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

Update: Available worldwide, the Corsair One has rejoined our list of the best gaming PCs as the powerful, yet covert computer that it is. Read on to number 10 to find out more!

As graphics cards get smaller and high-end processors get cheaper, it’s tempting to make the switch to the best gaming PC of 2017, not only as a more powerful stand-in for your consoles, but as a value proposition as well. Because the technology powering the top gaming PCs is moving at an aggressive rate, it no longer costs and arm and a leg to buy one for yourself.

Of course, while you could always build a hardy tower o’ power for yourself, it should go without saying that the option to purchase the best gaming PC pre-built is the easiest way to go for anyone who would prefer not to expend numerous hours of YouTube tutorials and hands-on labor screwing parts into a chassis.

When you would rather spend time earning your chicken dinner in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds than managing cables, 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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1. Alienware Aurora R5

Alienware's iconic gaming PC returns as a mini powerhouse

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – i7-6700K | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 460 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Storage: 1TB HDD – 256GB PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD | Connectivity: Ethernet; Intel 3165 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.2 | Power supply: 850W PSU | Ports: 7 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB-3.1 Type-C, 6 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, 4 x DisplayPort, HDMI, optical out, headphone jack, microphone jack, 7.1 surround sound out

Easy to upgrade
Distinct case design
PSU gets in the way of cooler

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

2. Chillblast Fusion Spectrum Ryzen 7 Gaming PC

A gaming rig for skilled multi-taskers

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti | RAM: 16GB – 64GB | Storage: 250GB SSD; 2TB HDD – 500GB SSD; 6TB HDD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet | Ports: 10 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 2.0, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, Headphone jack, Microphone jack, Ethernet

Great design
Powerful
Expensive
Overkill for 1080p

The Chillblast Fusion Spectrum might sound like the sweetest water gun ever made, but is in in fact a gaming PC, and it’s the first of which we’ve reviewed to contain an AMD Ryzen 7 processor. Although it’s pricey and perhaps even unnecessary for a lot of our readers who haven’t made the jump to 4K resolution displays, this computer delivers exceptional performance, especially for streamers and multi-taskers.

Read the full review: Chillblast Fusion Spectrum Ryzen 7 Gaming PC

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

3. MSI Infinite A

This VR-ready machine is built to last

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 Ti | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 2TB HDD; 128GB SSD – 2TB HDD; 512GB SSD | Connectivity: Intel Wireless-AC 3165 (802.11ac); Bluetooth 4.2 SmartReady | Ports: 1 x USB-A 3.1 (Gen 1), 4 x USB-A 2.0, 3 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort, 1x DVI, Ethernet, microphone jack, 1 x VR-Link

Very powerful gaming system
Whisper quiet fans
Variety of ports can be confusing
High specs mean high price tag

It’s not uncommon anymore for PC makers to brandish their pre-built desktop rigs as VR-ready. What is unusual is to do so with a computer that’s also ready to conquer any game you throw at it at well over 60 frames per second and for under two grand. That’s exactly what MSI has accomplished with the Infinite A, a tower whose graphical efforts aren’t thwarted by its preparedness for VR, nor is it so expensive that it would see your head turn the other way.

Read the full review: MSI Infinite A

  • 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.

4. MSI Trident 3

A slimline console-sized mini PC for your living room

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – i7-7700 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti – 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) | Storage: 2TB HDD; 120GB SSD – 2TB HDD; 1TB SSD | Connectivity: Intel Wireless-AC 3165 (802.11ac); Bluetooth 4.2 SmartReady | Ports: 1 x headphone jack, 2 x microphone jack, 1 x USB-C 3.1 Type-C, 3 x USB-A 3.1 (Gen 1), 1 x VR-Link HDMI, 4 x USB-A 2.0, 3 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort, 1x DVI, Ethernet, 1 x VR-Link (connect front VR-Link and graphic card)

Compact size
Silent and cool running
External 330W power brick

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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5. Lenovo Ideacentre Y900

PC gaming on the high-end, no tools required

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K – i7-6700K | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 – 1080 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB DDR4 (2,133MHz) | Storage: 1TB HDD – 2TB HDD, 256GB SSD | Connectivity: Ethernet; 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Power supply: 625W PSU | Ports: 4 x USB 2.0, 6 x USB 3.0,1 Gigabit LAN, 1 x HDMI / 1 x VGA / 1 x DVI, 6 x Audio Jack with SPDIF (7.1 Surround Sound), 1 PS/2 Combo, 7-in-1 Card Reader, 2 x Audio / Microphone Jack

Available GTX 1080 GPU
Looks awesome
Included mouse and keyboard stink
Limited store upgrade options

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.

