Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
When it comes to buying a gaming computer, as a rule, most ordinary people have an idea of a long, tedious and careful selection of components, buying everything separately – a case, processor, video card and other things, then self-assembly or with the involvement of more advanced specialists. But there is a much simpler and more reasonable way – to buy a complete gaming computer right away. Such options are offered both by domestic companies that sell computers and components, and by the manufacturers themselves, whose names are on everyone's lips.
The editors, based on market research conducted by our specialized experts, have prepared for you an overview of the most remarkable and interesting ready-made desktop solutions for gaming in a variety of price categories.
- Rating of the best gaming computers
- Most Affordable Gaming Computers
- TopComp MG 5567830
- TorgPK Basic 099769
- Lenovo Legion T530-28APR (90JY000VRS)
- The best entry-level gaming computers
- MSI Aegis 3 8RC-205RU
- ASUS ROG GR8II-T033Z
- MSI Trident 3 8RD-035RU
- The best mid-range gaming computers
- HP Pavilion Gaming 690-0045ur (7EA44EA)
- HYPERPC LUMEN MSI GAMING 1
- ASUS ROG G20CB
- HP Omen 880-500ur (7KF10EA)
- The best top-tier gaming computers
- CompDay №387
- MSI Trident X Plus 9th
- HP OMEN X 900-200ur [2PV29EA]
- MSI Infinite X Plus 9th
- The best all-in-one gaming computers
- Lenovo Yoga A940-27
- ASUS Vivo AiO V272UN 27 ”
Rating of the best gaming computers
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Most Affordable Gaming Computers||1||TopComp MG 5567830||RUB 33,089|
|2||TorgPK Basic 099769||RUB 36 800|
|3||Lenovo Legion T530-28APR (90JY000VRS)||RUB 48,254|
|The best entry-level gaming computers||1||MSI Aegis 3 8RC-205RU||RUB 66,590|
|2||ASUS ROG GR8II-T033Z||RUB 81,990|
|3||MSI Trident 3 8RD-035RU||RUB 107,400|
|The best mid-range gaming computers||1||HP Pavilion Gaming 690-0045ur (7EA44EA)||RUB 70,990|
|2||HYPERPC LUMEN MSI GAMING 1||RUB 118,500|
|3||ASUS ROG G20CB||RUB 109 326|
|4||HP Omen 880-500ur (7KF10EA)||RUB 157,990|
|The best top-tier gaming computers||1||CompDay №387||RUB 146,400|
|2||MSI Trident X Plus 9th||RUB 168,990|
|3||HP OMEN X 900-200ur [2PV29EA]|
|4||MSI Infinite X Plus 9th|
|The best all-in-one gaming computers||1||Lenovo Yoga A940-27||RUB 122,995|
|2||ASUS Vivo AiO V272UN 27 ”|
Most Affordable Gaming Computers
To begin with, we will traditionally pay attention to the most affordable gaming computers with a price tag of +/- up to 50 thousand rubles. In view of such a limitation, here you need to be prepared for the fact that these will be computers in discreet cases, and such solutions are often offered by domestic companies, collecting gaming desktops from components from different manufacturers. This is completely normal and will save you a ton of time anyway than if you were collecting yourself. Hereinafter, we will only talk about system units. The monitor, as well as all kinds of accessories, are your choice.
TopComp MG 5567830
We will be the first in the budget category to consider a ready-made solution from the Polish company TopComp. This is a desktop gaming computer (system unit) in the Crown CMC-C503 Black case, midi-tower, ATX form factor. This is one of the most affordable bundles that can handle modern games at good graphics and performance settings in general.
Specifically, this assembly is built on the basis of a 4-core processor Intel Core i5 6500 with a clock frequency of 3.2 GHz. Chipset – Intel B250, socket – s1151. Provides 8GB of DDR4 RAM at a frequency of 2133MHz. The second most important defining element is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 4GB memory. Another point that is often neglected (and in vain) is the power supply. Here, this is in complete order – a 500W power supply will more than provide power to all subsystems and functional modules.
Now let's go over the less systemically important characteristics of this assembly, but which may be important for a particular consumer. The gaming computer contains an integrated Gigabit Ethernet card, built-in 5.1CH High Definition audio Audi o, is equipped with a terabyte 3.5 “mechanical hard drive with a speed of 7200 rpm. The video card contains DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces. the motherboard displays USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and D-Sub interfaces. Four USB sockets are located on the front panel of the case. DVD drive is not provided.
An obvious disadvantage of this assembly is the absence of any means of wireless communication – neither Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi are provided by the nominal assembly. Therefore, if necessary, you will need to purchase the corresponding adapters separately.
