Best Desktop PC Windows Central 2019

Laptops are a great way to keep your PC with you at all times, but not everyone needs something so portable. While you can usually build your own desktop PC for less money, pre-built models have been narrowing the price gap, and you can find a quality device that's relatively affordable considering the hardware inside. If you're unsure where to start, we've rounded up a bunch of the best pre-built desktops.

Tons of configuration options: Dell XPS Tower 8930 Special Edition

The cheapest XPS Tower model comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400 processor (CPU), 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) coupled with a 1 TB hard-disk drive (HDD), and a NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card (GPU). That's a decent collection of hardware, but there are plenty of other more powerful configurations to choose from.

From $900 at Dell

AMD hardware: HP ENVY 750

Available with AMD CPU and GPU hardware options, this pre-built is great for anyone who likes a bit of variety. The cheapest model has an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU, AMD RX 550 GPU, and 8 GB of RAM, but you can pay more and stock it with up to a AMD RX 580 GPU and AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU.

From $500 at HP

Budget performance: Acer Aspire TC-780

The $619 price tag here is deceiving. Acer packs in a 7th Gen Core i5-7400 quad-core CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, plus a 256 GB SSD coupled with a 1 TB HDD, and it has plenty of convenient ports. As long as you're not looking for a PC for heavy gaming, this one will easily cut through your daily productivity tasks.

$619 at Amazon

Business oriented: Lenovo ThinkCentre M920 Tower

The ThinkCentre is stocked with features for the business and enterprise crowd, like boosted security, vPro CPUs, TPM chip, USB protection, and more. Get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 CPU, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1 TB PCIe SSD, and a NVIDIA GT 730 2 GB GPU to easily handle a day's work.

From $579 at Lenovo

Build your own: Origin M-Class

Origin lets you select everything from performance hardware to case to colors so that you can build a PC from the ground up. Choose Intel Xeon, Core or AMD Ryzen CPU, pick a chassis with color and lighting, then stock it with your favorite bits. You won't build it yourself, but it will feel truly like your own.

From $1,317 at OriginPC

Budget gaming: CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

Gaming PCs usually cost more than standard desktop counterparts, but CyberpowerPC bucks the trend. This low price gets you an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400 CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1 TB HDD, and an AMD RX 580 GPU with 4 GB of VRAM. It also happens to be the best-looking PC of the bunch.

$749 at Amazon

If we're suggesting a desktop PC

All of the above PCs will no doubt find a fit with someone, but if you're still unsure where to start, we recommend checking out the Dell XPS Tower 8930 Special Edition. There are a bunch of configurations all ready to go, and they range widely in price to better fit your budget. If you'd like something strictly for gaming and a bit of VR, be sure to consider the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme. It's cheap, it's powerful, and it looks awesome.

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