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There's a robust product ecosystem surrounding PC gaming -- all sorts of technology and other equipment has been developed specifically to cater to PC gamers -- and the most important piece of technology a PC gamer needs is a PC. However, gamers are among the hardest segments to recommend PCs for, at least if you're in the 99% for whom price matters. There are just too many choices, especially if those looking to forgo a prebuilt PC and embark on a gaming PC build of their own.
Further, your buying decisions have likely been influenced over the past several months by the pandemic, whether because you're anticipating working from home for the long haul or because your budget has shrunk substantially. If you're unsure, you may want to hold off for a little while before jumping in. In the meantime, you could fill the gap with a cloud-gaming service (like Stadia or GeForce Now) or a desktop-as-a-service like Shadow -- provided your network connection is up to it.
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I'll admit, I'm waving my hands a bit here: Some of these aren't recommendations for a specific gaming computer, more for ballpark configurations and honorable mentions of the manufacturers or system builders with a specific case design that you should consider in various scenarios if you're a PC gamer. (And when it's time to sweat the details, User Benchmark is a great site for getting a sense of key features and performance deltas between different components.)
As far as PC gaming goes, all power players ponder how to build a gaming PC at some point or another. As they go through the gaming PC build, they also wonder whether the resulting gaming experience is worth it. Doing your own PC build is a great option if choices and DIY don't scare you -- it's sometimes the only way to get the best gaming PC configuration for your needs -- or if you think PC building will be fun. But it generally doesn't work out to be a way to save money over an identical prebuilt gaming PC, or if you don't know what a motherboard is and how it works.
It may be cheaper to do your own PC build than getting a premium custom PC model from a company like Origin PC, Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, Maingear and the like, but the flip side is that it's nice to have someone else do the overclocking iterations, stability testing and burn-in runs. There are few things more frustrating than gearing up and sitting down to play the latest AAA only to have it crap out during the opening cutscene with only yourself to blame.
The other high-level decision you may confront is whether to go with a gaming desktop or laptop, especially since inch gaming laptops with desktop-class CPUs and GPUs like the Alienware Aream, Acer Predator Helios and Gigabyte Aorus 17X deliver desktop-level performance with convenience similar to an all-in-one. An all-in-one with a really fast, gaming-optimized display. Though big laptops like these usually support upgrades, it's usually not as cheap or easy to do it as it is with even the least expensive gaming desktop.
Choosing the best gaming desktop for your gaming experience is all about trade-offs. Every game uses system resources -- processor (aka CPU), graphics processor (GPU), memory (RAM), storage -- differently, and often horribly inefficiently. You can't even count on resource usage to be consistent across a specific game genre, such as first-person shooter, platformer or simulation, because optimization levels can vary wildly. Gaming (and content-creation) PCs are the angry toddlers of consumer electronics: They're loud, willful and require constant supervision. And just when you think they're under control, they veer off into crazy-town.
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As you configure your gaming rig, here are some considerations to keep in mind:
- A "gaming system" is effectively defined by its use of a discrete graphics processor, which, for the moment at least, means AMD Radeon or Nvidia GeForce graphics. So it (should) go without saying that you should avoid dirt-cheap configurations with integrated GPUs (aka iGPUs). However, if the best gaming PC you can afford right now is an iGPU-based system, make sure it either has sufficient slot space and power supply for a GPU upgrade. Unfortunately, Thunderbolt 3 ports on desktops are still pretty scarce -- newer Intel 11th-gen gaming desktop PC chips with support for Thunderbolt 4 have been announced but won't be available until early -- so attaching an external GPU (aka eGPU) at some point in the future may not be an option yet.
- For whichever CPU you buy, get the latest generation available. It's usually indicated by the first digit of the CPU model name. In this case, that means the 10th generation for Intel Core i (such as iK) and third generation for AMD Ryzen (e.g., Ryzen 7 X). Even if it's not remarkably faster than the previous generation, they usually gain efficiencies gen over gen that improve performance in small ways without a big price premium. In the case of the latest generation of Intel processors, they gain back the hyperthreading Intel had dropped with the ninth-gen parts and incorporate better heat dissipation (to sustain higher speeds longer). If you want to save money, you can frequently go down a class, for instance, instead of getting an i7 get an i5, as long as you're not dropping below four cores.
- Before you start configuring, think about what your most frequently played games are and check out forums to figure out whether their performance depends on a gazillion-core CPU or eats GPU cycles. For example, can they take noticeable advantage of 4K resolution, or do they look the same as in HD, just with an unplayably large drop in frame rate? Do you gain a significant increase in world complexity with a faster, higher-core-count CPU than you lose in frame rate by going down a class in GPU (usually in sims or RPGs).
