Best Gaming PCs

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 24, 2017
In our Gaming PC review we offer a brief guide to help you choose the Gaming PC for enjoying the video games. We highlighted the most important features that make a Gaming PC stand out among the rest while enriching the gaming experience and adding gaming functionality. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS
Hi-End gaming computer that meets requirements for all modern games. It is able to max out the games at QHD resolution with good frame rates and capable for 4K gaming.
CONS
This gaming PC has a relatively simple design.
OUR VERDICT
Cybertron Palladium is a rare example of a peak performance at the fair price. This gaming system is definitely strong enough to VR-gaming.
detailed parameters
Graphics
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz (up to 4GHz)
Memory
16GB DDR4
Storage Space
1TB HDD
Included
Mid-tower gaming system, wired Logitech keyboard and mouse
Cooling
2-side air cooling system
PROS
Attractively looking and easy to maintain Medium-level Gaming PC solution. Slightly enlarged case and the PSU positioned at the bottom provide great upgradability.
CONS
Graphics lacks VRAM for QHD resolution or higher.
OUR VERDICT
A modern Gaming PC with a good expandability and potential, which is ensured by the use of a case with a well thought-out design. This is a good option for 1080p gaming.
detailed parameters
Graphics
GeForce GTX 950 2GB
CPU
Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz
Memory
8GB DDR4
Storage Space
1TB HDD
Included
Mid-tower gaming system, wired firmware keyboard and mouse
Cooling
2-side air cooling system
PROS
This gaming PC boasts AMD LiquidVR cutting-edge technology and has the latest RX480 onboard. The built-in Wi-Fi module ensures a fast and easy connection to the Internet.
CONS
The PC lacks an SSD drive for a better loading time.
OUR VERDICT
The Gamer Xtreme VR is a splendid gaming PC for those who like the VR and 1440p resolution at an affordable price. This red-glowing monster can easily run new hits like GTA5, Witcher 3 or Battlefield 1.
detailed parameters
Graphics
Radeon RX 480 4GB
CPU
Intel Core i5-6402P 2.8 GHz
Memory
8GB DDR4
Storage Space
1TB HDD
Included
Mid-tower gaming system, firmware Cyberpower keyboard and mouse
Cooling
2-side air cooling system with 4 fans.
PROS
SSD Hybrid is allowing to increase access time and overall system performance. The high performance of this gaming PC is paired with high energy-efficiency and low noise level (26 dB at idle).
CONS
The case is slightly bigger than the standard one.
OUR VERDICT
The ASUS G11 gaming PC is equipped with good GPU-CPU combo and delivers the joy of a reliable and continuous PC gaming to its user without the need to hardware upgrade.
detailed parameters
Graphics
GeForce GTX 960 4GB
CPU
Intel Core i5-6400 2.7 GHz
Memory
8 GB DDR4
Storage Space
1TB HDD+8GB SSD
Included
Mid-tower gaming system, Asus keyboard and mouse.
Cooling
1-side cooling system with side panel holes
PROS
Entry-level gaming system for affordable price. The manufacturer provides a lifetime technical support for this gaming PC.
CONS
Despite its sturdiness, the white case gets smudged easily.
OUR VERDICT
The Archangel model of a gaming PC has conveniently arranged connections and extension ports packed in a compact PC case. The ergonomic case design boasts a white finish and stylish blue lighting.
detailed parameters
Graphics
GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB
CPU
AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
Memory
8GB DDR3
Storage Space
1TB HDD
Included
White mid-tower with keyboard, mouse, HDMI cable included.
Cooling
2-side air cooling system

What Is It

For many people playing the computer games is a favorite way of relaxation. However, the capabilities of conventional computers may not suffice for wholly enjoying the modern games, as one needs a specialized powerful gaming personal computer. The main distinguishing feature of these gaming PCs is their higher performance comparing with conventional computers. Moreover, often the gaming PCs are not only distinct in their performance, but in their innovativeness as well. Whether it be the appearance of a PC or its components, everything is aimed at provision of the comfort, production of appearance and design, and performance maintenance. All these factors serve the purpose of offering the maximum immersion of the user into the world of computer games.

