Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are advised to stay at home as much as possible. If you relied on different forms of entertainment that would require you to go out, you may want to hold them off for now.
The best thing that you can do is stay at home and enjoy your time with your family. Of course, you will need some form of entertainment and while gaming PCs are great, they might not be within many people’s budget.
If you are looking for a competent gaming console, the Xbox One S might be the right one for you.
Read further to find out more about it.
What is It?
The Xbox One S is a minor upgrade to the original Xbox One and although the console is a bit dated at 7 years old now, it is still quite an appealing gaming machine to get.
Since the original Xbox One is bulky and its specs leave much more room for improvement, the One S is basically a good updated version of the said console.
It has a smaller form factor and you can opt to download digital games as opposed to buying physical discs to play your favorite titles.
Despite it being smaller than the original console, the Xbox One S is still somewhat bigger than one might think.
It has an 11.6 x 8.9 x 2.5-inch outer shell which houses a huge 1 terabyte hard drive and the built-in power supply. The latter is a welcome change since that means that transporting the entire machine is much easier now.
Since the game console runs hot, Microsoft has added air vents all throughout the console (though it is more prominent at the top). This ensures that even if you intend to play games for hours on end, it will remain relatively cool.
Looking at the front, you will find two physical buttons- one for the power and one for the eject. A little bit lower than that, you will find the USB 3.0 ports, as well as the sync button.
At the back, you will find a bevy of ports that are usually found in game consoles. There, you will find an HDMI In and HDMI Out port (HDCP 2.2). You will also find a couple of USB ports, an Ethernet port for internet connectivity, and an S/PDIF port if you want to add your own audio system.
One cool thing that Microsoft added is the IR blaster on the face of the console. This will allow you to turn on your other devices that make use of IR signals which is pretty neat.
As for the physical optical drive itself, instead of the standard one that was used on the original version, the Xbox One S comes with a Blu-Ray player that is capable of playing 4K media content.
Keep in mind that although Microsoft said that the said game console can play at 4K quality, the output is just upscaled and is, therefore, not played at the native 4K resolution.
Before anything else, here are the specs of the console:
- CPU: 8-Core Jaguar CPU at 1.75GHz
- GPU: 12 CU (914MHz), 1.23 Teraflops
- Storage: 1TB (2TB discontinued)
- Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray player
- Color: Matte White
- Ports: HDMI in/ HDMI out, (2) USB 3.0 ports, IR Blaster, S/PDIF output, Ethernet port
The game console’s performance package is modest at best and although it doesn’t beat the Playstation 4 by any means, it is still respectable nonetheless.
While the company is slated to release its beast of a machine later this year, Sony’s own Playstation 5 might also appeal to a large audience as well.
Microsoft allowed the Xbox One S to play any 1080p game and upscale its graphics to 4K. What upscaling means is that it converts the graphics of the game you play and plays it at a much higher graphical fidelity.
Of course, not all games are supported here but those that are able to harness this feature will have its graphics look much better than the original.
Keep in mind that for you to even enjoy this feature, your TV must support 4K native resolution, otherwise, it won’t work.
It is also worth noting that if you enable the upscaling feature, the games that you play might need more time to load, simply because all of the graphical elements that needed to be displayed will have to be processed or converted to a much higher resolution.
Still, the upscaled content is really noticeable and I highly recommend that you turn this feature on by default (unless of course if you suffer from any major slowdowns).
The Xbox One S also has HDR support. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it makes the graphics look even crisper than the standard digital format.
People tout this console as a glorified 4K blu-ray player as well. Instead of buying another dedicated blu-ray player, you can just plug your favorite discs onto the console itself and manage the contents of it from there.
While you can use the gamepad to navigate through the different settings and menus, you can also choose to buy a standalone remote as well if that is what you prefer (though, there really is no need for that).
Its 4K blu-ray player outputs really crisp images thanks, in large part, due to the HDR feature that is embedded in the console itself.
Not a lot of people want physical game discs because they are prone to be lost and the disc might get scratches and whatnot. That is why you are also given the option to download your favorite games digitally instead.
If you want to go the digital route, you can enroll yourself in Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, which is a subscription-based service that allows you to download your favorite games directly to the console’s hard drive.
