The Best Prebuilt Gaming PC’s and Laptops of 2018 – Guide & Reviews

Prebuilt Gaming PC's are a surefire way to ensure that your machine is capable of running all of the latest PC games. These new titles are considered to be among the most resource-intensive software (more so than consoles) and they are able to bring some machines to their knees.

Modern titles require a lot of computing power, which isn’t something we can expect from regular everyday PCs. Buying a gaming machine can become a mystifying and complex task with manufacturers tossing around all those technical terms like GDDR5, SLI, pipelines, core and memory speed, memory bus width, and transistor count.

Not everyone has the knowledge, experience and time to consider everything from a purely technical level. This post aims to help gamers find a value-packed PC within their budget (without getting too technical). Knowing your requirements and budget is a tested method of purchasing PCs and helps determine the type of components one should expect.

  • A dedicated graphics card helps differentiate a consumer PC from a gaming PC
  • High-end systems are better at cooling the internals
  • Most Gaming PCs are also characterized by a game-centered and aggressive design, fancy lighting and other game specific features

Gaming PCs once used to be very expensive machines targeted at a narrow niche. But with the advancement in technology things have changed a lot. These machines are now available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and budgets.

Why spend thousands of dollars on a machine when you only want to play fewer graphics intensive games? Or why buy a high-end GPU just to drive a 1080p monitor with default game settings?

Also gone are the days when integrated graphics were only good for playing HD videos. Today’s integrated graphics are much more powerful than their predecessors and are usually enough for casual gamers who are not bothered by lower resolution and graphics settings tweaking.

  • They have become more affordable than ever
  • Low-end gamer PCs are good enough for casual use
  • The price gap between regular and gaming desktops is becoming narrower

Buying a PC for gaming depends on what you want to accomplish. If you plan on playing older titles, are not obsessed with fps (framed per second) and insanely high resolutions (aka 4K), a modern CPU such as Core i5 7th gen desktop CPU should work well for you.

However, if you intend to play recent games in 1080p+ resolution and are ready to jump onto the VR bandwagon, you need to invest in a high-end or at least a mid-range gaming PC with a dedicated graphics card. But it’s always a good idea to consider the kind of performance you need before pouring in hundreds or even thousands of dollars into a gaming system.

  • A mid-range model ($800-$1200) is recommended for fluent 1080p
  • VR-gaming requires powerful hardware, the price for a decent VR-capable system starts from $1000
  • Checking minimum and recommended hardware requirements of titles help make a more informed buying decision

Enthusiast vs. ‘Regular’ PCs

What differentiates an enthusiast Gaming PC from a mainstream PC is usually the amount of money involved. However, that does not mean that cost of components is the only factor that separates the two types of PCs.

Enthusiasm is an attitude, so we can count gaming PCs that were built after weeks of research and hunting down good deals as enthusiast PCs. Such PCs might not be the fastest or most expensive around, but they still arguably fall in the category of enthusiast PCs. Many hardcore gamers short on cash like to tweak/overclock their gaming machines, but each component has its own limit, which makes buying more powerful hardware a better option.

Enthusiast PCs can be defined as PCs built using top-end components and their ultimate goal is maximum possible performance (aka frame rates).

On the other hand, mainstream or regular gaming PCs make it possible for the masses to play their favorite games without breaking the bank. They are affordable and subdivided into budget, mid-range, and high-end gaming PCs.

Sometimes it becomes difficult to draw a clear line between a ‘regular’ gaming PC and an enthusiast gaming PC. That’s mainly because over time the computer industry has become so immense and never lacks diversity. This also results in making it difficult for an average user to choose their next PC, whether gaming or consumer PC.

  • Enthusiast PCs are generally perceived as top-tier gaming machines with top-end components
  • The ultimate goal of an enthusiast gaming PC is maximized performance instead of meeting or exceeding specific game requirements
  • Mainstream gaming PCs can be categorized as budget, mid-range, and high-end PCs
  • It’s often hard to distinguish between high-end and enthusiast gaming PCs, but both work great for VR-gaming

VR Gaming

VR GamingIt once used to be a buzzword, but VR gaming is changing the way we think about gaming. The technology was there since the early 90s, but it never got a chance to deliver on its promises until recently.

The new-gen VR is now ready for intense and absorbing gaming (and more), thanks to the progress made in graphics and computing technologies. VR gaming makes the players feel emotionally attached to the stuff they are experiencing, which results in greater player involvement.

Although most mid-range gaming PCs are able to deliver satisfactory performance, you need more raw power if you are serious about VR gaming and want to futureproof your investment. That’s because VR gaming requires powerful hardware to deliver a truly immersive gaming experience, which comes at a cost. A top-of-the-line GPU and other components ensure that you get a great VR experience otherwise you might end up feeling nauseous.

The main reason VR gaming demands powerful hardware is because a gaming PC has to draw everything twice. This roughly translates into seven times more graphics processing power compared to what ‘normal’ games require.

In VR gaming, the screen is right in front of your eyes compared to traditional gaming in which you see everything a couple of feet away. This means that the frame rate has to be at least 90fps for a smooth gameplay (60fps is more than enough for traditional games played on a monitor). VR systems also require minimum latency to eliminate headache-inducing lag.

  • VR-gaming requires powerful hardware that is able to handle intensive number crunching
  • Offers a truly immersive visual experience
  • Enjoyable with higher frame rates and minimum latency
  • May cause certain people to feel uncomfortable after long gaming sessions

VR Gaming Minimum Requirements

Selecting a GPU ready for VR gaming is not a difficult task as both NVidia and AMD have programs in place that recommend different GPUs based on performance requirements.

