Best HP Gaming PCs for 2020

HP has a full lineup of power-packed gaming PCs primed to handle even the most demanding games on the market.

    Whether you’re looking for a gaming desktop or laptop, here are our best gaming PCs for you. But first, let’s do a quick overview of what you should be looking for in your gaming computer.

    What should you look for?

    1. Processor

    The central processing unit (CPU), also called the “processor” or “core,” is an essential part of the computer.

      Multi-core processors are single chips that contain at least 2 CPU cores. While 2-core (or dual-core) processors are common, gaming applications run best with at least 4 or quad-core processors and higher.

      2. Graphics

      The graphics processing unit (GPU) is also called the graphics card or video card. The GPU speeds the creation and rendering of images, video, and animation.

        To run a top-performing gaming PC, the GPU should offer at least 4GB of video memory (vRAM) for gaming at 1080p or Full High Definition (FHD) resolution. However, for gaming at 4K, or Ultra High Definition (UHD) with more than 8 million pixels, you’ll need at least 8GB to ensure that your gaming computer is playing at its best.

        3. Display

        Ideally, you’ll want a minimum of either 15-inch or 17-inch diagonals and an FHD display with refresh rates of at least 60 Hz which is also the sweet spot for 1080p gaming.

          If you’re gaming at UHD (or 4K) resolutions, then you’ll need a monitor that is at least 27-inches wide. Why? Anything less than 27-inches will not be able to fit those 8-million-plus pixels on the screen without crowding.

          4. Memory

          A minimum of 8GB of RAM is usually enough for most games, although you can’t go wrong with bumping it up to 16GB if you’re able within your budget, as that amount is more than enough to let you play at 4K resolutions.

            And you can aim even higher at, say, 32GB if you’re looking to do more than gaming with your gaming PC. For instance, if you want to use video editing applications or 3D modeling software, more RAM is vital.

            5. Storage

            Look for a hard disk drive (HDD) with at least 1TB of storage capacity or a solid-state drive (SSD) with at least 512GB.

              Gaming desktop PCs do come with the advantage of having room for larger HDDs as well as the ability to add more storage capacity (both HDD and SSD).

                Gaming laptops, though, have SSDs that are smaller in size, making the laptop lighter and therefore easier to transport as well as quicker to run applications and boot up than HDDs.

                6. Keyboard

                Gaming desktops, for instance, offer the chance to choose from among high-performing mechanical keyboards that are ideal for gaming. Depending on the type of switch they’re using, mechanical keyboards last within a range of 20 to 75 million keystrokes.

                  Some laptops do feature mechanical keyboards as well as optical/photo-optical keyboards, which are very fast, that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and photo sensors to detect when keys are activated optically.

                  Best HP Gaming Desktops

                  1. OMEN Obelisk Gaming Desktop

                  OMEN Obelisk is one of the best gaming desktops available today. It features the latest Intel® Core™ or AMD® Ryzen™ CPUs, powerful NVIDIA® GeForce GPUs, high-bandwidth memory, and accelerated storage options.

                    With tool-less access to the interior through an easy-to-open side panel, along with a chassis that supports micro-ATX compatible upgradability, OMEN Obelisk is built for gamers who want to be able to upgrade or configure their systems for future requirements.

                    2. OMEN Gaming Desktop

                    A top-performing gaming PC, OMEN Desktop is outfitted with the industry’s latest hardware, a trailblazing design, and extremely easy upgradability to meet maximum performance demands and beat the newest AAA games.

                      It features the latest Intel® Core™ or AMD® Ryzen™ processor with liquid cooling, NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, up to 64GB RAM, and numerous storage options. It also has up to two 120 mm fans, liquid cooling options, and all-around edge vents on the left and right sides.

                      Best HP Gaming Laptops

                      1. OMEN X 2S Laptop

                      OMEN X 2S Laptop is the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop, with an integrated, industry-first 6-inch 1080p resolution touch screen that’s mounted right on the keyboard. The second screen is positioned directly under the laptop’s primary screen and right above the keyboard.

                        It’s ideal for instant messaging, interacting with applications like Spotify, Discord or Twitch, and viewing instructional videos. It also has a functional real-time screen mirroring feature that lets you cut and magnify images from your laptop’s primary screen.

                          Choose from the latest high-performance 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080, with up to 32GB of memory and up to two PCIe-based SSD with Raid 0 configured.

                          2. OMEN 15 Laptop

                          The stunning OMEN 15 laptop, which weighs just under 2.4kg, provides tons of power in a sleek, ultra-thin, and portable design.

                            Take on the most demanding AAA games with up to Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX or RTX graphics, and up to 16GB RAM plus large dual storage option with RAID 0. You can also easily upgrade and maintain your system with single-panel access to HDD, SDD, and RAM.

                              The Full HD display with narrow bezel gives you edge-to-edge immersion, a larger viewing area, and up to 144Hz refresh rates to play smoothly without experiencing lag or image ghosting.

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