If the portability of your Windows 11 PC is an important factor for you, then choosing a powerful Windows 11 laptop can be far more efficient than investing in a desktop setup.

As desktops are bulkier and thus have more space for components, you can invest in an incredibly powerful machine that would be able to tackle any task without any problems for the next years at least.

Another important advantage to choosing a desktop instead of a laptop is that the latter doesn’t always come with upgradable parts. This of course doesn’t apply to some gaming laptops, which will usually allow you to add an extra SSD and RAM.

As an alternative, you could choose to go with a proven brand like Razer which already produced laptops that allow a free upgrade to Windows 11.

The capabilities of the laptops in the mentions above could persuade you into going on the laptop route, but if that’s not the case, in today’s guide we will dive deeper into the subject of Windows 11 desktop PCs. You can also improve the performance of Windows 11 with some simple tricks.

We make sure to include various setups, which would prove helpful and accessible for users with different circumstances and preferences, but also those of you who don’t want to break the bank for this experience.

How we chose the best Windows 11 desktop PCs

Our team of expert testers worked tirelessly to ensure that the list of Windows 11 desktops they created was built containing the most objective and thorough information available, and their 15 years of combined experience has been used fully.

Every product presented in this guide will have good overall capabilities and will be able to run Windows 11 without any problems.

The points of difference between the devices will be evident based on a few important criteria which need to be considered every time a PC purchase is in your interest.

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Here are some of the most important elements that you need to consider when trying to find a good Windows 11 desktop PC:

➡ CPU power
➡ GPU capabilities
➡ RAM
➡ Storage capacity and type
➡ Cooling system setup
➡ Design

Carefully choosing the right configuration by looking at the elements mentioned above will surely help you choose the perfect setup for your needs, and also fit perfectly into your desired price range.

What to consider when choosing the best Windows 11 desktop

CPU power

As in the case of all PCs, the power of your processor will make an enormous difference when it comes down to how your system will react to any task you expose it to.

The speed and accuracy when reading data from the hard drive is of paramount importance no matter if you’re going to play games or simply explore the web. You can always resort to some useful techniques to make Windows 11 faster, but having a good CPU installed will help considerably.

Investing in a system that has a powerful CPU will also prove to be a better idea in the long term, as new software, apps, OSs, and games are released with upgraded system requirements.

Optimal CPU temperatures are extremely important to consider when analyzing CPUs, as this will impact the way your system will react to tasks.

Even though a cooling system will effectively reduce the overall temperature of your system, here are some of the ranges for CPU temperatures:

As you can see from the graph above, a normal CPU temperature is constantly between 40 to 65 degrees Celsius, and the average (depending on PC cooling system type), will clock in at about 65-70 degrees Celsius.

The entire set of CPUs we will present to you in this guide can run Windows 11 without any problems, and we included affordable options, medium-range setups, and high-end powerhouses which will cost more.

GPU capabilities

The GPU, or graphics processing unit is another very important component of a good PC, which impacts a whole spectrum of activities to their core.

This hardware element provides you with the entire visual experience offered by your device, including everyday usage, and also movies, games, and Internet browsing. Even more, if you are interested in mining cryptocurrency, the GPU is responsible for the processing of digital coins.

Diving into this subject a bit further, if you want to start mining crypto by using your PC, we have also written extensively about how to protect your crypto mining operations from third parties.

In some cases, computer systems have multiple GPU slots on the motherboard, but most have only one. Extending the GPU capabilities can also be done by using a powerful eGPU (external GPU), which can double, and even triple your system capabilities just by plugging it into one of your computer’s ports.

RAM

The rapid access memory, also known as RAM is another very important element found in your PC. This piece of hardware ensures that your system can process a variety of different data subsets at once.

Most people think about RAM in the context of gaming, which is not wrong at all, as running a game will require your system to process a wide range of different data at the same time – images, sounds, game engine, rendering the character’s actions, the virtual world reacting to the user’s actions, etc.

The same principle applies to running multiple applications on your PC, each of them requiring a different subset of data to be processed in a synchronized fashion.

For this reason, having a good amount of RAM can improve your overall PC experience, even though running the latest games will require a lot more memory than running simple apps.

