Best Gaming PCs for Your Best-ever Gaming Experience

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 19, 2019
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 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CPU
Motherboard
GPU
RAM
Storage
Distinguishing Features
Cooling
Warranty
 
PROS

The ridiculously powerful GeForce RTX 2070 8GB is also the most affordable graphics card that supports ray tracing. This technology gives you much better lighting and shadows in those games that support it. The iBuyPower signature trace-tempered glass RGB gaming case is as sleek as it is practical. 

CONS

The thermal paste applied to the CPU is a tad subpar. 

OUR VERDICT

iBUYPOWER Trace 9240 is the ultimate gaming station and the best gaming PC for those who are willing to splurge a little extra for that high-end performance. Though the professional-grade CPU makes this rig a great workstation, the computer was designed for gaming first and foremost and that is where it excels.

detailed parameters
CPU

Intel Core i9-9900K (up to 5.0 GHz)

Motherboard

Intel Z370 chipset

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB

RAM

16GB DDR4

Storage

240GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Distinguishing Features

iBuyPower signature trace-tempered glass RGB gaming case, iBuyPower gaming keyboard and mouse included, Windows 10 installed

Cooling

Liquid cooling + airflow fans

Warranty

3 years labor and 1 year parts

PROS

Combining liquid cooling (120mm AIO) with 7 sizable airflow fans, the tower ensures superior cooling performance. It will keep the hardware cool as a cucumber. Plus, a system like that doesn't produce a whole lot of noise. You can install your favorite games on the 240GB SSD and enjoy blazing-fast boot time. 

CONS

The Wi-Fi adapter lacks in range. 

OUR VERDICT

SkyTech Siege is a well-balanced rig. It will provide you with a solid framerate at the 1080p resolution regardless of the games you're looking to buy. But the hardware here wasn't heavily skewed in favor of gaming performance, making it a pretty solid workstation too.

detailed parameters
CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (up to 3.7 GHz)

Motherboard

X370 chipset

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

RAM

16GB DDR4

Storage

250GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Distinguishing Features

Computer case with transparent tempered glass side cover, Gaming keyboard and mouse included, Windows 10 installed

Cooling

Liquid cooling + airflow fans

Warranty

1 year labor and 1 year parts

PROS

The motherboard features 4 RAM slots and only one of them is occupied with an 8GB DDR4 stick. There's a slot for a second SSD and enough space for a few extra hard drives. There's an extra M.2 slot that will prove particularly useful in the future. The built-in 7.1 sound card is surprisingly great. 

CONS

The fans are a tad too loud for some people's taste. 

OUR VERDICT

CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A5 occupies that sweet spot between budget builds and overpriced gaming desktops. Of course, it won't be that good a rig in a few years but, thanks to the upgrade-friendly design of the system unit and the motherboard, you'll easily be able to build up on it.

detailed parameters
CPU

Intel Core i5-8400 (up to 4.0 GHz)

Motherboard

Intel B360 chipset 

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

RAM

8GB DDR4

Storage

120GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Distinguishing Features

Computer case with transparent tempered glass side cover, Gaming keyboard and mouse included, Windows 10 installed

Cooling

Airflow fans

Warranty

3 years labor and 1 year parts

PROS

The connectors on the front and back panel of the case are made of stainless steel. They aren't prone to corrosion and they do not lose their sensitivity over time. Plus, they're far less likely to suffer any accidental mechanical damage. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the most cost-effective GPUs in its price range. 

CONS

Doesn't include SSD. 

OUR VERDICT

SkyTech ArchAngel packs more than you could ask for from a budget gaming PC. The people behind this computer have been able to equip it with all the right hardware without including any unnecessary junk that drives up the price. What you get in return is a solid rig for a cheap price.

detailed parameters
CPU

AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (up to 3.4 GHz)

Motherboard

A320M chipset

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

RAM

8GB DDR4

Storage

1TB HDD

Distinguishing Features

Computer case with transparent tempered glass side cover, Gaming keyboard and mouse included, Windows 10 installed

Cooling

Airflow fans

Warranty

1 year labor and 1 year parts

PROS

The graphics card ensures outstanding performance at 1440p resolution and even gives you solid framerates at the ultra HD 4K resolution. With this GPU, you'll be able to squeeze out over 120 fps in any Esports title. The Intel Core i7-8700 provides equally impressive single- and multi-threaded performance.

CONS

The membrane keyboard isn't particularly tactile. 

