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

By Ari Altman | Published June 30, 2021 | Updated August 3, 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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Home/Small Office

  • The Budget Home Office PC

    Acer Aspire TC-391-UR12 @Newegg


    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

    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 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

    HP Omen 25L 10400F/GTX 1660 Super

    This sweet pre-built PC from HP’s Omen gaming division will get you gaming right away while everyone else waits months for GPUs to restock. It features an Intel Core i5-10400F 6-core, 12-thread processor, the GTX 1660 Super 6GB video card, along with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. You won’t find another PC in this performance class anywhere near this price!
    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


    HOT DEAL! HP is coming out swinging in the midst of a massive component shortage to deliver a fantastic high-end deal. Its Omen 30L is packing AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600G six-core, 12-thread CPU, along with a GeForce RTX 3060 12GB video card. Also on the component list is 16GB of HyperX DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, and built-in wireless networking. And take note: the 30L stands for the volume, which is about 2/3 the size of most towers, making this a very slick gaming PC!

    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


    HOT DEAL! Not quite ready to build your own, or want to take advantage of the better value of pre-builts in today’s market? No problem, Skytech has you covered with its Chronos gaming PC. It sports the fast AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, along with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 8GB. Also on board are 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive. And Skytech went high-end on the other gear as well, with a 750W Gold-rated power supply, an upgraded 120mm AIO liquid cooler (not shown in product photo), and a high-airflow case with RGB lighting to keep the look fresh!

    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


    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

    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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