This is the best Lenovo gaming PC you can buy

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Lenovo’s Legion series is known for its solid line of gaming notebooks, but it also includes gaming tower PCs. With an elegant design and standard-sized components, the Legion Tower 7i is currently the best Lenovo gaming PC you can buy. In our testing, we concluded that it delivers strong performance with an attractive, sleek design.

Unlike most prebuilt gaming desktops, this desktop comes with a standard mid-tower chassis. This allows for comprehensive upgrades in the future, meaning you can easily swap or add parts if needed. All components installed inside the Tower 7i are standard, including the motherboard and power supply.

It also looks elegant with subtle curves around the edges, a sandblasted finish, and tempered glass side panels so you can show off your insides. While our review unit didn’t include any RGB fans, the retail unit came with a total of six RGB fans, along with RGB lighting for the Legion logo on the front and the GPU.

A Lenovo Legion Tower 7i gaming PC sits on a table.
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Thanks to the perforated front panel, the case gets plenty of airflow. There’s a 360mm AiO liquid cooler on the front that draws in fresh air and keeps the CPU within normal limits, while two 120mm fans are placed on top and one at the back to exhaust hot air.

The Legion Tower 7i offers the best performance thanks to the best hardware offerings from Intel and Nvidia. Lenovo has upgraded its processor class to the Intel Core i9 series, and paired it with an RTX 4080 graphics card. Currently, you can only configure this machine with an Intel Core i9-13900KF processor, with 32GB of DDR5-5600 memory and a 1TB NVMe SSD. Other important components include an 850-watt power supply, 2.5G Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.1 support.

Inside the Lenovo Legion Tower 7i.
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Performance-wise, the Legion Tower 7i is excellent. The Core i9-13900KF is one of the most powerful processors on the market today, as proven in our benchmark tests. However, there is a concern that limits CPU performance – the sheer speed of memory. Luckily, there is an easy fix all you need to do is go into the BIOS and switch to the correct frequency.

CPU cooler on Lenovo Legion Tower 7i.
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Plus, you get the full potential of the Nvidia RTX 4080 graphics. It may not be as powerful as the 4090, but it’s still a 4K capable GPU Cyberpunk 2077 averaged over 60 frames per second (fps) at 4K with everything maxed out. Plus, you get all the benefits of DLSS, including the latest generation that offers impressive framing technology. Basically, you have all the power to play almost any AAA game title at the highest graphics settings.

While all this costs nearly $3,200, it’s important to know that a similarly configured desktop from Alienware will cost you at least $600 more. On the other hand, there’s the MSI Aegis RS 13, which costs almost $300 less, but comes with a lower-tier processor. Lenovo also offers the Legion Tower 5i, which starts at $799 and is available in a variety of configurations, including with a 13th generation Intel desktop processor paired with an RTX 30 and 40 series GPU. If you prefer AMD, there’s also a Legion Tower 5 series.

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