Are OMEN & Pavilion Gaming PCs Worth It?
HP gaming PC lineup
HP is widely known for its electronics, supplying consumers with laptops, desktops, monitors and accessories. The brand is arguably best known for its laptops, however, it offers two distinct gaming PC lines.
The main problem with a pre-built from an OEM such as HP is that you get a system with proprietary parts. This means ranges like the HP Pavilion are a nightmare/impossible to upgrade. It’s actually pretty useless and you’re relying heavily on HP to fix your problems, which will likely make things more expensive in the long run.
HP’s prebuilt gaming PCs have gotten better, though, with the HP OMEN lineup a bit closer to custom build systems. There are still some weird decisions made by HP in these desktops, graphics cards using HP-designed cooling solutions that are substandard, and really old chassis.
HP OMEN 25L & OMEN 30L
These systems feature regular size enclosures, which increase with specification. The OMEN 25L is equivalent to 25 liters, referring to the space inside the case. The 25L and 30L preconfigured currently feature up to a 10th Gen Intel i9 processor and RTX 3090 graphics card.
These look good enough and are cable-managed to a decent level, but there isn’t much ventilation for airflow, which is a negative for gaming performance. Take note of the specs you buy as some will come with a stock air cooler and higher end systems have an AIO cooler.
These systems are more upgradable than HP Pavilion desktops and should allow you to change every component as long as it is compatible and suitable.
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop PC
The HP Pavilion is one of the brand’s oldest and most compact options. They are reasonably priced, allowing you to play high-end AAA games. These feature everything from a GTX 1650 to an RTX 3060 Ti.
The Pavilion gaming PC is very small and perfect for anyone with limited space or who wants their system on the desk. The main downside to these is the proprietary design, you can’t upgrade many of them, and some of the components aren’t great. The chassis is dated and the airflow is almost non-existent. That being said, you’ll still get a decent gaming experience with one of these and if you can find one for the right price, it’s not that bad.[grademuchoftheseandsomeofthecomponentsarenotgreatThechassisisdatedandtheairflowisnearlynon-existentAllthatbeingsaidyouarestillgoingtogetadecentgamingexperienceoutofoneoftheseandifyoufindonefortherightpriceitisn’tallbad[grademuchoftheseandsomeofthecomponentsarenotgreatThechassisisdatedandtheairflowisnearlynon-existentAllthatbeingsaidyouarestillgoingtogetadecentgamingexperienceoutofoneoftheseandifyoufindonefortherightpriceitisn’tallbad
We always recommend building your own gaming PC here, but if you’re looking for a pre-built, please check out the other pre-built gaming PC options available to you.