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CES 2017 reveals how to build the ultimate gaming rig

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the tech world is buried in enough new gadgets, gizmos and doodads to last a lifetime. Nevertheless, plenty of new gaming PCs are attracting attention.

Although you’ll find many great gaming computers are already available at Walmart, new, more advanced computers are right around the corner. We’ll cover some of the best that you can get right now, as well as the ones to keep your eye on later this year.

Desktop gaming at a bargain

With new hardware shown off at CES set to release later this year, the prices of existing gaming desktops are going to go down. Thus, current mid-range gaming PCs will become the new budget gaming desktops. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great deal right now.

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Series GUA4000W gaming desktop is a solid option. It’s not top-of-the-line, but it should play most modern games on at least medium settings. This CyberPowerPC rig includes an AMD FX-8320 processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB HDD and an AMD Radeon R7 250 GPU. If you’re not a hardcore gamer who needs the best visuals, this is the gaming PC for you.

A highly portable gaming laptop

As technology continues to improve and components become increasingly smaller, the power of a gaming desktop can be crammed into the design of a portable gaming laptop. But budget gaming laptops come in at higher prices than their desktop counterparts, usually with lower specs, simply due to the portability factor.

For good-quality PC gaming on-the-go, take a look at the Dell i7559-7514GRY at the current price of $999. This laptop sports a 15.6-inch 4K display, Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU.

A desktop perfect for VR

Intel and AMD this week both showed off powerful new processors, while AMD and NVIDIA each featured robust graphics cards. PC gaming rigs from the likes of Alienware, iBUYPOWER, and MSI are all poised to ramp up the intensity over the next several months.

But If you’re in the market for a new premium gaming desktop that’s powerful enough to play the latest and greatest games, including support for virtual reality headsets, then you can’t go wrong with the iBUYPOWER Element WA906. You get a top-of-the-line Intel Core i7-6800K processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD and an NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1080 GPU.

A portable powerful enough for Oculus Rift – and a package to prove it

Gaming laptops can be stuffed in a backpack and taken with you, wherever you go, without compromise. Acer may be redefining what a high-end gaming laptop looks like, but in the meantime, take a look at an excellent product from the same manufacturer that you can buy right now. It’s almost as good as what the future holds.

There’s an Acer Predator 17.3 package includes an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, tracking camera, Oculus remote and an Xbox One gamepad. The laptop itself sports a gorgeous 17.3-inch 4K display, the powerful Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 64GB of RAM, 2TB HDD, 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. The backlit keyboard complements the VR headset to make this feel like a super-powered computer from the future.