Best Gaming PCs for Your Best-ever Gaming Experience

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2017
In our Gaming PC review we offer you a brief guide through the best models of computers you can get to play video games. Also, we've picked some of the important features that may add to the functionality and enhance your gaming experience. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Graphics
CPU
Memory
Storage Space
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Cooling
Warranty
 
PROS

This model comes with one of the most powerful graphics cards out there which will ensure outstanding framerates on ultra settings in every new video game on the market.

CONS

Package in which this model comes seems to be made of lower quality materials thus increasing the chances of damaging this item during transportation.

OUR VERDICT

A great model with some of the most powerful components out there and a great cooling system that will prevent overheating in the most extreme scenarios and will ensure smooth gaming even on a 4k resolution.

detailed parameters
Graphics

NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 8GB

CPU

Intel Core i7-7700K Quad-Core 4.20 GHz (4.50 GHz Max Turbo)

Memory

16GB DDR4

Storage Space

2TB HDD

240GB SSD

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Features a gaming keyboard and a mouse, comes with a wifi adapter and a 7.1 surround sound system 

Cooling

Liquid cooling 

Warranty

1 year

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

The 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
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Features a mid-tower gaming system, Includes a wired Logitech keyboard and mouse

Cooling
2-side air cooling system
Warranty

1 year

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

AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB

CPU
Intel Core i5-6402P 2.8 GHz
Memory
8GB DDR4
Storage Space
1TB HDD
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Features a mid-tower gaming system, Includes a  Cyberpower keyboard and mouse, Supports DirectX12

Cooling

2-side air cooling system with 4 fans, Perforated surface for better ventilation of the inside components

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Delivers enhanced visual performance and is multi-monitor compatible for your best-ever experience. Works perfectly fine at the maximum gaming settings and allows for breath-taking immersion in the flawless world of virtual reality.

CONS

Glossy surface of the housing is prone to collecting dust and fingerprints.

OUR VERDICT

The preinstalled motherboard is good enough to output audio through 7.1-channel systems. Suitable both for everyday multitasking experience and for long gaming sessions. Has an eye-catchy and stylish housing with green backlighting. 

detailed parameters
Graphics

 Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB 

CPU

AMD FX-6300, 3.5GHz, Six-Core

Memory

16GB DDR3

Storage Space

1TB HDD

120GB SSD

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

A mouse and a keyboard, Supports DirectX12, Allows for amazing gaming and virtual reality experience

Cooling

Air cooler, Perforated surface for better ventilation of the inside components

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card and an AMD FX-6300 CPU will satisfy all of your gamer needs at one of the best price to quality ratios out there. 

CONS

The peripherals are not part of the package so you are going to have to look for a mouse and keyboard yourself.

OUR VERDICT

An absolutely stunning yet practical design and great performance for a more than modest price - this desktop is the one you don't want to miss!

detailed parameters
Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5

CPU

AMD FX-6300 Six-Core 3.50GHz (Turbo up to 4.1GHz)

Memory

8 GB DDR3

Storage Space

1TB HDD

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

A unique design of the case with an upper deck bent forward along the axis

Cooling

2-side air cooling system

Warranty

1 year

What Is a Gaming PC?

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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Best Gaming PCs

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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iBUYPOWER AM003i GTX 1080 & i7

The Dream is Nigh

A personal computer that is capable of running the so-called "next generation" of video games at a 4k resolution on the ultra settings is the dream of pretty much every PC gaming enthusiast out there. Well, for those of you who are looking to purchase this new desktop from iBUYPOWER that dream is about to become a reality. Equipped with the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080, one of the best graphic cards out there, and with 8 gigabytes of VRAM, this desktop will provide you with the sufficient amount of frame rates at a 4k resolution no matter what kind of game you'd like to explore or what kind of settings you prefer. 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an Intel i7-7700k CPU will not just ensure to prevent bottlenecking the monstrous GPU this desktop is equipped with but will also give you enough processing power to handle any number of applications at their maximum capacity. A 2 terabyte hard disk drive will leave you with more than enough space to store the most outrageous amount of data while the 240 GB solid state drive will reduce the loading time of your favorite video games as well as provide some additional space for them.

Review of iBUYPOWER AM003i GTX 1080 & i7 4K Gaming PC

A Peek Inside

This iBUYPOWER gaming desktop employs a somewhat standard Mid Tower ATX Case with the clear glass sides in order to provide a full view of the absolutely stunning interior of this case. Although the orthodox dark colors are more prevalent throughout the most of it, a crimson hue on top of the fans, RAM, wires, and certain edges gives it a rather daring and stylish look. This model utilizes some top of the line components so when it comes to preventing overheating, the liquid cooling system there isn't just a matter of style but more of a matter of necessity. The system comes with a Windows 10 already installed. It starts up and resumes fast, has additional built-in security compared to the previous iterations of the product, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.

iBUYPOWER AM003i GTX 1080 & i7 4K Gaming PC in the use

It's Time to Play

The Virtual Reality industry is on the rise, currently undergoing a tremendous amount of development thanks to the undying enthusiasm of the people behind it and to a substantial number of investors looking towards it as the next big thing. But in order to play all of the new VR games coming up, a capable VR system is an absolute necessity. The iBUYPOWER AM003i is a gaming system that has been optimized in order to play any kind of game without any hassle. With stand-out performance and easy customization, you can pick and choose which VR System suits you without sacrificing on speed or personality. Some may find this model to be a bit pricey but if there ever was anything worth spending some extra money on, this desktop has got to be that.