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What Features to Compare

The first thing you should pay attention to when choosing the equipment of this type is the General and Gaming performance. It is the foremost parameter that distinguishes the gaming PCs: its video card or video adapter. Gaming performance-wise, the video card in most cases is of the greatest importance for a gaming PC. Video card performance parameters are somewhat aggregate of CPU and RAM parameters  as video cards have their specialized processors called GPUs, which also have their clocking frequencies (the higher the GPU’s clocking frequency the higher the GPU performance, within one GPU generation), number of computational blocks (these blocks are smaller and more numerous than the CPU cores, but the same logic of more GPU blocks for higher performance applies) and the amount of video memory or video RAM, which is also measured in gigabytes (1, 2, 4 Gb – the more the better). There are video cards of different generations or architecture and the more recent the architecture is the more capable the GPU is performance-wise and features-wise.

The second factor affecting the General and Gaming performance is the CPU (central processing unit) or simply the processor as all the software is processed by this unit: it feeds the other main PC components the data for further processing and maintains the operation of all the peripherals. With that, the more capable the processor is, the higher the PC performance will be. Processor key performance parameters are its clock frequency, which is usually measured in gigahertz (for example, 3, 3.5 GHz, the higher the better if comparing the CPUs of one architecture or one generation), and the number of processing cores, which in most cases is divisible by two (2, 4, 8 cores, the more cores there are, the higher the overall performance is).

Last but not the least PC component, which determines a PC General and Gaming performance is the amount of random access memory (RAM) installed in the system. It is measured in gigabytes (Gb) and in most cases is divisible by two (2, 4, 6, 8 Gb or more), though there are some PC configurations that have the odd number of RAM amount (1, 3 Gb, etc.). The RAM performance is also influenced by its type or generation (DDR, DDR 2, DDR 3) and operating frequency measured in megahertz (1866, 2000, 2133, 2400 MHz or higher). The higher the frequency the higher the RAM performance if to compare the RAM of one type or generation, e.g. DDR 3 RAM. The performance comparison of different types of RAM, e.g. DDR 2 and DDR 3 based solely on their frequency is incorrect though as these types of RAM have different data bandwidth\data processing capability per 1 MHz of frequency. However, considering the certain trend for the unification of the components used in the industry at the moment, when comparing different computer for gaming models we are most likely to deal with the same and most recent type of RAM. If to bear in view the comparatively insignificant (and diminishing with the frequency growth) influence of RAM operating frequency on the system performance, we conclude that the bigger the amount of RAM installed the better the PC General and Gaming performance and multitasking capabilities.

After defining the General and Gaming performance factors, we should focus on Distinguishing Features of a gaming computer. Thus, gaming PCs combine not only powerful standardized components but peculiar and unique solutions by a vendor. Each of the models included in our gaming PC review is a unique solution from the point of view of ergonomics, functionality and communication with external devices. Distinguishing Features, for example, can consist in the availability of special ergonomic solutions, proprietary technologies and functionality, branded components. With that, these peculiar gaming PC features serve for offering maximum gaming experience and gaming interaction.

Eventually, after dealing with the inner components and features in our gaming computer review, it is necessary to delineate the Form Factor and Cooling. Form factor usually refers to desktop gaming PC’s system unit or computer case and determines its dimensions and inner parts arrangement (which affects such important feature as computer case cooling needed for continuous operation at high loads). The most commonly used computer case form factors are (from the largest to the smallest) Full Tower, Mid Tower, Mini Tower. Form Factor and Cooling determines the gaming PC expandability or the capability of its basic hardware to be upgraded or its features to be expanded by the addition of various equipment. That being said there are so-called all in one gaming PC models, which have a very tight integration of desktop gaming PC main component, computer case, with such important input/output devices as display, keyboard and PC mouse.

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Review of CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop

CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop

CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop

General and Gaming performance

This desktop gaming PC brings an excellent gaming performance. The GTX 1060 with 1024 CUDA-cores and 6GB VRAM onboard is a heart of this machine. This 10th Generation Nvidia Graphics card is one of the most successful new products of the year - cool, quiet and very efficient. 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor is enough to reveal its full potential. It is possible to play most games with 4K resolution on average or high settings. However, if you're planning to take maximum from games at Ultra HD resolution, you should look at CybertronPC Palladium with GTX 1070, but be ready to pay 200$ more.

