Updated January 07, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Gaming Personal Computers

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in May of 2015. Gamers are a breed apart, which is why they demand their own category of personal computers to cater to the fast-moving action and graphics intensity of today's titles. With tons of storage space, fast processors, and attractive designs, these specialized PCs pave the way for the most epic high-resolution entertainment at ultra-smooth frame rates. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best gaming personal computer on Amazon.

10. Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y900

9. Dell Inspiron 5675

8. Velocity Micro Raptor Z55

7. MSI Aegis

6. HP Omen X

5. Skytech Supremacy X

4. HP Pavilion Premium

3. iBuyPower Ultra

2. CyberpowerPC Xtreme VR

1. Corsair One Pro

A Different Breed of PC User

However, there are many gaming PCs on the market that come equipped with the power and components needed to accommodate nearly any serious gamer.

A gaming personal computer is similar to an average PC, but it includes a large number of components designed specifically for gaming. These components often include high-end video cards that help to build the gaming PC in a way that enhances game play. They often range in price depending on the specific components needed.

Some are packed with storage space and high-speed RAM capabilities, while others are moderate and focus more on the game and less on graphics and performance. Some come with built-in WiFi adapters and are even sold with a matching keyboard and mouse.

Because PC gamers are such a varying breed, gaming PCs are often customized to fit the individual consumer. However, there are many gaming PCs on the market that come equipped with the power and components needed to accommodate nearly any serious gamer.

Many of these gaming PCs not only have necessary internal and external components such as USB ports and high-speed RAM, but they also come with aesthetically pleasing cases that are sometimes available in multiple color options. The internal and external LED lights on some of these cases serve to enhance the gaming experience and add an element of ambience. Some are sold in unconventional shapes in order to add character to any game room.

How To Buy A Gaming PC

If you are new to the PC gaming world, choosing the right PC can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of important considerations before deciding on the right gaming personal computer.

First of all, and this is no surprise, set your budget. Purchasing a gaming personal computer can get expensive if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You could easily get sucked in by all of the hype and lingo and end up buying more than you actually need. Decide what you can afford, and do your best to stick to it.

Some games require high speeds and storage space while others require high-quality graphics.

Second, consider the types of games you plan to play. Some games require high speeds and storage space while others require high-quality graphics. Some games rely on speed and stealth while others require careful thought and strategy. If you play mostly strategy games, it is best to find a balance between CPU performance and graphics. If you prefer fast-paced war or other shooting games, a fast CPU is likely to be necessary.

Third, your central processing unit (CPU) and how it cools is important to your PC’s overall performance. Many gaming PCs don’t need high-end processors and can afford to focus instead on high-quality graphics. However, if you plan to use your PC for more than gaming, a high-speed processor could be a good choice. Many PCs have internal and external fans to ensure the CPU stays cool. However, in order to reduce noise and keep up with higher speed processors, many gaming PCs are implementing liquid cooling systems.

Fourth, consider the power. Today’s personal computers have far more power than they did even a few years ago. Gaming consumes a significant amount of power, and if you don’t want to overrun your system, you will have to ensure that your power supply can support your games.

Next, consider input and control. You will need a high-performance keyboard and mouse in order to enhance your gaming experience. However, you don’t need to drain your bank account to find a wireless keyboard and mouse that will work well with your chosen games. If the PC you choose does not already come with its own compatible external devices, consider the input options (USB, HDMI, etc.), and shop around for something within your budget that is known to be compatible and work well for gamers.

Finally, consider the audio and communications tools you will need when purchasing your gaming PC. All gaming PCs from the manufacturer come equipped with a certain amount of audio capabilities. You might also need to consider headsets if you plan to play multiplayer games online or intend to communicate with other players.

A Brief History of the Gaming Personal Computer

Gaming led to the advancement of computer technology in many ways. In 1981, IBM created the Color Graphics Adapter (CGA) display system for their PC. It could be connected to a television or computer monitor in order to enhance the color and picture quality of PC games. IBM later created the Video Graphics Array (VGA) in 1987 as a new computer display standard. This interface is still used to support high-definition picture today with new types of inputs such as HDMI or DVI.

Gaming led to the advancement of computer technology in many ways.

Commodore 64, Amiga, and Atari were introduced to the PC gaming world in the 1980s with what were considered high-quality graphics and sound. Many developers used these three platforms as their goal when creating new video games. However, as popularity shifted to average PCs and Apple computers, those developers adjusted to meet the growing demand. By 1993, game developers that created games for popular gaming consoles often created PC compatible versions as well.

That same year, Falcon Northwest boasted that they had created the first line of computers, the Falcon MACH series, specifically for the serious gamer. Widespread Internet access and video cards containing high-speed graphics processors have since changed the world of computer gaming and made it even easier to become a serious gamer, even with very little knowledge of the equipment itself.

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Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 07, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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