AFTER MORE THAN 40 HOURS OF RESEARCH, WE FOUND THE BEST GAMING PCS FOR EVERY BUDGETShopping for a gaming desktop is hard! So, we've done the grunt work for you, and rounded up the best, most powerful picks available today.
1. CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR
If you're looking for a VR-ready gaming PC that won't break the bank, this one from CyberPowerPC is a fine choice. The computer is ready to play right out of the box — it even comes with a keyboard and mouse.
It's powered by a ninth-generation Intel i5 CPU, and it's outfitted with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card. It also has 8 GB of RAM, a 120 GB SSD, and a 1 TB HDD. What does this mean for you? The ability to run most mainstream games at high graphics settings — and even some virtual reality titles — without burning a hole in your wallet!
An editor at IGN who tested it said it's a tough option to beat, and it can easily handle 1080p gaming at medium to high settings. Its tower has RGB backlighting, and it's easy to open, in case you need to update the computer's parts down the line, too.
If computers aren't your forte, you'll be happy to know that CyberPowerPC gaming systems include free lifetime technical support.
2. MSI Trident X Plus Gaming Desktop
If you have the budget for it, the MSI Trident finds that sweet spot between price, performance, and future-proofing.
It features the all-new ninth-generation Intel i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, and a massive 512 GB SSD for storage. Normally, powerful parts means a larger computer, but that's not the case with this MSI machine. It sports an innovative, compact case that's easily upgradeable and looks great on any desk.
Named an editor's choice award-winning PC by Tom's Hardware, it's equipped with a slew of connectivity ports for connecting a VR headset or other peripherals, and it even comes with a keyboard and a mouse. Coming in below $2,000, this VR-ready gaming PC is tough to beat in terms of price and features.
3. OMEN by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer
One of the coolest-looking entries in this list, the OMEN gaming desktop has sleek looks and a transparent tempered glass side panel with integrated RBG lighting for illuminating its internals. The PC packs a serious gaming punch courtesy of an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and the powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphic card.
Plus, the OMEN has plenty of connectivity features and future upgrade options, but let's be real: With 16 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and 1 TB HDD, there's really no need to upgrade anything for several years.
An editor at Games Radar said this gaming PC is perfect for gamers who crave high performance in a no-frills machine. This powerhouse can handle graphics-intensive games in VR and multiple processes simultaneously — even when you're editing 4K video.
4. CORSAIR ONE i160 Compact Gaming PC
Building a gaming PC is a daunting task. Corsair, a popular PC parts supplier, helps ease the burden with the already-assembled Corsair ONE i160. It's made for gaming, and it features the latest and greatest parts in a compact and quiet body with an enticing 2-year warranty. The computer is VR-ready, and it provides endless power, according to the Verge.
Although a $3,000 computer may seem steep, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more powerful and compact pre-assembled computer better than this one. Its base model boasts Intel's latest ninth-generation and Nvidia's newest graphics card, a whopping 32 GB of RAM, and a zippy SSD — plus an additional 2 TB hard drive for storage, making it an absolute beast at playing all the latest AAA games.
5. Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop
Most gaming PCs feature loud designs with bright LED lights in a wide-array of colors. The Dell Inspiron Gaming PC aims for a more subdued look. Don't worry — it isn't just for spreadsheets and web browsing. The machine is quite the powerhouse.
It's VR-ready, and it packs Intel's zippy eighth-generation 6-core processor, 16 GB of RAM, a wicked fast 128 GB SSD, and a 2 TB HDD for some extra storage. While it doesn't come loaded with the latest processors by Intel, it is more than capable of playing games in HD and still packs an impressive GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. This pick is also a favorite of Digital Trends and BestReviews.
6. Acer Aspire Gaming Desktop
Looking for a bit more performance and more upscale looks than what the CyberpowerPC we mentioned above offers? The PC from Acer is easily upgradeable, has a fairly understated design, and it won't break the bank, either!
Acer's Aspire gaming desktop packs a keyboard and mouse, along with an AMD Ryzen 7 eight-core CPU, 16 GB of RAM, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and a combination of a 1 TB hard drive and a 256 solid-state drive — all the components you need for delivering 4K resolution or doing demanding tasks like video editing or extreme gaming.
It's also one of the few gaming PCs that's still equipped with an optical drive, so if you want to watch DVDs or burn CDs, it's a great choice, too! We think an editor at PC Gamer described it wonderfully: "A great mid-range option if you're dipping your toes in and want to start with something affordable and upgradeable."
7. Alienware Aurora R8 High End Gaming Desktop
The Alienware Aurora is a sleek gaming desktop that's also quite affordable in an entry-level guise. It's a compact but capable machine that can be configured to handle power-hungry tasks like virtual reality gaming or streaming 4K video. Besides its reasonable starting price, what we love most about it is how easily upgradeable it is.
Dell offers a diversity of hardware choices for every price range — perfect for those who aren't comfortable with upgrading computers. Its available hardware options include Intel's ninth-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, and a choice of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX1660 Ti, 2070, or 2080 graphics cards, meaning you can find that sweet spot between performance and price.
8. Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition Gaming Desktop
Another powerful option from Alienware, the Area 51 gaming desktop is beautifully designed and has plenty of hardware oomph. Key features of this configuration include the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processors, up to 64 GB of RAM, and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card — which together help the PC pack a serious gaming punch, according to T3 and Tech Radar.
As for storage space, the base model is packed with either a 512 GB or 1 TB SSD in addition to a 2 TB HDD. Specs aside, this desktop gaming PC is a great VR-ready option made for hardcore gamers. This powerhouse can handle graphic-intensive games in VR and multiple processes simultaneously — even when you're editing 4K video.