- On the flip side, don't get hung up too much on frame rates past a certain point: If you look at the numbers across a variety of benchmarks and game types, you do get a sense of the relative power of one configuration over another. But your goal is smooth gameplay -- depending upon the game and your monitor's capabilities, that can vary from a minimum of 60fps to fps or more -- at a quality level that pleases you and that fits within your budget.
- Dual GPUs still aren't worth it. Falcon Northwest and Origin PC systems I've tested with dual GPUs have delivered over fps in 4K running Doom because that game takes advantage of them. But I'd be dying just as spectacularly at fps in p (2,x1,) and would gladly have exchanged some of those frames for more stability in Adobe's applications.
- Intel versus AMD CPUs: Unless you're buying a custom build or doing the PC build yourself, you really don't get to choose comparable configurations to mix and match. The manufacturers tend to choose the configurations based on what they think will be popular at given price levels. Pick your preferred graphics card and then see what CPU options are on offer within your budget. AMDs tend to have slower clock speeds -- they have higher base clocks and lower boost clocks -- but better multicore performance for the same money. If your favorite games are old, they probably don't take advantage of more than four cores (if that), and will likely give you the power you need from Intel's fast individual cores. However, AMD's most recent processors have significantly closed the single-core-performance gap with Intel and almost all support overclocking (only Intel's K series do).
- Figure out what kind of tech support client you are. Do you waste hours banging away at a problem, scouring the web for help, rather than contacting the company -- guilty! -- or do you want humans available to you to quickly help smooth over the rough patches? Big manufacturers usually have active user forums scattered around the web for user-to-user help and knowledge-bases with some troubleshooting help; boutique builders, not so much, because you're paying a premium for more personal human help and because the configurations are highly customized.
- For turnkey-ish streaming, you should consider a Corsair or Origin PC. Corsair owns the latter as well as Elgato and equips almost all the systems with Elgato cards.
- If you plan on upgrading the graphics card in the future, think about the power supply, the space in the case and the cooling system. A lot of the lower-end systems come with watt power supply units when future high-end cards usually require a lot more. And smaller cases frequently have cramped quarters that may not be able to fit a next-gen, longer card and liquid cooling systems frequently have to be replaced (or at the very least drained) in order to install a new card.
Best inexpensive gaming PC
HP Pavilion Gaming DesktopHP
HP's Pavilion Gaming Desktop is a compact, budget gaming friendly, spare-me-the-flashiness model, targeting the same "casual" gamer as Dell's Inspiron Gaming or Acer's Nitro lines, but a lot more understated. This $ base model budget gaming PC should provide at least the minimum you need to play relatively undemanding games in p without poking your eyes out with a stick: Intel Core i, GeForce GTX , 8GB RAM and GB SSD storage. Those are the typical specs you'll get for this cheap gaming PC price, but if you can afford it, bump up to 16GB RAM and a bigger SSD.
Best small PC for gaming and creation
Corsair One Pro iSarah Tew/CNET
The Pro model of the Corsair One I reviewed is oriented toward content creation, but it differs only from the PC gaming models by its processor -- Intel's X series rather than K series -- which also makes the gaming systems cheaper. The Corsair One i is the gaming analog of the i, with an iK instead of the iX and costs $ less ($3,). The entry model i is pretty well-equipped for $1,, with an iF and GeForce RTX Super. The Corsair One models may not eke every bit of performance out of the components, but that's the tradeoff for going with a petite powerhouse. The design is especially great for VR, thanks to HDMI and USB ports in the front.
Read our Corsair One Pro i review.
Best combo of size, speed and gaming flash
Maingear TurboLori Grunin/CNET
Maingear's Apex liquid-cooling system has a stunning, look-at-me-I-game style, plus it keeps high-end components like an AMD Ryzen X and Nvidia GeForce RTX chilled, quiet and running at top speed for your 4K gaming and heavy-duty simulation gameplay. And though it's not the smallest of the small-form-factor desktops, it's still more compact than a midtower -- just a little larger than two Xbox Series X consoles. The entry price will only get you a fairly staid-looking p system, though; you'll have to spend more to get both the flash and the speed.
Best HP Gaming PC Desktops for [Are They Worth It?]
HP has been in the consumer PC desktop market for a long time. So, its no surprise that they have some of the best pre-built gaming desktops available. In this post, weve covered five of the best HP gaming PC desktops that you can get right now across a handful of categories and pricepoints.
While wed typically recommend to build your own gaming PC, with the GPU market in dissaray for nearly a year now, its almost impossible to find a graphics card on its own for a decent price. However, pre-built computer suppliers are still able to get graphics cards at reasonable prices and, as such, a pre-built gaming PC actually offers better performance for the price right now when compared to building your own system (unless, of course, youre lucky enough to snag a graphics card near its MSRP.)
And, of the pre-built PC suppliers out there, perhaps none have as long-standing of a reputation as HP. HP provides a range of computer system options, from their high-end gaming laptops, to their Omen-series desktops. Weve already taken a look at HPs best gaming laptop options, and, in this guide, well take a look at their best gaming PC desktop options.
