The 7 Best Desktop PCs of 2021


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The RundownBest Overall:Alienware Aurora R11 at Amazon"This particular model has an Intel Core i9 processor and 64 GB of RAM."Best for Gaming:HP Omen 30L at Amazon"HP has built that with a gaming PC that starts at just over $1,000 that is highly customizable."Best Balance:Dell G5 2020 at Dell"Dell is a master at giving you good value for your dollar."Best Budget:Acer Aspire C27 at Amazon"The Acer Aspire C27 is a great budget option that definitely will not break the bank."Best Apple:iMac 21.5 4K at Amazon"The iMac has always been a great all-in-one solution for Mac users."Best For Students:Dell Inspiron 3671 at Amazon"The Dell Inspiron 3671 is the latest in a long line of middle-of-the-road PCs."Best for Video Editing:Lenovo Yoga A940 at Best Buy"When you look at the Lenovo Yoga A940, you'll marvel at its versatility."in this articleExpandOur PicksAbout Our Trusted ExpertsFAQsThe Ultimate Desktop PC Buying Guide

Getting your hands on one of the best desktop PCs has become more of a necessity than a luxury in the current era, where working from home is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and a single machine that can do nearly everything is becoming more attractive. A great desktop can be an effective replacement for any number of other devices/services, from tablets to stereos to a cable subscription, and while the initial investment is fairly significant, they can actually save you money over time when you consider their versatility (and for those looking to mitigate the sticker shock, the best budget PCs offer similar functionality but for less).

Great prebuilt desktop computers also have an edge over their portable counterparts, the best laptops, in terms of performance per dollar. While they sacrifice portability, desktops provide both more performance for the price as well as a higher performance ceiling. They're also much more customizable, and more future proofed than the average laptop. Even a novice tinkerer can fairly easily swap out parts when a component gets outdated, another cost cutting feature that can save you buying a whole new machine every few years.

For a look at some options specifically tailored for gamers, our best gaming PCs roundups collects all the best RBG powerhouses, or read on for the best desktop PCs overall.

Best Overall:Alienware Aurora R11

4.8 Buy on AmazonBuy on DellWhat We Like

Top of the line power

Massive amounts of storage

What We Don't Like


Alienware Aurora R11 Review

Alienware is best known for its gaming PCs, but what's great about"gaming PCs"is they're basically just powerful desktop computers. This particular model has an Intel Core i9 processor and 64 GB of RAM to crush productivity and multitasking, alongside a discrete GPU easily capable of keeping up with any graphics-intense processes you throw its way. 8K video editing, hardcore gaming at 4K—the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 won't bat an eyelash. The build quality, heat management (both air and liquid cooling options are available), and design are also best in class. This is a mature gaming machine that looks the part, and not like it fell out of a notebook of rainbow-colored Fortnite fan art.

On the storage side, this PC comes with a 1TB Solid State Drive. If that's not enough, you also have a massive 3TB Hard Disk Drive for storage. It'll be awhile before you fill that up.  Overall, this is just a monster PC, and it's expensive, but dollar for dollar, it's our pick for best overall.

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700F | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD

"The Aurora R11 replaces its predecessor as the best gaming desktop of the year."— Erika Rawes, Product Tester

The 6 Best $400 to $1,000 Desktop PCs in 2021

Best for Gaming:HP Omen 30L

Buy on AmazonBuy on Best BuyBuy on HPWhat We Like

Very inexpensive

Highly customizable

What We Don't Like

Somewhat boring design

One of the challenges of the gaming world is designing a gaming rig that doesn't hurt the wallet. HP has built that with a gaming PC that starts at just over $1,000 that is highly customizable. The base model comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage. Powering this PC is a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. All told, this desktop PC's base model is great, and it only goes up from there.

In addition to the processor, the memory, hard disk, graphics card, and more can all be upgraded. You won't be stuck with the base model, but that will cost you. The design of the desktop case is a bit on the boring side. It does have some tempered glass elements which make the case see-through. That's cool, but overall it's mostly just a big box. HP could do better here.