In its pure form, if we evaluate the capabilities of the computer in the game, the situation is as follows. With a FullHD resolution of 1920 × 1080, the frame rate in GTA V reaches 62 FPS, in Far Cry Primal – 69, in Battlefield 4 – 90.
This assembly is part of the MG (Multimedia & Game) series of TopComp and by default receives 1 year warranty and 2 years of service. Supplied without operating system.
- maximum opportunities at the minimum price;
- powerful power supply;
- productive video card;
- guarantee and service.
- mechanical hard drive only;
- no wireless modules.
TorgPK Basic 099769
Next, in the most budgetary category of the review of the best gaming computers according to the version, there is a very good assembly offered by the Russian company TorgPK. The package bundle here is sometimes more interesting than that of the previous model, and the cost is practically the same.
The center of the entire system here is also the Intel Core i5 processor, but slightly different – the 9400F model on six Coffee Lake cores with a frequency of up to 2.9 GHz. Chipset – Intel H310. DDR4 RAM is twice as large as the previous solution – 16GB. The video card is exactly the same – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of memory.
The situation with the hard disk is ambiguous here. Thus, the standard configuration provides for a 120GB solid-state SSD. The fact that an SSD is an absolute plus, but the fact that no additional, more voluminous mechanical HDD is expected apart from it is a minus, since 120GB is, to put it mildly, sparse even for an ordinary home PC, not to mention a gaming one. Therefore, when ordering this assembly, it would be reasonable to talk to the TorgPK service and ask to complete the gaming computer with an additional hard drive, if the case is supposed to be sealed. If not, you can install the HDD yourself with minimal knowledge and skills.
Now about other, less important points. This build has an integrated gigabit network card. The onboard sound is significantly better than the previous build – 7.1CH HAD. No DVD drive provided. All the hardware is 'packed' in a rather spectacular backlit Deepcool Smarter LED case. The power supply is just as powerful – 500W.
In general, it is easy to conclude that with the described characteristics, this gaming computer will perform much better in gaming than its predecessor in the review – due to twice the amount of RAM and a high-speed solid-state hard drive.
The disadvantage here is exactly the same as in the previous build – there are no methods of wireless communication. Adapters will need to be purchased separately. But they are pleased with the whole three-year warranty from TorgPK, and the service is better than TopComp.
- performance versus cost ratio;
- SSD hard drive;
- 16GB of RAM;
- productive video card;
- spectacular backlit case;
- quality service;
- 3 years warranty.
- no wireless connection;
- the only 120GB SSD hard drive.
Lenovo Legion T530-28APR (90JY000VRS)
The third and final position in the selection of the best gaming computers from the category of the most budgetary according to the version, especially for those who are ready for a tangible overpricing for the sake of a branded solution against a comparable assembly option. This is one of the representatives of the wide range Lenovo Legion. Modification 90JY000VRS is exactly the one that can be bought for less than 50 thousand rubles. Other modifications are for the most part more powerful, more productive and significantly more expensive.
In terms of its technical characteristics, this gaming computer is almost a complete analogue in the key points of the above-described TopComp MG 5567830 assembly, with the exception of the processor. Here we see not Intel, but AMD, namely Ryzen 5 2400G on four Raven Ridge cores, socket AM4. The clock frequency is 3.6 GHz. Video card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with less memory – 2GB. The RAM is installed 8GB DDR4 at a frequency of 2666MHz. Hard disk – 1TB mechanical volume and 7200rpm spindle speed. A DVD-RW drive is also provided – a dubious decision for 2020, but the fact is present.
The set of interfaces includes two USB2.0, two USB3.0, two USB3.1; from a video card – HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI; from the built-in network gigabit card – RJ45; from the built-in sound card – a 3.5mm microphone input and two headphone outputs.
All of the above hardware is enclosed in a branded Mini-Tower case with dimensions of 185x456x440mm. The gaming computer weighs 15kg. The power supply is 450W, which is not bad.
The computer comes with the installed operating system Windows 10 SL (Home). Such obsession is not to the liking of some users who prefer to decide on their own which OS to use, but its cost is included in the total price of a computer.
As with both previous solutions, there is nothing for wireless communication here. And it will no longer be possible to negotiate with the supplier – just buy additional portable adapters.
The manufacturer's warranty for this assembly is 1 year.
- productive processor;
- sufficiently powerful power supply;
- very attractive appearance;
- famous brand in the budget segment.
- no wireless connection;
- a clear overpayment for a branded assembly.
