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Best PCs for Gaming, Home and Work

Best PCs for Gaming, Home and Work

Is your home computer struggling a little with the latest PC games or high-end productivity applications? If you need a new gaming PC or work system, then look no further. We’ve got the PC review that can help you find a new rig.

We’ve rounded up a magnificent seven of our favourite PCs. We have got high-end systems for work, powerful gaming rigs, mini PCs and affordable 1080p gaming systems – along with buying links and full review coverage.

No matter what kind of desktop PC you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Just read on!

Best Ultimate PC: Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper UltimateYou’re going to have to fork out plenty of cash if you want to get your hands on the most outrageous system we’ve ever reviewed.

The Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate costs £7,500. It’s worth every penny.

This monster machine ticks every box. It’s built around the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which has sixteen cores. There’s 64GB of memory, a huge 1TB SSD and a ridiculous 10TB hard disk. Everything connects to the Asus ROG Zenith Extreme, which is the most expensive motherboard we’ve ever seen.

Graphical grunt comes from two overclocked Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards. The entire rig boasts a fantastic water-cooling setup, with two radiators, three clear waterblocks and orange coolant.

There isn’t a gaming or productivity task that this PC won’t swat aside. If you truly do need this level of power – and you want a machine that’ll look good doing it – then click here to read our PC review.

The Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate costs £7,500.

Best Mini PC: CCL NebulaX

CCL NebulaX Gaming PC Review

Of course, most people don’t need a £7,500 PC or don’t have that kind of money to spend. If you need a smaller system, then look to the CCL NebulaX.

This tiny machine uses a mini-ITX motherboard inside a tall, narrow case. It’ll fit comfortably into a living room or an office. It can even be used on its side if it won’t sit vertically.

Despite the smaller size, there’s little compromise when it comes to performance. Graphical grunt comes from an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. In addition, home computing won’t have any issues with the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor.

The CCL machine is a great option if you’d like a system that’s powerful and quiet in less space than a traditional desktop. Read our PC review if you’d like to know more.

The CCL NebulaX is available for £1,699 and can be customised with all sorts of different processors, graphics options and storage configurations.

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC: Yoyotech Redback N5

Yoyotech Redback N5This rig may have arrived on our test bench back in the summer, and the Yoyotech Redback N5 has easily held its own and remains our favourite mid-range gaming PC.

It’s easy to see why. The overclocked Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 will handle any gaming task at 1080p or 1440p. It’ll also output to VR headsets. The Ryzen 7 1700 processor has eight cores and a solid stock speed. It’s paired with 16GB of memory and a 250GB SSD.

There aren’t many single-screen gaming tasks where this machine will struggle. And, finally, the case looks good, has numerous features and does a solid job of keeping the noise down.

The Yoyotech Redback N5 delivers great gaming performance, solid application speed and good build quality – so it’s an ideal mid-range option. Click here to read our full PC review, and head here to buy this machine for £1,300.

Best High-End Gaming PC: Scan 3XS Vengeance Aura SLI

Scan 3XS Vengeance Aura SLIThere’s a reason why Scan continues to be one of the UK’s best PC builders. The 3XS Vengeance Aura SLI is a stunning machine that offers huge power and impeccable building alongside plenty of new technology.

This was the first rig we reviewed with an Intel Coffee Lake processor. The Core i7-8700K is a fantastic six-core chip that had been augmented with an overclocked core. Scan paired the CPU with 32GB of memory and an excellent Samsung SSD.

There’s no shortage of gaming power thanks to a pair of overclocked GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Therefore, our benchmarks demonstrate the sheer power that’s provided by two of Nvidia’s best products.

And, as usual, Scan did a great job with the build. The Corsair Crystal 570X case looks fantastic thanks to tempered glass and honeycomb plastic, and Scan’s cable-tidying and RGB LED lighting are both impeccable.

The Scan 3XS Vengeance Aura SLI will scythe through any gaming task and almost all productivity applications – and it’ll be attractive and quiet while doing it. If you’d like more information, then click here to read our PC review.

The Scan 3XS Vengeance Aura SLI is available for £3,899 and has numerous customisation options available.

And, if you want a little more processing power, the Scan 3XS Carbon Fluid Extreme SLI includes an overclocked Intel Core i9-7900X processor – click here to read our PC review, and head here to buy this rig for £4,926.

Best Budget Gaming PC: Wired2Fire Pyro Ultima

Wired2Fire Pyro UltimaYou don’t have to spend four figures to get a rock-solid gaming PC – and the Wired2Fire Pyro Ultima proves it.

This machine costs £839 and included an ideal set of components for 1080p gaming. The 6GB version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is a great card. Furthermore, the Ryzen 5 1500X processor arrives with a small overclock.

There’s 8GB of memory, a 240GB SSD and a high-quality Asus motherboard. It’s all inside a Cooler Master case that remained quieter than many other machines.

The Wired2Fire machine has ample power for 1080p gaming and it’ll run plenty of titles at 1440p. If you need an affordable gaming rig, it’s our favourite option. If you need more information, click here to read our PC review.

The Wired2Fire Pyro Ultima costs £839 and can be configured with different components if you’d like to save even more money.

Best Celebrity PC: Chillblast Fusion Yogsblast Ultimate

Chillblast Fusion YogscastOur favourite celebrity system isn’t just an underwhelming gaming PC with a logo slapped on the side. The Chillblast Fusion Yogscast Ultimate is the same rig that the Yogscast team uses. That means it’s got an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor with eight-cores – ideal for video production and streaming.

It’s powerful in other areas. The rig has a monster 32GB of memory and two SSDs alongside two huge hard disks. It’s got a top-quality Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card with loads of stream processors and 11GB of memory.

This PC will handle any content creation task and it’ll run all of the latest games. it’s hardly a shock that these are used in the Yogscast offices.

Click here to read our PC review of this brilliant PC, or click here to buy the Chillblast Fusion Yogscast Ultimate for £2,950.

Best PC with AMD Ryzen Threadripper: CyberPower Ultra Threadripper Xtreme

AMD Ryzen processors have caused a huge stir in the gaming PC market, and that’s no surprise: these chips have loads of cores, benchmark-beating performance and the sort of ability that can rival Intel.

The CyberPower Ultra Threadripper Xtreme remains a fantastic choice and our favourite Threadripper rig.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is a vast sixteen-core chip with loads of power. That makes it ideal for content creation and other tough work tasks. The processor partners with an MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard that’s littered with features. Furthermore, this machine also has 32GB of memory and a rapid Samsung SSD.

It’s not short on power for applications and content creation. The overclocked GTX 1080 Ti handles any gaming task too. It’ll run the latest titles at 4K and output to VR headsets with equal aplomb.

You’ll have to pay £3,455 for this machine, and it’ll last you for years. Head here to buy or customise, and click this link to read our PC review.

Are these PCs tempting you, or do you need something else? Click here to see our latest laptop reviews, or head here for our desktop PC reviews. Click here to read our laptop buying guide, featuring our favourite gaming notebooks.

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