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Best Gaming PC This 2020 – From Asus, Corsair, MSI, Alienware and HP

Not all of us has the time, knowledge and “courage” to build the best gaming PC. Sometimes we just want something that works right out of the box, preconfigured and prebuilt for us. Getting a prebuilt system from a reputable company is basically the fastest and easiest way to own a gaming PC. So, in this article we’ll show you some of the best gaming PCs built by Asus, Corsair, MSI, Alienware and HP. Go ahead and check them out below.

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10 Best (Prebuilt) Gaming PC In The Market – Ready To Use Out Of the Box

I now time is precious, so let’s get straight to the point. Below is the summary list of the 10 best gaming PCs in the market. These are from OEMs like HP, Dell, Asus and etc. On a later date, we will post an article of gaming PCs from System Integrators. The gaming PCs listed here are (really) top of the line specs, best in class, and are definitely not budget friendly.

These gaming PCs are for those who are looking for a really fast and responsive system. They are powered with the latest CPU and fastest graphics card that the market currently has to offer. For those who are streaming, playing games at high resolution and high refresh rate, or users who plan to work and play on the same system, these PCs are capable of handling such demanding workload.

After the summary list, I’ll answer some frequently asked questions regarding prebuilt systems. After that, I’ll discuss more of the gaming PCs we have listed down below.

TL; DR – Best Gaming PC Prebuilt By Top Brands

ModelCPURAMMOBOGPUDRIVE(s)Availability
Asus ROG Strix GA35AMD Ryzen 9 3950X32GB DDR4Asus X570Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti1TB M.2 SSD + 2TB HDD 7200RPMAmazon.com
MSI MEG Trident XIntel Core i9-10900K64GB DDR4MSI Z490GeForce RTX 2080 Ti1TB SSD + 1TB HDDAmazon.com
MSI MEG Trident XIntel Core i7-10700KF32GB DDR4MSI Z490GeForce RTX 2080 Ti1TB SSDAmazon.com
CORSAIR ONE a100AMD Ryzen 9 3900X32GB DDR4AMD X570GeForce RTX 2080 Ti1TB M.2 NVMe Gen4 + 2TB HDD 5400RPMAmazon.com
Corsair One i164Intel Core i9-9900K32GB DDR4Intel Z390GeForce RTX 2080 Ti960GB M.2 NVMe Gen3 + 2TB HDD 5400RPMAmazon.com
Alienware Aurora R11Intel Core i7-10700KF16GB DDR4Intel Z490GeForce RTX 2080 Super512GB SSD + 1TB HDDAmazon.com
Asus ROG Strix GL12Intel Core i9-9900K32GB DDR4Intel Z390GeForce RTX 2080 Ti1TB M.2 NVMeAmazon.com
Asus ROG Huracan G21Intel Core i9-9900K32GB DDR4Intel Z390GeForce RTX 20801TB M.2 NVMeAmazon.com
HP Omen ObeliskIntel Core i9-9900K16GB DDR4Intel Z390GeForce RTX 2080 Ti1TB M.2 NVMeAmazon.com

FAQs

What are the Pros of Prebuilt Gaming PC?

One advantage of a prebuilt gaming PC is… it’s pre-built. It is convenient, time saving and it’s basically one option if you don’t know how to build one. It’s also expected to work out of the box. Not unless you get a defective unit, that’s another story. You can simply return or exchange it for a new one if that’s the case.

Some of these gaming PC has a unique body design and chassis that are not available in the DIY market. Aside from the operating system, most already include a matching keyboard and mouse as well.

If ever something does go wrong or you encounter a problem, you only need to contact the manufacturer’s customer support. No need to contact several manufacturer’s trying to figure out what’s the problem or what component is causing the problem.

What are the Cons of Prebuilt Gaming PC?

The most obvious disadvantage of getting a prebuilt gaming PC is that it is expensive. Some are even really expensive.
Also, you can’t really choose what specific component or brand gets installed inside the system. Depending on the type of prebuilt system you choose, you may or may not be able to upgrade or add additional components inside the system.