The best entry-level gaming computers
From the 'it never gets cheaper' category, we move on to gaming computers, which can be considered representatives of the entry segment for not too demanding gamers. Hereinafter, there will be only ready-made branded solutions of well-known brands.
MSI Aegis 3 8RC-205RU
Opens the selection of the most relatively inexpensive entry-class solution from the Taiwanese company Micro-Star International (trademark MSI). This is one of the modifications of the popular MSI Aegis 3 series.
The most noticeable advantage of this computer is a stunningly effective case that you can put at home just like that, and never even use it – it will still serve as a decoration for any interior. Angular aggressive shapes, an ominous combination of coal-black colors and blood-red backlighting (in general, full-fledged RGB backlighting), general associations with an alien spaceship – this alone works out the cost of a computer. But there is also a 'filling', which we will talk about in more detail.
Let's say right off the bat, the insides of this assembly are not very impressive after the case. But it's hard to expect anything different from entry-level branded solutions. Here we see a processor Intel Core i5-8400 on six Coffee Lake S cores with a frequency of 2.8 GHz. Socket – LG A1151 v2. Chipset – Intel B360. Video card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 3GB memory. 2.4GHz DDR4 RAM – 8GB. The maximum potential for expanding the RAM is up to 32GB.
What is really good about this gaming computer, other than the case, is the configuration of the hard drives. Namely – a tandem of a 128GB solid-state SSD and a 1TB mechanical HDD and a rotation speed of 7200rpm.
The dimensions of the system unit for the MSI Aegis 3 series are 170x376x433mm, the weight of the complete computer is 9.69 kg. Power supply unit power – 450W.
Unfortunately, all the beauty of the case fades a little if you start to interact with it somehow. Backlash, creaks, wobbling – such troubles give out that the manufacturer is clearly 'underdone'. But if the body is not touched too much, its magic works in full force.
- sufficiently high performance;
- powerful power supply;
- a large reserve for additional equipment with RAM;
- tandem solid state and mechanical hard drives;
- stunningly spectacular appearance.
- no wireless connection;
- backlash and creaks of the case, spoiling the impression of its appearance.
ASUS ROG GR8II-T033Z
The second number in the category of the best branded entry-level gaming computers is a representative of the wide range of ASUS ROG gaming devices. These are desktops, gaming laptops, and related materials. ROG stands for Republic Of Gamers.
We will consider a modification of the T033Z, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-7400 – 4 cores, a clock speed of 3GHz, in turbo mode – 3.5GHz. Other modifications are equipped with a more powerful Intel Core i7 and generally have a higher configuration. The chipset in this assembly is Intel H110. Video card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 3GB of memory. RAM installed 8GB DDR4. The expansion potential is up to 32GB, but there are only two slots. The configuration of hard drives is the same as in the previous solution – a tandem of a 128GB solid-state drive and a 1TB mechanical one.
The situation with the interfaces of this gaming computer is as follows. On the side of the motherboard – four USB3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Type-C, a LAN port from an integrated gigabit network card, two audio outputs 3.5mm jack and one the same input for a microphone, optical output S / PDIF. On the side of the video card, there are two HDMI, DisplayPort ports.
Now a few words about the form factor and appearance, which is also important for gaming devices. The computer is made in a compact size. Case dimensions – 299×281.3x88mm. Weight – only 4 kg. Indeed, the computer has the dimensions of popular gaming consoles, and in terms of design, it is also characterized by peculiar outlines that clearly hint at the gaming theme. Effective lighting complements the overall favorable picture.
The computer is powered from the network through an external 230W power supply. This may not seem like enough, but the computer is very well optimized and its overall power consumption is noticeably lower than comparable full-size assemblies in configuration.
This model first came out back in 2017, and since then it has been seriously squeezed by the new gaming desktops that have come out over the years. But there are enough sites in the network where exactly this configuration can be bought to this day, already at a noticeably lower price than in the year of release.
- compact dimensions;
- economical energy consumption;
- tandem of SSD and HDD;
- spectacular design;
- there is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi;
- customer complaints only about the cost.
MSI Trident 3 8RD-035RU
Rounding out the selection of the best entry-level gaming computers is the most expensive and most productive, in comparison with the 'neighbors' brand model of the Taiwanese brand MSI. The Trident 3 series has a fairly wide range of modifications with different trim levels. We will consider one of those based on the central processor Intel Core i7.
