Best Gaming PCs of 2024

A gaming PC is one of the most flexible ways to play games, with options to upgrade and pick just the parts you need. There's plenty to keep in mind when buying a gaming PC: power, size, components. and what resolution you want to play at. If all you need is to play a few AAA titles at 1080p, you may not need a high-end CPU and graphics card.

But if you want to play at 1440p or 4K, then you need to start thinking about saving more for your rig. CPU horsepower is also tied to gaming acumen, but branching out into anything much over a quad-core processor will primarily see performance gains in multi-threaded workloads such as video processing, rendering and encoding, not games.

Intel released its 14th Gen "Raptor Lake Refresh" processors earlier this year, including the Core i9-14900K, Core i7-14700K and Core i5-14600K. In our recent testing, we've found that AMD's 7000-series X3D chips are still the most powerful for gaming. We're currently in the process of testing a few new desktops with some of these chips to get an idea how they perform.

In July, AMD is set to launch its Zen 5-powered Ryzen 9000 processors, which the company claims will deliver a 16% increase in instructions per cycle over the previous generation.

On the graphics front, Nvidia has updated its graphics card lineup. The RTX 4090 and 4060 Ti and RTX 4060 are staying around as they were, but the RTX 4080, RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 4070 have seen the announcement of new Super cards. We've reviewed the RTX 4070 Super and RTX 4070 Ti Super.

Intel launched its Arc A770 and A750, providing power on the low-end and mid-range, but they're not as popular in prebuilts. And AMD's high-end 7900 XT and 7900 XTX are also powerful performers in the mix. We recently reviewed the Radeon RX 7600 XT, which we appreciated for its 16GB of VRAM, though we didn't see it as a huge step up from its predecessor.

We'll jump into our tested picks for best prebuilt gaming PCs directly below. But if you want more advice about how to shop and specific things to look for, our buying advice follows our top gaming PC picks.

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Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs You Can Buy Today

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A powerful gaming PC with top-notch build quality

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A powerful gaming PC with top-notch build quality

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-14900K
GPU: Palit GeForce RTX 4090 GameRock OmniBlack
RAM: 64GB DDR5-6000
Storage: 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional performance
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Quiet operation
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Top-notch build quality
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Two-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive with RTX 4090
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No RGB lighting on RTX 4090 as tested

Buying a gaming PC may be easier than building one, but perhaps the biggest benefit of the Corsair Vengeance i7500 is that it feels like one you built yourself. The build starts in a Vengeance 4000D mid-tower case and is built to excellent standards.

Our review system, with an Intel Core i9-14900K and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 from Palit, offered top-notch performance. And while it's pricey at that configuration, the system is backed by a two-year warranty, rather than the one-year system you see on many prebuilt systems in big box stores.

Because this PC is built entirely from aftermarket parts, you can customize it to your heart's content. No proprietary parts here!

There were very few downsides, beyond the expense. But RGB-lovers be warned - our review unit's GPU didn't come with colorful lighting, which you kind of expect on something that expensive, like it or not.

Read: Corsair Vengeance i7500 review 

Best Mid-range gaming PC

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Best Mid-range gaming PC

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
GPU: PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Verto
RAM: 32GB DDR5-5200
Storage: 2TB Western Digital Blue SN580 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Classy case
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Front USB-C port
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240 mm liquid cooling
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Includes a decent keyboard and mouse

Reasons to avoid

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Large for a mid-tower
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Wi-Fi 6, not Wi-Fi 6E

The iBuyPower Y60 is a strong mid-range performer with some bumped-up specs that will serve you well in the future. It's slightly pricer than some similar desktops, but it comes with 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, which will let you store plenty of games and will serve you with demanding apps in the future.

You get a classy case — the Hyte Y60 — with this prebuilt, which gives you a wrap-around window to your components and a vertically-mounted GPU. While the motherboard doesn't have a USB Type-C port on the rear, there is one on the case.

Other desktops we tested in this range used air coolers that didn't impress. While liquid cooling isn't a must, the 240 mm liquid cooler in this case was quieter than on some competitors.

There are some downsides, namely in networking. This system uses Wi-Fi 6, which is getting a bit old as a standard. Some gamers may want to plug in Ethernet (always a best practice, if you can), particularly for big game downloads.

