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 Winter 2021, 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 - Winter 2021

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 3080 Core i5-10500T

    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 i5-10500T six-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB RAM, a speedy 256GB 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.

    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, an impressive 12GB of RAM, a big, ultra-fast 512GB solid-state drive, wireless networking, plus a built-in webcam (perfect for telework or just chatting with family!). To make sure the system's up-to-date, Acer has even included a USB Type-C port.

    The Guru's Tip:

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

  • The Gaming/Content Creation PC:

    HP Envy TE01-1050 10700/RTX 2060

    This PC comes with everything you could possibly want in a high-end home office PC. It features an Intel Core i7-10700 8-core, 16-thread CPU, a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB for content creation acceleration, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. 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:

    This PC is also just 1/3 the size of a typical desktop PC!

Home Theater

  • The Ultra-Compact Gamer:

    MSI Trident 3 10SI-002US @Newegg

    Want a positively-tiny gaming system that will look great wherever you put it? Go for MSI's Trident 3, which is under 9 liters in volume but packs in an Intel Core i5-10400F six-core processor, a GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB video card, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, plus a 1TB hard drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We consider this the perfect home theater PC, so feel free to hide it behind your TV or on your media console - it will blend right in!

Gaming

  • The Midrange Gaming PC:

    CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A10 10400F/GTX 1660 Super

    Get gaming on a budget with this great offering from CyberPowerPC. It comes with an Intel i5-10400F six-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB video card, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB NVMe solid-state drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You also get a keyboard and mouse bundled with this system.

  • The Mid-Range Gaming PC:

    iBuyPower Element MR 9320 10700F/1660 Ti

    For a great gaming experience at an amazing price, jump on this awesome pre-built system from iBuyPower. It features a high-powered Intel Core i7-10700F eight-core, 16-thread CPU, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB video card, a 240GB solid-state drive, a 1TB hard 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 10700F/RTX 3070 Asus Gaming PC @Newegg

    Don't want to wait to build your own PC until GPUs restock? No problem - Newegg's ABS division has you covered with an amazing deal on its Gladiator Gaming PC. It features an Intel Core i7-10700F 8-Core, 16-thread processor, and more importantly, the 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 aggressive gamer-friendly looks!

    The Guru's Tip:

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

  • The Premium Gaming PC:

    ABS Gladiator 9900K/RTX 3080 Gaming PC @Newegg

    There's no way you can build your own gaming PC right now given that every GPU is out of stock, so let Newegg do the building for you! Its ABS division has you covered with an amazing deal on its Gladiator. It features a liquid-cooled Intel Core i9-9900K 8-Core, 16-thread processor, and the mind-blowing GeForce RTX 3080 10GB video card, plus 16GB 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 Ultra-High-End Gaming PC:

    ABS Legend 10900KF/RTX 3090 Gaming PC @Newegg

    When it comes to the most elite PCs, this is the one. Offering the best components, including an Intel Core i9-10900KF 10-core CPU and the awe-inspiring GeForce RTX 3090 24GB, it's on the bleeding edge.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The RTX 3090 has been impossible to find at retail since its launch in September 2020, but it's right here in this system, and given the fantastic price, there's no reason to wait!