Storage capacity and type

Data storage is a very important aspect of any computer, as this allows the operating system to be installed and used, keeps all the files of any program you install, and beyond that, all the personal files of the user – photos, videos, music, etc.

Being able to access all that data whenever you need it will require that the storage runs optimally, and at a high speed. Of course, better speeds are always good when it comes to processing data, and this is where the storage type makes a huge difference.

There are two main types of storage options, as your system will have an HDD (hard drive disk), an SSD (solid-state drive), or a combination of both.

The two types vary a lot both in terms of speed, stability, and price, and the graph below will give you a useful overview of these differences.

As you can see from the image presented above, SSDs stand out on every level, ensuring faster transfer and data reading speeds, an increased storage capability, and have proven to also be more durable, as no moving parts are present.

In the case of HDDs, even though no moving parts are active after the HDD is turned off, during operation, the read and write heads are constantly moving over the drive platter, at distances of only a few nanometers. This causes HDDs to be a lot more susceptible to shocks of any kind, which can permanently damage the drive.

Now that we know that SSDs are better options when it comes to storage for your PC, we need to mention another important element, which is that not all SSDs are the same either.

  • SATA SSD – an older version of SSDs, which uses the SATA interface. These interfaces only allow data to be transfered thorugh one channel. Even though a lot faster than HDDs, with a speed of 500 MB/s they can’t match the newer type.
  • NVMe SSD – using the newly-developed NVMe interface, SSDs with this interface allow data to be transfered by using multiple channels, thus incresing the speeds for both witing and reading information (3,500 MB/s).

Cooling system setup

The cooling system installed on your desktop PC will have a huge impact on the overall performance of your setup, as the temperature of the hardware needs to be maintained for optimal efficiency.

That being said, cooling systems are mostly installed next to the CPU, which tends to get very hot while using your PC at maximum capacity.

The maximum temperature for a PC is somewhere between 80 and 90 degrees Celsius. These are values that should not be reached by a system if you want it to perform and maintain in the long term. Starting from 80 degrees, your CPU will start to malfunction, and can even permanently stop working.

This is why having a good cooling system installed on your PC can not only make a huge difference in performance but also when it comes to the longevity of your device.

Not all cooling systems are the same, and in the graphic below you can see some of the main features for each of the main types:

Depending on your preference, you can choose either of them, but generally, air-based cooling system effects are more pronounced when it comes to other hardware components, but will cause your device to be considerably louder.

On the other hand, a water-based cooling system occupies less space, and, even though efficient while cooling the CPU, it is comparatively more expensive than the other option.

Design

The design of your desktop PC doesn’t only imply looking good on your desk, but can also improve the overall performance of the system.

When it comes to choosing a Windows 11 desktop PC for your home, both types of design elements are very important:

  • Aesthetics – choosing a device that not only fits the design of your home/room, but also occupies the exact amount of space you need it to, is a very important aspect. This applies even more when it comes to investing a large sum in your desktop PC, as a larger price might also involve using a device for a longer period of time.
  • Functional design – even though it might seem that design only deals with aesthetics, a well thought-through structure for your desktop PC’s case can also mean enough cooling vents, and other features. Added to this, a larger PC case will require more cooling power, but a smaller case will also heat up faster.

As you can see, a balance between the above-mentioned elements of the design needs to be achieved to have a satisfactory desktop PC experience while using Windows 11.

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➡ If you are interested more in a very powerful CPU, and don’t care that much about the GPU setup, then the Empowered PC Sentinel provides you with everything you need.

This device can be extremely useful when it comes to office work, multitasking, and even allows decent gaming.

➡ In case you are more inclined to choose a device based on its gaming capacity, the HP Omen 30L offers a great setup for a very good price.

The same goes for the CUK Continuum, which has a better CPU but is a bit more costly than the model mentioned previously.

➡ For those of you who want a decent all-around Windows 11 desktop PC, and don’t want to spend that much money, while also being inclined to use it for gaming, the SkyTech Prism II is a very good choice.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU and the combination with a powerful GPU ensure great results.