I have mixed feelings about the Xbox One S. While it is definitely an improved version of the original Xbox One, its performance package cannot rival the Playstation 4 Pro.
Still, with its ability to upscale your games to 4K and with its robust built-in blu-ray player, the Xbox One S is still a great choice for people that want to game on a budget.
This console is currently priced at $200.
The Best Gaming CPUs That You Can Buy in 2020 to Help Pump Out Those Frames
When you are building a gaming rig, you need to think about what graphics card and CPU you are going to get. That is because both of these components are responsible for producing your game’s frame rates and you want to make sure that you are playing as smoothly as possible.
That being said, there are so many CPUs out there and so it is understandable that the layman can get bombarded with so many different options.
Fortunately for you, this article is centered around giving you useful information about the best gaming processors that you can buy in 2020.
Before We Begin
The first thing that you have to consider is your budget. Before buying a gaming CPU, you need to establish how much money you want to spend on it so that you can narrow down your options significantly.
For example, if your budget is only $250, then you can get a Ryzen 3600 or even a heavily-discounted Ryzen 3700x if you can find one.
Of course, there are some people who are huge fans of a single company and if you are part of that demographic, then I will provide great CPUs for each brand as well.
With that out of the way, here are the best gaming processors that you can find in 2020:
Best Gaming CPUs
1.Intel Core i9-10900K
At the time of writing this article, Intel processors are still the kings when it comes to pure gaming performance. That is because their core frequencies are clocked higher and that the 14nm process nodes have been exhausted, giving you unparalleled performance that the chip is able to offer.
It is a 10-core, 20-thread part that has a base clock of 3.7GHz and it can boost up to 5.3GHz automatically. Of course, with the way Intel makes their processors now, only the two best cores boost as high as that while the rest can boost up to 5GHz without any problems.
Despite the relatively lower core count when pitted against what AMD has to offer, the higher frequencies mean that it can produce more frames than the top-of-the-line chips from team red.
What’s more, you can overclock this chip so that all of the cores can boost up to 5.3GHz, though you will have to be lucky enough to achieve those numbers.
Speaking of overlock, the Intel Core i9-10900K is one of the best overclocking chips out there. By spending some time pumping up the frequencies and testing their validity, you can eke out more performance out of the processor for free. Of course, you will need to have a beefy CPU cooler if you intend to do that.
While this chip is rated at 95W TDP, it can easily draw as much as 300+ watts of power when it is overclocked, so you’d want to keep that in mind.
However, if you want the best processor for gaming on the market in 2020, the Intel Core i9-10900K is the king.
2.Intel Core i5-10600K
Price: $275-$300 Depending on Retailer
A few years ago, when you think about the Intel Core i5 processors from Intel, you only get a maximum of 4 cores and 4 threads on each part. That has changed since the release of the 10th generation chips and Intel has now upped the core count to 6 cores, while also adding the company’s hyperthreading feature as well.
For those of you who do not know, Intel’s Hyperthreading is a feature that pretty much doubles the thread count of its processors. So, since the Intel Core i5-10600K is a 6-core CPU, it effectively has 12 threads with the said feature enabled. Now, what does this all mean?
Well, it just means that you get better gaming performance across the board. Since most games nowadays utilize more than 4 cores when maxed out, having the Intel Core i5-10600K makes a lot of sense.
Just like its bigger brother, the Intel Core i5-10600K is also a pretty good overclocker as well. Its base frequency is 4.1GHz and its boost frequency is 4.8GHz. However, if you are lucky, you can overclock the chip to go beyond 5GHz, but that is mainly dependent if you won the silicon lottery or not.
Do keep in mind that Intel’s overclockable processors do not come with stock coolers by default and that is because their chips run hotter when it is dialed beyond its stock specs.
It is also worth noting that since this processor uses a new socket (LGA1200), you will also need to spend money on getting a Z490 motherboard as well.
Despite the fact that you need to get a new motherboard for this processor to work, getting the Intel Core i5-10600K still makes sense for a lot of people.
It is priced just right and has the gaming performance that rivals even the best chips from AMD.
