Gamers looking for a capable desktop for less than $1,000 may turn to Acer’s cut-rate   Nitro 50 .

It's certainly affordable, but Acer’s decision to use an Nvidia GTX 1650 video card holds back game performance when compared to similar desktops.

Those who are strictly looking for a gaming machine will likely be disappointed by the weak graphics card.

you need a machine for multiple use-cases, the speedy, mid-tier Intel Core i5 processor helps make up for the slow gaming performance.

The Acer Nitro 50 is not the least expensive gaming desktop available, but it’s close. HP offers some Pavilion configurations on Amazon.

Lenovo’s Legion 5i offers somewhat similar configurations with GTX 1650 graphics, but more affordable models also have an older Intel processor.

Acer’s decision to offer the Core i5-12400F at such a low price has its perks, but it ultimately tilts the desktop’s performance profile further towards productivity than is ideal for a budget gaming desktop

The Acer Nitro 50 I tested had an Intel Core i5-12400F processor.

This is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU. It sits low in Intel’s product stack because it lacks the hybrid architecture of more expensive Intel 12th-gen Core processors.