CPU: Intel Core i9-10850K | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD

The 9 Best Gaming PCs of 2021

Best Balance:Dell G5 2020

3.5 Buy on DellBuy on Toys R UsWhat We Like

Good performance for the dollar

Comes with a mouse and keyboard

What We Don't Like

Airflow problems

Hard to customize

Dell G5 5090 Review

Dell is a master at giving you good value for your dollar. The Dell G5 2020 edition gives you just that. Unfortunately, Dell is also known for using custom, borderline proprietary components that are hard to upgrade or customize. The case is small, and there's not a lot of extra room in there for upgrades. This also causes some trouble with airflow, with the CPU fan sitting at an odd angle. 

If you want Dell to do the customization, it's happy to do so. There are two configurations available on Amazon, and a huge number of options available on Dell's own digital storefront. You can upgrade the RAM from 8GB to 16GB, and you can upgrade the GPU from a GTX 1660 to an RTX 2060. That extra boost will give you a lot more power to be sure. It all comes at very reasonable prices and a good value.

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700 | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD

“In the end, the base level G5 is a perfectly capable gaming machine, albeit with some minor issues.” — Zach Sweat, Product Tester

Best Budget:Acer Aspire C27

4.2 Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartBuy on B&H Photo VideoWhat We Like

Great price

Widescreen monitor

Wireless peripherals included

All-in-one PC

What We Don't Like

Rear-facing speakers

Discreet GPU is not very strong

Acer Aspire C27 Review

The Acer Aspire C27 is a great budget option that definitely will not break the bank. In addition to being an all-in-one PC (meaning the computer components are built-in behind the screen), this computer also comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard giving you a lot of extra desk space. It has a modern design with a widescreen monitor and thin bezels and it all comes at a great price.

All that comes in one package, with rear-facing speakers that can be a little muffled because of the fact that they're rear-facing. Also, while this PC does have a discrete GPU, it's not all that powerful, so top-tier games won't perform as well. That's important to keep in mind if you're a gamer. But the PC offers a lot of value for someone looking for surfing, office work, and some light gaming. It even has an HDMI out for a second monitor, or for an entertainment system.

CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G1 | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX130 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 512GB SSD

"The Acer Aspire C27 all-in-one is so slim at first glance you might mistake it for a mere computer monitor. Its unimposing and flexible form factor betrays its hidden ability as a desktop PC that can handle most computing demands with ease and perform a few extra demanding tasks as well."— Yoona Wagener, Product Tester

The 7 Best Budget PCs in 2021

Best Apple:iMac 21.5 4K

4Buy on AmazonBuy on Best BuyBuy on AppleWhat We Like

Beautiful 4K display

Minimal setup required

What We Don't Like

Not upgradable


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Apple iMac 21.5-inch 4K Review

The iMac has always been a great all-in-one solution for Mac users.  Everything is built into the gorgeous 4K display making it very easy to set up and get going. The 21.5 inch display is surrounded by a very large bezel by today's standards. The all-aluminum chassis holds an Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of onboard storage. However, the choices you make at checkout are the choices you'll be stuck with because iMacs are notoriously hard to upgrade.

Overall, iMacs are generally easy to use, easy to set up, but also very expensive. All of your I/O ports are on the back including a 3.5mm headphone jack, four USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C thunderbolt ports, an SD card reader, and an ethernet plug. It's a very capable machine that runs Apple's macOS. That's worth mentioning since this is the only computer on the list that doesn't run Windows 10.

CPU: Intel 8th Generation Core i3 | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 555X | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB SSD

"Overall, the 21.5-inch 4K iMac is a solid all-in-one computer that packs a lot of power into a tiny, well-designed package."– Gannon Burgett, Product Tester

Best For Students:Dell Inspiron 3671

3.2 Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartWhat We Like

Lots of storage

Lots of I/O

What We Don't Like

Boring design

No USB Type-C ports

Bad wireless connectivity

Dell Inspiron 3671 Desktop Review

The Dell Inspiron 3671 is the latest in a long line of middle-of-the-road PCs that will get you through most everyday tasks without breaking a sweat. It has a ton of ports, a 5-in-one card reader, but oddly enough, no USB Type-C ports. That's not necessarily a deal-breaker since most accessories come with USB Type-A cables, but many phones are starting to ship with only USB Type-C so long-term, that could be a problem.

