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The best gaming PCs pack enough power to handle the most resource-demanding and graphically intensive video games — and do so in the biggest and most elegant design possible.

While these machines provide many benefits, they can often come with the steepest price tags in the PC market. Lofty costs aside, owning a powerful gaming rig pays off in numerous ways.

On top of experiencing games at blazing-fast frame rates and ultra-high resolution, these premium-priced computers can also handle graphic design, animation and streaming movies in 4K on your TV. Of course, you can also use them for everyday computing such as work. Gaming PCs are extremely versatile.

We test all the new gaming PCs we can get our hands on to see if they pass muster for this list, and update the page as systems become available. Read on, and we’ll help you find your next great gaming machine.

1. Alienware Aurora R15

Best gaming PC overall

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to an Intel Core i9 / AMD Ryzen 9
  • RAM: Up to 64 GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce 4090
  • Storage: Up to 2 TB SSD x2
  • Accessories: Optional Dell/Alienware keyboard, mice etc.

REASONS TO BUY

  • Eye-catching design
  • Good performance for the price
  • Plenty of ports and easy upgrades
  • Stays quiet and cool

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Limited upgradability

The Alienware Aurora R15 is an excellent gaming PC that improves upon its predecessors in a few key ways, packing the most powerful components you can afford in an attractive, easy-to-open chassis.

Alienware claims to have redesigned it to run cooler and quieter than the older Aurora gaming PCs, and our experience putting a top-tier review unit through its paces bears that out. The Aurora R15’s sleek oblong case isn’t as easy to work inside as some larger cases, and some design choices make upgrading components harder than necessary, but that’s the price you pay for its well-organized good looks.

If you can afford it, Alienware will fill the Aurora R15 with top-of-the-line components that make it a top-tier gaming PC. At roughly $5k our review unit is far from cheap, but it’s powerful enough to play the latest and greatest games in 4K for years to come.

2. Dell XPS 8960

The best gaming PC that doesn’t look like one

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR-Ready: Yes (if configured properly)
  • Processor: Up to 13th gen Intel Core i9-12900K
  • RAM: Up to 64 GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090
  • Storage: Up to 2 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD
  • Accessories: Wired keyboard + mouse

REASONS TO BUY

  • Subtle, understated design
  • Quiet and cool under pressure
  • Plenty of ports
  • Easy-to-open case

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Unassuming design
  • Cramped case hard to work in

The Dell XPS 8960 (starting at $2,749) proves that a gaming PC doesn’t need to have an ostentatious design to be worth buying. As with its predecessors, the Dell XPS 8950 and Dell XPS 8940, this desktop seems more suited to an office setting than one’s personal gaming den. But despite its boring appearance, the XPS 8960 has more than enough power to run the best PC games—if you pay for the right components.

As usual, Dell offers a slew of configuration options for this desktop that let you put up to the latest and greatest PC parts inside, including the latest Intel Raptor Lake 13th Gen chips and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 series GPUs. While the 8960 initially went on sale at a much higher price than its predecessors (from $2,749 up to $5k if you splurge), that’s likely because Dell launched the higher-end configs first. We expect to see less powerful, more affordable XPS 8960 models hitting the market throughout the year, so keep an eye out if you want a gaming PC this subtle but don’t want to pay for all this power.

3. Corsair Vengeance i7200

Best gaming PC for RGB lighting

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i9-10850K/AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • RAM: Up to 64 GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
  • Storage: Up to two 2 TB SSDs
  • Accessories: None

REASONS TO BUY

  • Powerful, gaming-oriented hardware
  • Flashy, customizable lighting effects
  • Relatively low price

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Boxy, old-fashioned case design
  • Doesn’t include peripherals

The Corsair Vengeance i7200 doesn’t cost nearly as much as some of its competitors, but it still gives you access to some of the most powerful hardware on the market. That’s because the Vengeance i7200 comes in a plain-looking case, and doesn’t include any peripherals. But if you prefer substance to style, this is probably the right gaming PC for you. With CPUs up to an Intel Core i9 and GPUs up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, you can make a beast of a machine — if you can pay for it.

Apart from that, the Vengeance i7200 features beautiful RGB lighting, a tasteful glass side panel and extremely quiet fans. That makes it a good productivity tool in addition to a gaming powerhouse. Whether you game in QHD or 4K, there’s almost certainly a Vengeance i7200 build that will work with your setup.

