X-Box alternatives: Finding the ultimate gaming PC

If you’re looking for a high-performance gaming experience then it’s difficult to compete with a modern day dedicated gaming PC. The processing power and extra expansion they offer means they will keep you satisfied for a good few years and are the perfect alternative to a games console.

31 Mar 2014


If you're looking for a high-performance gaming experience then it's difficult to compete with a modern day dedicated gaming PC.  The processing power and extra expansion they offer means they will keep you satisfied for years on end, making them the perfect alternative to a games console.  Currys have a great range of futuristic, hi-spec gaming PCs to choose from and  these are our pick of three of the best, depending on your gaming habits!


HP Phoenix

Hardcore gamer

In the market for a gaming PC with some serious clout?  Then look no further then the HP ENVY Phoenix 800-030ea. Touted as a PC which will "take your gaming to the next level", this is a seriously powerful and well-built bit of hardware.

The Phoneix runs on Windows 8 which is just about the perfect OS for serious gaming.  Pared back and less demanding on resources than previous editions, it lets the components work on what's important; running your games!  Integration with the Cloud allow you to set automatic back-ups for important files and game saves, meaning if you upgrade your hardware or want to use another PC, you can retrieve all of your data within seconds - all you need is your email address to access your entire saved content library.

This gaming PC runs off the incredibly fast Intel® Core™ i7-4770 processor.  A hugely impressive base clock speed of 3.2 GHz makes light work of everyday tasks and the TurboBoost speed of 3.9 GHz completes any task at lightning speed.  The superfast processor is backed up by a huge supporting RAM of 16 GB.  This means short loading times and the capacity to store vast quantities of data.

When it comes to the visuals, you can expect the very highest FPS graphical performance, delivered via the GTX 680 graphics card.  This, combined with the 24" LED gaming monitor, delivers brilliantly sharp picture resolution that refreshes the image up to 144 times per second - the standard is 60 so you'll be enjoying lag-free, real-time gaming in glorious full HD.

Price tag:  £1.589.00

It doesn't come cheap, but it's simply one of the best you can get and delivers the ultimate gaming PC experience.


HP Recline

Casual gamer

If you're looking for a combination of immersive gaming and high-quality performance then the might be just the PC for you.  Designed to offer a fully immersive experience through use of its innovative touch control technology, it allows you to enjoy an effortlessly comfortable touchscreen experience thanks to the unique adjustable screen that slides into your lap, putting the control of the PC right into your fingertips!

The PC runs on Windows 8, which has itself been optimised for touch.  All you have to do is touch a program tile to open it and move around using a combination of taps, swipes and pinches - just like your smartphone.

When it comes to the processing power, the Recline runs on the blisteringly fast quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4770T Processor, which delivers processing speeds that (in the past) you could only dream of. 

What's more, the combination of NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A graphics and 1080p HD screen mean that this PC has really been made for media, whether that be playing the latest games with an excellent level of clarity or watching HD films.  The sound quality equals the visual experience too; included is the Beats Audio Console with four integrated high performance speakers for earth-shattering noise.

This gaming PC comes with a selection of touch-designed games and software, including Air Hockey and touch-optimised musical instruments that are great fun for communal gameplay.  There's even a year's free subscription to HP Connected Music - an embedded music service that provides a free access to the entire Universal Music catalogue.

Price tag:  £1,399.99

For a brilliant all-round PC that offers a high-quality gaming experience, as well as easy web browsing via touchscreen control, go with the HP Envy Recline!



Online gamer

If you like your gaming of the online variety then the CYBERPOWER Revolution Elite Gaming PC could be the model to go for.  Playing against friends online is fast and reliable due to the Gigabit Ethernet port, which means that you should never experience any 'down time' or connection issues.  Backing up data is also faster than ever using the eight USB ports.

The Revolution Elite is powered by the powerful Haswell-generation Intel® Core™ i5-4570 Processor.  It is super adept at dealing with multiple tasks at once - making it brilliant for resource heavy multi-player online gaming, without the hold ups.  Its game-friendly 6MB memory cache is perfect for enjoying the latest games at their very best.

When it comes to the visuals, this gaming PC is all ready to go the moment you take it out of the box, thanks to a sec-heavy NVDIA GeForce graphics card, which features the new GPU boost technology - making it ideal for even the most demanding of new gaming titles.

The PC also operates using Windows 8.1, which is the perfect OS for serious gaming.  Stripped back and less demanding on resources than previous versions, it sticks to what's important; online gaming!

Price tag:  £799.99

At £799.99 this is one of the best value gaming PC's available, with all of the components required for a smooth and enjoyable online gaming experience, plus a whole lot more.