The Best Pre-Built Office/Gaming Desktop PC Buyer’s Guide – Summer 2021
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 Summer 2021, we list all the best PCs you can get for the money, starting at $500 and going all the way up to $6,000. They run the gamut from desk-friendly mini-towers to a family-friendly All-in-One, to mainstream gaming desktops, to the ultra-premium content creation and 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 at various pricepoints starting at around $1,000, each offering tremendous value.
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The Budget Home Office PC –
Acer Aspire TC-391-UR12 @Newegg$530
Wow, just wow! This budget desktop has incredible specs, starting with a big, super-fast solid-state drive instead of a super-slow hard drive. This is a revelation! Yes, indeed, for just over $500, the latest Acer Aspire will no doubt be a PC you can use for years to come. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 4600G six-core, 12-thread CPU that boosts up to 4.2GHz, a sizeable 12GB of DDR4, that aforementioned 512GB SSD, an 8X DVD, 802.11ac WiFi, and even an SD card reader. Plus, it’s super-compact at 13.4″ tall, 13.8″ deep, and just 6.4″ wide.The Guru’s Tip
There's no doubt about it - this is an incredible deal, especially coming from a major manufacturer like Acer!
The Perfect Family PC –
Acer Aspire C27-962-UA91 AIO$800Talk 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.
You even get a wireless keyboard and mouse included in the package!
The Small Business Desktop –
Dell OptiPlex 3080 Core i5-10500T$860Representing the perfect small office PC, this system packs in everything and nothing you don’t, ensuring an ultra-compact form factor that can fit anywhere. You get the Intel Core i5-10500T six-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB RAM, a speedy 512GB 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.
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 Business Desktop –
Dell XPS 8940 11700$1099
If you’re looking for a high-end office PC that’s all business, this is the one. Featuring a powerful Intel Core i7-11700 eight-core, 16-thread processor using Intel’s advanced Rocket Lake design, it’s far faster than any 8-core that Intel has ever offered. The system also has 16GB of DDR4-2933 RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive, along with built-in WiFi 6.The Guru’s Tip
This is our top recommendation for a dedicated office PC, but if you will be doing content creation, we recommend the system below, which has a dedicated video card for image processing acceleration.
The High-End PC –
HP Envy TE01-1050 10700/RTX 2060$1329This PC comes with everything you could possibly want in a high-end PC at a great price. It features an Intel Core i7-10700 eight-core, 16-thread CPU, a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB (which is ideal for either gaming or content creation), 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. All this and it’s about half the size of a typical tower PC!
This compact system is perfect for any user, and while it's marketed for gaming, the combination of components and price makes it amazing for content creation.
The Mainstream Gaming Desktop –
HP Omen 25L 10400F/GTX 1660 Super$999 The Guru’s Tip
All we can say is that this should be sold out already, so grab it if you can!
The High-End Gaming PC –
HP Omen 30L 5600G/RTX 3060$1543 The Guru’s Tip
This is honestly the best deal you'll find for this level of performance!
The Premium Gaming PC –
Skytech Chronos 5600X/RTX 3070 Gaming PC$1900 The Guru’s Tip
Any RTX 3070 you find for sale at this point will cost more than half the price of this PC, which is why it's such a good deal!
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Siege 3.0 5800X/RX 6900XT$2600 The Guru’s Tip
We honestly don't know why Skytech is selling this system for such a low price!
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Prism II 5800X/RTX 3090 Gaming PC$3999 The Guru’s Tip
Seriously, if this is the level of gaming system you're looking for, run, don't walk, to grab this deal!
- The Budget Home Office PC – Acer Aspire TC-391-UR12 @Newegg ($530)
- The Perfect Family PC – Acer Aspire C27-962-UA91 AIO ($800)
- The Small Business Desktop – Dell OptiPlex 3080 Core i5-10500T ($860)
- The High-End Business Desktop – Dell XPS 8940 11700 ($1099)
- The High-End PC – HP Envy TE01-1050 10700/RTX 2060 ($1329)
- The Mainstream Gaming Desktop – HP Omen 25L 10400F/GTX 1660 Super ($999)
- The High-End Gaming PC – HP Omen 30L 5600G/RTX 3060 ($1543)
- The Premium Gaming PC – Skytech Chronos 5600X/RTX 3070 Gaming PC ($1900)
- The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC – Skytech Siege 3.0 5800X/RX 6900XT ($2600)
- The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC – Skytech Prism II 5800X/RTX 3090 Gaming PC ($3999)