The Best Pre-Built Office & Gaming Desktop PC Buyer’s Guide – Fall 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!
The Best Deals on the Latest PCs, All Right Here!
For Fall 2021, we list all the best PCs you can get for the money, starting at $500 and going all the way up to nearly $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!
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.
The Budget Home Office PC –
Acer Aspire TC-875-UR13 @Newegg$550
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 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, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, that aforementioned 512GB SSD, and an 8X DVD burner (which is rare these days). And just to prove how up-to-date this model is, you also get next-gen 802.11ax WiFi and a USB Type-C front port. Finally, the system includes an SD card reader, mouse, and keyboard. Plus, it’s super-compact at 13.4″ tall, 13.8″ deep, and just 6.4″ wide. It’s an all-around winner!The Guru’s Tip
There's no doubt about: Acer is delivering serious value here, far better than you could get by building your own PC!
The High-End Mini PC –
ASUS VivoMini VC66-C2$726
Take everything you want in a modern PC and then scale it down, WAY down, and you get the VivoMini from Asus. It’s just 2 liters (which in case you’re wondering, is really, really small!), and yet packs in a lot of power. It’s equipped with the Intel Core i5-10400 six-core, 12-thread CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and cutting-edge WiFi 6. It has 8 USB ports in total (two being advanced Type-C), and it can support up to three 4K monitors simultaneously. It’s basically the perfect home office PC!The Guru’s Tip
Want to declutter your workspace? This tiny PC will get you 99% of the way there!
The Touchscreen All-in-One –
Dell Inspiron 7700 AIO$1127
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, and impressive 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 Small Business Desktop –
Dell OptiPlex 3080 Core i7-10700T$1300Representing the perfect high-end 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 i7-10700T eight-core, 16-thread CPU, 32GB 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.
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 –
CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A10 10400F/GTX 1660 Super$936 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 –
ABS Master 10400F/RTX 3060 Ti @Newegg$1300 The Guru’s Tip
This is honestly the best deal you'll find for this level of performance!
The High-End Gaming PC –
ABS Gladiator 5600X/RTX 3070 Ti @Newegg$2100 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 –
ABS Gladiator 10900K/RTX 3080 @Newegg$2600 The Guru’s Tip
Sure, the 10900K is a bit older at this point, but the gaming performance it offers is beyond compare, beating every newer CPU in most benchmarks!
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
ABS Legend 5950X/RTX 3080 Ti @Newegg$3800 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-875-UR13 @Newegg ($550)
- The High-End Mini PC – ASUS VivoMini VC66-C2 ($726)
- The Touchscreen All-in-One – Dell Inspiron 7700 AIO ($1127)
- The Small Business Desktop – Dell OptiPlex 3080 Core i7-10700T ($1300)
- The High-End PC – HP Envy TE01-1050 10700/RTX 2060 ($1329)
- The Mainstream Gaming Desktop – CyberpowerPC GXiVR8060A10 10400F/GTX 1660 Super ($936)
- The High-End Gaming PC – ABS Master 10400F/RTX 3060 Ti @Newegg ($1300)
- The High-End Gaming PC – ABS Gladiator 5600X/RTX 3070 Ti @Newegg ($2100)
- The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC – ABS Gladiator 10900K/RTX 3080 @Newegg ($2600)
- The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC – ABS Legend 5950X/RTX 3080 Ti @Newegg ($3800)