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iBUYPOWER AM003i GTX 1080 & i7
iBUYPOWER AM003i GTX 1080 & i7
 

CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB

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.

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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.

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CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB
CybertronPC Palladium i7 GTX1060 6GB
 

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready

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.

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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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Check out this splendid headphone set. We recommend you to use a headphone set with a mic for a full gaming experience.

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CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready
CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR Ready
 

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GTX1060 & fx-6300

For Cyber Sportsmen

The Gamer Ultra GTX1060 will come to liking to users who've got passion for cybersport, a new yet extremely popular kind of sports that attracts more and more people from all over the world. The manufacturer, CyperPowerPC, has fitted the computer with a top-tier AMD FX-6300 processor, comprising 6 cores and clocked at 3.5GHz, so that you could get an acceptable fresh rate when playing modern graphically demanded games. It won't be an exaggeration to say there's no computer game out there that may weaken its abilities or worsen its performance. What contributes to the advantages of this PC is that it is quite energy-saving despite such great visual performance, and consumes 95W the maximum. The graphic card supports the latest DirectX 12 interface for realistic lifelike scenes on screen. It also allows for improved processor performance. The memory of the graphic card of 6GB is more than enough to get the most out of gaming and bring your experience to a completely new level.

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What about Design?

The CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra actually looks like a gaming computer. The housing of the PC has an attractive glossy finish and a bright green insertion that catches an eye in an instant. You will not mistake it for a conventional computer and will be proud to show it off in front of your friends. The green backlighting adds to the futuristic look of the computer, serving also as illumination. 

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GTX1060 & fx-6300 Gaming PC in the use

Complement Your Set

When buying the Gamer Ultra GTX1060 you also get a mouse and a keyboard, which adds up to all the good things said about this PC. The only thing you may still want to check out is a suitable gaming monitor.  

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CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GTX1060 & fx-6300
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GTX1060 & fx-6300
 

SkyTech Archangel GTX 1050Ti & FX6300

Fast and Affordable

The popularity of gaming has been steadily rising over the past few decades, and with game developers in a virtual arm’s race with mass-market producers of computers, we’ve seen the introduction of PC platforms which are specifically designed with gaming in mind. This kind of paradigm creates very specific demands on the type of computer you’re running, and there’s an extra emphasis on added cooling systems, computing speed, and versatility. With all of these requirements, it comes as no surprise that an average gaming desktop isn't necessarily something that could be described as affordable. Don't get ready to eat your heart out though. If you have come to a conclusion that a gaming desktop is something that only those willing to drop a few extra bucks can afford, this model is here to prove you wrong. With the newest technology from Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti, SkyTech Archangel Gaming PC provides you with the newest and improved version of the Pascal architecture at a budget. This graphics card will allow you to enjoy solid frame rates even in the newest, most demanding video games out there. The model comes with a six-core AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz processor and 8 GB of system memory. More memory could prove useful, and the system is capable of upgrading it up to 32 GB, but this is fast enough as it is. The processor gets an excellent score of 6300 points on the CPU Mark test, making it an absolute steal for its price.

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Wish I Had an Angel

At first glance, the SkyTech Archangel GTX looks like it might belong under the hood of a luxury car than on a computer desk. The Sci-Fi inspired design of this model is very easy on the eyes and yet it screams gamer. Its near rectangular chassis is white, with a pair of tapering lazy black covers through which angel eye LEDs shine light to the exterior. The front upper deck is white but is bent forward along the axis, separated by a thin strip of lighting that runs up the front.

SkyTech Archangel GTX 1050Ti & FX6300 Gaming PC in the use

Practical Solution

One of the things pre-built PC’s use to lure in prospective buyers is always the case. There are no benefits in terms of gaming performance that the case offers, but what kind of game doesn't want his rig to look as great as it performs? The Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition fits this description like no other case. When it comes to actual functionality, one of the most important things to look for in a case is space and airflow. And Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition has both of those boxes checked.

The system measures at 20.2 by 8.5 by 18.2 inches and weighs 26.6 pounds. It features seven USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0, but you don't get a type C port that is becoming more common among gaming laptops. Others include a 7-in-1 Audio port, an Ethernet port in the back alongside Wi-Fi support.

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SkyTech Archangel GTX 1050Ti & FX6300
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