Best gaming desktops of 2016

The high demands of virtual reality has made traditional gaming desktops hot aga...

  • $4,900.00 MSRP Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Falcon Northwest Tiki

    Best for building VR experiences

    Virtual reality developers, including Oculus, use fleets of Tiki desktops to build VR experiences. This flexible and powerful system is pricey, but doesn't take up a ton of room.

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  • Origin PC Chronos

    Best for living room VR

    With clever magnetic feet that move from the top to the side, you can position this VR-ready small desktop horizontally or vertically to fit anywhere.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
  • $989.00 at See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Alienware Alpha

    Best PC to replace your console

    A gaming desktop that thinks it's an Xbox (or PlayStation). The Alpha costs only a little more than a living room console, but connects to your TV and plays essentially any PC game you can think of.

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Still not convinced?You may want to consider these other options...

  • Hitting the virtual-reality sweet spot
    Lenovo Ideacentre Y900
  • An Oculus-approved, VR-ready desktop for less
    Dell XPS 8900 Special Edition
  • A gaming beast that's ready for VR
    Origin PC Eon17-SLX (GeForce 980)
  • A second-gen computer-on-a-stick gets bigger, but better
    Intel Compute Stick (2016)
  • An inexpensive Chrome OS PC on a stick
    Asus Chromebit
  • Apple packs more pixels into its smallest iMac
    Apple iMac with 4K Retina display (21.5-inch, 2015)
  • A speedy Chrome OS system that stays on your desk
    Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox