The absolute best gaming PCs with 16GB of RAM

RAM is one of the most essential components of your PC, and having 16GB of RAM is becoming far more of a necessity than ever before.


by Ryan Houghton |

Regardless of whether you're playing a fairly low-performance title like CS:GO or you're cranking up texture quality to Ultra in Grand Theft Auto V, having a decent amount of RAM is crucial to the smooth running of your PC. Once upon a time, you could potentially get away with even 8GB of RAM when running games, but now you'd be lucky if you found even a handful of titles that didn't require a little more heft.

If you're looking for a new PC that's going to deliver consistent frame rates and gorgeous visuals without breaking a sweat, then you've come to the right place. We've compiled some of the absolute best and brightest PCs from across the internet, all of which have been chosen with value in mind.

But first, a little jargon-busting...

What is RAM?

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is a form of temporary storage for your PC, where any data stored is being used by the PC's processor. No data is saved to the RAM, meaning every time you restart your computer, it's completely rebooted.

RAM is absolutely essential for general operation, and crucial for gaming because it gives applications space to store their data on a short-term basis, when running any applications or software, the computer needs to access them as quickly as possible.

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What else is important for PC gaming?

Each and every component of a PC is critical to the functioning of your desktop, from your CPU to your motherboard. But, of course, there are certain components that are going to fundamentally change how smooth your game runs - we're talking about the graphics card.

Possibly the most expensive component of your gaming PC build, graphics cards are responsible for rendering graphics - the very outputted screen that you interact with! The best graphics cards have a large amount of VRAM (a temporary storage for graphics data), but they can be pricey.

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TL;DR - the shortlist

The details:

Specifications
Dimensions: 36.9 x 16.5 x 43.3 cm
Graphics card: NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti
RAM: 16GB
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
Video connectionst: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort
USB: 3 x USB Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.2 gen 2, 1 x USB-C Gen 2, 1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
Audio connections: 1 x Microphone jack, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x audio line-in, 1x audio line-out
Storage: 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD
Software: Windows 10
Pros Cons
• Fantastic GPU • HDD memory is a little dated
• Beautiful case
• Great value

Overview

Out of the gate, we're immediately starting strong with HP's GT12 gaming desktop which is fully loaded with some of the best hardware you can find. Sporting an NVIDIA RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, and an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, you'd better believe that'll handle most of what you can throw at it.

The likes of Dota 2, Lost Ark, and PUGB don't stand a chance at slowing down with this fantastic combination of top-tier components all wrapped up in a slick, simple, yet the elegant case that looks phenomenal next to your monitor. 4K gaming on even the latest games like Stray and Insomniac's recent Spider-Man port just looks breathtaking when paired with this beefy console-killer.

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Of course, at its fantastic price, there are cutbacks - and they largely centre around memory. Don't get us wrong, 1,256GB of storage is more than enough. But in order to save a little cash, the HP GT12 utilises a hybrid memory system - that's a combination of HDD and SSD. In fact, most of the memory is HDD (at 1TB), leaving 256GB of SSD, but how will this affect your gameplay?

HDD is, generally speaking, much slower to boot than SSD, meaning that load times are going to be noticeably longer than they would be with a purely SSD-based PC. But once you've booted your game, you're in! The gameplay itself should be largely unaffected by the use of HDD, but you just might be waiting a little longer to jump into multiplayer, load new areas in open-world games, or even just boot non-gaming software.

For us, this is a tiny, tiny price to pay for what is a mammoth of a machine, we're certain you won't regret this purchase.

Specifications
Dimensions: 39.2 X 17.5 X 38.6 cm
Graphics card: NVIDIA RTX 3060
RAM: 16GB
CPU: Intel Core i5-12400 processor
Video connectionst: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort
USB: 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB-C Gen 2, 3 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
Audio connections: 4 x 3.5 mm jack
Storage: 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD
Software: Windows 11
Pros Cons
• Great GPU • GPU is slightly weaker than other options for the price
• Amazing performance
• Great value

Overview

Acer has really put the peddle to the metal when it comes to the fantastic Nitro N50 gaming PC, flaunting a superb Nvidia RTX 3060, alongside Intel's solid 12th gen i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and plenty of storage, and you've got yourself quite a mighty PC indeed.

You'll find no trouble in running Fortnite, Call of Duty: Vanguard, or Valorant, with all of them running at over 100fps at 1080p.

As is fairly commonplace with pre-built mid-tier PCs, the Nitro N50 also has a combination of HDD and SSD storage, leading to some minor performance issues when booting - with load times being slightly cumbersome.

Overall, we think this a great option for PC gamers dying to upgrade to something that is going to obliterate most AAA games right now. You've got great specs, great value, and that all-important aesthetic which gives off some awe-inspiring evil energy.

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Specifications
Dimensions: 49.8 x 18.5 x 42.1 cm
Graphics card: NVIDIA RTX 3060
RAM: 16GB
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor
Video connections: 3 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
USB: 5 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.2 x 6, 3 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
Audio connections: 3 x 3.5 mm jack
Storage: 1TB HDD, 1TB SSD
Software: Windows 11
Pros Cons
• terrific GPU • Storage still uses HDD
• Fantastic storage
• Solid value

Overview

Acer's Republic of Gamers delivers fans an admittedly flashy, yet ferocious gaming PC - the ROG Strix G15. Being only fractionally more expensive than our other picks, yet with a significant boost to processing power with the Ryzen 7 5800x CPU, alongside its 2TB of storage, packing a hefty wallop at the get-go in terms of performance.

Games such as Cyberpunk 2077, God of War, or even Red Dead Redemption 2 stand very little chance of having any performance issues when paired with such a beast of a desktop - rest assured.

