Falcon Northwest Tiki ($2,000+)
The Falcon Northwest Tiki isn’t the cheapest desktop out there, but its performance is unmatched, especially when you consider its minuscule footprint. The machine is highly customizable, too, with options for budget-minded gamers all the way up to enthusiast-level performance. Falcon’s quality assurance and support is top-notch, so this really is a case of getting what you pay for. Read our full review here.
Origin Millenium ($2,000+)
Over the last couple of years, Origin has refined its gaming PCs into a sharp edge, with custom cases, in-house cooling and tech kits, and impressive overclocking chops. The Millenium is the flagship of that effort, with support for the newest Intel i7 and X99 CPUs, 32GB of RAM, and up to four Nvidia Titan X graphics cards. That power comes at a cost, but the build quality and support are all top-notch. Read our full review here.
AVADirect Z97 2-way SLI Quiet Gaming ($1,100+)
Not every game system has to make its presence known, so AVADirect has tricked out the Z97 to run as quiet as possible. The desktop doesn’t compromise on gaming performance, either, offering the newest Intel Core i7 quad-core chips, as well as extensive air and liquid cooling. There’s even plenty of room for storage drives and SLI or Crossfire video cards. Read our full review here.
Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK Mini PC ($350)
The Intel NUC may be a barebones system that requires some assembly, but don’t let that scare you off. The processor is already installed, so you you just need to provide a hard drive, RAM, and an operating system. The package gives you a surprising amount of control over your computing experience, especially considering how easy it is to get Windows 10 for free these days. Read our full review here.
Velocity Micro Z40 Raptor ($1099+)
Small on size but big on performance, Velocity Micro’s Z40 Raptor wins praise from us for not compromising on high-end components. The humble $1,100 base model has a Core i5-6400 and Nvidia GTX 750, but the machine scales all the way up to the Core i7-6700K and Nvidia Titan X, and packs it all into an attractive, compact tower. It’s not too easy to upgrade, but provides a great computing experience right out of the box. Read our full review here.
Apple Mac mini ($500+)
Not every Mac is a premium all-in-one with a high-resolution display. Apple shows its versatility with the Mac Mini, a sleek desktop machine that packs up to a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The options only get better from there. This is one of the most attractive computers on the list, and the second smallest after the Intel NUC, so it will look great on your desk or in your living room. Read more here.
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