➡ The HP Omen 25L, even though can’t be compared in overall capabilities with the other options in this guide, is a very good option that comes at a very accessible price.

The CPU offers enough power for medium-range gaming, and the GPU can handle day-to-day tasks without issues.

The table shown above provides you with a quick overview of how the devices presented on this list fit into users’ needs.

To get a full understanding of why the desktop PCs were chosen, and which are better than others, let’s now dive deeper into their specs:

CUK Continuum

  • Intel Core i9-10900KF CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti - 12GB
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD
  • Comes with a wired gaming keyboard and a mouse
  • Small SSD, even though accompanied by a 2TB HDD

The Continuum desktop PC from CUK is one of the best systems you can invest your hard-earned cash in, without worrying about upgrades and lagging for at least the next couple of years. This timeframe of course will vary depending on how updated you want to keep your hardware.

This device comes with a powerful Intel Core i9-10900KF processor with 10 cores, and our tests have shown that it can reach speeds of up to 5.3 GHz, with the lowest value coming in at about 3.7 GHz. This 20MB cache 125 W setup offers great processing speeds that can enable you to explore the latest games, run high-impact applications, and even works well for crypto-mining.

When it comes to the benchmark scores, this CPU has proven to be 2% better than the CPU found in our next selection, and the fact that it has a liquid cooling system provides a bit more of an extra edge.

The graphics hardware installed on this device features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti board, with 12GB GDDR6X memory, which ensures that all graphics-intensive

Even though this CPU offers all the power you will need for the time being, the benchmark results from our tests show that it comes in at a 1% lower overall score when compared to the GPU installed on the next device in this list.

To ensure that you will be able to run all the latest games, and run multiple other applications at the same time, it comes with 32GB DDR4 2933MHz CL16 RAM. Even though there are systems out there that have greater value in this department, the frequency at which it runs will surely provide you with an all-around immersive experience.

This device comes packed with a wired gaming keyboard and mouse, and also features a 512GB NVMe SSD, with a bonus of a 2TB HDD running at 7200rpm.


HP OMEN 30L

  • Intel Core i9-10850K CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU - 24 GB
  • 32 GB RAM DDR4
  • 1 TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Free upgrade to Windows 11
  • Storage space could be bigger

This HP Omen device uses a powerful 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10850K CPU, which allows you to create digital art of a variety of types, use it for gaming, or any other activity you choose.

The benchmark scores for this CPU scored 2% lower than the model presented above but ensures 3% overall better scores when compared to the following model in the list.

When it comes to graphics, the HP Omen GT13 30L uses an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU which offers amazing performance both when it comes to gaming, and graphic-intensive applications like 3D rendering tools, image processing, video processing, etc. This GPU has a whopping 24 GB GDDR6X dedicated memory, which managed to score 1% better at overall benchmark tests than the GPU found in the previous device, and also 1% better scores than the next model. 

The 32 GB RAM HyperX DDR4 you will never be stopped from running multiple applications at the same time and has offered more than enough power to run the latest games without any sort of lagging.

To ensure fast data reading and writing speeds, the 1 TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage rounds up this device nicely, ensuring that you will not have storage space issues. If you need even more space, you can always invest in another M.2 SSD to expand it even further.

This device also comes with a free upgrade to Windows 11, which can prove to be an extremely useful feature for those of you that do not want to invest in the newly-developed OS as well.


SkyTech Prism II

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU
  • GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU - 12 GB
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB Gen4 NVMe SSD
  • 6 RGB 360mm AIO coolers
  • Medium-range amount of RAM

SkyTech Prism II is another powerful desktop PC that can help you experience some of the games you’ve wanted to play for a while, while also proving to be versatile enough to tackle many other tasks as well.

It comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core processor which operates at 3.8 GHz and is capable of reaching 4.7 GHz by using Boost. Even though this CPU scored 3% lower benchmark results than the previous desktop model, the accessible price makes it a very good option.

The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU offers a 12GB GDDR6X setup, making it 1% less powerful than the GPU installed on the previously-mentioned desktop system, and a whopping 41% better test results compared to the next. 