Review of CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop

Distinguishing Features

Cybertron opted to utilize the classic muscle-style design and components in such a way that ensures maximum efficiency and convenience for the user. However, the vendor equipped this PC with a stylishly designed LED Front Panel Fan Control, using which you can easily control up to six sets of fan speeds on gaming PC model.

CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop in the use

Form Factor and Cooling

Using a standard midi-tower case for its CybertronPC Stinger model the vendor applied only slight customization, which manifests itself in diamond-cut aluminum panel and dual LED colors. On the other hand, full-fledged case space is efficiently used and offers numerous full-size 5.25”/3.5” expansion slots, plenty of space for trouble-free ATX motherboard and CPU installation. The choice of the standard case form factor benefits from the efficiency even a standard cooling system provides when installed in this case. As this gaming PC is equipped with energy-efficient main components, the standard cooling is an optimal choice.

Detailed review of CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop

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CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop
CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB Gaming Desktop
 
Review of CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop

General and Gaming performance

This gaming PC uses a modern and powerful Intel CPU and has the amount of RAM onboard which is sufficient to maintain the high performance even in heavy computing load and intense multitasking scenarios. Visuals-wise the performance of this CYBERPOWER PC is sufficient for the gamer to indulge himself/herself in modern RTS games at high settings at the Full HD resolution as well as the most graphically intensive RPG titles.

Review of CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop

Distinguishing Features

The vendor of this gaming PC approached the case customization matter in all seriousness. Which resulted in the stylish yet practical design. Compact panel at the top of the front side that accommodates the USB ports, audio outs and two dials for the manual adjustment of cooling fans is complemented with the stylish side plexiglass window and the high-tech top surface of the case.

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop in the use

Form Factor and Cooling

This gaming PC has a customized case finish though in essence its case conforms with the Midi-Tower form factor with a slightly bigger length. Thus, the case offers very good expandability with up to eight 5.25”-drive slots at the front and a large inside space. Owing to the bottom PSU positioning at the back you will have no issues with the installation of a CPU cooling system in case of CPU upgrade. Such PSU positioning also allows maintaining a very effective internal components cooling using the case-wide cooler at the case back aside from the PSU built-in one.

Detailed review of CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop

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CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop
CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi760 Gaming Desktop
 
Review of CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready Gaming Desktop

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready Gaming Desktop

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready Gaming Desktop

Become a Part of Digital Universe

When designing this gaming PC, the CyberPowerPC employees have put much effort in furnishing it with various cutting-edge technologies implemented in high-performance components and assembling them in an elegant and convenient case. One of the most important innovations the Gamer Xtreme VR offers is the port for connecting a virtual reality headset placed on a modern VR-compliant video card. Owing to the VR equipment set, you will be able to plunge into an artificially created virtual world and become its inalienable part. Please, note that to get a full virtual reality experience, you will need a special VR headset. By the way, you can buy the VR headset together with PC. Radeon graphics card supports most advanced video features, uses the drivers that are fully compatible with DirectX 12 and can utilize the full power of multi-core CPUs and GPUs very efficiently. The GPU of the Radeon RX 480 video card used in the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR model is extremely power-efficient mostly due to the innovative technologies and architecture by AMD. In practice, this video card does not heat much at high loads and supports a smooth and stutter-free 4К video output or 1440p gaming with a refresh rate of 60 frames per second.

Review of CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready Gaming Desktop

Reliable Case

Even a single glance at the case of this gaming PC model tells you that designers have foreseen all the things a gamer needs. They have taken care of the inner component arrangement to avoid overheating of the hardware. The front panel has grilled openings for an unimpeded air inflow with its further blowing out of the upper panel. This air circulation scheme enables the cooling system to exhaust the hot air through the grills of the upper panel, thus maintaining a fault-free operation of this gaming PC. The cooling system has as many as four coolers under the hood, which provide sufficient heat removal even at peak loads. For a fast connection of peripheral devices, such as a keyboard or a mouse, there are USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. Having bought this gaming PC, you get the bundled keyboard and mouse, which match the case really well. If you are the one who wants to save up yet loves playing games, then buying this computer will surely be a bargain in terms of cost saving and joy.

