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 Spring 2019, we again list the 10 best PCs you can get for the money, but nearly every single one is new to our list this time around, thanks to huge new product releases from Intel and Nvidia. Furthermore, we've finally decided to put our foot down and say that in 2019, PCs that use traditional hard drives are simply have no business being on store shelves anymore. 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! Now, what that means is that we've had to raise our baseline price for an entry-level PC, but trust us when we say that spending an extra $100 now to get a PC with a solid-state drive will make you feel better each and every day you use that PC, so it's well worth the investment.

Another thing we're really emphasizing this time around 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! The greatest example of that is the Corsair ONE shown above, which is about one-quarter the size of a traditional PC, yet packs in the ultra-high-end Intel Core i9-9900K processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU. But don't worry, there are options for home office and small office users as well, and the good news is that because they don't need video cards, they are even smaller! With all that said, gamers looking for the best bang for the buck will 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 - Spring 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:

    2019 Acer Veriton N Mini SFF

    While many lower-cost mini PCs are saddled with antiquated hard drives, the Veriton N from Acer packs in a huge 512GB solid-state drive, which should be large enough for just about any family or small office use. Also on board is the Intel Pentium G4560T 2.9 GHz dual-core processor, an ample 8GB of RAM, and Intel's built-in graphics solution. 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 Intel NUC Windows 10 Home PC:


    If you want a cutting-edge home PC, there's no better place to head than direct to Intel. For the first time in recent history (and possibly forever!), Intel has started marketing complete PCs, using its popular NUC (pronounced "nuck") chassis. This model includes a fast 256GB Intel solid-state drive, 8GB of RAM, and a potent Intel quad-core laptop CPU.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The NUC is the desktop PC of the future - here today!

    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 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 brand-new Intel Core i5-9400F six-core CPU, the brand-new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB video card, 8GB of RAM, a 120GB 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 GLC6200CPG

    CyberpowerPC is on a roll, and with the GLC6200CPG, 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 2TB hard drive. It will definitely get you up and running with serious gaming performance in no time.

    The Guru's Tip:

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

    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 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 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.