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MSI Aegis RS 11th Review: A Potent Rocket Lace Pre-Built

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The MSI Aegis RS 11th is a powerful gaming desktop with the latest parts from Intel and Nvidia and off-the-shelf components that allow for easy upgrades.


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It’s hard to build a computer right now, because many of the key parts are sold out everywhere you look . If you can get a quality desktop prebuilt, it may be worth springing for it just to get the components you want. The MSI Aegis RS11th ($1,999 to start, $2,499) as tested, delivers the latest with Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. If those are the parts you’re looking for, this PC should be in your consideration.

MSI isn’t using a weird, proprietary chassis  that’s hard to open; This is made of standardized parts, just mostly MSI-branded ones. That does mean that when parts are easier to buy, this is a PC you’ll be able to upgrade and grow with.

The MSI Aegis RS 11th’s gaming performance is strong, which makes one of the best gaming PCs, but Rocket Lake’s modest core count holds it back in productivity workloads.  

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  • MSI Aegis RS 11th (1TB 16GB RAM) at Newegg for $1,789

How much you like the design of the Aegis RS will rely heavily on how much you like one of MSI’s existing PC cases, the MPG Gungnir 110R, s a mid-tower chassis with both tempered glass and black aluminum.The front is split between the two, making it look like the Two-Face of computer cases. Considering our review unit had three RGB fans up front, I didn’t love that they were half covered up. It’s a weird  design choice.

The rest of it, however, is far more conservatve. The left side panel is tempered glass, which lets you see your components, while the right side is opaque and covers up the cable management. There are two dust filters: a magnetic one on top of the case, and a second one in front of the intake fans.

There are three 120mm intake fans on the front. There’s another on the rear, as exhaust, but it also cools the radiator on the MSI Coreliquid 120 liquid cooler for the CPU. I would like to see the radiator mounted up top, where there is room for one up to the 240mm in size, and have a regular exhaust fan in the back, since there is no obstacle to that with this case. (In fact, I wouldn’t mind a beefier cooler for this processor, too.) Still, unlike many custom chassis we’ve seen lately, this one doesn’t seem to have particular issues with where to put fans.

The front three fans and CPU cooler have RGB lighting, which can be controlled with a button labeled «LED» on the top of the case, or with a module in the MSI Center software.

At 17.72 x 16.93 x 8.46 inches, the Aegis RS is smaller than the Alienware Aurora R11 (18.9 x 17 x 8.8) and iBuypower Gaming RDY IWBG207 (18.9 x 19.2 x 8.5 inches). The HP Omen 30L, however, is slightly smaller at 17.7 x 16.8 x 6.6 inches.

MSI Aegis RS 11th Specifications 

Processor Intel Core i7-11700K
Motherboard MSI Z590 Pro Wi-Fi (ATX)
Memory 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000
Graphics MSI RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC (10GB)
Storage 1TB XPG Gammix S70 PCIe Gen 4, 2TB Seagate Barracuda (7,200 RPM)
Case MSI MPG Gungnir 110R
Networking Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210, Bluetooth 5.2
Front Ports 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone and microphone jacks
Rear Ports (Motherboard) 4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3. 2 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C,  PS/2, DisplayPort, HDMI, audio connectors
Video Output (GPU) 3x Displayport 1.4a, HDMI 2.1
Power Supply MSI MPG A750GF — 750W
Cooling MSI Coreliquid 120R liquid cooler, 3x 120mm case fans
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Dimensions 17.72 x 16.93 x 8.46 inches
Price as Configured $2,499

Ports and Upgradeability on the MSI Aegis RS 11th 

There are five ports on the top of the Aegis RS chassis:  a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and separate 3.5 mm headphone and microphone jacks. 

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The rear ports are from the MSI Z590 Pro Wi-Fi motherboard, and include four USB 2.0 Type-A ports,  two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, as well as audio connectors and PS/2 for legacy peripherals. There’s also DisplayPort and HDMI, though you’ll likely use the options on the graphics card. 

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Internally, the Aegis is easy to update or repair, because it’s built just like a PC you might put together yourself. There aren’t any weird custom chassis tricks or hidden parts. MSI makes the case, power supply, graphics card, motherboard and liquid cooler as separate components. There’s nothing proprietary about this that you couldn’t change or update later.

You can get to most of the parts by removing the tempered glass side panel. It’s held into the back of the chassis with two thumb screws, so no tools are needed. There’s a handle to pull it straight back from the case. One highlight here is a sled for a 2.5-inch drive for easy extra storage. The RAM and M.2 SSD are easy enough to access without moving anything. 

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The right side panel comes off the same way as the glass door, and it’s the easiest (only, really) way to access the HDD and the PSU, which are hidden beneath a shroud. The case’s RGB controller is also back here, and there’s another 2.5-inch drive sled.

I’m not going to say the cable management is beautiful compared to some other prebuilts, but it’s functional enough (I honestly probably don’t have the patience to do any better) and, unlike some cases, you can easily access it.

Gaming and Graphics on the MSI Aegis RS 11th 

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and Intel Core i7-11700K proved potent for gaming.

I played a bit of Control on the Aegis RS, which I like to try because of how well it integrates ray tracing and stresses even the most powerful components. I ran it at 4K with the high preset and medium ray tracing

In the beginning of the game, which features exploration sequences, combat with hiss guards in the Oldest House and fights on the Astral Plane, the game typically ran at around 57 frames per second. During fights inside the house, the rate dropped as low as 37 fps when I used lots of Jesse’s melee attacks, which bring about large telekinetic explosions with lots of objects moving. In the Astral Plane, which is rendered on a largely white background, it often stayed in the low 70’s, even during combat. With a slightly lower resolution or a few tweaks, you could be at a steady 60 fps fairly easily.

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On the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark (highest settings), the game ran at 147 fps in 1080p and 57 fps at 4K. It was beat in both only by the Alienware Aurora R11 (149 fps at 1080p, 64 fps at 4K) with an RTX 3090.

In Grand Theft Auto V (very high settings), the Aegis RS had superior 1080p performance at 163 fps and ran in 4K at 54 fps. The Aurora won out in 4K, while the Omen and iBuypower both had identical 4K performance to the Aegis.

On the Far Cry New Dawn benchmark, The Aegis dominated again at FHD, running at 134 fps. In 4K, it ran at 94 fps, behind the iBuypower and the Aurora by a few frames but tied with the Omen.

The Aegis came just behind the Alienware in Red Dead Redemption 2 (medium settings) at 113 fps, but had the highest 4K score at 40 fps. It beat the Omen by 10 frames, though the iBuypower was closer.

On Borderlands 3 (badass settings), the Aegis RS hit 136 fps at FHD and 58 fps in 4K. That’s the worst of the 4K showings, but on par with the HP Omen 30L for 1080p. The Aurora, with its RTX 3090, did the heavy lifting, winning at both resolutions.

Productivity Performance of the MSI Aegis RS 11th 

This is the first pre-built desktop we’ve reviewed with the Intel Core i7-11700K. MSI has paired it with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD and a 2TB HDD. The CPU has 8 cores and 16 threads. Its competitors, though, pose a threat, as many high-end PCs come with Core i9 processors that have more cores. It should be noted that even the Core i9 Rocket Lake has just 8 cores, so this isn’t a limitation of testing the Core i7.  

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On Geekbench 5, an overall performance benchmark, the Aegis RS 11th notched a single-core score of 1,676 and a multi-core score of 10,102. While that was the highest single-core score, the other three desktops had higher multi-core scores. All of those used Intel Core i9-10900K chips, which have 10 cores rather than the 8 cores in the 11700K.

The PCIe Gen 4 SSD in the Aegis didn’t show off. It transferred 25GB of files at a rate of 635.3 MBps, just edging past the iBuypower and falling far short of the Omen (978 MBps) and Aurora (1,201.87 MBps).

On our Handbrake video editing test, the MSI Aegis RS 11th transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 5 minutes and 19 seconds. That’s faster than the iBuypower, but the Aurora and Omen both beat the Aegis’ time by five seconds.

MSI Vigor GK30 Keyboard and Clutch GM08 Mouse 

MSI includes a keyboard and mouse in the box, which are good enough to use if you don’t have a lot else lying around, but that you may want to replace if you already have favorite peripherals.

The mouse, the Clutch GM08, has rubberized grips on the side, though it felt a bit narrow for my wide claw grip. Still, there are some higher-end features here, including adjustable weights (two 3-gram weights and one 5-gram weight) to make the mouse lighter or heavier. It has a PixArt PAW351 sensor that goes up to 4,200 DPI. The mouse has a DPI switch button that lets you adjust sensitivity, and has two buttons on the left side of the mouse, but they aren’t programmable in MSI Center. It typically sells separately for around $20 , so don’t get your hopes up too much, but it gets the job done in a pinch. The red LED light can’t be changed in MSI’s software, either.

The keyboard, the Vigor GK30, is the same one that came with the MSI Aegis Ti5 I recently reviewed. It’s just OK. The keyboard, which MSI suggests is «mechanical-like» has keys that are stiff and not quite clicky. There’s perhaps too much RGB lighting in a sea around the keys. They can’t be controlled in MSI’s software, either, but can be customized with buttons on the keyboard.  

MSI Center, Software and Warranty on the MSI Aegis RS 11th 

This is the first MSI PC that’s crossed my desk with MSI Center, the company’s replacement for its two previous swiss army-knife applications, Dragon Center (for gaming) and Creator Center (for, well, creating). 

MSI Center, though, seems barebones. Sure, it has an optional light/dark mode switcher, which is nice, and you can still see CPU and GPU temperatures and usage, and there are still different usage scenarios to choose from, though they’re buried behind menus. But some features from Dragon Center are nowhere to be found, including one-click optimization for games, Mystic Light and the LAN manager are optional modules to add on. This feels like it’s in beta; there’s an area to «downlaod, update or uninstall» (MSI’s typo, not mine).

But MSI still includes its share of bloat, including MSI App Player, its version of BlueStacks, which runs Android apps, as well as LinkedIn. It notably doesn’t have the Cyberlink suite that I’ve complained about on previous systems, though no one can escape the bloat that comes with Windows 10, like Facebook Messenger, Hulu and Roblox.

MSI sells the Aegis RS 11th with a one-year warranty.

MSI Aegis RS 11th Configurations 

We reviewed the Aegis RS with a new Intel Core i7-11700K «Rocket Lake» processor, 16GB of RAM, and MSI RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC GPU, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD and a 2TB, 7,200-rpm HDD. When the system becomes widely available in mid-April, it will run for $2,499.

When we were reviewing this model, MSI told us that the RS 11th series would start at $1,999. It didn’t have completely finalized specs, but suggested the base model would have an RTX 3070 and 650W GPU and ditch the HDD. Several configurations may continue to utilize a Z490 motherboard and then transition to Z590 as supply levels out. The Aegis RS series is expected to top out at a Core i9-11900K, RTX 3090, 32GB of RAM, an 850W power supply and a 240mm CPU cooler, going possibly as high as $3,899.

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest, the MSI Aegis RS 11th delivers you the most recent parts from Intel and Nvidia (at least, as long as it’s in stock).

Unlike some other prebuilts, there’s nothing proprietary here. It’s all standardized parts, mostly from MSI, that you can easily upgrade down the line.

Intel’s Core i7 Rocket Lake and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 in our review configuration worked potently together. In productivity, though, Rocket Lake’s limited core count didn’t stand up to some competition, which affects some workloads.

MSI needs to add polish to its MSI Center utility.. If you use the  app to monitor CPU usage, check temperatures or change RGB colors, it will feel a bit like beta. If you prefer other applications, you may not notice.

As a whole package, the Aegis RS 11th is a powerful gaming rig with few frills. If you need a PC to play games, this will stand up, even in 4K with the right settings. 


Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom’s Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom’s Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE

Alienware Aurora R11 Review: The RTX 3090 Engine

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The Alienware Aurora R11 is an absolute powerhouse when outfitted with a 10th Gen Core i9 and RTX 3090, but that performance makes the system loud, and it could use more fans.

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Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 is hard to find right now (see our article on how and where to buy RTX 3080 and 3090), but one way to get it is in a prebuilt system. Specifically, we tested it in an Alienware Aurora R11 ($889.99 to start, $4,282.59 as tested). With these options, the Aurora is nothing short of a tank, blasting through the challenges we threw at it, and that makes it one of the best gaming PCs based on raw power alone.

But there’s a price to pay for the top-end specs: they generate heat. And with one major exhaust fan at the top, that fan spins loud to cool both the CPU and remove heat from the case. You’ll see the performance on your monitor, but you’ll hear it from your desk.

The Alienware Aurora R11 provides one way to get the most up-to-date specs in a premium, modern system, but you will absolutely empty your wallet for it too.

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The Aurora chassis is an ultra-modern design, at least on the outside. It looks like the jet-engine attached to some sort of martian warfighter. It’s an oblong obelisk with a light ring in the front that also serves as a massive air intake, which is powered by a 120mm fan at the bottom.

Our unit came in “lunar light,» an almost-white gray. But that’s an upgrade — the base chassis color is black. On the right side, it reads “AUR” in a sort of future-militaristic block font, while the left side features cutouts for airflow: intake for the GPU and the power supply. There’s another cutout on top for the exhaust from the liquid CPU cooler’s 120mm radiator.

With just those two fans in the unit, I worry about cooling. It’s certainly a loud machine, with the exhaust fan spinning fast to get hot air out of the case. Even at idle, it makes noticeable noise. There are times when it sounds as much like a jet engine as it looks like one.

The back of the unit is black and features the word “Alienware” in customizable RGB letters. There’s also some internal lighting, but you can barely see it. The “GeForce RTX logo” glows white on the RTX 3090, but since there’s no glass panel, it just shows through the cutouts on the left side panel.

Alienware considers this to be a micro-ATX class device. It measures 18.9 x 17 x 8.8 inches, which is compact enough to fit on a desk. That’s smaller than the iBuypower Gaming RDY IWBG207, which is 18. 9 x 19.2 x 8.5 inches. The Maingear Vybe is of a similar size at 18 x 18.7 x 8.5 inches. The aging HP Omen Obelisk is the smallest of the group at  17.1 x 14.1 x 6.5 inches.

Alienware Aurora R11 Specifications 

Processor Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard Alienware 0N43JM (Intel Z490)
Memory 64GB HyperX Fury DDR4-3200MHz
Graphics Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 (24GB GDDR6X)
Storage 2TB Kioxia M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, 2TB Toshiba SATA HDD (7,200-RPM)
Networking Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i, Bluetooth 5.1
Front Ports 3x USB 3.2 Type-A Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone jack 
Rear Ports (Motherboard) Ethernet jack, 6x USB 2.0 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A,  3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, SPDIF outputs, microphone in, line out, audio outputs
Video Output (GPU) 3x DisplayPort, HDMI
Power Supply 1000W PSU
Case Alienware Aurora R11 — Lunar Light
Cooling 120mm all-in-one CPI liquid cooler, 120mm case fan
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Dimensions 18. 9 x 17 x 8.8 inches /  481.6 x 431.9 x 222.8mm
Price As Configured $4,282.59

Ports and Upgradeability for the Alienware Aurora R11

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There are a lot of ports on the Aurora R11, including on the front. In the light ring below the power button are three USB 3.2 Type-A Gen 1 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and separate microphone jack.

