Which gaming PC is right for you?
Slick PC games are power-hungry, and demand a certain type of computer with plenty of oomph. Check out our top gaming PCs for every budget…
16 Apr 2018
Gamers need serious power and performance from their computer.
That’s why gaming PCs are a category of their own. Read our rundown of the most important features and 3 of our favourite gaming PCs from our range.
- Processing power: PC games are demanding and need processors with multiple cores to handle more things simultaneously. An Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 is recommended, while AMD or Ryzen CPUs – which launched in 2017 – are also pretty impressive.
- RAM: For demanding games to run efficiently, you need enough internal memory – start with 8 GB RAM. You can easily add more if needed.
- Dedicated graphics: You'll need graphics that have their own memory and don’t run off your laptop’s main processor – NVIDIA GTX and AMD Radeon RX are the main options.
- Storage: Games will load faster and move through levels more efficiently with bigger and better data storage
Dell Inspiron 5675 – Ryzen 3 with RX560 Graphics
In a nutshell: An introduction to PC gaming with the space to upgrade
This budget-friendly gaming PC is a great step up for a console gamer – with the room to add extra graphics cards as gaming needs expand.
The PC is powered by the Ryzen 3 processor – boosting the computational power but at incredible value.
A quad-core chip with four threads and power draws of 65W, the Ryzen 3 is speedy, and can be boosted even faster. All this allows the Inspiron 5675 to take demanding games in its stride.
The AMD Radeon RX 560 card provides dedicated graphics for 4K displays.
However, the limited 2GB memory may cause 1080p to slow the frames per second (fps) – an important consideration if you want smooth gameplay.
Despite being an absolute steal, the Inspiron looks anything but, with its edgy deep blue LEDs illuminating the front and left-side panels.
Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming PC
In a nutshell: Great-performing gaming rig with superb graphics and memory, that requires no tools for upgrading
Take your gaming to the next level with the Lenovo Legion Y520, which works with Quad HD monitors for a seamless out-of-box experience.
Four cores of processing power from the Intel Core i5 processor will ensure extremely smooth gameplay whilst multi-tasking – you can stream music and capture your game performance at the same time.
The NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card makes every game look that much better. And with 3GB of dedicated graphics memory, you can play at a high frame rate.
Loading times are boosted with 16 GB of Intel® Optane™ memory, which rivals other top components.
Pairing the processor with memory and graphics allow you to boost the frequency of all your gaming components. And the Legion Y520 is ready for the next generation of VR gaming and entertainment.
The red LEDs on the Legion Y520 chassis indicate the power held within. But it can be easily cracked open to upgrade the memory, storage or optical drive – so there are no tools required.
HP Omen Gaming PC
In a nutshell: Power through the latest titles with exceptional graphics and high-speed Intel Core i7 processor
Built for the serious gamer, this powerful PC helps you reach new heights and stay one step ahead of your rivals.
Games run extremely smoothly thanks to the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor – which has six individual cores to handle all modern (and classic) games – whether the fantasy universe of Warhammer: Vermintide II or ocean adventures of Sea of Thieves.
Enjoy exceptional visuals thanks to the beefed-up NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and play effortlessly on maximum settings in high frame rates.
The Omen stays cool even when you’re thrashing it out all day thanks to the all-around edge vents and two 120mm fans.
It’s also VR ready so with a VR headset you can enter a whole new world of entertainment, whether it's gaming action such as Doom VFR or smart new tech like Bigscreen.