Forget low-res gaming consoles. For a real gaming experience, at 1080p or 4K, hook up one of these new gaming PCs.
PC gaming is enjoying a renaissance in 2014, with both desktops and laptops getting new graphics cards that outshine even the PS4 and Xbox One. Plus, playing PC games at UHD resolutions is one of the only justifiable reasons for getting a 4K TV.
Sure, you can get the Millennium starting for around $1,500, but the real fun is moving up to one of Intel's new Haswell-E series CPUs, the octa-core Core i7 5960X, mounted on an X99 chipset motherboard, and adding not one or two, but three brand-new Nvidia GTX 980 graphics cards, for a total price of $5,999. A lot? Yes, but a great proof-of-concept machine for serious 4K gaming.
This bulky 17-inch gaming monster isn't the prettiest laptop on the block, but it does give you a chance to get the latest Intel and Nvidia parts, built into the same chassis as some better-known brands, for less.
The concept is simple -- build a console-size box that uses an Xbox controller, connects to your TV, doesn't cost much more than a new console but plays tons of great PC games through the Steam service. At $550, it's a little more expensive than an Xbox One or PS4, but potentially much more flexible, too.
The Y50 Touch from Lenovo finally has nearly everything we could ask for from a gaming laptop. Good performance, a touch screen, and a design that won't make it look like you live in a dorm. For an added boost, trade up to the 4K display version.
The relaunched Area 51 line has a unique three-sided design, which Alienware calls "triad." The flat corners of the triad shape allow you to rock the massive chassis back easily and access ports or doors with only one hand, but the real appeal will be the latest Intel and Nvidia parts for 4K-worthy gaming performance.
This red-and-black 17-inch gaming laptop is a major investment at around $2,500, but it's also the first laptop we've tested with Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 980M graphics card. That means it can hook up to a 4K TV and drive some decent frame rates at insanely high resolutions, which is pretty stunning for a laptop.