6. Dell XPS Tower Special Edition

A gaming rig disguised as a workspace computer

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – Core i7-7700K | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 580 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) | Storage: 256GB SSD; 1TB HDD – 512GB SSD; 2TB HDD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.2 | Power supply: 460W | Ports: 7 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 2.0, SD card slot, HDMI, Display Port, Gigabit Ethernet, mic-in, headphone-out, 5.1 channel audio jacks

Compact, minimalist design
Full online customer support
Starting memory isn’t ideal for VR
Lower graphical performance compared to rivals

Although Dell has clearly been hard at work on its imminent “Visor” mixed reality headset, that hasn’t stopped the company from coming out with one of the best gaming PCs available today – and without the security of the more gaming-centric Alienware moniker at that. The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition isn’t perfect, it does go to show that you don’t need garish LEDs sparkling in every direction to qualify as a masterful graphics powerhouse.

Read the full review: Dell XPS Tower Special Edition

  • 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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7. Origin Millennium

Two times 1080 equals 4K at 60fps

CPU: Intel Core i3-7350K – i7-6950X | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 – 2 x Nvidia Titan X | RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) – 64GB DDR4 (2,800MHz) | Storage: 1TB HDD – 8TB HDD; 4TB SSD | Connectivity: Ethernet; 802.11ac Asus Wi-Fi GO! module; Bluetooth 4.0 | Power supply: 650W EVGA SuperNOVA G3 – 1.6kW EVGA SuperNOVA G2 | Ports: 8 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 USB-C, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 optical audio out, 5 x audio jacks, 1 headphone jack, 6 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI

Immense power
Customizable RGB lighting
Immense price
Rattly plastic shell

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.

8. Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition

Top-notch power comes at a cost

CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Storage: 2TB HDD – 1TB SSD; 2TB HDD | Connectivity: Dell 1820 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi; Bluetooth 4.1 | Power supply: 850W – 1,500W PSU | Ports: 8 x USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-A, 3 x USB 3.1 Type-C, headphone jack, microphone jack, SD card reader, 2 x USB 2.0, 3 x DisplayPort, HDMI, optical audio out, surround sound audio jacks

So much space for activities
Record-breaking benchmark results
Absolutely massive
Absurdly expensive

In classic Alienware fashion, the Area 51 Threadripper Edition pushes the limits of both technology and your wallet. It’s wildly powerful, markedly featuring the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X across all of its configurations. The Area 51’s triad-design hasn’t changed much since its introduction back in 2014, but on the inside this machine is essentially tool-less to upgrade, not that you would even need to.

Read the full review: Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition 

9. MSI Aegis 3

Finally, a true contender to building it yourself

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 – i7-7700 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Storage: 2TB HDD; 256GB SSD – 2TB HDD; 512GB SSD | Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168; Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet | Power supply: 450W – 600W PSU **Ports:** 1 x USB 3.1 Type C, 2 x USB 2.0 (with Super Charger 2),1 x Mic in / 1 x Headphone out, 1 x HDMI out (VR Link), 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.1 Type A, 1 x HDMI out, 1 x HDMI in (connect Graphic card and front VR-Link port), 1 x Display Port, 5 x OFC Audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x RJ45 LAN, 1 x Gaming device port(PS/2)

Tons of ports
So very, very quiet
Surprisingly heavy
Difficult to open chassis 

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

10. Corsair One

Corsair’s computer is capable and compact

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 – i7-7700K | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 – 1080 Ti | RAM: 16GB – 32GB DDR4 (2,400MHz) | Storage: 240GB SSD; 1TB HDD – 480GB SSD; 2TB HDD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Power supply: 400W – 500W SFX 80 Plus Gold | Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x DP 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1 channel audio jacks

Powerful components
Small footprint
Expensive
Not user-upgradeable

Known in part for putting out RAM that’s faster than your processor, Corsair has made a name for itself in nearly every PC component category there is. Be that as it may, the company has only begun to flirt with assembling its own rigs. Luckily, with the Corsair One, the first time was the charm. This is a machine that prides itself in power, speed and portability and succeeds on all fronts, save for maybe upgradeability, which is all but impossible on the Corsair One.

Read the full review: Corsair One

Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article