Read: iBuyPower Y60 Gaming Desktop review 

A Powerful, Quiet PC with Room to Upgrade

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A Powerful, Quiet PC with Room to Upgrade

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-13900KF
GPU: MSI RTX 4090 Surpim Liquid X
RAM: 32GB DDR5-5200
Storage: 2TB MSI Spatium PCIe 4.0 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Liquid-cooled CPU and GPU
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Very quiet
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Top-end performance
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Case feels premium

Reasons to avoid

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Very large
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Swing-out doors have very little ground clearance

If you're looking for the best of the best, the MSI Infinite RS 13th delivers top-of-the-line performance, as long as you're willing to pay for it. Between the 13th Gen Intel Core i9 and a liquid-cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, this system delivers awesome performance, while still being quiet and upgradeable down the line.

All of the parts are standard, and the case (the MSI Prospect 700RL)  is roomy. In fact, for some it may be too roomy! But it can fit the two radiators and nine fans that made this system all but silent in our testing.

A keyboard and mouse are included, though you'll likely want to get something a bit nicer.

In our testing, we got some incredible performance out of the Infinite. If you value smooth gameplay and upgradeability out of your prebuilt and will sacrifice room on or under your desk, this is the one to consider.

Read: MSI Infinite RS 13th review 

A Gaming PC Under $1500

Maingear MG-1 Silver (Shroud Edition)

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A Gaming PC Under $1,500

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-13400F
GPU: PNY GeForce RTX 4060 8GB Verto
RAM: 16GB TeamGroup T-Force Delta DDR4-3600
Storage: 512GB Solidigm P41 Plus m.2 NVMe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Strong build quality
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Fairly affordable starting price
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Neatly, professionally built
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No bloatware

Reasons to avoid

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Needs more dust protection
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SSD is slow

A lot of the gaming PCs we test are top-of-the-line, top-of-budget machines. But it doesn't always have to be that way. We were impressed by the Maingear MG-1 Silver, largely because it's a mid-range system that doesn't feel like you're getting much less.

The chassis still feels fairly premium, though it could use some more dust filters. It has impeccable cable management, and all of the parts are name-brand, giving you ample room to upgrade later on. And there's no bloatware on the system, so you don't have to spend time uninstalling lots of junk before you get to gaming.

The only component we had issue with was the Solidigm P41 Plus in our review unit, which was sluggish at 489.65 MBps. The motherboard in our unit did have room for another SSD, however.

We tested the Shroud Edition of the Maingear MG-1 Silver, which comes with special edition magnetic faceplates. That adds an extra $100 to the $1,149 starting price, so unless you're a big fan of Shroud, the esports gamer and Twitch streamer, stick to the regular version, which is otherwise identical and spend that money on games.

Read: Maingear MG-1 Silver (Shroud Edition) Review 

Powerful Performance with Improved Cooling

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Powerful Performance with Improved Cooling

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-13900KF
GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 4090 (24GB)
RAM: 64GB DDR5-5200
Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, 1 TB, 7,200-rpm HDD

Reasons to buy

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Powerful gaming performance
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Lots of ports on the front
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Alienware finally moved to 240 mm AIO cooling

Reasons to avoid

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Proprietary motherboard and server-style PSU make upgrading harder
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At this price, you should get entirely SSD storage

The Alienware Aurora R15's biggest updates are all about cooling. Alienware parent Dell has added in a 240 mm radiator, finally moving on from a 120 mm cooler, which should allow for much better CPU performance. There is also more ventilation on the side, and this all made for a quieter PC to our ears.

It's not much of a surprise that with an Intel Core i9-13900KF and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, the Aurora plowed through our benchmarks measuring gaming and productivity performance.

On the one hand, we really like how many ports are accessible on the front of the Aurora, including three USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The downside is that Alienware is using a proprietary motherboard to achieve that, making it difficult to fully upgrade the system in the future.

The GPU, RAM and CPU are accessible on our model, and there's room for additional storage. (Our review unit was maxed out, so there wouldn't be much of a reason to make many changes outside of storage anytime soon).

For those who want Alienware's latest chassis, we also recently reviewed the Aurora R16, which is smaller but comes in more limited configurations.

