The 7 Best Gaming PCs to Buy in 2017

Buy the top budget, graphics, compact and design gaming PCs

When it comes to gaming, there’s plenty of attention focused on consoles and mobile, but PC gaming is still an enthusiast’s dream. Whether you’re looking for a budget option or the crème-de-la-crème, there’s something to suit the fancy of “newbie” gamers and pros alike. Some models are best suited to those looking to shift from the Xbox or PS4, while others will offer an almost infinite amount of customization. Need help deciding which is right for you? Read on to see our picks for the best gaming desktops of 2017.

Lenovo is a household name most computer buyers are already familiar with, but likely not in the context of gaming. The good news is the Lenovo Y900 comes ready to “play” in the gaming world. There’s plenty of reason to like this machine, including strong enough performance that’s virtual reality ready with a keyboard and mouse you’ll love right out of the box.

The Lenovo isn’t going to win any design awards, but when it comes to gaming, design is not nearly as important as how well it holds up in today’s standards. The processor/graphics combo has an Intel Core i7 paired with 8 GB of RAM, and it offers more than enough power for a robust gaming experience. It features a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics coprocessor, 2 TB hard drive, 7200 RPM and has four USB 2.0 ports and six USB 3.0 ports.

The design allows quick and easy access to the internals allowing upgrades down the line, which is a huge bonus for anyone who wants to start modest and add expensive parts as time goes on. And it's proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a premium feel. You can even jump to 16 GB of RAM for an extra $700, offering even more performance at a still relatively inexpensive price tag for a dedicated gaming machine.

Relatively unknown in the gaming world, the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 3400A provides a mainstream gaming experience at a fraction of the price. This gaming machine, priced at less than $600, will likely attract gamers still on the fence about switching from a game console to a gaming PC that won’t break the bank. Gamers looking to get the latest and greatest will probably find themselves disappointed by specs that can’t match more feature-rich gaming PCs, but this one offers blazing-fast performance for a price tag that’s easy to stomach.

Powered by a 2.6 GHz AMD FX-6300 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 7200 RPM and a 1 TB SATA III hard drive, there’s more than enough power to play most of today’s popular games as well as handle any of your regular computing needs. A solid 4.5-star rating on Amazon is filled with reviews that highlight its cool-run functionality as well as the comfortable keyboard and mouse.

The CybertronPC Titanium X5 is where every gamer wants to be when it comes to graphical punch. This is the machine for the gaming die-hard who wants the latest and the greatest. Paired with the NVIDIA GTX980 Ti, this machine packs serious clout in the gaming department. You’ll shrug off high-performance gaming and easily run side-by-side with professional gamers with the 16 GB of RAM, 2000 GB hard drive and Intel Core i7 processor that’s 4K and virtual reality ready. It has eight USB 3.0 ports and 7200 RPM.

The price tag puts this out of reach for all but the most serious gamers, and realistically, this machine is made for those looking to instantly play the newest gaming titles. There’s more than enough power here for entertainment, spreadsheets and web browsing but, for those needs, there are dozens of options that cost a lot less.

There’s potential to argue that you could again, put together a similarly outfitted gaming machine for less, but that discussion can happen at multiple price points. For gamers who want an out-of-the-box, ready-to-go gaming experience, you can’t do better than the CybertronPC Titanium X5.

Game for longer with ASUS’s ROG G20, an angular tower with an aggressive look and unique passive thermal design that keeps the machine cool. The case sports a matte-black finish and Mayan-inspired markings that can be customized to show eight million different colors.

But the inward sloping angles aren’t just aesthetic. With no exterior side vents, the ROG 20 utilizes a hidden airflow channel that takes advantage of natural convection. The result is a quiet and cool gaming experience that will stay silent through all-day gaming marathons.

The machine also delivers beastly performance. A 6th generation 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor complements 16GB DDR4 and a 1TB HDD for fast speed, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card can handle the latest games at a high frame rate. It is compatible with virtual reality devices and NVIDIA 3D Vision brings a full stereoscopic 3D experience. 

Gaming giant Alienware updated its iconic Aurora line of desktop PCs to be VR-ready. The result is a powerful and fairly priced machine with a distinct no-fat design. While many gaming desktops go for big, loud towers, the Aurora R5 has a dynamic slim silver frame with just a small customizable LED accent. It has a PSU swing door that gives easy access to the inside for any upgrades you want to make (it can hold up to 5 SSDs) without the need to unscrew any panels. And while not exactly lightweight, the compact design makes this desktop easy to slip into a backpack or carry underarm to a friends house.

Of course, the real prize is under the hood, with uncompromising performance benchmarked at UHD 4K for the latest and greatest games. This unit comes with an Intel Core i7-6700 processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 2TB 7200RPM SATA storage and a beastly NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. That’s enough to blow through even the most demanding games on the market. But it can also be configured for Oculus or HTC Vive virtual reality configurations, meaning this desktop will last you long into the future.

When it comes to over-the-top gaming, few computers do it better than the CybertronPC Thalium X99. If the exorbitant price tag doesn't make you run for the hills, you'll be happy to know that there’s enough power under the hood in this device to make this the ultimate gaming experience.

In fact, one might even be convinced to consider the CybertronPC more of an attraction than a powerhouse gaming computer. The liquid-cooled Core Intel i7 8-core processor is paired with 64 GB (yes, 64 GB!) of RAM alongside NVIDIA’s GTX 980 Ti graphics card. Throw in a 3 TB hard drive, 2400 MHz, 7200 RPM, four USB 2.0 ports and ten USB 3.0 ports, and you have more than enough room for all of today’s best games and space left over for the next hot one. Sure, you have to be fully committed to the gaming world to even consider this option, but once you do every other gaming machine will pale in comparison.

SkyTech is another newer company offering well-equipped gaming PCs for under $600. Their ArchAngel features a distinctive arctic white tower with a black chevron revealing blue LEDs inside. It comes ready to play right out the box with Windows 10, and even includes a keyboard and mouse.

Hit over 60fps on today’s most demanding games with a 3.5 GHz FX-6120 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. Graphics are top-notch for the price, thanks to a GTX750 TI 2GB Video Card. It can play most titles on full frame rate, and runs AAA titles on medium settings. The build also includes Windows 10 and a WiFi adapter.


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