The Best Gaming Desktops – November 2018
For most PC users, the average laptop is more than sufficient when it comes to powering their online and offline activities. From mindlessly scrolling through Facebook to shopping online, these users require a minimal amount of CPU power and RAM to get through the day.
For true gaming fanatics, however, the average PC just doesn’t cut it. Whether you’re looking for a boosted CPU to handle multiple players, an enhanced graphics card to ensure that your screen never lags, or specialized RAM that’s built to handle several gaming scenarios and third-party plugins at once, you need a desktop that’s built specifically with gaming in mind.
The good news is that there are plenty of these decked-out desktops to choose from. The bad news, of course, is that this almost endless list of gaming computers can make picking the right one endlessly tricky. That’s why we’ve hand-picked the best and most versatile gaming desktops around.
Processing power is important regardless of what you use your computer for, but when it comes to gaming, its importance is elevated to new levels. This Gamer Xtreme machine managed to top our list because it offers an extraordinary amount of power at an almost unfathomable price point.
Decked out with an Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6 Core processor, this gaming machine has more than enough power to get you through even the most intense and feature-laden gaming scenarios. Depending on what machine you’re used to playing on, you’ll likely notice an almost immediate boost in performance across the board—from player reactions to load times.
This computer also comes loaded with 8GB of super-fast DDR4 RAM, which can easily handle a wide variety of third-party plug-ins, multiple open gaming instances, and multi-player functionality.
There are a variety of ports that ensure you’ll be able to stay fully connected at all times (including USB 3.1 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 RJ-45 Network Ethernet port, and an Audio: 7.1 channel), and there’s even a 802.11AC WiFi USB adapter that acts as a helpful booster.
This computer is also optimized and certified for Oculus Rift VR—meaning you’ll be able to experience the most powerful and impressive experiences that the latest VR technology has to offer.
The Gamer Xtreme is even optimized for DirectX 12 gaming, which breaks down the boundaries of graphics rendering so you can enjoy much faster real-time image generation and richer graphics.
CyberPowerPC is also well-known for its unparalleled customer service, so in the unlikely event that this all-in-one powerhouse fails you in any way, you’ll be able to resolve the issue quickly and efficiently.
Taking the runner-up spot on our list is the SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Computer, which is similar in many ways to the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme and resides at a similar price point. The only real reason this computer was docked a spot on our list is because of its (very slightly) slower 4-core 3.1 GHz processor. Although we’re fairly confident that most gamers won’t notice this difference, the more processing-obsessed gamers might, so beware.
What this computer lacks in processing power, however, it more than makes up for in other areas. For instance, this machine features a whopping 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, which is ideal for gamers who don’t want to rely on expensive external hard drives in order to store and manage their gaming files.
This computer also features a beautiful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card, and features 8GB of DDR4 2400 gaming memory.
When it comes to ports, you shouldn’t have any problem finding everything you need, since the SkyTech ArchAngel is equipped with a Dual-link DVI port, a DisplayPort (version 1.4), a HDMI 9 port, and a whopping nine USB ports (4 USB 2.0s and 5 USB 3.0s).
Your order comes with a very enjoyable and responsive gaming keyboard and mouse, and although no monitor is included (as is the case with almost every respectable gaming computer on the market), this machine ships with a one-year warranty on parts and labor—which can come in handy if you find yourself frequently on the move.
The bottom line is that if you find yourself constantly pushing up against the limits of your current CPU and don’t care much about internal storage capacity, you may want to go with the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme. If, on the other hand, you run games that don’t require an exorbitant amount of CPU power and want a machine that can store the lion’s share of your files and gaming docs, then you might be more comfortable with the SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Computer. Your bank account surely won’t notice much of a difference.
As our more regular readers will know, we’re loath to create a best-of list without including at least one or two higher-end products that cost a bit more cash. This iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Desktop is one such product.
With an i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7 GHz processor, 16GB of super-fast RAM, a 1TB HDD and 64-bit Windows 10 functionality, there’s virtually nothing that this powerhouse gaming platform can’t handle.
And don’t worry about all this extra processing power making things too hot, since this desktop features state-of-the-art liquid cooling technology that ensures both your CPU and your living room don’t get needlessly and dangerously steamy.
This computer also looks supremely cool, thanks to tempered side glass and a 16-color RGB lightning remote-controlled case.
Your order comes with a more-than-worthy gaming keyboard and Mouse, and since this computer is GTX VR ready, you’ll be able to play the latest and most optimized versions of the best Virtual Reality games around—all through an interface that maximizes frame rates and offers a slew of unique customization features that will keep your system running smoothly for years to come.
As is the case with most things tech, certain companies have managed to carve out world-renowned and trusted reputations within their particular subfield. CyberPowerPC has done just this within the world of desktop gaming computers, which is why we’re seeing another one of their masterfully-built machines on our best-of list.
The Gamer Master, although slightly more expensive than our number-one-ranked Gamer Xtreme unit, offers a bit more functionality and power—which might be of use to gamers who consistently find themselves pushing the envelope of their current machine’s power.
This titan of desktop gaming features a blisteringly fast 8-core 3.0GHz processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM—more than enough to handle even the most user-intensive games that require constant switching and graphics rendering.
There are plenty of ports that aid in third-party functionality (including 2 USB 3.1 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, a Networking Ethernet connection, and much more), and you even have the option to install up to 65GB of memory if for whatever reason you find that 16GB just isn’t cutting it.
Much like the other gaming computers on our list, these machine looks awesome—thanks to a tempered glass side case panel, custom LED case lighting, and an included RGB 7 color gaming keyboard.
Much like CyberPowerPC, SkyTech has earned a reputation among gaming computer manufacturers for delivering consistently awesome and powerful products. This Omega Mini gaming computer is no exception, since it comes packed with a 4-core 3.2 GHz processor, 500GB of solid-state storage, the latest and most advanced 3D NAND technology, and a blazingly fast ATX motherboard.
You’ll also enjoy the Nvidia GTX 1050 2G Graphics Card (which allows for super-fast and accurate real-time rendering and graphics reconciliation), as well as the included keyboard and mouse—both of which are incredibly responsive and customizable when it comes to specific gaming functions and commands.
This machine is also powered by world-renowned GeForce GTX 10 technology, which means that you’ll never have to worry about skips and lags even when you’re playing with multiple players and using multiple third-party plug-ins.
The high-spec stats of this desktop also makes it a favorite among sports gaming enthusiasts, since its lighting-fast speed means that not a single touchdown or three-point bucket will be lost to slow rendering or a maxed-out processor.