AMD’s Ryzen processor line is finally here (at least for desktops) and top manufacturers are starting to outfit powerful desktops with this new hardware. This new microarchitecture promises great gaming performance and VR experiences at affordable prices. In fact, you can find a number of models that cost under $800.
If you want a desktop with Ryzen inside, these are the best options so far.
This highly customizable $699 ASUS desktop includes processor options across AMD’s entire Ryzen lineup, including its powerful 7-series 1800X. The high-end GPU offerings include a choice of either a GTX 1080 or AMD’s own RX480, while RAM is expandable up to 32GB and storage is capped at a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. The only color option for this mid-tower desktop is iron gray, but customizable LED lighting effects on the front and side of the case elevate its design. The included Aegis III software will help users keep fan speeds and voltage thresholds under control.
Dell’s Inspiron gaming desktop runs off either a Ryzen 5 1400 or a Ryzen 7 1700X processor. Dell is pairing AMD’s latest with either a RX 580 or Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics, which is good enough for VR. Other specs include up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, dual-drive storage options and 7.1 Channel HD surround sound. This $849 Inspiron’s mid-tower case features wraparound vents for sufficient cooling and quiet operation, while the easily removable side panel ensures quick access to internal components.
HP continues to expand its Omen gaming lineup with the mid-tower Desktop 880. Its hexagonally shaped case is defined by sharp edges, a transparent window and a dramatic black-and-red color scheme. Consumers can choose to outfit the $899 desktop with either a Ryzen 5 1600 or Ryzen 7 1800X processor. The GPU is configurable up to a GTX 1080Ti, though those who want to stick with an all-AMD build can opt for a RX580 instead. Other key specs include up to 32 GB RAM and dual-storage options up to a 512GB SSD and 1 TB HDD.
The $958 Vanquish mini-tower has a preset configuration, but its 3.2 GHz Ryzen 5 1600 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will not present many performance compromises. Digital Storm’s budget gaming model is capped at 8GB RAM and a 2TB HDD, but it does features an attractive case with internal LED-lighting, a cable system designed for airflow and an array of powerful fans.
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With a starting price tag of $799, Acer’s upcoming desktop offers a decent entry point into the Ryzen 5 processor line. This mid range gaming desktop features a quad-core Ryzen 5-1400 processor, up to 64GB DDR4 memory and a GeForceGTX 1050 GPU. The mid-tower case is a black, gray and red affair with accented details throughout, including a set of bold red fans that flank the desktop’s front panel. It also features front-facing connectors like an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 port and a standard headphone jack/line-in microphone.
The $779 Lenovo Ideacentre 720 features a sleek, utilitarian design and a brushed metal finish. Lenovo stuck with an all-AMD lineup, with a choice of a Ryzen 5 1400 or 7 series 1700 CPU and either an RX 480 or a 540 GPU. Other technical highlights of this mini-tower desktop include up to 32GB RAM and a 1TB, 7200-RPM hard drive. It features a variety of ports, including three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and a combo SD/MMC/Memory Stick reader.
Alienware looks to shred the competition with the newest entry of its high-end Area 51 gaming desktop line. The processor of choice here is AMD’s Ryzen 16-core/32-thread Threadripper CPU, which significantly improves upon the performance of its top-end Ryzen 7 offering. Its bleeding-edge GPU configuration includes up to two GTX 1080s in SLI or three AMD RX 580s in Crossfire. The full-tower case has options for up to a 1TB PCIe SSD and 64 GB DDR4 RAM, while a full array of ports outfit both the front and rear of the case.