You need at least NVidia GeForce GTX 970 or mobile GTX 980 for VR gaming, while AMD offers VR-ready processors as well as dedicated GPUs. The RX 480 is probably the most affordable VR-ready AMD GPU one can buy.

AMD VR Gaming solutions include VR-ready and VR-Ready Premium processors that meet the requirements specified by HTV Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality. The rest of the components also need to be up to the mark and you need at least 8 GB RAM, USB 3.0 Ports and of course an HMD (head-mounted display) or VR compatible hardware.

  • NVidia GTX 970 / mobile GTX 980 or AMD RX 480 +
  • 8 GB RAM
  • USB 3.0 Ports
  • HMD / VR-compatible hardware
  • Preferably SSD storage for faster read and writes

Gaming PCs vs Gaming Consoles

Choosing between a gaming PC and a gaming console has always been a matter of debate as each has its own set of pros and cons.

Although gaming consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One make it easier to enjoy games while sitting on a purpose-built gaming chair, there are many reasons that make gaming PCs a better option.

The most obvious reason that makes investing in a gaming PC a wise decision is the fact that gaming PCs are much more than just playing games. However, gaming consoles are arguably a better option for casual gamers who don’t have tons of money to spend on gaming PCs.

A gaming rig is essentially a PC more powerful than its consumer counterpart, which means you can do so many things such as video and graphics editing, engineering work and more. With gaming consoles, you are mostly limited to playing games, watching videos and some other stuff you can also do on your smartphone. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg as there are several other compelling reasons for going the gaming PC route.

Better Graphics, Resolution and Frame Rates

A number of popular consoles games are limited to 1080p @ 30fps, while some are playable at 60fps, but that’s about it. When it comes to gaming PCs, the only thing that limits the resolution, graphics detail and frame rates is the amount of money you are willing to spend.

PCs with a powerful GPU can easily outperform a gaming console in almost all areas, including graphics quality and a smoother gaming experience. But if you consider the amount of money needed to buy a ‘reasonable’ gaming PC, gaming consoles suddenly start making more sense.

Freedom to Choose the Hardware

PC gamers have the freedom to choose how they want to play their favorite games. Most hardcore gamers prefer to use a ‘proper’ gaming keyboard and mouse, while specialized hardware designed for specific genres of games offers more accuracy and better control.

On the other hand, console controller joysticks are often criticized for their inaccurate and sluggish aiming, which developers usually compensate with assisted aiming. PCs have no trouble adjusting to ultra-wide monitors, providing PC gamers an advantage in terms of peripheral vision. Consoles also don’t play well with high refresh rate monitors as they are capped at 60 fps, while PCs support much higher refresh rates and frames per second.

Multiplayer Gaming

Multiplayer gaming can be expensive for console gamers in the long run as they have to pay separately for multiplayer subscriptions. If you consider the total cost over the years, it might make more sense to spend that money on buying a decent graphics card. PC gamers don’t have to pay additionally to play multiplayer games, while PC games also usually cost less than console games and are available at discounted prices from time to time.

Variety of Games and Mods

The number of games available for the PC is greater than consoles, while many games are first launched for PCs before making their way to gaming consoles. PC gamers can also download mods, added content and graphics enhancements released by game publishers and tech-savvy gamers.

Upgradability, Customization & Decoration

Upgrading a PC is mostly a straightforward task and you can equip your gaming machine with the latest hardware without much hassle. It is the opposite when it comes to gaming consoles as you cannot upgrade them (other than the storage devices).

Upgrading a gaming console means buying a new one, while consoles also become obsolete rather quickly. If you want to play PS4 games in 4K, you’d have to buy PS4 Pro, but PC gamers can simply swap the GPU and they are good to go. PCs are also customizable, allowing gamers to add stuff like water cooling systems, fans and lights for a more personalized look.

You Don’t Have to Schedule Your Gaming Sessions

A gaming PC saves you from having to plan your gaming sessions around TV watching sessions. You’d probably have to wait before the other person finishes watching their favorite TV show or have to watch stuff you don’t even like. Owning a gaming PC means you are free to launch your favorite game whenever you like and don’t have to schedule around the TV time.

Some other advantages of a gaming PC over consoles include:

  • Multi-purpose machines, great multitasking capabilities
  • They are now more affordable than ever
  • Very easy to upgrade
  • Better backward compatibility
  • More horsepower for graphics and general tasks
  • Can be connected to a variety of displays, including ultra-wide monitors
  • Better precision and control with a keyboard and mouse
  • Much better when it comes to MMO/MOBA/multiplayer games
  • More options for graphics settings, FOV etc.
  • You can even play consoles games using emulators (not an ideal solution, but still works well for some games)
  • Rising number of PC-exclusive games
  • Availability of so many free-to-play games

Still, Consoles are not all that bad

Consoles work great for casual gamers who want a hassle-free solution to their gaming needs. Building, maintaining and troubleshooting PCs isn’t something for the faint-hearted. Consoles just work right out of the box and save you from endless driver updates and patches. Although gaming keyboards and mice provide better control and accuracy, controllers have also been refined over the years into a reliable tool.

The initial cost is probably one of the most important factors that keep people from buying consoles as they are available at roughly half the price of an entry-level PC. While PC fans claim the platform to be more multiplayer-friendly, consoles allow family members and friends to enjoy games together in a more interactive way.

