You've finally saved up enough money to get the gaming computer of your dreams, but you find yourself met with a myriad of choices. Take a deep breath and pay attention as we cover the top 10 best gaming computers for your buck.
Falcon Northwest Tiki
To have the best, sometimes you have to be ready to drop quite a decent sum of money. The Falcon Northwest Tiki is an ideal example of this, starting at $2,420 with models ranging up to $5,300. The 2015 Falcon boasts 4K support in a bite-sized package, measuring out to just 4" wide for easy storage. Complete with an Nvidia Titan X graphics card, 16GB of RAM with an expandable option to 64GB, 6 TB of storage, a 400GB SSD boot drive, and Intel's Core i7 5960X, this can be a powerful, customizable desktop with only one major downfall - the empty wallet you're left with afterward.
Suffering slightly on the ability to upgrade RAM beyond 16GB, the Overclockers Asteroid desktop makes up for its flaw in a major way. Developed by Stoke, a UK-based PC builder, the Asteroid is a pricey nugget of power, starting at $5,625. The PC's features, however, justify the higher cost for gamers looking for 4K gaming and maximum performance in a sleek design. Complete with bespoke water-cooling to assist with optimal performance, the Asteroid is equipped with an i7-6700k Quad-Core processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and a starting RAM of 8GB overclocked to 3866 MHz. When it comes to taxing gaming, Overclockers' acclaimed machine is a fantastic choice.
Maingear F131 X99 Super Stock
To assist the pairing of the Eight-Core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor and 2 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards, the Maingear F131 X99 ups its cooling game to an efficient liquid cooler. That, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg for this impressive gaming desktop, which is ready and equipped to handle 4k and VR gaming. Out of the box, the X99 Super Stock can be configured with a 256GB M.2 PCIe-based SSD boot, 16GB RAM, and 4TB hard drive. Expandability suffers slightly as the motherboards' 4 DIMM (dual in-line memory modules) slots are spoken for, but for many gamers there's little reason to stretch the X99 beyond its current capacity. Retailing at $1,700, the X99 is the ideal option for gamers that want power.
Maingear X-Cube Z170
The cubed design of the Maingear Z170 may seem unconventional to start, but once you spend some time with this inexpensive PC, you'll come to find that ventilation is increased tenfold, allowing for a pretty seamless gaming experience. At $900 retail, the X-Cube comes with a surprise set of features like 16GB of RAM, a 4.0 GHz Intel Core i7-6700K processor, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Where the Cubed design falters is with expansion, which is near impossible due to a lack of room. While the cheaper machine is ideal for gamers, it is curiously without wireless or Bluetooth capabilities which are slightly made up for with the extremely fast 400GB SSD.
Though the Origin Millennium may come with a near $2,000 price tag, this gaming PC is worth every penny. Equipped with three Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards and an octo-core i7 processor overclocked to 4.5GHz from 3, the Millennium offers an impressive display of gaming beauty. Even at 4K resolution, this powerful PC refuses to falter, delivering a consistently flawless experience even with the more taxing games. A conventional design makes for accessing the interior and expanding the 1 TB SSD or 4 TB hard drive a cinch. With great power comes a need for efficient cooling , and the Millennium's top-mounted radiator and liquid cooling cuts down on fan runtime.
Where the Alienware Aurora R5 faltered, the wonderfully named Area-51 picks up the pieces. With 16GB of RAM and a 4,256 GB hard drive, the Area-51 amps up the memory and tacks on a three-way of Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics card. Of course, this does mean you'll absolutely want to be gaming in 4K to get the most out of your system. A triangular tower design allows for optimum performance as the system is able to effectively vent itself out without wearing down on fans. The roomy interior also allows for plenty of expansion options, should the Area-51's already great inclusions not be enough for your optimized 3D gaming experience.
Sporting a 1 TB SSD, the Origin Chronos' specs start off on a high note. Despite a hefty price tag, the Chronos' offerings, such as 16GB of RAM and 4.3GHz Intel Core i7-5960x octo-core processor, are enough to make the base $1,600 cost well worth it. The bulky design can be a bit deceptive as there is a surprising lack of internal expansion, but with a 3 TB, 7,200 rpm hard drive expansion may not be an initial concern. Completing this high-powered gaming experience is a Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card which makes modern 4K gaming a very real possibility.
Cybertron PC Titanium
An awesome name like Cybertron is bound to produce a product that's both powerful and destined to take over the world. Since we still have time before its plan for world domination is set in motion, gamers will get to take advantage of a rather powerful gaming platform that sports a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K processor and 4 TB hard drive. Built ready for 4K and VR capabilities, the Titanium comes with a surprising price tag of $1,200. It may not come equipped with wireless connectivity, but that won't stop many gamers from enjoying the beauty of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card.
Digital Storm Bolt 3
If compact is what you're looking for, the Digital Storm Bolt 3 may not be your first choice, but you'll want to keep your eyes on it for a powerful, moderately priced gaming powerhouse. Priced at around $1,600, the Digital Storm rivals similar models with a 250GB SSD, 1 TB hard drive, and Intel's 4GHz i7-4790K quad-core processor. Overclocked, the processor can top out at 4.8GHz. Picky gamers will enjoy the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti graphics card, though they'll be sacrificing the ability for 4k gaming and expansive memory.
Alienware Aurora R5
A name known even to the least proficient PC gamers, Alienware delivers a lot of power in a small package with the Aurora R5. Though some may find fault with the interior wiring and its potential effect on the system's cooling, an optional liquid cooling system rectifies the mini-system's only real fault. Starting at a modest $799, with more powerful configurations reaching around $1,099, the R5 is an affordable, powerful machine capable of running an 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7-6700k Quad-Core processor at 4GHz. Even at its price, the R5 is able to tackle games like Grand Theft Auto V at 78 fps on 1080P.