To ensure that you will be able to run multiple applications at the same time, and have enough power to run some of the latest games, the 16GB DDR4 RAM doesn’t disappoint. Running at 3200MHz ensures fast processing speeds even at medium to high graphics settings.

The 1TB Gen4 NVMe SSD allows you more than enough space to keep your files, download and install games, store personal files, and even collect some 4K quality videos.

This desktop impressed us with the beautifully designed Phanteks Qube case, which comes in a white finish. This design allows you to showcase the inner workings of this PC and fits almost any environment without sticking out too much.

To round this device up completely, it also comes equipped with 6 RGB 360mm AIO cooler fans that improve performance and look great as well.


Empowered PC Sentinel

  • Intel Core i9-11900 CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU - 8GB
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD
  • LED backlit USB gaming keyboard + mouse
  • Slower GPU than other options
  • Small SSD, even though accompanied by a high-speed HDD

The Empowered PC Sentinel from CUK comes with an Intel Core i9-11900 Eight-Core Processor, making it the most powerful CPU on this list. It uses a 16MB Cache, running from 2.5GHz to 5.2GHz, and has the temperature kept in check with a 65W liquid cooling system.

When compared to the first option on our list, this CPU is 11% better in overall benchmark tests, and a whopping  28% better score than the next option in the list.

When it comes to graphics, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU with 8GB GDDR6X memory has good overall scores and allows you to explore some of the latest games, but it had 41% worse scores than the previous setup, and an amazing 71% score above the next desktop presented in this guide.

The 32GB DDR4 RAM  running at 3000MHz ensures that you will be able to run multiple applications at the same time without worrying about lagging or having your system getting stuck.

With this setup, you also receive a 512GB NVMe Solid State Drive which ensures fast writing and reading speeds for the data stored on it, and also a 2TB 7200rpm HDD.

This device also comes with a wired LED backlit USB gaming keyboard, and a mouse, so the setup is ready to tackle any task as soon as the delivery reaches your home.

Even more, to ensure no worries whatsoever, this desktop comes with a 3-year limited warranty from CUK, which is a very good addition to the sturdy package that’s already offered for the price.


HP OMEN 25L

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU - 12GB
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • AllyFlex Mousepad
  • Small SSD
  • Medium-range CPU
  • Medium-range GPU

The HP OMEN 25L uses an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor with 8 cores and has a base frequency of 3.60 GHz which can be increased to up to 4.4 GHz with Max Boost.  Even though the CPU is 28% slower than the previous model mentioned in this list, it still provides great processing power if not planning to run games at high graphics settings.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU which has 12GB RAM has been able to run some of the latest games without too much lagging, even though the refresh frame rate can’t be compared with the other options presented in this guide. If you don’t mind reducing the quality of your games, then this piece of hardware provides everything you need.

To run some of the most recent games, the 16 GB DDR4 RAM ensures that you will be able to run games, open multiple applications at the same time, and provide enough memory for daily tasks without any issues.

When it comes to storage, the HP OMEN 25L uses a 1 TB 7200RPM SATA HDD and a 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, which can also be extended to fit your needs.

As a bonus, you also get great connectivity ports, including USB Type-A, USB SuperSpeed Type-C, and a high-speed Ethernet port. Even more, an AllyFlex mousepad is added to the package for your enjoyment.


Bottom runners

Even though our team of testers has chosen some of the best Windows 11 desktop PCs on the market to create this list, some other options didn’t make the list but are still worth mentioning.

Here are some other options which could be a very good choice for some users:

SkyTech Shadow 3.0

This device hasn’t made our list, as the price-quality ratio was surpassed by other models, but still provides a Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, and a decent GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060.

SkyTech Blaze II

With a Ryzen 5 3600 GPU clocking in at 3.6 GHz and an NVIDIA 1660 Super with 6GB video RAM, this desktop comes in at an accessible price and provides great capabilities.


As you can see from the list above, there are a variety of measuring points when it comes to choosing the best Windows 11 desktop PC for you, but we made sure to include all the information you would need to make an informed decision.

We made sure to include options for you even if you want high-end gaming machines, but also more accessible middle-range and low-end PCs that still do the job.

Feel free to share what option you chose from the list by using the comment section below.