You also get to enjoy your favorite games on a big screen (TV) on a comfy sofa, which is obviously a more comfortable experience than sitting straight for hours in front of a PC.

  • Games consoles cost a lot less
  • A more casual and freestyle experience
  • No need to install, maintain and troubleshoot hardware or software
  • Work right out of the box
  • Family-friendly
  • Big-screen experience
  • Many popular games are console-exclusive

How much should you pay for a Gaming PC?

You get what you pay for, which is also true for gaming machines. But a high-end systems (something that costs around $2,000) might not be practical for many gamers, especially casual gamers who plan on playing older titles.

Buying a gaming PC can quickly turn into an expensive pursuit if you don’t take into account the real-world performance requirements of the games you want to play. That’s why it’s highly recommended to have a look at the hardware requirements of different titles and see if you should invest a handsome amount of money in buying an expensive model.

Most casual gamers should be fine with a $500-$600 tower (without monitor and accessories). Gamers with higher performance requirements have to spend something between $800-$1500. Things are different when it comes to laptops, as the price for a decent one starts from $1,000 and can go well above $2500.

It’s not difficult to find a budget gaming PC in sub-$600 range with an i3 or i5 CPU, 2-4GB GPU and 8 GB RAM. These PCs work well for indie games and titles like CS:GO and League of Legends. An upgrade-friendly budget PC costs less in the beginning and allows you to upgrade core components in the future.

  • A budget PC costs something north or south of $500
  • The price of a midrange PC can vary between $800-$1500 depending on the components being used, brand name and cooling solution/design.
  • Price for a decent gaming laptop starts from $1000, while the same amount of money can buy you a more powerful desktop PC
  • Prices of high-end PCs range from $2000-$2500
  • Budget gaming systems can also run modern games, but you have to adjust the resolution and graphics details

Although budget models may lack the performance needed to smoothly play AAA titles, you can still enjoy many such games by lowering the graphics quality and/or resolution. You’d have to consider at least a mid-range machine for smooth AAA gaming on high settings, which can cost from $700 to $1000.

You don’t necessarily need the fastest CPU in a mid-range PC as the GPU doe most of the hard work. Instead of buying a PC with an i7 CPU and a weaker GPU, it’s better to go for a cheaper CPU such as AMD R5 or Core i5 and a more powerful GPU such as GTX 1060.

A $700-1000 mid-range system is pretty much what most gamers need and should be enough for a smooth 1080p experience.

$1000-$1500 PCs are suitable for more demanding gamers who are interested in 4K video (and also want to try Virtual Reality).

$2,000 and above gaming PCs are essentially enthusiast PCs, while you’ll also be able to find some powerful gaming laptops in this price range.

  • A mid-range PC is required for smooth AAA experience
  • Powerful GPU + mid-range CPU combo works better than a mediocre GPU + top-end CPU
  • $700-1000 is the sweet spot for gamers looking for a great balance between performance and price
  • $1000+ PCs are more suitable for 4K games
  • A capable laptop costs more than its desktop counterpart

Prebuilt vs Custom-built Gaming PCs

Choosing between a prebuilt and custom-built gaming PC mostly used to be a matter of individual knowledge about hardware and different components (and the amount of money one is willing to spend).

However, the recent cryptocurrency mining craze caused severe shortages of high-end GPUs, which are being sold for almost twice the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price).

That’s when the GPU manufacturers with the remaining stock started focusing more on prebuilt gaming PC manufacturers. A high-end GPU is the most important and also the most expensive component of a games system. The total cost of custom-built gaming PCs suddenly jumped after blockchain currency miners started to grab high-end GPUs in bulk.

That’s when prebuilt gaming PCs started to make more sense, also for gamers who were very familiar with building gaming PCs. Even if you are able to find a decent GPU, you’d probably have to pay twice the amount of money.

Power efficient high-end GPUs such as GTX 1060/1070 and AMD Radeon RX 570/580 drive greater demand as they are more energy-efficient for mining.

That’s why you might be able to find top-of-the-line GPUs such as GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti at a reasonable price because they consume a lot of power, which means more energy costs for miners. Gamers looking to build a gaming PC with a $300-$500 GPU are having a really tough time finding a reasonably-priced graphics card, making prebuilt PCs a better option.

  • A (powerful) GPU is the most expensive component of a gaming system
  • Prices of high-end and energy efficient GPUs have skyrocketed recently
  • GPUs are in short supply as cryptocurrency miners are buying them in bulk
  • The more energy-efficient a (high-end) GPU is, the more difficult it becomes to find one
  • Prebuilt gaming PCs have started making more sense even to tech-savvy people who can easily assemble a system themselves

Same is the case with DDR4 RAM that cost around $100 (16GB) in the recent past, but now the prices have almost doubled. RAM used to be one of the cheapest components of a gaming PC, but now we also have to consider its cost while building a PC.

Since prebuilt machine companies procure components directly from manufacturers at wholesale rates, they are able to offer products at a reasonable price. It’s not difficult to find a decent 1080p-capable PC for around $800, but a graphics card alone can cost you something between $350-500 when trying to build one yourself.

The numbers clearly go in favor of buying a prebuilt machine, which is a good thing for gamers who were not interested in a DIY job anyway!