So, the center of the entire system in this gaming PC is Intel Core i7-8700 on six Coffee Lake S cores at 3.2GHz. Socket – LG A1151 v2. Chipset – Intel H310. DDR4 RAM is double that of the previous two models. The video card is generally almost top-end – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of memory on board. The situation is equally favorable for hard drives. Here, too, there is a tandem of solid-state and mechanical hard drives, only SSD is twice as large – 256GB. The mechanical disk is the same terabyte drive as that of the neighboring models. The manufacturer has even provided for a DVD-RW drive, although its meaning in the current realities is dubious because of hopeless obsolescence.
All of the above hardware is packaged in a compact 250x353x70mm case with a spectacular design. The gaming computer weighs 6.1kg. External switching power supply 230W. As in the previous model, there are full-fledged wireless modules Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
A few words about interfaces, and there is a lot to say here. The computer has on board four USB 3.1 Type-A ports, of which two have a fast charging function. There are also four previous generation USB 2.0 Type-A ports. In addition – USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C. A standard LAN port is removed from the integrated gigabit network card. On the side of the video card – HDMI v2.0, two HDMI ports, DP v1.2, DVI-I Duallink. Several standard mini-jacks from a multichannel sound card.
In summary, it is worth adding the opinions of independent testers. The overwhelming majority of experts agree that MSI Trident 3 8RD-035RU is one of the most successful nettops of this famous Taiwanese brand. Some even dubbed it the 'console killer' due to the truly unattainable performance of a console.
- compact size;
- spectacular design;
- top-end equipment;
- wireless communication modules;
- wide range of interfaces;
- high performance;
- economical energy consumption.
- in some places noisy active cooling.
The best mid-range gaming computers
Now let's move on to the category of more serious ready-made desktop solutions for gaming from well-known brands and consider a selection of mid-level gaming computers that experts considered the most interesting at the beginning of 2020.
HP Pavilion Gaming 690-0045ur (7EA44EA)
Let's start traditionally with the cheapest option in this category. This is a build of Hewlett-Packard's Pavilion Gaming series.
The 690-0045ur assembly balances on the verge between the conditional initial and intermediate levels in characteristics, but still surpasses any of the above models in terms of a combination of factors. The case does not shine with the typical gaming elements, but at the same time it is far from a faceless 'tower'. The exterior of the system unit is laconic, minimalistic, but the design is stylish, balanced and well thought out.
The processor around which the rest of the hardware is built may seem weak for this category of gaming computers – Intel Core i5, but here it is still the 9th generation, model 9400F. This means six processing cores and a nominal clock speed of 2.9GHz, which goes up to 4.1GHz in turbo mode. The minimum operating system is 8GB DDR4 with a frequency of 2666MHz. Chipset – Intel H370. Video card – nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with a decent amount of memory – 6GB. The data storage system is represented by a bunch of solid state SSD and mechanical HDD; the first with a volume of 128GB, the second – 1TB. An optical drive is not provided, and it is not needed. Integrated gigabit network card and embedded 5.1 audio.
The situation with interfaces is as follows. From the video card – one HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI port. From the motherboard – two USB2.0 ports, two USB3.1, one USB 3.1 (Type-C). There are also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters, as well as a slot for reading SD memory cards.
A few more words about the case. Its dimensions are 33.8×27.7x17cm, which fits into the Mini-Tower size. The weight of the system unit is 5.15kg. The design is dominated by gray.
This gaming computer comes with a preinstalled operating system Windows 10 Home x64. This is not to all buyers' liking, as it automatically, although not much in general, but increases the overall cost. Hereinafter, we will not count this circumstance as a disadvantage, since for branded gaming computers it is mostly a given that does not have to be chosen.
- quality of materials and workmanship;
- laconic but stylish and attractive design;
- performance-to-price ratio;
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters on board;
- 6GB of video memory;
- bundles of HDD and SSD.
- some users are not satisfied with the processor class;
- not enough RAM for comfortable gaming (can be delivered).
HYPERPC LUMEN MSI GAMING 1
The second issue is the MSI gaming computer that is bright in every sense. And here there will be a sharp price jump – the model is on average twice as expensive as the previous one, but on the other hand, it is already fully consistent with the conditional middle class.
And immediately you need to express respect for the external appearance of the computer. This whole series in terms of design is something extremely original. The shape of the case is more than restrained – straight surfaces, rounded corners. But on the other hand, on the entire surface of the cases of this line, spectacular vinylography in a futuristic style is applied. The side wall of the case is 2/3 glass, and no less colorful elements of the illumination of the interior of the computer open to the eye. 1/3 is occupied by the LED plate with the brand attributes of the series. All this looks more than impressive.
The body material is an alloy of aluminum and magnesium, plus a tempered glass window. The color without prints is anthracite black. Power supply unit – 700W 80+ Standard with the most suppressed ripple noise.
