How good is this budget gaming PC

The best gaming PCs

08/28/2020 COMPUTER BILD SPIELE regularly tests selected game hardware, including gaming PCs. You will find the top products in this leaderboard. The lists are constantly updated so that you are always up to date. When you click on the products, you will find the relevant product data sheets with all the important information.

  • Good game speed in Full HD
  • Hard drive and SSD on board
  • 4K only possible with low details
  • A bit noisy under load
  • WiFi-ac only
  • Very fast game pace
  • Quiet and economical
  • Hard drive and SSD on board
  • No card reader
  • Slow SSD
  • At the bottom of the list when it comes to the pace of work
  • Good game speed in Full HD
  • Hard drive and SSD on board
  • 4K only possible with low details
  • A bit noisy under load
  • WiFi-ac only
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Our place 1: One High End Ultra IN04

Our 2nd place: HP Pavilion TG01-1300ng (200B2EA)

Gaming PCs: The best towers in the test


For maximum gaming pleasure, gaming PCs from Acer, Asus, Corsair or Lenovo come with powerful processors and graphics cards. The same applies to (working) memory: the bigger, the better. If you have precise ideas, you can put together your gaming PC yourself using a configurator. Inexpensive and good gaming PCs can sometimes be found for around 1,000 euros - price-performance winners, however, tend to cost a little more. You can even quickly spend several thousand euros on high-end devices. It can be a little cheaper overall if you buy the complete set with screen, keyboard and other useful accessories.

Gaming PCs Compared: What To Look For


Offers for good gaming PCs usually only mean the tower - a screen and other accessories can or must be purchased separately. In the test or comparison, the following points are the focus of models from Acer, Asus and other brands:
  • Motherboard: The best gaming PCs come with a motherboard with a fast chipset and sufficient slots that are at least of the DDR4 type. Important: All components must then also come with DDR4, otherwise they cannot be used on the board.
  • Processor: Intel and AMD keep fighting when it comes to processors for gaming PCs. The current winner is Intel with the powerful i5 and i7 core processors - most of the models from Acer and Co. are equipped with these.
  • Graphics card: Nvidia and AMD have the largest range of graphics cards, with Nvidia clearly having the best GPUs with the GeForce GTX series. In principle, graphics cards for gaming PCs should also have at least 4GB of graphics memory, high-end chips even come up to 8 GB.
  • RAM: The minimum in terms of RAM for a PC for gaming is 8 GB of RAM, but 16 GB is even better or more recommended. High-end towers even have 64 GB. As with processors and graphics cards, you should also make sure that the RAM type matches the motherboard (at least DDR4).
  • Hard drives: The use of two hard drives has become established in gaming PCs. A super fast SSD disk, which is a bit smaller overall but ensures extremely fast data flow, and a large HDD hard disk on which data, photos and games can be stored. All in all, the best gaming computers can quickly run into several terabytes of hard drive. Top models from Lenovo, Acer or Omen, for example, distribute the storage between 512 GB SSD and 2 terabyte HDD.
  • Operating system: Current gaming PCs are usually delivered with Windows 10 Home.
  • Connections: On the one hand, there are differences in how the monitor can be connected - mostly via HDMI or a DisplayPort - and on the other hand, which other connections are available. Several USB connections of the latest generations, DVI and an extra card reader are the minimum. Also make sure that the gaming PC supports the latest WLAN and, if applicable, Bluetooth standards.
  • Cooling: A lot of power generates heat. So that the individual components do not overheat during use, the graphics card and processor are usually equipped with their own cooling system from the start. The rest of the gaming PC should be equipped with water cooling or fans built into the case. Since fans, depending on the type, can be loud, you should pay attention to the note "Silent" when comparing the models.
  • Tip: If you don't want to deal with each of the above points in detail, you will find that gaming PCs are divided into different classes on many platforms and brands. Recommendations are made there for comparatively cheap but good entry-level PCs, high demands with future-proof hardware for or from 1,000 euros and for high-end towers with maximum performance.

For every budget: assemble the gaming PC yourself


If you only have a limited budget or have very specific ideas about what the perfect gaming PC should be able to do, you can use a configurator online and put together the inner workings of the tower and complete sets yourself. For example, it is up to you whether you end up buying a gaming PC for up to 800 euros or a high-end model for well over 1,000 euros. There are almost no limits to the configuration. For example, the following components can be put together individually:
  • The case: Typically, gaming PCs come with a dark case. Many providers also rely on optical highlights in, for example, red. If you are looking for a gaming PC in white, you will find what you are looking for in the configurator at an additional cost from many manufacturers.
  • The inner workings: processor, mainboard, graphics and sound card, memory and cooling - there is nothing inside the tower that cannot be adapted.
  • Available drives: Not every gaming PC automatically comes with a CD or DVD drive. For example, you can add a drive with a burner function in the configurator.
  • Software: In addition to an alternative operating system, you can buy virus software or the Office package for an additional charge.
  • Accessories: From cables to speakers to monitors - under the term accessories you will find everything you need to put together a complete gaming PC set.

Complete sets: gaming PCs with screen and accessories


If you are at the very beginning of your gaming career, you may need the complete set - from the tower to the keyboard. An overview of the most important gaming components, apart from the computer itself:
  • Gaming monitor: The right screen for gaming is sufficiently large and powerful. When comparing, it depends on a high resolution, for example in 4K, fast reaction times and image repetition frequencies in order to be able to display very fast game sequences and image changes smoothly.
  • Gaming keyboard: Mechanical keyboards allow extremely fast and precise keystrokes and have extra keys that you can assign your own commands to. Multi-colored keyboard lighting is not only a visual highlight, but can also help to keep track of things.
  • Gaming mouse: A mouse for gaming also has function keys, lies comfortably in the hand and reacts quickly. Tip: If you buy a mouse and keyboard from the same series or from the same manufacturer, you may save costs, the devices are functionally perfectly matched and they also match each other optically.
  • Headsets: Stay in touch with other players or listen to music while gaming. Gaming headsets are equipped with a microphone and buttons directly on the headphones. Light effects provide optical highlights.

Questions Before You Buy: Finding the Best Gaming PC


Of course, it is worth reading reviews before buying a gaming PC and comparing different models with each other. In order to find the best computer for you or your very own price-performance winner, the following questions will also help:
What and how much do I want to play?
Occasional gamers who tend to play small games get by with a significantly cheaper gaming PC than professional gamers. You may also be able to do without extensive accessories.
Which components do I need?
Just the tower or the complete set? In the first step, think carefully about which components you want to buy. A complete gaming set is usually cheaper than gradually buying a PC, screen and keyboard.
How much space do i have?
Gaming PCs come in different sizes. The "normal" towers are classic, but there are also significantly smaller cases that take up little space on or under the table.
How big is my budget?
Of course, the budget dictates the possibilities. High-end PCs can easily cost several thousand euros. But if you have less money available, you will find very powerful towers for around 1,000 to 1,500 euros. Important: A lot of gaming power also means power consumption that should not be underestimated. In order to keep the operating costs as low as possible, it is sometimes worth changing the electricity provider.
Tip: If you are familiar with something, you can use a configurator to throw out everything that is unnecessary and thus possibly save costs.

The best gaming PCs in comparison

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One

High End Ultra IN04

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HP

Pavilion TG01-1300ng (200B2EA)