Other than the price advantage (because of higher GPU prices), the best prebuilt gaming PCs also have some other benefits including:

  • They are available in all shapes, sizes, configurations and price ranges
  • You don’t need to be a hardware expert to buy one, they are beginner-friendly
  • You don’t have to buy and configure components individually
  • You don’t have to worry about compatibility between different components
  • Manufacturers put a lot of effort into making efficient cooling systems
  • Prebuilt PCs offer a good balance between different components so you don’t have to worry about them
  • Save time and hassle
  • Better support, streamlined warranty as you don’t have to deal with individual warranties
  • Most manufacturers provide information about the games a prebuilt PCs supports, which saves you from nasty surprises

Gaming Desktops vs. Laptops

Gaming laptops have advanced by leaps and bounds, making us wonder how manufacturers are able to fit powerful components inside such a small form factor.

However, despite all the advancements in mobile technologies, desktops remain the winner in terms of raw performance. Each platform has its own pros and cons, but it mainly comes down to the performance vs mobility factor (if spending a few hundred dollars extra isn’t a big issue).

With the performance gap between desktops and laptops narrowing down with each generation of CPUs/GPUs, laptops have started making more sense. Let’s have a look at some of the key differences between the heavyweight champ and its light-footed contender.

GPU and CPU: Winner – Desktops

Desktop CPUs and GPUs have always been faster than their mobile counterparts as larger components translating into more power.  Although the performance gap has been narrowing down with every passing generation, mobile CPUs and GPUs are still not there yet and offer 20-40% less performance.

Dual-GPU option is a rarity in gaming laptops, but it’s a common thing in desktop systems. The performance margin increases, even more, when it comes to the CPU as desktop processors are almost twice as fast as their mobile cousins.

Desktop PCs are obviously a better option if you are concerned about raw performance more than anything else, but they also take more desk-space and are more power hungry.

Upgradability – Winner – Desktops

Desktops are also the clear winner when it comes to future upgrades as swapping components of a desktop PC is much easier than laptops. In most cases, you cannot upgrade core components of a laptop such as the GPU. This makes desktop PCs ideal for gamers who want to keep up with the technology.

Upgrading a laptop GPU usually means buying a new notebook, which can be a costly endeavor. On the other hand, just sell the old desktop GPU on eBay and buy a new one for improved graphics performance. If something goes wrong inside a desktop PC, you can easily replace the faulty component. But laptop repairs are costly and parts are difficult to find (except RAM and Storage devices).

Portability: Winner – Laptops

Portability is one area where gaming laptops have no competition. Despite all their power and modularity, even desktops with a mini-ITX form factor are difficult to move around. On the other hand, even the most powerful, biggest and heaviest PC can be moved around fairly easily.

You also don’t have to lug around a monitor, cables, keyboard, mice, and speakers etc., making gaming laptops the recommended weapon for LAN parties. Gaming laptops are also easier to setup as you only need to plug in the power cord to get started. However, such portability comes at a premium as gaming laptops are more expensive than desktops, while repairs and part replacement are also difficult and costly.

Desktop PC Advantages
  • Better performance
  • Upgrade-friendly
  • Cost less than notebooks
  • Better cooling solutions
Gaming Laptop Advantages
  • Mobility
  • Work when you are away from the power socket
  • Easier to set up and use
  • Take less desk-space
  • Less power consumption

Many gamers end up buying a less-powerful laptop instead of a heavyweight champ for the right reasons. Although you might not be able to upgrade a mobile GPU, they are designed to stay relevant for at least a couple of years.

That’s probably the time when you’d be planning to replace your system anyway and with the skyrocketing prices of GPUs, laptops seem to be more affordable than ever. They are ready-to-use right after unboxing, take less space and consume less power.

Desktop gaming PCs make more sense for gamers who don’t want to compromise on performance and plan on playing games in 4K with maxed out graphics settings. If you already have a decent monitor (or plan on buying one) and prefer enjoying games at your computer desk, desktop gaming PCs are the obvious choice.

Best Prebuilt Towers PCs Money Could Buy

Gaming PCs can be divided into three main categories i.e. budget or low-end, mid-range and high-end systems. These categories sometimes overlap and it becomes difficult to draw a clear line between budget and mid-range or mid-range and high-end machines.

That’s why they have been categorized according to different price brackets. This makes it easier for gamers to quickly find the gaming PC they are looking for in a specific price range. Let’s start with $500-$600 gaming PCs before moving on to the $800-$1000 and $1500-$2000+ gaming desktops and laptops.

Best Gamer Computer in the $500-$600 Budget Range

1. HP Pavilion Power 580-023w

This desktop gaming PC by HP is powered by 7th generation Intel Core i5-7400 CPU and NVidia GTX 1060 GPU, which makes it one of the best budget gaming PCs around. It blurs the line between budget and mid-range gaming computers and is able to run most titles smoothly in 1080p.

The sleek design is perfect for gamers who are looking for a system that does not look awkward in a professional or office environment.

It’s highly recommended to invest in an SSD drive, which would help unlock the true potential of this affordable, yet powerful system. You might also want to upgrade the PSU if you plan to upgrade the system with a more powerful GPU in the future.

Key Specs and features

  • Great value for the money
  • Core i5-7400
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1 TB Hard drive (mechanical)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 7-in-1 media card reader and USB Type-C port
  • 300 watts PSU
  • DVD burner
  • Windows 10

2. Dell Inspiron 5675

This AMD Ryzen 5 and Radeon RX 570 powered gaming PC also offers near-mid-range performance at an affordable price. It’s streamlined design and optimal airflows ensure efficient cooling under pressure so gamers don’t have to worry about thermals during gaming marathons.

