When it comes to PC enthusiasts, this was a good year. This year’s hot trends are mainly connected to Virtual Reality, 4K graphics, and Stick Desktops. Windows 10 is slowly but steadily taking its spot as the top operating system in the world (with Windows 7 still in front).
When you decide to update to a Windows 10 computer, you would probably want to take the full potential of your system. Why not use Christmas discounts to your advantage to obtain new PC. Especially if you are professional and your performance depends on your PC‘s capability, or a dedicated gamer who wants the top-notch gaming experience. For these reasons, we prepared a list of 10 PC‘s that will take your job or visual pleasure to another level.
For these reasons, we prepared a list of 10 PC‘s that will take your job or visual pleasure to another level.
What PC should I get this Christmas?
1. HP Pavilion Desktop Computer (recommended)
This desktop computer is powered by an Intel Core i7-7700 for optimum performance and it sports 12GB RAM, alongside a 1TB hard drive. Now you can store all your digital files in a single place without resorting to external storage devices.
This stylish PC is lightning fast and can keep up with all your multitasking demands, allowing you to be more productive.
2. HP Business Desktop ProDesk 600 G3 (suggested)
HP is the most popular computer manufacturer among Windows 10 users and for a good reason. The company has a diverse computer offer for every taste and needs.
The HP Business ProDesk 600 G3 is equipped with a latest-gen Intel i7-7700 CPU that can reach 3.6 GHz, and up to 4.2 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost. Other high-end specs include: 8 MB, 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD 7200 rpm storage, four USB 2.0 port and one of them is fast-charging.
It is worth mentioning that the system includes HP’s Technical Support technology which answers technical support calls within 30 seconds.
3. Lenovo ThinkCentre V520S SFF
This computer is blazing fast, boots up within seconds, and operates quietly and smoothly. It is compact and comes in several technical configurations to perfectly suit your needs.
4. Beelink M1 Intel Mini PC
This device is one of the best mini PCs currently available on the market. If you’re looking for a small, compact and portable desktop computer, check out the Beelink M1 Intel mini PC.
Powered by an Intel Apollo Lake N3450 CPU, this tiny computer is powerful enough to deliver amazing videos or gaming graphics.
It also comes with a dual-screen feature that allows you to finish multiple tasks at the same time. In other words, you can use it to connect two monitors via VGA.
You can also use a 128GB SD card to extend its memory and have more space to install all your files, folders, games or movies.
You can also hook it to a wall and save precious desktop space.
5. Acer Revo Build
Main traits of this interesting branded PC are its portable size and modular design. PC that is quite small with its 1-liter chassis and 135×135 stand. So, in size, it’s like an average desktop speakers subwoofer. You can easily move it around and connect it to any kind of display (monitor, TV or projector) in order to get access to all your data. One of the things you are not able to do with your standard PC tower casing, for sure.
Except for the portable demeanor, Revo Build revolutionizes easy upgrading. Practically, it is compiled of blocks that are different hardware parts. It is very simple to install additional hardware or change existing components, even for customers unfamiliar with standard PC upgrading. So, we can just imagine the happiness on the face of a PC devotee who gets his hands on the Revo for Christmas.
When it comes to specs, the Revo Build default edition comes with Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, 2 GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics and 1 Tb of disk space. As we mentioned, all can be easily upgraded, so you can get up to 8 GB of RAM and 8 TB of HDD. When it comes to connection, it has Gigabit Ethernet, wireless LAN, 3 USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth. In addition, if your handphones support wireless charging, the Revo Build contains a module for recharging it.
6. Intel Compute Stick (Core M3)
Computer Sticks are mainly used for web browsing and common multimedia use. They are almost as large as a USB stick, and use HDMI connection to merge with a Smart TV or a monitor. But, Intel Compute Stick took a leap forward and brought the capable PC performance in a small package. By using Intel’s Core M3 processors, instead of Atom, the device behaves like your everyday PC. And you can just put it in your pocket and take it wherever you want. For example, in the present box and gave it away to someone for the holidays.
As we mentioned, the first generation of Computer Sticks wasn’t designed for complicated operations you would normally do on your home PC. That is not the case with this device. Windows 10 on 64 platforms will work like a charm, including programs like Office 365 or Adobe Photoshop. You can even play some games that are not graphically demanding. Just think of it as a ‘micro computer’ that can give you all the advantages on the go.