The motherboard has six USB 2.0 Type-A ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, as well as a ton of audio offerings and an Ethernet jack. If you have peripherals or extra drives to plug in, you have a ton of options. 

You’ll only need tools once. The computer ships with a Phillips head screw in the lever that pops off the left side panel to keep it secure. Once you take it out, you don’t need to replace it. Otherwise, there are switches to unlock to remove the panel.

On parent company Dell’s website, it lists the motherboard as a icro-ATX. There’s plenty of room to upgrade and repair. The design of the case, which spans several previous Aurora designs, is unique in that the power supply is inside a swing-arm system. Ours came with a 1000W power supply (Alienware doesn’t specify a make or model, nor any PSU efficiency ratings), so that should last for a while.

There’s a standard Z490 CPU socket, so other 10th Gen Intel chips can slot in if you didn’t get a top-end chip like we did. There are four RAM slots (ours were filled, but again, room for growth if you didn’t get the to -of the line model).

There’s also a ton of additional space for storage. Our review unit had a 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD on the motherboard and a 2TB, 7,200-rpm HDD in the front, above the fan. Beyond that, there are two 2.5-inch drive bays on the bottom.

The wireless card is also accessible, should you want to change it.

Gaming and Graphics on the Alienware Aurora R11

Our Aurora R11 review unit came packed with an RTX 3090, Nvidia’s most powerful card (See below for more details on what Alienware did to fit it in this system and cool it). I played Control at 4K resolution with RTX at its highest settings, as well as DLSS on, and the game was largely stable around 60 frames per second (fps). The game often fell to the mid-50s in heavy combat, including a boss battle with Hiss-corrupted Tommasi.

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The Alienware tore through Shadow of the Tomb Raider on its highest settings at both 1080p (149 fps) and 4K (64 fps), easily surpassing both the Vybe and Obelisk. It beat the RTX 3080-based iBuypower, though the gains were more visible in 4K.

On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark, the Aurora hit 161 fps at 1080p  resolution and 64 fps at 4K on very high settings, blowing away desktops with 20-series GPUs. Again, the Aurora beat the iBuypower by 10 frames at 4K but only by a smidge at 1080p. 

With Far Cry New Dawn at ultra settings, the Aurora ran the benchmark at 117 fps at 1080p and 99 fps in 4K. There were smaller gains here than over some older cards but still noticeable, especially with higher resolutions. This was the one rare situation where the iBuypower and the RTX 3080 actually outperformed, but not by much.

On Red Dead Redemption 2 (medium settings), the benchmark ran on the Aurora at 115 fps at 1080p and 49 fps at 4K, handily beating last gen systems. The iBuypower was a few games behind in each scenario. 

Alienware’s Custom RTX 3090

Fitting an RTX 3090 in the Aurora R11’s 33.8-liter chassis requires customizing the GPU shroud (Alienware also did this for the RTX 3080). This design has been cut down to a maximum length of 267mm (10.5 inches), and the card occupies 2.5 slots, rather than the 3-slots you see on the RTX 3090 Founders Edition.

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Alienware claims that there are quad 10mm copper heat pipes inside that are integrated with vapor chambers, as well as a dual-axial fan shroud designed for positive rear pressure. The cards also use dual 6-pin-8-pin PCIe power connectors.

Productivity Performance on the Alienware Aurora R11

Besides the RTX 3090, our review unit was also outfitted with an Intel Core i9-10900K, 64GB of HyperX Fury DDR4-3200 RAM, a 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD and a 2TB Toshiba SATA HDD. These top-of-the-line specs made for a powerful productivity system as well as a gaming rig.

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On Geekbench 4.3, the Aurora notched a multi-core score of 42,344, outpacing the Maingear Vybe (Intel Core i9-10900K overclocked to 5. 3 GHz), the iBuypower Gaming RDY iBuypower Gaming RDY IWBG207 (Intel Core i9-10900KF) and HP Omen Obelisk (Intel Core i9-9900K).

The Aurora copied 4.97GB of files at a rate of 1,272.32 MBps, proving far faster in that regard than the Maingear or iBuypower. HP’s Omen, at 1,696.4 MBps, was the speediest of the group.

On our Handbrake video transcoding test, it took the Aurora 5 minutes and 14 seconds to convert a 4K file to 1080p. The rest of the field all took at least 15 seconds longer.

Software and Warranty on the Alienware Aurora R11

Alienware goes light on the software, and the majority of it is worthwhile. If nothing else, you’ll want to check out Alienware Command Center, a hub application that serves as a game launcher, lets you customize the RGB lighting on the PC, customize your thermal profiles and even do some overclocking.

Alienware Mobile Connect lets you pair a phone to send messages. My Alienware gives you a quick glimpse at system details, warranty status, manuals and your service tag.  

Of course, there’s a bit of Windows 10 bloat, including Hulu, Facebook Messenger and Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure.

Dell sells the Alienware Aurora R11 with a 1-year warranty. 

Alienware Aurora R11 Configurations

We reviewed the Alienware Aurora R11 with an Intel Core i9-10900K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, 1000W PSU, 64GB of HyperX Fury DDR4-3200MHz RAM, a 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD and a 2TB Toshiba SATA HDD. Ours also came in a white “lunar light” chassis, an extra $30 upgrade. Priced out, it comes to $4,282.59 as of this writing. A pack-in keyboard and mouse are included but did not come with our review unit.

Of course, you can get an Aurora for far cheaper than that. The base model has an Intel Core i5-10400F, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super, 8GB of HyperX Fury RAM at 2933 MHz, a 1TB 7,200-rpm HDD and a heatsink instead of a liquid cooler, all in a lunar light chassis for $889.99. If you customize it to pick the black case, it goes down to $859. 99. That is, however, leagues below our review unit in performance capability.

In between, customization options are dizzying, with various 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs, RTX 20 and 30-series GPUs, including the coveted RTX 3080, different amounts of RAM at different speeds, as well as various storage configurations. You can basically customize it to hit any price point in between. You can go even higher with a version similar to ours, but with 128GB of memory and two GeForce RTX 2080 TI GPUs in SLI, for $4,709.99.

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With an RTX 3090 and an Intel Core i9-10900K on board, the Aurora R11 is one of the most powerful prebuilts that we’ve tested to date. If you’re looking for those parts — especially the GPU — buying Alienware is one way to get them. And it doesn’t disappoint on performance. It ran everything we threw at it smoothly. 

Our biggest concern is one of cooling. There are some clever cutouts in the side to get fresh air in, but Alienware needs to redesign the Aurora from the ground up to allow for better airflow and reduce fan noise.

The configuration we reviewed is also very expensive. If you’re only gaming, bumping down to the RTX 3080 will save you a bit of money and still run games extremely well. But right now, that GPU is hard to find too, though Alienware is still selling it.

Is it worth that much more than the premium builds we’ve seen from some competitors? Not necessarily, but this is where you can get these parts right now, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the performance. Just don’t mind the noise.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom’s Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom’s Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE

HP Omen 30L Review: Big-Box Boutique

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

HP’s Omen 30L looks good and is a capable high-end gamer in our configuration with an RTX 3080. But you’ll want to set aside time to remove bloatware. And given the limited cooling, you should probably opt for something less than the 10900K CPU in our review unit.

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  • Bloatware tried to make me use Bing

  • Cooling needs improvement for 10900K

  • Persistent stock issues (just like the competition)

HP’s Omen 25L and 30L desktop lineup got a design refresh, along with some improved cooling back in May. Thanks, likely, in large part to a combination of COVID-related delays and recent Nvidia GPU launches, we’re just now getting to take a close look at the larger of the two, the HP Omen 30L, to see if it’s one of the best gaming PCs.

Aside from new chassis designs, HP is also focusing on using familiar name-brand parts this time around, which helps the big-box brand deliver a configurable system that’s more like what you’d get from smaller companies like iBuypower or Maingear. That’s a smart move on HP’s part as far as we’re concerned, because it also means pretty much everything is standard and user-upgradable. But the system HP shipped us with a Core i9-10900K and an RTX 3080, while certainly powerful, could improve performance with better CPU cooling. There’s also quite a bit of pre-installed software here, though HP does a mostly good job of keeping it hidden.

But despite being a much larger company than much of its competition in the custom gaming desktop realm, HP’s biggest problem here — at least currently at the end of 2020 — seems to be stock issues. There were lots of configuration options similar to our test system available from, Amazon, Best Buy and elsewhere leading up to the holiday season. But after Cyber Monday and for at least a couple weeks afterward, almost all configurations with current-gen RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 graphics cards were sold out. As we wrote this intro, a similar configuration with a slightly lower-end CPU, half the SSD storage and the same RTX 3080 as in our review unit was available on Amazon for a reasonable price of about $2,900. But when we reloaded the page minutes later, it was also sold out, save for from a third-party seller charging a much-inflated $4,179.

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HP Omen 30L Specs

Processor Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard Custom HP Z490 (8703), Micro-ATX
Memory 32GB HyperX DDR4-3200
Graphics Custom HP RTX 3080 (10GB GDDR6X)
Storage 2TB WD Black by Omen NVMe SSD
2TB Seagate HDD
Networking Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
Bluetooth 5. 1
Front Ports 2x USB 3.0 Type A
Headphone/mic combo
Rear Ports (Motherboard) 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
Gigabit Ethernet
3x Audio jacks
Video Output (GPU) 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
2x HDMI 2.1
PSU Cooler Master 750W
Case HP Omen 30L
Cooling 120 mm AIO (w/ fan)
1x 120 mm Cooler Master intake
1x 80mm exhaust
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Dimensions 17.7 x 16.8 x 6.6 inches / 450 x 427 x 168 mm
Price As Configured ~$3,109.00

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There’s nothing that veers dramatically from the gaming desktop norm with HP’s Omen 30L, but that’s perfectly fine. Rather than something like a big cube, the Omen 30L is a classic mid-tower, standing 17.7 inches tall, 16.8 inches deep and 6.6 inches wide. It comes in basic black, with glass front and left side panels.

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Despite the solid-glass front, airflow shouldn’t be a major issue because the front of the case has metal mesh sides that are over 2 inches wide and run from top to bottom. That said, the Omen could still do with better cooling, as you get just the one front intake fan, a smaller 80mm exhaust at the back and another 120mm fan on the small AIO radiator mounted to the PC case’s top. While lesser CPUs should be fine with the 120 mm AIO included here, HP sent the Omen with a Core i9-10900K, which would be better served by a bigger radiator. More on that later.

The front gets a distinctive, look thanks to a large diamond-shaped RGB light above the Omen branding, which harkens back to the Omen brand’s VodooPC roots, but in a minimalist fashion. Below the diamond and the branding is a 120mm Cooler Master fan with an RGB ring behind a tinted sheet of glass, giving the case a monolith-like look with RGB accents.

Components and Upgradeability for the HP Omen 30L

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The fan looks good and never got noticeably loud during our testing. But, oddly, the lighting of the front fan doesn’t sync with the rest of the system — or at least it didn’t with the included HP Omen Gaming Hub software. But after a few uses, the software prompted me to download a beta version of Omen Light Studio, which then flawlessly coordinated the RGB between the diamond-shaped Omen light on the front, the fan at the bottom, the RAM and an RGB light strip tucked up in the top. I’d argue that Corsair does RGB better with its Vengeance i7200, but the light show here isn’t bad after you install a bit of extra software.

As with most high-end desktops we’ve looked at in recent months, HP pairs a current high-end mainstream Intel CPU (the Core i9-10900K in this case) with our current best graphics card pick, the Nvidia RTX 3080. This time around the company is playing up its use of familiar brands in its other components too. 

In the roughly $3,109 configuration that HP sent us for testing, you also get 32GB of HyperX memory clocked at 3,200 MHz, along with ample storage. The boot drive here is a 2TB “WD Black by Omen” SSD, (which appears to be a custom drive, rather than an off-the shelf WD Black SSD), along with a 2TB, 7,200 RPM Seagate hard drive. The power supply is a 750W Cooler Master model, the same company that makes the RGB front intake fan.

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Around back are seven more USB ports that, while labeled with tiny numbers to designate their speed, are all black. That will likely lead to some confusion when trying to plug in an external device that needs the fastest speed. You get two USB 2.0, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports, all of the Type-A variety, as well as a single USB-C port that’s also USB 3.2 Gen 2. Also here is a Gigabit Ethernet jack and three analog audio jacks.

Continuing the external tour to the ports, you get a pair of USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) in a recessed angled panel up top, alongside separate headphone and mic jacks and a slim power button that, while it’s easy enough to press, looks like it would be more at home on a laptop than a desktop.


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There’s a whole lot of unused black space on the motherboard’s I/O plate, but at least HP covers the basics here and provides three speedy ports. Below these ports you’ll find the video connections on the graphics card: three DisplayPorts 1.4a and a single HDMI 2.1.

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As for internal expansion options, there isn’t a whole lot. The Micro-ATX board doesn’t have any spare PCIe slots — not that you’d be able to use them behind the large RTX 3080 anyway. There’s a second 3.5-inch drive bay, which HP has helpfully pre-routed SATA data and power cables to, and an empty M.2 slot behind a metal cooler, just above the power supply and below the graphics card.

It’s also worth noting that HP includes a very solid plastic anchor for the end of the graphics card, which mounts to the front drive cage. GPU sag shouldn’t be a problem here, and this system should also travel better than most systems with large GPUs. 

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Gaming & Graphics Performance on the HP Omen 30L

Thanks to a pairing in our review configuration of Intel’s top-end consumer-oriented Core i9-10900K and our current best graphics cards pick, Nvidia’s stellar (though tough to find) RTX 3080, HP’s latest Omen is a gaming powerhouse in our review config. But it doesn’t always win against similarly configured systems we’ve tested recently, like the Corsair Vengeance i7200 ($4,499 as configured with a similar Core i9-10850K and a slightly higher-end RTX 3090) or the Alienware R11 ($4,283 as tested, with a 10900K and RTX 3090). The Omen faces its most direct challenge in our desktop battle with the iBuypower RDY IWBG207, which pairs the Core i9-10900KF (effectively the same CPU as in the Omen, but without integrated graphics) and an RTX 3080 for $2,199 as tested. Note that the iBuypower system has less RAM (16GB) and storage capacity (1TB) as our Omen. But in most cases, that shouldn’t hinder it in our benchmarks below.

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In Shadow of the Tomb Raider (highest settings), the top-end CPU and cutting-edge graphics card delivered good performance, but only enough pixel-pushing ability to land it just behind the similarly configured iBuypower system. The Corsair and Alienware machines with higher-end RTX 3090s did markedly better.

