OMEN 30L also includes a 1 TB NVMe M.2 SSD, which will likely to be a Western Digital Black.
What’s strikingly great for a prebuilt PC, is the 750W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU, that allows for incredibly high energy efficiency that is otherwise absent from prebuilt PCs. This translates not just to less energy expenditure, but also less heat that is dissipated into the case.
All in all, the only upgrades recommended would be an additional rank of RAM (dual channel memory is mostly superior to single channel setups) and, certainly, a better CPU cooler.
For what the prebuilt PC market has to offer, there are few, if any, PCs that rival the OMEN 30L, which can be currently found for $2,799.