Funny enough, Dell doesn't show much inspiration for the design of its Inspiron computers. The same goes for its integrated Wi-Fi controller. Our reviewer ran multiple speed tests and never got anything approaching a good speed while other devices raced past it.  But for an everyday work machine, this desktop will get you by.

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256GB SSD

"If you're working with a limited budget, this basic, mid-range desktop provides solid power for schoolwork and everyday tasks."— Andrew Hayward, Product Tester

Best for Video Editing:Lenovo Yoga A940

3Buy on Best BuyBuy on LenovoBuy on MicrosoftWhat We Like

Drafting mode

Convenient nooks for peripherals and a Qi charging pad

What We Don't Like

Over engineered design


Lenovo Yoga A940 Review

One look at the Lenovo Yoga A940, you'll marvel at its versatility. You've got a beautiful 4K screen that is manipulatable down into a drafting mode, a spot for your keyboard, mouse, stylus, and a Qi charging pad besides! But then you think about the practicality of all those nooks and crannies and wonder if it might have been easier to just build the computer components into the monitor like most other all-in-one PCs. At the end of the day, it looks a bit over-engineered. You want to love all the nooks and crannies that have useful space in them, but they take up a lot of extra room.

Getting beyond the design there is also a ton of I/O here including a 3.5mm headphone jack, an SD card reader, Ethernet jack, HDMI port, one USB Type-C Thunderbolt port, and five USB Type-A ports. On the inside, you have an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 1 TD hard disk drive. Add in the integrated speaker and this computer is ready to go. But it's also very expensive compared to others with similar power.

CPU: Intel Core i5-8400T | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB HDD

"If you're looking for an affordable alternative that can still meet your creative demands, the Lenovo Yoga A940 is in a class of its own with its convertible desktop-to-tablet design and built-in storage hubs for peripherals."— Yoona Wagener, Product Tester

The 7 Best All-In-One PCs of 2021Final Verdict

We love the Alienware Aurora R11 for its great mix of power and cost efficiency. There are more powerful machines in this list, and there are cheaper ones, but Alienware strikes just the right balance between the two.  It's hard to argue with that. Combine that with the insane amount of storage you get and you'll basically never have to delete anything.

If you want something very well designed and still cost effective, the Acer Aspire C27 is also a great choice. This is an all-in-one PC so it takes up very little space on your desk. It has great internals and will power through just about anything you need it to. If the Alienware computer is a bit much for you, then Acer has something that will work for you.

About Our Trusted Experts

David Beren is a tech journalist with more than ten years of experience under his belt. He founded his own tech site, and is expert in PCs and computer hardware, making him uniquely qualified to assemble this list for Ach5.

Gannon Burgett is a tech writer who's made a living for more than a decade covering the industry for a number of leading outlets. He has an extensive background in PC hardware and peripherals, including a specialization in gaming-specific gear.

As a technology journalist with six years (and counting) of experience, Rajat Sharma has tested out hundreds of PCs, ranging from budget laptops to top-of-the-line gaming rigs. He also knows quite a bit about building custom PCs.

Adam S. Doud has been writing in the technology space for almost a decade and in that time has developed an affinity for great keyboards. He also never deletes anything so lots of storage is a must for him.


What's the difference between a tower and an all-in-one PC?Desktop computers used to come in a large box that sat on the floor or desk and generally took up a lot of room. Recently, some computer manufacturers have started putting all the components for a computer into the monitor. Since the monitor has to be there anyway, why not put everything else in there too? Everything is one self-contained unit, like a laptop, but less portable.  Like laptops, all-in-one PCs tend to be much harder to upgrade than towers because space is at a premium. If you're someone who likes to tinker around on the inside of the computer, consider a desktop PC with a tower.

Should I build my own PC?Speaking of tinkering inside your PC, why not just build one from scratch? That's a very real possibility, and by doing that you can pick everything from the case to the power supply to the graphics card, memory, and more. It's a great way to get your own PC and often it turns out to be cheaper than buying one like in the list above. But, there is a fairly high knowledge/research bar you need to clear before you consider it. Knowing what components work with each other, the amount of cooling necessary, how to properly assemble the components and more can all be very intimidating.

