December 4, 2023

Our picks for a range of needs and budgets

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The best gaming PCs can run the most resource-intensive and graphically demanding video games, and they do so most vividly and beautifully. While some have different resolutions and refresh rates, and others come pre-built or in separate parts to build your own, there are many different options in the market.

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Simple as it may seem, building a PC can be frightening for novice PC gamers and frustrating for seasoned gamers who want to avoid dealing with component shipment delays. A powerful GPU, such as an AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX or an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, does not automatically make a gaming PC the best; instead, the CPU, RAM and storage of the system are usually tell-tale signs.

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Which games you like to play will significantly impact your choice. You’ll need a top-tier PC if you want to play AAA games (those created and released by major or mid-sized companies) and see what’s new and exciting. On the other hand, do you favour independently developed games that don’t require as much hardware? Buying a PC with less powerful hardware will allow you to save some money.

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Our picks for the best gaming PCs are listed below, starting with high-end gaming PCs with all the bells and whistles and finishing with lower-spec models that are more budget-friendly.


Best overall — Alienware Aurora R13
Best for tournament gamers — OMEN by HP 45L Gaming Desktop
Most affordable — Lenovo Legion Tower 7i Gen 7
Best dual purpose — CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming PC
Sleeper pick — iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Computer

Best gaming PCs

Alienware Aurora R13 

Alienware Aurora R13.
Alienware Aurora R13. Photo by Best Buy

Key specs

  • Processor: Intel Core i9 12900KF, 12th gen, 2.40 GHz
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Video memory: 10 GB
  • Weight: 34.17 pounds 
  • Input/output ports: 1 x HDMI 2.1; 3 x DP 1.4a
  • Storage: Up to 2 TB SSD x2

Why buy: Long been a favourite of the PC gaming world, the Alienware Aurora R13 sports a sleek design with RGB lighting, the latest Intel processors and Nvidia and AMD graphics cards. Its graphic card has 10 GB of video memory, delivering 3D imagery, while the 1 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD provides ample storage space.

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If you’re an all-day gamer or play for long periods, the Aurora R13 has four system fans and a liquid cooling system to keep it performing without delays and shutdowns. Considering it for your entertainment setup, the Aurora R13 weighs 34 pounds and measures 20 by eight by 23 inches (height, weight, depth).

It has three USB 3.1 ports, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack that can be reached at the front. That said, most of the connections — four USB 2.0 ports, two USB-C ports, two USB 3.1 ports, an ethernet socket, and audio lines — are located around the back. You must remove a panel to access the ports on the back of the device, so keep that in mind when incorporating this gaming PC with your furniture set or desk.

Price: Starting from $3,749.99
Where to buy: Best BuyAmazon
Fine print: One-year manufacturer’s warranty for parts and labour

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OMEN by HP 45L Gaming Desktop

OMEN by HP 45L Gaming Desktop
OMEN by HP 45L Gaming Desktop. Photo by Best Buy

Key specs

  • OS: Windows 11 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i9 12900K (12th Generation)
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (12 GB)
  • Optional: HP 310 Black Wired Keyboard and mouse combo

Why buy: The battlefield will look different from what you’ve seen from other machines. HP’s Omen has an Intel Core i7-12700KF processor, an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, and a HyperX 32 GB DDR4 XMP Heatsink that delivers clean, crisp graphics for several games and VR applications.

With ample storage for all your favourite games, it comes with a 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 solid-state drive. Another cool feature is its 240mm AIO radiator, which is housed in a separate chamber on the gaming PC’s roof. It enables it to draw cooler air from the outside and discharge it from the top of the computer to keep it cool during gaming marathons.

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While it is more expensive than the previous model, and some users believe it is a little loud, it is a solid offering that can be upgraded to improve performance if you have the money. Users also say it’s great for games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, World of Warcraft, Civ IV, Skyrim or Elder Scrolls Online and more.

Price: Starting from $3,659.99
Where to buy: HPBest Buy (currently sold out, consider HP OMEN 40L Gaming PC)
Fine print: One-year manufacturer’s warranty for parts and labour

Lenovo Legion Tower 7i Gen 7

Lenovo Legion Tower 7i Gen 7
Lenovo Legion Tower 7i Gen 7. Photo by Best Buy

Key specs 

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-12700K
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (12 GB)
  • Connection: Bluetooth

Why buy: One of the more affordable options on the list, the Lenovo Legion Tower 7i Gen 7 has a solid Core i9 HX processor, is surprisingly fast, looks cool, and has a great screen. Its aluminum chassis, RGB lighting, Nvidia G-Sync screen, solid input devices and strong connectivity make it a portable option for a gaming laptop. Its 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution is stellar and has a 16:10 aspect ratio for optimal viewing. Additionally, it has Nvidia G-Sync to eliminate frame tearing and an anti-glare surface to mitigate unnecessary reflections.

