Here is a list of the top rated gaming computers for 2011 – 2012 which includes PCs from reputable brands like Alienware, CyberPowerPC, iBuyPower, and Titanium Gamer. Please note that PCs are listed by price point rather than order. See a more detailed analysis below.[table “10” not found /]
1.) iBUYPOWER Gamer Power AMD AM502D3 Gaming Desktop Computer – Black
This AM502D3 gaming desktop is an amazing deal. For the same price that you would purchase an office computer you get a PC that will play almost all of the most popular games in the market today (including WoW). For your $400 you get an AMD Phenom II X2 250 CPU, a dedicated Radeon HD5450 and 4GB of DDR 3 memory/ram.
2.) Titanium Gamer AMTI9020 Gaming Computer
For around $100 more you might want to consider the AMT9020 from Titanium Gamer which features a heftier 3.0GHz AMD Athlon II X4 650 Quad-Core processor along with a Radeon HD R5450 Video card with a full 1GB of dedicated memory. It also includes 4GB DDR3 1333MHZ and a 500GB SATAII HDD.
3.) Titanium Gamer AM6020 Gaming Computer
For your next $100 step up you should look at this awesome looking white PC from Titanium gamer. It comes with a similar processor in the AMD Athlon II X4 640 and a better GPU in the NVIDIA 450 GTS which has 1GB of GDDR5 video. It also comes with 4GB DDR3 1333MHZ and a 500GB SATAII hard drive.
4.) iBUYPOWER Gamer Power A933SLC Liquid Cooling Gaming Desktop Computer – Black
Another computer to consider in this same price range is the IBuyPower A933SLC. I prefer it over the AM6020 because it features the Sandy Bridge Intel i3 2120 (3.3GHz) CPU and because of that carries an 1155 motherboard which is perfect for future upgrades. It also comes with a NVIDIA GT430 1GB dedicated memory graphics card, 4GB DDR3 Memory, and a larger hard drive than its competitor with 1TB Serial ATA-II.
5.) iBUYPOWER Gamer Power AMD AM550D3
If you need more multitasking than the A933SLC can provide then consider the AM550D3 which differs from the A933SLC because it comes with an AMD Phenom II x4 645 (3.1GHz) CPU and ATI Radeon HD5670 1GB dedicated video card. It also has 4GB of DDR3 Memory and comes with a 1TB Serial ATA-II HDD.
6.) Titanium Gamer AMTI9025 Gaming Computer
The 9025 comes with a 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II x4 955 Quad-Core processor and a NVIDIA GeForce HD N450 GTS 1GB GDDR5 Video Card. It also features 4 GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory and a 1.0TB (1 x 1TB) Hard Drive (Serial ATA II, 3GB, 7200 RPM, 32M Cache).
7.) iBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme AMD AM573D3 Gaming Desktop Computer – Black
In the $900 range you should consider the iBuyPower Gamer extreme AMD AM573D3 Gaming Desktop. It comes with a AMD Phenom II x4 965 (3.4GHz) CPU and for dedicated graphics comes with a ATI Radeon HD6850 1GB (HDMI) Video card. You also get a little nicer hard drive with a 1.0TB Sata III. 4 GB DDR3 Ram.
8.) iBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme A958i Gaming Desktop Computer – White
For around $1000 you should go with the iBuyPower Gamer Extreme A957i which includes two personal favorites of ours the Intel i7 950 3.06GHz and NVIDIA GTX460 1GB dedicated graphics card. The i7-950 was the bestselling CPU of 2010 and has performed flawlessly on my personal computer. You also get a step in ram 6GB DDR3 and a 1TB Hard Drive (7200 RPM). It also looks awesome.
9.) Dell Alienware Aurora R2 AAR2-1222CSB
Although you don’t seem to get as much bang for your buck, Alienware offers you true quality, durability, and an awesome look. Personally we’d have a hard time going with the AAR2-1222CSB over the A958i even at this price difference. It includes an Intel Core i5-760 (2.80 GHZ) processor and Dual ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics cards as well as a 1 TB hard drive (7200 RPM).
10.) iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme A946SLC Liquid Cooling Gaming Desktop Computer – Black
If you’re looking for a high-end gaming computer, then go with the Gamer Supreme A946SLC from iBuyPower which boasts the Intel i7-950 and the blazing Radeon HD6950 which can be simply upgraded (at your own risk) to an HD 6970 by flashing the bios. (See TechPowerUp). It also comes with a mind-numbing 12 GB DDR3 ram, and a 2TB Sata II Hard Drive.