The Best Home Office and Gaming Desktop PC Buyer’s Guide – Spring 2021

By Ari Altman | Published April 15, 2021 | Updated April 15, 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

    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 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!
    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 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 PC is also just 1/3 the size of a typical desktop PC!

  • The Ultra-Compact Home PC

    MSI Trident 3 10SI-002US

    Want 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.
    The Guru’s Tip

    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!

Gaming PCs

  • The Budget Gaming PC

    ABS Challenger 10400F/GTX 1660 @Newegg

    Get gaming on a budget with this great offering from Newegg’s ABS gaming PC division. It comes with an Intel i5-10400F six-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB video card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive.
    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

    If you don’t want to wait for GPUs to restock at retail (which won’t happen until Summer 2021), Newegg’s ABS gaming division has the answer with it’s prebuilt Master Gaming PC. This tower comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-10400F 6-core, 12-thread CPU, the awesome new GeForce GTX 3060 12GB video card (which sells on eBay for about 2/3 the price of this whole system), plus a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
    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

    Don’t want to wait to build your own PC until GPUs restock? No problem – Newegg’s ABS division has you covered with an amazing deal on its Gladiator Gaming PC. It features an Intel Core i7-10700F 8-Core, 16-thread processor, and more importantly, the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB video card, which blows away everything that has come before it. Also on board are 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, and aggressive gamer-friendly looks!
    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

    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 still 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 3080 10GB! Also on the build list is an X570 motherboard, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and a 750W Gold-rated PSU.
    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

    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. But as of our latest update, this awesome system from Newegg’s ABS division has just been listed, and will likely only last for a few hours. It’s equipped with the awesome Intel Core i9-10850K 10-core, 20-thread CPU, a 240mm AIO liquid cooler, and comes packing serious heat with a GeForce RTX 3090 GPU, worth over $3,000 on its own in the eBay-driven scalper market! Yes, you read that right, you’re getting a 3090 in this system, which is selling of only a bit more than the GPU is worth, so don’t think twice, just snag it! Also on the build list is 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe SSD, and an 850W Gold-rated PSU.
    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!