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The Best Gaming Computers in 2016

Updated on January 4, 2016
A great gaming computer does not mean just great hardware installed. It should also look great on the exterior. The case is where everything fits in, and it should look great: it should inspire speed and performance.
A great gaming computer does not mean just great hardware installed. It should also look great on the exterior. The case is where everything fits in, and it should look great: it should inspire speed and performance. | Source

Gaming computers are just what their name implies: computers that are made for computer games. They come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from small desktops to huge gaming rigs, depending on what kind of hardware they integrate and the case they are assembled in.

If you're planning to play the newest games with top graphics and high FPS count, then you should try one of the best gaming computers in the market.

When buying a new gaming PC, here are a few points you should take into consideration:

ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards are the most common among gamers. Make sure that the graphics card installed on the system has at least 1GB of video RAM integrated. This is because just like the system needs memory to do calculation, so does the graphics card to render virtual worlds.

The gaming computer sound card, whether it's integrated or not, should output at least a 5.1 or 7.1 channels of sound so the gaming worlds you encounter produce life-like sounds and you get to be more immersed in the game.

Quad-core processors are a new standard in gaming computers. They used to be expensive, but as technology moved on and evolved, the price on these processors began to drop over time and now it's quite common to find them even in budget gaming computers. The best gaming desktops will carry either a quad-core processor, a six-core processor or even an eight-core one. Prices will vary a lot here since there are two competing manufacturers when it comes to processors: AMD and Intel. Some say Intel chips are more expensive and some say the price is worth it for these are extremely reliable processors.

In terms of memory and storage, the best gaming PCs carry at least 6GB of RAM and a decent hard drive. If you're willing to spend a bit extra, then you should get an SSD drive, which has no moving parts like the hard disk does and can perform the same tasks up to 12 times faster than a regular hard disk drive.

Capacity should begin with at least a 250GB if it's an SSD drive, or at least a 500-1000 GB if it's a regular hard disk drive. Games will play a lot better on a desktop that's equipped with a solid state drive, so you should keep this in mind when you're either building or buying your next gaming computer.

#1 - Acer Predator AG3-605-UR20 Desktop

The Predator is a top gamer computer series by Acer and includes some of the best gaming desktops the market has to offer.
The Predator is a top gamer computer series by Acer and includes some of the best gaming desktops the market has to offer. | Source

Technical Specifications

Spec
Value
Processor:
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4770 processor 3.4GHzwith Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.9GHz (6MB Total Cache)
RAM:
32GB DDR3 Memory
Graphics Card:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 Graphics with 1.5GB of Discrete Video Memory
Hard Drive:
24GB SSD Drive + 3TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
Operating System:
Windows 8

The Acer Predator is one of the few good gaming desktops you can currently get.

It's configured to bring out everything game developers meant to deliver in modern games: outstanding and amazing gaming worlds in full HD detail.

It comes with a high-contrast black/orange design and is equipped with the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor for extreme gaming. It also carries a 24GB SSD drive so you can install the operating system for ultra-fast boot times, a massive 3TB 7200rpm hard drive for all your storage needs and 32GB of system memory.

This is the best performance desktop I've encountered so far and it's placed at the #1 of the top for good reason.

The graphics card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 GPU with 1.5GB of dedicated video memory. This will rip through any modern game at the highest resolution, ultra-quality settings and high fps count.

12X Blu-Ray Disc drive means you'll be able to convert your gaming rig into a home theatre easily, and watch movies in Full HD.

The pack also contains a gaming mouse and keyboard combo, and a fresh Windows 8 operating system installed, so you're all set straight out of the box.


#2 CyberpowerPC Stealth Rogue GXi1200A Desktop

This is one of the best deals you can get on a gaming computer. It packs a lot of high-end hardware at a more than reasonable price.
This is one of the best deals you can get on a gaming computer. It packs a lot of high-end hardware at a more than reasonable price. | Source

Technical Specifications

Spec
Value
Processor:
Intel Core i5-4430 Processor 3.0 GHz (6 MB cache)
RAM:
8GB SDRAM DDR3
Graphics Card:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX650Ti Graphics
Hard Drive:
1024 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
Operating System:
Windows 8

CyberpowerPC Gaming PC

This is perhaps one the best choices for a gaming computer if your main concern is your budget.