Finally, hardware specs speak for themselves:
- Intel Core M3 0.90 GHz
- 128 Mb Intel HD graphics
- 4 Gb of Ram
- 64 Gb Flash Store
7. Lenovo ThinkStation P310
After small and mobile devices, we move on straight to the workstation monster that is the Lenovo ThinkStation P310. If you are professional keen to upgrade your work device, this will be a good solution for you. Workstations are basically desktop or laptop computers that are meant for technical, demanding use. Raw power enables fluent multitasking and amazing speed and high performance with, for example, 3D rendering.
What separates the Lenovo ThinkStation P310 from its the pack? Firstly, it’s not as large as most of the workstation PCs on the market. It only weighs 13 kilograms. Second, the available hardware is not a top-notch in the workstation category but is quite good for the given price.
With Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Quadro M4000 and 8 Gb of RAM, this workstation is competitive and will get the job done. When it comes to upgrades, the casing has a plenty room for adding HDD, SSD or RAM (up to 64 Gb). This maybe isn’t a definitive solution for a workstation but is definitely one of the best deals for the price.
8. Asus Zen AIO Pro Z240IC
All-In-One desktops are often expensive and it’s hard for them to keep up with standard desktop solutions. There’s that advantage over space consumption and aesthetics, but most of the time that’s just not enough. Well, that’s not the case with the Asus Zen AIO Pro and the whole bundle of its premium traits.
It looks quite similar to the latest iMac, with metal and glass exterior and slim design. It is easy to see that the two are the main competitors in the premium All-in-One desktops market. The race between the two is close, but Windows fans will arguably choose the AIO Pro over the iMac. The AIO Pro is dominating with its 24-inch 4K touchscreen, with amazing, vibrant colors and a great view angle. The integrated sound system with 6 speakers is pleasurable and powerful.
And when it comes to performance, Air Pro is right there with the powerful gaming rigs. Intel i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 960M and 16 Gb of RAM are enough for playing challenging games or render 3D. In addition, 1 TB of HDD is followed by a512 Gb SSD. All in all, a great solution even for the most demanding users. Maybe you can obtain it with a few Christmas discounts.
9. Alienware Aurora
Gaming computers are probably the ones that evolve faster than any other category. One of the brands that distinguished itself with amazing gaming configurations is certainly Alienware. The Aurora 2016 Edition is the peak of gaming desktops. There are some pricier brand desktops but when it comes to quality-price overlook, Aurora 2016 is right at the soft spot. When you are paying so much money for a gaming PC nowadays, you have a few things in mind. First, you want to play the latest titles in the 4k resolution with ultra settings. Second, you certainly don’t want to change your configuration for a couple of years.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to. For example, you can run absurdly demanding game on dual 4K monitors with amazing FPS. More than a few years will pass and Alienware Aurora will withstand every upcoming game. After that, when they finally make a really large step up, you can upgrade your hardware by yourself, without tools.
What is inside this powerful monster? Well, the overclocked Intel Core i7, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards, 32 GB of RAM along with a 512 GB SSD and 2 TB of HDD. If you don’t want to worry about running some game, Aurora 2016 is the thing for you. A good way to play hottest titles in comfort of your home for Christmas.
10. StormForce Tornado
Hardware evolution is in a fast-paced motion and buying expensive pre-build gaming PC is risky doing. Eventually, your extreme GPU or CPU will become subpar and you will be forced to upgrade. Many of the gaming devotees will put together custom configuration rather than spend a good amount of cash on a brand new PC. But, if you are not good with the hardware component and want to obtain tested and trusted gaming desktop, StormForce Tornado is the right selection for you. And you will play all the demanding games that are introduced. The upcoming ones also, at least in few years time.
What makes Tornado special? Well, first thing first, visually, the casing looks like a futuristic body armor and the presence of the blue neon lights adds up to that edgy look. Yes, it matters more what is inside but one must respect the commitment of the producer. And inside is even better.
