But which will kick your gaming to the next level? We give you the five best gaming desktops on the market today.For a gaming desktop that looks as flashy as it performs, the Cyberpower Zeus Thunder 3000SE fits the bill.
With its twin AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards, overclocked Core i7 processor, and 16GB of memory, this is the sub-$2,500 custom gaming rig you will want to buy after cutting your teeth on a lower priced entry-level model.View SlideshowSee all (5) slides MoreIf innovative design is important to you, the Maingear Potenza Super Stock redefines the desktop form factor.
At about 15.75 by 7.5 by 9.25 inches (HWD), it’s somewhat larger than competitors that are “console-size,” but it’s much smaller than a full-size tower. With its overclocked Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics, it offers class-leading benchmark numbers.
For those who need a system that does well on both the gaming grid and while working with media, the Origin Genesis (i7-3930K)is certainly worth a gander. With its three Nvidia cards, Intel Core i7-3930K extreme CPU, the system is made to achieve the pinnacle of performance on multiple tasks including multimedia and gaming.
If space is an issue, then look to the Falcon Northwest Tiki. It measures about 14 by 4 by 14 inches (HWD) with the granite base installed.
The Tiki chassis can support a 195-watt graphics card like the included Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 card, which sits on a riser card above the motherboard, so the DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI ports are on the back panel of the unit, avoiding a convoluted wiring arrangement.So, which gaming desktop is right for you? That’s for you to decide. Regardless of which you choose, check out the best gaming desktops out there today.
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Cyberpower Zeus Thunder 3000SE $2,299 directThe Cyberpower Zeus Thunder 3000SE combines raw performance with a few niceties to jump to the top of the midrange custom gaming desktop class.
Falcon Northwest Tiki $2,793 directThe compact Falcon Northwest Tiki surprises with full-on gaming prowess. Thanks to an enthusiast-oriented Intel Core i7 processor and gaming-class Nvidia graphics, the Tiki makes short work of our benchmark tests. Read the full review ››
Maingear Potenza Super Stock $1,999 directThe Maingear Potenza Super Stock midrange gaming desktop PC has a great combination of innovative design, powerful components, class-leading benchmark numbers, and a price that undercuts the competition by hundreds of dollars.
Origin Genesis (i7-3930K) $5,894 directThe Origin Genesis (Core i7-3930K) has a six-core Intel Core i7-3930K processor and three Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards. These are some of the most powerful components you can currently buy, and naturally the system is made to achieve the pinnacle of performance on multiple tasks including multimedia and gaming.
Velocity Micro Vector Campus Edition (2012) $999 directWhether it’s for home or school, the Velocity Micro Vector Campus Edition is a fine general-purpose desktop at an attractive price. The bonus? Its discrete video card is capable of keeping you competitive on the gaming grid.
Source: PC MAG