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Finding the best gaming PC can be a little daunting, but ultimately, the experience is more than worth the effort and the expense. Sure, you could always look at building your own gaming PC from scratch, meticulously researching components and soldering techniques, the truth is there are plenty of great pre-made and optimized builds on the market right now. 

To make your life a little easier, GamesRadar has put together a list of what we believe are the best gaming PCs to help you get a sense of what's available and what you should be on the lookout for when you go bargain-hunting.

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You'll soon find out that we're big fans of Dell's resident gaming nutbar's at Alienware. To cut to the chase and browse the range, here's a quick link to the best gaming PCs going right now.

Of course, it would be wise to have a rough idea of what you're looking for first. Quality and power tend to scale with price, and a great gaming PC can certainly break the bank if you aren't careful. That's why you should consider what you need your new PC to do, what you hope it will do in the future. There are the lower-end machines that will give you a great way of catching up with some of the best PC games of the last generation, and then there are the more-expensive, power-hungry rigs that will require the best gaming monitors to get the most out of. Whatever you decide, keep reading on to see our recommendations for the best gaming PC, no matter your budget.

Regardless of what you choose, the advantages of getting one of the best gaming PCs pre-built are clear. For one thing, it saves you the headaches (potentially) and labor (definitely) of the build. Secondly, you'll pick up a retailer or manufacturer warranty by default. And you might even get some benefits of their design solutions that the DIY route might not provide, like unique cooling arrangements, cable management, or parts that aren't available anywhere else. 

If you do go down the pre-built route - you're on this page after all - don't forget to check out the best antivirus software going to make sure your brand new gaming powerhouse is well protected.

Looking for something a bit more portable, on the other hand? We've compared the finest models over on our guide to the best gaming laptops.

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The Best gaming PCs 2022

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Acer Predator Orion 3000

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Acer Predator Orion 3000

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1. Acer Predator Orion 3000

A solid all-rounder with a solid price tag

Specifications

CPU:: Intel Core i7-10700
GPU: : Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Memory:: 16GB DDR4 HyperX Fury @ 2,666MHz
Storage: : 512GB SSD (Boot) + 1TB HDD
Weight:: 9kg / 19.8lbs

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic 1440p performance, 4K capable
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Price is very reasonable
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Easy to upgrade

Reasons to avoid

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Some elements are on the cheap side

At around the $1,500 / £1,500 mark, the Predator Orion 3000 might be one of the best-value gaming PCs on the market right now. The advent of the RTX 3000 series of GPUs means that kind of money gets you performance-for-value that wouldn’t have been possible even just a few years ago.

With a compact 18-litre case and customisable RGB lighting, the Orion 3000 certainly looks pretty slick. Although the CPU is only equipped with a stock air cooler, this PC can handle graphically intensive games without overheating. 1440p gaming is the sweet spot here, but you’ll find that it can run many games at 4K without much compromise in quality or framerate.

Plenty of storage and great connectivity back up the solid performance of the core components, and the tidy internals mean that upgrading most parts of this build shouldn’t be hard. While some parts of the case feel less than durable, it’s hard to deny that this is a quality gaming desktop for the asking price.

Read more: Acer Predator Orion 3000 review

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2. Alienware Aurora R12

The best gaming PC money can buy

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i9 (11th gens)
GPU: Up to RTX 3090
RAM: Up to 128GB
Storage: Up to 2TB SSD + 2TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Eye-catching design
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Liquid-cooled GPUs available
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10th-gen Intel CPUs

Reasons to avoid

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Can get expensive

Alienware's Aurora R12 is leading Alienware into the next generation of gaming; as well as 10th-gen Intel processors and the possibility of liquid-cooled graphics cards, it offers a variety of builds to suit most budgets. If you want to get into PC gaming for the first time or would like to upgrade your existing setup - perhaps in preparation for ray tracing games - this is the most cost-effective way to do it.

Ranging from affordable starter rigs to pimped-out super PCs, the Aurora R12 strikes a good balance of choice. Better still, these desktops can be easily opened and upgraded with different parts as and when you see fit. Want more RAM or a larger SSD? No problem. Because the power supply unit swings out on a metal arm, you get more room to fiddle with the PC's insides.

The R12's design is of a similar form for the last few years and is attractive enough - and unique if nothing else. Although it sticks with the distinctive case and scooped-out front of its predecessor, this update enriches that formula with new lighting around the central strip in some cases. It's an addition that turns heads and makes the design feel even more futuristic than it did before.