The PC is capable of playing most modern games in decent graphics settings and resolution, while gamers shouldn’t face any issues playing slightly older titles in maxes out settings.

Key specs and features

  • AMD RyZen 5 1400
  • AMD RX 570 4GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1 TB Hard drive (mechanical)
  • Wi-Fi AC and Bluetooth
  • Streamlined office-friendly design, optimal airflows
  • Windows 10

3. Alienware Steam Machine

Purpose-built for console-like gaming, Alienware Steam Machine might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly an attractive proposition for Steam gamers.

It supports multiple Steam accounts and hundreds if not thousands of SteamOS titles. Just hook up the Steam controller to enjoy your favorite Steam titles right from your living room. The PC is fairly easy to move around, thanks to its compact design and under 2Kg weight.

Although you can get more powerful CPU and GPU in this price range, the Steam Machine serves a different purpose and is not just another Windows PC.

It is designed for gamers who want the simplicity of a gaming console, small footprint and a dedicated controller that offers features like HD haptic feedback, stage trigger, dual trackpads and fully-customizable control schemes.

Key specs and features

  • 4th gen Intel Core i7-4785T
  • NVidia GeForce GTX GPU (performance comparable to GeForce 860M)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB Hard drive (Mechanical)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Ethernet, and Bluetooth
  • Wireless Valve Steam Controller
  • Free games and other downloadable content
  • Multiple Steam accounts
  • Simple setup and controller-based operation
  • Steam OS

4. Alienware Alpha ASM100-1580

Alienware Alpha is another console-like gaming PC designed for gamers who want a smaller footprint and prefer controller-based gaming.

Although there is nothing special going on in the specifications department, the Alpha has a lot to offer in terms of design and portability. Since the GPU is soldered to the motherboard, the system is not suitable for gamers who might want to upgrade the GPU in future.

It’s more suitable for loyal Alienware fans who want a computer that allows them to play older games and get regular work done such as streaming videos, internet browsing, and productivity tasks.

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Key specs and features

  • Signature Alienware branding and customization options
  • Xbox 360 Controller
  • Intel Core i3-4130T
  • NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU 2GB
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Small footprint, lightweight
  • Console mode (controller-based UI)
  • Supports multiple Steam accounts
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac
  • Windows 8.1 (Upgradable to Windows 10)

5. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra (GUA3120A)

cThe Gamer Ultra PC comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse and you only need a monitor to start enjoying your favorite games.

AMD FX-4300 CPU and R7 250 GPU offer decent gaming performance for the price, while the chassis speaks gaming from every angle.

The CPU/GPU combo obviously isn’t going to break any performance records, but they are good enough for playing recent titles in low resolution and adjusted graphics settings.

Older games should run fluently in high graphics settings and 1080p resolution.

Key specs and features

  • AMD FX-3400
  • AMD R7 250 2GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB Hard drive (mechanical)
  • DVD Burner
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Glass side-panel (tempered)
  • Windows 10

6. Skytech ST-ARCH-GTX1050-2G

This model by Skytech has a lot to offer in the $600 budget segment, including Heat Spreader RAM, a non-generic motherboard and high-performance 430 watt PSU.

Powered by a 6-core AMD FX-6300 CPU and NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, it delivers decent performance at an affordable price. But you’d have to invest in an SSD drive for optimal performance and a better gaming experience.

It certainly looks like a gaming system and also performs like one, allowing gamers to enjoy most games in decent graphics setting and resolution.

Key specs and features

  • AMD FX-6300
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB
  • 8GB RAM (Heat Spreader RAM)
  • 1TB Hard drive (Mechanical)
  • Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet
  • High-performance 430 watt PSU
  • DVD Burner
  • Windows 10

7. Lenovo Erazer X315

Powered by AMD A8-7600 quad-core CPU and Radeon R9 graphics, Erazer X315 offers decent performance for the price and allows gamers to enjoy older, but graphics intensive games such as Battlefield 4 in high graphics settings.

Most recent titles are also playable in 720p with some graphics settings tweaking. The aggressive-looking casing is spacious, resulting in better cooling and easy future upgrades.

The GPU is integrated into the motherboard so obviously, you cannot expect top-of-the-line performance from of the system, but you can add a dedicated card down the road using the available slot.

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Key specs and features

  • AMD A8-7600
  • AMD Radeom R9 255 Graphics 2GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth
  • Windows 8.1

8. Lineage Gaming Desktop

The Lineage PC offers a good balance between specs and price and is powered by an Intel Pentium G4400 processor and NVidia GTX 1050.

The elegant casing is durable and made out of aluminum, which isn’t common in budget towers. Some might argue that a Pentium Dual Core processor is too weak for gaming, but gaming is more about the GPU, which in this case offers decent performance.

Gamers should not have trouble playing even the recent titles after lowering the resolution and tweaking with graphics settings.

Key specs and features

  • Intel Pentium G4400
  • NVidia GTX 1050 2 GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Durable Casing
  • Elegant and sleek design
  • Windows 10

9. HP Pavilion 560-P015HVR

This budget gaming PC by HP comes with AMD RX 480, the minimum required to enter the world of VR. It comes with a 128GB SSD, which is more than enough for running the OS and saves you from having to buy SSD storage separately.

The 6th gen core i5 processor is capable-enough to handle almost any task you throw at it, while 8 GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and solid connectivity options make this PC a good option in the $600 budget segment.

