Top Picks for the Gamer

Top Picks for the Gamer

Almost anything out there will be able to handle Farmville or Angry Birds. You, however, want to play games which are more involved and more ambitious. Sadly, you just can't spend much money to do so. You might not be able to play all games at their highest visual settings but these systems will let you play most games out there today. If the computer is upgradable, you might even be able to turn it into a much stronger PC later, when you can afford it.

Your options 9 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$1119 to US$1990, with accessories.

Let's start with a broad search. The following offer the best value for the lowest price regardless of format preference. As a result, you will most likely see stationary computers down here and maybe a few portable options. You have the option to look for a specific kind of device at the bottom of the page.

  • #1, Stationary Computers ($1000 - $1850)
    HP Pavilion Gaming PC

    HP Pavilion Gaming PC from US$1120;
    ~$1690 with accessories

    For the right price, this Gaming PC can be a very compelling option, capable of handling most demanding games currently out there. In terms of durability, acces... Read More about the TG01-0299

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Fortnite

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-9700
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 30.70 x 33.74 cm
    Weight: 5.960 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the HP site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #3, Stationary Computers ($1000 - $1850)
    Dell G5 Gaming Desktop

    Dell G5 Gaming Desktop from US$880;
    ~$1390 with accessories

    This Gaming PC hits an appealing balance between affordability, power and speed. It does lack a few features I'd like to see in a gaming system (like paired mem... Read More about the dg5000_sb_ls94e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Fortnite

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400F
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 512 GB (~1.5 TB)
    Dimensions: 16.90 x 30.80 x 36.70 cm
    Weight: 8.200 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #9, Stationary Computers ($1000 - $1850)
    HP Pavilion Gaming PC

    HP Pavilion Gaming PC from US$84019% cheaper than usual
    ~$1340 with accessories

    This affordable gaming PC features appealing specs for the price and is well worth a look if you're looking for a gaming station on a budget or a graphical work... Read More about the TG01-1109

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Fortnite

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 30.77 x 33.74 cm
    Weight: 5.960 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #6, Stationary Computers ($1850 - ∞)
    Dell G5 Gaming Desktop

    Dell G5 Gaming Desktop from US$136026% cheaper than usual
    ~$1990 with accessories

    Here's a Gaming PC combining compelling features such as a powerful Processor, a roomy and speedy combination of Solid-State and Mechanical Drives and a powerfu... Read More about the dg5000_s27e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power4/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power4/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Fortnite

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-10700F
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 2 TB + 256 GB (~2.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 16.90 x 30.80 x 36.70 cm
    Weight: 8.200 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #4, Stationary Computers ($1000 - $1850)
    HP Pavilion Gaming PC

    HP Pavilion Gaming PC from US$880;
    ~$1390 with accessories

    This desktop PC manages to combine a lot of horsepower for the cost without sacrificing too much in terms of features or maintenance/upgrade options... Read More about the TG01-0199

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Fortnite

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-9400
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 30.70 x 33.74 cm
    Weight: 5.960 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the HP site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #6, Stationary Computers ($1000 - $1850)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$1230;
    ~$1830 with accessories

    This computer is a good fit for advanced productivity, creativity and multitasking on a budget, and thanks to fast storage, it'll keep your loading times to a m... Read More about the di3880_s4400e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    4/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Fortnite

    2/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    2/5
    Meets minimal requirements

    performance in Minecraft

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in The Sims 4

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-10700
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 1030
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #3, Stationary Computers ($1850 - ∞)
    Asus Strix Gaming PC

    Asus Strix Gaming PC from US$1360;
    ~$1990 with accessories

    This Gaming PC manages to combine pretty impressive specs for the price without compromising much in terms of ease of maintenance and upgrades... Read More about the G15DH-SBR563-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability0.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability0.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Fortnite

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 512 GB (~1.5 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.80 x 42.10 x 49.80 cm
    Weight: 11.000 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop Guillaume's pick; 20 times!

    MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop from US$8804%, Best price yet!
    ~$1119 with accessories

    This laptop aims to deliver satisfying gaming performance at a reasonable price, and it's worth a look if you need a gaming PC that can be set anywhere. You wil... Read More about the A3DDK-012CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy0/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy0/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Fortnite

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
    Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5500M
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.76 x 24.79 x 2.74 cm
    Weight: 2.300 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Canada Computers site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #4, Laptops ($1025 - $1875)
    Dell XPS 15 7000 series laptop

    Dell XPS 15 7000 series laptop from US$1360;
    ~$1720 with accessories

    This laptop packs a large battery and some powerful hardware in a package that's easy to carry. It's better suited for short high-performance sessions, but not... Read More about the XPS7590-nxps157590_s1608e

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    performance in Enthusiast Games

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Fortnite

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Minecraft

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in The Sims 4

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
    Memory: 16.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 3840×2160
    Dimensions: 35.71 x 23.55 x 1.68 cm
    Weight: 2.041 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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