On Far Cry New Dawn (ultra), the Omen managed to tie the iBuypwer PC at 1080p (FHD) resolution, but fell further behind at 4K resolution.

On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (very high settings), the trend flipped again, seeing the Omen and the iBuypower tie at 4K, but the Omen fall back a bit at 4K.

And in Red Dead Redemption 2 (medium settings), the Omen again tied the iBuypower system at 4K, but fell a few frames per second (fps) behind at 1080p.

Given the Omen’s somewhat lower-than-the-pack performance, particularly at 1080p, as well as what we know about the high thermals of the 10900K CPU, we suspected 120 mm AIO wasn’t keeping the Omen’s CPU as cool as the competition. So we also subjected the HP system to our Metro Exodus gauntlet, in which we run the benchmark at the RTX preset 15 times to simulate roughly half an hour of gaming. The HP system ran the game at an average of 117.6 fps, with little variation. The system started out the test at 118.8 fps on the first run, dipped to 117.1 fps on the fourth run and then stuck close to 117.5 fps for every subsequent run.

During the Metro Exodus runs, the CPU ran at an average clock speed of 4.9 GHz and an average temperature of 72.7 degrees Celsius (162.9 degrees Fahrenheit). The GPU’s average clock speed was 1.81 GHz, with an average temperature of 73.8 degrees Celsius (164.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

Well, there you go. Compared to the iBuypower RDY system, which had a much larger 360mm AIO CPU cooler and seven fans (compared to a 120mm AIO and three fans in the Omen), the Omen’s CPU and GPU ran about 10 degrees Celsius hotter during our stress test. For the record, the iBuypower’s CPU ran at an average temperature of 62.9 degrees Celsius, while its GPU ran at 64 degrees Celsius.

None of these temperatures are unsafe for your components, but they will lead to less-than-peak performance. HP should either offer more robust cooling for the Omen or stop selling it with the 10900K in favor of the 10850K, which performs basically just as well and doesn’t run nearly as hot. The 10900K also adds $100 to the Omen’s price.

Productivity Performance on the HP Omen 30L

With its pairing of a high-end CPU and GPU, along with 32GB of RAM and an NVMe SSD, the Omen 30L excels at productivity as well.

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On Geekbench 5.2, we saw similar trends as in gaming. All the systems were close, and the single-core results saw the Omen beat the Corsair and Alienware systems slightly. But on the multi-core test, HP’s machine landed last, though not by a lot.

The Omen 30L looked good in our Handbrake test, where it tied everything else here, save for the iBuypower, which was oddly 16 seconds behind.

Lastly, the iBuypower system again lagged behind in our 25GB file transfer test. The Omen 30L and its “WD Black by Omen” drive did significantly better than the iBuypower’s 632 MBps, delivering 978 MBps. But both the Corsair and Alienware systems were significantly speedier on the storage front.

Software and Warranty on the HP Omen 30L

The Omen ships with quite a bit of extra software, but the company at least does a good job of making sure it doesn’t get in the way — well, mostly. McAfee LiveSafe and Personal Security come pre-installed, but I didn’t see any pop-ups for them. There’s also HP’s Gaming Hub software, which organizes your games from different stores in one place, lets you take screenshots, control the RGB and more. There is also a suite of HP apps (Support Assistant, Smart App, PC Hardware Diagnostics, etc.) that mostly stayed out of the way. And, of course, there’s a healthy dose of Windows 10’s own cruft, like shortcuts to Netflix, Hulu, plus trials of Microsoft Office and ExpressVPN.

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Despite all this, I was blissfully unaware of much of this gunk when using the system, as it mostly stayed out of sight and out of mind. But then, literally as I was checking the installed programs in writing the above paragraph, I got a notification that one of HP’s apps had updated, and a window popped up talking up Bing’s “Intelligent Search,” pre-selecting two boxes asking to change default search and the browser’s homage to Bing. Bad Omen! Bad! Bing is not your friend!

HP sells the Omen with a 1-year standard warranty.

HP Omen 30L Configurations

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HP sent us a bit of an odd configuration of the Omen 30L, and it’s an even stranger time to actually buy one of these systems as we write this. From one of the base configurations that HP says starts at $2,759, it’s a $100 upgrade to the 10900K, and a $250 upgrade to the RTX 3080 in our rig, which gets us to $3,109. 

But HP also points out that there’s a similar Amazon GT13-0093 configuration that’s supposed to sell on Amazon for $2,229. It steps the CPU down slightly to a 10850K, (which is a better fit for the Omen’s 120mm AIO cooler), and halves the SSD to 1TB, while leaving other components the same. But, in the wake of Black Friday/Cyber Monday and the midst of ongoing GPU shortages, the abovementioned Amazon configuration was out of stock when we wrote this, save for one third-party seller charging a ridiculous $4,179.

And likewise, most of the options on were also sold out, save for a few with previous-generation Nvidia 20-series cards and lower-end models with modest AMD RX 5500 graphics.

Once stock returns to some semblance of normal, HP says it will offer all the current-gen Nvidia cards. And at some point the company will offer AMD’s Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 graphics as well. But the company didn’t have specifics on when the latest AMD silicon would be an option in the Omen 30L.

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HP seems to be making a concerted effort for its Omen desktops to become more configurable than ever, with more familiar name-brand components, like Cooler Master, WD and HyperX. That makes the 30L feel more like a boutique PC, but from a big-box brand. The bad news is that stock issues and high holiday demand at the moment makes it next to impossible to tell exactly what all those options will be and what exact pricing will be like when stock is available. Much as we’ve seen with smaller boutique companies, like iBuypower, HP seems to have problems keeping recent components in stock.

That aside though, as we saw in testing, the Omen 30L needs better cooling if it wants users to get the best possible performance from the 10900K in the system it sent us for testing. But given its similar performance and lesser thermal demands, most would be better off spending $100 or so less for the 10850K anyway.

The other ding to the Omen’s otherwise sleek hardware and software package is an abundance of bloatware. To be fair, we didn’t see a whole lot in the way of nagging popups for its excess of pre-installed software. But the one time we did, it was one of HP’s own apps sneakily pressuring us to switch our browser homepage and search engine to Bing. Given the high price of the Omen as configured, as well as the fact that most boutique PCs ship without bloatware at similar prices, HP could still learn a thing or two from its boutique competition.

That said, the Omen’s hardware, combined with the HP Omen Gaming Hub/Light Studio software, make for a package that’s at least competitive with the best that the likes of Corsair and Alienware have to offer. If you skip the unnecessary upcharge for the questionably cooled Core i9-10900K for the 10850K, (which will perform about the same, save you $100, and be easier to keep cool), the HP Omen 30L is a good option for your next high-end gaming PC — provided you can find it in stock at a reasonable price. 

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After a rough start with the Mattel Aquarius as a child, Matt built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last 15 years covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper, PCMag and Digital Trends.

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The best prebuilt gaming PC will give you the best bang for the but, backed by high performance hardware that you’d get by building it yourself, without the need to actually do it.

However, you might have to pay a little more for having an expert craft your next gaming rig, but all that can be worthwhile if you’re short on time or expertise. And, that might not be the case always, as we’ve seen some pre-builts ring much lower prices than mainstream gaming PCs, yet they rock similar hardware – sometimes the former has better hardware. In most cases, it gets down to individual preferences and gaming needs.

If you’re just getting into gaming and need to do it at higher frame rates, resolutions, and detailed settings out-of-the-box, a pre-built gaming PC is a great entry into the competitive world of PC gaming. In this list, we detail some of the best pre-built gaming PCs you can buy right now.

Reasons to buy a pre-built gaming PC

  • You never have to worry about hardware compatibility, all components in these systems are spec-tested and guaranteed to work from the prebuilt PC manufacturers
  • Challenges in accessing gaming hardware and components in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will be a thing of the past, since the PCs come with your choice of hardware, that hard to come in the market for DIY sessions
  • If you’re not familiar with building your own gaming PC, a prebuilt PC bridges that gap, by allowing you specify the hardware you need, and comes ready to go out of the box
  • Pre-built gaming PC manufacturers offer the option to send back the machines back for fixing, should you experience hardware issues
  • Most prebuilt gaming PCs come with additional gaming components, such as a keyboard and mouse, however, these are entry-level peripherals, that you’ll need to upgrade at some point
  • Almost all prebuilt gaming PCs come with the latest Windows pre-installed

Best prebuilt gaming PC brands

The prebuilt gaming PC market is full of manufacturers, with each claiming to be the best. Of the many manufacturers, there are a few reputable boutique PC builders, and those are the ones we only have in our list. Perhaps you’re wondering how we know the best-prebuilt gaming manufacturers; well, we have reviewed, purchased, and tested PCs from these brands.

Popular prebuilt PC brands:
  • Alienware
  • Corsair
  • CyberPowerPC
  • SkyTech
  • Intel
  • Thermaltake
  • MSI
  • Origin PC
  • Falcon Northwest
  • Scan 3XS
  • Overclockers UK

How we choose

In this guide, we’ve curated gaming PC from a horde of popular PC manufacturers highlighted above, and even scoured the latest prebuilt gaming PCs from brands that specialize in upgrades and PC customizations such as CUK.

Some of the PCs in this list include some that we’ve reviewed, and others we’ve relied on our expertise to identify the specs against the value to identify whether they’re worth your money.

If you have the time and skill, we insist, building you own gaming PC is the best way to you, as you have control over every hardware that goes into it, and it tends to offer much better value.

Here are some of the best pre-built gaming PCS you can buy.

What is the best prebuilt gaming PC brand?

1. Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Overall: Skytech Prism II
2. Best Compact Pre-Built Gaming PC: MSI Trident X
3. Best High-End Pre-Built Gaming PC: Corsair One i300
4. Best Pre-Build Gaming PC Under $2,000: iBUYPOWER Pro Slate Mono 237i
5. Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Under $1,500: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8480A11
6. Best Budget Pre-Built Gaming PC: Skytech Blaze II

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All of the parts are standardized, including the case. With standard parts, it means this is the type of pre-built rig that you can upgrade, tinker with and make your own over the next several years. But for now, you won’t have to upgrade anything, it packs the best of the best, starting with the processor, all the way to the graphics card.

If you don’t have a keyboard and mouse, Skytech includes peripherals that are decent enough to get started, though you’ll likely want to bump up the keyboard to something with manual switches eventually.

You’re paying top-dollar for this Skytech Prism II, but the sheer raw power it delivers and available configuration options available makes it well worth every buck you invest.

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The MSI Trident X is the dictionary definition of “great things come in small packages” in the world of PC gaming. From design and performance perspectives, it’s hard to ask for more than the Trident X offers: a sleek, compact chassis with powerful enough hardware to run the latest and greatest titles in fabulous 4K resolution.   

The only caveat is that you’ll spend a little more for the gaming brilliance: just over three grand, to be precise. Still, if you have the money to spend on a gaming machine, the MSI Trident makes a strong case for itself.

It runs games beautifully and everyday productivity tasks will not pose any challenge to the hardware used here. In addition to that, the machine runs quietly, and upgrades are very simple.

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Like all other top-tier gaming PCs, this tiny system costs a fortune, but that’s not too much money for a system that will certainly last a lifetime. If you have limited room to work with, and need something petite for modern 4K gaming, the One i300 is a great investment.

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The inclusion of name-brand parts is also nice to see. If there’s anything proprietary about the system, it is very little, and that’s the special sauce that makes this Pro feel a bit more like the best midrange machine than some alternatives.

If you can’t find this particular model, there are a variety of other options, including some with AMD processors.

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For a little over one grand, this is an excellent, future-proofed gaming machine that looks good and feels good in-game. Simply put, it’s an affordable powerhouse, capable of running any processor-hungry, graphics-heavy AAA game smoothly in 1080p so that your gaming experience is ultimately immersive. That applies to similarly-demanding applications like video editing.

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The Blaze II has lots of ports on the front and on the rear, making it easier to expand with peripherals and external storage. Inside, expansion options include extra room for storage drives, but the pair of a Core i5 CPU and RTX 3050 GPU are still enough for 1080p gaming out-of-the-box.

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Which is better – prebuilt or custom?

For gamers, here at Digital Weekly, we believe nothing compares to the satisfaction of building your own gaming rig. However, we understand not everyone has the tie and skill to build an own gaming PC, and that makes pre-built PCs better value.

When shopping around, you may think you’ve seen a bargain, but in reality, that pre-built PC comes with a markup (usually around $100-$300 depending on the build you choose) which is the price you pay for someone to do the physical build and the software used therein. Practically, the markup of a prebuilt is essentially the same price of an entire component – maybe a GPU, case, cooling fan, or even a gaming monitor.

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Best Prebuilt Gaming PC for 2022 (Extreme, Value, & Budget)

If you’re in the market for a new gaming computer and you want to go with a prebuilt system, in this guide, we’ve compared nine of the best prebuilt gaming PCs at various price-points to help you find the right option for your budget.

In my opinion, you’re always going to get more bang for your buck if you build your own system (at least, in normal market circumstances when there isn’t a massive GPU shorage) than you will if you buy a prebuilt gaming PC.

And, if you are willing to take on the task of building a PC yourself, I recommend checking out our affordable PC build guide, or our high-end PC build guide for recommendations on part lists at various budgets.

However, if you’re not up for building your system and you just want to get a prebuilt gaming PC to save you the time and hassle of choosing components and assembling them, in this guide, we’ve rated a handful of different options you have at a variety of price points.

So, whether you’re shopping for extreme prebuilt gaming PCs that have high-end graphics cards in them, or for budget-friendly options that will allow you to play your favorite games with ease, there should be a system below that will work for you.

All of these options can be found for sale on Amazon, but if you want a more customized system than the options listed below, check out our guide on the Best Custom PC Builders or click the link for “Custom PCs” on the entries below.

Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs

1. CUK Continuum (Extreme)

2. CUK Mantis (High-End)

3. ZOTAC Gaming MEK (Value)

4. Thermaltake LCGS Glacier (Budget)

5. MSI Trident X (Mini)

6. Honorable Mentions

A Quick Look at the Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs

As a quick-look view at four of our top picks for the best prebuilt gaming PCs, we’ve made selections for the best extreme system, the best high-end option, the best value option, the best budget-friendly gaming PC, and the best small form-factor option.



CUK Continuum Micro

  • i9-12900KF
  • RTX 3090
  • 64GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

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CUK Mantis

  • i9-12900KF
  • RTX 3080
  • 64GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD
9. 4/10

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  • i7-11700K
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

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Thermaltake LCGS Glacier

  • i5-10400F
  • RTX 3050
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

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MSI Trident X

  • i7-12700KF
  • RTX 3070 Ti
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

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1. CUK Continuum Micro Gaming PC

Best extreme prebuilt gaming PC

Our Rating: 9.6/10

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If you have an extreme budget and you want to get a gaming computer that can handle anything you throw at it, you might want to check out CUK’s Continuum Micro Gamer PC desktop. It comes with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GPU as well as a 12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900KF sixteen-core CPU. It also sports 64GB of DDR4 memory, a 1TB SSD, a 3TB hard drive, and an 850-watt 80 PLUS Gold power supply.

