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The Best Gaming Computer for 2012

Updated on June 9, 2012

If you are an avid gamer searching for a new computer it is important to consider your gaming habits. You will want to make sure you have adequate memory and a nice graphics card to ensure that your new computer is able to download every new release for years to come. If you are considering a laptop, it is also important to consider things like screen resolution and screen size on laptops to save your eyes.

Best Gaming Computer 2012
Best Gaming Computer 2012

Alienware M17X

Alienware desktops were actually the first gaming computers I was ever exposed to. Ever since then I have watched this brand carefully. The M17X laptop combines high performance with unique, but subtle, design. With 6GB of RAM and dual NVIDIA graphics cards you can easily load all of your bulky games and never worry about running out of memory or facing that highly disappointing, "System Incompatibilities," message. Alienware also offers a wide variety of customization options. While the freedom of choice is nice you will want to determine early which features are important to you as a fully loaded laptop will run you nearly $5,000.

Basic Model Specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM
  • 6GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GTX 660M
  • 17.3-inch HD+ Screen

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5213

This desktop is the perfect combination of power and affordability. Starting at under $600 it is surprising to learn that this system features 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive as well as a NVIDIA Geforce graphics card. Furthermore, this is one of the most unique looking
towers available for the price. Although larger than many modern towers the size should, at least in my opinion, help to eliminate over heating making it more of an asset than a liability.

Basic Model Specs:

  • Intel Core i3 2100 Processor 3.1GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • NVIDIA Geforce GT520

ASUS G73SW-A1 Republic of Gamers

This laptop is highly recommended by many savvy gamers. It features all of the capabilities of a desktop but allows for gaming on the go. While it looks, at first glance, like any other laptop, you will learn quickly that this is no average system. With a quad processor, up to 16GB of expandable RAM and NVIDIA GeForce graphics card your system will remain viable for gaming for years to come.

Basic Model Specs:

  • 8GB RAM (expandable to 16GB)
  • 17.3-inch Screen
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 450M
  • Intel Core i7 Processor 2GHz

Qosmio X505-Q8104

The Qosmio X505-Q8104 laptop features one of the largest available screens at 18.4-inches. With many bold red accents this laptop is eye catching. With an LCD screen, the system is also easy on the eyes to play on. While more expensive than other similarly speced units the improved screen resolution may make the additional cost worth it in the name of ergonomics.

Basic Model Specs:

  • 8GB RAM
  • 18.4-inch Screen
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
  • 2.9 hertz Intel Core i7

Maingear AMD A8-3850

As a broke-assed U.S. citizen I can really appreciate the fact that this desktop is build in the U.S.A. As a gamer chick, I'm loving on the quad-core processor, 8GB of memory and Radeon HD graphics card. With few bells and whistles put into the design of this tower you may be able to convince your parents to purchase this impressive machine under the guise of being a serious and ambitious student. It's worth a shot anyway!

Basic Model Specs:

  • 8GB RAM (with 4 extension slots)
  • 2.9 A-Series Quad-Core A8
  • Radeon HD 6550D2 Hybrid CrossFire - 800 Stream Processors DirectX 11

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