3.AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
While I have recommended two Intel CPUs in succession, those are the only two processors that are worth mentioning here. That is because the other CPUs in Intel’s product stack just do not have that price-to-performance value compared to AMD chips.
That being said, if you want a CPU that is not only good for gaming but also capable enough for your streaming needs, then the AMD Ryzen 7 3700x is the best processor for that.
It is an 8-core, 16-thread chip that has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost frequency of 4.4GHz. Keep in mind that only the two best cores can reach as high as the said boost frequency while the others remain at 4.3GHz. It is still pretty good nonetheless.
Even though it is true that AMD CPUs aren’t as overclockable as Intel processors, this particular chip requires no overclocking at all. In fact, it is pretty great out of the box which is ideal for people who are not savvy enough to manually overclock their CPUs.
The reason why a lot of people like AMD chips is that they come with stock coolers even though they are all overclockable and that is true with this one.
It is bundled with AMD’s Wraith Prism cooler which is a down-firing CPU cooler with the RGB bling. Seriously, why couldn’t Intel do this?
Now the downsides. Although it is true that you can technically overclock the 3700x, it doesn’t really go beyond 4.4GHz, though you can have it at static 4.3 all-core boost if that is what you want.
Furthermore, while it supports PCIe 4.0, you will need either a B550 motherboard or an even more expensive X570 motherboard for that.
Still, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700x provides amazing value for a processor that is priced just below $300.
4.AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Price: $180-$200 depending on Retailer
If you want the best mid-range processor for gaming, look no further than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600. No, not the ‘X’ version and certainly not the newly released ‘XT’ variant, but just the base model.
The reason why I do not recommend the aforementioned versions is that, for the price, they do not provide good value. Sure, you get better stock coolers, but since you can save more money getting the base model, you can spend that on a beefier cooler instead.
Anyway, the Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6-core, 12-thread chip that has considerable performance for the price. No, it doesn’t rival the Intel i5-10600K but it still provides great value since the 3600 is no slouch at all.
You can get an Nvidia 2070 Super and couple it with this processor and you will have no problems pumping out those frames.
In fact, if you are building a 1080p gaming rig on a budget, I can wholeheartedly recommend this processor than the Intel Core i5-10600K above.
Because this chip is under AMD’s Ryzen 2 architecture, you can also take advantage of its PCIe 4.0 support, though again, you will need a compatible motherboard for that.
Still, for a processor that is priced at or below $200, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is pretty tough to beat.
5.AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
So, what if you only have $500-$700 to spend to create your own gaming PC, what options do you have? Well, there are still plenty, though if you can spend $120 on a processor, I suggest that you get the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X.
It is a 4-core, 8-thread chip that is pretty tough to beat at this price point. In fact, there is literally no CPU that can rival it based on price-to-performance. It is clocked at 3.8GHz and it can go as high as 4.3GHz when boosted.
The processor is an overclockable chip and although it comes with a stock cooler, you will still need to spend some money to get a more powerful cooler that can handle the heat.
Any GPU that is considered as mid-range or lower can be supported by this processor without fear of a bottleneck which is why I would recommend this for people who are considering building their own budget builds.
6.AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Okay, if you are building a gaming PC on a really low budget, then the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G is what I can recommend.
Now, you might be thinking why I’ve recommended a CPU that is priced higher than the previous recommendation. Well, you see, this is actually an APU.
An APU is a CPU with integrated graphics which means that if you are truly on a budget, you just get this one and not have to spend money on a discrete graphics card.
It is a 4-core, 8-thread processor with a base frequency of 3.7GHz and a boost of 4.2GHz. Yes, it is overclockable but again, you will need a better cooler to take advantage of that.
What is interesting here is the integrated graphics solution that is baked into the processor itself. It is AMD’s Vega 11 graphics processor that is about 2-3x better than any Intel integrated GPU out there (at least, at the time of writing).
Its performance is akin to an $80 graphics card which means that you can play games at medium settings at considerable frame rates.
Now, if you are getting this CPU, it is imperative that you get a motherboard with an HDMI or a DisplayPort output so that you can take advantage of its integrated GPU.
Again, if you are truly on a budget, the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G alleviates the need for a discrete GPU, allowing you to play games for cheap.
