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The best gaming desktop you can buy

It seems like we get new gaming desktops to review every week, and each one comes with its own quirks and eccentricities. Let’s be honest — the internals in all the top-of-the-line desktops are going to be remarkably similar. So which one is the best gaming desktop money can buy?

Well, when you’re buying a high-end gaming desktop, you should be on the lookout for more than just raw performance. Any machine in the same price category will be capable of hitting similar benchmarks. What you’re really looking for in a long term solution is something with manageable quirks, features, and eccentricities.

You want a gaming desktop that reflects you and your needs, without compromising its horsepower. Most of all, a gaming computer should be fun, so we’ve got the picks to keep the whole process from turning into a stressful mess.

Our pick

Origin Millennium

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Why you should buy this: You’re in it for the long haul, you want the best gaming rig on the market, and you want to keep it up to date.

Origin MillenniumThe Origin Millennium combines high-end hardware with fine-detailed craftsmanship.

Who it’s for: Gamers who want the best of the best, and don’t mind dropping some serious dough How much will it cost: £4,530, as reviewed

Why we picked the Origin Millennium The Origin Millennium has Intel’s latest 8th-generation Core i7-8700K processor, and cleared our tests with flying colors. Not to mention, it features not one but two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics cards running in SLI.

Simply put, the Millennium is among the most powerful gaming desktops you can buy. But wait, as they say, there’s more. Despite its speed and extravagance, opening up the Millennium and tinkering with its innards is far less intimidating than performing the same process on other rigs, due to its intuitive custom-built case and killer cable organization.

Seriously, if you get this thing, do yourself a favor and pop it open to check out those elegantly organized braided cables. You can pretty much scale the Origin Millennium up or down depending on your preferences if you want more powerful or less powerful hardware inside. Our review model ran short of £5,000, and it absolutely obliterated our benchmarks

Altogether, the Origin Millennium is the desktop to beat — on top of being incredibly powerful, it looks great, and it’s easy to fiddle with. If you want a future-proof PC, this is just about your best bet. Our review

The best compact gaming desktop

Falcon Northwest Tiki

Why you should buy this: You’re looking for something small, dense, and deceptively powerful (like a neutron star).

The best compact gaming desktopFalcon Northwest Tiki (2015)If you want something a little smaller, the Tiki is a fantastic machine, with a gaming aesthetic and satisfying growl when you turn it on.

Who it’s for: Gamers who want compact, understated power How much will it cost: £2,230 – £4,200, depending on specs Why we picked the Falcon Northwest Tiki

The Falcon Northwest Tiki actually scored a little better than the Velox in our review, but they’re very different machines. Digital Storm’s desktop is a powerhouse, and that’s reflected in its aesthetic; the custom metal chassis is certainly a joy to behold, but we wouldn’t classify it as minimalistic. Sure, it’s less flashy than many gaming rigs, but it’s still eye-catching, and takes up a decent chunk of real estate.

The Tiki takes after a different tradition, trading visuals and a luxuriant interior for economy of space. This thing is tiny. It’s also a good choice if you’re averse to some of the flashier gaming PCs out there.

Not everyone has a taste for neon red and flashing lights. Like most high-end gaming rigs, you can customize the appearance of the Tiki, but there’s something about its sleek, professional design that lends itself well to shades of black. If Origin PCs are hot rods with racing stripes, the Tiki is a slick black sports coupe with tinted windows and growling engine.

Really, it growls. It’s a little loud, particularly under a heavy load, but given how small it is, you could tuck this thing under your desk to muffle the worst of the fan noise. Or just sit it out in the open and enjoy the sound of a miniature jet engine.

Our review

The best affordable gaming desktop

Dell Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop

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Why you should buy this: You want performance without breaking the bank

The best for budget-minded gamersDell Inspiron 5675The Dell Inspiron 5675 provides competitive specs and unmatched value at less than £1,000.

Who it’s for: Budget-minded gamers who want a slick gaming rig How much will it cost: Starts at £650, tested at £950 Why we picked the Dell Inspiron 5675

Not everyone wants (or is able) to spend thousands on a gaming PC. Luckily, there are potent options out there for even the most frugal gamers, and Dell’s Inspiron 5675 is at the top of the list. If you’re a fiend for gorgeous graphics, you can find better options, but few — if any — desktops offer the same level of power as the Inspiron for such a reasonable price.

At 1080p, but it’ll play demanding games like Battlefield 1 without breaking a sweat. In Battlefield 1, the Inspiron and its RX 580 never dipped below 60 FPS at 1440p, even at ultra-high detail settings. To be fair though, our review unit wasn’t the basic £650 model, but a slightly upgraded model which retails for £950.

Either way, it’s still an exceptionally capable machine at a bargain basement price. The Dell Inspiron 5675 is a solid performer with a few drawbacks, but its low price and solid gaming performance make it a good choice, especially if you’re looking to step into the world of PC gaming for the first time. Our review

How we test

You’ve read our reviews.

You’ve read our conclusions. And now you’re wondering how we came to them. Reviews often lack context.

We’ll give out a score and analyze the finer points of desktop performance, but how do we reach those conclusions? How do we test these machines? Allow us to lift the veil. Here we’ll explain the benchmarks we use for objective testing and the perspective from which we approach subjective topics.

We don’t expect everyone to agree with our opinions, but we hope that sharing our process will leave you better equipped to decide what desktop best fits your needs.

Updated 1-11-18: Added the Origin Millennium as Our Pick.

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  • This configuration is delivered with Windows 10 Home 64 bit EN (DVD + Certificate of Authenticity COA + Activation key) already installed along with all the drivers
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