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 Fall 2019, we again list the 10 best PCs you can get for the money, starting at $400 and going all the way up to $3,500. They run the gamut from desk-friendly mini-towers like the slim but powerful Dell Optiplex 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 this in this guide is choosing a system to match a user's needs. We've got 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, or an all-in-one that the whole family can enjoy, or a budget 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 $750, $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 2019

Home/Small Office

    The Budget Home Office PC:

    Acer Aspire TC-885-UA91

    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 $400, the latest Acer Aspire will no doubt be a PC you can use for years to come. It's equipped with the Intel Core i3-9100 quad-core CPU that boosts up to 4.2GHz, 8GB 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 3070

    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 i3-9100T quad-core CPU, 8GB RAM, and a speedy 128GB solid-state drive. If most of your work utilizes virtual desktops, this will be the perfect solution.

    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 High-End Small Office PC:

    Dell Inspiron 3470

    Offering more of everything than the PC above, albeit in a slightly larger package, the Inspiron 3470 is still a great value. You get a high-speed Core i5-9400 six-core CPU, which boosts to 4.1GHz, both a fast 128GB solid-state drive and a 1TB hard drive for bulk storage, and a massive 12GB of RAM. 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.

    The Perfect Family PC:

    Acer Aspire Z24-890-UA91 AIO

    Talk about a tremendous bargain, this is it! There are no corners cut on this PC, which could well be the best family PC ever created. Behind its 23.8" 1080p screen lies an Intel Core i5-9400T 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 Content Creation PC:

    HP EliteDesk 705 G4 Workstation

    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, the EliteDesk 705 G4 from HP. It features the incredible AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X eight-core, 16-thread CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and a capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB video card for hardware-based acceleration of video production.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Being a true professional PC, this comes with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed, which offers better security and remote access options.


    The Mid-Range Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A8

    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 GTX 1660 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 Premium Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC8260A2

    CyberpowerPC keeps outdoing itself in terms of value, and the latest Gamer Supreme is no exception. You get an Intel Core i7-9700K eight-core CPU with Hyperthreading, a cutting-edge GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB video card, 16GB of memory, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. Seriously, this thing has pretty much perfect specs, in addition to costing less than you'd spend to build it yourself!

    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 Supreme SLC10060CPGV2

    CyberpowerPC is on a roll, and with this PC, it offers up the tantalizing combination of a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-9700K, an incredibly-fast GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIE solid-state drive. These are some incredible specs, are they seriously making money on this?!?

    The Guru's Tip:

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

    The Premium Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A6

    By now you know the drill... CyberpowerPC is offering up insane value in gaming PCs, even at the ultra-high end level. With this model, you get the incredible Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU, the Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core processor, 16-thread processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    As always, you get a keyboard, mouse, built-in WiFi, and a 1-year warranty with a CyberpowerPC.

    The Ultimate Gaming PC:

    Corsair One i164 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.