Key specs and features

  • 6th gen Intel Core i5-6400
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Wi-Fi ac and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Bluetooth
  • Meets minimum VR requirements
  • DVD Burner
  • Elegant and simple design
  • Windows 10

10. HP OMEN 870-210

HP OMEN is an excellent option for gamers looking for a PC that makes a bold statement and comes with a wow factor.

The brushed-metal casing with a gaming-centered design isn’t something we usually find in budget gaming PCs. The same machine is also available in different configurations, including AMD RX 480 and NVidia GTX 1060, but the price goes up as you start picking more powerful GPU and other components.

Key specs and features

  • 7th gen Core i3-7100
  • AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Brushed-metal casing
  • WI-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • DVD Burner
  • Windows 10

Best Gaming Systems in the $800-$1000 Budget Range

1. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra (GUA4500A)

$800 turns out to be the sweet spot between price and performance as this CYBERPOWER PC comes with some powerful internals at an affordable price. The AMD FX-6300 CPU and GTX 1060 6GB GPU combo ensure fluent 1080p gaming by delivering decent frame rates gamers expect in competitive games.

A gaming keyboard and mouse is also part of the package so you don’t have to buy them separately. You also get a decent amount of RAM and SSD storage for better system performance, while the spacious chassis means better cooling and easier future upgrades.

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Key specs and features

  • 6-core AMD FX-6300
  • NVidia GTX 1060 6GB
  • 16GB RAM
  • 120GB SSD, 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Windows 10

2. Alienware Aurora AWAUR6-5468SLV-PUS

This system is a great option for Alienware loyalists and allows tool-less upgrades. Its compact size means gamers can easily carry it to LAN parties or move around their homes.

The unique Alienware design, customization, and lighting options allow gamers to customize everything according to their liking.

The PC is also amongst the very few mid-towers that support liquid cooling and dual graphics. Sure, you can get better specs than Aurora in the same price range, but an Alienware machine is more than just specs-on-paper and is designed from the ground up to make a bold statement.

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Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400
  • AMD Radeon RX 480
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Supports liquid cooling and dual-graphics
  • Compact and portable
  • Alien FX lighting
  • Silent operation, thermally optimal design
  • Wi-Fi ac and Gigabit Ethernet
  • DVD Burner
  • Creative X-Fi audio software, Hi-definition audio
  • Tool-less upgrades
  • Windows 10

3. HP Pavilion Power Gaming

This entry from HP comes with AMD RX 580 GPU, which is one of cryptocurrency miners’ favorite GPUs (because of its performance and power efficiency ratio).

The GPU and AMD Ryzen 5 1400 are able to handle even the most graphic intensive games with decent graphic details in 1080p. The PC is also VR-ready, allowing gamers to enter the VR world without breaking the bank. A subtle design language and a host of other features make this PC one of the best under $800 gaming PCs.

Key specs and features

  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  • 128GB SSD, 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Windows 10

4. ASUS GR8 II-T044Z

This compact machine is able to handle most of the recent titles, thanks to the 7th gen Intel Core i5 CPU and NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GPU.

The Oculus certified VR-ready rig comes with nice gaming-centered features that make the experience more enjoyable, including SupremeFX audio, built-in amplifier, customizable lighting and a futuristic look.

Asus claims that GR8 is 23% quieter than similarly priced systems, while optimized cooling ensures uninterrupted sessions and marathons.

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Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • VR-ready and Oculus Certified
  • Compact design, quieter operation
  • ASUS Aura Sync customizable lighting
  • SupremeFX Audio
  • Dedicated chambers for GPU and CPU
  • Windows 10

5. Dell XPS 8920

Powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU, Dell XPS 8920 is a neatly designed system that makes it easier to access the internals and is easy to upgrade.

Separate airflows for the GPU and CPU means optimal cooling, while the system is designed to minimize noise during long sessions so gamers can stay focused.

The XPS supports 225W full-size GPUs, allowing gamers to add more power to the system down the road. It’s a great option for those who are looking for something that performs like a gaming PC but looks more like a professional or all-around PC.

Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Core i7-7700
  • AMD Radeon RX 560 2GB
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Separate GPU and CPU airflows
  • Supports full-size 225W GPUs
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth
  • DVD Burner
  • 11 USB ports
  • Windows 10

6. Acer Predator Helios 300

As the name suggests, the Predator laptop is designed to dominate gaming and make a bold statement. Its state-of-the-art cooling system ensures stability under stress, thanks to the AeroBlade 3D dual-fan system.

Helios 300 is as good as it gets in the price range and allows gamers to enjoy their favorite titles without compromising on graphics quality. Powered by a 7th gen Core i7 processor and NVidia GeForce GTX 1060, the VR-ready laptop is fairly portable, making it ideal for frequent travelers and LAN parties.

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Key specs and features

  • 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
  • 15.6-inch IPS Full HD display
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Brushed-metal chassis
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Propriety dual-fan cooling system, AeroBlade 3D
  • Up to 7 Hr. battery life
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, and Gigabit Ethernet
  • HD Cam, USB-C port, HDMI
  • Windows 10

7. Dell Inspiron 7577-5241 BLK-PUS

This gaming laptop is a good option for gamers who want all the power $1000 gaming laptops have to offer without being too flashy. It looks more like a regular everyday laptop, thanks to its elegant and subtle design language.

