The best gaming PCs you can buy
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- Gaming PCs are the best way to play video games at the highest level, so we've rounded up the best ones you can buy.
- Although it's expensive, the Corsair One i160 computer's uncompromising performance and small form factor make it easily the best gaming PC around.
If you're a gamer, there's no better way to play games than with a PC. While the Xbox One and PS4 bring their own exclusive games to the table, a PC allows you to push the graphics of your games to the limit. Additionally, without the need for retail packaging or sale, most PC games end up being cheaper.Like anything good in life, PC gaming doesn't come without some extra work. Between knowing what parts do what and how to put the parts together, the barrier for entry into PC gaming is high. Thankfully, the number of companies now making gaming PCs has grown, allowing you to get in on the action without the hassle.
There's nothing inherently special about a "gaming" PC. It's still a normal computer, except it usually has faster internal components. The key concern for gaming computers is the graphics card, which is the chip that's responsible for translating all of the data that your computer is processing into images on your screen.
Faster graphics cards allow the computer to render the complex 3D models in video games quickly, so gaming PCs usually come with a dedicated graphics chip. In order to balance the system, gaming PCs will generally have faster processors, too.
If you're a computer newbie, fret not. I'll do my best to guide you through this list. That said, I can't explain what each component does and, furthermore, how that component sits in the market without multiple other articles. I'll still give you the components, but I'll also tell you how that translates into gaming. If you want to learn more about the components that make up a PC, go here.
With that, we can get to our list of the best gaming PC you can buy. We have five picks, each of which fill a different need, so make sure to read through all of the options to find the best one for you.
Here are the gaming PCs you can buy in 2019:
- Best gaming PC overall: Corsair One i160
- Best gaming PC with upgradability: Alienware Aurora R7
- Best gaming PC under $800: CyberPower Gamer Extreme
- Best gaming PC for small spaces: MSI Trident X
- Best gaming PC for water cooling: Maingear F131
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
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