Best Gaming PC in 2020

Whenever anyone starts their search to find the best gaming PC in 2019, the first thing they’ll do is try and compare whether or not it’s better to buy a pre built gaming PC, or simply build one themselves out of a hobgob of parts from Newegg or Amazon. Right out of the gate; it’s not a secret that if you buy one of the best pre-made gaming computers rather than building one yourself, the price is going to be a bit higher.  That said, costs have come down by quite a bit compared to when pre-made boxes, such as Alienware, first hit the scene.  Why?  Wholesale discounts and Chinese suppliers who have closed the gap between the DIY set and those who prefer to pay for everything to come in one plug-and-play package.

To help you find the best pre-built gaming PCs, we went out and purchased the top 10 options available today. Once we received the gaming computers, we tested them by playing tons of games for hours on end (sounds great, right?). During testing, we measured features like processing power, graphics card performance and overall build quality. After we had played our fill of our favorite video games, we found that the SkyTech Archangel Gaming Computer is the best gaming PC for both hardcore and casual gamers alike. Keep reading to learn more about the stellar SkyTech and the other options that beat the competition.

Top 5 Best Gaming PCs Compared

 #1  SkyTech Archangel Gaming Computer – Top Pick/Best Design

WHY WE LIKE IT: With a cutting-edge case design, powerful processor and excellent graphics card, the SkyTech Archangel gaming PC is perfect for hardcore or casual gamers alike.

Pros
  • Runs games smoothly on high settings
  • Boots up faster than other models we tested
  • Included keyboard and mouse are good
Cons
  • No SSD included
  • Not Bluetooth enabled
  • Wi-Fi adapter instead of PCI-e card

The first thing that stands out about the SkyTech Archangel gaming computer is its in-your-face design. This gaming PC is not shy about the fact that it’s target demographic is gamers, and we have to say that we’re impressed it’s taken such a bold approach. To say the case design is gorgeous is an understatement. This PC tower will be the main attraction in your gaming set up.

Fortunately, the Archangel packs a lot of guts to go along with its high-end design. With a powerful AMD Ryzen 1200 processor and accompanying NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, this PC can run most games on high settings without dropping frame rates. We found this gaming computer performed best during MMOs and games like Fortnite. There are a few things we would’ve liked to see on this gaming computer, like a solid-state drive instead of a hard drive, but most of them can be helped through upgrades. All in all, it’s easy to see why the SkyTech Archangel gaming computer is our top pick.

 #2  iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC – Honorable Mention/Best Graphics

WHY WE LIKE IT: The iBUYPOWER Elite gaming PC excels most when it comes to its graphics card, which is the best option on our list. On top of the excellent graphics card, you get a powerful Intel processor and high-performance SSD for a better overall gaming experience.

Pros
  • Best graphics card on the list
  • Includes SSD
  • Powerful Intel Core i5 processor
Cons
  • Disappointing power supply
  • No optical drive included
  • Included keyboard isn’t the best

There’s a lot to be said about the iBUYPOWER Elite’s subtle, yet evocative design. It still gives you the appearance of a gaming PC without shoving it down your throat. And while we typically prefer the in-your-face design that gaming PCs usually feature, we are very impressed with this low-key design.

However, we were even more impressed with the iBUYPOWER’s internal features. Arguably the best part of this gaming PC is its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. With graphics this powerful, you’ll be able to run games on ultra settings and high frame rates with no problem, especially since they’re also supported by a powerful Intel Core i5-9400F CPU. Keep in mind that the iBUYPOWER doesn’t feature any kind of optical drive, which wasn’t too big of deal considering everything is digital these days. You may also want to upgrade the included 480-watt power supply, but that can be a long-term thing.

 #3  SkyTech Shadow Gaming Computer – Best Budget/Best Build Quality

WHY WE LIKE IT: Gaming PC and budget typically aren’t two words that go together, but the SkyTech Shadow gaming computer manages to combine them just fine on its own. With a powerful quad-core processor, high-end graphics card and high-quality build at a super affordable price, this gaming PC is a hard choice to beat.

Pros
  • Most affordable price on the list
  • Excellent quad-core AMD Ryzen 3 processor
  • Superior build quality
Cons
  • No option for fixed Wi-Fi card
  • Power supply is a bit weak
  • Doesn’t include Bluetooth

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to build your own gaming PC, you can’t miss out on the SkyTech Shadow gaming desktop computer. It’s one of the highest-quality pre-built PCs we’ve ever tested, with no loose screws or rattling parts. Plus, the case features a classic “gamer” look, which is always a plus. But let’s talk about specs, something every gamer wants to know about. It’s true that you’ll need to sacrifice some performance to get a gaming PC at this price, but we weren’t overly disappointed by the Shadow’s performance.