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3. Alienware Aurora Ryzen R10

A quality and premium Ryzen-build

Specifications

CPU: up to AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Graphics: up to Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti
RAM: up to 64GB DDR4
Storage: up to 2TB M.2 SSD & 2TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Will run any game at 60fps+
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Easy to take off the side panels
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Alienware Command Centre is useful
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Lots of component customisation before you buy

Reasons to avoid

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Curved, radiator-esque front is questionable
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Need to remove PSU cage to access motherboard
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Can get loud during intensive games

The Aurora Ryzen R10 series is a Ryzen-build entry into the Aurora series, all sporting third-gen AMD Ryzen processors rather than the usual Intel processors. The former have massively closed the gap on the latter in recent years and months, so it's no real surprise to see an Alienware PC range specifically offering that kind of CPU.

Focused around that Ryzen CPU, though, you can fully customize your Aurora R10 however you want, which means that whether you're a console gamer looking to break into PC gaming or a die-hard veteran who wants the ultimate build, you'll find it here. The Alienware brand name comes with the usual price premium that most Alienware products have, but if you can overcome that, and want the respective premium quality that also comes with the name, then the spaceship-inspired R10 design is for you, especially since the Alienware Command Center is a useful bit of kit packed in. The main downsides are that it can get somewhat loud, almost as if it is a spaceship engine trying to take off, and accessing the components within isn't an easy task thanks to the placement of the PSU cage. You can definitely do much worse when buying a pre-built PC though, and that Ryzen-Nvidia blend is a brilliant one that offers exquisite performance.

Read more: Alienware Aurora R10 review

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4. ASUS ROG GA15

A stylish, great-value powerhouse from a top-notch manufacturer

Specifications

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600X / 7 3700X / 3800X
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 to RTX 2080
RAM: 8GB to 32GB DDR4-2666
Storage: Up to 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value for money and bang-to-buck performance
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Great design
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Superb use of Ryzen and Nvidia components

Reasons to avoid

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Few, if any, Intel CPU options

This is a tremendous machine and one that really harnesses a great power to performance to price balance. It's a great new design from ASUS and is a welcome addition to the pre-built gaming PC market. I use this PC every day so I am a bit biased perhaps, I'd argue, it's well-placed bias! It's a joy to use as a work PC that seamlessly changes to a monster. The components of my build, particularly, demonstrate the GA15's successful inhabiting of a place of balance between performance and value. Inside is a 3700X processor, a 2060 Super graphics card (itself probably the best bang for buck GPU in the ray-tracing category), 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD combo. It's got a sweet design, plenty of ports, runs quiet, and has some RGB fun too on the front - with ASUS making so many of the best gaming laptops right now, it's no wonder they've come out with an excellent new desktop range. 

Just for clarity and to reassure you if you're following links, you might see this machine listed as a G15DH or G15 - do not worry, it's the same one as the GA15. Your options of specs might also slightly differ depending on you're location: the above list is taken straight from ASUS itself in terms of what the machine can house, but I have seen some slightly different builds - including the odd Intel CPU build - crop up at some retailers. Regardless, this is still a PC build that is extremely easy to recommend and each variant will have that ASUS stamp of quality and pedigree within that you can have confidence in.

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HP Omen 30L

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HP Omen 30L

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5. HP Omen 30L

A solid all-rounder with a solid price tag

Specifications

CPU:: Up to Intel Core i9 10th-gen
GPU: : Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
Memory:: Up to 64GB
Storage: : Up to 2TB SSD + 2TB HDD
Weight: 12.9kg / 28.5lb

Reasons to buy

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2080 Super is still great
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Reasonable pricing for a pre-built system
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Fantastic aesthetic 

Reasons to avoid

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Somewhat messy interior

If you’re not out to build your own PC (or you’ve had no luck with the current GPU lottery) but still want a powerhouse desktop for some next-gen gaming, check out HP’s Omen 30L line. Custom-built inside a slick Omen chassis, they offer solid hardware with plenty of customization options and the potential for easy future upgrades.

The Omen 30L we’ve reviewed comes with some slick, understated RGB lighting, as well as a 10th-gen Intel processor and RTX 2080 Super GPU. This version costs $1,999 (with a year’s warranty included), but pricier models are available with RTX 3000-series cards (though be prepared for all kinds of stock fluctuation given it is the year 2021). The case has two tempered glass panels to showcase your system, with easy access for adjustments and excellent ventilation to prevent overheating.

While the interior isn’t the tidiest we’ve seen amongst the best gaming PCs, the performance speaks for itself. The 2080 Super model is a beast at 1440p and can play most games comfortably at 4K too, with its liquid-cooled processor never getting too hot even playing the most demanding titles. HP has proven that it’s taking pre-built machines seriously, so the Omen 30L gets a thumbs up from us.

