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7 great gaming desk deals 2022

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While the latest gaming laptops make most of the news and headlines, gaming desktops are still one of the best ways to play new and classic games. With unparalleled performance and tons of customization options, gaming desktops are a great choice for gamers who want a dedicated gaming setup.

But continued supply chain shortages and rising demand have made buying a great gaming PC more expensive than ever. A good sale, however, is one way to soften the blow caused by supply chain markups. That’s why we’ve put together a handcrafted list of some of the best gaming desktop deals available right now.

    What to consider

    Buying a computer of any type can be daunting. The sheer volume of tech specs can overwhelm even tech-savvy buyers. This is even truer for gaming PCs. While there are too many considerations to list here, keep an eye out for these key specs when shopping.

    CPU

    The brain of the machine, a powerful processor is crucial for any computer. We recommend a processor capable of a base clock speed of 3.0 GHz. Be aware that clock speed is not an overall metric.

    GPUs

    The primary way to get great gaming graphics. For a gaming desktop, we recommend at least an NVIDIA GTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600XT.

    RAM

    For most gaming desktops, we recommend at least 16 GB of RAM.

    Storage

    We strongly recommend a version with at least 500 GB of SSD storage. We also recommend saving and running your Windows operating system from an SSD, not a hard drive.

    How we selected

    Many of these recommendations come from hundreds of hours of internal use. For products that we have not been able to test ourselves, we carry out intensive research, reviewing content from expert sources such as PC Gamer, PCMag, CNET, Tom’s Guide, DigitalTrends, and others, plus thousands of consumer reviews from online storefronts like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. As for the products themselves, we evaluated them based on performance, design, build quality, and price.

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1

NVIDIA on a budget

shadow games

Skytech Games

  • Very affordable 1080p performance
  • Large 1TB SSD

$999.99 $899.99 (10% off)

Key specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F
  • GPUs: NVIDIA RTX-3050
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Size (L/W/H): 17.9 x 8.3 x 16.4 inches

Due to ongoing supply chain issues, good graphics cards have become a hot commodity, often selling for double their retail value. This version of Skytech’s Shadow Gaming desktop, however, breaks the mold, offering one of NVIDIA’s latest GPUs while remaining affordable.

The star of this desktop is the GPU, NVIDIA’s RTX 3050. This card was released in early 2022 and offers all of NVIDIA’s proprietary features and excellent 1080p performance. While this desktop isn’t suitable for gaming at 1440p, its very affordable price, large storage, and new GPU make it an impressive budget option.

2

An affordable ASUS desktop computer

ROG Strix gaming desk

Asus

  • Very affordable
  • Excellent CPU and GPU
  • Small SSD
  • Single intake fan

$1299.00 $1149.00 (12% discount)

Key specs

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
  • GPUs: NVIDIA RTX 3060
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
  • Size (L/W/H): 16.9 x 7.1 x 21 inches

ASUS gaming laptops are well known in the industry as some of the best. But ASUS also makes affordable gaming desktops, like the ROG Strix. Sharing some design accents from the Strix laptop series, this Strix desktop PC comes with stellar components at a discounted price.

A powerful CPU, GPU and plenty of RAM work together to deliver amazing gaming at 1080p, with room for light gaming at 1440p. Although we wish the case itself had more fans, its high-performance components are worth the price of entry.

3

For space-conscious gamers

Pavilion Gaming Desk

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  • Small form factor
  • Excellent 1080p performance
  • Variety of front-facing ports

$1499 $1299 (14% off)

Key specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10700
  • GPUs: NVIDIA RTX 3060
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
  • Size (L/W/H): 12.09 x 6.12 x 13.28 inches

HP’s Pavilion Gaming Desktop is one of our favorite gaming desktops for a reason. Its small size, wide variety of configurations, and affordable price make it a great gaming desk option for everyone. This configuration is offered at a discount and includes some incredible components for the price.

The mid-range CPU, GPU and 16GB of RAM mean intense 1080p gaming is no problem. But unlike the other desktops on this list, the Pavilion Gaming is compact and has excellent front-facing ports, including a USB-C and SD card slot.

4

AMD on a budget

Master player

CyberPowerPC

  • Excellent 1080p performance
  • Efficient and cool AMD components

$1199.99 $949.99 (21% off)

Key specs

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • GPUs: AMD Radeon RX6600
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 500 GB SSD
  • Size (L/W/H): 17.9 x 7.8 x 17.7 inches

CyberPower is well known for budget gaming desktops, and this configuration of their Gamer Master version is an affordable all-AMD machine. Both the CPU and GPU are midrange offerings released in late 2021, and both offer excellent performance at an affordable price.

If you’re someone who worries about cooling and performance, this desktop computer has a lot to offer. AMD components run smoothly and cool, while the desktop case features two front intake fans to keep airflow throughout. For AMD users on a budget, this Gamer Master is a great option to consider.

5

Excellent 1440p gaming

OMEN 30L

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  • Powerful AMD CPUs and GPUs
  • Large 1TB SSD

$1649.99 $1349.99 (19% off)

Key specs

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
  • GPUs: AMD Radeon RX6700XT
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Size (L/W/H): 16.61 x 6.5 x 17.05 inches

The OMEN 30L is already one of our favorite gaming desktops. But this all-AMD configuration comes at a discount, which makes it even more appealing. For anyone looking to game at 1440p resolutions, this build offers fast and efficient performance thanks to the mid-range RX 6700XT GPU. We also liked the understated design of the OMEN 30L, a simple black tower that’s easy to access and upgrade. We wish it came with more intake fans installed, but the 30L’s side panel simplifies internal access.

6

An AMD power plant

Aurora Ryzen Edition R10

alienware

  • Affordable 1440p performance
  • Massive storage

$2499.99 $2199.99 (11% off)

Key specs

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800
  • GPUs: AMD Radeon RX6800XT
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Size (L/W/H): 17 x 8.77 x 18.96 inches

Alienware’s Aurora series of desktop computers are generally not budget-friendly. Good components, unique case design, and brand recognition all add up to an excellent but pricey PC.

Luckily, Dell is offering deals on its older Aurora configurations, drastically reducing the price of these older but high-performance versions. One of the best we’ve seen is this AMD Ryzen Edition R10, equipped with excellent components capable of stellar performance at 1440p. On the outside, you’ll find a sleek, curved case design that looks amazing, if you’ve got the desk space to show it off.

MSI

  • liquid-cooled CPU
  • Three intake fans
  • Excellent 1440p performance

$1699.99 $1499.99 (12%)

Key specs

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • GPUs: AMD Radeon RX6700XT
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Size (L/W/H): 16.93 x 8.46 x 17.72 inches

Many pre-built gaming desktops come with awesome components, but lackluster cooling. This configuration of MSI’s Aegis ZS comes with both and is currently on sale.

The case itself comes with three intake fans and one exhaust fan, all of which feature customizable RGB lighting. Inside, you’ll find a liquid-cooled processor, plenty of storage and RAM, and excellent AMD graphics. Overall, the Aegis ZS can run most games at 1440p without issue. But the stellar thermal design is the real highlight, delivering cool and quiet performance.

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