Digital Storm Bolt II
Best Gaming Desktop Overall
If you're looking for a small form factor gaming desktop with big power, the sexy Digital Storm Bolt II deserves a place in your rig. Starting at $1,725, this slim PC looks just as good standing tall on your desk as it does laying flat in your entertainment center. Helpfully, it packs easy-open thumbscrews for swapping out graphics cards and storage drives without any tools. Supporting up to a Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 or GTX Titan Z graphics card, an ASUS Z97 motherboard and a 1TB hard drive, this sleek machine has just the right guts for any high-intensity game you want to throw at it.
Processor : 4-GHz Intel Core i7 4790K
RAM : 16GB
Graphics Card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
Storage : 1TB, 7,200-rpm hard drive
Lenovo Erazer X510
Best Gaming Desktop for the Money
If you're looking for an affordable gaming PC that boasts powerhouse performance out of the box, the Lenovo Erazer X510 ($1,400 as reviewed) is a great option. This sleek tower packs a beefy Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 760 graphics to handle most mainstream games, with a comfy keyboard and mouse that you can customize to your liking. With its easy-open, easy-upgrade design, the Erazer X510 is a gaming PC built to evolve alongside your needs over time.
Processor : 3.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4770K
RAM : 16GB
Graphics Card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
Storage : 1TB hard drive
Best Compact Gaming Desktop
If you've got limited space for a PC, but you don't want to settle for a gaming console, the Alienware X51 will be right up your alley. This desktop is the size of an Xbox and starts at $699, with a 3.4GHz Core i3-4130 CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB SATA 7,200-rpm hard drive, and a 1GB Nvidia GTX 645 GPU. Upgrades include up to a 3.9-GHz Core i7-4770 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM and a 2GB Nvidia GTX 760 graphics card.
Processor : 3.4GHz Intel Core i3-4130 CPU
RAM : 6GB
Graphics Card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 645
Storage : 1TB, 7,200-rpm SATA drive
Origin PC Millennium
Best Customizable Gaming Desktop
Featuring a towering chassis that you can trick out to your heart's content, the Origin PC Millennium ($1,765 starting, $6,399 as reviewed) is as customizable as it is eye-catching. This see-through tower is brawny enough to support an overclocked Intel Extreme Core i7 5960X Octo-Core CPU, a whopping 34 hard drives, as many as four graphics cards, and even lets you choose from one of four motherboard configurations for your preferred type of cooldown. If you're looking to go even bigger, an upgrade kit will transform the midsize Millennium into a full-size Genesis.
Processor : 3.4-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 4460
RAM : 8GB
Graphics Card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
Storage : 500GB hard drive
Best Gaming Desktop Under $600
If you're torn between getting a game console and an affordable gaming PC, why not enjoy the best of both worlds? The $550 Alienware Alpha is a gaming desktop that performs like a console, with an intuitive UI, full access to Steam and robust gamepad support that makes it perfectly suited for fragging away on the couch. The Alpha's Intel Core i3 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics card are plenty powerful for most modern games, and you'll get to enjoy 10 free titles — including Metro: Last Light, Payday 2 and Awesomenauts — right out of the box.
Processor : 2.9-GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-4130T
RAM : 4GB
Graphics Card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M
Storage : 500GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive
CyberpowerPC Zeus EVO Thunder
Best AMD GPU-Powered Gaming Desktop
AMD might still be playing catch up to Nvidia in terms of graphics performance, but PCs that use AMD's still-impressive GPUs are notably more affordable than Nvidia-powered ones. Such is the case with the CyberpowerPC Zeus EVO Thunder, which sports a 3.4-GHz Core i5 4670K processor, a whopping 2TB of storage and an AMD Radeon R7 260X graphics card that will get you through most mainstream games for just more than $1,000.
Processor : 3.4-GHz Intel Core i5 4670K
RAM : 16GB
Graphics Card : AMD Radeon R7 260X
Storage : 2TB hard drive