Read: Alienware Aurora R15 Review 

Our suggested Alienware Aurora config:

Alienware Aurora Config: Intel Core i7-12700F | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD

Alienware Aurora Config: Intel Core i7-12700F | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD
Alienware's latest, the Aurora R13, ranges from around $1,300 to over $4,200 as of this writing. A model currently going for $1,899.99 gets you an Intel Core i7-12700F, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It also has a slightly revamped chassis with a side window so you can see your components. 

Upgradeable With Few Frills

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Upgradeable With Few Frills

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-13900KF
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 (16GB GDDR6X)
RAM: 32GB DDR5-4400
Storage: 1TB Samsung PM9A1 PCIe Gen 4 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Standard parts allow for upgrades
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Lots of ports on the front
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Strong gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

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RAM not running at full speed
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More software than previous Lenovo PCs

The Lenovo Legion Tower 7i isn't the flashiest prebuilt gaming PC, but with standardized parts, it's upgradeable for the future. We're fans of the board's four M.2 slots, which allow room for lots of storage (though one is taken up by the Wi-Fi card).

There are four USB Type-A ports on the front, which is a nice amount for a gaming desktop, and it means you won't have to reach behind the system just to plug in some accessories or external storage.

The combination of the Intel Core i9-13900KF and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 provided strong gaming scores across our benchmarks. Those should also make for a powerful workhorse, though our system wasn't running at advertised RAM speeds. While it includes DDR5-5600 RAM in the system, the sticks ran at 4,400 MHz, which may have an effect, particularly  in productivity applications.

But those looking for a gaming PC that doesn't stand out too much will have a powerful gaming PC in the Legion, especially if they're looking to make changes to the internals later.

Read: Lenovo Legion Tower 7i (Gen 8) Review 

A Small PC to Fit on Your Desk

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A Small PC to Fit on Your Desk

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-14900K
GPU: Zotac RTX 4080 Super Trinity (16GB GDDR6X, 2,550 MHz boost clock), liquid-cooled
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR5-6000
Storage: 2TB Samsung MZVL22T0HBLB-00B00 PCIe NVMe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Wood paneling looks great
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Strong gaming performance
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Easier to upgrade than prior versions
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Doesn't use iCue software

Reasons to avoid

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Only comes with very expensive components
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Need customer support for GPU upgrades
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120 mm radiator on Core i9-14900K

It's not exactly a secret that many desktops end up sitting on the floor, not a desk. The Corsair One i500 is designed to fit on your desk, even if this version is a bit larger than previous ones. The new model can fit large graphics cards, like the Nvidia RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, and also has a bit more room for upgradeability.

The One also follows another recent trend, offering wood paneling on the case. Corsair offers both dark and light wood, and in theory no two should look exactly the same.

Some of the cooling oculd use work, particularly on the CPU. There's a 120 mm radiator on the Core i9, but there's room for something bigger. That being said, performance didn't seem to suffer too much.

If you don't like bloatware, you'll like that the One comes largely clean. Corsair doesn't even use its own iCue software, instead opting for a minimalist app to control the RGB lighting. There's also a touch strip on the front to control the effects, but the software is more exact.

Read: Corsair One i500 review 

How to Choose a Gaming PC

How to Choose a Gaming PC

  • Bigger isn't always better: You don’t need a huge tower to get a system with high-end components. Only buy a big desktop tower if you like the look of it and want lots of room to install future upgrades.

  • Get an SSD if at all possible: This will make your computer far faster than loading off of a traditional HDD, and has no moving parts. Look for at least a 256GB SSD boot drive, ideally paired with a larger secondary SSD or a best hard drive for storage.

  • You can't lose with Intel or AMD: As long as you opt for a current-generation chip, both companies offer comparable overall performance. Intel’s CPUs tend to perform a bit better when running games at lower resolutions (1080p and below), while AMD’s Ryzen processors often handle tasks like video editing better, thanks to their extra cores and threads.

  • Don’t buy more RAM than you need: 8GB is OK in a pinch, but 16GB is ideal for most users. Serious game streamers and those doing high-end media creation working with large files will want more, but will have to pay a lot for options going as high as 64 or even 128GB.

  • Don’t buy a multi-card gaming rig unless you have to: If you’re a serious gamer, get a system with the best-performing single graphics card you can afford. Many games don’t perform significantly better with two or more cards in Crossfire or SLI, and some perform worse, forcing you to disable an expensive piece of hardware to get the best experience possible. Because of these complications, you should only consider a multi-card desktop if you are after more performance than can be achieved with the best high-end consumer graphics card.

