Going out to find the cheapest computers to play can be an ungrateful adventure. If you do not know what you are looking for, you can end up spending your money on a machine that does not work according to your needs. But you want a hardware Decent for the dollars you are spending, especially now that virtual reality is becoming more conventional, thanks to Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform, integrated into Windows 10.
Next, you will find a fairly complete list of desktop computers to play focused on video games. In our opinion, we believe they are excellent. Most of them come with Intel Core processors of the seventh generation, although we also find an economical model that includes one of AMD's latest Ryzen brand chips. All models support HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality lenses, one of our requirements when making this list.
Dell Inspiron 5680
Starting from our love for the Inspiron 5675 of the previous generation, the 5680 updates the hardware of its predecessor and offers the same discrete design with great overall value.
The new Inspiron starts its price at $ 600 dollars, and comes equipped with AMD or Intel / Nvidia hardware. Options include classic AMD FX CPUs paired with RX 560 graphics, up to a Ryzen 1700X and an RX 570. Alternatively, you can choose between an 8th Generation Core i3 CPU with a GTX 1050, up to an i7 with a GTX 1060. In any case , storage can reach a terabyte, and get up to 32 GB of memory.
Despite its improved hardware, the Inspiron 5680 retains the same clean and professional look as its predecessor, and doesn't shout ?player!? Through the four corners like some of the other compilations on this list. It is not the easiest system to update in the world, this for its closely linked components to avoid damage during shipping, but it is a very solid basic desktop computer for games, and it could be your best upgrade path. at least until the prices of the graphics cards go down.
If you're not looking for professional gaming performance, that means you don't need to break your reach to get a decent platform.
Dell demonstrates that this strategy is definitely achievable with its G5 desktop computer. While the new G5 has an affordable price (starts at less than $ 600 dollars), the updated settings of its processor and GPU allow you to handle titles with many graphics in resolutions higher than FHD.
In essence, pair the G5 with a good ultra-wide QHD panel, and you have a solid gaming platform that can grow with you.
We recommend that you invest in the $ 685 configuration of the G5, so that you get a ninth generation Intel Core i5-9400 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1 TB hard drive, although it is important you know that, the G5 can reach a 9900K processor with RTX 2080 graphics if you need even more performance.
Compatibility with the most modern USB-C standard helps prepare the future for the Dell G5 and adds versatility to the types of peripherals it can support.
For games that grew with you, the G5 comes with a more mature design that promises not to be ostentatious, providing a transparent glass window and subtle RGB lighting in a very compact desktop tower form factor.
The small size of this computer makes it a great companion in smaller spaces, such as bedrooms, or to take to LAN parties. Best of all, if you're not playing, you can also use it to do the job.
Dell XPS 8930
If you ever played a role-playing game, you are probably familiar with the concept of min-maxing. This is exactly what Dell did with the XPS 8930. It has an eighth generation Intel Core i3 processor, which offers enough CPU power to perform your daily work, along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of RAM , effectively maximizing its graphic power without breaking the bank.
Its small black chassis does not make it exactly the most striking gaming equipment in the world, but it offers an excellent balance of price and performance, and there are cheaper options, if you don't need the whole kit. During our tests, the GTX 1060 kept up with much more expensive machines, without sweating too much. Remember that if you have the GTX 1060 version with 6GB of RAM, not the smallest 3GB version you will find on most low-budget gaming platforms.
Lenovo Legion C730 Cube
The ?cube? design of this desktop PC includes a handle so you can also perform serious gaming sessions. It is indicative of the whole vision of this Legion model: an affordable gaming computer that is especially easy to update. Not many titles will be played in 4K, but it can handle any 1080p title that you throw on it, and small details such as RGB lighting and the plastic window on the inside of the computer show that you seriously thought about what you like Players.
Inside are the Nvidia graphics up to an RTX 2080, including the GTX 16 series offerings; an eighth or ninth generation Intel Core i9-9900K processor, and a dual channel thermal system. You can overclock with the Lenovo application, which facilitates customization. Memory options include 16 and 32 GB and storage of up to four terabytes in various SSD and HDD configurations. The number of ports is particularly generous, with eight USB-A connectors: two USB 3.0 on the front panel, four USB 3.0 on the back, along with two additional USB 2.0 ports. There is also an Ethernet connector and 3.5 mm connectors for headphones and microphones.
Intel NUC 8i7BEH
This little Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is one of the most affordable PCs on our list, a portable desktop model that still offers high performance and is fully upgradeable, despite its small size. In fact, if you want the flexibility of making a gaming PC but prefer a considerable starter kit, this is the perfect option: this particular model offers a Core i7-8559U 4.5 Ghz processor, although you should choose and install its memory RAM, your hard drive (compatible with SATA and SSD) and operating system on your own.
While this required customization helps keep the price under control, this PC also has its own features. It comes with four USB-A 3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet ports, an audio connector mounted on the front and a microSD. The graphics are managed by the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 6555 integrated chip, enough to handle most modern games with a small adjustment. This PC does not exploit the latest version of 4K AAA, but you can play a lot of games for its price.
*Article updated October 31, 2019 by Mara Teresa Lopes.