OUR VERDICT

CyberpowerPC GXi11020CPG is a high-quality gaming computer for people who aren't looking to make a future investment. Sure, the rig will allow you to play triple-A titles for years to come. But it isn't about that. It is about providing you the best performance in the most demanding games here and now.

detailed parameters
CPU

Intel Core i7-8700 (up to 4.6 GHz)

Motherboard

Intel Z370 chipset

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB

RAM

16GB DDR4

Storage

2TB HDD

Distinguishing Features

Dual-tempered glass side case panels, Gaming keyboard and mouse included, Windows 10 installed

Cooling

Airflow fans

Warranty

3 years labor and 1 year parts

iBUYPOWER Trace 9240

Ray Tracing

The iBUYPOWER Trace 9240 might not seem like the cheapest prospect on the gaming market right now. But, considering what it is packing, this is actually a reasonably priced gig. Well, as reasonably priced as something that costs about 18 hundred bucks can be.

With a gaming PC, the most important part is always the graphics card. And this is where the bulk of your money goes here. The GPU that the computer is packing is GeForce RTX 2070 8GB. It's a graphics card that was released less than a month ago. It is one of the most powerful GPUs on the market today. Though a bit pricey, it is also the most affordable graphics card that supports ray tracing.

Without going into technical details, the technology in question shoots one ray per each pixel back into the scene and tracks what it bounces off until that ray reaches a light source (or a defined texture). This way, you get much better lighting and shadows because your GPU doesn't have to manually scan each object and figure out whether it is lit or not.

Of course, ray tracing technology is still waiting to be implemented in the majority of next games. So far, Battlefield V is the only triple-A title that supports Nvidia's ray tracing assettort.

But this is a gaming PC that will easily allow you to wait a few years. RTX 2070 gives you well over 100 fps@1080p in the most graphically demanding games. It is the perfect graphics card for 1440p gaming, capable of outputting around 90 frames per second in games like Battlefield 1, GTA 5, Crysis 3, The Witcher 3, PUBG, Project Cars, etc. Hell, this isn't even a bad option for single-player 4K gaming. All things considered, you'll be getting around 60 fps on average in the aforementioned games, so you'll be able to enjoy smooth gameplay at the most detailed resolution.

Review of iBUYPOWER Trace 9240 Pro Gaming Desktop PC (i9-9900k 8-Core 3.6 GHz, Geforce RTX 2070 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD)

Workstation Build Just as Well

Now, we've been raving about the graphics card, and for a good reason as it is easily the most influential piece of hardware when it comes to gaming performance. But it isn't like the processor isn't important either. And, sure, the slightly overpriced Intel Core i9-9900K with a clock speed of up to 5.0 GHz doesn't give that significant of a boost to single-task performance compared to its i7 brethren.

But, with a gaming PC like that, nobody is tying you to that. In fact, the processor in question will allow you to edit videos, render 3D effects, compose soundtracks, and stream all your gameplay simultaneously, all without compromising your rig's performance.

With this gaming PC, there's a lot more we could talk about, like the iBuyPower signature trace-tempered glass RGB gaming case that is as sleek as it is practical. We could also talk about the combination of liquid cooling and airflow fans that will keep the ridiculously powerful rig at a nice low temperature. But all of it is to be expected from a build like that.

So, long story short, the iBUYPOWER Trace 9240 is the ultimate gaming station and the best gaming PC for those who are willing to spend a little extra for that high-end performance but aren't willing to break the bank for unnecessarily expensive hardware. Though the professional-grade CPU makes this rig a great workstation, the computer was designed for the fastest gaming performance first and foremost.

iBUYPOWER Trace 9240 Pro Gaming Desktop PC (i9-9900k 8-Core 3.6 GHz, Geforce RTX 2070 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD) in the use

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SkyTech Siege

A Well-Balanced Rig

As far as gaming desktops are concerned, this model from SkyTech Siege is one of the more balanced options on the market right now. It isn't a bad gaming rig by any stretch of the imagination and we will get to why in a moment. But this is also not a bad build in general.

For instance, it comes equipped with G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM. Speaking strictly from a gaming perspective, this is a bit of an overkill. But if you are looking to multitask, it will prove more than useful. Frequency aside, you'll be able to run multiple virtual machines, have a video editing in the background, and still enjoy some memory demanding game, all at the same time without any visible drops.

Of course, memory doesn't stop at RAM. Just about every PC comes equipped with a decent HDD these days, so we wouldn't waste your time talking about the 7200 rpm 1TB hard drive that comes with this gaming PC.

