The Best Pre-Built Office & Gaming Desktop PC Buyer’s Guide – Winter 2021-2022

By Ari Altman | Published December 13, 2021 | Updated January 20, 2022

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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!

The Best Deals on the Latest PCs, All Right Here!

For Winter 2021-22, we list all the best PCs you can get for the money, starting at $500 and going all the way up to over $4,000. They run the gamut from desk-friendly mini-towers, to a family-friendly All-in-One, to mainstream gaming desktops, to ultra-premium gaming PCs. One thing they all have in common is that they use the latest components available, so you won’t feel left behind before you even open the box! That means the best Intel and AMD CPUs, great video cards, and ultra-fast solid-state drives.

Retail GPUs Are Dead, Long Live OEM GPUs!

If you’re a gamer and you haven’t been following the retail GPU market lately, you are in for a surprise: there is no retail GPU market. Due to the effects of cryptocurrency mining, it’s essentially impossible to buy a GPU today, and it has been since late-2020. So if you want to game today, rather than wait, wait, and wait some more, get a pre-built and start fragging! The honest truth is that while GPUs are being flipped at absurd prices on eBay, OEM gaming systems are actually a fabulous value, as you’ll see in our recommendations below!

Parting Thoughts

Need to accessorize your new desktop PC? Then definitely check out our Monitor Buyer’s Guide, Keyboard and Mouse Buyer’s Guide, and Speaker/Headset Buyer’s Guide. Please keep in mind that we limit advertising to give you the best browsing experience, so to support continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you decide to purchase one of the PCs we recommend.

Home/Small Office

  • The Home Office Desktop

    Acer Aspire TC-1660-UA92

    $550
    HOT DEAL! Wow, just wow! You can get a budget desktop with a super-fast 512GB 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, 12-thread CPU that boosts up to 4.3GHz, a sizeable 12GB of DDR4 memory, that aforementioned 512GB SSD, an 8X DVD, next-gen 802.11ax wireless networking, Bluetooth 5.2, and even a cutting-edge USB 3.1 Type-C port.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Despite the low price, this PC is fully-equipped right out of the box!

  • The Ultra-Compact Small Office PC

    ASUS ExpertCenter D500SC

    $650

    Take everything you want in a modern PC and then scale it down, and you get the ExpertCenter from Asus. Despite the slim profile, it packs in a lot of power. It’s equipped with the Intel Core i5-11400 six-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive plus a 1TB hard drive, and built-in WiFi. It has 8 USB ports in total (four being in front), and it can support monitors with resolutions up to 4K using its DisplayPort output, as well as 1080p monitors with its HDMI output. It’s basically the perfect small office PC!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Anyone who has limited desk space will appreciate the small footprint of this PC!

  • The Touchscreen All-in-One

    Dell Inspiron 7700 AIO

    $1190

    Talk about having it all! There are no corners cut on this PC, which could well be the best family PC ever created. Behind its big 27″ 1080p touchscreen lies an Intel Core i7-1165G7 quad-core processor that runs at up to 4.7GHz, advanced Iris XE graphics, 12GB of RAM, an ultra-fast 256GB PCIe-based solid-state boot drive along with a 1TB hard drive for media storage, next-gen WiFi 6 wireless networking, plus a built-in popup webcam. To complete the system, Dell includes a wireless keyboard and mouse, and backs it up with an incredible 2-year on-site warranty!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This desktop PC's touchscreen allows for an entirely different user experience from the typical PC!

  • The Content Creation Machine

    HP Pavilion 5700G/RTX 2060

    $1280

    HOT DEAL! HP is delivering the goods with this sleek Pavilion desktop PC, which features a speedy AMD Ryzen 7 5700G 8-core, 16-thread CPU, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 video card, 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB solid-state drive, and Windows 11 Pro pre-installed. Completing the system is a USB mouse and keyboard along with built-in wireless networking and Bluetooth.

    The Guru’s Tip

    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.

Gaming PCs

  • The Mainstream Gaming Desktop

    CyberpowerPC 11400F/RTX 2060 GXiVR8060A11

    $1015

    HOT DEAL! It’s unbelievable how much value CyberpowerPC packs into this awesome gaming system! It all starts with the potent Intel Core i5-11400F 6-core, 12-thread processor, which will easily power through any game. It’s backing up a high-powered GPU, the GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, which has dedicated Ray Tracing cores and the ability to utilize cutting-edge features like DLSS. The system also includes 8GB of RAM and a 500GB solid-state drive, which comes loaded with Windows 11 out of the box!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The price on this is barely higher than the video card sells for on its own at this point, making it a must-buy!

  • The High-End Gaming PC, The Mainstream Gaming Desktop

    iBUYPOWER SlateMR 215a 5600G/RX 6600XT

    $1170

    INSANE LIMITED TIME DEAL! It’s impossible to build yourself a great gaming PC today, but you can still buy one… and this model from iBuyPower is an incredible value! It packs in the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core, 12-thread processor, AMD’s Radeon RX 6600XT 8GB (which beats the GeForce RTX 3060!), 16GB of RAM, a 480 GB solid-state drive, and Windows 11 Home.

    The Guru’s Tip

    The video card in this system sells for about 2/3 the cost of the entire PC!

  • The High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Blaze 10400F/RTX 3060 Ti

    $1500

    EXTREME DEAL! Start gaming today on this great pre-built system from Skytech! It features the impressive Intel Core i5-10400F six-core, 12-thread CPU, along with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8B video card. Also onboard are 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 500GB solid-state drive, and wireless networking!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is honestly the best deal you'll find for this level of performance!

  • The High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Shiva 5600X/RTX 3070

    $1900

    HOT DEAL!!! This system punches way above its price class thanks to the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU is comes equipped with. Also on board is the potent AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. It’s all wrapped up in the stylish In Win 101 chassis.

    The Guru’s Tip

    In terms of performance per dollar, the CPU and GPU in this system are impossible to beat!

  • The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Siege 3.0 5800X/RX 6900XT

    $2600

    MIND-BLOWING DEAL! Not ready to build your own gaming PC? Then step into serious ultra-high-end gaming with this awesome pre-built from Skytech. It’s packed with game-crushing gear, including the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread processor and the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GPU, which matches the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB in performance but offers a lot more VRAM. Also onboard is a 360mm liquid CPU cooler, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based SSD, and a 750W Gold-rated power supply. The system is wrapped up in the stylish Thermaltake S300 chassis, which really brings this sweet system together!

    The Guru’s Tip

    You simply cannot touch the value of this pre-built with anything, whether DIY or another pre-built. This is the least expensive way to jump on board ultra-extreme speeds thanks to the included 6900 XT!

  • The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Prism II 5950X/RTX 3090 Gaming PC

    $4400

    EXTREME DEAL! Not ready to build your own PC, or just want the fastest components without the wait? No problem! As of our latest update, this awesome system from Skytech is in stock but will definitely sell out fast. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core, 32-thread CPU, a 360mm liquid cooler, and the all-conquering Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GPU. Also included are 32GB of DDR4-3600 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive, and an 1000W Gold-rated PSU.

    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!

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