The MSI Trident X is a powerful, thin gaming PC that you can upgrade later with off-the-shelf parts.
The Maingear Turbo is the epitome of a compact luxury AMD Ryzen PC, with beautiful looks and powerful performance. But it can get very, very expensive.
Maingear’s Vybe with Apex Cooling manages to tame Intel’s Core i9-10900K for impressive, quiet performance with a polished, pretty presentation.
The Corsair Vengeance a4100 is a powerful Ryzen and Nvidia RTX-powered gaming rig with a capture card included.
The Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit (Ghost Canyon) is a pricey barebones PC that fits a discrete GPU. The Compute Element with mobile Intel CPU makes for an exciting new form factor, though.
The Corsair Vengeance 6182 Gaming PC is an all-AMD machine with standardized parts, though the company makes some more powerful options for less money.
The Zotac Mek Mini is a powerful compact gaming PC that could fit in an entertainment center, but its two massive power bricks make it more unwieldy than expected.
The Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition delivers impressive performance thanks to a 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 3950X an Nvidia GeForce 2080 Ti. But it needs better cooling.
The Dell G5 Gaming Desktop is a compact, affordable entry-level rig, though there’s only so much upgrading you can do with it.
CLX harnesses the power of Ryzen with its Ra desktop. It’s a splashing, expertly assembled rig that’s able to handle most high-end tasks with ease.
The HP Omen Obelisk is a sleek desktop with premium part options, but it’s case design makes it difficult to make significant upgrades in the future.
The A300 adds AMD’s AM4 CPU socket support to ASRock’s DeskMini portfolio, complete with its enhanced onboard graphics and fast DDR4 support.
Maingear's latest Vybe runs quiet and looks understated (for a gaming desktop). But the case could be nicer--especially in the $2,499 quick-ship configuration.
Content creation professionals, take note. Corsair’s compact One Pro i180 is compact, powerful, and (mostly) quiet.
The Origin PC Neuron delivers impressive performance and can be customized however you like, but can run loud and needs dust protection.
The Alienware Aurora R8 is a bulky gaming rig that offers strong performance and a whole lot of ports.
Corsair’s One i160 sports new top-end components and a redesigned layout. It’s expensive in every configuration option, but its performance & design impress.
The HP Omen Obelisk is HP’s most upgradable PC, but it needs at least one more fan and isn’t entirely customizable.
Walmart’s Overpowered Gaming Desktop DTW3 is cheap and offers solid gaming performance, but those savings come from questionable parts, which are housed in a questionable design.
The Corsair Vengeance 5180 Gaming PC is a beautiful micro-ATX machine that’s easy to upgrade but has a last-gen processor that isn’t as powerful as we would like.