What should I do with my old PC?There are a number of ways you can recycle your old PC. Some people use older PCs as a sort of media server to store and stream videos. Some people install ChromeOS or Linux onto older PCs since they will often run well on lower specifications. You can also look into seeing if your local school district takes donations, or see if there is a computer recycling center nearby. If you go that route, be sure to scrub all of your personal data off the computer first.

The Ultimate Desktop PC Buying Guide

In a world where smartphones and tablets are the norm, desktop PCs are making a comeback. Generally, a great desktop PC will make a case for itself against a well-rated laptop by providing a better value and power, especially when it comes to gaming and graphics processing. If you're not so concerned with portability when looking to invest in a new computer, you should be looking at higher specifications for roughly the same price, and there are a slew of options on the market today, priced comparably to the best laptops, with such value.Desktop PCs work well for multi-monitor setups geared toward productivity or for those who use a computer for long stretches of time. They have all the necessary ports, unlike some laptops today, which may only offer two USB-C ports. They also allow you to use a separate, larger keyboard and mouse—an ideal setup for people across professions. For example, those who work in finance often benefit from a number pad, and those using design and editing programs like Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere tend to have better precision with a mouse than a trackpad.

Whatever the case may be, it's almost certain that there's a PC out there for you, as these machines, both prebuilt and customized, are more affordable than ever before. Read on for our guide to finding the best desktop PC for you.


Why Choose a Desktop PC Over a Laptop?

As mentioned in the FAQ, desktop PCs work well for increased power, improved productivity, and graphical performance. It's also worth noting that new laptops are not as upgradable anymore, as thinner laptops must have their hard drives soldered into the motherboard, and you can't change a hard drive if you can't take it out. So, you'll have to pay a premium when you purchase a laptop to have everything on it in the highest specifications.

Upgrades on PCs, on the other hand, are much easier. Processor, RAM, graphics cards, storage, and other components can all be upgraded. And a big part of improving your experience comes from changing the monitor (a non-variable for laptops). There are larger options and curved options, which add to functionality based on your needs, and we'll get into more specifics on those later.

How Will You Use It?

Desktop PCs are a great setup in many professions. Financiers and accountants often benefit from a number pad, while designers and editors tend to have better precision on Adobe programs with a mouse rather than with a trackpad. Typists and gamers might prefer a mechanical keyboard or additional accessories like trackballs and controllers. And when it comes to editing spreadsheets and documents, the bigger screen or multiple monitors you can get with a desktop pays dividends. 

Ultimately, due to a combination of increased screen real estate and increased power, desktop PCs can simply do more in terms of productivity, games, and photo/video editing. If any of these use cases sound useful to you and the lack of portability isn't an issue, a desktop is the best choice for you.


Where Will You Keep It?

Desktops can be kept at your office or in your home. For communal use at home, you might put it in a kitchen or a shared office. We tend to see multi-monitor setups in home office or work settings. Wherever you put it, you'll want to make sure it's a location where you have access to plenty of plug points. If you don't, you may want to pick up a surge protector to give you more places to plug in and for some added protection. 

PC Operating Systems: The Programs You Need

If you decide you want a desktop PC, you'll have to consider which operating system you want to use. The operating system is the software that you engage with while using the computer. On an Apple computer, the operating system is macOS, while virtually any other computer will have Microsoft Windows. There are advantages and disadvantages to both operating systems. They're outlined below.


When you use an Apple computer, you're using macOS to manage your files, run your applications and more. If you're a tried-and-trusted Apple user, you probably know that already, and are familiar with the user-friendly nature of their software both for PCs and mobile devices (its smartphone operating system is iOS). What you may not know is that Apple doesn't license out its operating system to other companies, so you can only use this system if you buy an Apple computer.

Another thing to consider is that macOS is the only software with a streamlined App Store (Windows doesn't have such a user-friendly experience, and Linux doesn't have a store at all). Photo and video editors often opt for macOS, because it has a lot of native, or preinstalled, applications. macOS is also the only software to run Final Cut Pro, and some users have argued that Adobe Suite runs smoother on macOS.