While there are only two Intel core processors on this list, I am by no means a fanboy. I am just someone who wants to recommend the most bang for the buck CPUs on the market.
Sure, Intel still offers the best processors if you are going to use its CPUs purely for gaming, but for anything else, AMD’s CPUs are still better.
Since most people are into streaming now, it is important that you get a capable processor that is able to handle gaming and streaming as well, so acquiring a 3700x or a 3600 makes sense in that regard.
You might also be wondering why I didn’t recommend the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X here and that is because both of those processors, although behemoths in other tasks, provide an ‘okay’ performance in gaming. Sure, it pumps out frames more than the 3700X but for the price, it is not worth it from a pure gaming standpoint.
Also, while Intel also offers some APUs, the 3400G processor from AMD is tough to beat. Its integrated graphics solution is so much better than what team blue has to offer bar none.
Again, I am not a brand loyalist but I am someone that always looks at the price to performance ratio and only recommends the ones that I think are good for the money.
Of course, if you use your PC for purposes other than gaming, I can wholeheartedly recommend AMD’s 3900X or 3950X.
However, since we are limited to just gaming in this article, the processors that are on this list are certainly the best ones that you can find in 2020.
LG 27UK650-W Review- The Best Budget 4K Gaming Monitor for Xbox
When people delve into console gaming, they usually use their TVs as their main display for their preferred machine.
While that is true in most cases, getting a dedicated gaming monitor is still better because it comes with features that will help elevate your gaming experience.
In today’s article, I will talk about the LG 27UK650-W. Read further to find out why I consider this to be the best budget 4K gaming monitor for the Xbox One X.
The LG 27UK650-W is a 4K gaming monitor that is capped at a 60Hz refresh rate. That is okay considering that most game consoles are locked at that specific threshold anyway.
This is an HDR-compatible display and while the company touts it to be HDR10-compliant, it is actually not the case in the real world. That is because its peak brightness of 450 nits doesn’t match the minimum requirements of the said technology. But, more on the screen later.
The monitor is not a curved one which is ideal in most scenarios. It has an included stand that has a metallic gray finish, though it is not actually made of metal as it is just plastic. Still, it is quite a sturdy one and it should have no problems supporting the display.
I love the fact that the bezels are quite thin in this unit. At only 0.3 inches, you have a lot of screen real estate to work with.
It is also quite thin as well. At only 5.6 inches thickness with the stand included, you can easily put this display anywhere you want without any problems.
Of course, there are some people that would want to mount their displays on the wall and the good thing is that the LG 27UK650-W also has VESA mount support as well.
The build quality is okay and since you are not going to be moving this monitor often, you shouldn’t worry about it too much.
It has two HDMI ports at the back so you will have no problems putting your game console and probably a TV soundbar as well. And, if you intend to use this monitor for your PC, it also comes with a DisplayPort 1.2 port too.
Now, let’s talk about the meat of the product: The screen. The LG 27UK650-W is a 27-inch gaming monitor that is intended for Xbox One but you can also use it if you have a Playstation console as well.
It has a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 and since this is an IPS display, the details are crisp and vibrant and viewing angles are not an issue at all.
Players will love the fact that it comes with AMD’s Freesync technology what will eliminate screen tearing no matter how intense the game you are playing is.
Now for the more detailed analysis. The contrast of the display is mediocre at best. Its native contrast of just 1196:1 is subpar and there are definitely some competitive gaming monitors out there that are better in this regard.
The monitor does have a pretty good SDR peak brightness, though. It is pretty consistent and you will have no trouble enjoying the games that you play with this display.
Despite the fact that it is touted as an ‘HDR10’ monitor, the LG 27UK650-W has mediocre HDR peak brightness. It is okay for the most part, but again, when you compare it with other displays, this one is a middling performer at best.
Still, because this is an IPS panel, I’ve tested its color range and it did score a whopping 99% in the sRGB test. That means that you can enjoy your games with a vibrant display and punchier colors regardless of the genre.
If you intend to watch HDR content on this monitor, it will be okay, though its display quality is not as good as HDR TVs or other high-end gaming monitors on the market.