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best gaming pc: Dell G5 PC

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6. Dell G5 Gaming Desktop

Budget PC gaming at its best

Specifications

CPU: 9th Gen Intel Core i3 10-series – i7 10-series
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 – RTX 2070 Super
RAM: 8GB – 64GB
Storage: 128GB SSD - 1TB SSD and/or 1TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly affordable
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Compact form
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Great entry-to-mid level builds
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Reliable manufacturer

Reasons to avoid

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Base models are a bit light touch

Away for Dell's Alienware gaming nutters, the PC-maker's own brand G-series desktop PCs are underrated machines. They often provide a great budget or entry-level route into gaming PCs and are not an afterthought: they get updates as much as any of the other desktops or laptops available at Dell. The really entry-level ones won't do gangbusting numbers or levels of graphical fidelity but they'll be great PCs to have at home for work and play.

Now that the baseline is the 10th-generation of Intel chips this is another factor to work in their favor. Particularly as the baseline is the 16-series of Nvidia cards which will handle anything just fine, and you can choose one well into the ray-tracing range including the 2070 Super. Their compact form is also a plus side, while Dell's aftercare - should you need it - is pretty good too. A value-busting quality entry in this list.

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best gaming pc: cyberpower wyvern

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8. CyberpowerPC Wyvern

A carefully balanced and considered, but very capable, build

Specifications

CPU: Intel i5-9400H / AMD Ryzen 5
Graphics: AMD RX 570 or 580 - Nvidia GTX 1650 - RTX 2060
RAM: 8-16GB DDR4
Storage: up to 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Excellently balanced build
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Great combination of components
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Very good value

Reasons to avoid

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Limited configuration choices

CybperpowerPC's machines often demonstrate how you can squeeze excellent performance and value if you apply some consideration and deliberation to a build; and the Wyvern is no exception. 

Sticking to its guns of offering a solid mid-range graphics cards (either an RX 570/580 or 1650/1660/2060 Nvidia card) machine with a mid-range CPU - a Ryzen 5 or an I5-9400F are your options - these machines are great options for those needing to keep it comfortably below the four-figure mark but want something that'll crunch through any games thrown at a home machine - though perhaps not at the most extreme levels or settings. Sticking to a certain couple of CPU and storage options might seem like an overt limitation on configuration options, but it's actually a very smart way to ensure the cost stays down but the value remains incredibly solid.  And given the nature of the CPU, we'd almost certainly recommend going for the extra RAM to get to the 16GB as you might as well make up for the compromises where possible. 

If you're looking for a very competent and capable machine that offers a great value entry point to ray-tracing, then this is it. Plus, you'll be able to tinker with it in time, if the CPU, for example, raises a slight eyebrow now. Plus, 'Wyvern' is a very cool name isn't it.

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best gaming pc: CyberpowerPC Luxe

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best gaming pc: CyberpowerPC Luxe

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9. CyberpowerPC Luxe

A great gaming PC for power gamers

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700KF / i9-9900KF
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 Super / 2080 Super / 2080Ti
RAM: 32GB DDR4-2400
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant performance
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Sheer power in a PC
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Slick, understated case design

Reasons to avoid

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Bit expensive
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Not the most recent CPUs

CyberPower's Luxe gaming PC finds the upper-middle ground and nails it for power to pound ratio. This is a PC built just for power and sheer gaming chops - and all its iterations offer exactly that. Even though it doesn't have the latest 10th gen Intel processors, it's hardly a weak point and it's nitpicking at best. The two processors it offers are basically just 'underneath' those latest variants and the graphics cards to choose from are three of the very best. Getting a machine like this built by seasoned pros and with a warranty is a mighty tempting proposition.

There are only a handful of choices to make - two processors to choose from, and three graphics cards - but that's nice as it doesn't complicate things and you'll still be picking a slight difference in power anyway. Whichever one you go for will have you munching through the latest games as easy as pie. Even the 'lowest' power of the builds - the i7-9700KF teamed with the RTX 2070 Super - is a powerhouse. This is a great price point for this build too and offers a terrific value gaming PC. 

best gaming pc: Fierce PC Crusader

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10. Fierce PC Crusader

The best gaming PC for budget AMD enthusiasts

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Graphics: RX 580 8GB
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent price point
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Solid AMD components
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Solid FHD performance

Reasons to avoid

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Limited frills and extra
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Workmanlike aesthetic

While Intel is the biggest and best name in CPUs, AMD - its main rival - has several comparable chipsets which perform equally well, and come much cheaper. So, we've included an AMD build here, to help you save a bit of cash on a great spec gaming machine. If you're looking to use your PC primarily for gaming, with maybe a little work and other media usage, you'll be more than fine with an AMD processor powering everything.

Elsewhere inside this Fierce PC build you get some very solid components for your money. Whereas the RX 580 graphics card isn't the most powerful, it does offer great performance for games, while keeping the overall price of the unit down. It's complimented here by 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a standard 1TB HDD. For the price, that seems about right to us.