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The battery life is ordinary for a gaming laptop because it is a mid-range option; depending on what you’re playing, it might even be regarded as terrible. After all, it’s a laptop that can double as a PC if you don’t have the option for two. However, for colour and picture quality, this gaming laptop is ideal. Moreover, Lenovo improved the webcam, opting for a 1080p that presents a sharper display than the 720p cam sported with the Gen 6 model so it can work in professional and collegiate settings.

Price: Starting from $2,849.99
Where to buy: Best BuyLenovo, Walmart
Fine print: One-year manufacturer’s warranty for parts and labour

CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming PC

CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming PC
CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming PC. Photo by Best Buy

Key specs 

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Hard drive: 1 TB
  • Storage: 500 GB SSD
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
  • Video memory: 12 GB
  • USB ports: 6 USB 3.1, 2 USB 2.0
  • Connection: Wireless 802.11 AC

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Why buy: The CyberPowerPC Gamer Master gaming PC features a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor and high-speed 16 GB DDR4 RAM, allowing it to run almost all games efficiently and without lags. A small downside is its 500GB SSD, but it has a 1 TB hard disk, and you can always upgrade its storage capacity with a bigger card. On the other hand, users say it’s built clean; gamers will get the best bang for their buck with this model. Furthermore, it runs quietly and can stream in 1080p. According to another user, it also has air cooling technology that keeps the machine at 38-50c.

VR gamers rejoice — you can play all your favourite titles with the CyberPowerPC Gamer Master gaming PC. Lastly, it has six USB 3.1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one LAN port, three audio ports, one headphone jack, one microphone jack, one PS/2 port, one HDMI port, and two DisplayPort for flexible wired connectivity.

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Price: $1,749.99
Where to buy: Best BuyAmazon, Walmart
Fine print: One-year manufacturer’s warranty for parts

iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Computer

iBUYPOWER Gaming PC. Photo by Amazon

Key specs 

  • Processor: Intel i7-12700KF
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD
  • Graphics card: RTX 3070 TI
  • Video memory: 8 GB
  • USB ports: 3x USB 3.2 and 2x USB 2.0; 1x HDMI and 1X Display Port
  • Cooling system: Yes

Why buy: With tempered glass that wraps around three of the four sides, the iBuyPower gaming PC is the last of some great buys if you’re looking for pre-built gaming PCs. A powerful trio consisting of the Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and the NVIDIA RTX GPU can tackle demanding games and demanding tasks without tiring. In addition, your critical data is reliably and securely stored on a 1 TB solid-state disc.

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This gaming PC has three USB 3.2 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, and one display port for plugging in various compatible devices such as monitors, external storage, and input devices. Like others, it has a liquid cooling system to entertain gamers for hours and hours, and it comes with a preinstalled Windows 11 OS that offers a variety of security features.

Price: Starting from $2,399.99
Where to buy: Amazon, Best Buy
Fine print: One-year manufacturer’s warranty for parts

Gaming PC FAQs

Gaming PCs are intricate devices, and the variety of hardware, brands, components and settings can cause confusion and spark heated discussions. We’ll help you answer some of these hotly debated questions below.

Is it better to build or buy a PC?

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Learning about components is an excellent opportunity when building a computer. For example, it can help you comprehend the advantages of various storage configurations like RAID or why you might pick CPU-attached PCIe lanes over those for particular devices. Some, though, are less interested in the how and more interested in finding a good gaming experience without the trouble or potential problems that come with doing it themselves. But, if you enjoy building computers, try with a gaming PC; if not, a pre-built model works well enough.

How much RAM should my gaming PC have?

It’s hard to get less than 16 GB these days with the available models, and it’s recommended for many games. However, if you only intend to play a single game, 8 GB should be sufficient. On the other hand, 16 GB is better if you’re doing more, such as playing the game Discord or viewing a broadcast while gaming.

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What are some typical blunders that gamers make when looking for a new PC?

The importance of a good power supply. Also, ensure you have a monitor capable of pushing that system to the outer edge of its capabilities.

What’s the best temperature for a CPU while in use? 

These numbers are listed in the CPU specification documents as the optimal temperature for that particular processor.

How do I make sure I get the most out of my PC?

To prepare your PC for gaming, ensure it has enough processing power to handle your games. Make sure your computer has all the most recent upgrades and high-quality parts to accomplish this. To free up RAM, you should shut down any inactive apps. To maximize storage space, you should clear up any unnecessary or temporary files from its hard drive.

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