The CUK Continuum also comes with Windows 11 Home edition, an AIO cooler, plenty of RGB lights, and a tempered glass case. And, the company includes an RGB keyboard and mouse with this system, too.

In terms of performance, the 3090 and i9-12900KF combination are good enough to jump into 4K gaming or to push games on a 1440P 240Hz+ gaming monitor. If you’re just looking to play games on a 1080P monitor, though, you could easily get away with spending a lot less as even the budget-friendly ZOTAC Gaming MEK or Thermaltake LCGS Glacier i3510 desktop listed below should be able to max out most games at 1080P resolution.

Ultimately, though, this RTX 3090 gaming desktop from CUK is one of only a few prebuilt gaming PCs that comes with both an RTX 3090 graphics card and an Intel Core i9-12900KF processor. It’s an extreme option for anyone who wants the ultimate PC gaming experience.

If you want to build a gaming PC that will offer similar performance to this pre-built desktop, check out our $2,000 Gaming PC Build. For a more mobile option, check out our guide on the best RTX 3080 laptops.

2. CUK Mantis Gaming Desktop

A high-end prebuilt gaming PC

Our Rating: 9.4/10

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If you want to save a little bit of money and still be able to play games on a higher resolution monitor (like a 4K gaming monitor) or even on a 360Hz monitor, the CUK Mantis desktop should also get the job done for you.

The CUK Mantis comes with the following core components: a 12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900KF processor, an RTX 3080 10GB GPU, and 64GB of DDR4 memory. While the Mantis doesn’t come with a higher-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU like the CUK Continuum listed above, the RTX 3080 that it does come with will still be powerful enough to game at 1440P or 4K with higher framerates.

And, the Mantis comes in at a significantly lower price than the Continuum (~$700 difference).

This system also comes with Windows 11 Home Edition, a 1TB SSD & 2TB HDD storage combination, an AIO cooler, and an RGB keyboard & mouse combo as well.

Ultimately, if you’re shopping for the best gaming PCs for ~$3,000, this RTX 3080 desktop PC definitely an option you’ll want to consider.

For a comparable PC build, check out our $1,750 PC build. To see our recommendations for similarly-priced gaming laptops, check out our guide on the best RTX 3070 laptops.

3. ZOTAC Gaming MEK Hero G1

Best prebuilt gaming desktop under $1,500

Our Rating: 9.1/10

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For our best value option, we chose the ZOTAC Gaming MEK Hero G1 because of the hardware it comes with and the price it comes in at. For just a little over $1,100 you get a PC that has the following components: an Intel Core i7-11700KF processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 12GB GPU, and 16GB of DDR4 memory. That combination is good enough to be able to jump into 4K gaming as well as max out anything on a 1080P monitor.

This system also comes with a 1TB SSD, a 700-watt power supply, and a mid tower tempered glass case that has a full-length PSU shroud in it.

Ultimately, if you don’t want to pay over $1,200 on a new gaming computer, the ZOTAC Gaming MEK Hero G1 offers a nice balance between price and performance. This system will still be able to max out anything you throw at it with no problems.

In terms of benchmark performance, you should be able to expect an everage framerate of over 60 FPS in AAA titles on a 1440P monitor and much better results on a standard 1080P display. This makes it one of the best gaming PCs for gamers that have a moderate budget. It will handle popular titles like Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Fortnite, League of Legends, and Valorant with no problems.

You can check out our $1,000 Gaming PC Build for a DIY option that will perform similarly. Or, if you’re considering a laptop as well, our guide on the best RTX 3060 laptops will help you find some similarly priced options.

4. Thermaltake LCGS Glacier i3510

Budget-friendly prebuilt gaming PC

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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If you’re looking for the best affordable prebuilt gaming PC, for just under $850 you can land the fairly powerful Thermaltake LCGS Glacier i3510. The iThermaltake LCGS Glacier i3510 comes with an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 memory, a 600-watt power supply, and a 1TB SSD.

This system is by no means capable of running games at 4K, but for 1080P gaming, this system will be able to max out pretty much anything you throw at it. And, because it has an NVIDIA GPU in it, you can pair it with an affordable 144Hz monitor with G-Sync for an ultra smooth in-game experience.

The system also comes with RGB lights, a nice-looking case that has a transparent side panel, and a free mouse and keyboard.

Overall, for the price that this system comes in at and the performance it is able to deliver, it is one of the best gaming PCs for budget-oriented PC gamers. It will allow you to max out non-demanding titles like Apex Legends, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, etc. and will also work great running titles like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Assassin’s Creed.

If you’re willing to build your own system, you can check out our $1,000 gaming PC build for a similar performing DIY option.

5. MSI MEG Trident Mini

Best mini prebuilt gaming desktop

Our Rating: 9.2/10

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The MSI MEG Trident might be a better fit for you if you want to get a small form-factor gaming PC. This mini gaming desktop comes with the following components: an Intel Core i7-12700KF CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB of DDR5 memory, and a 1TB SSD.

So, despite its smaller size, it is still able to fit a powerful RTX 3070 Ti inside of it. And, it also features a 12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700KF processor. The combination of the 12700KF CPU and the 3070 Ti GPU will be good enough to max out any game on a 1440P monitor and will also allow you to play most games on a 4K display on higher settings with a solid average framerate.

Also Read: Intel K vs KF: What’s the Difference?

The MSI MEG Trident does come in at ~$2,500, though, so if you don’t need a compact system, I’d recommend saving some money and choosing another RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080 desktop—as you can find them a bit cheaper in traditional form-factor options.

However, if you like the smaller form factor that the MSI Trident X comes with, then this is one of the best gaming PCs out there right now.

6. Skytech Prism II Gaming PC

Honorable mention #1

Our Rating: 9.6/10

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At right at ~$4,000, the Skytech Prism II is a bit more affordable than to our extreme pick, the CUK Continuum.

Like the CUK Continuum, Skytech’s Prism II desktop comes with extreme hardware (including its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU). However, the Skytech Prism II opts for a slightly weaker AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU, instead of the Intel Core i9-12900KF that comes in the CUK Continuum.

While both processors are excellent options, the Intel Core i9-12900KF will offer better performance overall. However, for purely gaming purposes, the two CPUs will perform similarly. So, if your main concern is gaming, you could opt for the slightly cheaper Skytech Prism II instead and save some money.

Just like with the CUK Continuum, you’ll want to pair this system with a G-Sync monitor for an incredibly smooth in-game experience. In terms of storage, the Prism II does come with the same size SSD (1TB) as the Contiuum.

Also Read: Is NVIDIA’s G-Sync Technology Worth It?

It also comes with 32GB of memory, a 360mm AIO CPU cooler, a cube-style case with tempered glass side panels and RGB lighting, a free keyboard and mouse, and an 850-watt 80 Plus Gold power supply.

The bottom line is that, both the Skytech Prism II and the CUK Continuum are excellent prebuilt gaming PCs. However, if you want to save ~$700 and you don’t mind sacrificing a little bit of CPU performance, then this desktop from Skytech is probably the best option for you. If you need the extra CPU performance, then the CUK Continuum would be your best bet.

7. HP Omen Gaming PC

Honorable mention #2

Our Rating: 9.3/10

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Another high-end option that won’t quite cost as much as the CUK Continuum listed above, is this HP Omen gaming desktop.

This HP Omen system doesn’t have the newest generation processor in it, but it does contain the both a powerful 10th generation CPU (i9-10850K) and an extreme NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card.

That CPU-GPU combination will be powerful enough to run any game you throw at it on max settings with no problems, whether you’re playing on a 4K monitor or a 1440P 144Hz+ display.

This system also comes with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an 850-watt power supply.

Ultimately, though, while this system won’t quite match the performance of our top two prebuilt gaming PCs (the CUK Continuum and the CUK Mantis) it will still offer extreme gaming performance for quite a bit lower of a price.


Honorable mention #3

Our Rating: 8.8/10

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Next, we have the iBUYPOWER Pro. The iBUYPOWER Pro is another budget-friendly pre-built desktop PC. So, if you want another option to consider alongside the ZOTAC Gaming MEK or Thermaltake LCGS Glacier, this one fits the bill.

The iBUYPOWER Pro comes with these components: an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, an AMD RX 5500 XT graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and a 240GB SSD. It also sports a secondary 1TB hard drive, four RGB fans, a solid mid-tower case with a transparent side panel and a PSU shroud, and a free iBuyPower gaming keyboard and mouse combination.

Also Read: 8GB vs 16GB of RAM: How Much Should You Get?

In terms of gaming performance, the combination of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and the RX 5500 XT GPU should be powerful enough to handle any game on a budget-friendly 1080P monitor, or, even on a higher resolution 1440P monitor.

Ultimately, though, either the Thermaltake LCGS Glacier or the iBUYPOWER Pro are worthy prebuilt gaming PCs to consider if you’re looking for a cheap desktop that can handle any game you throw at it. If you’re just looking to play at 1080P resolution, both options will work well.

9. ZOTAC Mek Mini Gaming PC

Honorable mention #4

Our Rating: 8.8/10

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If you want to get a mini gaming PC, but you don’t want to spend over $2,000 on the MSI Trident X, then the ZOTAC Mek Mini might be a better option for you.

It won’t offer nearly as much performance as the MSI Trident X, but with an Intel Core i7-9700 CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU, and 16GB of memory, it will anything you throw at it with no problems.

It also comes with a 512GB SSD and a 2TB hard drive—so, you will have plenty of storage space to house all of your favorite games. And, the system includes a 240mm AIO cooler, a free keyboard and mouse, and a 1000W Gold-certified power supply.

And, it costs nearly ~$900 less than the MSI Trident X, too. Of course, though, for the same price you can get the ZOTAC Gaming MEK (non-mini), which, while it isn’t a mini desktop, it has a better CPU and GPU.

In the end, though, if you’re set on getting a compact desktop, but you don’t want to spend the amount it will take to get the MSI Trident X, the ZOTAC Mek Mini gaming desktop is probably the next best option for you.

Should You Get A Prebuilt Gaming PC? Or, Build A PC?

There will always be a case to be made for choosing to build a PC over buying a prebuilt system. However, not everyone wants to go through the process of building their own computer. And, if you want a prebuilt gaming PC that can be shipped to you and up and running as quickly as possible, then one of the desktops listed above is probably the best option for you.

In this guide, we’ve given you seven of the best prebuilt gaming PCs at various price points to choose between and, depending on your budget and needs, one of them should help you jump into the world of high-end PC gaming. All of the options above contain mid-range-to-extreme CPUs and graphics cards and even the cheapest options will be good enough to deliver you an ideal PC gaming experience.

Best Pre-Built Gaming PCs 2022

The best pre-built gaming PCs give you all of the high-performance hardware you need to play the most demanding PC video games—without the hassle of actually building a system yourself. Pre-built systems cost a small premium over the do-it-yourself approach, but the convenience can be worth it if you’re short on time or expertise.

The Corsair Vengeance i7300 is a class-leading gaming machine with super-powered hardware.


If you just want to start gaming at higher frame rates, resolutions and detail settings straight away, a pre-built gaming PC is a great way to upgrade your gaming experience today. While you’re upping your PC gaming gear game, also consider one of the best gaming headsets. Here are some of the best pre-built gaming PCs you can buy today.

  • Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Overall: HP Omen 40L
  • Best Compact Pre-Built Gaming PC: MSI MPG Trident AS
  • Best High-End Pre-Built Gaming PC: Corsair Vengeance i7300
  • Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Under $1,000: CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Desktop
  • Best Pre-Built Gaming PC For Speed: MSI Aegis RS
  • Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Under $1,500: MSI Aegis ZS
  • Best Beginner Pre-Built Gaming PC: Lenovo Legion 5i
  • Best Budget Pre-Built Gaming PC: HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Overall

Quality And Performance At A Fair Price


HP Omen 40L Gaming Desktop

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Storage: 1TB HDD, 512GB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want to balance performance with price.

The HP Omen 40L continues the Omen line’s tradition of clean design coupled with powerful components. This configuration is a boost over a prior pick, and upgrades the processor to a Core i7-12700K and includes a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card. (HP has other configurations up to the more powerful RTX 3080 graphics card at its site.)  This component matchup gives you all the power you need for high frame rate gaming at 1080p or 1440p, with ray tracing and every other setting enabled. You can dabble in 4K, but you’ll need to lower some settings (or enable DLSS) to get comfortable frame rates in AAA games.

The redesigned cooling system is much more effective, leading to overall lower component temperatures and a much quieter system. No more gaming with headphones on as a necessity. Just because this PC is ultra powerful, doesn’t mean it’s not upgradeable, though. With an Intel 12th generation CPU and 600 series motherboard, you can upgrade to a Raptor Lake CPU later this year when they debut, and there’s always the option of switching up to DDR5 memory if you want to really push it.


  • Great gaming performance at 1080p and 1440p
  • Some 4K gaming ability in lighter titles
  • Much improved cooling for quieter gaming


  • Not quite a full 4K gaming PC
  • No DDR5

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Best Compact Pre-Built Gaming PC

A Console-like Gaming PC


MSI MPG Trident AS

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Storage: 1 TB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want PC performance in a compact, console-like chassis.

Gaming PCs don’t only come in massive towers. The MSI MPG Trident AS proves that as the flagship of MSI’s console-styled PC range, and it is absolutely the best of both worlds. The MPG Trident AS has a stylish, narrow design whose compact shape easily fits among your living room electronics. Inside sits the kind of performance that only a high-end gaming PC can provide. This PC’s combination of fast CPU and upper tier Nvidia graphics card make it capable of playing any game at any settings (though you’ll need to juggle some settings if you enable ray tracing, or play at 4K, to maintain steady frame rates). And with 1TB of fast NVMe SSD storage, you get plenty of space to store your game adventures.

The system stays quiet with a well-tuned air cooling system that keeps the hot air flowing out at a respectable rate without ramping up the fans. It also currently comes with a free gaming mouse and keyboard, which while not stellar, does help bring down the overall price for getting going with a fully operational gaming system. The step-up model, the MSI MEG Trident X is worth a look as well, but is currently in and out of stock. That model is pricier, but has faster DDR5 memory, double the storage and better graphics.


  • High-performance components let you play anything
  • Impressive cooling for quiet operation
  • Compact chassis fits in anywhere


  • Expensive
  • Only has DDR4 memory

Best High-End Pre-Built Gaming PC

Cutting Edge Performance


Corsair Vengeance i7300

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 | RAM: 32GB DDR5 | Storage: 2TB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want the best of the best available today, and are willing to pay for it.

If you want a gaming PC that lets you turn everything up to 11 without compromise, then you need to pay for it. What you get for your money though, is truly special in the gaming space: This Corsair PC combines cutting-edge components with an airy and quiet-chassis, a potent combination that delivers high-powered gaming performance without any of the usual drawbacks.

