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This VR-ready Lenovo Legion desktop is built for super speed

Dean Evans Technology Writer Twitter

Do you remember when desktop PCs fell out of favour? Back in 2015, tower systems had grown tired and unimaginative, often trumped by gaming laptops that could deliver spectacular performance in a smaller form factor. But then something happened — a perfect storm of new processors, 4K gaming, esports and virtual reality.

The exact nature of the desktop PC’s rebirth is evident in these new VR-ready Lenovo Legion desktop machines. There are three of them, jet-black and hard angled, all built with high-end components to deliver speed and performance whether you’re playing in 4K or VR.

Leading the line up is the Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower, a fully-loaded Windows 10 machine that can incorporate up to a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700K quad-core processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB graphics card, with optional liquid cooling.

Overclockable hardware

If that wasn’t enough, the Y920 (which replaces the old IdeaCenter Y900), can be equipped with two 512GB PCIe SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration or a single 512GB PCIe SSD alongside a 4TB SATA HDD. Pick the optional overclockable DDR4 memory from Corsair and you’ve got a PC that can cope with everything from fast-paced first person shooters like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 to FIFA 18’s strategic 4K kickabouts.

Lenovo Legion desktop Y720 Tower
The Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower incorporates a 7th Gen Intel processor and Optane memory.

The VR-ready Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower might not be as powerful as the Y920, but it still packs a meaty gaming punch. Assassin’s Creed: Origins in 4K? No problem. Oculus Rift compatibility? Absolutely. This stylish tower can be fitted with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card.

Want even more speed? You can wring extra responsiveness out of the Lenovo Y720 with 16GB of optional Intel Optane™ memory. Read more about that here.

PCs designed for gamers

All of which brings us to the Lenovo Legion desktop known as the Y520. Encased in a tower that looks like a cylon’s head from Battlestar Galactica, you’ll find a capable PC that can be maxed out with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

You can also stack this red-eyed PC with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (or optional Intel Optane memory) and a storage configuration that includes up to a 256GB PCIe SSD and a 2TB hard disk drive.

VR-ready Lenovo Legion desktop Y520 Tower
The entry-level Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower can be paired with the Y25f gaming monitor.

Launched at the Gamescom 2017 event, Lenovo also unveiled a new gaming monitor to go with them. The Lenovo Legion Y25f delivers a 24.5-inch FHD panel with a zippy 144Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time and baked in HDR.

Want one? The Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower with overclockable DDR4 memory will set you back $1,999.99 (exact UK price TBC); the Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower will start at $999.99 (exact UK price TBC); while the Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower has a price of $899.99 (£749.99). All three will be on sale during October 2017. Check out the Lenovo site for details about all three Lenovo Legion desktop PCs.

Want to get serious about your gaming? Play with a PC powered by Intel technology. Find out more here.

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