To seek out the most economical computers to play can be an adventure ungrateful. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you may end up gastándote your money on a machine that does not work according to your needs. But you’ll want a hardware decent for the dollars that you’re spending, especially now that virtual reality is becoming more mainstream, thanks to the platform Windows of Mixed Reality from Microsoft, built into Windows 10.
Below, you will find a list fairly complete with desktop computers to play focused in video games. In our judgment, we believe that they are excellent. Most come with Intel Core processors of seventh generation, although we also find an economic model that includes one of the last chips of the brand Ryzen AMD. All models support the lenses of virtual reality and HTC Live and Oculus Rift, one of our requirements at the time of drafting this list.
Dell Inspiron 5680
On the basis of our love for the Inspiron 5675 of the previous generation, the 5680 updated the hardware of its predecessor and offers the same inconspicuous design, with a great overall value.
The new Inspiron starts its price at $600, and comes equipped with a hardware-AMD or Intel/Nvidia. The options include CPUs AMD FX classic paired with graphic RX 560, until a Ryzen 1700X and an RX 570. Alternatively, you can choose between a CPU Core i3, eighth-generation with a GTX 1050, up to an i7 with a GTX 1060. In any case, the storage can reach up to a terabyte, and get up to 32 GB of memory.
Despite its enhanced hardware, the Inspiron 5680 retains the same clean and professional look than its predecessor, and doesn’t scream ‘hey, player!’ by the four corners as some of the other compilations in this list. It is not the easiest system to update the world, this by its components closely together to prevent damage during shipping, but it is a desktop computer for games entry-level very solid, and could be your best upgrade path…. at least until the prices of graphics cards drop.
If you’re a little tired of the hardware Intel and you want to try the red team, the Asus G11DF presents a new AMD processor Ryzen 5 1400, a graphics card Nvidia GTX 1060, and 8 GB of RAM. Is very close to the Dell system above, but with an exterior more striking and a chip AMD roaring under the hood.
Despite the fact that it is over the limit of $1,000 dollars at some retailers, the Asus G11DF was an actor very capable, keeping easily an average of 73 FPS For Honor with settings of maximum detail and 1080p. That is what truly matters here: these desktop computers are powerful enough to run recent games at detail settings maximum or minimum, as long as you keep the resolution at 1080p. These systems are not designed to get into 1440p or 4K.
Dell XPS 8930
If you ever played a role playing game, you’re probably familiar with the concept of min-maxing. This is exactly what did Dell with the XPS 8930. Account with a processor Intel Core i3, eighth-generation, which provides the CPU power enough to perform your daily work, along with a graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of RAM, maxing out effectively its graphics power without breaking the bank.
Its small chassis black does not make it be exactly the team to play the world’s most striking, but it offers an excellent balance of price and performance, and there are more economic options, if you don’t need the whole kit. During our testing, the GTX 1060 is maintained at par with machines much more expensive, without sweating too much. Remember that yes have version GTX 1060 with 6GB of RAM, not the version of 3GB smaller than you’ll find in most of the platforms of the games low budget.
Lenovo Legion Y520
The model Legion Y520 Lenovo is a PC for games highly affordable and yet powerful, which fulfills almost all the requirements of what we would see in a machine at this price. Their basic model costs around $700 (at the time of writing this note) and offers an Intel Core i5 CPU-8400 with 8GB of RAM, and a graphics card GTX 1050 Ti to play smoothly at 1080P.
The only thing really missing here is an SSD, as this model comes with a single 1TB hard drive. However, the alternative configurations come with 16 GB of memory Optane or a SSD PCIe 128 GB. There are also options for CPU, more powerful (up to a Core i7-8700), and a graphics card that is more robust in the form of a GTX 1060 3GB.
This is not a system that will manage settings ultra or 4K resolution, but it wasn’t designed for that. Looks good, has components good –if not great– and some upgrade options are pretty decent, that is, if you want to. A game machine of a sound budget.
MSI Trident 3
The desktop computer MSI is ready and willing to play with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The power of this beast affordable is a processor Intel Core i5-7400 of the seventh generation, and a graphics card GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) Nvidia. Comes with a stunning design that resembles a game console, and is constructed to rest on a horizontal surface or vertical, using the seat/base is provided.
Other ingredients under the shell of the MSI is its 8 GB of system memory DDR4 with speeds of 2,133 MHz, a SSD M. 2-based on SATA with a 128 GB of storage and a second hard drive of 1TB where you can store the majority of your games. All this is complemented with the audio Boost 3 and Nahimic 2, the technology of lighting Mystic Light of MSI, connectivity Wifi and Bluetooth and many ports to support lenses VR.
If this outside little, we can tell you that only weighs 18.1 pounds, and measures 15 x 10 x 20 inches, which makes it a little bit (just a bit) bigger than an Xbox One.
*Article updated as of may 1, 2019.
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