Windows OS: 

Inspired by Apple's operating system that was introduced in 1984, Microsoft went to work on developing its own system—and boy, did they succeed. Windows has been, and continues to be, the operating system used with the majority of PCs worldwide. And perhaps this has to do with the fact that it's licensed to a panoply of computer manufacturers, including Apple. So, if you like Windows but prefer the build of an Apple computer, you're in luck, because Windows will run on it.

A downside mentioned above is the App Store experience, as downloading well-known applications can sometimes mean users will have to search the Internet for them because they're not centrally located in the store. Still, gamers and programmers are partial to Windows; you'll seldom find them using macOS. You can't game with macOS because the specs simply aren't there for it, and programmers tend to like macOS because it's Linux-based (more on that later). Perhaps a tradeoff for the deregulated App Store is Microsoft Office Suite, a productivity software with some programs exclusively offered through Windows, including Publisher and Access. Of course, that's for you to decide.


A completely free software, Linux can be installed on virtually any computer. Programmers like it, though businesses don't tend to use it because there's no technical support. It's a community -based and -driven software, so security updates aren't regulated by one single company. This means that there is perhaps a larger margin for error as the updates come out. Since the root of macOS is Linux-based, programmers today might opt for macOS, if they're willing to pay the premium for an Apple product.


Configuration Choices: All-In-One vs. Tower Desktop

When comparing an all-in-one and a tower desktop configuration, it really comes down to your probable need to customize the computer in the future. You can add components to a tower desktop that you can't easily add to an all-in-one because the hardware is less accessible (the monitor and computer are housed in one place, making it a more complicated machine to take apart). With a tower, you can upgrade and replace your current hard drive, add storage, increase RAM, swap out the GPU. You can add a second or even a third hard drive or CD and Blu-ray drives. The best part is it will cost way less because it requires less labor.

Another note: if you're creating a multi-monitor setup, consider that purchasing an all-in-one desktop would preclude you from purchasing a matching second monitor. So, if you want a uniform setup, a tower configuration could be a better option for you.

Processors: Intel vs. AMD

Intel and AMD processors are two main manufacturers buyers can choose between, and they are comparable in performance, power, and price. You can't necessarily go wrong with either, but finding the best option for you depends on need and budget. The Intel Core i7 CPU is widely favored right now, with manufacturers including it on the Surface Studio 2 and the Lenovo Yoga A940. AMD tends to be better for those on a budget who aren't looking for the best possible performance. If price isn't a big issue, you'll have to take a closer look at the specs, such as clock speed and multithreading, to decide which processor is right for you.

All processors factor in clock speed; this is how fast the processor runs. Why does it matter how hard your processor works? In a gaming context, a processor that's working too hard will glitch. If you're designing in CAD, spinning an item in 3D will prove difficult. Using Excel, alphabetizing thousands of rows of data will be a slow and painful process. Core i3, i7 and i9 reflect the size of the processors. The higher the number, the lower the clock speed you'll need, because the stronger processor won't need to work as hard to accomplish its task.

Most modern processors support multithreading. One thread is a unit of execution, and multithreading is a technique that allows a processor to execute multiple tasks needed to complete a process at once. The AMD Ryzen 3700X is an 8-Core, 16-Thread processor means that it can handle tasks like gaming and streaming simultaneously. It's a great workhorse processor for mixed-use cases. Higher-end processors like the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X have an incredible 64 cores and 128 threads, making them capable of doing impressive amounts of rendering with blazing fast speeds. They're a great, albeit expensive, pick for intensive workflows.


Hardware: What Drives Desktop Capability

SSDs vs. HDDs 

An HDD, or hard disk drive, is a data storage device that's actually pretty outdated. It uses magnetism to store data on a rotating platter, and the faster the platter spins, the quicker the HDD performs. If you need lots of storage, an HDD could work, but highly capable desktops should be SSD-equipped. With an SSD—a solid-state drive—a computer boots, runs programs and transfers files more rapidly. SSDs are faster than HDDs because the former stores data on interconnected flash memory chips instead of platters, so it has a shorter latency and read and write time. It's also lighter and less noisy.

A new computer will most likely be equipped with an SSD, but the question is whether you'll want an HDD for extra storage. In the current market, large capacity SSDs are very expensive, so people are buying HDDs to increase their reserve. When looking at SSD sizes, you should consider 250 GB at the minimum. This will keep your operating system and essential software. As a gamer or graphic designer, you'll want an HDD with one or two TB.