Let's take a quick look at the hardware specifications. CPU Intel Core i5-9600KF on six Coffee Lake R cores with a normal frequency of 3.7GHz and up to 4.6GHz in Turbo Boost mode. Video card – MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER VENTUS with 8GB memory, maximum resolution 7680×4320, support for up to 4 monitors and a number of other advantages. Motherboard – MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC. CPU cooling – HYPERPC WaterCooling 120 cooler with RGB lighting. There is surprisingly little RAM – 8GB DDR4 2666MHz, the strips also have RGB backlighting. Data storage – a bunch of 250GB SSD and 2TB HDD.
The estimated performance of a gaming computer directly in games corresponds approximately to the following indicators: at a resolution of 1920×1080 – 120FPS, at 2560×1440 – 70FPS, at 3840×2160 (4K) – 40FPS.
This assembly pre-installed the operating system Windows 10 Home Plus. In addition to all of the above, MSI offers a wide range of service packages – delivery to a service center, full diagnostics, preventive maintenance, repair, upgrade, overclocking and much more. Some of these services are included in the warranty service and are provided free of charge during the warranty period.
The delivery set of the gaming computer comes with some unexpected and therefore even more pleasant bonus-gifts: a mouse pad in a corporate style and … a real hat with a pompom and HYPERPC attributes.
- spectacular appearance;
- performance and optimization;
- impeccable quality of materials and workmanship;
- effective cooling;
- powerful power supply unit with suppressed ripple noise;
- wide range of service packages;
- gifts included.
- some users are alarmed by the amount of RAM in 8GB and the processor Intel Core i5.
ASUS ROG G20CB
At number three in our selection of the best mid-range gaming computers by version, we take a look at the slightly controversial solution from the illustrious ASUS ROG series of devices and related materials for gamers. The ambiguity lies in the fact that the G20CB was in the 'Republic of Gamers' top, but … for its time.
This model first came out relatively long ago, and at the moment some of the subsystems have already become obsolete. But in view of the giant fan base of ASUS in general and gaming products of the ROG series in particular, our experts decided to include this model in the review especially for those who do not imagine themselves as a user of a gaming computer from another manufacturer, but cannot afford the most modern ASUS ROG model purely in terms of financial considerations.
The manufacturer decided to implement this model in a compact form factor, reminiscent of a game console in its dimensions and design. Appearance is beyond praise, here ASUS, as always, is at its best. The design is dominated by a black base color, complemented by customizable lighting that accentuates the 'alien' design artifacts. Case dimensions – 340x358x104mm. Weight – 6.38kg.
The specifications of the gaming computer are as follows. Processor – Intel 6th Gen Core i7. Chipset – Intel H170. Video card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 or lower with 4GB memory or less – you can use the configurator to specify these details on the official website. RAM – dual channel DDR4 with a frequency of 2133MHz. The amount of RAM can be specified in the configurator – from 8 to 32GB. Storage configuration – SSD up to 256GB, plus a 3.5 “HDD with a capacity up to 3TB. Decent built-in 7.1 sound. Integrated network card, plus a Wi-Fi module of 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac. There is even a slot for Kensington lock, as in laptops.
The set of interfaces is laconic, but quite sufficient: on the rear panel there are two USB3.1 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, two USB 2.0, HDMI output, RJ45, audio inputs and outputs, a lock slot; the front panel has headphone and microphone jacks, and two USB3.0 jacks.
In terms of software, the computer comes with a preinstalled Windows 10 Home, a trial antivirus of unknown origin, and ASUS branded software of dubious utility. All this, if desired, can of course be deleted later.
The package may also include an optional keyboard and mouse, but this depends on the particular store and / or the choice of the buyer.
- top-end configuration for its time;
- high productivity (with an eye on the year of release);
- built-in Wi-Fi module;
- the ability to select some configuration details;
- compact size;
- spectacular design.
- some subsystems are outdated.
HP Omen 880-500ur (7KF10EA)
This part of the review ends with the most expensive HP solution in this category. Omen 880-500ur is a powerful gaming computer in a full-size case with quite impressive hardware.
Externally, the case of the system unit is quite close to the 'usual' form factor and design, but the convex frontal part, characteristic decorative elements, a combination of deep black and blood-red colors in the finish unequivocally hint at the gaming orientation of the computer. Dimensions – 41.72×44.21×19.2cm. Weight – 17.6kg.