But, on top of that hard drive, the computer also includes a 250GB SSD. That SSD will be able to store a few of your favorite games, allowing you to enjoy blazing-fast load time in those games. If you like spending your time in multiplayer games, the SSD is exactly where you should install them. You'll always be the first one to load or reload and that little competitive advantage is often all you need to best your opponents.

Review of SkyTech Siege Gaming Desktop PC (RYZEN 5 1500X, GTX 1060 3GB, 16GB DDR4, 250GB SSD, 1TB HDD)

Quiet as a Mouse

As you can infer from the picture, this gaming PC does not disappoint in the aesthetics department. But, with this system unit, it isn't just about the looks. Combining liquid cooling (120mm AIO) with 7 sizable airflow fans, the tower ensures superior cooling performance. It will keep the hardware cool as a cucumber and it doesn't produce a whole lot of noise.

Of course, none of these components nor the chassis itself would be worth a damn if the build didn't include a proper GPU and an adequate CPU. Fortunately, we can't say that the build doesn't deliver on that front either. Sure, equipped with a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, it won't allow you to enjoy the most graphically demanding titles at a 4k resolution with a nice framerate. But that would be asking too much of an upper mid-tier card, wouldn't you say?

As far as 1080p performance is concerned, this GPU will have you covered. In games like Grand Theft Auto 5, PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds, and World of Warcraft, it will give you a solid 60 fps framerate at the highest settings. In Fortnite, Overwatch, and World of Tanks, you'll get around a 100. And with older titles like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Dota 2, you should very well be able to break the 150 frames per second mark.

When it comes to the processor, AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is a little slower than its Intel counterparts in lightly-threaded applications (that includes video games). But it is just as fast in terms of heavily-threaded applications, making it an overall great choice as far as the price-performance ratio is concerned.

In conclusion, SkyTech Siege is a well-balanced rig. It will provide you with a solid framerate at 1080p regardless of the games you're looking to buy. But the hardware here wasn't heavily skewed in favor of gaming performance, making it a pretty solid workstation too.

SkyTech Siege Gaming Desktop PC (RYZEN 5 1500X, GTX 1060 3GB, 16GB DDR4, 250GB SSD, 1TB HDD) in the use

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CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A5

A Build With Some Wiggle Room

The CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A5 occupies that sweet spot between budget builds that won't be able to satisfy some of the more demanding hardcore gamers and those ridiculously overpriced rigs that most people are unable to afford.

For about 800 bucks, you will get a system unit packed with solid hardware, a copy of 64-bit Home Edition Windows 10 already installed, a PCI-E Wi-Fi adapter, a gaming keyboard, and a mouse, a pretty sweet deal all things considered.

On top of that, the tower is also rather upgrade-friendly. The motherboard features 4 RAM slots and only one of them is occupied with an 8GB DDR4 stick. Right now, that is more than enough for gaming purposes and even some multitasking with a bunch of tabs on top of those purposes, but the software is getting more and more bloated, so it is nice to have that option to upgrade when it comes necessary 2-3 years down the line.

The gaming PC already incorporates a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, a pretty standard deal these days. But there's also a slot for a second SSD and enough space for a few extra hard drives if you're the kind who likes to store everything offline.

Finally, the motherboard comes equipped with an extra M.2 slot, a nice little format that was dubbed the interface of the future. These days, solid-state drives are the only components that rely on this interface but, very soon, other hardware manufacturers should catch on, so it's a nice little thing to have at your disposal.

Review of CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A5 Xtreme VR Gaming PC (i5-8400, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1060 3GB, 120GB SSD, 1TB HDD)

Makes a Strong 1080p Case

Of course, at the end of the day, you came here for a gaming PC and, when it comes to gaming, all components aren't created equal. Some are more important than others and none is more important than the graphics card.

In this case, the graphics card slot is occupied by a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. It's a solid card, capable of delivering great framerates at the full HD resolution. As of right now, there isn't a single title (aside from maybe 1 or 2 very poorly optimized games) that will slow this GPU below 50 fps on average, even at the highest graphics settings.

It will even allow you to dabble in some 1440p gaming, as long as you don't mind a slight drop in framerate in some of the more graphically intensive single-player titles. It won't guarantee you constant 60 frames per second but it should give you around 40-45 in the majority of these games.

The Intel Core i5-8400 is an absolutely superb choice for gaming purposes and easily one of the best CPUs if you do not take into account non-gaming applications. With turbo boost, the clock speed can get to 4.0 GHz. It isn't as great as its Ryzen competition when it comes to multitasking and heavily-threaded applications but, again, it is a much better gaming option.