Why are prebuilt gaming PC (so) expensive?

Whether it’s from an OEM or System Integrator, prebuilt systems are usually expensive since you’ll have to pay for the time and convenience of them building the system for you. On top of that, some of the parts, chassis or components are proprietary or not available in the DIY market; and those may also add to the cost. These are basically unique selling points that you cannot get or buy from your favorite retailers.

Let’s not forget, these companies also pay for advertising, allocated funds for warranty and after sales support and other related expenses that were incurred. Also, these systems do come with Windows OS out of the box and other peripherals. They are expected to work out of the box in the first place.

The only thing you probably need left is a (gaming) monitor, since some of the gaming PCs listed already come with a matching mouse and keyboard.

What’s the latest and fastest CPU today?

To date, the latest CPU from Intel is the 10th Gen Intel Core processors. Meanwhile, AMD’s latest CPU is the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000(XT) series. Intel still holds the fastest CPUs for gaming, but AMD holds the fastest overall, especially for productivity related workload.

The fastest and latest CPU from Intel is the Core i9-10900K, a 10-core 20-thread CPU with a maximum boost clock speed of 5.2GHz. It is followed by the Core i7-10700K(F), with 8 cores and 16 threads. The 10700K is basically similar to last gen’s i9-9900K in terms of number of cores/threads. But it slightly performs better due to the slightly higher clock speed, thermal design and architectural improvements.

As for AMD, their flagship CPU is the Ryzen 9 3950X, a monstrous 16-core / 32-thread CPU. That is followed by the popular Ryzen 9 3900X, a 12-core / 24-thread CPU. AMD has the advantage when it comes to core count and value for money.

What’s the latest and fastest graphics card today?

As of writing, the fastest graphics card is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, followed by the RTX 2080 Super. NVIDIA and AMD are expected to release new GPUs a few months from now, if all went according to plan and schedule.

What’s the best gaming PC today?

To answer that question, below are several gaming PCs that we believe are the best, if not one of the best, from top brands that are currently on the market.

Asus ROG Strix GA35 (GA35DX-XS99X)

Best AMD-Powered 16-Core Gaming and Productivity PC

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X – 16 Cores, 32 Threads, 3.5GHz Base – 4.7GHz Boost
  • CPU Cooler: AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4-3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD 7200RPM
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 11.0″ x 17.0″ x 19.7″

Pricing and Availability
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The Asus ROG Strix GA35, model GA35DX-XS99X, is a beast of a gaming PC. It features AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 3950X with 16 cores and 32 threads. That’s more than enough for gaming purposes alone. This system is ideal for multitasking, streaming, heavy content and productivity workloads and many more.

Since the design of this system is similar to a DIY rig, you can easily upgrade the components inside. The X570 motherboard will support AMD’s upcoming Zen3 Ryzen 4000 series CPUs and it looks like the graphics card can easily be swapped as well.

Speaking of swapping, there are SSD hot-swap bays on the front portion, and this system can support the latest and fastest PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD drives. In addition to those, there are also extra PCIe expansion slots available if you plan to add more components.

MSI MEG Trident X (10SF-862US)

Best Gaming PC with Intel’s Flagship 10th Gen CPU

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K– 10 Cores, 20 Threads, 3.7GHz Base – 5.3GHz Boost
  • CPU Cooler: Air Cooler
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 64GB DDR4 (2x 32GB)
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 5.1” x 15.06” x 15.6”

Pricing and Availability
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The MSI MEG Trident X, model 10SF-862US, is the company’s best gaming PC currently available; powered by Intel’s latest Core i9-10900K. It features a “console-size” body and striking aesthetics. It’s not bulky and can be placed on a desktop without taking a lot of space. However, due to its slim and compact size, the components inside the Trident X are air-cooled. On the positive side, there is sufficient ventilation to keep the CPU and GPU’s temperatures at bay.

By the way, since the next gaming PC is also from MSI, I have included a video giving you an overview look at this gaming PC. Watch it below.