Consider the key points of the electronics of the device. The processor in this assembly is an eight-core Core i7-9700K with a frequency of 3.6 GHz in nominal and up to 4.9 GHz in a turbo boost. RAM HyperX DDR4 in a volume of 16GB with a frequency of 2666MHz. Discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 FH graphics card with 8GB memory. There is also an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 in the processor, in case someone suddenly needs it. Not a bad bundle of hard drives: 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD. There is even such archaism as a DVD ± RW drive. There is a card reader for external memory SD, MMC.
In terms of communications, we see here a built-in network card with support for connection speeds up to 1Gbps and a standard RJ45 connector, as well as two wireless communication modules – Wi-Fi with support for IEEE 802.11b / g / n standards, and Bluetooth. The set of interfaces includes two USB2.0 ports, six (!) USB3.0, two USB 3.1 (Type-C), HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jacks.
It is worth dwelling separately on the video card. It is one of the most powerful models to date with the most advanced microarchitecture. Supports real-time ray tracing, providing stunningly realistic graphics even in the most demanding toys like Devil May Cry 5 or Cyberpunk 2077.
The preinstalled operating system in this configuration is Windows 10 Home x64. The official manufacturer's warranty is 1 year.
- powerful processor;
- top-end video card;
- fast memory;
- high overall performance;
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters on board;
- many USB 3.0 ports;
- almost silent liquid cooling;
- spectacular appearance.
- no pronounced disadvantages were found.
The best top-tier gaming computers
Now we turn to the most interesting selection of the best gaming computers according to the version, where we will consider the most powerful system units with top-end equipment, relevant at the beginning of 2020 in the assortment of well-known manufacturers. We will also make a small exception in the form of an unbranded assembly of a Russian supplier. With her, in fact, let's start.
The Russian company CompDay offers a wide range of different assemblies of desktop computers for a variety of tasks. No. 387 is a top-end package that can easily cope with the demands of the most demanding modern game. This is the best option for those who, for the sake of maximum performance at the minimum cost, are ready to compromise in the form of abandoning 'prestige', which automatically trails behind any brand solution, especially in the highest price category.
Let's go straight to the configuration. CompDay # 387 is based on a super-powerful processor Intel Core i9 7900X with 10 Skylake-X cores with a frequency of 3.3 GHz in nominal and 4.5 GHz in TurboBoost mode. Socket 2066, chipset Intel X299. Video card – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with 11GB of GDDR5X memory on board. RAM is offered 16 or 32GB at the buyer's choice. Likewise, you can choose the configuration of hard drives. Available options: only mechanical HDD 1 or 2TB; a tandem of SSD with a volume of 60, 120 or 240 GB plus one of the above HDDs.
7.1CH sound card and gigabit network card are integrated into the motherboard. Available interfaces – USB3.1, USB 3.1 Type-C, DisplayPort, HDCP, HDMI.
All electronics are housed in a reliable and quite nice-looking Deepcool Tesseract case (or Zalman Z9 Black for an extra charge). Power supply unit – 600W. The body material is steel. Dimensions – 240x472x454mm. The weight of the system unit is 5.1kg.
The supplier provides its own warranty for a period of three years, and not for the entire assembly as a whole, but for components. This is a great advantage, since if a separate module fails, the whole system unit will not need to be sent to the service. Plus, it makes it possible to upgrade without consulting the seller.
If you look at the configuration in its purest form, then this is probably the coolest build in our review. And the cost of this gaming computer barely goes beyond the expensive models of the previous mid-range group. However, the most committed gamers still may need not only dry performance, but also the very charm and 'soul' that only branded gaming computers can provide.
- powerful 10-core processor Intel Core i9;
- top-end video card;
- selection of the amount of RAM and configuration of hard drives;
- powerful power supply;
- the minimum price for the maximum configuration;
- 3 year parts warranty;
- 2 years of free service.
- no wireless connection;
- albeit high-quality, but faceless for a gamer case.
MSI Trident X Plus 9th
Further in our review, again a gaming computer from MSI, and even the already featured Trident series. Only this time we will consider the highest achievement of the corporation in the field of ready-made solutions for gaming – the Trident X Plus 9th model.
This is another gaming computer in a relatively compact form factor. Case dimensions – 129.74×382.73×396.39mm. The weight is quite decent for such dimensions – 9.5kg. The exterior of the case commands respect. It is the embodiment of elegance, style and refined taste. A transparent tempered glass wall reveals a spectacular computer interior, generously flavored with RGB lighting elements. Choice of two power supplies – Modular 80 Plus Bronze 450W or Modular 80 Plus Gold 650W.