With an AMD Ryzen 2100 quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, you won’t be able to play a ton of games on ultra settings, but you’ll still be able to run them on high with minimal frame rate drops. One of the biggest things we wish we could change about this option is the disappointing power supply. If you ever want to upgrade this unit, you’ll need something a bit more powerful. In the end, the SkyTech Shadow gaming PC is the perfect option for hardcore gamers looking to play without spending too much of their hard-earned money.

 #4  CyberpowerPC Gamer Master GMA888A – Best Hybrid Storage

WHY WE LIKE IT: The CyberpowerPC Gamer Master GMA888A offers the most unique approach to storage of all the gaming PCs on our list. With both an SSD and an HDD, this gaming computer can quickly boot games and store tons of game files simultaneously, an invaluable feature to have.

Pros
  • Hybrid SSD/HDD storage
  • Tempered glass side panel
  • High-quality AMD Ryzen 3 processor
Cons
  • Older graphics card may be limiting
  • Older graphics card may be limiting
  • Fans can run a little loud at times

The CyberpowerPC Gamer Master gaming PC is an unassuming addition to our list of the best gaming computers with its extra simple design. You wouldn’t know it was a gaming computer just by looking at it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We were impressed with the overall build quality, though. This is a sturdy gaming PC that will last you for a long time.

When it comes to performance, you get an AMD Ryzen 3 2300X, which is a powerful processor that’s able to handle almost any kind of work you throw its way. The place where the CyberpowerPC GMA888A let us down the most was in the AMD Radeon R7 graphics card, which is older than we would have liked to see. This card can be a little limiting when it comes to playing games on high settings. However, this is easily corrected with a simple upgrade. All in all, the CyberpowerPC Gamer Master is a solid addition to our lineup of the best gaming computers.

 #5  Dell Inspiron Gaming PC – Best Value/Best Processor

WHY WE LIKE IT: Dell offers brand reliability and well-renowned quality, which are both apparent in the Dell Inspiron gaming computer. This gaming PC offers the fastest processor on the list, making it an excellent option for a much more involved gaming experience.

Pros
  • Fastest processor on the list
  • Largest amount of RAM on the list
  • 1TB HDD
Cons
  • Included fans aren’t good for intense gaming
  • Weaker power supply
  • No USB-C ports

The Dell Inspiron gaming computer is backed by Dell’s extensive industry expertise and quality, which makes it one of our favorite gaming PCs on the list. For starters, this Inspiron gaming computer offers the fastest processor on our list, which is also supported by a great AMD graphics card. This AMD build is reliable, fast and excellent at playing games on high settings. We do wish the Dell Inspiron included a better power supply – 480 watts tends to be a little too weak for intense gaming needs – but this can easily be upgraded.

The overall design of the Dell Inspiron gaming PC is also something to be discussed. At first glance, it doesn’t have all the flashy lights that most gaming PC towers do, but upon closer look and when powered on, the half-and-half design actually looks really good. The Dell is also built really solidly. It didn’t feel cheap at all, which is a huge plus and something you should expect from such a large computer manufacturer. The Dell Inspiron is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an AMD gaming computer.