Inside you also get pleasing lighting effects on all of your RGB fans and a quiet CPU watercooling system, all visible through your a clear, tempered glass side panel. This model has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for attaching all of your favorite wireless accessories and peripherals.

Worried about spending this kind of money? Don’t be. This model carries a two year warranty for a replacement or refund, as well as lifetime 24/7 technical support from Corsair’s team of specialists.


  • Flagship-level gaming performance
  • Quiet operation with a great looking case
  • Access to 24/7 support team for life


  • Very expensive
  • Lacks Wi-Fi 6E support

Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Under $1,000

Easily Outclassing The Competition

Best Buy

CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming Desktop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5600G | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6600 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Storage: 512GB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want current-gen performance at an affordable price.

As graphics card prices normalize again after previous shortages, you can suddenly get a lot more gaming power for your money at around the $1,000 mark. This CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming Desktop has an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G six core processor and the stellar AMD Radeon RX 6600XT graphics card—a potent combination for 1080p gaming at any detail setting. It’s great for playing esports games at high frame rates, but it also has more than enough power to deliver strong frame rates in AAA games, too. Just don’t expect to run games with every setting maxed out.

The 8GB of RAM is a little weak and that would be a good place to focus your attentions for a first upgrade, but this model has half a terabyte of SSD storage for fast boot times and even faster game loading. Another weakness is its integrated Wi-Fi, which only supports the older 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 standard. It even comes with its own mouse and keyboard, so you can jump into a game as soon as you’ve opened the box. Want to tweak how it looks? There’s plenty of RGB lighting in the chassis and on the CPU cooler, so you can customize your color accents to make it stand out from the crowd.


  • Solid performance at an affordable price
  • Bundled mouse and keyboard


  • Only 8GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi is 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5

Best Pre-Built Gaming PC For Speed

As Fast As It Gets


MSI Aegis RS Gaming Desktop

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900KF | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 | RAM: 32GB DDR5 | Storage: 2TB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want the fastest PC possible in 2022.

This gaming PC really does have it all. High-end processor, check; high-end graphics card, check; high-end DDR5 memory, check; 2TB high-speed NVMe SSD storage, check. With these components, you get all the space for all your games, and all of the hardware to turn all the settings all the way up. Inside MSI’s styled RS 12 chassis, you get heaps of personalization with subtle RGB lighting on all the fans and coolers and tasteful mesh cabling to improves airflow boot. This model has plenty of space for upgrades and tinkering, if you care to do so.

You get a good selection of ports for plugging in your controllers and accessories, access to fast 2.5 Gigabit ethernet and Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking for fast downloads and file transfers, and the out-of-the box cable management gives the system a refined and tidy look. This system is pricey, but it’s well worth it for what you get. It even comes with a pair of decent gaming peripherals, and a free copy of Dying Light 2.

Pros :

  • It’s as fast as a gaming PC can be in 2022
  • Plenty of memory and storage
  • Unique look with excellent system cooling


  • Very expensive

Best Pre-Built Gaming PC Under $1,500

Save Big On This Super Powered PC

Best Buy

MSI Aegis ZS Gaming Desktop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6700XT | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Storage: 1TB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want to target 1440p (2K) gaming on a modest budget.

With GPU prices crashing, you can now get this amazing all-AMD gaming PC with an eight core CPU and graphics card that together can easily deliver excellent 1440p (2K) gaming performance across a wide breadth of games. The processor is considered mid-grade, meaning it falls below AMD’s highest performing option, but strikes a good balance for high frame rates per second gaming and everyday tasks. The graphics card, though, is among AMD’s high-end options and a great choice for intense gaming sessions. The combination of these two components makes this PC stand out, since it can be a gaming performer without hitting the same price heights as other models.

The case has an attractive design with heaps of RGB lighting, and the inside is roomy enough that upgrades and tinkering are a breeze. The AMD system doesn’t have quite the same upgrade paths as an Intel 12th gen design, but it will be fully compatible with next-generation graphics cards, and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D offers a modest CPU performance bump if you want to go down that route in the future.


  • Very affordable with recent price cuts
  • Solid cooling in a great-looking case
  • Bundled peripherals add additional value


  • Limited upgrade paths

Best Beginner Pre-Built Gaming PC

Affordable Quality

Best Buy

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i

CPU: Intel Core i5-11400 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Storage: 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Best for: Gamers who want a capable and reliable first gaming PC.

The best beginner friendly PC will always be one that has good but not top-tier components, and doesn’t need much tinkering or upgrading. The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i achieves that balance, even with its last-generation Intel CPU—which still holds its own compared to the latest and greatest. This model also has what is arguably the best 16-series Nvidia GPU, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which packs plenty of frame rates for gaming and esports, and can run at high enough frames per second for an enjoyable experience (though the newer GeForce RTX 3060 cards provide even faster frame rates, plus better 3D performance and real-world speed). You may need to fuss with the settings in AAA games if you’re playing at resolutions outside of 1080p, but such games can still look good at more modest frame rates. Also inside are four USB 3.1 ports, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 wireless and a 256GB SSD paired with a roomy but not-as-fast hard disk drive.

The system has an understated design overall, with a mesh front for improved airflow, and a side window so you can get a look at all your fancy new components. The cooling mechanisms keep the system relatively quiet, and a range of lighting options can be customized to give your Legion Tower a unique look. While there are some corners cut on the CPU cooler’s design, older CPU and the limited memory, those are easily upgradeable when you find them to be a limitation, and the system is open and accessible when you do want to replace components. This is a great PC for getting started with gaming, and it can grow with your changing needs.


  • Affordable price with good performance
  • Case has roomy interior


  • Previous-generation CPU and graphics card
  • Basic complement of RAM

Best Budget Pre-Built Gaming PC

Powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics At A Low Price


HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Super | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Storage: 256GB SSD

Best for: Gamers who want the absolute best bang for their buck.

This HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop PC does one thing very well: It gets you a powerful graphics card at a very affordable price. The CPU is a little long in the tooth, two generations behind Intel’s current crop; but it’s still plenty capable of playing the latest games. HP makes other compromises to achieve this terrific price: The Pavilion has an underwhelming 8GB of RAM; its 256GB SSD isn’t much when it comes to modern games; it supports Wi-Fi 5, and only has USB 3.0 connectivity.

With GPU prices continuing to fall thanks to the cryptocurrency crash and miners subsequently dumping their GPUs into the secondhand market, new build systems like this have become all the more affordable, and that’s good news for gamers. This combination of hardware has all the power it needs for high frame rate esports games, and it even has enough performance to deliver playable frame rates in the latest AAA games. It remains a good budget gaming PC to get you playing right away.


  • Super low price for this graphics card
  • Able to play any esports games at high FPS


  • Limited storage space
  • 8GB of RAM suboptimal for the latest games

What To Consider When Buying A Pre-Built Gaming PC

When you buy a pre-built gaming PC from one of the major brands, the focus is on the convenience of buying ready-to-go out of the box. You don’t need to worry as much about all the intricacies of how the system is put together, but you do need to factor in important specifications and features. For this story, we looked at pre-built systems sold as a pre-configured package. Some manufacturers also sell directly, and have self-configure options if you know the specific set of components you want in your pre-built gaming system.


The heart of any gaming PC is the processor, or CPU. It’s not the linchpin of gaming performance it once was, but it’s still important. You want a recent CPU—Intel 10th, 11th or 12th generation CPUs, or AMD Ryzen 3000 or 5000—and something with at least four cores. That’s typically Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 and up.

Great mid-range CPU options include the Ryzen 5 5600X and the Intel Core i5-12600K, with high-end systems targeting the Intel Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K, or the AMD Ryzen 5 5800X and Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

Graphics Card

This is the most important component for any gaming PC. Graphics cards can get expensive, though, and it helps to target a card that best matches your use.

If you’re looking to run esports games at 1080p, you can get away with a budget GPU or at least top out at the mid-range. Higher-end cards are better for 2K (also referred to as 1440p) and 4K resolutions in AAA games. Look for budget options like the AMD Radeon RX 6400, or the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super, or more mid-range cards like the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, and Radeon RX 6600.

For higher-end systems where you want to hit those higher detail settings and frame rates, look for at least an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, but you’ll get better 4K performance out of top cards like the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and Radeon RX 6850 XT. The best performance can be had with the RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti, but know that they are very expensive.


RAM is something that can really hamstring your system if you don’t have enough of it. Make sure you have at least 8GB, and better yet 16GB for mid-range gaming and everyday tasks both. For maximum performance, look for systems with 32GB of RAM, best for the latest and most demanding games at the highest resolution.

As far as speed goes, your memory should be at least 3,000MHz or faster; below that you’ll really see a drop off in performance. If you want cutting edge performance and you’re buying a compatible Intel 12th generation system, then consider the newer DDR5 memory too. While DDR5 memory is faster than DDR4, but note the performance uplift isn’t huge and the price increase can be dramatic.


The only absolute must with gaming PC storage is that you need an SSD. Look for an NVMe SSD for your boot drive and game drive. NVMe is significantly faster than a SATA SSD; NVMe drives typically maintain 3.5GBps sustained read/write throughput, as compared with SATA’s 600MBps. You want at least 256GB, but you’ll have more space for larger games if you target at least 512GB.

If you want to store a lot of photos, video, or audio, consider a secondary external hard drive for a more affordable long-term storage solution.


The computer’s chassis is important in gaming, and not just because you might want to make a statement with the case’s aesthetic touches. Case design takes on more importance for pre-built gaming PCs, because system cooling becomes imperative when running CPUs and graphics cards at max for hours on end. Make sure the case has at least one intake fan and one exhaust fan, and ideally has dust filters on the intakes. Cable management, expansion bays and RGB lighting will vary dramatically from PC to PC, so be sure to check individual reviews for specific recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pre-Built Gaming PCs

Are Pre-Built Gaming PCs Worth It?

Definitely. A pre-built gaming PC is a great way to start playing your favorite games straight away without having to build the system yourself. You’ll still have to install some games and your favorite programs, but it’s a much quicker way to get gaming, and you can often get a more powerful mix of components for the price in a gaming desktop than a gaming laptop.

You also get more support, extra warranty coverage and guarantees that mean if your new PC fails for whatever reason in the first year (or more, depending on the manufacturer and warranty you select on purchase) you can have someone fix it for you, rather than having to troubleshoot it yourself. Pre-built gaming PCs are great for those who just want to game and don’t care about learning how it all works themselves.

Can You Upgrade Pre-Built Gaming PCs?

Typically, yes, so long as the system’s motherboard has available internal connectors to support adding additional RAM or storage. Beyond that, pre-built gaming PCs and gaming PCs you put together yourself are the same. Some cases are more difficult to navigate and aren’t as easy to open as others, a factor to dig deeper on if upgrade potential is important to you.

Is It Cheaper To Build Your Own Gaming PC?

Almost always. Since you aren’t paying for someone’s time to build it for you or give a warranty, you can typically save money by building your own gaming PC. You’ll also be able to maximize your budget to focus on the components most important to you. All of the pre-built gaming PC picks above are selected for their mix of components at a given price. One gotcha with pre-built PCs: Manufacturers might skimp on one component in favor of another to hit a specific price.

When you build your own gaming PC, you can make sure that the GPU matches your needs and you’re not overspending on the case or unnecessary extras, and that you have enough storage and memory for what you want to do with it. The only caveat to all of this is that many graphics card prices are still sky high. If you want a high-end GPU for your next PC build, buying a pre-built can sometimes be cheaper.

Best Gaming PCs 2022: Top 7

These are the best gaming PCs in 2022.

the gamer deserves the best gaming PC on the planet. The only question is, can
whether he splurge on the almighty, equipped with the latest technology,
car or just a budget computer. Fortunately, thanks to the achievements
modern component manufacturers, get a powerful gaming computer
Made easy no matter your budget.

then the difficult part begins — there are a huge number of components, and they
cover every price range, making choosing the best gaming PC quite
not simple. And at this moment we come to the rescue. We will take you through different
proposals and reduce the list of potential cars to the best, which, in our opinion
I think they can run any game. In doing so, we will try to keep in mind
your budget, so depending on your needs, you may not
have to spend too much to get the perfect computer.

Choosing a gaming PC that fits your needs and at the same time fits within your budget is the key balance. You may need to invest in a computer with a more powerful processor and graphics card if you’re going to play the latest and most demanding games like Halo Infinite in 4K on one of the best gaming monitors. However, if you’re willing to make some sacrifices in the performance department, whether it’s the best PC games at 1080p or 1440p and maybe cranking up some graphics settings, you can get smooth gaming without breaking the bank.

Of course, if you want to play on the go, you should consider the best gaming laptops. Otherwise, you’ll find the right machine for you among our top gaming PCs, no matter your budget. Whether you’re looking for a PC that strikes the right balance between price and performance, or a top-of-the-line premium configuration, you’ll find something here to suit your needs.




Amazing design with amazing performance.

Processor : up to Intel Core i9 (10th generation) | Graphics : up to MSI GeForce RTX 3080 | RAM : up to 128 GB | Physical memory : up to 3TB HDD + 2TB SSD.


  • High performance in great design;
  • Crazy combinations of characteristics;

Cons :

  • USB ports could be better;

from the selected configuration of MSI MEG Aegis Ti5, the manufacturer can guarantee you brute force.
But if you have deep pockets, we recommend collecting one of the most powerful
configurations with 32 GB of RAM.

MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 case design you will either love or hate, paying tribute
respect for transformers, he emphasizes the crazy potential hidden
inside. This is a premium gaming PC kit from MSI, premium level, and
because with exciting features inside. The most powerful configuration
coming to Intel Core i9.RTX
3080 and a whopping 128GB of RAM. In fact, no matter what model
Whichever you choose, you will be amazed at its performance. Of course, invest
such funds make sense only when money is not
problem (and you should like the pronounced gaming aesthetic), in
otherwise, be prepared for a huge hole in your pocket that the MEG Aegis Ti5 will burn, you will have to save on
available computer games.

Read full review : MSI MEG Aegis Ti5


Demanding games for every budget.

Processor : AMD Ryzen 5 3500 — 9 3950X | Graphics : AMD Radeon RX 5600 — Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti | RAM : 8 GB — 64 GB | Physical Memory : 1TB HDD (7200RPM) — 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB HDD (7200RPM).

  • Pros of : Powerful | Affordable | Stunning design;
  • Cons : The best configurations are very expensive;

Looking for a powerful gaming computer that can easily digest
any game? Then you need a model with amazing RTX 3080 graphics and
powerful 12-core Ryzen
9 5900X.

Considering AMD’s solid position in conquering the CPU and GPU market, it’s no surprise that many of the best PCs are siding with the Red Team. Among them is our favorite series of Alienware Aurora gaming desktop PCs, the R10 model, equipped with powerful yet relatively affordable AMD Ryzen processors. Not only are they able to offer raw performance when it comes to gaming, but they also promote affordability by promising budget-conscious gamers the chance to get into modern games without burning a hole in their pocket. This is the best gaming PC, no exceptions, especially with next-gen configs touting the RTX 3090 capable of playing at 8K resolution.