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready Gaming Desktop in the use

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CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready Gaming Desktop
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Review of Asus G11CD Gaming Desktop

Asus G11CD Gaming Desktop

Asus G11CD Gaming Desktop

General and Gaming performance

The sixth Intel Core i7 processor makes it possible to effectively perform the most challenging tasks, play the demanding games at the maximum settings and watch videos at 4K/Ultra HD resolution. Core i7-6700 CPU provides superior performance and boasts outstanding energy efficiency. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card ensures the top-tier ASUS G11 gaming performance. The GTX 970 video card supports the video streaming to up to 3 UHD (3840×2160 pixels) displays at maximum resolution simultaneously. The DDR4 RAM installed in this gaming PC desktop system has the maximum data transfer rate of 2.1 GT/s, which is twice as much as the one of DDR3 memory.

Review of Asus G11CD Gaming Desktop

Distinguishing Features

The ASUS G11 gaming PC has an eye-catching red-black case with characteristic ROG series futuristic design and coloring resembling the Mayan ornaments. The three areas with bright red illumination as well as the central LED-backlight unit supporting the light effects and capable of rendering up to 8 million colors are the most visually appealing design elements. The stylish look is just one part of the design, which enables the ASUS G11 to run whisper-quiet at only 26dB at idle. This gaming computer is equipped with six USB ports, including the two most up-to-date USB 3.1 ports.

Asus G11CD Gaming Desktop in the use

Form Factor and Cooling

The ASUS G11 gaming PC implements a high-performing cooling system. Several large side vents (5 mm in diameter) are intended to remove heat from the CPU and the holes on the front panel are responsible for an intake of cool air into the case. Such a cooling system provides a stable gaming computer operation even at the maximum loads. The red and black case of ASUS G11 is made of high-quality materials. It has a standard Midi-tower shape with the large ASUS engraving on the front panel.

Detailed review of Asus G11CD Gaming Desktop

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Review of SkyTech ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI Archangel Gaming Computer

SkyTech ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI Archangel Gaming Computer

SkyTech ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI Archangel Gaming Computer

General and Gaming performance

This PC for gaming by SkyTech is equipped with a modern AMD FX6300 CPU, which has a 3.5 GHz base clock that can be increased to 4.1 GHz and offers 6 cores for a smooth multitasking. The Archangel gaming PC features 8 GB RAM, operating at 1866 MHz frequency, for a fast switching between the tasks and running modern graphic intensive games. To provide you with a sufficient storage space, the vendor has equipped this gaming computer with a 1 TB hard drive with the spindle speed of 7200 rpm. This HDD solution offers enough space for your games and a fast loading.

Review of SkyTech ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI Archangel Gaming Computer

Distinguishing Features

The Archangel gaming PC comes with a snow-white ergonomic case, which clearly distinguishes it among the other interior elements. The case side panels and a lower part of the front panel have transparent plastic inserts that let the blue LED lighting out and let you see what is there inside the case. The upper part of the front panel of this gaming PC by SkyTech slides up to provide easy access to the DVD drive.

SkyTech ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI Archangel Gaming Computer in the use

Form Factor and Cooling

The vendor has designed the cooling of ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI gaming computer as a 2-cooler solution. One cooler is mounted on the CPU as demanding games put a high load on CPU and substantially increase its heat dissipation. That is why this PC model has an effective CPU cooler. The front panel of this computer for gaming has openings for a cool air intake. After the air has gone through the PC components and removed the heat from them, it is blown out by the fan placed on top of the case back panel. The Gaming Mid-Tower form factor of the PC case provides enough space for installing additional components and drives at the same time gives easy access to all the hardware. In all, you can be sure this gaming PC won't get overheated no matter what game you are playing!

 

Detailed review of SkyTech ST-FX6300-8GB1TB-GTX750TI Archangel Gaming Computer

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