The best gaming PCs in 2022 – CNN
Prebuilt gaming PCs have everything you need to start gaming right out of the box, plus you get a manufacturer’s warranty should anything go wrong. Buying off the shelf may not meet your needs as precisely as building your own gaming PC, but if you haven’t figured those out yet, or just want to get started right away, a prebuilt machine makes a ton of sense.
We’ve spent countless hours testing some of the most popular desktops out there by playing many hours of video games (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it) in a bid to find the best desktop gaming PC currently available. We tested seven desktops, and out of that bunch, two builds rose to the top: a high-end option that’ll set the pace for years to come, along with a budget model that’s a good starting point with room for expansion.
Best gaming desktop overall
The MSI Aegis RS delivers high-end performance in blockbuster games for an affordable price, and has plenty of space for future upgrades.
Best budget gaming desktop
Lenovo’s Legion 5i is a perfect budget gaming PC. It may not set any performance records, but it can provide smooth 1080p performance at a price that won’t empty your bank account.
- Processor: Intel Core i7-11700K
- Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3080
- RAM: 32GB
- Storage: 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD
- Size and weight: 17.72 by 16.93 by 8.46 inches, 30 pounds
MSI Aegis RS (11TE-089US Gaming) has the largest desktop enclosure of any gaming desktop we tested, but it’s arguably the best looking as well. It’s loaded with high-end components that can keep up with current AAA titles like Call of Duty or Dirt 5, but is well spec’d enough that it should survive the upcoming onslaught that is Halo Infinite later this year. The total cost of the build we tested tallies up to $2,499, and while that may sound like a lot, it’s a very competitive price for a high-end desktop.
Inside and out, the entire Aegis RS build is made up of MSI components. The matte black housing has three RGB fans in the front and another RGB fan inside the case that keeps the liquid running through the CPU cooler at a reasonable temperature.
On top of the case, you’…….