Since this is a gaming monitor that is intended for the Xbox One, it is important for me to talk about its performance. To be honest, although it has an okay display, it pretty much makes up for it in its gaming prowess.
With a response time of just 13.5ms, it is definitely one of the fastest gaming monitors out there for consoles like the Xbox and Playstation 4. Its input lag is 8.8ms and that is pretty fast. That makes this monitor ideal for fighting games and those fast-paced titles.
I am also impressed by the fact that screen flickering is not an issue here. This means that you will not strain your eyes even if you intend to play with your buddies for hours on end.
So, what about its extra features? The LG 27UK650-W comes with Super Resolution+ which is a feature that will try and upscale your video content. It is okay, but you are better off disabling the said feature if you want the most natural image quality possible.
It also comes with a Black Stabilizer feature that can affect the display’s gamma, especially when the game calls for dark environments. Although there is a difference when you enable this feature, you would have to have keen eyesight to spot the improvements.
And, well, it goes without saying that the display also has an automatic standby feature which it turns itself off automatically if it doesn’t detect any activity for a brief period of time.
The LG 27UK650-W is a pretty good gaming monitor for your game consoles. While its display performance leaves much to be desired, it definitely makes up for it in terms of its performance.
It is one of those displays that have very fast response times and low input lag which is ideal for fast-paced games and gaming in general.
You can also watch and stream content on the display as well since it can support HDR and considering that it is a 4K display, the details are also good as well. Just don’t expect it to support HDR10 as the peak brightness just doesn’t reach that level of complexity.
Still, for the price of just $350, the LG 27UK650-W is definitely one of the best budget 4K gaming monitors for the Xbox and Playstation consoles.
8 Best Gaming Desktops in 2020- Play Your Games Right Out of the Box
When you want to have your own PC, you have two choices- you can either build your own or buy a pre-built one.
While there is a lot of joy and pride that you can feel when you build your own PC, the majority of people are not savvy enough to put the components together and that is why getting a pre-built system makes sense for them.
If you are part of that demographic, read on to find out the best gaming desktops in 2020.
There are some that are vehemently against pre-builts simply because they are more expensive than getting the individual components and building the rig on your own.
However, even though it is indeed true that they are more expensive, they provide the convenience of allowing you to play your favorite games right out of the box. You simply plug the machine to an electrical outlet, flick the power switch of the PSU, and then press the button to start things up.
Now, what are the most important things to consider when you are buying a pre-built? First and foremost, you look at the components. If you are going to build a gaming pc, it is imperative that you look at the CPU, as well as the graphics card. Other components that are worth mentioning are SSDs, RAM, CPU cooler, and power supply unit (PSU).
It is also worth considering the size of the pre-built system. There are those that are bulkier than others and there are some that have a compact form factor that allows you to place them in more places than their bigger counterparts.
Of course, the choice is entirely up to you. The good thing is that you can choose between a variety of different configurations that will suit your budget so there really is no problem when getting a pre-built.
Since there are so many gaming desktops out there, I will narrow down the playing field by providing you the best of the best. Here are some of the best gaming PCs on the market:
Best Gaming Desktops
1.Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition
Price: Starts at $999
Alienware has always been at the forefront of gaming PCs for so many years now. In fact, the company’s laptops are touted to be one of the best- both in terms of performance and aesthetics.
Well, the company is now offering gaming desktops with Ryzen 3000 series processes in the form of the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen edition.
Prices start at $999 with a modest Ryzen 5 3500 for the processor and an Nvidia GTX 1660 Super 6GB graphics card as the GPU.
If you want the most high-end configuration, you will have to spend $1,849 for it. At this price, you will be getting a gaming desktop with the Ryzen 7 3700X as the CPU and the Nvidia Geforce 2080 Super 8GB as the GPU.
At the same configuration, you will also be getting a HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 RAM, as well as a 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD.
For what you are getting, I’d say that this is a pretty good starting point for many users simply because even the high-end configuration is offered below $2,000.
The looks might not appeal to everyone, but for the price, I would definitely recommend this one if you have less than 2 grand to spend.
2.Corsair ONE i160
If you want a pretty powerful gaming desktop that has a compact form factor, then the Corsair ONE i160 is for you.
