There are a lot of factors to consider when you’re in the market for a gaming PC like power, size, components, and resolution. Although these desktops were originally built for gaming purposes, many businesses are using gaming desktops because they are the quickest, most cost-effective route to using the latest graphics cards and processors available.
Although you may consider building your own custom PC, the chip supply crisis has made prebuilt gaming PCs an even more attractive option. When you rent or buy a prebuilt desktop, you’re not only skirting around the chip shortage, you also don’t have to worry about purchasing a variety of other components and worrying about if they are compatible with each other. On top of that, pre-built PCs always have the best cable management, unique cooling arrangements, and can contain components you can’t get anywhere else.
Here we outline how to choose a gaming PC and give you our top 4 picks for pre-built desktops.
Tips for Gaming PCs
Bigger isn’t always better. You don’t need a huge desktop tower to get a system with high-end components.
SSD is better than HDD. Solid State Drives (SSD) have no moving parts and will make your computer faster than traditional HDD. Look for at least a 256GB SSD boot drive paired with a larger secondary SSD or hard drive for storage.
Get the right amount of RAM. 8GB is okay, but 16GB is ideal for most users. Although, if you are dealing with large files or doing high-end media content creation, you may want up to 64GB of RAM.
Get a PC with enough ports. You’ll want plenty of USB ports for plugging in peripherals and external storage, as well as enough HDMI ports to connect your monitor(s). Look for a system with USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB-C ports if you’re looking to use this desktop for a while as these ports will stand the test of time.
Check out “What is a gaming computer?” for more tips on gaming PCs.
Top Gaming PCs for Work
Alienware Aurora R11
CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
RAM: 64GB HyperX Fury DDR4-3200MHz
Storage: 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD and 2 TB, 7,200-rpm HDD
The Alienware Aurora R11 has one of the most powerful GPUs available on the market. Currently shipping with both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, this top-of-the-line maxed out machine is one of our top choices because of its fairly compact design, strong performance with 10th Gen Core i9 and RTX 3090, and very little bloatware – meaning the included software doesn’t use up unnecessary space.
HP Omen 30L
CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K
GPU: Custom HP GeForce RTX 3080 (10GB GDDR6X)
RAM: 32GB HyperX DDR4-3200
Storage: 2TB WD Black M.2 NVMe, 2TB Seagate 2.5-inch SATA HDD
This pre-built PC feels much like a custom-built PC with its attractive design. The latest iteration added an intake fan, glass front and side panels, and an easy-access panel to add components. Not to mention the sleek RGB lighting that adds some aesthetics to the case.
The 10th Gen Intel Core i9 and RTX 3080 proved to be powerful in gaming and benchmark productivity tests. On top of that, HP has included some name-brand components in their micro-ATX motherboard, WD Black SSD, Seagate HDD, and 750W power supply. These additional components make this prebuilt feel more like an enthusiast machine than some of the alternative choices.
CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
RAM: 12GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Storage: 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
The Dell XPS was designed for professionals who require reliability and high performance. This system is built with the hardware capabilities for standard processing or specialized workloads, such as processing large data sets, running 3D rendering software, analyzing CAD models, or computing specific engineering applications. You’ll be able to run multiple applications simultaneously as this XPS is powered by a 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4790 Quad-Core processor. When more power is required, there is a burst speed of 4.0 GHz and the built-in 12GB of dual-channel 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM, which is expandable to 32GB, allows the computer to quickly access frequently-used files and programs.
MSI Aegis RS 11th Gen
CPU: Intel Core i7-11700K
GPU: MSU GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC
RAM: 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-300
Storage: 1TB XPG Gammix S70 PCIe Gen 4, 2TB Seagate Barracuda
The MSI Aegis RS is a top-of-the-line prebuilt desktop, with 11th Gen Intel Core CPU and options for an upgradeable graphics card that brings awesome performance that you can upgrade yourself in the future. All of the parts are standardized, meaning MSI builds the case, motherboard, CPU cooler, fans, GPU, and power supply in-house. This is the type of pre-built PC that you can tinker with and upgrade on your own over the next several years.
Rent Pre-Built PCs
Gaming PC rentals can be used in a variety of ways, whether you’re looking to host a gaming tournament or increase productivity in the office or during a conference. Even if your work doesn’t involve programs that these high-powered PCs were designed for like gaming, medical software, video, and photo editing, or engineering software like CAD, these pre-built machines can still increase productivity.
In fact, you can complete your workload on a gaming PC just as you would an ordinary computer, but with better specifications – which means faster speeds, better graphics, and more powerful processors.
Are you thinking about renting a gaming desktop? Tech Travel Agent Mark Gillaugh specializes in gaming PCs, Alienware rentals, RTX workstations for conferences, and much more. Mark will handle any questions you have about RTX PCs. Contact Mark today at 1-800-736-8772 ext. 249 or fill out a fast, easy online quote form.
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