The best entry-level PC for gaming.

Processor : up to Intel Core i9 (11th generation) | Graphics : Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super — RTX 3070 | RAM : up to 32 GB DDR4 | Drive : Up to 1TB SSD.

Pros :

  • Stable 1080p esports performance;
  • Easy to upgrade when you need more power;

Cons :

  • Graphics in basic configurations without tracing;

that Lenovo Legion Tower 5i becomes the perfect gaming
entry-level computer, users who are looking for a more reliable
option, will appreciate this mid-range model with a Core i7 chip, RTX 3060 and 16
GB of RAM.

players, as well as users on a tight budget, will appreciate the configurations
entry-level, affordable Lenovo Legion Tower 5i. it
affordable entry point that does a great job with the most popular
AAA esports games available in 1080p. And while in the base
PC configurations offer graphics cards without ray tracing and DLSS. Frame
Adheres to the reliable black tower scenario, easy to open and leave
the user has room to maneuver with the update. If you’re only open to
journey through the world of computer games, it can be difficult for you to find the best computer,
than this one.

Read the full review: Lenovo Legion Tower 5i


Processor : Up to Intel Core i7-10700 (10th Gen) | Graphics : up to MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super | RAM : up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz | Physical Memory : x1 M.2 SSD + 1 HDD / SSD 2.5 inch.


  • Great performance in a compact package;
  • Not too loud;

Cons :

  • Very expensive and more than you need;

on the modest dimensions of this case, Corsair One
i300 is a powerful gaming computer that can chew through any
the game you are running on it. However, its whopping 16-core
Alder Lake Intel Core processor
The i9, RTX 3080 Ti and 64GB of RAM will make any gamer salivate.
It’s a tough PC that will help you game in 4K resolution and
edit video in 4K.

Will be found
and those who say that the Corsair One i300 is redundant
gaming computer, and for most non-competitive gamers, this is probably
becomes a true statement. However, this is a mini PC with a stunning gaming design.
— just what you need for players who want the best and require space savings. Everything
depends if they play competitively or if they just have too much
money that burns the pocket. You will find inside the best components,
available today for money, the flagship configuration will be able to play games with
4K resolution — and easily cope with any tasks from the field of creation

Read the full Corsair One i300 review


The best compact gaming PC for 4K gaming.

Processor : Intel Core i7-107000 | Video card : Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | RAM : 16 GB | Physical memory : 500 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD.


  • Smart design with attractive RGB lighting;
  • Excellent gaming performance with excellent cooling;


  • Connecting a headset may block the front ports;

This model is Acer Predator Orion
The 3000 strikes a perfect balance thanks to an Intel Core i7 processor with an Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card. It’s not the best
gaming PC, but it’s extremely good at 1440p.

Acer Predator Orion
3000 is characterized by an amazing design, with an almost unsurpassed
attention to detail, its neat and compact design make the computer
easy to move. Also worth noting is the RGB lighting, which is even better with FrostBlade fans and light strips.
On the sides. The computer is not limited to appearance. The real power is hidden inside
the characteristics are good enough to give players exciting games in
4K and VR. This is a computer
not from the budget segment, but for a car that will serve you for several years
go ahead, the offer is very attractive, if you care about aesthetics do not
less than performance.

Read full review : Acer Predator Orion 3000.

6 | HP OMEN 30L

Simplicity meets power.

Processor : Intel Core i7-10700K — Intel Core i9-10900L | Video card : Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 — RTX 3090 | RAM : 16 GB — 64 GB | Physical Memory : 512 GB — 2 TB SSD + up to 2 TB HDD.

  • Pros: Great price | performance configuration;
  • Cons : Tightly fitted components;

Our favorite HP Omen 30L configuration:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X / RTX 3060 / 8 GB.

HP Omen
30L comes
in a variety of configurations, including the flagship version on the RTX 3090 with 32 GB of RAM. For most
users, these characteristics will become redundant, but this model with a Ryzen 5 processor and RTX 3060 will be the best, especially in
1080p resolution.

HP Omen
30L can
be configured very seriously, ensuring performance despite
to a rigid layout that made us worry about the abundance of air
flow. There are other gaming PC features that you might love —
its few RGB zones,
fair price and elegant design are also appreciated by users. And while
the system allows additional customization, rigid restrictions on the case
can block most extensions, there are very few options left for
cooling upgrades.

Read more : HP Omen 30L review.


Customizable for every budget.

Processor : AMD Ryzen 5 3600 — Intel Core i9-11900K | Graphics : Nvidia GTX 1660 Super (6 GB) – Nvidia RTX 3090 (24 GB) | RAM : 16 GB — 32 GB DDR4 | Drive : 512GB PCIe M. 2 SSD – 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, x1 SATA SSD.

Pros :

  • Wide range of configuration options;
  • Outstanding performance;

Cons :

  • Can be expensive;
  • Availability of components may affect assembly;

CLX Scarab PCs are not going to be cheap, but
in the basic configuration they are available to most people and are supplied in
specially designed liquid-cooled CLX configurations
processors. Configurations are then augmented with PCIe drives
M.2 512 GB with 80Plus Gold Modular PSU
power 750 W,
all this inside the Scarab Evolv ITX SFF Black case with acrylic side panel.

what makes CLX Scarab computers so special is the wide options
settings. Your budget determines the final configuration, but even for modest
money, you have access to the basic equipment of a gaming PC, and you can also
get full mince with power like Nvidia RTX 3090 and Core
i9 from Intel 11th generation. Just be prepared to spend if
you want the best. Moreover, since the manufacturer’s gaming computers
assembled to order, you depend on the whims of the global supply chain,
therefore, if you need a component that is in short supply, it will take some time
wait for your PC. However, if you’re willing to wait, you get a computer that
can be personalized in a variety of ways.

Read the full review: CLX Scarab


When it comes to finding and choosing the best gaming PC, the ultimate challenge for the end user is getting the right balance between budget and gaming performance. If money isn’t an issue (or at least if you’re willing to save up), then you can’t go wrong picking two of the best gaming PCs on our list: the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 and the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10. Both come with powerful processors (you can also upgrade to the latest generation of Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors) and Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics cards, they are just shy of the best GPU available today, we are talking about the Nvidia RTX 3090. Both have great customization options so you can fiddle around with the features to your liking.

If you need to keep your budget in mind, the HP Omen 30L is a good choice as it has a wide range of settings that will provide tolerable performance at a reasonable price. There’s also the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i with RTX 3060, which we consider to be the best gaming PC for 1080p gaming.


While building your own gaming PC can be costly and hassle-free, great gaming PCs are more affordable than ever before. Even Intel Comet Lake and AMD Ryzen 5000 processors, as well as Nvidia Ampere or Big Navi graphics cards, are becoming more affordable than their predecessors. So don’t worry about the price. Whatever your budget, you won’t have to compromise.

Whether you’re playing the best PC games or low-budget free games, choosing a PC with the right performance without compromising on vital features, whether that’s a selection of ports or attractive RGB lighting, is your priority. Whether it’s an expensive desktop that’s capable of playing games in 4K or the best budget gaming PC that’s capable of smooth 1080p gaming. Don’t worry about flair and design unless your budget is tight.

Make sure you have fast enough RAM.
8 GB DDR4 memory these days
— minimum, but if possible, save 16 GB right away. A capacious SSD drive plays an important role
role, since serious games take up a lot of space, but nothing gets in the way of you
purchase an additional drive later.

Finally, make sure you have enough money for quality peripherals. After all, a gaming computer is only as good as its peripherals. Only in combination with the best gaming monitor and the best gaming keyboards can you become a legend.


The purchase of a gaming machine is a serious, expensive purchase,
therefore, it cannot be taken lightly, just as seriously we approach
testing review PCs before including them in the rating. Choosing a gaming PC
rating requires comprehensive testing, which is not limited to
popular games, we do not forget to try out a few older ones, but
demanding to graphics, games, note performance, efficiency
cooling and many other aspects. Not without synthetic
tests that include Geekbench
5, 3DMark and PCMark

As the computer goes through the components, we go to
external details, noting the potential for modernization, the possibility of installing
additional components and a set of ports, RGB-backlighting and the availability of subsequent customization. Finally we
we test computers in everyday tasks, since gaming computers,
despite the classification, they often serve as an everyday PC.

In conclusion, we put together all the results of the gaming PC
and correlate them with the price tag — summing up, we determine whether it is worth it
the performance and features of the asking price, and whether it offers
the best value to the end consumer.

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Best Gaming PC Under $700 — Ready-Made Gaming Desktops for $700

Current PC hardware prices have left most buyers scowling, and budget buyers or entry-level gamers are in even more trouble.

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Getting a decent PC without spending too much is a serious problem, but the situation is not completely hopeless. We’ve put together a selection of budget gaming PCs under $700 for you here.

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1. HP M01-f0033W Ryzen ($374.99)

HP M01-f0033W

The HP Desktop is an entry-level gaming PC that is the smart place to start your new career. This build does not have a dedicated GPU as it relies on the 3200G integrated graphics, a solid chip.

The build is based on AMD’s Ryzen 3 3200G, a budget APU that offers decent performance for the price. The processor runs at a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and can be overclocked to a maximum frequency of 4 GHz. With 4 cores and 4 threads, you won’t get multi-threaded performance, but it’s far superior to Intel’s integrated graphics. The 3200G uses Vega 8 graphics to provide entry-level performance in a variety of games.

HP desktop computer with 8 GB DDR4 RAM and 1 TB hard drive. While this storage solution isn’t particularly fast, it’s good enough for you to play out of the box, with plenty of room for your OS and favorite games.

This is a great beginner PC with powerful gaming features at the heart of this build. In addition to the components, you get a compact system with a free keyboard and mouse to play with out of the box.

Pros / Cons:

  • solid budget performance
  • Compact form-factor
  • Essential graphics
  • No solid-capacity drive

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AVGPC might be a bit more expensive than our budget pick, but the basic features make up for the extra cost. This build offers great gaming performance for those who want to start a career in competitive export (or any other low-intensity game format). It not only has great aesthetics and decent performance, but also excellent cooling, which is the merit of this case.

This build is based on the popular Ryzen 5 3600, AMD’s gaming processor. The processor has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4. 2GHz, which is more than enough to run games. This processor is paired with 8GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM, a fast 500GB SSD, and a 500W power supply. In addition, users are offered a very efficient separate GPU GT 710. This makes the AVGPC a great base PC for those who want to play light games and have the option to upgrade in the future.

Plus / disadvantages:

  • Excellent game performance
  • Very effective hybrid data storage
  • Excellent aesthetics
    • do not come with peripheral devices

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    The iBUYPOWER Starter PC comes with everything you need to start your entry-level gaming career. This sub-$500 budget build has a sleek chassis, an Intel core i3 processor, 480GB of fast memory, and Wi-Fi.

    Inside we see an Intel i3-10105F processor. This quad-core processor is clocked at 3.7GHz and features a GeForce GT 1030 to run some low-end games. . In support of the processor, we see 8 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and a 480 GB M.2 SSD, which will be enough for the operating system and a few favorite games.

    This is a great entry-level PC for the price and perfect for those who want to start playing PC games.

    Pros / disadvantages:

    • attractive design and lighting
    • Strong performance
    • Competitive price
    • Spacious interior for modernization
    • Large memory (SSD)
    • The system works quietly
    • Fast loading
    • Fast load
    • No futuristic ports (USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 ports)

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    5. HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 ($755.74)

    HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690

    Best of 2019 BugMost pre-built gaming desktops we see use the familiar formula: Intel processor, Nvidia graphics card. Which is why we were intrigued by the opportunity to test the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690, which uses AMD silicon for both Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU. Priced at $779 as tested (on a specific HP 690-0020), this PC configuration has an impressive cost. For less than a single Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition graphics card, you get a compact desktop gaming PC capable of playing the latest AAA titles at native 1080p with enhanced picture quality settings. That’s the most you can ask for in a budget gaming PC, and it’s just one of the reasons this HP model is a strong choice for getting the most value for your money. However, the lack of an SSD in this configuration ends the deal; otherwise, this PC would have received an Editors’ Choice award.

    Pros / Cons:

    • Good price.
    • Enough power for 1080p gaming.
    • Compact size.
    • Front ports.
    • No SSD.
    • Not intended for retrofit.
    • Cooling fans are audible during game play.

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    In conclusion: The best gaming desktops under $700.

    Now that you know about seven brands of gaming PCs under $700, you have to decide which one to buy. With so many things to consider, this will no doubt take some time and can be a little intimidating. You will be better off if you start with the most important thing — the processor. It’s the heart of a gaming PC and is complemented by a powerful GPU.

    Also, choose a gaming PC that is cool and quiet. This will allow you to play games for a long time without being distracted by anything.

    Finally, when making a decision, focus on what really matters to you and which particular PC will provide exactly what you need. Remember, as with all other purchases, one size does not fit all!

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    Unbridled power and elegant appearance.

    The skill you show in games… Opponents you defeat with ease… Teammates you inspire to win… Success in games leads you to success in life. Legion gaming PCs from Lenovo are iconic gaming machines that help you succeed and bridge the virtual and real worlds. They not only have a sufficient supply of computing resources to solve any problems, but also look modern and stylish.

    Best-in-class gaming PCs just got better

    Impress teammates and opponents alike with the latest and greatest in the 7th Gen Legion series of gaming laptops. Unleash the power of our flagship Legion 7 gaming PCs, featuring top-of-the-line performance and visuals, with class-leading 16″ WQXGA displays. Defeat your opponents in style in the gaming arena with the ultra-thin and light Legion Slim 7 laptops, which combine powerful gaming performance with an exceptionally small footprint.

    Make a lasting impression on teammates and opponents

    Become a true eSports pro with the Legion 5 Pro, the world’s first gaming laptop with a 16-inch WQXGA display. Stylish Legion 5 laptops with a new design in the original case, made of aluminum and magnesium alloy.


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    Accessories and Monitors

    Legion Monitors

    Purchase one of the Legion gaming monitors with advanced features such as NVIDIA ® G-SYNC technology, ® up to 360Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time. Legion gaming monitors expand the gaming experience for today’s gamers.

    Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset

    Lenovo Legion H600 Headset delivers exceptional audio quality when connected wirelessly to your PC. connection to various gaming platforms, and also supports wired and wireless charging modes.

    Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    Highly customizable backlighting Unlimited keystrokes mechanical keyboard with customizable per-key RGB lighting, dedicated media keys and other useful features.

    Legion M600 Wireless Gaming Mouse

    The Lenovo Legion M600 Wireless Gaming Mouse features ultra-long battery life of up to 200 hours* and a high polling rate (at 1000 Hz) typically only supported by wired gaming mice. The Legion M600 gaming mouse will help you become the absolute champion in the latest PC games and grab the attention of others with customizable LED backlighting with 16.8 million colors.