Once again, a ton of these mid-range PC builds use a hybrid SSD/HDD storage to cut down costs which tend to slow down booting times as well as general file exploring access, if you do intend to pick yourself up the G15, maybe think about eventually upgrading that storage to proper SSD.

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Specifications
Dimensions: 46.2 x 21.5 x 48.2 cm
Graphics card: NVIDIA RTX 3060
RAM: 16GB
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X
Video connections: 3 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
USB: 4x USB 3.1 gen 1, 2x USB 2.0
Audio connections: 3 x 3.5 mm jack
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Software: Windows 11
Pros Cons
• Solid GPU • Expensive
• Great SSD storage
• Ultra-quiet liquid cooling

Overview:

Liquid cooling is a controversial, yet often reliable method of PC cooling - it's a great way of gaming without the incessant whirring of fans interrupting your focus (if that does happen to bother you). It can also look fantastic and more reminiscent of a mad scientific experiment than a normal gaming PC does, and Cyberpower PC's Centurion is far from the exception to this rule.

Packed to the gills with RGB lighting, which gives the machine's hardware the shock and awe they should inspire, CyberpowerPC has combined great aesthetics with solid hardware to create a formidable PC that is definitely worth your intrigue.

Our gripe, albeit minor, is the price of the machine overall, where some of our other picks look a little more basic, they've got a bit more to boot when it comes to processing brunt. The choice is yours, of course, a slight aesthetic binge, or perhaps you'd prefer to bump up those frames with something a little more punchy.

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Specifications
Dimensions: ‎45 x 21.8 x 47.4 cm
Graphics card: NVIDIA RTX 1650
RAM: 16GB
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4500
Video connections: 3 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
USB: 4x USB 3.1 gen 1, 2x USB 2.0
Audio connections: 3 x 3.5 mm jack
Storage: 500GB NVMe SSD
Software: Windows 11
Pros Cons
• Good value • Weaker performance than other picks
• Great SSD storage

Overview:

Our final pick is yet another CyberpowerPC build for gamers who want some proper performance, RGB lighting, and don't want to pay an arm and a leg for the pleasure.

Any sharp-eyed PC gamers are going to notice the significant price drop compared to the others, at £300 shy of our other picks, this is indeed a budget build. But how does it match up to our other picks? First things first, this is absolutely a downgrade from the other picks. There's a weaker GPU, CPU and less storage for a start.

You're probably going to get some solid 1080p performance with this machine, most older titles it'll crush with ease, Fortnite, CSGO, Dota 2: no problem. But for our money, we'd spend the extra £300 for a significant performance boost, where you're going to get great performance in most games with potential ray-tracing capabilities, we can't deny ourselves a gaming experience like that.

So, if £700 is your maximum limit, we'd say take the plunge, it'll be a great step into the world of PC gaming, and you won't regret it.

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FAQs

Are gaming PCs getting cheaper?

After the dreaded pandemic, we saw a meteoric rise in prices for essential PC components, graphics cards being hit hardest (although that was largely down to pesky scalpers). Since then, we've seen some significant price dips, so seemingly enough, GPUs are being made once again.

Why are gaming PCs better than consoles?

Of course, they're not objectively better, it's largely a preference for most people. But there are some essential differences. A gaming PC doesn't have to be used purely for gaming, it can be used for other highly demanding tasks such as editing and rendering, as well as your essential browsing which has always been suited much better to a PC than a console.

When it comes to game choices, PC has always had the best of both worlds. You get the PC-exclusive titles from gaming platforms like Steam, but you also get Microsoft's store, packed with Xbox titles, so you'll never miss a chance to play the latest Bethesda titles, or Halo for that matter. And while there are not a ton of PlayStation titles as of now (we're looking at you Bloodborne), they're steadily finding their way to PCs slowly but surely. Just recently Santa Monica Studios released a God of War port to PC, and Insomniac is soon to release their Spider-Man remaster, so PC gamers are rarely starved of choice!

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Then there's my personal favourite thing about PC gaming; modding. Again, over years there's been some modding capabilities that have found their way to consoles, Skyrim, Fallout 4, they've all had added modding features, but for us, they've barely scratched the surface as to what true modding can be. Proper game overhauls, true visual upgrades, and true freedom to play your way - this is what modding has to offer, and with millions of available mods, the community is just getting stronger.

Why do gaming PCs require more RAM nowadays?

As games become increasingly larger and get sharper visuals with ray-tracing, ambient occlusion, and anti-aliasing, they become more demanding on the PC itself. RAM is responsible for temporarily storing program data, and is in constant use while gaming. Therefore, having that larger amount of RAM for games allows for programs to run a lot smoother, the PC isn't struggling for storage space and is therefore going to run without issue.

Unfortunately, in modern gaming, 8GB no longer cuts it, for most AAA titles we'd recommend sticking to at least 16GB which is going to give you the gameplay you've been looking for.

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We're seeing a ton of new games being released this summer, and they've taken Steam by storm. Stray landed across platforms recently and with over 50,000 overwhelmingly positive reviews, it's safe to say it's a hit.

Then there are the usual suspects that have found themselves in the top sellers every month since their release. Hades is a huge hit for PC gamers, offering a blend of incredible characters, nail-biting combat, and gorgeous visuals.

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How do the next-gen consoles compare to PCs?

The Xbox Series X and PS5 are some formidable consoles indeed, they're running gameplay at 60fps with 4K functionality which takes some heft to pull off. A lot of mid-tier PCs aren't going to pull off the power that's required to run games in 4K so it really is a tremendous technical achievement at a great price.

Of course, the £1,000+ PCs are capable of some truly impressive gameplay, potentially reaching up to 8K (especially with NVIDIA's RTX 3090).

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Ryan is a tech writer and reviewer for What's The Best, specialising in PCs and gaming. He is a keen PC gamer and an avid reader.

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