To sum it all up, the CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A5 is the best gaming PC for customers who are looking for a solid build at a great price. It won't be that good a rig in a few years but, thanks to the upgrade-friendly design of the system unit and the motherboard, you'll easily be able to build up on it.

CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A5 Xtreme VR Gaming PC (i5-8400, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1060 3GB, 120GB SSD, 1TB HDD) in the use

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SkyTech ArchAngel

Effective Rather Than Modest

SkyTech ArchAngel packs more or a less a bare minimum to be called a proper modern-day gaming PC. Of course, for about 600 bucks, you won't get a cutting-edge rig. With a price tag like that for a system unit with all of the necessary hardware, a keyboard, mouse, and a copy of Windows 10 Home edition already installed, generally speaking, you'd be lucky to get something that runs the Solitaire well enough. Fortunately, this gaming PC does quite a bit more than that.

At the center of any gaming rig is the graphics card. Here, the computer comes equipped with Nvidia's very own GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. Depending on the retailer, this GPU bought separately will cost you somewhere between 150 and 180 bucks. So, even calling it a mid-tier GPU would be a bit of a stretch.

Nevertheless, considering its price, the card actually works wonders. It gives you a decent framerate at 1080p resolution in just about any of the latest games. Even if you max out the graphics settings, you'll still be able to enjoy around 45 fps in the fifth installment of GTA, somewhere in the vicinity of 40 frames per second in the third part of The Witcher, approximately 55 fps in Battlefield 4, over 40 in PUBG, and just under 40 in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The framerate, on average, will not drop below 70 in Fortnite and Overwatch, below 60 in World of Warcraft, and below 140 in League of Legends.

And if that doesn't sound too impressive, we would like to remind you, again, that we're talking about one of the most modestly priced actual gaming desktops and a graphics card that costs about 150 bucks. For that kind of price, these numbers are fantastic.

Review of SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Desktop PC (Ryzen 1200, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD)

Solid Rig for a Cheap Price

Naturally, you have to cut corners somewhere. And though the company behind this build doesn't skimp on anything that is detrimental to its gaming performance, there are a couple of things that we wish could've been improved upon.

First, there's the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU. Now, for its price, it is by no means a bad processor. It's just that the base frequency of 3.1 GHz and the 3.4 GHz boost might be a bit underwhelming for certain applications. But, given its price, we can't complain about it too much.

We also wish the build would include at least a 120-gigabyte SSD. Sure, you have to cut costs somewhere and, for the most, the drive is irrelevant to the computer's gaming performance. But having a few games on an SSD capable of booting up in a matter of seconds would've been a nice little cherry on top of an already great cake.

Other than that, the case with a transparent tempered glass side cover looks lovely and even a little bit imposing. The whole thing adds up to 20.2 x 8.5 x 18.2 inches in overall dimensions, neither too compact nor too large for a mid-tower case.

In short, SkyTech ArchAngel packs more than you could ask for from a budget gaming PC. The people behind this computer have been able to equip it with all the right hardware without including any unnecessary junk that drives up the price. What you get in return is a solid rig for a cheap price.

SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Desktop PC (Ryzen 1200, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD) in the use

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CyberpowerPC GXi11020CPG

Every Frame Matters

The heart and soul, the driving force, the main ingredient, and the key element of any gaming PC is the graphics card. Fortunately, for CyberpowerPC, this isn't their first rodeo. They know what they're doing, so they won't waste your money with an expensive build that features a subpar GPU.

On the contrary, the computer comes equipped with a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, one of the best and most well-balanced graphics cards of Nvidia's previous generation. It was designed to bridge the gap between the usually sufficient but sometimes underwhelming regular 1070 and the ridiculously powerful but just as ridiculously overpriced 1080. And, long story short, the card was a success. For a relatively affordable price, the GPU allows any gaming enthusiast to indulge in their favorite pastime activity.

It is more than a good graphics card for 1440p gaming, capable of delivering around 75 frames per second in just about every overly demanding AAA title. The GPU is adequate and, more often than not, a satisfactory choice for 4k gaming. It will give you somewhere between 40 and 50 fps in games like The Witcher 3, Watch Dogs 2, and other similarly graphically demanding titles. Of course, most people are still "stuck" with a 1080p monitor and, frankly, the card is a bit of an overkill for 1080p gaming.

