Gaming computers: which is better – self-assembled or branded PC?

Typically, branded game configurations are significantly more expensive than what you can assemble yourself. It’s clear. The end customer pays for the brand, design and construction solutions applied in each specific series. But of all the lines of branded gaming products, one can single out modern solutions from Hewlett Packard (HP), the prices of which are quite competitors, but save the buyer from the torment of choice. As a result, the buyer gets a powerful gaming computer or laptop of an eminent brand with all the bonuses described above without overpayments.

Typically, branded gaming configurations are significantly more expensive than what you can assemble yourself. It’s clear. The end customer pays for the brand, design and construction solutions applied in each specific series. Prices for modern gaming solutions from Hewlett Packard (HP), according to the manufacturer, are ready to compete with self-assembly. Is it so? Let’s see.

To get started, let’s take a look at the HP line from the bottom up to dedicated gaming products and compare them in budget to comparable configurations of gaming PCs that you can build yourself.


Pavilion Power mid-range gaming laptops – gaming ready product

HP’s Pavilion Power line is a mid-budget (in terms of configurations that allow you to fully play resource-intensive games) notebooks designed to meet the challenges of high performance from the system. These are not only games, but also other programs that require significant resources from the systems (video editors, graphic editors, etc.).

CPU. Equipped with 4-core HQ processors Core i5 and Core i7 (depending on model)
Video processor. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
RAM. DDR4 8 – 16Gb;
HDD. 1TB, and in the flagship models of the line 2Tb + 256 Gb SSD-drive
Display. Full HD IPS
Audio. 2 speakers, HP Audio Boost technology, professional audio system tuned by B&O PLAY;
System. Win10Home is preinstalled on laptops. Configurations are optionally available on Freedoms;
Dimensions. The weight. Thickness of laptops 2.41 cm, weight 2.21 kg;
Announced battery life: 10.5 hours in Full HD.
Price range: from 55 990 to 76 990 rubles.

Omen Specialty Gaming Product Line

Introduced in June 2017, an upgraded and revised line of gaming laptops, PCs and accessories is designed specifically for sports players looking for maximum mobility.

The Omen X desktops feature an eye-catching compact design, a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or unlocked i7 processor, and an overclocked Nvidia GTX 1080 family of GPUs.

The desktop is compatible with a dedicated carry case. The backpack also allows you to use a VR headset and run on batteries, while charging two of the four while playing. This solution takes player mobility to a whole new level.

Functional features:

Minimum wiring thanks to backpack dock
Docking station batteries with hot swappable and parallel charging capabilities
The placement of the air vent has now reduced the heating of the PC and laptop parts adjacent to the chassis.
What else? Mechanical keyboard. Mouse with the ability to change the weight. Dedicated noise canceling headphones with DTS Headphone: X that simulates ambient sounds for a more immersive virtual reality experience.

The Omen X is a unique cube tower with powerful and efficient cooling system. A well thought-out system for replacing parts for an upgrade, which makes it obscenely easier to replace hardware.

Rounding out the line are the powerful OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 gaming laptops with G-Sync displays for fast screen refresh and the same mobile versions of Nvidia GTX 1080 with optional graphics.

The OMEN 15 series laptops are equipped with graphics cards up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Max Q), they allow you to play at 1080p and higher. And OMEN 17 carries NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 on board and allows you to play on 1440+ expansions. OMEN 17 is designed for the latest AAA games.

Laptops are also made within the framework of the logic of simplicity of the upgrade – access to RAM, SSD and HDD is carried out from a single panel. The Dragon-red backlit keyboard is fully optimized for gameplay, has a fictitious press cancellation function, and up to 26 keys can be pressed simultaneously. Monitors up to 4K and playback up to 120Hz 1080p with NVIDIA G-Sync

The ideas behind OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 are developed and backed by hardware in this model to achieve the highest possible performance today (for laptops). Its main purpose is to allow the gamer to get the performance of a gaming PC, but in a compact laptop body.


7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with overclocking capability.
XMP overclocked memory and tested memory profiles up to DDR4-2800.
Solid state RAID0 SSD for faster system boot up and large HDD capacity for data storage.
A cooling system that allows you to achieve performance higher than the hardware allows. It is equipped with reinforced fans and 3.5mm heat pipes that transfer heat from the processor and video card to the heatsinks in the rear of the case.
Monitors. 17-inch 4K screens for select games, 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate for super-smooth visuals. Supports either Full HD or Ultra HD depending on configuration and G-Sync technology, which removes image shake.
Audio. DTS Headphone: X is responsible for the development of background sounds and maximum immersion in virtual reality in the audio part, and HP Audio Boost technology will help avoid speaker overload and get deep rich sound.
Mechanical keyboard with 2.5mm stroke and tactile feel, RGB backlit mechanical keyboard for snappy gaming performance.
Easy replacement of spare parts – a single access panel to RAM and drives. Lots of ports including Thunderbolt. Ability to connect to 4 external screens at the same time. 3 USB 3.0 Type A ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 certified, HDMI 2.0a with HDR support, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45 and Multi-format Media Card Reader.