For under $800 you get a fully equipped gaming PC from Cyperpower that comes with an Intel Core i5-4430 Processor 3.0 GHz (6 MB cache), 8GB DDR3 of installed RAM and a 1024 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive.

The graphics side of things consists of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX650Ti GPU which will run every game that has been launched till this moment.

The desktop comes with the Windows 8 operating system pre-installed and you can use it straight out of the box.

The power supply unit is rated at 600 watts which is enough to run everything smooth, without any problems.

The interior cable management is also top notch, which says a lot about just how much a company cares for the quality of the product they provide.

The most impressive thing is that for this price, you also get top gaming peripherals: an Azza keyboard and mouse combo.

Technical Specifications

Spec
Value
Processor:
3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4770
RAM:
8 GB DIMM
Graphics Card:
1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GTX 660
Hard Drive:
1000.0 GB 7200.0 rpm Hard Drive
Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

#3 - Alienware AX51R2-9301BK Desktop

Alienware is just one of those brands you know you can't go wrong with. Alienware represents everything that's awesome about gaming, starting from case design and moving on to installed hardware.

The Alienware AX51R2-9301 is a compact gaming desktop with plenty of powerful hardware components installed.

It features an Intel Core i7-4770 processor, from the new line of ultra-fast Intel Core processors. There are 8GB of installed RAM which can help your games run smooth like they were intended.

The graphics card is an Nvidia GTX 660 with 1.5GB of dedicated memory. This will ensure you can play all the games that come out with ultra-high quality video settings and without fps losses.

There's an internal High-Definition 7.1 performance audio card. This brings you closer to the gaming world where every sound makes a difference.

Technical Specifications:

Spec
Value
Processor:
i3-3220 Processor 3.3 GHz
RAM:
8GB DDR3
Graphics Card:
NVIDIA GT630 2GB
Hard Drive:
500 GB 7200 rpm
Operating System:
Windows 8

#4 - iBuyPower REVOLT AM312 Desktop

I love how they reinvented the way a desktop should look with the Revolt series from iBuyPower. The case is uniquely desgined and looks like a modern gaming console. And why not? I've seen way too many desktops which all look alike, and this one is not like that.

The iBuyPower REVOLT AM312 Desktop is an entry-level or even mid-range gaming desktop that's compact and packs the right amount of punch a gaming computer should carry.

It comes with i3-3220 Processor running at 3.3GHz aided by 8GB of installed system memory so everything runs well. It also gets a 500 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, which should suffice if you're not a media junkie.

The NVIDIA GT630 graphics card is another top gaming graphics card from the well known 600-series. It can run pretty much any game you throw at it and comes with 2GB of dedicated VRAM.

The system has Windows 8 pre-installed, so you can run it straight out the box. This is a top choice for gamers on a budget: it runs well, it looks cool and it doesn't cost a fortune.


What is your gaming desktop budget?

Just how much are you willing to spend on a new gaming computer?

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Your Gaming Desktop Budget

When you're thinking about getting a new computer for gaming, it all boils down to the budget. If you're not a fanatic, you probably want to get a good gaming computer with decent specs that can run anything and doesn't cost much.

If you care about ultra-settings and more fps than you can physically perceive, you'll probably want to invest more and get an ultra-gaming desktop.

I created a little poll for you to vote in. What's your gaming desktop budget? Vote using the poll on the right!

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    • mperrottet profile image

      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Although I'm not a gamer, I enjoy reading tech articles, and appreciate the detail and thoroughness that went into this hub. Voted up, useful and interesting. This will be a great help to those looking for a good gaming computer.

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      Peter Geekie 3 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thanks for bringing me up to date. I tend to use Sony laptops which I change about every 24 months. I don't play many games these days.

      Kind regards Peter

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      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      These are great heavy duty desktops. Very detailed specs. The ibuypower REVOLT looks sleek. :)

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      Sonia Rathod 3 years ago from Framingham

      Really Nice post..Keep it up..

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for these detailed specifications. You have answered so many questions I wouldn't even know to ask. Voted Up!