If you are looking for the Best desktop computers to work or for your day-to-day, not necessarily to play, these are the best options you can get right now.
Update April 27, 2023: We think some really powerful mini PCs deserve a spot on this list, so we’ve added one of the most powerful mini PCs on the market. We have also updated the prices of the list and organized the content for a better understanding.
Desktop computers are still alive, although laptops are still preferred due to their advantages when it comes to moving from one place to another, desktop computers allow an improvement and performance that laptops do not reach.
Without a doubt, if you want a cheap PC that you can improve little by little, you need a desktop PC. In addition, many people want to leave it fixed in a place in their house and that it is available whenever they want.
If you are looking for a good PC then you are interested in reading about it because we have chosen some of the best options that you can buy right now. If, on the other hand, you could give a laptop a try, we also have recommendations based on our experience testing different models.
These desktop computers have been chosen following a few simple criteria. The most important thing is the value for money, so we are not looking for very powerful PCs with the best graphics cards, those are in another category.
They must have modern hardware no older than two generations (such as 10th or 11th-generation Intel Core processors) be upgradeable, and come with an SSD.
We’ve also recently added some really powerful mini PCs that can be upgraded to this list, so we think they’re worth a pick.
Although it is not necessary, a bonus has been that it comes with a graphics card that allows you to play if you want, at least from time to time.
- Apple Mac Mini (2023)
- Apple iMac 2021
- MSI MEG Trident X
- Acer Nitro N50
- NiPoGi AM06
- Dell OptiPlex 380 SFF
- MSI MAG META 5
- HP Victus 15L
- Lenovo IdeaCentre 5
- PcCom Bronze
Apple Mac Mini (2023)
The renewal of the Mac Mini was long awaited and it is finally here, also with a surprise, and it is that it not only comes with an M2 processor, which was within the norm, but it also goes on sale with M2 Pro and M2 Max. We have been able to analyze the M2 Pro and we confirm it: it is outstanding.
It is an option for those who want a very, very powerful Mac but do not need a laptop, and there is also good news: the model with M2 does not increase in price, and at launch, it remains at 719 euros, something that has not happened with the MacBooks and iPhones.
The design is absolutely identical to that of always: compact and metallic, the best Mini PC that can be bought today.
With an ARM processor recently launched, it is an investment that will surely be profitable in the long term for many years.
Apple iMac 2021
When Apple renewed its 24″ iMacs, it did so by giving them color, since they are now available in various shades, but above all the renovation came from the inside with the new ARM processors.
The 24″ iMacs of 2021 have an M1 processor, a chip that surprises with its power and capacity, and which, as we were able to verify in the analysis of this computer, still has a long way to go.
Although it is not a desktop like other computers on this list, it should be included in the selection, especially if you want a computer to work and not play.
It is silent and compact, and best of all if you want you can expand its RAM and SSD memory.
MSI MEG Trident X
As is often the case with laptops from brands like MSI, the same model is for sale in different configurations. In this case, the Trident X is no less and you can buy it with more or less storage, different variants of RAM, and a processor.
In all cases it is a premium high-end PC, which far exceeds 1,000 euros, and with which you will be able to play any game you want, in addition to running applications flying in Windows 11.
RGB liquid cooling is another gaming detail that draws a lot of attention, and it is not a desktop PC to go unnoticed.
Acer Nitro N50
Acer is one of the biggest brands in the computer industry, and while it has slowly been releasing more and more laptop models, it still sells a number of top-tier classic desktop PCs, especially in the gaming segment.
One of them leads this ranking for its good value for money. It is the Acer Nitro N50 and its price exceeds 1,000 euros, although it is well worth seeing its specifications.
For example, it equips a high-performance 12th Generation Intel Core i5, accompanied by 16 GB of RAM and an RTX 3060 graphics card as GPU.
For boasting it even boasts 1 TB of SSD storage, so you can put very few faults.
And if you choose a mini PC as your next desktop computer? Not all of them, but the ones that we recommend have more than enough power to move all the Chrome tabs you want, which is saying something, in addition to offering you the possibility of updating details such as RAM and SSD.
As an example this NiPoGi AM06. A mini PC with a Ryzen 7 3750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD, and integrated graphics on the AMD Vega 10 processor.
You can connect up to 3 external displays with 4K resolution at 60 Hz without problem, through its HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C port.
It has WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 (modules also upgradeable), as well as 3 USB ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, and sound input and output connection.
Dell OptiPlex 3080 SFF
Little by little Dell has been achieving a brand image in the rest of the world like the one it already has in the United States: a manufacturer you can trust if you want a work PC.
The OptiPlex 3080 is a computer with good value for money, moderately affordable, and sober, but when it comes down to it, it surely stands out for offering more than enough features in a professional environment.
In addition, Dell uses quality components, compatible not only with Windows but also always trying to leave the door open for Linux, and in this case, they have been no less.
MSI MAG META 5
Its appearance does not deceive: this MSI PC is a gaming computer, and a fairly powerful one at that, with Ryzen 5 5600X and RX6600XT, which is an AMD setup.
The performance it promises is outstanding and it can certainly run any current, next-gen game, and do it more than well enough.
One of the advantages of gaming PCs of this type is that you can remove components and replace them with compatible ones in the future.
HP Victus 15L
HP has a range of gaming computers with good prices and perfect technical features for the vast majority. You can take advantage of powerful components and a more sober style than gaming PCs are used to.
This HP Victus 15L Desktop Computer (model TG02-0051ns) packs an Intel Core i5-12400F processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a 512GB SSD drive. In addition, it has a 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card.
The only bad thing about this PC is that it comes without an operating system, but installing Windows 11 is super easy. But since it does not have an operating system, you save good money on the Windows license, staying below 950 euros.
Lenovo IdeaCentre 5
Among the desktop computers with a large tower, assembled by recognized brands, we have to highlight this Lenovo IdeaCentre 5 14IAB7 .
Previously we had recommended a previous version, but this edition (model 14IAB7) has new features in its hardware. Most importantly, it uses an Intel Core i5 12400 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
It has 4 USB ports on the back, a 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI or VGA video output, and on the front you have another 2 USB ports, a USB-C connection, and a headphone port.
Nothing special, but it is a cheap desktop computer and it is fully upgradeable.
PcComponentes has its own brand of computers that they assemble and configure themselves. If you are looking for a good price on a computer where you can choose many of its features, then this PcCom Bronze may be of interest to you.
We have chosen a model with interesting features, but the price is more. This computer has a price of less than 600 euros and a 3-year warranty.
Among its features, you will find an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 500 GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. It is not the extreme gaming PC you may be looking for, but we assure you that you will be able to work, study, play, stream, and do everything you want with this PC.