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…
Gamers need serious power and performance from their PCs, and 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 Intel Core processors with multiple cores to handle more things simultaneously – Core i5 or i7 is recommended, and the new Ryzen CPUs are pretty impressive.
- RAM: For demanding games to run efficiently, you need enough internal memory – start with 8GB RAM. You can easily add more if needed.
- Dedicated graphics: Graphics that have their own memory and don’t run off your laptop’s main processor – NVIDIA GTX and AMD R9 are the main options.
- Memory: Games will load faster and move through levels more efficiently with better and bigger 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 has a speedy base frequency of 3.1GHz that can be boosted to 3.4GHzAll this allows the Inspiron 5675 to take demanding games in its stride.
The AMD Radeon RX 560 card provides dedicated graphics for 1080 pixel resolution and 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.
HP Pavilion Power 580-015na
In a nutshell: Powerful Full HD gaming without breaking the bank
If you’re looking for your first proper gaming PC with a bit more power, this is a great option.
Games run smoothly thanks to the 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor – which has four individual cores to handle all modern (and classic) games.
Enjoy detailed Full HD visuals in 1080p, thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. The cutting-edge Pascal technology enables hard-core gaming on a budget.
Good speeds are maintained above the magic 60fps rate, for nicely smooth gameplay at full HD.
However, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 only supplies 2GB of dedicated graphics memory, despite its impressive 2TB of hard-disk storage.
Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming PC
In a nutshell: Top-of-the-line gaming rig with exceptional graphics and memory, that requires no tools for upgrading
Built for the serious gamer, the Lenovo Legion Y520 has Quad HD 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 16GB of Intel Optane memory that 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.