Most Important Features

  1. Graphics Cards
    • When shopping for a prebuilt computer, perhaps the biggest indicator of what you should expect from the rest of the package will be evident by what graphics card has been selected to headline the show.
    • If the manufacturer has opted to pack in an Nvidia Titan X, you can be sure the supporting components are going to be at the top of the totem pole to match that card’s massive throughput.
    • But if it’s running something along the lines of an AMD Radeon R7 250, it should be expected that your looking at one of the more cheap gaming PCs, or at least one that will only be scratching the bottom of the barrel or at the baseline of what PC gamers expect from their rig.
    • Aside from the processor it’s the only area where you should do your best not to skimp out.
  2. Processor
    • Intel has been straight up trouncing AMD in this space for years now.
    • But does all that clout amount to a better processor? On the one hand, Intel’s processors are more reliable and generally a bit quicker than AMD’s, but also come at a heftier price tag to boot. Purists will stick by the claim that AMD processors are still perfectly good for gaming (most AAA games rely more on the GPU than CPU), all while costing upwards of 30% less at the checkout for the exact same specs.
    • Overall, you should base your processor decision on what types of programs you plan on running the most. If you only want to run the latest and greatest games, an AMD chip should be able to handle the job just fine. If you’re more into 3D modeling or video rendering, you might need a bit more streamlined power from what Intel has to offer.
  3. RAM
    • When it comes to the issue of RAM, things get quite a bit simpler. On the whole, all you need to know is that currently RAM comes in one variant (DDR4), and four speeds: 1600/1866/2133/and 2400 MHz.
    • For solid gaming performance alone you won’t need anything more than an 8GB DDR3-2400MHz setup, however some more power-hungry applications like film editing and game development could always benefit from configurations that push into 16GB and above.
  4. Storage
    • When looking at the storage of your potential new PC, there are two acronyms that will pop up over and over again: HDD and SSD. The first stands for “hard disk drive”, which are the larger, less expensive storage solutions that rely on disks to store your data.
      • A solid stat lineup for an HDD is anything that runs above 7200 rpm, connects through SATA III (or above), and costs less than $80 per terabyte of available space.
    • SSDs (solid-state drive) on the other hand are the newer, flash-based memory solution which can drastically speed up the rate at which your computer access, stores, and transfers various files.
      • When shopping for an SSD, you’ll want to pay attention to both the connection method it uses (almost all are on the SATA III standard), as well as the amount of space you get for the money.
    • In general, it’s recommended to do what you can to combine the best of both worlds, with the operating system installed on a solid-state drive, while a larger HDD handles storage for the rest of your games, files, and documents.
      • This can be done separately, or through newer “hybrid” drives, which include both technologies in one drive as two independently operated partitions.
    • Better still, if you can afford it you should always have an external hard drive available for backups. This can be a drive which is connected once daily to backup your files, and disconnected after the process completes to keep it safe from infections or attacks over the web.
  5. Design and Form Factor
    • As the age of customers interested in PC gaming has grown up, so has the design aesthetic that manufacturers apply to their desktop cases prebuilt rigs.
    • Though there are still many that rely on the idea that “flashier is better”, with bright LEDs shining everywhere and lines that look more at home on a piece of military hardware
      • For example: Falcon Northwest, who have keeps things minimal.
    • If you plan to keep the desktop in your room and under a desk, how it looks probably won’t matter all that much in the long run.
      • However, if you plan on planting your PC in the living room, you might want something that looks just as good as it plays, without dominating the space.
  6. Loudness and Heat
    • But, no matter how cool a PC looks on the outside; it’s still going to run hot as all hell behind the case. Beholden to the pesky universal laws of thermodynamics, high-powered graphics cards and processors are capable of running up enough heat to replace a small space heater in anyone’s gaming den.
    • With fans strapped to all sides of the case and various coolers whirling away inside, the noise levels of a desktop PC can be a minor annoyance for those who value the ambient silence of their workspace.
    • To combat this, you should opt to go with a liquid cooling system, if it’s available. These units loop cold water or cooling liquid through a series of tubes and radiators, cutting down drastically on the fan power required to keep things at a respectable temperature.
  7. Expansion, Ports and Optical
    • Buying a PC can be a big investment upfront, but it’s also something that pays off in dividends as you can continue to buy new parts and keep your computer running at the top of the performance charts.
    • When grabbing your first gaming PC, keep an eye out for how much expansion capacity it has for things like extra graphics cards in SLI setups, hard drive bays, and USB ports.
      • As time goes on these can become shorter on supply, so be sure that whatever tower you decide on comes with plenty of room for add-ons after all is said and done.
  8. Warranty
    • Lastly, the most important benefit that prebuilt machines hold over a bunch of random parts thrown together in you garage is the warranty.
    • Most major companies (including all those we’ve listed here) will automatically include a one-year warranty as a part of your purchase that covers all defunct or malfunctioning parts.
      • As well as the option to add an extended warranty which can last upwards of five years for just $100 extra.
    • PC parts are notorious for frying or fritzing out unexpectedly, so be sure to go over the warranty policy as thoroughly as possible first.

Which Gaming PC Is Right for You?

So whether you want something sleek, sexy, and super powerful or just a decent enough set-top box that can power a little PC gaming in the living room, hopefully our above gaming PC reviews will help you acquire the perfect gaming desktop for your needs.

Which is right for you will always boil down to what you want your PC to do for you or your family, and luckily these PCs are some of the most easily customized systems around today.


*All pricing is at the time of this posting

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Chris Stobing

Chris Stobing is a writer and blogger from the heart of Silicon Valley. Raised around tech from birth, he's had an interest in PC hardware and networking technology for years, and has come to Gadget Review to contribute his knowledge on both.

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