Desktops used the standard DDR3 memory system for years, but an up-to-date machine will have the DDR4 instead, especially with DDR5 around the corner. RAM is arguably one of the most important components of any desktop, as it's responsible for storing PC information in the short run. Without it, user activity would slow and perhaps even stop. RAM is measured in gigabytes (GB), and a good desktop for browsing and basic productivity like spreadsheets should have a bare minimum of 8GB. Designers and gamers will want 16GB to 32GB of RAM. If you have particularly intensive tasks like 4K video rendering, you may need as much as 64GB to 128GB. 


Ports and Connectivity

Desktops offer tons of connectivity options, unlike today's laptops. When you compare the standard Apple iMac 21.5-inch 4K and the MacBook Pro 16-inch Retina, it's easy to see the differences. The former has a 3.5mm headphone jack, an SDXC card slot, four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, an Ethernet connector, and a Kensington lock slot. The latter has four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and a headphone jack. VGA, HDMI, DVI, SDXC, and Thunderbolt 2 outputs are only supported using adapters sold separately.

What this means is that desktops give you more options to connect displays, audio devices, and other accessories. If you want to set up multiple monitors, you'll usually have three or four ports to use, along with plenty of USB ports for mice, keyboards, touchpads, trackballs, or anything else you might want. The wired Ethernet port also tends to be fairly rare to find on laptops now, giving desktops another advantage in internet connectivity options and speed. 

All-in-one desktops (Mac or Windows) are generally limited to Ethernet, USB-A, USB-C, a headphone jack, and a media card slot. Meanwhile, tower desktops allow for more customization. You can add graphics or connectivity cards to increase the number of ports.

Brands: A Myriad of ManufacturersAcer

This manufacturer has a breadth of choices known less for standing out from the crowd and more for their budget-friendly price tags. It has many towers and all-in-one PCs to choose from, with the majority falling under $1,000. Acer's computers generally won't outperform those of other manufacturers (how can they with 4GB to 8GB of RAM?) but they have garnered some decent reviews from Ach5, especially if you're looking for productivity on a budget.


The Apple brand has pervaded modern society unlike any other technology corporation in the world, by creating phones, tablets, watches, and computers with sleek designs, brilliant displays and user-friendly interfaces. Their products often have much higher price tags than those of their competition, but they're also built to last, so the splurge is perhaps more easily justified. That aside, if you like the all-in-one model and you're looking for one company to streamline your life, Apple might be for you.


The main reason market experts consider Dell a top manufacturer is its selection of desktops and ability to customize them. Dell machines can be pricey, but that higher cost tends to give buyers a quality computer that fits their needs exactly. Whether it's gaming on an Alienware machine or productivity on a Dell Inspiron workstation, you're certain to find what you're looking for with Dell.


A computer manufacturing powerhouse, Lenovo boasts a massive selection of products. They cover a broad spectrum of price and capability, and yet, there isn't a range of quality, as this manufacturer has a proven track record of prioritizing performance across the board. This is perhaps why corporations opt to use Lenovo computers. Design and functionality are also major considerations for the makers, as demonstrated in machines like the Yoga A940, which includes a 4K IPS touch display and a stylus among other basic accessories for an all-in-one desktop.

Accessories: Keyboards, Mice, and More

Keyboards and mice are the basic accessories you'll need for a desktop. Both usually come with the all-in-one computers, making that system (again) a less easily customized option. Tower desktops give consumers the flexibility to choose a keyboard and mouse that's right for them from the get-go. Typists and gamers may opt for a mechanical keyboard for precision.

Extra monitors and drawing tablets are other accessories to consider as you devise your setup. It's generally easier to connect bulky accessories to any desktop than it is to any laptop. Doing the former will allow you to spread out your setup and perhaps create a more comfortable workspace.

Conclusion: How to Pick the Best Desktop PC

No two computers are created equal, and with so many manufacturers and options created by those makers, it can be hard to know what the right buying decision is for you. The bottom line is that understanding your needs and measuring them against configuration options and the capabilities, price and overall quality of those options will hopefully send you in the right direction.