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The best gaming PC 2017: 10 of the top gaming desktops you can buy

If you haven’t had the chance to play some of the best PC games because you don’t have the hardware to support them, don’t despair, it’s never too late to get into PC gaming. All you need to do is shop for one of the best gaming PCs. And, it might be daunting, as it will take both time and money, but the rewards can’t be overstated – you’ll get way more than the latest Assassin’s Creed, you’ll enter into a whole new world.

One of the first problems that anyone who is shopping for one of the best gaming PCs is going to run into is that vast differences in price that different retailers and manufacturers charge. Your aim here should be trying to find a rig that strikes a happy medium between price and performance. You don’t want to spend a fortune on a PC that doesn’t have the specs to back it up, and you don’t want a PC that you picked up on the cheap, but can’t even run Minesweeper efficiently. You want to get exactly what you pay for. Fortunately, these days, gaming PCs are way more affordable than they have been in the past, and even the historically wide gap between building your own PC and buying one pre-built dwindles every day.

But, don’t worry about anything, because we here at TechRadar have you covered. We’re one of the biggest tech sites around, and we’ve had the pleasure of being able to test, review and rank the best gaming PCs in the world – and we’ve reached a consensus on what exactly the Best gaming PCs are. Some hail from recognizable brands like Alienware, while others – like the Chillblast Fusion – will come seemingly out of nowhere. Don’t worry, it’s all by design. 

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1. Alienware Aurora R6

Potent gaming performance with impressive expandability

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 560 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 64GB | Storage: 1TB – 2TB HDD, 256GB – 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD

Great compact design

Very good performance

Included mouse and keyboard aren’t great

The Alienware Aurora R5 impressed us with its clever, compact design and impressive power and the Aurora R6 doubles down on the latter. By introducing Kaby Lake processors and up to two Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti’s in SLI, it’s every bit as capable as the Alienware Area 51 Plus and half as small to boot. Even with the small chassis, there’s plenty of room for more RAM, storage for the years to come.

Read the full review: Alienware Aurora R6

2. Chillblast Fusion Spectrum Ryzen 7 Gaming PC

A gaming rig for skilled multi-taskers

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti | RAM: 16GB – 64GB | Storage: 250GB SSD; 2TB HDD – 500GB SSD; 6TB HDD

Great design



Overkill for 1080p

The Chillblast Fusion Spectrum might sound like the sweetest water gun ever made, but is in in fact a gaming PC, and it’s the first of which we’ve reviewed to contain an AMD Ryzen 7 processor. Although it’s pricey and perhaps even unnecessary for a lot of our readers who haven’t made the jump to 4K resolution displays, this computer delivers exceptional performance, especially for streamers and multi-taskers.

Read the full review: Chillblast Fusion Spectrum Ryzen 7 Gaming PC

  • This product is only available in the UK as of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the .

3. MSI Infinite A

This VR-ready machine is built to last

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 Ti | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 2TB HDD; 128GB SSD – 2TB HDD; 512GB SSD

Very powerful gaming system

Whisper quiet fans

Variety of ports can be confusing

High specs mean high price tag

It’s not uncommon anymore for PC makers to brandish their pre-built desktop rigs as VR-ready. What is unusual is to do so with a computer that’s also ready to conquer any game you throw at it at well over 60 frames per second and for under two grand. That’s exactly what MSI has accomplished with the Infinite A, a tower whose graphical efforts aren’t thwarted by its preparedness for VR, nor is it so expensive that it would see your head turn the other way.

Read the full review:

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the .

4. MSI Trident 3

A slimline console-sized mini PC for your living room

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – i7-7700 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti – 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) | Storage: 2TB HDD; 120GB SSD – 2TB HDD; 1TB SSD

Compact size

Silent and cool running

External 330W power brick

Positioned as a ’console killer,’ the MSI Trident 3 looks a lot like an Xbox One S and is more powerful than a PS4 Pro, but at the end of the day, it’s a PC that feels just right in your living room. Complete with all the ports you could ever dream of, the MSI Trident 3’s advantages are clear. Still, in trying to be as thin and light as possible, the MSI Trident 3 comes equipped with a 330W external power supply brick, resembling some of the most less attractive console designs.

