This $599 Gaming Rig Is Cheaper Than You Could Build It Yourself

Cyberpower $599 Gaming Desktop
(Image credit: Best Buy)

If you’re after the best Cyber Monday deal around on a gaming PC, you might be tempted to build your own. But we as we recently discussed, that’s not always the case. While pre-built budget rigs often carry a hefty premium, after a $150 price drop, this $599.99 CyberPower rig at Best Buy is cheaper than it would cost to build it yourself. 

You get a current-generation six-core AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, an aging-but-capable AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a storage combo of a 240GB SSD and a 2TB hard drive. Parting out a similar system, we edged over the $700 mark, although nearly $100 of that budget goes to Windows 10, which you can get for under $30 or even free if you truly want to be frugal.

CyberPowerPC Desktop (3600/ RX 580): was $749, now $599

CyberPowerPC Desktop (3600/ RX 580): was $749, now $599
The CPU here is powerful and with the RX 580 you should easily be able to game at 1080p. At this price, with an SSD and a hard drive, you couldn’t build it any cheaper on your own. 

Other niceties with this rig include what looks to be a case with a tempered-glass side panel (although it could be plastic, since the listing doesn’t specify) and a pair of peripherals. Wi-Fi is also included, which you won’t find on most budget-priced motherboards you’d be likely to wind up with if building a budget PC on your own. 

Matt Safford

After a rough start with the Mattel Aquarius as a child, Matt built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last 15 years covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper, PCMag and Digital Trends.