In terms of ability to impress, the electronics of this gaming computer does not lag behind the majestic case in its impeccability. At the heart of everything is a super-powerful processor Intel Core i9-9900 K. The top MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti video card with 11GB of new generation GDDR6 video memory. Chipset – Intel Z390. RAM DDR4 with a frequency of 2666MHz – there can be different configuration options, the maximum is 32GB. The same variability approach is applied to hard drives. So, up to two SSDs and / or up to two HDDs of different sizes can be installed to choose from. The network and sound card are built into the motherboard. There is a built-in module Bluetooth of the 5th generation. The Wi-Fi module, oddly enough, is not provided. If necessary, you will need to purchase an adapter.
With the interfaces in this model, the picture is also quite favorable: two USB2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A, five sound card slots (inputs and outputs), optical S / PDIF output, HDMI, DP 1.2 output.
The computer comes with a pre-installed OS Windows 10 Home and several applications 'on load', which you can leave or demolish at your discretion.
- powerful processor;
- top-end high-performance video card;
- choice between powerful and super powerful power supply;
- the ability to choose RAM and hard drives to suit your needs;
- effective cooling;
- an exceptionally stylish and elegant RGB case.
- no Wi-Fi module.
HP OMEN X 900-200ur [2PV29EA]
Next, in a selection of top models of the review of the best gaming computers according to version, we will consider a powerful machine from the HP brand OMEN series. Outwardly modest, albeit an original case masks the most powerful, sometimes even redundant configuration.
A few words about the case. It has a regular cubic shape, black with bright red decorative elements. But this correct cube is not installed in a boring way. Namely – on the edge using a stand. This instantly and radically changes the impression. Case dimensions – 485x590x632mm. The system unit weighs no less than 33.5 kg with packaging. The most powerful 1300W power supply, and as will be seen further from the configuration, this power is quite necessary for itself.
Let's move on to the most interesting part – accessories. The system is based on a premium processor Intel Core i9-7920X with 12 cores and a frequency of 2.9GHz nominal, 4.3GHz in TurboBust mode. RAM – DDR4 with a frequency of 2.4GHz in a volume of 64GB (4 strips of 16GB). As many as two video cards, the top-end ones being nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 11GB of memory. The configuration of hard drives is also special – a 512GB solid-state SSD is installed for the system, and an array of three mechanical HDDs with a volume of 3TB each for data storage. No optical drive is provided.
Communication facilities in this model are represented by an integrated gigabit network card, Wi-Fi module supporting 802.11a / b / g / n / ac standards; and also Bluetooth 4.2. The set of interfaces is very rich and certainly sufficient – two HDMI ports (one on each video card), three DisplayPort ports (from discrete video cards and from a built-in processor), one DVI-D port, eight USB3.0 ports, three USB Type- C, card reader.
This gaming computer uses a liquid cooling system to cool the processor. The space inside the case is divided into three chambers for insulating modules with different degrees of heating. In the upper part there are curved fans to completely eliminate overheating.
Pre-installed operating system – Windows 10 Home.
- powerful 12-core processor;
- two top video cards;
- 64GB of RAM;
- an array of hard drives with a total volume of more than 9 terabytes;
- power supply unit 1300W;
- effective LSS;
- laconic but pleasant design solution.
- no obvious disadvantages were identified, as well as objective user complaints.
MSI Infinite X Plus 9th
Rounding out the selection of top models in the magazine's best gaming PCs is another MSI solution, and this time it will be the pinnacle of INFINITE's gaming series – the X PLUS 9TH. In its pure form, this assembly is in no way superior to the previous version from HP, and in some places it even loses at a comparable price. However, MSI has a solid fan base, and this gaming computer was brought up by the experts for review for them.
The case with a rather laconic, but stylish and effective design with its angular shapes, decor and lighting directly hints at the gaming direction of the computer. Dimensions – 210x450x488mm. Weight – 15kg. You can choose from two power supply options – 80 PLUS Platinum 850W or the same, but 500W.
The system is built around the latest generation Core i9-9900 K processor Intel with eight Coffee Lake cores and a maximum frequency of 5GHz. Chipset – Z390. The video card is MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with 11GB of new generation GDDR6 video memory, but this is the maximum, and you can choose simpler and cheaper options. RAM – four DDR4 2666MHz strips with a total volume of 64GB. The configuration of hard drives is also user-selectable. In any case, it will be a bundle of solid-state SSD up to 512GB and mechanical HDD up to 3TB. There can be several disks in the form of an array.
The situation with interfaces is as follows. Rear panel: four USB2.0 ports; one PS / 2 Combo Port; one DP out (1.2); one HDMI output version 1.4; DVI-D output; one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C; one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A; 5 slots from a sound card; RJ45 from the built-in Gigabit network card; optical output S / PDIF.