    *Battery life depends on how much you use your device.

    Superb picture quality monitors for your favorite games

    Desktop PC

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    Intel® ® Core™ i7-10750H
    Intel® ® Core™ i9-10980HK

    NVIDIA® RTX 2080 Super Max-Q

    Up to 140 FPS

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    What is it?

    The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the critical component that is the «brain» of the PC. The processor controls the operation of the computer and the speed of applications. Lenovo Legion gaming PCs are powered by the latest processors with the latest technologies.


    Video card

    What is it?

    Video card (GPU, graphics processing unit) — a component responsible for creating and rendering images, videos and animations. The GPU works in tandem with the CPU to deliver optimal image quality.

    What is right for you?

    The choice of graphics card depends on how you use your computer: gaming, 3D rendering, or just watching content. Choose the GTX series graphics cards for perfect FPS in AAA games, or the ray-traced RTX series graphics cards for games with breathtaking reflection and lighting visuals.

    The best displays available in today’s gaming laptops

    If you’re looking for the best display gaming laptop, look no further than the Legion 7 Series. , more screen real estate for maximum comfort in games and work tasks. In addition, these displays support variable refresh rates up to 240Hz for a perfect picture without tearing.

    Stunning color reproduction

    Whether you’re gaming or creative, enjoy crystal-clear and incredibly lifelike images on Legion 7 Series gaming laptops with 100% sRGB display and high dynamic range. From alien worlds to fantastic landscapes in the latest PC games, you’ll get exactly the image that the developers intended.

    The next generation of cooling technology. A new level of frame rate.

    Benefit from the world’s most powerful Coldfront 4. 0 cooling system, featured on Legion 7 Series gaming laptops, with an innovative vapor chamber and updated components*. With up to 175W thermal capacity for best-in-class performance, your gaming system will keep your gaming system cool even during the hottest gaming battles.

    * Vapor chamber cooling system only available on Legion 7 series gaming PCs.

    Finally. Powerful battery for a productive gaming laptop.

    Batteries found in high-end gaming laptops have typically failed to reach their full potential. So it was before. But now we have solved this problem by installing batteries with a capacity limit of 99.99 Wh for maximum battery life.

    Impressive looks match the gaming power of a laptop

    The Legion 7 Series gaming laptop is built to impress others. The impressive 16-inch display features highly customizable RGB lighting around the perimeter. Adding style to the device is a premium anodized aluminum body. The people around will be shocked.

    Ultra-slim, uncompromising performance

    Ultra-slim Legion Slim 7 gaming laptops are ideal for gaming, creativity and more, anywhere. We did the impossible — we created a laptop in a premium aluminum case with a thickness of only 17 mm and a weight of about 2 kg.

    Do not be distracted from work and move straight to the goal.

    Legion Ultimate Support is a new support package for Legion devices that helps you perform at your peak during the day and keep your opponents at bay at night. Get Legion Ultimate Support, a support package designed specifically for gamers.

    Gameplay taken to the next level

    Windows 11 gaming laptops let you unlock the full potential of your hardware. Boost graphics card performance with DirectX 12 Ultimate* technology and take advantage of guaranteed compatibility with thousands of games—that’s why Windows is the world’s most popular and versatile gaming platform.

    * DirectX12 Ultimate available for supported games and graphics cards; Requires the latest Windows 11 update and updated hardware drivers.

    Buying a Gaming Computer: Things to Keep in Mind

    Is Now the Right Time to Buy?

    Will there ever be a good time to buy a gaming computer? It can cost as much as a used car (and won’t get you to your destination) and be as finicky as a large houseplant (and won’t purify the air). Unlike most houseplants, gaming PCs can last you about ten years if you invest the time and money wisely.

    Gaming PC vendors are reluctant to reveal why they cost between $700-3000. We don’t spend this money just to play the latest generation of games in 4K resolution or gain a competitive edge in mouse and keyboard accuracy. Gaming PCs are a social gaming environment. They provide access to an entire ecosystem that includes MMORPGs (such as World of Warcraft), competitive shooters (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive), MOBAs (League of Legends), and gaming applications such as Discord and Steam.

    Gaming PCs are channels for passive communication, a way to stay in touch with old friends or make new ones. In isolation, it’s hard not to feel alone, and for many, the computer is the main way to connect with the world.

    «We see that the amount of time people spend playing games and the number of those who play is growing by tens of percent,» says Frank Sokchi, general manager of desktop computing at Intel. Games keep people connected. Although you feel isolated at home, you remain socially active — you can stream the game, use the elements of social networks to send voice and text messages in the game. Sometimes the game is launched, not to play. And to talk and meet again.

    How do prices behave?

    COVID-19 has affected much of the manufacturing world. Many PC component manufacturers are based in China, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. PC shipments are down 8% this year, the biggest drop since 2013, according to analyst firm Canalys.

    On the other hand, both AMD and Intel claim that PC and component prices are stable. “We haven’t noticed a lot of volatility outside of the typical price competition we’re used to in our industry,” said Frank Azor, AMD’s chief gaming solutions architect.

    «Prices are fairly stable, but that doesn’t mean they won’t rise periodically, depending on the manufacturer,» says Intel’s Sokki. This is confirmed by data from although graphics cards went up last year, since then they have generally remained at the same level. Prices for monitors and power supplies have risen slightly, while prices for processors have fluctuated both up and down. owner Philip Carmichael makes the same point: “Prices have been fairly stable. However, we are seeing a significant drop in availability. There are so many parts out of stock that it can be difficult to get a specific make or model of parts.”

    What can I do with my gaming PC?

    The obvious answer is «play video games. » But these computers have many other, underestimated advantages.

    Let’s talk about games first. Quarantining in a dark room with a rainbow backlit keyboard while playing League of Legends and eating frozen pizza is a great solution. That’s the essence of PC gaming — hardcore hardware running a hardcore game. Most high-end gamers and professional esports players choose gaming PCs because they usually provide more accuracy and less lag.

    The world of online multiplayer gaming is now more inclusive than ever. Game companies have finally figured out that by making scenarios easier for beginners, they will be able to sell more games and items inside them. This cynical calculation has benefited numerous novice gamers who have been curious to check out why Overwatch or Fortnite has generated such a buzz. The thresholds to enter the game are getting lower, many platforms are going free and offering free trials. So now is the perfect time to explore competitive multiplayer games. In addition, novice players are divided by skill level so that they fight with other rookies until they reach the next stage.

    Before you decide to buy, you should think about what games you plan to play and where to buy them for less money. Most of the games are available for PC, except for Nintendo games and a variety of indie games on Steam and However, buying a gaming computer won’t make sense if you mainly play single-player AAA games. Although PCs age much more slowly than Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft consoles, they are quite expensive. The upside to high-demand single-player games is that hardware can be upgraded as gaming technology improves, though Intel’s Sokki says that, on average, gamers upgrade systems every two years.

    A gaming PC is not just a gaming device, it is an entire entertainment system. You can put a computer in the living room and watch Netflix from it. At the party, you can turn on the music on it. You can connect controllers to it and play games like Gang Beasts, Sonic All Stars Racing or Wizard of Legend right from the couch. Gaming PCs are versatile.

    This computer will also become a reliable home office. If you can resist the temptation to open up Magic: The Gathering Arena during your morning Zoom meeting, a powerful gaming PC will boost productivity when you’re away. In addition, peripheral devices will make the environment much better than in the office.

    Should I buy a pre-assembled or build a gaming PC myself?

    Whenever we talk about buying a gaming PC, we always hear the answer: “Why not build it yourself? It’s probably cheaper and you can get better performance.» It looks like the truth. We can explore for ourselves which graphics card will allow you to set the maximum settings in your favorite games, which case will look perfect on the table and which LEDs will be combined with a gaming chair. If you don’t mind putting in the time and energy, this advice is worth following.

    However, buying a pre-built gaming PC has the same benefits as buying any other product over building it yourself. We get what we pay for, as well as additional services: technical support, the ability to replace a defective part and, of course, save time and energy. In general, if the idea of ​​building your own PC does not inspire you or you do not want to spend time on it, feel free to buy a ready-made assembly.

    You may have to pay more. The main thing is to make sure that this is done to save time, and not for the sake of a beautiful logo.

    So what to buy?

    Gaming PCs were once too expensive, to the point that even with the benefits mentioned above, it didn’t make sense to pay someone to build them. However, the situation has changed: the prices of finished PCs have become closer to the prices of components, and the choice has expanded.

    Should I choose a gaming computer or a laptop? Jess Grey, tester at Wired, explains: “I don’t think it makes sense to have both a gaming laptop and a gaming PC right now. It seems that for most users, a computer is more convenient, so this is a way to save money. Overall, it’s easier than ever to buy a good gaming PC for less than $1,000, and for most people, it’s a great option. Don’t worry about building your own: the savings aren’t as big as they used to be, and a finished computer will be less of a problem (and probably look better) than anything you build yourself,» she says.

    But what if you really want a gaming laptop — or if you travel a lot and want to take your favorite games with you? Gray explains: “I prefer a gaming laptop because I like to play on the couch without being tied to a desk. I also like to have a gaming laptop that doubles as a work laptop (like the Razer Blade 15 or even the XPS 15) because I don’t like changing devices.» However, be prepared for the overhead and disadvantages of a powerful laptop in the form of extra weight and excess heat.

    What about peripherals?

    Peripherals are a slippery slope where you can spend a lot of money.

    Part of PC gaming culture is chic accessories: keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, microphones, chairs and webcams with LEDs. And thankfully, there are more aesthetic options today than sleek black hardware with alien green glowing lights. Razer has a gorgeous line of Quartz devices in candy pink. Secretlab sells a wide variety of gaming chairs, some with images from Overwatch, Game of Thrones, and comics. Filco offers mechanical keyboards in nice retro colors like yellow/grey and white/green.

    But here it is worth setting limits, otherwise you can spend an extra thousand dollars on your assembly.

    What is your goal? If you want to be a top gamer, then a high refresh rate monitor, a good mouse, and a large mouse pad are all you need. If it has to look cute, look at keyboards. And if your gaming PC is being used as a home office during quarantine, then your back will thank you for investing in an ergonomic gaming chair.

    That said, the only things you’ll definitely need after buying a gaming PC are a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. And possibly a network cable.


    🥇 ▷ Best Ready-Made Gaming PCs Under $500 (Reviews 2021)

    Looking to Buy a New Ready-Made Gaming PC? We’ve spent over 20 hours of PC testing to bring you the best $500 pre-built PCs you can get right now.

    • High gaming performance
    • Zen 2 processor
    • Good, no updates

    If you’re looking for a new prebuilt gaming PC, you’ve probably already realized how difficult it can be to make a final decision. Novice PC buyers can be especially intimidated by the various specs, and even seasoned PC buyers may find it difficult to live up to their expectations.

    Not so long ago, a decent gaming PC could cost thousands of dollars and be obsolete in a year or two. However, these days computers are cheaper than ever.

    Y You don’t have to spend $1,000 or more on a new PC game!

    That’s right! You can buy a pre-built gaming PC for around $500 or even less.

    We’ve selected five popular $500 PCs for review, and we’re going to take a look at each one to determine what makes them the best in this price range.

    These systems are certainly not the latest technology in a saturated market. You won’t touch Anthem on them. But you will be able to run many games at lower settings.

    Best of all, you can upgrade most of these PCs later and create your own platform.

    Before we get into the details, here’s a quick look at our nominees for the best pre-built gaming PC under $500.

    Product points:

    • Lots of storage space
    • Wi-Fi 6
    • Low price

    Indicates product:

    • Weak power supply

    Our first member is Acer Aspire TC-875-UR11 .

    Although the computers on this list are not in any particular order, this is the weakest of all, but it is also the cheapest.

    It comes with an Intel Core i3-10100 processor which has 4 cores, 8 threads and a base clock speed of 3. 6GHz.

    Unfortunately, like most of the other entries on this list, it doesn’t have a dedicated GPU, but the CPU does come with integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics. The GPU is good enough to let you play many of the currently popular AAA games at around 30fps on low settings.

    As for the rest of the components, this PC has 8 GB of RAM at 2666 MHz, which is not perfect, but not bad, and a 1 TB hard drive.

    In addition, the Acer Aspire TC-875-UR11 has many USB ports, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Home y your own keyboard and mouse, all covered by a one-year warranty.

    Our Thoughts

    In the beginning we mentioned that this computer is the weakest of all, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a decent system, especially considering its price, and it contains objectively good features and components.

    First, and perhaps most importantly, it has a decent processor. The specs are pretty good, but mostly we’re happy that it’s an Intel de 9 processor2002 tenth generation. This is not only because this is the latest generation, but also because this is the first generation of processors in which Intel decided to implement Hyper-Threading in its lower-end processors. This fact alone makes this processor much better than your 9 º counterpart -Gen.

    Hyper-threading means that the CPU can simulate a disk with more cores than it actually is. In this case, the Intel Core i3-10100 has 4 cores and 8 threads, which means it can emulate an 8 core processor.

    Of course, this does not mean that it will perform as well as a real 8-core processor, but it has its advantages, mainly in CPU-intensive games and performance-related tasks, where the number of tasks that can execute CPU increases. fulfill. This is a big difference. And it even comes with its own integrated UHD 630 graphics that can run most modern games at low to medium settings, albeit at 720p.

    Not surprising, but not unfortunate for such an inexpensive PC.

    In terms of RAM, 8 GB is exactly what we expected. As we said earlier, it’s not perfect, but it’s not overwhelming either. One thing to keep in mind here is that pre-built PCs usually come with only one RAM on the motherboard, meaning you won’t be able to take advantage of dual-channel memory.

    This can be fixed by simply adding another 8 GB device to the system. It’s relatively cheap, simple, and you’ll kill two birds with one stone by using dual-channel memory and doubling the amount of RAM. This is the best thing you can do to improve the performance of your PC if you don’t have a dedicated GPU.

    Overall, it’s a decent system, but we wouldn’t recommend it to people planning to buy a pre-built system and finish it. Rather, we would recommend it to those who plan to update their computer over time.

    We say this because at the time of writing this PC was under $400. All of your existing components are good quality and don’t need to be replaced, meaning that for this system to be a 1080p gaming beast, you’ll need about $200 more, $200 you can invest in it over time. as long as he is able to do so.

    In the end, the total price of this PC after upgrades will be around $600, which is not much more than the best PC on this list, but much, much more powerful.

    Of course, as we said, this only works if you are interested in upgrading. If not, keep scrolling because a few royal gems are waiting for you further down the page!

    Product points:

    • Great upgrade options
    • Good price
    • SSD NVMe

    Indicates product:

    • Low Power Power Supply

    The following is Acer Aspire TC-895-UA91 .

    It is also equipped with the next generation Intel processor, Intel Core i3-10100 with 4 cores, 8 threads, 3.6GHz base frequency and 4.3GHz maximum boost frequency.

