The Best Home Office and Gaming Desktop PC Buyer’s Guide – Spring 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 Spring 2021, we again list the 10 best PCs you can get for the money, starting at $500 and going all the way up to $4,000. They run the gamut from desk-friendly mini-towers to a family-friendly All-in-One, to mainstream gaming desktops, to the ultra-premium 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 $750, each offering tremendous value.
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Desktops – Winter 2021
Home Office/Home Theater
The Home Office Desktop –
Acer Aspire TC-895-UA92$550Wow, 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 i5-10400 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.
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$750Talk 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$789Representing 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. It even has a 2-year onsite warranty!
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 PC –
HP Envy TE01-1050 10700/RTX 2060$1420This 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 PC is also just 1/3 the size of a typical desktop PC!
The Ultra-Compact Home PC –
MSI Trident 3 10SI-002US$1489Want 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.
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!
The Budget Gaming PC –
ABS Challenger 10400F/GTX 1660 @Newegg$1000 The Guru’s Tip
You also get a keyboard and mouse bundled with this system.
The Mainstream Gaming Desktop –
ABS Master 10400F/RTX 3060 Gaming PC @Newegg$1300 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$1800 The Guru’s Tip
The only trouble with this PC is going to be finding it in stock!
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Prism II 5800X/RTX 3080 Gaming PC$3000 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 10850K/RTX 3090 Gaming PC @Newegg$4000 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!
Total Cost: $
Home Office/Home Theater
- The Home Office Desktop – Acer Aspire TC-895-UA92 ($550)
- The Perfect Family PC – Acer Aspire C27-962-UA91 AIO ($750)
- The Small Business Desktop – Dell OptiPlex 3080 Core i5-10500T ($789)
- The High-End PC – HP Envy TE01-1050 10700/RTX 2060 ($1420)
- The Ultra-Compact Home PC – MSI Trident 3 10SI-002US ($1489)
- The Budget Gaming PC – ABS Challenger 10400F/GTX 1660 @Newegg ($1000)
- The Mainstream Gaming Desktop – ABS Master 10400F/RTX 3060 Gaming PC @Newegg ($1300)
- The High-End Gaming PC – ABS Gladiator 10700F/RTX 3070 Asus Gaming PC @Newegg ($1800)
- The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC – Skytech Prism II 5800X/RTX 3080 Gaming PC ($3000)
- The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC – ABS Legend 10850K/RTX 3090 Gaming PC @Newegg ($4000)