That is unless we're talking about Esports. In which case, this is the perfect GPU for your needs. It will give you over 300 fps in Counter-Strike, Dota 2, League of Legends, and a few other older titles. Again, a bit of an overkill, sure. But it is also the only graphics card in this price range that will give you over 120 fps at high settings in PUBG and around 140 fps at ultra settings in Fortnite, so you'll finally be able to put that 144 Hz monitor of yours to good use.

Review of CyberpowerPC GXi11020CPG Xtreme Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, 2TB HDD)

Great Performance Here and Now

Though this is mostly a gaming rig, the Intel Core i7-8700 CPU with a turbo boost up to 4.6 GHz can do a bit more than that. Without the "K" at the end there, you know what you won't be able to overlock this processor. But, honestly, you really won't have to.

It gives you outstanding single-threaded performance. But it does not trail behind in multi-threaded performance either. It is a perfect CPU for streaming. With the aforementioned graphics card, you'll be able to easily dabble in some 3D rendering. The GPU+CPU combination here is so powerful that you'll be able to render videos and play your favorite games at the same time.

Unfortunately, the gaming PC in question doesn't include an SSD. On the bright side, it comes equipped with a 2TB 7200 rpm hard drive, so you'll have plenty of storage space. Plus, the exceptional motherboard with an Intel Z370 chipset incorporates plenty of USB ports, meaning that, if you ever feel so inclined, you can always connect external storage solutions or install additional drives.

All of it is packed into a Cougar mid-tower case. With the company's trademark RGB LED lighting coming through the dual-tempered glass side case panels, the case looks pretty damn cool. Plus, it offers enough space for extra pieces of hardware that you might acquire in the future.

All in all, the CyberpowerPC GXi11020CPG is a high-quality gaming computer for people who aren't looking to make a future investment. Sure, the rig will allow you to play triple-A titles for years to come. But it isn't about that. It is about providing you the best performance in the most demanding games here and now.

CyberpowerPC GXi11020CPG Xtreme Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, 2TB HDD) in the use

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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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What Features to Compare

Performance

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.

CPU

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).

RAM Memory

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.

Features

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.

Form Factor and Cooling

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.

Gaming Demographic

It's Not All Dudes

Most people associate gaming as a hobby with the male population. And, sure, guys are still the majority of the general player base. But they aren't as large of a majority as one might think. According to the Entertainment Software Association, the gaming community is about 45% female across all platforms.

Now, more girls playing video games is a good thing no matter how you slice it. That said, people do tend to misinterpret these numbers. For one, just because about as many women play video games as men doesn't mean that every game's player base would be spread in a similar manner.

One thing to keep in mind is that, though over 45% of women play video games on a semi-consistent basis, only about 6% identify themselves as gamers. With men, that number is closer to 15. And the difference becomes even more evident if you only consider the primary gaming demographic, which are the people between the ages of 18 and 35. Only about 9% of women that age would call themselves gamers. On the other hand, a third of men in that age group, no less than 33 percent, consider themselves gamers.

Women spend about as much time on video games as men do. It's just that they prefer different genres. For instance, puzzle games, family, and farming simulators are dominated by women. The guys barely add up to 30% of the player base in these genres. Sports simulators and shooters, on the other hand, are played almost exclusively by men. The former genre features a 98% male population, while different types of shooters generally have less than 6-7% women as their active player base.

It Isn't Just the Young'uns Either

We're all familiar with the angry teenage boy stereotype, sort of a broad brush that people tend to paint the entire gaming community with. But, again, it is far less accurate than most people think. Sure, teenagers, and boys in particular, love video games. But you know who else loves them? Everybody else, that's who.

Less than 30% of gamers are under 18 years old. Now, we've said earlier that the people between 18 and 35 years old are the primary gaming demographic. But that isn't entirely true either. Sure, these people represent a large chunk of the gaming community. But they only add up to about 32% of gamers. The biggest gamers, as it turns out, are actually people above the age of 35. They represent almost 40% of the gaming crowd.

The Average Gamer

So, with all of these statistics in mind, who exactly is the average gamer? Well, the most frequent game buyer is 37 years old. But the average gamer is actually closer to 35. That person has been playing video games for about a decade and a half. Nevertheless, he probably doesn't play quite as often as only about 42% of Americans play video games on a regular basis (more than 3 hours per week). He or she is a lot less antisocial than you would think. About 56% of gamers prefer playing with other people. That person is not an anomaly either. 51% of American households include at least 1 console.

So, considering these stats, is it really that much of a shocker that the international video game revenue adds up to over $138 billion? And don't even get us started on the Esports industry as it is a whole different topic for another time.

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