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The powerful PC hardware of E3 2017

You'll find PCs and PC hardware everywhere you turn at E3 2017.

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  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

    $59.99 MSRP $59.99
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  • Alienware Aurora R6 (Core i5)

    $999.00 MSRP $1,049.99
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  • Alienware 15 R3 (Core i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070)

    $1,848.11 MSRP $2,006.64
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  • HP Omen X (Core i7-7700K, GTX 1080)

    $2,599.99 MSRP $2,599.99
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  • MSI Aegis 3 (Core i7-7700, GTX 1070)

    MSRP $1,599.99
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Great games need great hardware

At E3 2017, PC games were everywhere, and because great software needs hardware to run, PCs lurked in every nook and cranny of the show, too. Hell, even the mock diner set up in Bethesda’s booth bristled with gaming rigs.

From that atmospheric setting to the 16-core Threadripper rigs at Alienware’s exhibit to some really wild modded rigs, these are the glorious PCs that powered E3 2017.

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  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

    $59.99 MSRP $59.99
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Bethesda's PC gaming bunker

And you thought that diner looked dreary. Both the diner and this WW2 resistance-style bunker were set up to demo Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which wound up being one of our 10 favorite PC games of E3 2017.

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Microsoft's masterpieces

Not all of E3’s PCs were shoved into dingy diners and dark rooms. Several swanky rigs were held up on a pedestal—literally, in the case of this amazing mod by Marciel Baretto in Microsoft’s booth.

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Microsoft's masterpieces, part two

Another modded masterpiece, this one from Modder Crow, stood nearby at Microsoft’s booth.

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Quake meets Ryzen

This drop-dead gorgeous “AMD Ryzen 7 Nyx Edition” also graced Bethesda’s booth, decked out to celebrate Quake Champions. It rocks a Ryzen 7 1800X processor, an 8GB Radeon RX 580, a 240GB Sandisk SSD, and a 1TB Western Digital Blue hard drive. What, no WD Black drive? That’s would’ve tied right in to the theme.

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Sim racing

At the Thrustmasters booth, a racing game was hooked up to a full-blown simulation station complete with a racing wheel, a racing seat, and VIRTUAL REALITY powered by the Oculus Rift. Eat your heart out, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

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Intel's wireless VR tech

One of the biggest problems with PC virtual reality—neatly side-stepped by the configuration of the aforementioned Thrustmaster sim rig—is the wires that tether headsets to PCs. Intel’s WiGig-powered wireless VR technology eliminates cables while adding next to no latency. Seriously! We tried it. And even though it was demoed on the HTC Vive, which is embracing WiGig sometime in 2018, Intel says the technology is VR-neutral and compatible with any headset that wants to integrate it.

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More sim racing

The Project Cars booth also sported sim stations, albeit without VR. If you peer closely at the boxes sitting behind the rigs you’ll see these setups were powered by Origin PC.

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A full sensory experience

Origin PC’s beastly rigs were much more prominent at Creative Labs' booth, where they were equipped with the beefy new 32-bit Sound BlasterX AE-5 sound cards that launched earlier this week. Great visuals need great audio to match. 

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Cougar Conquer

Cougar brought its wild new kind-of-sort-of open air Conquer case to E3 2017, decked out with high-end PC gear to show what it can do. 

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  • Alienware Aurora R6 (Core i5)

    $999.00 MSRP $1,049.99
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Alienware Aurora

Alienware’s booth featured all kinds of potent PCs, from the Aurora desktop...

 

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  • Alienware 15 R3 (Core i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070)

    $1,848.11 MSRP $2,006.64
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Alienware 15

...to the Alienware 15 gaming laptop. But one rig in particular stole the show.

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Alienware Area-51 Threadripper

This iconic Area-51 PC standing tall in Alienware’s booth held a powerful secret: AMD’s monstrous 16-core Threadripper CPU, which will be exclusive to Dell’s Alienware systems among major PC vendors. Alienware showed off the system’s chops by simultaneously playing a 4K game, running a 4K video, rendering a 3D image, and broadcasting the game using OBS.

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  • HP Omen X (Core i7-7700K, GTX 1080)

    $2,599.99 MSRP $2,599.99
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Pure power

This single table holds both the diamond-shaped HP Omen X and a potent Cyberpower PC packing Intel’s new Skylake-X chips and Nvidia’s powerful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

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Game ready

Speaking of the GTX 1080 Ti, you could find them in spades at Nvidia’s booth. Demos of Destiny 2 at 4K/60 all ran on GeForce’s champion, and it was one of the prettiest PC games we’ve ever seen.

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GeForce everywhere

GeForce-rocking rigs weren’t limited to Nvidia’s booth. You could find GeForce PCs powering demos of Crackdown 3 (pictured), Lawbreakers, and Rainbow Six: Siege, among many others.

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Tiny, powerful laptops

This Absolver demo at Nvidia’s booth ran on a laptop built around the company’s new Max-Q technology, which crams potent GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics into thin-and-light notebooks.

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GeForce G-Assist

Nvidia brought a surprise to E3 2017, too: real-life “GeForce G-Assist” flash drives based on the company’s April Fools' Joke this year. It won’t eliminate AFKs or give you a BossBoost™ like the joke version, but the GTX USB drive holds up to 64GB of data. Nvidia passed G-Assist drives out to some E3 2017 booth visitors and held giveaways for others, but you won’t be able to buy it in stores. 

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Razer Thresher Ultimate

Nvidia’s not the only green-loving hardware vendor with fresh gear at E3. Razer introduced the $250 Thresher Ultimate, a new wireless gaming headset built with Dolby 7.1 surround sound. It comes with a charging station broadcasting a 2.4GHz signal to provide a connection range of up to 40 feet. Razer’s mostly pushing this for consoles, but it’ll work with Windows PCs, too.

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  • MSI Aegis 3 (Core i7-7700, GTX 1070)

    MSRP $1,599.99
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I heard that!

Did somebody say gaming headphones? This MSI Aegis X3 gaming desktop has antennas that look like perked-up puppy ears.

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Alienware gaming monitors

Alienware’s moving beyond PCs alone, and into the fiercely competitive world of peripherals. First up: Gaming monitors. This 24.5-inch TN display packs a 1080p resolution, a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate, and a scant 1ms response time. This beast is perfect for Counter-Strike, in other words. You can snag it with AMD’s stutter- and tear-killing FreeSync technology for $500, or Nvidia’s rival G-Sync tech for $700.

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Hands-on

Alienware also rolled out new gaming keyboards and mice—some more enticing than others. This AW568 Advanced Gaming keyboard looks pretty slick.

 

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Dell hearts AMD

Alienware parent company Dell also had AMD Ryzen-based Inspiron rigs running games. Put away those controllers and break out the keyboard and mouse!

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DXRacer

DXRacer’s booth was all about the one of the most crucial bits of PC hardware—gear for your butt. Don’t overlook the importance of a comfortable desk chair. Bonus points for the streamer broadcasting to Twitch straight from the show floor.

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Games, games, games

That wraps up our look at the show’s powerful PC hardware, but E3’s really all about the software. Don’t forget to check out PCWorld’s roundup of 40 must-see gaming gems from E3 2017. We’ve rounded up the trailers from all the hottest new PC games into one handy-dandy article so you don’t need to scour the web for info.