the best pre-built desktop pcs

Need a new desktop PC for family use, home or small office, or gaming? No problem - you've come to the right place! This guide profiles ten of the best PCs on the market, and we're positive you'll find a system in this guide that will work for you!

For Fall 2020, we again list the 10 best PCs you can get for the money, starting at $500 and going all the way up to $3,500. They run the gamut from desk-friendly mini-towers to a family-friendly All-in-One, to mainstream gaming desktops, to the ultra-premium gaming PCs. One thing they have in common is that they all use solid-state storage to accelerate every task you use them for. Simply put, traditional hard drives have no business being in modern PCs, so we will never again list a desktop with an ancient hard drive to slow it down! Solid-state drives are the PC industry's equivalent of the greatest thing since sliced bread, and since they've been around for an entire decade, you need one in your next PC!

Another thing we're really emphasizing this in this guide is choosing a system to match a user's needs. We list five home and small office PCs, along with five dedicated gaming systems on our list. Whether it's a small system you can hide away, an all-in-one that the whole family can enjoy, or a gaming system that will allow you play all the latest titles without breaking the bank, there's a PC for you. And for gamers in particular we list a number of great options around the $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, and $2,500 pricepoints, each offering tremendous value, plus a unique, ultra-compact system at $3,500 that simply has no equal in terms of innovation.

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Desktops - Fall 2020

Home/Small Office

  • The Budget Home Office PC:

    Acer Aspire TC-895-UA92

    Wow, just wow! A budget desktop has finally hit the market with a super-fast solid-state drive instead of a super-slow hard drive. This is a revelation! Yes, indeed, for around $500, the latest Acer Aspire will no doubt be a PC you can use for years to come. It's equipped with the Intel Core i5-10100 six-core CPU that boosts up to 4.3GHz, a sizeable 12GB of DDR4, that aforementioned 512GB SSD, an 8X DVD, 802.11ac WiFi, and even a cutting-edge USB 3.1 Type-C port.

    The Guru's Tip:

    There's no doubt about it - this is an incredible deal, especially coming from a major manufacturer like Acer!

  • The Ultra-Compact Small Office PC:

    Dell OptiPlex 3471

    Representing the perfect small office PC, this system packs in everything and nothing you don't, ensuring an ultra-compact form factor that can fit anywere. You get the Intel Core i5-9400 six-core CPU, 12GB RAM, and a speedy 128GB solid-state drive for great app performance, plus a 1TB hard drive for data storage. If most of your work utilizes virtual desktops, this will be the perfect solution, thanks to the abundant RAM and speedy processor. It even has a 2-year onsite warranty! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    Once you realize how much power can be packed into a PC this small, you'll wonder why anyone chooses traditional desktops anymore!

  • The Perfect Family PC:

    Acer Aspire C27-962-UA91 AIO

    Talk about a tremendous bargain! There are no corners cut on this PC, which could well be the best family PC ever created. Behind its big 27" 1080p screen lies an Intel Core i5-1035G1 six-core processor, and impressive 12GB of RAM, a huge and ultra-fast 512GB solid-state drive, wireless networking, plus a built-in webcam. To make sure the system's up-to-date, Acer has even included a USB 3.1 Type-C port.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You even get a wireless keyboard and mouse included in the package!

  • The High-End Small Office PC:

    HP Envy Desktop 10700

    Offering everything you could possibly want in a high-end productivity PC, plus a healthy dose of style, the latest HP Envy is a great PC at a surprisingly-low price. Packing in an Intel Core i7-10700 eight-core, 16-thread CPU, 16GB of DDR4-2933 RAM (upgradeable to 32GB with an additional 16 stick), a fast 512GB solid-state drive for the OS and apps, plus a 1 TB hard drive for data storage. It also has a full array of ports right on the front, including five USB ports and a memory card reader. HP has thought of everything!

    The Guru's Tip:

    HP has gone above and beyond with this PC, equipping it with a 400W Platinum-rated power supply, which is so much better than the unrated units typically used. That means lower power consumption and less heat in your system!

  • The Ultra-Compact Premium Gaming PC:

    HP OMEN Obelisk 9900K/2080 Super Gaming PC

    While the PCs above will handle 99% of the tasks done in most homes and small offices, if you need a PC for serious content creation work, step up to a true workstation-class system, the Obelisk by HP. While marketed for gaming, it has everything you need for serious content creation, from the Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core, 16-thread processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8 GB video card, a 1TB solid-state drive, and 32GB of memory.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This system is also very compact, which makes it fit nicely into any work environment.

Gaming

  • The High-End Gaming PC:

    ABS Master 10400F/RTX 2060 Gaming PC @Newegg

    Newegg's ABS division is serving up a pre-built gaming PC packed to the gills with powerful components at a great price. That includes an Intel Core i5-10400 six-core, 12-thread processor, a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB video card, 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and Windows 10. And the case is totally premium, featuring built-in RGB lighting and a 600W Gold-rated power supply.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You also get a keyboard and mouse with this system, along with a full 1-year warranty with tech support.

  • The High-End Gaming PC:

    ABS Gladiator 10700/RTX 2070 Super Gaming PC @Newegg

    For a great gaming experience at an amazing price, jump on this awesome pre-built system from Newegg's ABS division. It features a high-powered Intel Core i7-10700 eight-core, 16-thread CPU, and RTX 2070 Super 8GB video card, a 1TB solid-state drive, and 16GB of RAM

    The Guru's Tip:

    You of course get a keyboard and mouse included in the price.

  • The High-End Gaming PC:

    ABS Gladiator 10700K/RTX 3070 Gaming PC @Newegg

    Don't want to build your own PC? No problem - Newegg's ABS division has you covered with an amazing deal on its Gladiator Gaming PC. It features an Intel Core i7-10700K 8-Core processor, and more importantly, the brand-new GeForce RTX 3070 8GB video card, which blows away everything that has come before it. Also on board are 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, and great RGB-enhanced looks!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The only trouble with this PC is going to be finding it in stock!

  • The High-End Gaming PC:

    ABS Gladiator 10850K/RTX 3080 Asus TUF Gaming PC @Newegg

    Not ready to build your own dream PC? Let Newegg do the building for you! Its ABS division has you covered with an amazing deal on its newest Gladiator. It features a liquid-cooled Intel Core i9-10850K 10-Core, 20-thread processor, and the mind-blowing new GeForce RTX 3080 10GB video card,  plus 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    There's no way you could touch this price building your own - Newegg has the connections to score all the components at discount prices!

    The Ultimate Gaming PC:

    Corsair One i164 Compact Gaming PC

    When it comes to the most elite PCs, Corsair leads the way with its tiny ONE. Offering the best components and a custom liquid-cooling system, the ONE is truly one-of-a-kind. While we wait for an updated version of the ONE to arrive, we're listing the current model, which you may be able to find at a discount. 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This PC is about 1/4 the size of any of the other gaming desktops listed in this guide, despite being the most powerful. Just consider that for a moment and then you'll realize the magic Corsair has worked with the ONE!