Some of the best gaming PCs today offer features that are just not possible on consoles, including the ability to play a wide range of games and put together a powerful machine with all the specs you need—without breaking your budget.
If you’ve never built a PC and worry about doing it yourself, fear not: these systems are fully customizable and can be shipped to your door pre-assembled, ready for action. No fuss, no muss. And if you have some ideas about what type of PC you want to build? You’ll find plenty of options in this guide.
1. HP OMEN 30L
The HP OMEN 30L is a great entry-level gaming PC that delivers solid performance, thanks to its Intel Core i7-10700K processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, and 16GB of RAM. It also features some unique functionalities such as the OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology, which keeps this tower running smoothly. The HP OMEN 30L Gaming Desktop comes with a generous 512GB SSD and 2TB HDD for storing your games and other files. And you can get the most out of your new PC by connecting it to an HP Omen monitor.
You’ll also be able to download even more games through services like Xbox Game Pass for PC or EA Access on Windows 10. The HP OMEN 30L Gaming Desktop comes with a 64-bit Windows 10 Home, so you can start playing the latest titles right away!
2. Corsair One Pro i200
You’ll like the Corsair One if you want to play games at 1440p or 4K, either on a monitor or TV. This PC is also great for content creators and anyone else who needs the processing power of an 18-core CPU.
What we don’t like: You can’t fit much extra hardware into this small case, which means there isn’t room to upgrade down the road. The One Pro i200’s price is high for what you get, too.
If you want a more straightforward build that’s easier to upgrade in the future, check out our CyberPower Gamer Xtreme VR (GXiVR8060A4) pick instead. It won’t look quite as lovely in your living room but will cost less than half as much and perform almost identically in games.
3. Dell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930)
The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930) is a great entry-level gaming PC, featuring a powerful 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Supergraphics. Among other things, you can expect extremely fast video rendering times with this PC. In addition to being affordable, the Dell XPS 8930 has real power for its price and won’t disappoint.
A standout feature of the Dell XPS 8930 is its speedy 1TB SSD. As a bonus, you get 32GB of RAM with the base model, which can be upgraded to 64GB if you wish. If you’re looking for an excellent entry-level gaming PC that won’t break the bank but still delivers in terms of performance, this is an excellent choice.
4. Lenovo Legion 5i Gaming PC
The Lenovo Legion 5i is a terrific gaming laptop that provides excellent performance and a quality build in an affordable package. It’s nicely designed, with striking graphics along the lid and the lower bezel, a comfortable keyboard, and a clean interior layout. It’s available with fast CPUs and GPUs, up to 32GB of memory, speedy SSDs, and roomy hard drives, as well as a 1080p display with either 144Hz or 240Hz refresh rates.
Lenovo also offers some customization options if you want to tailor the Legion 5i to your needs. I tested the base model ($979), which has an Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution at a 144Hz refresh rate (Lenovo doesn’t offer the 240Hz panel on this configuration). The starting price is very reasonable for what you get in return — just make sure to upgrade from its slow Wi-Fi adapter if you can afford it — but there are plenty more options available for those looking for something more powerful or specific for their personal use cases.
5. MSI Trident 3 10th Gaming PC
The MSI Trident 3 10th is a small form factor PC that can handle 1080p gaming, streaming, and VR. It’s got a distinct look and comes fully equipped with all the latest parts, like an Intel Core i5-10400F processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 1650 Super GPU. It has all the necessary connections for VR setups, plus plenty of USB ports to connect peripherals like controllers and external hard drives.
If you want to upgrade in the future, it’s a breeze to open up this PC without any tools or voiding your warranty. And because it’s so small, it won’t take up much space on your desk or entertainment center, but still packs enough power for most games at 1080p resolution. The only downside is that it tends to get loud when you push its limits.
6. Corsair Vengeance i4200
This gaming PC uses an AMD Ryzen 9 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card that can be overclocked to your heart’s desire. All of this power comes at a cost, though, so this is one that only the most serious gamer should consider.
With all of its RGB lighting and heavy hardware, the Corsair Vengeance i4200 is one of the bulkiest pre-built gaming PCs you can buy right now. This thing takes up a lot of space but it’s also designed to be easy to upgrade as your needs change: pop off the side panel and you have easy access to pretty much everything inside. There are three USB ports on the front (one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C), and four USB ports on the back (two are USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A) with more internal connectivity for all your peripherals including two SSD mounts and one hard drive mount for extra storage if needed.
The initial price point is obviously high but Corsair does offer this in different configurations with different processors, graphics cards, and memory options, so if you don’t need all that power then there are likely options here for you too—just bear in mind some features might not be available at lower price points depending on what CPU or GPU they use.
7. Origin Neuron
The Origin Neuron has a comparable price to the Corsair One i164 but also offers a larger case and more ports. That said, as with other small form factors (SFF) gaming PCs, it’s not upgradeable beyond some RAM and storage. The one we tested came with an Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It also includes Windows 10 Home and a 2-year warranty standard.
8. Maingear Vybe Gaming PC
The Maingear Vybe offers a rare combination of cutting-edge performance and affordability. It comes in at less than $1900, which is cheaper than many similarly configured models that cost as much as $2500. It’s also the only system on our list that includes a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an SSD (solid-state drive), but you can upgrade to one for an additional fee.
Maingear Vybe has a sleek design and bright RGB lights that make it look like something out of Tron. You’ll need your speakers if you want to listen to music or watch movies on this PC, though; it doesn’t come with any built-in audio capabilities beyond its headphone jack.
9. MSI Infinite A10Rx-864US
Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way.
The MSI Infinite A10Rx-864US is a pretty beefy machine: AMD’s Ryzen 7 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics card, paired with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, provide plenty of oomph for games and productivity apps. The 256GB SSD and 2TB hard drive mean you shouldn’t ever run out of space for your projects or gaming library.
10. Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop
The Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop may not be a cheap gaming PC, but it’ll get you the performance you need to play the best PC games.
It runs on a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10400 CPU and comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. It also has 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a Windows 10 Home. It measures 2.5 x 16.1 x 14.1 inches and weighs 20 pounds, making it larger than other gaming PCs on this list. But its size does allow for more upgrades in the future should you want them (the R11 can handle up to 64GB of RAM).
The only downside to the Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop is that its power supply unit is non-upgradable, meaning you’ll have to replace the entire machine if that fails down the line — which isn’t ideal for such an expensive machine.
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