    Unfortunately, Intel still retains the UHD Graphics 630 like the previous three generations. This is a very dated GPU at the moment and we hope Intel will finally update it to something more viable in their next generation.

    However, it still lets you play most modern games at 720p for an extremely low price, so we’re guessing it’s not worth looking at a gift horse in your mouth.

    In terms of specifications, there is very little difference between this PC and the PC from the previous entry. In fact, the only real differences are price and storage, but it’s nice to have more options if one of the PCs isn’t available.

    Again, the PC offers plenty of connectivity options and even has an optical drive, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6 and comes with Windows 10 Home, keyboard and mouse.

    It’s possible to buy it bundled with a monitor, in which case the price will go up to $530, but there are so many great options when it comes to monitors that aren’t too expensive, you’re better off buying them. separately.

    The only possible downside to this PC is that it only has a 300W power supply.

    That’s enough to keep it running smoothly with your current components, but if you ever decide to add a dedicated graphics card, be aware that you’ll also need to get a more powerful power supply.

    Our thoughts

    In terms of processing power, this is a great PC.

    While 4 cores and 8 threads may not sound like a big deal, it’s perfectly acceptable for any budget PC these days.

    Hyper-threading will allow your processor to run faster and more efficiently than any other quad-core processor that doesn’t have this feature, and greatly reduce latency when running multiple programs at the same time.

    It also helps that the PC has 8 GB of RAM instead of, say, 4 GB. Of course, 16 GB is still the optimal amount, but this is for much more expensive builds. In this case, 8 GB is fine.

    The more RAM you have, the better your computer will perform. You’ll be able to run multiple processes at the same time without stuttering or lag, your programs won’t crash, you’ll be able to open more tabs in your browser, etc.

    RAM will naturally also affect how well your games run or run whether they are at all. Especially if it has integrated graphics, like this PC has.

    Dedicated GPUs have their own onboard VRAM (video memory) that is only used by the graphics card. Integrated GPUs don’t have this, so they must use your system’s RAM. That’s why it’s important to have as much RAM as possible when working with integrated graphics.

    As we said, 8 GB is great and won’t be a problem when browsing the internet, for example, but it will stop you to some extent while playing.

    For anyone playing on an integrated graphics card with less than 16 GB of RAM, we recommend closing as many non-game programs and processes as possible to free up as much RAM as possible. This will still prevent you from playing games that require a lot more RAM than you need to start with, but it might make things a little better for games you can run.

    In terms of storage, 512 GB is again not ideal, but it’s not too small either. And considering we’re talking about an NVMe SSD, even if you’re mad about the volume, you won’t complain about the speed.

    Objectively, this is a very good PC. Sure, it’ll perform better as a budget workstation than a gaming PC, but you’ll still be able to play plenty of games, both old and new, as long as you don’t mind playing at 720p most of the time.

    The best thing about this PC is that it contains the 10th generation Intel de processor . This means that you can even cram an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti into the system without experiencing any bottlenecks thanks to the power of this processor.

    The only thing that could be a problem if you add a dedicated graphics card is the power supply, but consider crossing that bridge when you get to it.

    Overall, Acer Aspire TC-895-UA91 is a decent comp. It’s also especially beneficial if you’re planning on getting a dedicated GPU soon and want to spend as little money as possible with the best possible outcome.

    If, on the other hand, you want to find the best PC that you can play games on right away without any tweaks or updates, read on.

    Product points:

    • Great upgrade options
    • Excellent processor
    • 12 GB RAM
    • SSD NVMe

    Indicates product:

    • Low Power Power Supply
    • Price

    This is another Acer Aspire TC model, in this case Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 and that is a step up from the first two entries on this list.

    Not only does it come with 12GB DDR4 RAM, it also comes with an Intel Core i5-10400 processor. However, all this costs a little more.

    The CPU has 6 cores, 12 threads, a base frequency of 2.9 GHz and a maximum boost frequency of 4.3 GHz.

    When it comes to gaming, this may not seem like much of an improvement, mainly because the integrated GPU remains the same as on the two PCs mentioned above, but the i5-10400 will be able to squeeze some extra frames per second out of this GPU . .

    On top of that, the extra RAM over the previous model is sure to greatly improve your overall experience.

    However, this still won’t be enough to see any major improvements in games. You’ll be able to play some older games like the original Civilization VI at 1080p at around 40-45fps, but for the most part you’ll have to stick with 720p games until you decide to add a dedicated graphics card.

    Like the previous model, the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 It comes with an amazing 512 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home pre-installed, USB keyboard and mouse, DVD burner, 300 W power supply, which, unfortunately, will have to be replaced with a more powerful one if you decide to add a dedicated graphics card and a 1 year warranty.

    Our thoughts

    As in the case of the previous version, we again have the tenth generation Intel de processor with fantastic performance.

    Admittedly, the integrated GPU is still the same Intel UHD Graphics 630, and as we said before, there won’t be much difference in your games, but when it comes to everything else, a huge performance boost is guaranteed.

    Most low cost prebuilt systems ship with 8GB of RAM, which isn’t terrible, but not impressive, especially since most of these systems run with an integrated GPU. However, we were happy to find that we have a PC with 12GB of RAM. This is still below the optimal 16 GB, but we can increase it to 8 GB at any time.

    These two things, CPU and RAM, are the only improvements over the previous entry.

    But are these two upgrades worth the $110 price difference?

    We think so.

    First of all, while the difference between 130 and 135 fps may not make any difference in your game, the difference between 30 and 35 fps is much more noticeable and can greatly improve your gaming experience.

    Secondly, it is always wise to think ahead. If you’re planning on getting a dedicated graphics card one day, you’ll need a CPU that can support it and won’t bottleneck it, so it’s never a bad idea to go for the best CPU if you can afford it.

    At the end of the day, the processor is the heart of the PC, and not only your games, but everything else will depend on it.

    Nothing much to say about RAM. The bigger, the better! And the 12GB that this PC comes with is plenty of storage, allowing you to play games and run multiple background processes at the same time without too much hassle.

    Again, the 512 GB SSD is a welcome addition. HDDs may offer more storage for the same price, but the superior speed of SSDs is worth the small sacrifice. Plus, if you ever need more storage space, spending another $40 on a regular hard drive shouldn’t be a problem, and you can do it anytime you want.

    As with previous entries, this PC comes with its own keyboard and mouse, which is great if you need it, but we would like to order a PC only as it will keep the price down for those who already have additional peripherals . around the old platform.

    Other than that, the only thing we can complain about is the price. This computer costs $550. However, with this PC, you are an upgrade to a gaming beast.

    If this computer is not available, we would like to mention an alternative, and that is the HP M01-F1024.

    For the same price, this PC has a Ryzen 7 4700G with better integrated graphics but less RAM and less storage than the Acer Aspire. This means upgrades will be required which will eventually make it more expensive. However, this is worth mentioning.

    Product points:

    • Vega 11 graphics
    • 12 GB RAM
    • SSD NVMe

    Indicates product:

    • More storage space can be used

    The following is the Acer Aspire TC-390-UA92 Desktop PC .

    This is the first Ryzen build on this list and is currently the best $500 gaming system, or $530 to be exact.


    Has Vega 11 graphics.

    Vega 11 integrated graphics is by no means a next generation GPU. Finally, está is integrated, so no matter how good it is, it won’t be able to give you the level of performance that a dedicated graphics card can offer. You’ll have to stick with 720p most of the time, especially in AAA games, but it’s still a big improvement over the integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics.

    This GPU is now integrated into the Ryzen 5 3400G APU. The processor here has 4 cores, 8 threads, a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 4.2 GHz. These are quite decent statistics, especially for a budget PC.

    In addition, the TC-390-UA92 is equipped with 12 GB of 2666 MHz RAM, Windows 10 Home pre-installed, Wi-Fi 5, and a conventional keyboard and mouse. It could use more storage, but since it’s 512GB, it’s an NVMe SSD, you might not notice it.

    Finally, the PC looks great. It comes in a sleek, minimalist black case. It doesn’t have transparent panels, RGB or any other bells and whistles, but it’s sleek and understated enough to fit into any space or setting. Whatever your preferred color scheme, black is always there and goes well with anything.

    Our Thoughts

    So this PC is a little over budget, but is it worth it?

    As in the previous entry, the answer is yes, but this time it is yes.

    Ryzen processors are a rarity in low-end pre-built PCs, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you this gem, not because this processor is better than the ones mentioned in previous posts, but because AMD’s integrated graphics cards are so good. better than Intel and that’s all that matters in a gaming PC.

    Despite having great processors, Intel just can’t compete with Ryzen when it comes to integrated graphics. After all, Intel only makes CPUs, while AMD has conquered the market for both CPUs and GPUs.

    Now, while the Vega 11 is the best integrated graphics in this article and will give you the best performance of any PC listed here, a dedicated GPU is still a long way off, so you should die your expectations when it comes to numbers. .,

    As we mentioned in the previous section, this GPU will allow you to play most modern AAA games without any problems. You’ll have to settle for mostly low settings at 720p, but keeping graphics and resolution low will get you between 30 and 70 fps in these games, which is a pretty decent number.

    But the graphics processor is not the only advantage of this PC. We are very happy to see 12 GB of RAM here. While not as good as 16GB would be, 12GB is a big step up from the 8GB typically found on budget PCs like this one, especially since this PC has integrated graphics.

    As you probably already know, integrated graphics come from your system’s RAM, so on such systems it’s even more important than usual to have as much RAM as possible so your computer can run smoothly.

    As for other components, we’re happy to see a 512GB NVMe SSD rather than a slow old hard drive, but depending on what type of user you’re into, you might prefer the opposite. That being said, hard drives are pretty cheap, so if you ever need more storage space, don’t put it off that long, and 512GB is plenty to get you started.

    So to recap, the Acer Aspire TC-390-UA92 may be $30 over budget, but if you want a PC that can play games right away and you’re on a tight budget, this is the one for you. for you. This is the perfect system to help you dive into the water of the game.

    Product points:

    • NVMe storage
    • 16 GB RAM
    • portable

    Indicates product:

    • No room for improvement
    • Without OC

    And finally we have something else.

    El CUK ASRock DeskMini A300W is really a mini PC. Because of this, there is not much room for updates. But if you want an inexpensive gaming PC that does the job for a while and then swaps out for another PC, this is a good deal.

    This mini PC comes with a Ryzen 3 3200G processor. You also get 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD and a 3-year warranty!

    This is one of the best PCs on this list just because of the type of integrated graphics it has, but it does have some serious flaws.

    Unlike the other computers on this list, this one doesn’t have any extra features (no optical drive, no Windows, no keyboard or mouse) other than Wi-Fi. And also because of their size, a dedicated GPU or hard drive just doesn’t fit, so you’re basically stuck with what you get.

    Our thoughts

    Considering his size, this little guy is a real beast.

    The DeskMini A300W has an excellent APU that can run most new games at a minimum of 30fps at low settings, but what surprised us the most was the RAM.

    This is the first and, unfortunately, the only computer on this list with 16 GB of RAM. While 8GB and 12GB of RAM are acceptable, 16 is the ideal number these days when it comes to memory, and especially when it comes to memory meant for PCs with an integrated GPU.

    Also, AMD processors are heavily dependent on RAM, so the more you have, the better the performance of the processor (although more than 16GB would be overkill for gaming).

    However, to balance this, there are many other things on this platform that we are not passionate about.

    For example, as we mentioned earlier, it cannot be upgraded because there is simply no room for a dedicated graphics card or additional hard drive. But there are other options for the latter, like getting a 2.5 SSD, an M.2 drive, or even external storage if you really need more space.

    It also comes without an operating system, no peripherals, and only has a USB 3.0 port on the front of the case, so you’ll probably have to spend a little more to complete this computer if you don’t have any spare peripherals. . there. .

    The DeskMini A300W is a really good budget PC, but it’s not for everyone.

    We only recommend it to those who simply need a fast, portable solution for everyday gaming and everyday use. If your goal is to gradually improve your hardware over the years and keep up with current trends, this computer won’t let you do that.

    Need a pre-built $500 gaming PC?

    Let’s take an honest look at what $500 has to offer you in terms of PC hardware.

    In general, you will receive a PC that is missing some features.

    Whether you need to buy an operating system, add a hard drive, upgrade your graphics card, or upgrade your RAM, you won’t be able to play your current games with amazing graphics without spending a little more time and money.

    That being said, these PCs are pretty good for off-the-shelf machines compared to many of the ones on offer right now. In fact, just a few years ago they would have been state of the art. They are good to start with and you can play a lot of great games with them.

    If you want to play old games or spend some time updating your system, a $500 pre-built gaming PC is a good option for you.

    Of course, if you want to play new games, there are better ways to spend $500. You can buy one Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro for less, or even a new Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 for about the same price, and you can play the new releases with great graphics as soon as you open the box. .

    On the other hand, there is no way to update the console. When the next generation of consoles comes out, the only way to play new games is to buy a new device.

    With PC, you can upgrade over time as you can pay for them. It’s easier on your wallet, and it also means you don’t pay to replace parts that work great, like the case, fans, storage, or even the CPU.

    However, if none of the options we suggested work for you, the last option is build your own computer And in our honest opinion, this is also the best option.


    Because for $500 you can put together a system that blows all those ready-made plants out of the water.

    Of course, this requires some experience, so keep in mind that this is only necessary if you know how to build a computer, or if you are willing to play around with it or follow one of the many tutorials on Youtube.

    Leave it to the professionals, probably the best solution if you are unsure of their abilities.

    However, if so, we highly recommend that you take a look at our Better PC Version to get a gaming PC with Best $500 Budget .

    Bottom line: Best pre-built gaming PC under $500

    So, you’ve seen the best pre-built gaming PCs under $500, read all their pros and cons, but still can’t decide which one to buy?

    We will help you.

    Of the five systems listed above, one is one inch taller than the others, which is Acer Aspire TC-390-UA92


    Because it has the best GPU.

    There are many reasons why some of you might choose one of the other four versions.

    You can spend as little money as possible. Maybe you’re considering buying a specific dedicated graphics card so you need something that you can be sure can support it, or maybe you’ll be using your PC for both gaming and work, so you’ll also you need it to be able to function properly as a workplace.

    Different systems will work better for different people, and your final choice will ultimately depend solely on your future plans and how you plan to use your computer.

    However, since this is a list of the best cheap computers pre-built for Juegos , we will go ahead and assume that you are not overly interested in playing with your platform and you just want something decent ready to use. and no problem, so Acer Aspire TC-390-UA92 is the best choice.

    As we mentioned earlier, the main reason why this PC offers the best performance is because it has the best GPU.

    Yes, it has a slightly weaker processor than some of the other inputs, but it will have less impact or impact on PC performance, like a graphics card.

    In conclusion, this is the closest to a «full» PC on this list, looks great, and ranks first in gaming performance. It comes neatly assembled in a box and your only job is to enjoy and take care of it so that it lasts for many years.

    No more excuses for you, it’s time to have some fun!


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