4. Acer Predator Orion 3000

Best gaming PC for first-timers

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
  • Storage: Up to 1TB HDD, 1TB SSD
  • Accessories: Predator wired keyboard and gaming mouse, both w/ customizable RPGB lighting

REASONS TO BUY

  • Stylish design looks good on a desk
  • Easy to open and upgrade
  • Quiet, even while gaming
  • Great 1080p performance

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Underwhelming performance vs. competition
  • Low-quality keyboard and mouse

The Acer Predator Orion 3000 is a mid-sized gaming PC that’s attractive, (relatively) affordable, and great for playing games at 1080p to 1440p.

It’s not a great choice if you’re looking to play games at 4K, however, and its packed-in keyboard and mouse leave much to be desired. The Orion 3000 also fared slightly worse in our suite of performance tests than some similarly-priced gaming PCs, perhaps because our review unit arrived with just 16GB of RAM.

The case is well-organized and easy to open though, so it should be pretty easy to upgrade this machine with more RAM when you need it. With its sub-$2,000 price, beefy components, and stylish, accessible case, Acer’s Predator Orion 3000 is a great first gaming PC for someone looking to get into the hobby.

5. Maingear Turbo

Best compact gaming PC

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
  • Storage: Up to 2TB SSD x 3
  • Accessories: None

REASONS TO BUY

  • Incredible performance in a miniscule footprint
  • Whisper-quiet, even under heavy load
  • Stunning design looks great on a desk

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Limited upgrade potential
  • Can get very expensive, even for a gaming rig

The Maingear Turbo is a juggernaut. Blistering speeds befitting the name are coupled with a dizzying price tag, as the bespoke PC vendor has packed the most powerful (and expensive) hardware available into this singular machine.

But Maingear takes it one step further, packing top-tier components into a compact chassis that delivers performance in a fraction of the space, silently. You might get a bit better bang for your buck by looking at other options on this list or building your own. But what’s exciting about the Turbo is that if you have the cash, you can get Maingear to trick one of these compact machines out with the latest and greatest components — including the company’s eye-catching APEX cooling system.

Admittedly, the Turbo’s small, stylish case isn’t easy to poke around in once you fill it up with a cooling system, a giant GPU and some storage drives. But if you have the cash to burn and just want a quiet, stylish compact PC that can run all the latest games at blistering-fast framerates, this is the gaming rig for you.

6. Origin Chronos V3 (2023)

A compact LAN party-ready gaming PC

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-12700KF
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-3600
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
  • Storage: 2TB SSD
  • Accessories: Keyboard & mouse

REASONS TO BUY

  • Top-tier performance
  • Relatively small case and footprint
  • Quiet operation
  • Customizable to your needs

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Expensive vs. many gaming PCs
  • Not as user serviceable/upgradeable as other custom systems
  • Part selection limited by ITX design and case size
  • Internal organization could be better

The Chronos is on the shortlist for the best gaming PC in a small case. If you can afford the high cost of entry, its unobtrusive size and quiet operation make it an excellent, if expensive, option for a gaming PC in your living room, or something easier to pack to a LAN party.

So who should consider buying this bespoke gaming PC? Anyone looking for a gaming computer for their living room who wants something that’s small and can blend in should consider a Chronos V3. Whether for gaming from your couch or as a VR console, a Chronos can be customized to perform beautifully. Its sibling the Corsair One i300 is smaller and can tuck away better, but it hasn’t been refreshed with the latest-gen CPUs and GPUs as of this review. 

7. iBuyPower Y60 (2022)

Best mid-tower gaming PC

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-12700KF
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-3600
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
  • Storage: 2TB SSD
  • Accessories: Keyboard & mouse

REASONS TO BUY

  • Tempered glass case looks great
  • Easy to open and work inside
  • Plenty of ports
  • Stays reasonably quiet

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Gets hot
  • Large, unwieldy case

The iBuyPower Y60 is a great gaming PC if you want an eye-catching system that plays games well while showcasing what’s inside to full effect.

Our review unit packed powerful components inside the Hyte Y60, a mid-tower case from iBuyPower’s sibling brand that’s nearly all tempered glass on two sides, making it look a bit like a giant fish tank. While it’s a bit heavy and unwieldy to move around, once you have the case in place it’s quite roomy and easy to work in — though our review unit kicks out quite a bit of heat once you start gaming with gusto.

