It's a fantastic time to be a PC gamer (or to buy a system for one), whether you're looking to spend thousands on a high-end laptop, or less than $500 on a console-like desktop for living-room gaming.

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Alienware Steam Machine

The Steam Machine platform starts with Steam OS, Valve's Linux-based game storefront and operating system. This particular configuration, built by Dell's gaming division, feels like it closely hits the original Steam Machine concept: to build a living-room device that costs about as much as a game console but acts much more like a gaming PC.

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Asus GX700

The big selling point in this massive gaming laptop is a giant external water-cooling system, which actually pipes liquid coolant through the guts of this laptop to help cool the high-end components down. For a more living-room-friendly gaming PC, Asus also has a new G752 model, with a more mainstream design.

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HP Omen

The last thing anyone expected from HP at this point was a bold, fresh, take on premium gaming laptops. It looks great, and with a 15-inch screen at 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, the Nvidia 860M GPU was able to handle any reasonable gaming test we threw at it.

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Origin PC Eon15-X

With Origin PC, what you're really paying a premium for is a high level of personalized service and support, including lifetime tech support, in the form of access to phone or email assistance, and free labor on future upgrades and repairs.

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HP Star War Special Edition Notebook

The HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook is a specially designed take on the well-known HP Pavilion series of mainstream laptops. Under custom art covering nearly the entire chassis is a standard HP Pavilion 15-inch laptop. It may not be the most exciting or high-end laptop HP offers, but the mainstream components and plastic construction also help keep the cost down to a reasonable level for fans.

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