The specifications are more or less the same as that of Helios 300, but you also get a 1TB mechanical hard drive for storing all your TV shows, movies, games and other stuff. The Full HD IPS anti-glare display minimizes distractions caused by reflections, while the sub-1-inch chassis makes it one of the most portable gaming laptops in the price range.

Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Core i7-7300HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1060 6GB
  • 15.6-inch FHD IPS Display (Anti-glare)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB mechanical and 128GB SSD
  • Sub-1 inch design
  • Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Dual front-firing speakers, Waves MaxxAudio
  • Windows 10

8. MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US

MSI is one of the leading hardware brands and its GL62M laptop has a lot to offer in under $1000, which makes it one of the most affordable and feature packed laptops.

It’s slim profile and reasonable weight means you can take it anywhere without hurting your shoulders. The feature-packed notebook leaves very little to be desired in the under $1000 price range and comes with everything gamers have come to expect from MSI.

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Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB
  • 15.6-inch FHD IPS Display
  • 1TB mechanical and 128GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • MSI’s cooling tech
  • Thin profile, better portability, 2.2Kg weight
  • Four speakers (2W each), HD cam
  • SteelSeries keyboard
  • Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Windows 10

9. Acer Predator AG3-710

The Predator gaming desktop screams gamer from every side, especially at the front and looks more like a war machine.

You get all the components we have come to expect in the $1000 range, plus an efficient cooling system and all kinds of ports and connectivity options. Although 16GB has become a norm in this price range, adding an 8 GB chip should not cost you a lot of money, so we can excuse Acer for that.

Key specs and features

  • 6th Gen Core i5-6400
  • NVidia GTX 1060 3GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB mechanical and 128GB SSD
  • Signature Predator design
  • 500 Watt PSU
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Easy-swap HDD expansion bay
  • Windows 10

10. MSI Aegis-050US

This MSI PC uses military class 4 components for greater durability and system stability and includes NVidia GTX 1070, which is difficult to find in this price range (in branded gaming systems).

It’s fairly easy to move the compact and lightweight PC around, thanks to the top-handle and ultra-small casing. The Aegis is a great option for gamers who love LAN parties, frequently move their system around the home and want all the power $1000 could possibly buy.

Although you have to compromise on an older-gen CPU, the more powerful GPU easily makes up for that and results in an overall better gaming experience.

Key specs and features

  • 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6400
  • NVidia GTX 1070 8GB
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Silent, cool operation
  • Ultra-small casing and top-handle
  • VR-ready at an affordable price
  • Mystic RGB lighting
  • Separate PSU airflow, PSU mounted on the base
  • Windows 10

Best Gaming PCs in $1500-$2000 Budget Range

1. Alienware Aurora R7

Alienware Aurora R7 is a great option for gamers looking for a capable PC that offers everything they need to enjoy modern games.

The VR-ready desktop PC features signature Alienware branding, customizable lighting, tool-less component upgrades and supports liquid cooling (optional).

It also one of the most compact gaming systems to support dual-graphics, while optimal cooling is ensured by the air intake panels at the front and right. You also get Killer Wireless for strong connectivity and lag-free experience.

Key specs and features

  • Latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700
  • NVidia GTX 1070 8GB
  • 16GB RAM
  • 2TB mechanical and 256GB SSD Drive
  • VR-ready, HTC Vice and Oculus Certified
  • DVD burner
  • Support for dual-graphics and liquid cooling
  • Killer Wireless
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Windows 10

2. ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS

Looking for a heavyweight mobile champ for fluently running modern titles? ASUS ROG Strix is one of the best 17-inch gaming laptops currently available (at a reasonable price-point).

Powered by 7th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVidia GTX 1070 GPU, this notebook is fairly lightweight and slim considering that it comes with a big 17-inch Full HD display that also supports G-Sync (syncs display and GPU refresh rate for smoother graphics).

The machine offers everything we expect from a top-tier gear manufacturer, including an efficient cooling system and audio fidelity.

Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1070 8GB
  • 17.3-inch Full HD Display with G-Sync support (Matte) @75Hz
  • 12GB RAM
  • 1TB mechanical and 128GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth
  • SonicMaster Premium Audio
  • Fairly lightweight and slim profile
  • Windows 10

3. HP OMEN 15t with 4K display

This HP laptop is an excellent option if you are strictly looking for a 4K display in the $1500 price range. The 15.6-inch 4K display is as good as it gets in this budget, but it might not be ideal for 4K video (if you prefer everything maxed out).

However, that does not stop the laptop from being a multimedia powerhouse as everything appears crisp and colorful on the 120Hz display. Rest of the internals compliment the gorgeous display and provide enough power for a smooth playing experience.

Key specs and features

  • 15.6-inch UHD 4K WLED Display with NVidia G-Sync support (120Hz, anti-glare, 3840×2160)
  • 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1060 6GB
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical), 128GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Bang & Olufsen audio
  • 1-inch thick weighs ~2.5KG
  • Windows 10

4. Alienware 17 AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS

The Alienware gaming laptop is packed with features, including Tobii eye-tracking technology that enables gamers to make in-game moves using the movement of their eyes.

The VR-certified laptop is built to last and uses magnesium, copper, steel, anodized aluminum parts. It’s also Windows Hello compatible, which is an advanced facial recognition technology.

The 17.3-inch IPS display offers true-to-life colors and impeccable viewing angles, making it perfect for 1080p gaming. However, it’s bulkier than other gaming laptops discussed earlier so it might not be suitable for frequent travelers who like to keep their PC with them (most of the times).