It is a mini-ITX machine which means that its footprint is pretty small, but don’t let its stature fool you as it packs a beast inside that is waiting to be unleashed.
For its CPU, you are getting the Intel Core i9-9900K and for the graphics card, you will be getting the top-of-the-line Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080Ti.
As part of the package, this PC is also equipped with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, liquid cooling for both the CPU and the GPU, and 480GB NVMe SSD + 2TB of HDD storage to help you store your operating system and games.
You also get some nice additions such as a built-in WiFi AC card, Bluetooth 4.2 receiver, a wealth of USB 3.0 Gen1 and Gen2 ports, as well as a combo microphone/headphone jack.
I love the fact that the case that Corsair used for this gaming desktop has a lot of vents so that it can dissipate heat really well. The downside is that you will have to clean the components more often than not, but that is something that you are probably okay with.
Now for the negatives. While I like this gaming PC from a pure performance standpoint, some components could have been better.
For instance, since the 10th generation Intel Core i9 chips have been released, it would have been better if it is equipped with that instead of the Intel Core i9-9900K.
Aside from that, the included hard disk drive is only a measly 5400RPM drive. Sure, it has 2TB of storage capacity, but its slower read speed might not be ideal for storing your games as it will load significantly slower.
Still, the company does offer a solid 2-year warranty for both parts and services so it would still be a worthy choice for people that want a mini-ITX gaming rig.
3.Maingear Vybe Stage 4
If you want to get the top of the line gaming CPU in the form of the Intel Core i9-10900K, then the Maingear Vybe Stage 4 is for you. The ‘Stage 4’ in its product name signifies the highest-end model, but you can go for the more modest $899 build if you are on a budget.
Anyway, aside from the best gaming CPU on the market today, you will also get a beefy Nvidia RTX 2080 Super graphics card to go along with it as well.
Other notables include 16GB of RAM, an Intel 660p 512GB NVMe SSD, 2GB 7200RPM HDD, 750W PSU, and it already comes with Windows 10 Home OEM installed in the system. It is also worth mentioning that the processor is also equipped with the Epic 240mm AIO cooler so you can do some overclocking if you are okay with that.
The case that the company went for this build is a standard-sized CPU case because it makes use of an ATX motherboard.
Speaking of the motherboard, the Maingear Vybe’s mobo is probably its weakest link. You see, it comes with MSI’s Z490 A-Pro motherboard and it is an entry-level mobo from MSI. Sure, you can overclock using this part, but at its price, this could have been better.
Still, the overall package comes with RGB bling so if you want flashy lights on your system, you no longer have to buy separate RGB fans and whatnot as they are already built into the machine.
You will also probably love the fact that when you purchase the highest configuration (which is this one), you will also get a Star Wars: Fallen Order and Total War: Three Kingdoms games absolutely free.
4.iBuyPower Gaming Elixir II
iBuyPower is also a reputable brand when it comes to gaming PC pre-built systems. The company’s Gaming Elixir II is the highest configuration on offer and it sells for a little under $3,000.
So, what are you getting for the price? Well, you will be getting an Intel Core i9-9900KF for its CPU, Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super for its GPU, 16GB of DDR-4000 RAM, a 360mm Thermaltake AIO cooler for the CPU, and 1TB NVMe SSD as your main storage.
It does have onboard WiFI so you can take advantage of your home network wirelessly and that you do not have to contend with wires and such.
Of course, at this price point, you can expect a whole suite of RGB goodness- from the case fans to the case itself.
For the price, you are also getting a free gaming mouse and keyboard to go along with the system so you are pretty much getting the whole package.
Now, I do have some complaints about this build. For one, it uses a 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor and a Z390 motherboard to go along with it. It would have been nice if they had a configuration that uses the latest CPU from Intel and it would have been so much better than this one.
Still, I love the fact that they’ve used an InWin case for this build as the said company makes impeccable cases that are great in terms of aesthetics and build quality.
5.CyberPower PC Gamer Master
I understand that not a lot of people can spend more than $2,000 on a gaming desktop, so I’ve also included some worthy budget options as well.
