are OMEN & Pavilion gaming computers worth it?

HP gaming PC range

HP are widely known for their electronics, providing consumers with laptops, desktops, monitors, and accessories. The brand is arguably most notable for their laptops, however, they have two distinct gaming PC ranges available.

The main issue with a prebuilt from an OEM such as HP is that you are getting a system with proprietary parts. This means ranges like the HP Pavilion are a nightmare/ impossible to upgrade. This is actually quite wasteful and you rely heavily on HP to fix your issues, which will probably make things more expensive in the long run.

Prebuilt gaming PCs from HP have gotten better though, with the HP OMEN range being a bit closer to custom builder systems. There are still some strange decisions made by HP in these desktops, with the graphics cards utilizing HP-designed cooling solutions that are sub-par and really old chassis’.


These systems feature regular-sized cases, which increases with the specifications. The OMEN 25L equals 25 liters, referring to the space inside the case. The 25L and 30L prebuilts currently feature up to an Intel 10th gen i9 processor and an RTX 3090 graphics card.

These look quite good and are cable managed to a decent level but there isn’t a lot of ventilation for airflow, which is a negative for gaming performance. Take note of the spec you buy as some will ship with a stock air cooler and the higher-end systems feature an AIO cooler.

These systems are more upgradeable than the HP pavilion desktops and should allow you to change every component as long as it is compatible and fits.

HP Pavilion gaming desktop

The HP Pavilion is one of the brand’s older, more compact options. These are priced reasonably well, allowing you to play AAA games at the higher end. These feature anything from a GTX 1650 up to an RTX 3060 Ti.

The Pavilion gaming PC is very small and perfect for anyone who is tight on space or would like their system on the desk. The main downside with these is the proprietary design, you can’t up[grade much of these and some of the components are not great. The chassis is dated and the airflow is nearly non-existent. All that being said, you are still going to get a decent gaming experience out of one of these and if you find one for the right price it isn’t all bad.

We always recommend you build your own gaming PC here but if you are in the market for a prebuilt then please check out the other prebuilt gaming PC options available to you.