The Best Pre-Built Office/Gaming Desktop PC Buyer’s Guide – Summer 2021

By Ari Altman | Published June 30, 2021 | Updated July 20, 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.

Need to accessorize your new desktop PC? Then definitely check out our Monitor 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-895-UA92

    HOT DEAL! 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 i5-10400 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.
    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

    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, 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.
    The Guru’s Tip

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

  • The Small Business Desktop

    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 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.
    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 High-End Business Desktop

    Dell XPS 8940 11700


    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

    This 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!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This system is immensely popular, meaning it sells out often!

Gaming PCs

  • The Mainstream Gaming Desktop

    CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A10 10400F/GTX 1660 Super


    EXTREME DEAL! It’s hard to find a great deal these days, but this pre-built from CyberpowerPC is exactly that. Packing in an Intel Core i5-10400F 6-core, 12-thread CPU, a fast GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB video card, plus 8GB of RAM and a 500GB solid-state drive, it’s a serious gaming PC that will get you into the latest titles at a fantastic price.

    The Guru’s Tip

    All we can say is that this should be sold out already, so grab it if you can!

  • The Premium Gaming PC

    Asus ROG Strix GA15DK 5800X/RTX 3070


    TOO HOT! – PRICE MISTAKE?!? Asus, the leading manufacturer of Nvidia GPUs and high-end motherboards, jumps into the pre-built race with its awesome GA15DK, which undercuts most of the no-name manufacturers with an awesome price and top-notch components. It packs in the unbeatable AMD Ryzen 7 5800X eight-core, 16-thread CPU that clobbers Intel’s offerings (and AMD’s previous-gen CPUs as well), along with an Asus GeForce RTX 3070 8GB video card. Also on the component list is 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 512GB NVMe solid-state drive, and a 1TB hard drive for plenty of game storage space.

    The Guru’s Tip

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

  • The Premium Gaming PC

    Skytech Chronos 5800X/RTX 3070 Ti @Newegg

    HOT DEAL! Your best chance to game on a new PC at this point is to go with a pre-built system. Luckily, as of our latest update, this awesome system from Skytech is now available at a great price. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, a huge 360mm liquid cooler, and the awesomely-fast GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB video card, which jumps way ahead of the original 3070! Also on the build list is 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and a 750W Gold-rated PSU.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This system offers not just a premium CPU and GPU, but all the other upgrades you could want at this pricepoint!

  • The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Siege 3.0 5800X/RX 6900XT


    INSANE DEAL! Step into serious ultra-high-end gaming while everyone else waits months for components to come back in stock! This awesome pre-built from Skytech is 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

    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


    EXTREME DEAL! Your only chance to game on a new PC at this point is to go with a pre-built system. But even most OEM systems are sold out and likely won’t return. Luckily, as of our latest update, this awesome system from Skytech is in stock, and will definitely sell out fast. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800 X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, a 360mm AIO liquid cooler, and comes packing serious heat with a GeForce RTX 3090 24GB! Also on the build list is an X570 motherboard, 32GB of DDR4-3600 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and an 850W 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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