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Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1060 6GB
  • 16GB RAM
  • 17.3-inch Full HD Anti-glare IPS display
  • 1TB hard drive (mechanical)
  • Tobii Eye tracking, Supports Windows Hello
  • Signature Alienware branding, lighting and customization
  • Killer Wireless
  • ~4.5KG weight
  • Windows 10

5. Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Signature Edition

Lenovo Y910 is a great option for gamers looking for a capable all-in-one PC. It offers all the power needed for an enjoyable gaming experience.

The almost-borderless 27-inch display not only works great for gaming, but also for other productivity tasks such as CAD designing and 3D modeling.

The internals are easily upgradable (AIO PCs are generally easy to upgrade), which futureproofs your investment and make it easier to add more powerful components down the road.

The built-in monitor can also be connected to other HDMI-compatible devices such as smartphones and tablets, without even turning on the system.

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Key specs and features

  • 6th gen Intel Core i7-6700
  • NVidia GTX 1070 GPU
  • 27-inch QHD borderless display
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel RealSense Camera
  • 1TB mechanical and 125GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth
  • Windows 10

6. MSI Nightblade MI3

This high-end desktop PC by MSI comes with beefy specs packed inside a compact chassis that makes it easier for gamers to take their powerhouse to LAN parties.

It provides all the power needed for an immersive VR experience, thanks to the top-tier MSI NVidia GTX 1080 GPU and 7th gen Intel Core i7 CPU.

You also get access to exclusive MSI features such as TWIN FROZR VI and Silent Storm cooling and exclusive apps and premium subscriptions, including WTFast Network 2-month license.

Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700K
  • NVidia GTX 1080 8GB (MSI)
  • 32GB RAM
  • 256GB NVMe SSD and 1TB mechanical drive
  • Silent Storm cooling
  • DVD burner
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Compact and portable design
  • Nahimic 2 and Audio Boost 3 audio technology
  • Military Class 5 components for better stability and durability
  • MSI apps and premium subscriptions
  • Top-handle
  • Metal shielding
  • Easy upgradability
  • Mystic lights
  • Windows 10

7. CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8080A2

This PC by CYBERPOWER pretty much nails it in terms of specifications and comes with powerful components that aim to blur the line between high-end and enthusiast PCs.

An 8th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVidia 1080 Ti GPU is a powerful combo that allows gamers to enjoy all the recent titles in their full glory.

Add liquid cooling to the equation and you get a reliable and stable performer designed to keep up with long playing marathons. 16GB RAM might raise some eyebrows, but it’s perfectly acceptable and adding some more modules isn’t a costly endeavor.

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Key specs and features

  • 8th gen Intel i7-8700K
  • NVidia GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
  • 16GB RAM
  • Liquid cooling
  • 1TB mechanical and 240GB SSD
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Lifetime tech support
  • Tempered glass panel
  • Windows 10

8. HP OMEN 880

HP OMEN is another high-end desktop system that features a cutting-edge design and comes with some of the latest hardware able to handle everything without breaking a sweat.

Tool-less access and plenty of room for expansion make the upgrade-friendly PC an excellent choice for future upgrades. Liquid cooling and edge-vents on both the right and left allows the system to perform optimally even under full load.

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Key specs and features

  • 8th gen Intel i7-8700K
  • 95W Liquid cooling, 500W PSU
  • NVidia GTX 1080 8GB
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB mechanical and 512GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • DVD Burner
  • DTS Studio Sound
  • Windows 10

9. HP Omen 17 i7

This high-end laptop is powered by a 7th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVidia GTX 1070 GPU.

It provides gamers with everything they need for a truly immersive gaming experience, including the Full HD IPS display @120Hz and Bang & Olufsen dual speakers. It checks all the specification boxes and comes loaded with dual hard drives and 32 GB RAM.

The laptop doesn’t look too much like other gaming laptops with their angular bodies and flashy lights, but the powerful components inside make it a real powerhouse.

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Key features and specs

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1070 8GB
  • 17.3-inch anti-glare FULL HD IPS Display @120Hz
  • 32GB RAM
  • 1TB mechanical and 256GB SSD
  • Bang & Olufsen dual speakers
  • Dragon Red BL keyboard
  • Wi-Fi ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Windows 10

10. MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro Laptop

This slim and fairly lightweight powerhouse by MSI comes with propriety Cooler Boost Trinity tech, which is a top-of-the-line cooling solution that includes two GPU fans and five heat pipes for optimal cooling.

The 17.3-inch FHD display with True Color Technology and 5ms response time (120Hz) produces sharp and colorful images for a better game experience and allows gamers to select from a variety of display modes, including Gamer and Movie mode.

Despite being a large-screen laptop, the Stealth Pro is fairly easy to move around, thanks to the 0.77-inch thick chassis and around 2.4 Kg weight.

You get a lot of screen real-estate without the notebook being too bulky or thick. The SteelSeries keyboard is known for its excellent feedback and versatility, while RGB backlighting allows gamers to customize their laptop according to their liking.

Key specs and features

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVidia GTX 1070 8GB
  • 17.3-inch FHD anti-glare display, 5ms response time @ 120Hz, True Color Technology
  • Nahimic 2 Surround Sound
  • Steelseries RGB BL keyboard
  • 0.77-inch think and around 2.4Kg weight
  • Cooler Boost Trinity Cooling
  • Killer Network (E2500), Intel 8265 Windstorm Peak
  • Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth
  • Windows 10

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