You can order a prebuilt Y60 system from iBuyPower or have them build one to order for you, making this a great choice for someone who knows what they want and has enough desk space to showcase the Y60 to full effect.

7. Origin PC Millennium (2022)

A customizable PC that’s pricey and powerful

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to Intel i9-12900K
  • RAM: Up to 64GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia RTX 3090
  • Storage: Up to 8TB SSD
  • Accessories: None

REASONS TO BUY

  • Powerful hardware
  • Very strong performance
  • Beautiful, customizable chassis

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Expensive for what you get
  • Larger and louder than competitors

The Origin Millennium is a fine showcase of what Origin can do, giving you the opportunity to customize a gaming rig built into a sleek, physically imposing (if technically mid-sized) chassis. It’s not cheap, and while you can step through a configurator to build a machine that’s in line with your budget, Origin charges a premium for its services.

This PC isn’t technically isn’t doing anything you couldn’t build yourself (provided you can find a graphics card), but sometimes having someone else do the legwork, and being available to offer support if something goes wrong, can be worth the price tag. And if you’ve got room in your budget, the Origin PC Millennium makes a strong case for letting someone else do the work.

8. Corsair One i300

A striking design with a big price tag

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-12900K
  • Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • RAM: Up to 64 GB
  • Storage: 2 TB SSD

REASONS TO BUY

  • Striking, compact design
  • Powerful components
  • Plenty of ports
  • Quiet operation

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Extremely expensive
  • Limited, cumbersome upgrades

The Corsair One i300 demonstrates that when it comes to the best gaming PCs, you often get what you pay for. This gorgeous machine will set you back at least $4,000 (at time of review), and if you want top-of-the-line hardware, you’ll have to pay even more than that. But in return, you’ll get a compact chassis with a striking design, a bevy of ports and hardware that’s powerful enough to run the latest and greatest games at the highest possible settings.

While the One i300 won’t be in everyone’s price range, it’s well worth thinking about if you can afford it. Otherwise, you can save some money by going for the Alienware Aurora, even though it’ll cost you some floor space instead.

9. Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10

Best AMD gaming PC

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • RAM: Up to 128 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 6800 XT
  • Storage: Up to 2 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD
  • Accessories: Dell Multi-Media Keyboard, Dell Optical Mouse MS116AW

REASONS TO BUY

  • Good AMD componentsst
  • Reasonable price
  • Solid gaming performance

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Very loud
  • Inconvenient design

If you want a powerful pre-built gaming PC, but want to steer clear of Intel and Nvidia components, then the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 is the way to go. This gaming PC is large and heavy, but that’s because it packs top-of-the-line AMD CPUs and GPUs. It’s a powerful tool for full HD, QHD or even 4K gaming, and yet it’s not as obscenely expensive as these systems come.

Granted, Alienware machines tend to sound like jet engines, and the Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 is no exception. Furthermore, the R10’s built-in software tends to confuse rather than enhance the experience. But when it comes to high-fidelity gaming with AMD components, the Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 is one of the most comprehensive systems currently available.

10. MSI MEG Trident X

Best gaming PC design

SPECIFICATIONS

  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i9-10900K, 3.7-5.3 GHz
  • RAM: Up to 64 GB
  • Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • Storage: Up to 1 TB SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • Accessories: MSI Clutch GM11 Mouse, MSI Vigor GK30 Keyboard

REASONS TO BUY

  • Powerful performance
  • Quiet cooling
  • Smart, compact design

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Expensive, can cost up to $3k
  • Subpar peripherals compared to competitors on this list

The first thing you’ll notice about the MSI MEG Trident X is that it’s absolutely gorgeous. This small, angular machine fits easily into just about any gaming nook, and is ideal for either desktop or living room setups. The second thing you’ll notice is that it runs games absolutely beautifully, whether you want to experience them at full HD, QHD or UHD settings. With a variety of processor, GPU and RAM options from which to choose, you’ll be able to customize a machine that works for your games, and for your monitor.

Just be aware that no matter how you design the MEG Trident X, it’s going to be expensive. Furthermore, the accessories it comes with — the MSI Clutch GM11 Mouse and MSI Vigor GK30 Keyboard — are mediocre at best, and disappointing at worst. Still, in terms of both physical design and raw performance, the MEG Trident X is one of the most gorgeous and functional gaming PCs on the market today.

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