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Need a new desktop PC for family use, home or small office, home theater, 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 Summer 2019, we again list the 10 best PCs you can get for the money, starting at under $400 and going all the way up to $3,500. They run the gamut from desk-friendly mini-towers like the stylish and powerful HP Envy shown here to massive gaming towers brimming with the most powerful CPUs and video cards. One thing they all 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 going forward is small form factor PCs. No matter how much computing power you need, you can almost always find a PC that provides it while offering an ultra-compact footprint. Don't be afraid to give up that hulking tower at your feet - the future is here, and it's really, really small! This means we are listing small form factor alternatives to a number of our systems, just to get you thinking about (and perhaps buying) something you've never contemplated before. With all that said, gamers looking for the best bang for the buck will still want to stick with a traditional form factor, so we list a number of great options from several manufacturers that offer tremendous value at the $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, and $2,500 pricepoints.

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Desktops - Summer 2019

Home/Small Office

    The Budget Home Office PC:

    Acer Aspire TC-885-ACCFLi3O

    Acer has updated one of our favorite low-cost home office PCs by adding Intel's Optane hard drive acceleration system, turning it into a whole new system. Equipped with Intel's value-packed Core i3-8100 quad-core processor, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive, this is a great entry-level PC, but it's the 16GB of Optane cache that allows it to feel so fast. It makes the hard drive operate a whole lot like a solid-state drive. Also on board are eight USB ports (six in back, two in front, one being a cutting-edge Type-C port), HDMI video out along with the older VGA analog standard, as well as a built-in DVD burner and memory card reader. It even has built-in 802.11ac wireless networking and Bluetooth, which add a whole lot of value to this entry-level PC.

    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 Home Office PC:

    Acer Veriton N4660G Nettop Computer

    Representing the perfect family PC for the kitchen or TV room, the Veriton N from Acer pack in Intel's high-powered Core i3-8100T quad-core processor, an ample 8GB of RAM, and 128GB solid-state drive. You also get great connectivity, including 802.11ac wireless networking, Bluetooth, plus two USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.1 ports (one being a cutting-edge Type-C port).

    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 Ultra-Compact Small Office PC:

    ASUS PB60-B5042ZC Mini PC

    The ultra-compact model from Asus is the ultimate streamlined business PC solution. Simply put, if you are equipping a next-gen workstation, whether at home or in an office, skip the clunky towers and go for this instead! Equipped with an Intel Core i5-8400T six-core processor with Turbo up to 3.3GHz, along with 8GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid-state drive, this is all you'll ever need from a workstation for many years to come. In terms of ports, it has HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, as well eight USB ports, including USB Type-C in front for easy connectivity with modern devices.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We believe that this form factor will become the norm in business desktop computing within the next 2-3 years. There's simply no reason for offices to be outfitting their workstations with desktop towers given the state of today's PC technology.

    The High-End Small Office PC:

    HP Envy 795-0010

    If you want a cutting-edge home or small-office PC, jump straight to the HP Envy. This model may be a lot larger than the mini-PC listed above, but the benefit is significantly-improved specifications. You get both a fast 256GB solid-state drive and a 1TB hard drive for bulk storage, a massive 12GB of RAM, and the high-speed Core i5-8400, which boosts to 4GHz. It also has a DVD burner and built-in WiFi.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Another benefit of a system like this one is it's very expandable. You can, for example, add a graphics card to this system to enable it to play all modern games.

Gaming

    The Mid-Range Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8480A

    Want an absolute bargain when it comes to a serious gaming PC? Then step into the latest from CyberpowerPC, which offers up the new Intel Core i5-9400F six-core CPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB video card, 8GB of RAM, a 240GB solid-state drive for the operating system, plus a 1TB hard drive for game and file storage.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You also get a gaming keyboard, mouse, and built-in WiFi!

    The High-End Gaming PC:

    iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Desktop Trace 9230

    iBuyPower has established itself as the leading purveyor of serious gaming PCs at great prices. So it should come as no surprise that despite coming in at way, way under $2,000, this is indeed a monstrous gaming PC! You get an Intel Core i7-9700K eight-core CPU with Hyperthreading, a cutting-edge GeForce RTX 2070 8GB video card, 16GB of memory, and a 240GB SSD along with a 1TB hard drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    With a 1-year warranty and free lifetime tech support, this system is perfect for anyone who wants the ultimate gaming experience but isn't quite ready to build their own PC!

    The Premium Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A4

    CyberpowerPC is on a roll, and with the GXiVR8080A4, it offers up the tantalizing combination of a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-9700K, an incredibly-fast GeForce RTX 2080 8GB video card, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB solid-state drive, and a 1TB hard drive. It will definitely get you up and running with serious gaming performance in no time.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You get a keyboard, mouse, and WiFi included in the price.

    The 4K Gaming PC:

    HP Omen 880-191 Gaming PC

    If you decide you'd want to game in the big leagues, go with the Omen PC from top-tier vendor HP. It packs in the best components you'll find in any OEM system at this pricepoint, including the incredible Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU, the Intel Core i7-9700K eight-core processor, 16GB of HyperX Ram, a 512GB solid-state drive, a 2TB hard drive, and a liquid cooler.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model doesn't skimp on non-gaming features either... It has built-in 802.11ac wireless networking, a memory card reader, and quick-swap hard drive bays!

    The Ultimate Slim Gaming PC:

    MSI Trident X Plus 9SE-062US

    Say you want an extreme gaming PC, but don't want it to take up your whole room. Well, we've got the solution for you: MSI's new Trident X Plus mini PC! Featuring the same Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core CPU, along with an MSI (of course!) GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus 8GB video card, it has what it takes to push games to the max. Also on board are 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, a 512GB PCIe-based solid-state drive, a 2TB hard drive, and a 650W Gold-rated power supply.

    The Guru's Tip:

    At just 10 liters in volume, this system undercuts is smaller than anything you could build yourself, and it also sports a very custom-looking hinged tempered-glass side panel!

    The Ultimate Gaming PC:

    CORSAIR ONE i160 Compact Gaming PC

    Now this is the system you get if you decide you simply must have it all: it's the fastest, quietest, and practically the smallest PC in this guide. Corsair has designed what is simply the perfect gaming PC in the form of the new One i160. It comes in at just 12 liters and yet packs a Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core CPU with Hyperthreading, a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU (both liquid-cooled, by the way), plus 32GB of RAM.

    The Guru's Tip:

    There's nothing else like this on the market. Corsair's experience in the liquid cooling industry has allowed it to custom-design a system using dual radiators and just a single fan, making it exceptionally cool and virtually silent.