A large part of its price is going to a beast because of the newest generation graphics card – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. That is followed by the Intel i5 processor and 16 GB of RAM. If that’s not enough, you can add whatever you want because the costume casing is adapted to all users.
This PC is a great present for Christmas. Mainly to yourself because 2017 is coming and the upcoming games are promising.
11. Falcon Northwest Talon
How else to finish with the pre-build gaming PCs than with the best the money can buy at the moment. The average user probably won’t pay that much for a PC. But, this the Falcon Northwest Talon is quite unusual, and therefore seeks unusual customers. To make a point, you can choose a color of your casing and they will paint it by hand. The old, sturdy and smooth casing is the same as it was in older versions. But, even though the exterior of this PC is outstanding, the interior of Talon Edition 2016 is what should mainly concern you. And that is, literally something that breaks all benchmark records.
Let us start from the GPU. Dual Nvidia Titan X are the first ones to blame for the results above the competition. Combining them with the latest generation Intel i7 processor, overclocked to 4 GHhz, and you have yourself a beast. Additionally, there are 64 GB of RAM and a 520 GB SSD. With this set of components, you can stay assured that everything that comes out in the upcoming 5 years, will work flawlessly on Talon. Even VR and 4K are not the problem at all.
This expensive toy may be over your home budget. But, hey, it’s Christmas. When will you let yourself go if not in this euphoric atmosphere?
12. HP Z1 G3
We talked about workstations and AIO desktops. But what happens when a manufacturer decides to fuse two of them and create a multi-usable platform for both work and multimedia? Combining, to some concern, mobility of the laptop and power of the desktop. HP presented the Z1 G3 this year and most of the reviews found it quite a refreshing addition to the global PC market.
The design is moderate, not as classy as for example, the Zen AIO Pro’s, but still pleasing. The monitor is the real upgrade in comparison to its predecessor (even though it’s smaller). 4k resolution is a significant step up. Crystal clean image and amazing viewing angles will do good for any photo/video editing professional. When it comes to components, even though space is small, the Z1 is a very capable workstation tool.
Component-wise, the Z1 G3 sports the Intel Xeon E3, 64 GB of RAM, and the leading mobile graphics chipset – Nvidia Quadro M2000M. Additionally, to speed things up, a 512 GB SSD is available.
If you are keen to try hybrid workstations and please your lead designer, the HP Z1 G3 is just the right present.
13. Polywell B150L2-i7
Bussines PCs are the ones with the less character than usual. Most of the time they are representing stable and speedy configurations that will grant fast calculating and data transfer. So, fast, stable and small in size so it can fit any work desk ever made? Well, it seems that we just described the Polywell. As big as a lengthy book, it can fit in ay kind of workspace. It kind of looks like an old stereo system, with classy wood color and retro design. Who would think that on such a small frame you have:
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports in front
- Surround-sound audio jacks
- 2 x Ethernet ports
- 2 x HDMI ports (with 4K support)
- PS/2 port
- 6 x USB ports (two 2.0, four 3.0)
- leads for the included 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna
Component-wise, this small casing carries a lot. Intel Core i7 and 16 Gb will look work as speedy as your business demands. Also, integrated Nvidia 530 graphics and 256 Gb of SSD are working in the same direction. And those directions is the good performance in midrange business desktops. It ‘ll fit good in the present box and underneath a tree of some class respecting businessman.
14. HP ENVY 750
We absolutely love this business desktop computer. It’s got both power and good looks.
It’s powered by an Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz processor which you can further boost if need be thanks to the Intel Turbo Boost Technology. The 1 TB hybrid hard drive offers enough storage space for you to securely store all your files and folders in one place.
15. DELL XPS Tower 8930
If you need a really powerful desktop PC, then check out Dell XPS 8930. This monster machine is powered by a powerful 8th generation Intel Core i7-8700 6-core CPU that can clock up to 4.60 GHz. Add to this combo the 16GB DDR4 memory, 2TB SATA Hard Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti and you’ve got a nice picture of what this device is capable of.
This was our list of 15 computers that are formidable in various categories. As you can see, each one of them has something special to offer. So, we hope it helped you to decide which is the best workstation/gaming hub to get for the upcoming year.
What are your thoughts on the list? Are there some pre-built PCs you rather buy? Tell us in the comments section.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.