MSI MEG Trident X (10SF-863US)

Also, Best Intel-Powered Gaming PC in a Small Form Factor

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10700KF– 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.8GHz Base – 5.1GHz Boost
  • CPU Cooler: Air Cooler
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4 (2x 16GB)
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 5.1” x 15.06” x 15.6”

Pricing and Availability
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The MSI Trident X model 10SF-863US is similar to the 10SF-862US. Similarly, it’s still built with the latest 10th Gen Intel CPU. But this specific model is powered with an Intel Core i7-10700KF. The 10700KF is similar to the i7-10700K we reviewed before, but it doesn’t have a built in iGPU or integrated graphics. This model still has the fastest GPU though, an RTX 2080 Ti.

Memory is also downgraded to 32GB, but that is still plenty enough memory. And you only get a 1TB M.2 SSD storage with this particular model. One thing that I didn’t mention above, is that due to its form factor, there’s not a lot of expansion with the Trident X. You may be able to upgrade the memory, CPU, GPU or storage in the future. But there’s no option or slot to add other PCIe components.

CORSAIR ONE a100

Best Compact Gaming PC with AMD’s 12-Core CPU

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – 12 Cores, 24 Threads, 3.8GHz Base – 4.6GHz Boost
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • CPU and GPU Cooler: AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4-3200MHz (2x 16GB)
  • Storage: 1TB MP600 M.2 NVMe Gen4 SSD, 2TB 2.5” HDD 5400RPM
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 172.5mm x 380mm / 12 L

Pricing and Availability
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Like the Trident X, the Corsair One a100 gaming PC also features a unique small-form factor body design. However, despite its small footprint, Corsair was able to slot-in an AIO liquid passive cooler for the CPU and GPU. This is to compensate for the single fan located on the top of the unit. There is also a small fan cooling the VRM and memory of the GPU.

Corsair is also using their fastest MP600 SSD as its main storage drive. It’s a NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSD with a sequential read speed reaching 4,950MB/s and sequential write speed reaching 4,250MB/s. You can check out our review the MP600 here. In addition, Corsair is also using their Vengeance LPX DDR4 on an X570 mini-ITX motherboard.

Corsair One i164

Best Compact Gaming PC with Intel’s 8-Core CPU

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K – 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.6GHz Base – 5.0GHz Boost
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • CPU and GPU Cooler: AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4-2666 (2x 16GB)
  • Storage: 960GB M.2 NVMe SSD, 2TB 2.5” HDD 5400RPM
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 172.5mm x 380mm / 12 L

Pricing and Availability
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Now, if you want an Intel-based machine for whatever reason, Corsair also has the Corsair One i164. This gaming PC is powered by last gen’s flagship CPU, the Core i9-9900K. It has a similar core and thread count with the newer Core i7-10700K, and their performance is almost similar as well. The 10700K is a tad faster though due to the slightly higher clock speeds and better thermal design.

Alienware Aurora R11 (AWAUR11-7088BLK-PUS)

Best Gaming PC with “Out Of This World” Design

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10700KF – 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.8GHz Base – 5.1GHz Boost
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GDDR6
  • CPU and GPU Cooler: AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD, 1TB HDD
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 17.39”-18.9” x 8.77” x 17” / 33.8 L

Pricing and Availability
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If you want a futuristic and “out-of-this-world” looking gaming PC, then Alienware got you covered. Dell’s Alienware Aurora R11 gaming PC, model AWAUR11-7088BLK-PUS, is one of their latest desktop machines. It is powered with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10700KF CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card. The RTX 2080 Super is the second fastest GPU, next to the RTX 2080 Ti.

One unique feature of the Aurora R11, aside from its futuristic design and aesthetics, both the CPU and GPU are water cooled. With the GPU being water-cooled by Asetek’s latest PCIe-mounted cooling solution, a.k.a. Asetek Rad Card GPU Cooler.

The lighting on the Aurora R11 can be customized and I think the storage and memory can be upgrade if you wish to do so in the future. The inside doesn’t look as good compared to Asus’ offering. But I really like the external design and look of the R11.

