Gaming PC Review

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Why Buy a Gaming PC?

For the best computing performance, few setups can beat the combination of performance and accessibility that comes from a gaming desktop. Because they don't have to be designed around features like portability or battery life, the best PCs can focus exclusively on including the fastest graphics cards and processors.

The best gaming computers like the CyberPowerPC Zeus Evo series, Maingear Potenza or the Digital Storm Vanquish II are built on reliable base configurations and feature a deep catalog of potential upgrade options. For additional information, check out our articles on gaming PCs.

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Gaming PCs: What to Look For

The best gaming PCs rely on a variety of components in order to ensure maximum gaming performance. Whether you're planning on a prebuilt gaming desktop or configuring your future computer's individual parts, consider the following features:

Graphics & Performance
When it comes to gaming, a computer's graphics card is among its most valuable components. The graphics card makes it possible for a computer to render a game's visuals. AMD and Nvidia's graphics cards include entry-level models and premium series that can handle games on the highest visual settings. High-performance computers can also take advantage of Crossfire or SLI-based setups. These are AMD and Nvidia's respective technologies that use multiple graphics cards for faster gaming performance.

Processor & Storage
Alongside the graphics card, the computer's processor plays an important role in your gaming PC's performance. As with graphics cards, the performance level of processors range from entry-level models to premium Intel Core i7 units. Hard drives also play a beneficial role in your computer's performance. Internally, most manufacturers rely on two types of hard drives. Standard hard disk drives use physical disks for data storage, while solid-state drives feature no moving parts. Solid-state drives have faster transfer data rates compared to hard disk drives, but they typically have smaller amounts of storage.

Help & Support
Many manufacturers have support resources if your gaming computer runs into technical issues. Troubleshooting options can range from online guides to phone customer service agents. Depending on the manufacturer, computer repairs are an option when your gaming PC is suffering from serious technical issues. This is a common part of the manufacturer warranty, and expanded coverage is frequently available during the checkout process.

Design & Connectivity
With the customization options in most gaming PC configurations, few series have a single concrete design. When it comes to your computer's visual look, though, many computers will have several features in common.

In computer series with multiple case options, the physical dimensions of the case will usually be available. This information can be helpful if your computer could be restricted by limited desk space. Some manufacturers also offer design features such as custom decaling or case finishes. In addition to standard features like USB 3.0 case ports and power supply options, some manufacturers offer premium upgrade options such as liquid cooling for more efficient performance and Blu-ray drives.

Top gaming PCs rely on high-end graphics cards and processors for the best in-game performance. When comparing computer models, consider features such as a manufacturer's base configuration, a series' upgrade options and technical support choices.

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CyberPowerPC Zeus Evo Maingear Potenza Digital Storm Vanquish II Lenovo Erazer X510 XOTIC Insurgent Velocity Micro Edge Z40 Acer Predator G Alienware X51 iBuyPower Chimera 4SE Avatar Clipeus i5-4576
CyberPowerPC Zeus Evo Maingear Potenza Digital Storm Vanquish II Lenovo Erazer X510 XOTIC Insurgent Velocity Micro Edge Z40 Acer Predator G Alienware X51 iBuyPower Chimera 4SE Avatar Clipeus i5-4576
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Graphics & Performance
Selected Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 AMD Radeon R7 260X Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Nvidia GeForce GTX 720 Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 AMD Radeon R9 255 Nvidia GeForce GTX 745 AMD Radeon R7 250 Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
Graphics Card Upgradeable To: AMD Radeon R9 295X2 / Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Nvidia GeForce GTX 770   AMD Radeon R9 295X2 / Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 NVIDIA GTX 660 Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 GeForce GTX 670 AMD Radeon R9 290X / Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black  
RAM Options (GB) 4-32 8-16 8 16 8-32 8-32 8-12 6-16 8-32 8-32
Graphics Card Battlefield 4 Benchmark (frames per second) 31.4 31 48.6 48.6   31.4    16.9 48.6
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Processor & Storage
Selected Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Intel Core i5-4590 Intel Core i5-4590 Intel Core i7-4770K AMD FX-4300 Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i7-4770 Intel Core i5-4460 AMD FX-6300 Intel Core i5-4570
Processor Speed (GHz) 3.5GHz 3.3GHz 3.3GHz 3.5GHz 3.8GHz 3.2GHz 3.5GHz 3.2GHz 3.8GHz 3.2GHz
Processor Upgradable To: AMD FX-9590/Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K    AMD FX-9590/Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790   Intel Core i7-4790 AMD FX-9590/Intel Core i7-5960X  
Base Motherboard ASRock Z97 Pro4 Gigabyte GA-Z97N Asus H81   Asus M5A97 Gigabyte H97M-D3H    Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P MSI H81M-E33
Motherboard Upgradeable To: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3     EVGA Z97     MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC  
Hard Drive Options 500GB-1TB 500GB-4TB 500GB-1TB 2TB 500GB-6TB 1TB-3TB 1TB-2TB 1TB-2TB 500GB-2TB 500GB-2TB
Solid State Drive Options 64GB-1TB 250GB-1TB 120GB 8GB 120GB-1TB 128GB-512GB   256GB 120GB-1TB 120GB-480GB
Help & Support
Base Warranty 3 Years 1 Year 3 Years 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 3 Years 3 Years
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Design & Connectivity
Liquid Cooling Support
  
  
 
Base Case Dimensions (LxWxH in inches) 23.8 x 9.1 x 22.8 9.3 x 7.4 x 15.6 21.7 x 8.3 x 17.3 20.3 x 7.2 x 17.5 21 x 9.1 x 19.7 18.9 x 7 x 15.3 16.9 x 7.1 x 17.2 12.5 x 3.7 x 13.5 20.9 x 8.5 x 20.3 18.9 x 7.3 x 17.3
Power Supply Options (watts) 400-1600 450 430-600 625 750-1600 500-850 500 240-330
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Customizable Finish
  
   
 
USB 2.0 Case Ports 2       2   2  
USB 3.0 Case Ports 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2
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