Our Picks for the Best HP Gaming PCs
Below, weve highlighted our picks for the best HP gaming desktops. Weve made selections for the top extreme HP gaming PC, the best high-end option, the top value desktop, and the best budget-friendly gaming computer from HP, too.
*Read more about our picks for the best HP gaming desktops by clicking the Read Review » link.
1. HP OMEN 30L RTX
Our pick for the best extreme HP gaming PC
- Intel Core iK
- NVIDIA RTX
- 32GB of DDR4 RAM
- 1TB SSD/2TB HDD
Our Rating: /10
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Like with Acers Orion gaming PCs, HP has one dedicated series for gaming desktops: Omen 30L. However, there are a lot of different Omen 30L configurations. Among them, this Omen 30L RTX desktop is easily one of the most extreme options.
If you have a large budget (over $3,), though, this desktop will be worth every penny. It comes with an Intel Core iK processor, an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a secondary 2TB hard drive.
That configuration is good enough to allow you to max out games on a 4K monitor, a P Hz monitor, or a P Hz monitor with ease.
Along with the core hardware, all of HPs higher-end Omen 30L desktops come with RGB lighting, a tempered glass PC case, and an AIO CPU cooler (although, some of the lower-priced Omen 30Ls come with air coolers.)
Ultimately, whether youre looking for a system that can easily handle 4K gaming, or you need a VR-ready gaming PC, or youre a competitive gamer who is looking to get as much performance as possible, this RTX version of HPs Omen 30L is worth checking out.
2. HP OMEN 30L RTX
A high-end RTX gaming PC from HP
You dont have to spend over $3, to get a high-end gaming desktop. This RTX version of HPs Omen 30L is extremely powerful and will deliver more than enough in-game performance for the majority of gamers.
It comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 X processor, an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a secondary 1TB hard drive. And, as we mentioned above, like all Omen 30L series desktops, it comes with a tempered glass case, an AIO CPU cooler, and RGB lighting.
For gaming performance, you can expect the combination of the Ryzen 7 X and the RTX to allow you to max out any game on a P or P monitor. Wed recommend pairing this desktop with either a P Hz+ display, or a P Hz monitor.
And, while the RTX probably wont be powerful enough to guarantee maxing-out any game on a 4K monitor, it is still powerful enough to where you will be able to play most games at 4K on at least medium settings.
All-in-all, while the RTX Omen 30L wont quite match the RTX version in terms of in-game performance, the reality is that the RTX version will be powerful enough for any scenario despite coming in at over $1, cheaper.
3. HP OMEN 30L RTX
A solid value HP Omen gaming desktop
Perhaps an even better value option when compared to the RTX Omen 30L is the RTX Omen 30L. At just under ~$1,, this Omen 30L configuration is over $ cheaper than the option above and is still powerful enough to max out any game on a P monitor.
It comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 G processor, an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It also comes with RGB lighting and a tempered glass PC case.
The Ryzen 5 G processor and the RTX graphics card are good enough to allow you to play games on a high refresh rate display at either P resolution or P resolution. This configuration wont give you quite as much performance as the two options listed above, but it will still deliver well over frames per second on average in even the most demanding games on a P monitor.
So, the bottom line is that if youre looking for a more affordable gaming desktop that will still deliver ideal in-game performance on a P or P display, this RTX Omen 30L is worth considering.
4. HP Pavilion TG
An excellent budget-friendly HP gaming desktop
While none of HPs Omen 30L configurations come in at under $1,, HP does have Pavilion desktops that are suitable for P gaming that do. This HP Pavilion model (TG) is one example that will deliver an optimal in-game experience for a very affordable price.
At just a little over $, the HP Pavilion TG comes with a Ryzen 5 processor, an AMD Radeon RX graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a GB solid state drive. Thats obviously not the most extreme hardware configurationespecially the 8GB of RAM. However, the Ryzen 5 and the RX will be able to deliver an average framerate of over 60 FPS on a P display in the vast majority of games.
And, if youre playing competitive titles that arent too demanding (like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, or League of Legends), youd be smart to pair this desktop with an affordable Hz display for incredibly smooth gameplay.
Overall, you dont have to spend thousands of dollars in order to get a solid gaming computer. This HP Pavilion gaming PC comes in at well under $1, and will be perfect for P gaming.
Which HP Gaming PC is Right for You?
HP has a solid lineup of gaming desktops. If youre strapped for cash and are looking for a pre-built gaming PC under $1, for P gaming, the HP Pavilion model listed above is worth checking out. If you want something higher-end, either to game on a higher resolution display, or to take advantage of a faster Hz P display, their Omen 30L desktops might be what youre looking for.
Either way, HP is a brand that youll want to consider if youre in the market for a new pre-built gaming desktop.
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