The CyberPower PC Gamer Master is equipped with the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, which is considered as one of the best budget CPUs on the market today. It is coupled with an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti graphics card which is a good mid-range performer.
For storage, the system is equipped with 500 gigabytes SATA SSD and an additional 1TB HDD that has an RPM of 7200. Of course, you will also be getting 16GB of RAM which is probably the minimum requirement for a good gaming PC nowadays.
At its asking price, I am surprised that the company was kind enough to include some RGB goodness into the gaming rig, as well as bundle it with a good mouse and keyboard as well.
This is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend for people who are on a budget.
6.Zotac MEK Mini
If you want a solid mini ITX build that doesn’t break the bank, the Zotac MEK Mini is one that you should consider.
Let’s talk about the case first. It is built by the company itself and I have to say that it combines both good air cooling performance, as well as flashy aesthetics. That is thanks to the RGB lighting that is at the front of the case.
Anyway, for the components, the MEK Mini comes with an Intel Core i7-9700 processor, which is an 8-core chip that provides considerable gaming performance. It also has a pretty good GPU in the form of the company’s own iteration of the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super.
For its storage solution, you are getting a 240GB NVME SSD and a 2TB 7200RPM HDD. You will also be getting 16GB of RAM and the machine also has WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities as well.
Unlike the Corsair machine above, the MEK Mini is just an air-cooled system but I love the fact that the company included a competitive cooler at that.
The entire system is already pretty good, but if there is one complaint here, it would be its processor. Do remember that the Intel Core i7-9700 is not an overclockable chip and it doesn’t even have hyperthreading which effectively locks its threads to just 8 (same with the core count).
But, if it lacks in CPU compute power, it makes up for it with a pretty good graphics processor.
7.Lenovo Legion C730
Lenovo is one of the best companies when it comes to competitive gaming laptops. However, the company also dabbles into creating some pretty good gaming desktops as well.
The Lenovo Legion C730 is the brand’s highest gaming desktop configuration and I really love the specs that you are getting for a pre-built system that costs less than $2,000.
For the price, you are getting a PC with Intel Core i9-9900K, as well as an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 graphics card.
This configuration also gives you a whopping 32GB of system memory so you can use this for some rendering tasks as well.
Also included in the system is a 512GB NVMe SSD and 1TB 7200RPM HDD so that you can store all of your games in them.
You will also love the fact that it also has a built-in WiFi AC adapter, as well as a Bluetooth receiver to help you pair your favorite wireless gaming audio.
To cap this package off, you will also be getting a mouse and keyboard as well, though you can also choose to use your own.
You will be surprised that this gaming beast is locked inside a relatively small cube with a handle at the top of the case for maximum portability.
8.HP Omen Gaming Desktop
HP is a renowned computer and laptop manufacturer in that the company has not only made great machines for professional uses, but it has also made some pretty good gaming PCs as well.
The HP Omen is the company’s top-of-the-line gaming desktop and it indeed has the prowess to take on any of your favorite games.
Let’s start with the CPU. It comes with the Intel Core i7-9700K processor which is an overclockable chip with hyperthreading. It is also equipped with the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080Ti graphics card which, at the time of writing, is the pinnacle of gaming GPUs.
Since the overclockable chips from Intel don’t come with a stock cooler in the box, HP has included a liquid cooling solution that allows you to manually dial the chip on your own, thus unlocking more performance through overclocking.
You get 32GB of RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 2TB 7200RPM HDD, and you also get some RGB fans already built into the case as well.
Speaking of the case, the entire machine is quite hefty since it comes with a mid-tower chassis. Still, it does have some additional bling that gives off that gamer vibe that most people like.
As you can probably tell, my only gripe with this machine is that it should’ve been equipped with the latest Intel i9 processor. Still, this system is no slouch at all, given that it comes with the best graphics card on the market at the time of writing.
There is nothing wrong with buying a pre-built gaming desktop. In fact, if you have the money, it provides you with the convenience knowing that you can play your favorite games right out of the box.
Of course, you can save money by building your own gaming rig and you can learn so much about building your own systems, but again, there is nothing inherently wrong with pre-builts at all.
Hopefully, this article has helped you decide which gaming desktop you want to buy.
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