Of the wireless communication modules, there is only BLU ETOOTH of the 5th generation, and a Wi-Fi adapter is not provided, which is strange.
Considering the class of the processor and its 'superpowers' in terms of heating, the advanced Silent Storm Cooling 3 PRO system is responsible for cooling it.
- latest generation Core i9 processor;
- top-end video card (in the maximum configuration);
- 64GB of RAM;
- many interfaces;
- powerful power supply (two options to choose from);
- efficient and quiet cooling;
- easy access to internal components;
- spectacular case design.
- no Wi-Fi adapter.
The best all-in-one gaming computers
The final mini-selection in the review of the best gaming computers according to the magazine is devoted to a special form factor of desktop PCs – monoblocs, in which the monitor and the system unit are a single whole. Such solutions have their own stable and considerable market share, so they should be paid attention to. There are not so many game models that the manufacturers themselves position this way, but they are there and occasionally new items even cause a stir.
Lenovo Yoga A940-27
First, let's consider a newer and more expensive, and accordingly, more impressive solution from Lenovo. The Yoga A940 was first introduced at CES 2019 and generated significant public interest. A quick glance at the configuration is enough to understand – the interest is more than deserved.
Monoblock Yoga A940 is equipped with a 27-inch touch screen with multi-touch support and embedded technology to prevent false positives. The technology of the matrix is IPS, that is, everything is in order with the viewing angles – here we see an honest 178 degrees vertically and horizontally. The matrix resolution is 3840 × 2160, that is, a full 4K. There is a 'junior' modification with a resolution of 2560×1440. The capacity of the matrix allows you to cover 100% of the RGB color space, plus Dolby Vision technology has found a place here. Preventing accidental touch screen operation works smoothly, creating extraordinary comfort when interacting with the touch screen.
Let's take a look at the key technical characteristics of the hardware. Depending on the modification, the monoblock can be equipped with a processor either Intel Core i5-9400, or Intel Core i7-8700. The same is the case with the RAM – it can be installed 8, 16 or 32GB DDR4. The video card is a discrete AMD Radeon RX 560. The manufacturer decided to use a hybrid SSHD disk as a storage subsystem, which combines solid-state and mechanical disks in one device. This was done, not least for the sake of saving free space, which is always in short supply in monoblocks.
Communication facilities in this model are represented by a Wi-Fi module supporting 802.11b / g / n standards, a module Bluetooth, and a built-in wired network card with a standard RJ-45 connector.
Lenovo Yoga A940-27 offers the user a fairly rich set of interfaces – there are USB2.0, USB3.0, USB3.1 ports, USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI. There is a built-in card reader.
Special praise deserves the built-in Dolby Atmos audio system and two sets of speakers, which provide a very decent sound.
Dimensions of the device – 635x475x227mm, impressive weight – 14.6 kg.
- image quality;
- 4K resolution;
- maximum viewing angles;
- touch screen;
- power and performance;
- innovative technologies.
- complaints about the lack of pen settings.
ASUS Vivo AiO V272UN 27 ”
The second model in the mini-selection of all-in-one gaming PCs, which completes the entire review of the best gaming computers according to the magazine, is a product from ASUS from a large lineup Vivo. This candy bar is noticeably simpler than the previous one, and much cheaper.
This model is also equipped with a 27-inch screen, but the resolution is already a whole class lower – FullHD 1920×1080. The default matrix technology is IPS with maximum viewing angles of 178 degrees, but modifications with a budget TN matrix are also available. At bad angles, it still has some of its advantages, and just for gaming, they can be significant.
The monoblock electronics are based, depending on the modification, on the Intel Core i5-8250U or Intel Core i7-8550U processor. RAM can be provided either 8 or 16GB. Discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics. A hybrid hard disk is used as a storage subsystem, similar to the one implemented in the previous model.
Wireless communication facilities are represented by a Wi-Fi module supporting 802.11b / g / n standards, and a module Bluetooth. There is also an integrated wired network card with a standard connector. Further on the interfaces, we see the ports USB2.0, USB3.1, card reader, slot for a Kensington lock, HDMI.
If we conclude, then this candy bar, despite its positioning by the manufacturer and trading platforms, as a gaming one, barely fits into this category. Of course, it does not compete with real desktop gaming PCs, but other things being equal, against the background of a significant proportion of other monoblocks, it looks good. In the end, one cannot expect the obviously impossible from such a form factor.
- image quality;
- good performance for such a configuration;
- Wi-Fi modules and Bluetooth;
- the ability to choose a processor, memory size and even the type of matrix;
- relatively affordable price.
- natural limitations due to weak configuration.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.