Gamers are generally considered the highest level of PC users in terms of technical requirements. Running modern HD games properly requires some pretty solid hardware, and most of the time you can expect to pay well over £1000 for the best gaming computers. However, it’s possible to find models that can play games comfortably for half that price, if you look out for the best bargains. Here are some of our favourite choices.
This modified gaming PC includes a performance-boosted Intel Core i5 processor, allowing it to produce even better results when running HD games. Nvidia GeForce dedicated graphics support the 8GB of built-in RAM to make video rendering easy. This PC offers some of the best graphics and performance stats you’re likely to find on a model below £1000, and yet it only costs £600!
With a full price of £500, this budget gaming PC is already a steal. It packs a quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 370 graphics card with 2GB of its own memory. This means it’s more than capable of supporting the HD, 3D graphics found in most new games. In terms of water-cooled desktop computers, it would be hard to find a better price than this, and if you can get it any cheaper we would highly recommend it.
Designed as a straight replacement for a games console, this Palicomp model looks like a classic Xbox, and includes an official 360 controller to match, making your gaming easier and more fun. With a 4GB dedicated Nvidia card for handling graphics, its performance is enough to work well as a substitute for actual console gaming, plus you can of course use it comfortably for all your other PC needs. At £700, this one works out best if you’re using it for exactly this purpose, saving you the hassle and expensive of buying both a high-end PC and a gaming console.