While this isn't a 4K machine by any stretch of the imagination, it's well specced for the current generation. The Crusader will easily handle the best games at 1080p, and bring decent frame-rates to most (60fps+ in most cases). Well recommended for pure gaming (and particularly if you've got a hankering to go deep in the back catalog and play some Crusader: No Remorse).

The best of the rest

best gaming pc: CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

11. CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

A top budget gaming PC right now

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 11th-gen
GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti
RAM: Up to 16GB
Storage: Up to 1TB HDD + 500GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic performance per dollar
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Runs very cool out of the box
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Decent range of low-to-midrange builds

Reasons to avoid

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Lower-end capabilities may not appeal

This offers great bang for buck value. The Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme is a great PC to rock the current generation of games and do it all as one of the best gaming PCs under £1000 too.

Even beyond that and branching into the increasingly large world of VR, this machine will get you there on a shoestring: it's VR-ready right out of the box (just) and will be easy to upgrade when newer, more fancy headsets become more available.

The Xtreme is also great for anyone looking for a PC to match the capabilities of consoles, and something that will complement a PS4/Xbox One or PS5/XSX setup. And the Gamer Xtreme is also modular and upgradeable enough to allow you to quickly adapt when specs for when you need to allow for solid upgradeability and future proof-ness. Again, all without breaking the bank.

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CyberPowerPC 910 RTX gaming PC

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12. CyberpowerPC 910 RTX gaming PC

RTX 3000 carries a good system to true greatness

Specifications

CPU: Inte processors up to i9-10900K
GPU: Up to RTX 3090
RAM: up to 64GB
Storage: up to 2TB SSD; up to 14tb HDD

Reasons to buy

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RTX 3080 is incredible
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Solid all-around performance
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Great upgrade potential

Reasons to avoid

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Default fans are just OK

Only available at CyberPowerPC, the Infinity 910 RTX really shows what a brand-new RTX 3080 can do to a gaming PC, and where it can take the best gaming PCs.

The Infinity 910 RTX is the PC builder's latest venture in power, bringing the amazing might of the new Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU to a customisable gaming PC, built to order with your preferred specifications.

The stock model we’ve reviewed blew us away, dominating in games even at 4K ultra settings. The 10-core processor and shiny new GPU perform fantastically, with great framerates and surprisingly good heat management. Even ray-tracing is a much more viable option than in the previous generation, although it does still impact performance somewhat.

CyberPowerPC’s seasoned experts have ensured that the build quality on display here is top-notch, guaranteeing a system that looks and runs great. If you want to jump straight into some high-end gaming with a powerhouse PC, the Infinity 910 RTX is a fantastic choice.

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best gaming pc: Corsair i164

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13. Corsair One

The best gaming PC for peak performance in a tiny form factor

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RAM: 32GB DDR4-2666
Storage: 960GB NVMe M.2 SSD, 2TB HDD

Reasons to buy

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Incredible performance
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Tiny form and footprint

Reasons to avoid

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You’re going to need a bigger bank balance
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No way for users to upgrade without going through Corsair

The Corsair One series is incredibly small and lightweight (at least considering how much power it's packing), and has an attractive form factor. As a step-up option from Corsair's flashier but more modestly outfitted Vengeance model, the Corsair has a few advantages that will primarily appeal to those looking for more workload capability and who are focused on gaming as a more secondary concern. The Corsair One is decidedly a workstation focused rig, though it certainly doesn't slouch in the gaming department either. 

The One comes in a few flavors, but the best dollars-to-performance value is in the package around the $3,000 mark. It's built around an RTX 2080Ti, and contains a 960GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. It also has the impressive i9-9900K intel processor which is still offers some mega gaming chops despite the new 10th gen CPUs now going. And also, in a nod to megatasking workload scenarios, it packs a lot of RAM, at 32GB of DDR4-2666. It will manhandle modern games at 4K with ease, and it's also suitable for heavy rendering, CAD, or other workstation style applications. 

It's sort of the ultimate gaming/workstation hybrid, though if you find your bank balance is absolutely bursting with discretionary income, first, call me, but second you might also want to consider the top option in the Corsair family. The ridiculous $5,000 option includes the wildly overpowered i9-9920X CPU, which Intel insists on describing (and probably rightly so) as the "best processor for gaming."

I'm the Commissioning Editor for Hardware at GamesRadar+ and have been here since late 2018. I'm also a writer on games and have had work published over the last five years or so at the likes of Eurogamer, RPS, PCGN, and more. Day to day, I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRad ar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer, so do that in my spare time, while I'm also an expert on the virtual landscapes of games and to write about games' landscapes and environments too, including in an upcoming book on the topic!