Best gaming PC: 10 of the top rigs you can buy in 2017

Despite the fact that if you plan on upgrading to Intel Coffee Lake processors in a few months, you’ll need a new motherboard, the PC gaming space has plenty to offer to those dissuaded by consoles. Even if you’re married to the controller at this point, Microsoft has made its Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows just as easy to use as it is to hide.

That being the case, you may have your heart set on an equally convenient gaming laptop. But if you want to upgrade the hardware later, frankly that won’t be an option beyond perhaps memory and storage. Therefore, a desktop tower is the way to go for gamers looking to squeeze out the most juice for the least amount of money.

Especially if you would rather spend your time playing games than learning how to build a computer, the best gaming PCs below are the best place to start. Most are upgradeable, but with their already-impressive set of specs, you’ll be able to get all of your games up and running without even touching a thumbscrew.

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The nigh-mini ITX Alienware Aurora R5 bears resemblance to, say, the Area 51, but with a case that feels strikingly more native to our home planet. Of course, it simultaneously boasts top-of-the-line specs; an overclockable K-series Intel Core i7 CPU, a GeForce GTX 1080 and a massively capable 850W power supply are just a few of the Aurora R5's redeeming qualities. Plus, even with the small chassis, there's plenty of room for an unparalleled SLI configuration.

Read the full review: Alienware Aurora R5

Overclockers Asteroid

The latest Overclockers machine is one of the best-designed gaming PCs we've ever seen, with bespoke water-cooling, a great color scheme and keen attention to detail. Never getting too hot or too loud, the Overclockers 8Pack Asteroid is as covert as it is stylish. There’s limited room for upgrading, but the Asteroid is an out-of-this-world machine with a price tag that will bring you back down to earth.

Read the full review: Overclockers 8Pack Asteroid

  • This product is only available in the UK as of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Origin Millennium.

Positioned as a “console killer”, the MSI Trident 3 looks a lot like an Xbox One S and is more powerful than a PS4 Pro, but at the end of the day, it’s a PC that feels just right in your living room. Complete with all the ports you could ever dream of, the MSI Trident 3’s advantages are clear. Still, in trying to be as thin and light as possible, the MSI Trident 3 comes equipped with a 330W external power supply brick, resembling some of the most less attractive console designs.

Read the full review: MSI Trident 3

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If you’re buying a pre-built PC, upgrades should be simple, right? That’s the philosophy behind the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900. Embellished with red lights all over, the front of its chassis is bespeckled with textured patterns that’ll no doubt make your friends jealous. On top of offering support for a VR-ready GTX 1080, the Lenovo IdeaCentre boasts SLI support and room for up to 64GB of RAM, which are thankfully complemented by a convenient tool-less design.

Read the full review: Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Corsair One.

The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is a reminder of just how convenient and affordable it can be to skip doing it yourself and just buy your PC from a reputable manufacturer. By making a few minor concessions, Dell was able to leverage a reasonable price tag and sweeten the deal with a handful of enticing additives. These include powerful discrete graphics, a whopping 9 total USB ports and, of course, access to Dell’s online support system. 

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  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Corsair One.

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Sure, for the price of an Origin Millennium PC, you could buy a halfway decent car. But why would you need to leave the house when you can play games in 4K at a buttery smooth 60 fps? Between its pair of EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition twins and the Intel Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X processor, there is nothing the Origin Millennium can't handle – and on the best of the best displays at that. Of course, it's expensive; it's like ten years worth of future-proof. 

Read the full review: Origin Millennium

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Overclockers 8Pack Asteroid.

Both in its appearances and temperature, the MSI Aegis 3 is one of those few examples of a gaming computer that’s way cooler pre-built than what you could probably assemble yourself. Not only does its chassis look like an anime mecha robot, but it also features customizable, interactive lighting. What’s more, it’s similar in size to the Alienware Aurora, but with a Kaby Lake processor rather than a Skylake. 

Read the full review: MSI Aegis 3

If you want a powerful gaming PC that can run everything at the highest settings, the Corsair One is an obvious choice. Equipped with a liquid-cooled, Pascal-series Nvidia GPU, an Intel Core i7 processor and nothing but an SSD for storage, this is a machine that’s all about power, speed and portability. It may be impossible to repair without voiding the warranty, but its small form factor and powerful components undoubtedly compensate for any shortcomings.

Read the full review: Corsair One

Like the Zotac Magnus EN1060 before it, the Magnus EN1080 is a barebones mini PC with some assembly required, namely in the storage and memory departments. Its main differentiators are its inclusion of an Intel Core i7-6700 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. With these components on-hand, the EN1080 can handle everything from 4K gaming at middling frame rates to 1080p gaming at refresh rates upwards of 120Hz. 

Read the full review: Zotac Magnus EN1080

Though you might mistake it for a Rubik’s Cube at first glance, the HP Omen X’s quirky design is all part of its charm. Complete with three chambers for components, including one with four hard drive bays, this desktop leaves plenty of room for expansion later down the line. Perhaps the most practical aspect of the Omen X, though, is its ability to change the color of its lighting based on which components are sweating the most.

Read the full review: HP Omen X Desktop

Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article