Asus ROG Strix GL12 (GL12CX-XB991)

Also A Best Full-Tower Desktop Gaming PC

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K – 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.6GHz Base – 5.0GHz Boost
  • CPU Cooler: AIO Liquid Cooler
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4-2666MHz
  • Storage: 1GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 18” x 7” x 15.7” / 24.25 lbs

Pricing and Availability
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Going back to a more traditional gaming PC design, with lots of expansion options; Asus also offers the Asus ROG Strix GL12. This particular model, GL12CX-XB991, is powered by Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9-9900K paired with an RTX 2080 Ti. It features a full-tower chassis with room for expansion and upgradability.

Speaking of upgradability, you can upgrade the GPU; add more PCIe components; storage drives; or some faster memory kit. But it’s basically end-of-line for the CPU. You’ll have to change the motherboard if you want to upgrade the CPU to the latest 10th Gen or upcoming 11th Gen Intel CPU.

Unlike the gaming PCs mentioned above, the ROG Strix GL12 has an extra M.2 SSD slot; a 2.5-inch hot-swap SSD tray; a 9mm optical SuperMulti DVD R/RW drive; and it even has a multi-card reader. If you need the expandability but don’t mind the size, this might be for you.

Asus ROG Huracan G21 (G21CX-XB981)

Best Compact Gaming PC From Asus

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K – 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.6GHz Base – 5.0GHz Boost
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4-2666MHz
  • Storage: 1GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 36.61cm x 12.99cm x 37.24cm / 8.3kg

Pricing and Availability
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MSI isn’t the only one with a console-like gaming PC. Asus also has the ROG Huracan G21; the name reminds me of a certain sports car. The ROG Huracan G21, model G21CX-XB981, is powered with an Intel Core i9-9900K and is paired with an RTX 2080 GPU. So far, this is the only gaming PC in this list with the slower graphics card. The RTX 2080 is currently the 3rd fastest gaming GPU on the market; just performing slightly below the RTX 2080 Super.

The ROG Huracan interestingly looks like a PlayStation 4 Pro; but with RGB and has a more aggressive and stylish aesthetics. Despite its size, you can change or upgrade the components inside the ROG Huracan. The SSD, HDD, RAM and GPU are upgradable. However, due to its size and design, the graphics card must be of the same dimensions or smaller than the one installed.

Another thing to note about the Huracan is it uses a different type of motherboard from Asus. It’s not using a usual mini-ITX motherboard. The memory used is a SO-DIMM, not the standard DDR4 memory. SO-DIMMs are usually used in laptops and other small-form-factor / mini-PCs.

HP Omen Obelisk (875-1022)

Not The Best Looking, But Specs Are Good

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K – 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.6GHz Base – 5.0GHz Boost
  • CPU Cooler: AIO Liquid Cooler
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz
  • Storage: 1GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 17.05” x 6.5” x 14.06”

Pricing and Availability
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Last but not the least in our list of the best gaming PC is the OMEN Obelisk desktop from HP. Just like the ROG Strix GL12, the Omen Obelisk is a tower-type system. The CPU is liquid cooled, you can upgrade or add the memory and storage. But, unfortunately, the motherboard inside this system has only 1 PCIe slot. You can upgrade the graphics card, later on, but there is no slot for additional PCIe component.

I’m not fan of its aesthetics, and the inside isn’t something that you would flaunt as well. But that’s just my personal preference and me being nit-picky. The main components are great though. RTX 2080 Ti paired with an i9-9900K is definitely no slouch at all.

The OMEN Obelisk may not be one of the best-looking gaming PC in this list, but it’s definitely on the cheaper side. Although, I would lean towards the Aurora R11 (AWAUR11-7088BLK-PUS). That model is cheaper, better looking and it’s based on the latest Z490 system with 10th gen CPU. The Alienware R11 doesn’t have the fastest GPU, but upgrading the R11 would be easier compared to the OMEN.

There you go guys! Again, these gaming PCs are not cheap, but they are definitely top of the line when it comes to performance. Which gaming PC do you like most from the list above? Or would you buy a gaming PC from a system integrator instead? Or perhaps, you’d rather build your own gaming PC?

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