  • The power supply is important: Does the PSU offer enough juice to cover the hardware inside? (In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are some exceptions, particularly if you intend to overclock a CPU.) Additionally, note if the PSU will offer enough power for future upgrades to GPUs and other components. Case size and expansion options vary drastically between our picks.

  • Ports matter: Beyond the connections necessary to plug in your monitor(s), you’ll want plenty of USB ports for plugging in other peripherals and external storage. Front-facing ports are very handy for flash drives, card readers, and other frequently used devices. For added future-proofing, look for a system with USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB-C ports.

Discounts on the Best Gaming PCs

Discounts on the Best Gaming PCs

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Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social.

  • Colif
    You can't lose with Intel or AMD

    Damn it, I wanted a Cyrux cpu...

    wonders why Razer promo codes are at bottom of post when no razer PC was mentioned in article.
    Reply
  • NTNER
    Alienware made the list lol? I guess I should have less faith that TH lists are actually tested?


    8ulhFi5N2hcView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ulhFi5N2hc
    Reply
  • Ahmed_Khalifa
    What are your thoughts on the gaming PCs listed on this post (https://custom-pcbuilding.com/the-best-pre-built-gaming-pc-under-1000-1500-2000/)? It seems like they are very well priced, especially when compared to the ones on this post, and they use high-quality components. Let me know if you have any suggestions, please.
    Reply
  • Ahmed_Khalifa
    NTNER said:
    Alienware made the list lol? I guess I should have less faith that TH lists are actually tested?


    8ulhFi5N2hcView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ulhFi5N2hc
    What are your thoughts on the gaming PCs listed on this post (https://custom-pcbuilding.com/the-best-pre-built-gaming-pc-under-1000-1500-2000/)? It seems like they are very well priced, especially when compared to the ones on this post, and they use high-quality components. Let me know if you have any suggestions, please.
    Reply
  • Colif
    Ahmed_Khalifa said:
    What are your thoughts on the gaming PCs listed on this post (https://custom-pcbuilding.com/the-best-pre-built-gaming-pc-under-1000-1500-2000/)? It seems like they are very well priced, especially when compared to the ones on this post, and they use high-quality components. Let me know if you have any suggestions, please.
    Make a new post about it in a new thread and more people will reply. You shouldn't hijack a news thread :)
    Reply
  • DingusDog
    NTNER said:
    Alienware made the list lol? I guess I should have less faith that TH lists are actually tested?


    8ulhFi5N2hcView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ulhFi5N2hc
    My thoughts exactly.
    Reply
  • bmtphoenix
    Colif said:
    Damn it, I wanted a Cyrux cpu...

    wonders why Razer promo codes are at bottom of post when no razer PC was mentioned in article.

    I have one. Harvested it from a computer where I worked when I was 17. No idea if it works - just sits in its own little slot in my PC toolbox.
    Reply
  • rollotomasty
    The Alienware inclusion (and the fact that this thread at the outset was a year old) makes me wonder if some of this list is simply copy/pasted from last year.

    Did TH revisit the Alienware? Because Dell/Alienware love to gunkify systems, and there's no way I would go with Alienware's closed thermally-unacceptable system.

    I'd also never go with an F processor since there's no iGPU, which is very useful in case your discrete GPU dies and you need to troubleshoot.

    Also, the component shortage isn't much of a component shortage anymore, particularly with GPUs.

    Kinda lost a bit of respect for TH unfortunately with this list.
    Reply
  • SyCoREAPER
    I had an Asus G15 for 2 or 3 days and it was absolutely appalling the corners they cut and unacceptable that the CPU thermal throttled downloading games I'm Windows and doing nothing else. (Yes 3 of the cores were getting too hot and the thermal paste was fine, cooler way to small and impossible to put anything else including water cooling on)


    Anyway, albeit a different model, I went with iBuyPower, who I never heard of and 2as hesitant with but did it anyway. HS, the build quality is very good, CPu runs 60c Max while gaming, etc.. I'm astounded and impressed. They are definitely a top consideration for my next PC now.
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  • Winterson
    Without customer support a computer can become an oversized door stop. Only with Apple, HP, and Lenovo, can I rely on good customer support for the life of the computer. I always check customer reviews to learn in advance of which PC companies are failing their customers.
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