Read the full review: MSI Trident 3

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5. Lenovo Ideacentre Y900

PC gaming on the high-end, no tools required

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K – i7-6700K | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 – 1080 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB DDR4 (2,133MHz) | Storage: 1TB HDD – 2TB HDD, 256GB SSD

Available GTX 1080 GPU

Looks awesome

Included mouse and keyboard stink

Limited store upgrade options

If you’re buying a pre-built PC, upgrades should be simple, right? That’s the philosophy behind the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900. Embellished with red lights all over, the front of its chassis is bespeckled with textured patterns that’ll no doubt make your friends jealous. On top of offering support for a VR-ready GTX 1080, the Lenovo IdeaCentre boasts SLI support and room for up to 64GB of RAM, which are thankfully complemented by a convenient tool-less design.

Read the full review: Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the .

6. Dell XPS Tower Special Edition

A gaming rig disguised as a workspace computer

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – Core i7-7700K | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 580 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) | Storage: 256GB SSD; 1TB HDD – 512GB SSD; 2TB HDD

Compact, minimalist design

Full online customer support

Starting memory isn’t ideal for VR

Lower graphical performance compared to rivals

The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is a shining example of how to make a gaming PC subtle. Without all the superfluous RGB lighting effects and tempered glass enclosure, this is a machine that puts its money where its mouth is and competes on the merit of performance alone. Well, performance and also state-of-the-art customer service. You won’t find a version of it with a GTX 1080 Ti housed inside, but its tool-less design makes it easy to upgrade nevertheless.

Read the full review: Dell XPS Tower Special Edition

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the .

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7. Origin Millennium

Two times 1080 equals 4K at 60fps

CPU: Intel Core i3-7350K – i7-6950X | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 – 2 x Nvidia Titan X | RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) – 64GB DDR4 (2,800MHz) | Storage: 1TB HDD – 8TB HDD; 4TB SSD

Immense power

Customizable RGB lighting

Immense price

Rattly plastic shell

Sure, for the price of an Origin Millennium PC, you could buy a halfway decent car. But why would you need to leave the house when you can play games in 4K at a buttery smooth 60 fps? Between its pair of EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition twins and the Intel Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X processor, there is nothing the Origin Millennium can’t handle – and on the best of the best displays at that. Of course, it’s expensive; it’s like ten years worth of future-proof. 

Read the full review: Origin Millennium

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Overclockers 8Pack Asteroid.

8. Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition

Top-notch power comes at a cost

CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Storage: 2TB HDD – 1TB SSD; 2TB HDD

So much space for activities

Record-breaking benchmark results

Absolutely massive

Absurdly expensive

In classic Alienware fashion, the Area 51 Threadripper Edition pushes the limits of both technology and your wallet. It’s wildly powerful, markedly featuring the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X across all of its configurations. The Area 51’s triad-design hasn’t changed much since its introduction back in 2014, but on the inside this machine is essentially tool-less to upgrade, not that you would even need to.

Read the full review:

9. MSI Aegis 3

Finally, a true contender to building it yourself

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – i7-7700 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Storage: 2TB HDD; 256GB SSD – 2TB HDD; 512GB SSD

Tons of ports

So very, very quiet

Surprisingly heavy

Difficult to open chassis 

Both in its appearances and temperature, the MSI Aegis 3 is one of those few examples of a gaming computer that’s way cooler pre-built than what you could probably assemble yourself. Not only does its chassis look like an anime mecha robot, but it also features customizable, interactive lighting. What’s more, it’s similar in size to the Alienware Aurora, but with a Kaby Lake processor rather than a Skylake. 

Read the full review: MSI Aegis 3

10. Corsair One

Corsair’s computer is capable and compact

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 – i7-7700K | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 – 1080 Ti | RAM: 16GB – 32GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) | Storage: 240GB SSD; 1TB HDD – 480GB SSD; 2TB HDD

Powerful components

Small footprint


Not user-upgradeable

Known in part for putting out RAM that’s faster than your processor, Corsair has made a name for itself in nearly every PC component category there is. Be that as it may, the company has only begun to flirt with assembling its own rigs. Luckily, with the Corsair One, the first time was the charm. This is a machine that prides itself in power, speed and portability and succeeds on all fronts, save for maybe upgradeability, which is all but impossible on the Corsair One.

Read the full review: Corsair One

Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article

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